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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Reviews: 58
Hads: 161
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 10.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 161
Reviews by johnmac:
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Photo of Bunman3
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kwkdmk
2.39/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Just not my thing, medicinal tasting (36 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of WonderfulSam
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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... (996 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,293 characters)

Photo of Mando603
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (1,267 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (817 characters)

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jeffy_two_times
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of munimula
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of bum732
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (392 characters)

Photo of cyrushire
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.23/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (1,880 characters)

Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of EgadBananas
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (868 characters)

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Immortale25
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (779 characters)

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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
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