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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream AleLaughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
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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Reviews by Proteus93:
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A: A pleasant harvest-gold hue... nice, crisp, and clear. A stark, white, and fizzy half-finger of head tops it off, holds on for a little while, adn then recedes away to just a thin collar of lace.

S, T, M, D: It certainly smells fruity, though I almost detect a scent more like raspberry. Not being all that familiar with huckleberries, this is most likely just my ignorance. The flavor profile is much the same... a fruity, sweet brew. It's quite smooth and easy to drink, and perhaps not spectacular, but certainly enjoyable. There's no stickiness and the balance is quite nice. I might find the flavor a touch sweet, but it's forgivable. I could see myself picking up a couple of these for the first weeks of summer, as long as they are around.

05-05-2012 23:45:19 | More by Proteus93
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-26-2013 02:10:56 | More by tbryan5
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

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

Washington

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

This is interesting...

Appearance: about a hand-worth of white, coarse head. I had to pour this one over about 10 minutes because it was so highly carbonated and foamed up so much despite my best efforts. I poured a nice clear golden color with bubbles like champagne.

Smell: It smells about like hiking through the Goat Rocks Wilderness on a hot late summer day when all the huckleberries are ripe and warming in the sun. Smelled great!

Taste: Not very complex. There was a bit of a sharp bite in addition to a strong huckleberry flavor. This is definitely a novelty beer in my opinion. No realy hop flavor, some bready malt, though. Like toast. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Too freakin' carbonated. That combined with the biting flavor that I can't identify, and this actually was harsh in my mouth.

Drinkability: The nice huckleberry flavor made this nice to drink, despite the carbonation and bite.

So I wonder if this just doesn't bottle well. Sounds like it's pretty good on tap...

09-29-2007 06:45:11 | More by WonderfulSam
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz bottle, from a recent trek through southern Idaho. Hottest day so far this summer, so it's fruit beer time!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of creamy, and yet weakly foamy dirty white head, which leaves but a few specks of lace around the glass as it evenly settles, where it becomes evident that there seems to be a fair bit of fine particulate suspension as well.

It smells of donut-topping sweet huckleberry fruit, and doughy creamy malt - very reminiscent of the huckleberry ice cream I had somewhere on that trip. The taste is mild pale malt, and some strange tart citrus/huckleberry fruitiness, that devolves into a more green vegetal fruit essence, joining with the earthy hops to dry this sucker right out.

The carbonation is average, manifesting in just a wan frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and a little edgier than desirable for true smoothness, but decent enough in that respect. It finishes off-dry, barely, the weak malt overrun by that lingering semi-sweet berry fruitiness.

I had a bunch of this in a previous lifetime in Sandpoint - wasn't wowed then, and am not particularly wowed now. Interesting enough to try, but nothing I'd want to continue putting back on that patio I'm dying to get to today.

08-14-2011 01:03:44 | More by biboergosum
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Mando603

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-08-2013 14:29:41 | More by Mando603
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-26-2014 01:37:20 | More by tdm168
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +24.4%

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Part one of my huckleberry beer face-off against Couer d'Alene's Huckleberry Ale.
Pours a rich golden hue topped by a small, bright white head that doesn't stick around for very long. Huge aroma of sweet, fruity huckleberries and just a touch of mild sweet malt. Palate is a nicely-balanced cream ale up front, with sweet malt and a touch of hops. A second after it hits the tongue, though, the huckleberries emerge full force. The fruity sweetness continues long through the swallow and onto the aftertaste, where a slight vanilla creaminess comes through as well. Body is nice and creamy, very well done. A tasty, easy-drinking beer that manages to be both very fruity, yet not overwhelming. I have to say, as far as fruit beers go, this one is pretty top-notch.

06-21-2007 05:55:21 | More by ElGordo
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-05-2014 00:37:41 | More by avisong
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jeffy_two_times

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-12-2013 18:13:55 | More by jeffy_two_times
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bum732

Lesotho

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%

S: Huckleberry, some wheat tartness, quite fruity.

L: Crystal clear golden yellow, white head that dissipates to a dusting.

T: Fruity huckleberry with some creaminess. Some graininess with a mild bitterness. Finishes quite dry with berry element.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Not bad, better than expected, then again, i love huckleberries. Needs a bit more carbonation.

07-19-2011 02:33:08 | More by bum732
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TrojanRB

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-26-2013 00:47:51 | More by TrojanRB
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -33.7%

From what I understand this is their cream ale that has huckleberries added.

A: Poured a hazy lemony color very similar to their cream ale with a quickly rising, as well quickly diminishing eggshell white head that left a poor, spotty lacing. The haziness was thick, swirling with a light-medium effervesce detected underneath.

S: On the nose was a mixture of sugary sweetness and tart raspberries upon first opening. Unfortunately while in the glass the aroma was less then enthusiastic, powerful, and incentive. Soapy, detergent like scents were picked up mixed in with a berry tartness of what im guessing was the huckleberries (my only exposure to huckleberries previously was huckleberry hound from my cartoon childhood so im unsure of what they are suppose to taste like). Light underlying tones of sour oranges can be picked up on the finishing trail.

T: First impression taste wise yielded tart, citric tangerines, but was watery and seltzer like in nature. A musky damp yeastiness of grapefruit, oranges and lime combine with a sour pineapple fruitiness bringing mixed results. There seems to be a light carry-over from the aroma with noticeable soapy-detergent like hints mixed in with tart berries (blue and black). Stale citrus and berry juice is noted on the finish which was slightly bitter, acidic and thankfully short on the fade (no sense hanging around). Needless to say some soapy off flavors and flaws lends this to a unimpressive showing and rating.

M: lightbodied with a heavy handed carbonation gives this a macro-like feel. Soapy-alkaline lacing does little to help things out here and continues to be an re-occurring theme throughout the drink.

D: A cream that drinks like a tart, watery macro influenced fruit beer. A struggle to put down just one yielding little enjoyment, unless you count dumping it down the drain. Avoid at any and all cost.

12-03-2009 23:07:28 | More by beerthulhu
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VeganUndead

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

03-29-2014 20:24:40 | More by VeganUndead
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-26-2013 04:13:33 | More by KevinGordon
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.39/5  rDev -28%

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.

08-06-2013 21:55:18 | More by EgadBananas
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%

12oz from Bucket O'Brew in 8th Street Marketplace for about $1.40.

Nice 2 finger head drops leaving good lacing.. atop a clear pretty orange/lite amber brew.

Aroma is like huckleberry candy without the sweetness... the berries hint at an underlying sweetness, but it's more like a berry essence... smells very nice.

Flavor is a basic beer with a bunch more huckleberry finish that lingers to a very slightly sour berry end. Middle of the road bready malts forces the berry flavor front and center... Not getting alot of hops... but a little citrus is evident. Light body that tastes thicker than it is... good carbonation helps keep the flavors moving across the palate.

This beer is great fresh... and still very good with a few months on it. I honestly don't care for most fruit beers, but over the summer, I drank a bunch of these while working out in the yard.

01-15-2008 07:08:37 | More by JohnGalt1
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -9.6%

06-03-2012 16:54:34 | More by JohnQVD
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured into a Green Flash cask-style glass. Label says 3/21/12 meaning when it was bottled I'm sure.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch head that soon flitters away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Decent lacing.

S- Fruity aroma reminiscent of raspberry, blueberry and huckleberry respectively. There's something off about it though, as there seems to be an abundance of sulfur.

T- The huckleberry maintains its presence without becoming extreme. Grainy malt and minimal hop bitterness. Sulfur isn't as much of a problem as in the aroma.

M- Not creamy as the label implies, just standard. Medium carbonation with a light-ish body.

O- OK for what it is: a sessionable, fruity cream ale. Not bad, just not very exciting.

05-05-2012 00:19:21 | More by Immortale25
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devlishdamsel

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

01-03-2013 09:33:29 | More by devlishdamsel
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dsshuck

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-20-2013 00:17:30 | More by dsshuck
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Zaphog

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.6%

08-08-2012 20:21:04 | More by Zaphog
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MTNboy

Germany

2.58/5  rDev -22.3%

You can smell the berries right away. It is a weird salty berry aroma with some malt essence. It has a nice head that is a lighter shade of off-white. There is some good lacing with a hazy yellow-orange body. It a brine like taste to with some berry like flavors. I am not a big fan of huckleberry beer to begin with but this one is alright. The taste has some herbal and cereal tones. It has a little wine like sharpness to it. The body is medium and is averagely carbonated.

04-14-2009 18:23:15 | More by MTNboy
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keywestgourmet

Maryland

4/5  rDev +20.5%

06-08-2013 00:15:28 | More by keywestgourmet
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-15-2013 14:25:00 | More by mpalestino
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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.