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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing

Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream AleLaughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%


Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: woemad on 07-24-2006)
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 03:18:10 | More by watermelon
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 00:57:54 | More by zac16125
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silverking

Florida

4.29/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 02:19:56 | More by silverking
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pkalix

California

2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
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 . . . .

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:03:36 | More by pkalix
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 23:08:50 | More by dbrauneis
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 03:06:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 21:55:18 | More by EgadBananas
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -38.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 17:22:53 | More by taylor714914
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:41:52 | More by acevenom
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 18:32:35 | More by Oakenator
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:53:32 | More by leaddog
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wrightst

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 13:01:06 | More by wrightst
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 23:37:01 | More by chinchill
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flagmantho

Washington

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 19:59:01 | More by flagmantho
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:46:53 | More by cswhitehorse
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 05:14:13 | More by cyclonece09
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split into 8oz tasters. Thanks Austin -

A: Pours pale gold with chill haze an a quickly receding off-white head.

S: Slightly skunky ale aromas, honestly...lightly toasted grains, fruit and berries...fresh tartness, huckleberry syrup on pancakes.

T: Moderate huckleberry here, more middle of the mouth than right at the beginning, light berry notes of huckleberry and blackberry on the finish. Hints of honey. Its mostly a run-of-the-mill ale with some fruit flavors. The sweetness is light-to-moderate.

MF: Higher carbonation with a lighter body and a bit of tart sweetness.

O: Not great, barely above average for craft beer in my opinion. A beer that will hit the spot on some occasions for certain people, definitely, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 15:05:06 | More by Scotchboy
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beertunes

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy yellow color with just a thin ring of white head that had OK retention and no lacing.

A sweet, berry scent dominated the front of the nose, but upon a deeper sniff the solid base grains showed through to provide a good platform. The taste was very good, a solid base brew that was nicely complemented by the the slightly sweet, slightly tangy berries. The beer had a nice earthy presence.

The body was the typical medium-full of the style, with a pleasant smoothness and a surprisingly dry finish, given the sweetness of the berries. Drinkability was very good, I could easily drink these all day long during the warm weather. Overall, a very good brew. A must try if you see it and probably worth some effort to try if you like these types of brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 22:00:23 | More by beertunes
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a clear straw yellow color with a big head that settles to a ring with tons of lacing from start to finish.

S: The huckleberries come on very strong, nice mix of sweet and tart with a touch toasted muffin floating around.

T: Pretty sweet from start to finish.... The huckleberries are very syrupy.... There is a light cream ale floating underneath the whole huckleberry thing. Finish is very clean with just a touch of fruit in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: Not bad... It is fruity but not overly fruity, the cream ale is in play but just underneath everything else. Good summer beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:03:45 | More by mralphabet
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, light yellow body with tons of carbonation spewing forth a tall, airy head fed by continued streams of effervescence.

Smell: Tart, tangy fruitiness overtop mild base malts (with some sweetish hints about it) and even milder hops.

Taste: Mild maltiness (just barely bready) given a liberal dusting of powdered sugar for a fair degree of sweetness. It's fruity and lightly tart, as one might imagine, with a flavor reminiscent of blueberries but a bit different and more distinctive. Mild hop character and bitterness. Berryish, sweet finish with a lingering hint of blue-colored cotton candy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high, fizzy carbonation for a lively mouthfeel.

Overall: It's alright for a fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:20:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 6/5/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big tart huckleberries, berry skin, bread, straw, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with big fruitiness that smells very pleasant, and quite balanced. Taste of biscuit, huckleberry, toast, herbal, earth, grassiness, and light spiciness. Slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of huckleberry, grass, herbal, biscuit, and earthy spices on the finish for a short bit. Quite dry on the finish as expected. Taste has good flavor balance; but is a bit weak and there is not as much berry flavors as the aromas suggested. Very authentic tasting fruit flavor; no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good cream ale. Good amount of flavor and balance; very refreshing and smooth to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:07:33 | More by superspak
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kojevergas

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Bottled 03/27/2012.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent pale copper-yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sour yeast/bacteria, berry, cream, and clean malts. An intriguing aroma for a cream ale. Fairly strong. I'm excited to try it.

T: Yeasty, with candy/sweets notes throughout. Berry certainly comes through. I'm reminded of a Halloween candy I can't quite remember. Nicely tart. Clean malts lend it body and provide the backbone. It isn't quite as creamy as say, Kilkenny, but it does alright for itself. Imbalanced. Not real complex or subtle, but it does experiment with the style - which I like. I just don't know that I find the flavour appealing. The tart finish is lovely.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thin and lacking sufficient body. Not as creamy as it needs to be. A touch overcarbonated. Perhaps a bit watery as well.

Dr: It's drinkable, but the taste isn't particularly great. It might be a niche appeal, so try it - just don't expect much. Decently priced for what it is, I guess.

C

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 01:14:06 | More by kojevergas
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nick76

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is golden with a nice foamy head and a super light haze. The aroma is dirty with fruit, dust, mop water, grass and yeast. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's not great but an interesting beer to try once but not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 19:33:20 | More by nick76
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shand

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer is a slightly hazy light golden color with a finger of head. The aroma is very fruity with what I'm assuming is huckleberry (I've never actually had huckleberry). It's sweet and slightly tart. The taste is just as expected, it's very sweet and fruity at first, then finishes with a bit of tartness. The initial sweetness might be a bit overbearing, and I think a little too much of the base cream ale might be contributing to that. Otherwise, it's a solid fruit beer. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 21:41:30 | More by shand
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Malty aroma has a strong, sweet overtone of - must be huckleberry. It pours a rather typical clear yellow with a fluffy white head, not inspiring, but one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Better a good-tasting beer that doesn’t look so hot, than a great-looking beer that disappoints the taste buds. Flavor is malty and fruity, again with a sweet and slightly tangy huckleberry flavor dominating. The tartness nicely balances the sweetness. I get a hint of hops as well. Texture has average body and plenty of fizz. A distinctive beer, worth trying if you like something different and especially if you like fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:31:06 | More by Cyberkedi
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