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Laughing Dog Cream Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog Cream AleLaughing Dog Cream Ale

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Laughing Dog Brewing's Cream Ale is a traditional cream ale fermented with both ale and lager yeast, this gives us the creamy smoothness of an ale with a nice dry crisp finish.

We start with premium American grown 2 row pale malted barley, add a touch of German pils malt then Australian malt for color and flavor. Finally only choice Northwest grown Hops are added. After carefully fermenting for 2 weeks, we quickly chill the beer and filter.

We allow our Cream Ale to then cold age for another two weeks before kegging or bottling.

(Beer added by: woemad on 07-06-2006)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%

Insanely bubbled tangerine honey beneath an expansive, airy, ivory crown that filled at least 90% of the glass on the initial pour. These guys must have quality control issues because the LD Sweet Stout that I had last month started out the same way. The proportions of foam and beer are reversing themselves painfully slowly, eventually allowing me to add another ounce or two to the glass. Abundant, chunky lace saves the appearance score.

The nose is pretty typical for a cream ale. It's dominated by untoasted grain and a nonspecific ale fruitiness. It's also a little spicy (gotta be the hops) and is a wee bit phenolic. I'm amazed at how much of the aroma makes its way through such a thick layer of foam.

Cream Ale is an average cream ale in the end. In the beginning, too. Maybe all those bubbles are coloring my impressions, who knows? I enjoyed what I could appreciate of the base beer in Huckleberry Cream Ale. I'm pretty sure that that beer is simply this beer with huckleberries added.

More sweetness and less spiciness would be preferable. To that end, more malt and fewer hops would help the flavor profile and the mouthfeel in any number of ways. Now I'm not so sure that the spiciness is coming from the hops. It tastes (and feels) like the yeast has run amok.

What original and interesting way can I come up with to describe the mouthfeel on a beer that's too light and way too carbonated? Never mind, I've just told you all you need to know. It's too bad that this sort of thing happens so often in the world of craft beer.

I'm thinking that fresh from the tap in Ponderay, perferably in the heat of a summer day, is the best way to enjoy Cream Ale. Of course that leaves out everybody who doesn't live close to Ponderay. Which is most of us. Oh well, perhaps my next offering from these guys will be more to my liking.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a whirlwind shopping spree at the Boise Co-op.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of fine foamy white head, which leaves some decent sponge pattern lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of a substantial citrus edge, and fine pale malt. The taste is quite lemony, of the neutered counter polish sort, with some floral white wine character, over a very soft bready malt influence. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium-light in weight, somewhat smooth amongst the acidic overtones, and not really creamy. It finishes dry, crisp, and fruity, the floral grape essence remaining quite persistent.

An interesting cream ale - the NW hops manifesting in an unusual manner, overshadowing the expected cream ale maltiness, not to mention the lack of a well, at least minimally creamy texture.

biboergosum, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours hazed lemon-drop yellow with a foamy white head. Uneven lacing sticks.

The smell is mainly of lemongrass and sourdough.

The taste is of sweet grain, tart lemon (a bit too sour) with a bitterish dryness in the finish.

It is light-bodied and crisp. The carbonation is on the high side, though not too fizzy.

There is an underlying sourness to this that I'm not too thrilled with. It does have a nice bitterish touch in finish, however.

jwc215, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: lemon zest and some caramel sweetness is very mild on the nose.

Taste: light caramel flavor with some lemon zest, pear, and a soft bitterness. The citrus was a bit too strong here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Way too crisp for the style. Relatively short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this was did not hit the spot for the style. Overly crisp and did not provide the refreshment expected.

Gavage, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%

Transcribed from undated notes.

My buddy, the Laughing Dog, has come to visit me in bottled form, in Philly. We made each others' acquaintance during my visit to Boise, ID in July 2007 and I've missed him since. Good dog!

My pour created two fingers' worth of fluffy marshmallow-like head with fantastic retention. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Nose had a slight tang, lightly citrusy. Mouthfeel was medium with a light citrus flavor on the tongue. Finish was bitingly dry with a peppery bite. As the label suggested, this would be "great on hot summer days." Fetch some today!

woodychandler, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%

Surprisingly complex for a simple style, without simply throwing extra hops into the beer like the higher rated cream ales. The aroma starts with an orange and evaporated milk aroma while the flavor adds more sweet, not bitter, grapefruit and a hint of nutmeg. There's a bit too much lager tang and that throws the whole feel off slightly. Otherwise this is a fine cream ale.

tempest, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white head, which disappears quickly, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, tangy, with some pear/apples, maybe some hops? The taste is malty, yeasty, hoppy, bitter, tangy. Medium body. Drinkable, not like other Cream Ales I've had in the past. Would not drink again.

Wasatch, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -7.7%

A: Poured a hazy lemon color with a bright, white foamy head that was slightly bubbly and fizzy, while moderately lasting providing a weak lacing upon its decline. Clarity was translucent with a medium-strong carbonation presence. Macro-like in color, head retention and carbonation gets things off to a non-eventful start.

S: The nose emitted a light muskiness of sour grapefruit, lime and lemons. The lime I thought was the most dominant and distinguishable, coming off like a lighter version aroma wise of bud-lime. A damp, wet citrusy nature was reminisces of a lightly sour American blonde rather a cream ale.

T: The flavor was wet and sour lemons and lime. Grapefruit and oranges also add into the mix with a noticeable, light sourness. Pale unsweetened grains add a dry touch and backing along with a light fruitiness of dried apple skins. Moderately bitter overall, perhaps a bit more then usual per style with a pacific west musky hopping that was acidic in nature with a orangey-tangerine bite and a dry finish.

M: bubbly and very high in carbonation. The texture was a bit rough and creamy at first before the rapid onset of carbonation sets in eventually turning the mouthful into a fizzy, bubbly experience. The swallow finds a short fade of sour oranges and lime similar to a coor blue moon.

D: Drinkability was average with a particularly gassy carbonation which im sure will cause you to reach for the Alka-Seltzer pills soon after. Macro-like bubbly carbonation limits multiples while a limited scope of flavor limits enjoyability. Pass because of the gas.

beerthulhu, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%

Edit: My review of this beer is based solely on the beer.. not my understanding of "what" a cream ale is supposed to be.

12oz picked up at the Coop for about $1.40... shared with Brenda, mine from my New Belgium goblet.

1" head drops leaving spotty lace above a clear straw gold brew.

Aroma is very bready. Smells like a loaf of sweet bread right before it goes in the oven... clean and pronounced corn/fruitiness at the same time.. all the smells are very separate... light spiciness throughout.

Flavor is pale malts and white bread... again there is a touch of hop spiciness.. some yeasty fruitiness that is different than most beers.. almost like it is accentuated... light body that tastes thicker...and prickly carbonation... Reminds me very much of a lighter "Rogue Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor".. sorta corny mid palate.

Not my cup of tea.. but I am sure that if there is such a thing as a Micro "Cream Ale" this has to be pretty good for the style... Probably would be very refreshing in the summer heat.

As it warms and my palate acclimates.. it really isn't bad and actually very drinkable.

JohnGalt1, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden/straw colored body with a touch of haze. Head is a half-finger of compact white foam. It's not horrible or anything but it doesn't blow me away.

Smell: light aroma; a little grainy and a little malty with a touch of sour thrown in. Hops are not all that present but there is a little bit of earthy hop in there.

Taste: flavor is grainier than the aroma and the hops are slightly more prevalent. The flavor seems balanced but a little raw; it's not bad but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: there's actually a pretty nice level of carbonation here, which helps the medium-light body to a relatively nice feel.

Drinkability: this is a pretty refreshing beer, but I'm not a huge fan of the graininess. Not bad on a hot day by the lake, but also not something I'm likely to seek again.

flagmantho, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of tone77
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of lemons and malts. Taste is kind of musty and sour, slightly bitter, not all that good. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a mediocre brew.

tone77, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%

A: Pale yellow with a small white head.

S: Aromas of rotting apple, pale malt, and light hops.

T: Some sweet corny malt, with mild notes of apple, and a big dose of citrus hops.

M: On the lighter side with zippy carbonation.

D: Not too bad. One of the better cream ales I have had.

tpd975, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Clear bright yellow beer, with a monsterous thick pure white head. Sort of eggy,peanut shell aroma to it. I find this typical of Cream Ales. Flavour is sweet, honeyish, corn, candy sugar..with a slight bitter end. Nice enough on the palate a touch silky but easy going down. Overall a nice light beer.

Reidrover, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.15/5  rDev -33.8%

Laughing Dog- Cream Ale

A- Light, slightly hazy, orange with no head.
S- Sweet sugary orange citrus with a sticky sweet malt.
T- Very sweet and sugary lemon and orange with a touch of hay and straw.
M- very sweet and syrupy sugary. Dry funky wheat hay malt finish.

Overall- Not good. Laughing Dog's worst offering.

NJpadreFan, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
1.93/5  rDev -40.6%

Pale, pale yellow gold body, hint of haze, bustling with carbonation streams. Big ball of sow-white micro-bubbly foam.

Hay/grass aroma, with a jab of sour lemon.

Light sweet malt beginning, undone by a pronounced sour undercurrent with tkaes over everything by the swallow and into the finish.

Light bubbly mouthfeel. Sour twang destroys drinkability.

Much as I love labs, this is not a good dog.

RonfromJersey, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev 0%

bumchilly25, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
1.98/5  rDev -39.1%

Poured into a snifter on 6/19/10

Pale yellow, straw-blond color. One finger of foam dropped to a patch of bubbles quickly. Swirling helps a little. Thin retention with a little bit of lace.

Smells of toasted malts, grain, wild corn & earth. Some sweetness is to be had; it actually calls to mind that faux-caramel Halloween candy that has the cream center augured into it. The aroma was immediately recognizable, but it took me a minute to place it. Lightly buttery.

Hmm, the taste is so...so minimal. Seriously, it's subtle nearly to the point of being humorous. Toasted malts & cereal grains account for most of it; almost adjunct-esque but not as bad. Earthy hops with minimal flavor & mild bitterness are apparent. "Meh" would be a gift.

Medium-light body with average carbonation, just enough for the style, I'd say. Moderately crisp & clean finish. Has an odd aftertaste.

It's like Laughing Dog took any yawn-inducing elements they could find from lagers & ales, then put them all together for this beer. Is it drinkable? Certainly; it doesn't exactly taste bad. Would I again pay money for it? Not a chance. Wait, let me consult the bottle. Best served cold; check. Goes well with BBQ or a day at the lake; un-check. Whoops - operator error. I guess this one's my fault.

Ryan011235, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of BigBry
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

The lightest style that was available when we stopped at the brewery.
Pours slightly hazed, yellow liquid with a foamy white head that left thin lacing. Slight citrus smell along with some graininess. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy, a bit tart and lemon citrus. Light body, crisp carbonation, slightly dry finish. An average beer, aimed at the mainstream.

BigBry, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Bottle:
Clouded gold with a decent head, good lacing.

Fruity esters and yeast mustiness over a grainy tone in the aroma.

Flavor is mild but pleasant, light fruityness, some earthiness, passive but adequate hopping...dry tart finish.

Decent...but the Cream ale style is uniquely Canadian and I've yet to see a US Micro match the cream ales from Quebec

pootz, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of woemad
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%

12oz bottle picked up at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. Drinking this will mean the beer they brew with Jalepino peppers is the only bottled LD beer I've yet to try. As always, the label shows Ben the yellow lab, this time with a tan background that fades to gold as it goes up the bottle. The label states that the beer is "fermented with both ale and lager yeast." The malts are "premium American grown 2-row pale malted barley...a touch of German pils malt then a premium Australian malt for color and flavor, " with "choice Northwest grown hops."

This pours a copper-ish gold color, with a big creamy white head that takes a couple of minutes to drop. Sheets of lace quickly glide down the glass towards the beer and leaves a spotty beer neglige at the top of the glass.

The smell of this beer is not terribly dominant, but it's what I expected for the style. There's a modestly sweet maltiness that is the most dominant part of the nose. Subordinate to that is a mild spicy hoppiness. It's not very overt, but it's there.

This tastes pretty much how it smells: mildly malty, with a very mild peppery hoppiness skulking in the background. This is a beer meant to do little to upset the tastebuds. Something to wean people off the macros with, or at least get them to drink something more local than B/M/C, even if it doesn't really challenge their tastebuds.

This is a light bodied beer. The mouthfeel is a little too bland and watery for my liking, but it's better than so many mass-appeal beers that I've had.

Not a great beer, but it's not really trying to be one. Definitely to be kept in mind as a lawnmower beer and for those occaisions when you find yourself providing beer for less adventurous drinkers than the average BA. When I find myself with friends that fit into the latter category and this is available, I'll steer them in this direction.

woemad, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +23.1%

It has a blonde, transparent gold color and it has a slightly gold colored head. It is a very bubbly head with a lot of retainability. It has good lacing. It smells of a fair amount of malt and just a bit of hops. The flavor is mildly bitter. It is citrus with orange and grapefruit like flavors. It has a true to its name mouthfeel. It is very creamy.

MTNboy, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with about an inch of fluffy white head.

Smells, well, that is tough. Smells a bit of hay, a bit of yeast, a bit of corn and maybe a little malt sweetness, but honestly it doesn't have much else going on.

Wow, I really dig the flavor of this beer. Its sort of a combination of sweet malt, sweet corn and a bit of a citrus kick. It all comes together to make this light beer very drinkable. Quite surprising for a light colored beer without a lot of smells.

Reading about Cream Ales will tell you that they were first brewed by American ale brewers to compete with the lager brewers who were getting all the business with their light, clean, clear golden beers. This one is a great example of the style.

indiapaleale, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%

pour is a clear pale yellow with a medium size white head and good lacing.

smell tingles the nose, pear, some hops, light on the malts, citrus, cloves and herbs.

taste is crisp yet creamy, earthy, sweet fruit, sour malt, and lemon, ends dry, tart and a hint of bitter.

froghop, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +23.1%

I picked up a six pack of Laughing Dog Cream Ale at the brewery while on a three-day two-night trailer trip in North Idaho. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a nice gold color and is clear. A one-finger bubbly head forms, but dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass. The head produces little lacing.

The smell is sweet with a bit of a pine fragrance.

The taste is a fairly sweet with a little mild citrus flavor, a sweet malt presence, and a dry hop finish. The flavors are well balanced. It is a nice tasting brew.

The mouth feel is light, crisp and dry. The beer is moderately carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer. I don’t know much about the style, but this is a nice light refreshing beer, with a full flavor and a dry finish.

NOTE: The brewery has a nice tasting room, with friendly brew staff. You can stop in and get a set of tasters (seven 4 oz beers) served on a dog bone shaped tray, eat pretzels from a dog dish on the table, and take a tour of the brewery. If you are lucky you might even meet Ben, the owner’s dog, and inspiration for the brewery.

RJLarse, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of JoelClark
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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Laughing Dog Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
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