Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woemad on 07-24-2006

The huckleberry is native to the Pacific Northwest and it is prized for its sweetness and texture. To celebrate summer and the huckleberry picking season, we have blended real huckleberries from last season with our cream ale.
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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 61
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Laughing Dog "Huckleberry Cream Ale"
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

This is not the first time I've had this beer. I recall having had a 22 oz. bottle at one time years ago (although they only do 12 oz. now so maybe it was just a single...?). I recall not being impressed with it at the time because it was kind of blocky, but I feel that Laughing Dog has really improved their brewing across the board, and this was nicely balanced and rounded. And what makes it stand out now is that it's unique. There are plenty of raspberry wheats and so forth on the market, but I can think of only a small handful of other huckleberry beers. With that said, I can't really describe Huckleberry as I've never actually tasted the actual fruit, but I think I get the gist of it through drinking this beer: it's kind of like a soft red raspberry, but not... there's more to it... like a sweet blueberry. And whatever you might come up with, it works really well in their cream ale base because it's got the fruit character, but it's neither too tart, too sweet, nor too bitter. I think it would make a great summer ale, and I'm sure that it would work really well as a dessert beer if paired properly with the right accompaniment.

Photo of Zorro
2.87/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells strongly of berries. Mostly this is a scent of blueberry. Fairly sweet smelling with no noticeable hop scents.

Starts out mildly sweet with a lingering blueberry and pie crust flavor. And that's about it. Little bit of hop bitterness but not particularly notable.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is just a average fruit beer.

Photo of kwkdmk
2.39/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Just not my thing, medicinal tasting

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From the 12-oz. can (with a pasted-on label), Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale has a thin, white, quickly-dying head, an opaque, sediment-filled, orange-gold appearance, some stray bubbles, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of odd wax paper, fruit acid, sweetness, huckleberries, berry skin, and white bread. Taste is of acidic berry juice, white bread, and background bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat chewy, and this beer finishes wet, fruity, and somewhat repelling. RJT

Photo of Bunman3
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a "time and place" beer. It screams "hot summer day" with its light, fruity mouthfeel. The huckleberry flavour is subtle, refreshing, and just enough to remind you where this beer is brewed. Best enjoyed with your ass jammed into some sort of inflatable floaty while bobbing around on a lake, surrounded by mountains.

Photo of Antc2382
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, but nice cream ale. A good beer for the summer, fo' sho.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the incredible woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head and lots of carbonation. Smell is dominated by berries. Taste is berries, some sourness, a bit of malts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and decent beer.

Photo of GurgglyBurgglers
1/5  rDev -70.1%

Would rather drink a skunked Bud Ice that's been in back of a hatchback for three years. Wouldn't even marinate a chicken in this garbage.

Photo of jdense
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Unless you like Huckeberries, avoid this beer. Doesn't have much of the alleged cream ale characteristics. While this is someone's cup of tea, I won't have this beer again. Ugh.

Photo of watermelon
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: translucent golden body with a three finger white head. Medium retention and lacing.

S: Strong smell of what I presume is huckleberries

T: Taste of berry syrup.

M: Crisp and light

O: Its ok It probably would have been better If I had had it fresher.

Photo of zac16125
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Stella Globe
Bottle on: 7/30/13

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow with 1.5 fingers width of dense appearing bright white head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate, leaves only trace patches of lacing.

S: Lots of fresh berry aromas, sweet and tart. I honestly dont get much else, a subtle doughy yeast-like scent is really the only other aroma I get. It actually smells a lot like berry flavored sparkling water. Not many characters that I expect in a beer, but very pleasant.

T: Tart, some bitterness, berry sweetness, light malts. Taste is more reminiscent of a beer than the aroma, but the berry characters arent as prominent.

M/D: Light body with heavy carbonation. I could see how this could be refreshing on a hot day (although Im drinking it in the winter). Drinkability is average.

O: Overall, I actually liked this one quite a bit. Nothing spectacular, but probably about as much as you could ask for from a fruited cream ale. Worthy of a try, and probably something your non-craft-beer- loving friends would enjoy as well.

Photo of silverking
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- vibrant gold, wit a Thin White head that fades quickly. no apparent lacing.

S- very ripe berry aromas. Almost artificial.

T- just straight huckleberry. Wonderful and refreshing.

M- light bodied, watery, very short lived. Once again, very refreshing.

O- I love it. it brings back fond memories of picking huckleberries up north.

Photo of pkalix
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

never had a huckleberry before.... I remember Huckleberry Hound... he was blue. is a huckleberry blue?
slightly hazy golden color, no carbonation to speak of.
smells a little acidic, a little tart, a little like vinegar....
tastes . . . . the same. alright, but a little thin. novelty brew, for sure. a little bitter, but mostly tart at the finish, like some kind of addition to make it taste better because it doesn't quite ferment right by itself. creamy a bit too. novel in a Boone's Farms kind of a way. researching BA's site, it is their second lowest rated brew. I guess a 77 isn't bad for your 2nd lowest rate brew, but it kind of sucks when it's the one your drinking right now . . . .

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass and some faint apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of huckleberries (slightly sweet) over the top of lighter aromas of grainy malts and just a hint of lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there is a slightly sweet moderate flavor of grainy malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet slightly tart huckleberries and just a light amount of lemon zest flavors. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy albeit a touch thin.

O: I enjoyed this one and found it extremely easy to drink. Definitely sessionable and I think the huckleberry additions to a cream ale are a winning combination in my book.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 4/24/13.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, metal, and sugar free artificial berry syrup aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and indistinct berry flavors on the finish. There is a slight amount of acidity on the palate that lingers long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is pretty decent taste wise but the artificial, sugar free aromas are pretty poor for a fruit beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice dark straw color, with a hint of haziness. Head was white, but poor retention. Smelled fruity, well, berry-y, I suppose. Not familiar with huckleberry though. There's really nothing else besides that. Tastes like berries, but with a tart edge. The description never indicated tartness, so it seems a bit odd. The finish is sweet, and sugary, and sticky. Body is creamy, but it fails to be refreshing.

Overly sweet, almost syrupy, overall a mess.

Photo of taylor714914
2.07/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Wow, what is this stuff?  Pours a light straw color with minimal fizzy head. Smells of artificial berry flavor and a hint of sweetness.  Tastes the same, with loads of aspartame.  This taste is horrific.  Drain pour for certain.  If you enjoy fake sugar and chemically berries, this is for you.  Mouthfeel is super thin and over carbonated.  Avoid at all costs.  Seriously

Photo of acevenom
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer pours dull hazy golden with a thin, quickly dissipating white head. There are some tiny bubbles visible in the beer. There is a lot of berry in the aroma along with some sweetness and floral notes. The flavor and mouthfeel are more indicative to the fact that you are drinking a beer. You get some of that malt and grassy hop bitterness in the back end. There's some sweetness and flavor from the berries in the beer. The mouthfeel is a lot thicker than a typical 5.0% ABV cream ale, but it is still on the medium side. It's also highly carbonated. This is refreshing and fairly drinkable. This is a good beer, but nothing I would seek out again. Fans of fruit beers would probably enjoy this more than I did.

Photo of Oakenator
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy yellow with very light brown color. Full head has thicker carbonation bubbles. Decent retention and streaked lacing.

S: Citrus, pungent, slight berry aroma.

T: Sour beer - not expected but it is a nice offset with the huckleberry flavor that is definitely present. Good flavor.

M: Light but not creamy despite its name. Carbonation is closer to soda on this one.

O: Decent brew, don't often see huckleberry's used for flavoring beer so its a nice twist.

Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours an amber gold with a half finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- huckleberries, wheat, lemon. It has sweet aromas overall.

Taste- Hit right away with pleasant tart huckleberries and then the wheat comes in to help balance this brew out. There is a slight grassiness at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- Laughing Dog really delivers on the natural huckleberry flavour without making this brew too fruity. This beer could use a little more creaminess to the body to be more reminiscent of a cream ale. Otherwise, a good session beer.

Photo of wrightst
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huckleberry cream pours a nice medium amber, with a cooperative head. The right pour will give you anything from no head to a full white foam. But you don't drink the appearance.

The nose has a distinctive, impossible to miss, fruity character. I don't know from huckleberry, but I suppose this has to be the fruit in question. Something like a blackberry, but not quite.

Once the beer hits your tongue, the fruit flavors become assistants, and not the lead. The beer has all of the good traits of a cream ale, full flavor, full feel, mild hop and distinct barley. This is a beer. The fruit is there, and the sharper your palette, the more obvious it will be - probably even distracting to sharp paletted non-fruit beer people. But I liked it quite a bit. It is not overly sweet. An example of experimentation gone right.

The fruit characters re-emerge in the finish, lingering longer than the barley.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very fresh (March 2013 bottling) 12 oz bottle with a trace of sediment in the bottom. pours a red-orange-amber; clear; small head that soon reduces to a tiny bit of film and a partial ring.

S: Nice fruity smell; natural huckleberry is believable. Sweet but more fruity than like candy. Light baked bread in the background.

Taste: Huckleberries!! Taste rating bumped up for the high quality fruit treatment here. Also features a bready malt base and a touch of hops. .

M: nice smooth feel in this medium bodied ale. Well chosen, moderate level of carbonation.

O: I had this as a light dessert beer and it worked well. Refreshing, with a pleasant, natural fruitiness. Moderately sweet but not cloying or candied.

Photo of flagmantho
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. head is a thin layer of creamy white foam. It's a bit clean and light for a beer which supposedly contains real huckleberries, I must say. Not bad for a cream ale, though.

Smell: definitely huckleberry, with a light sweetness from the malt underneath. Not bad if you like huckleberries or blueberries in beer, but in general it's not very balanced.

Taste: bready and biscuity malt right up front, with the huckleberry coming in on its heels. Acidity seems a little high, with the finish a bit rough and astringent. Could be much better balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and surprisingly satisfying creaminess. Definitely the best characteristic of this brew. Clearly, the underlying cream ale isn't half bad; it just doesn't seem to go well with the huckleberries.

Overall: a drinkable fruit beer, but not a particularly balanced one. I have a hard time deciding if the huckleberries taste natural; from what I know of Laughing Dog I'm sure they are, but the whole thing just doesn't come together well. I'm sure, though, this beer would be tasty on a hot day at the lake.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Huckleberry Cream Ale poured into the English pint glass with a straw color and half finger foam head. Not much in the way of lacing for this lawnmower beer.

It was aromatic right away with the Huckleberries coming in the nostrils. The was a slight grain smell to the cream ale. The taste was sweet of the huckleberries which lingered on the tongue and roof the mouth. Overall it was a nice beer for a hot summer day but not one that I would consume on a frequent basis.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice semi-translucent straw with lots of visible carbonation with a very nice white head that leaves very nice lacing. The huckleberry really dominates the smell profile, but there is a slight grain profile. Tastes real fruity but with a good grain backbone. It is very sweet and balanced. Beer is carbonated just right and for its light body goes down real smooth. Overall, a very good beer.

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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
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