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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Bryn

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

04-28-2013 04:50:48 | More by Bryn
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Zack

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

03-02-2014 03:00:27 | More by Zack
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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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ElGordo

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +20.1%

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

Idaho

4/5  rDev +20.1%

03-29-2013 20:51:20 | More by zestd
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hishoosh

Washington

4/5  rDev +20.1%

07-09-2013 23:02:47 | More by hishoosh
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foghornleghorn22

Virginia

4/5  rDev +20.1%

07-12-2014 23:01:36 | More by foghornleghorn22
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a standard pint glass.
A - A clear golden ale with a white 1 finger head that leaves nice ringlets of lace clinging.

S - The smell is very jammy. A real strong huckleberry scent like muffins or a tart w/ a gentle ale scent in the background.

M - A light sweet, refreshing and carbonated ale.

T - Sweet cream ale w/ a heavy dose of fruit flavor. The fruit reminds me of an Ihop pancake syrup flavor. They claim to use real huckleberries and I believe them since it has no cloying attributes. The ale leaves a nice clean taste in your mouth herbal tea flavored with fruit.

D - A fruit flavored ale quaffer's delight. Not too fruity to be considered a 'beer cooler', but a fine amount of fruit for a cream ale. A great beer for summer. I would quaff this again if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 04:11:12 | More by Slatetank
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woemad

Washington

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. The name is Huckleberry Cream Ale, not just Huckleberry Ale as I previously reported. LD's Cream Ale with pulverized huckleberries added, essentially. I remember the brewer telling me he used one of his already existing beers as a point of departure, but I couldn't remember which one it was (probably because I'd had about 6-7 beers by the time I'd left!). The label is somewhat of a departure for LD. Instead of the usual drawing of Ben the Lab's smiling face, this label features what appears to be a photograph of a meadow with one of the Selkirk Mtns in the background. But Ben is still present, sitting on the grass.The label around the picture is colored a "(huckle)berry color," and has the usual description on the side that LD favors.

This poured a copper-ish color with a two-inch white head that took about 4 minutes to subside, sinking slowly into the beer and leaving sheets of foam behind.

The huckleberry smell is fairly dominant. There's not much to get out of the nose beside that, as it's fairly one-dimensional. The good news is, like my experience with it on-tap, the huckleberries have not been aided by any sort of syrupy sweetness designed to bring in the novice drinker that would otherwise be drinking some sort of flavored alco-pop. So it smells like tasty huckleberries without being a sugar bomb.

The taste of this beer isn't far from the smell. Whatever level of hops are in this beer, it's not very high. The huckleberries are the star of the show here - hops and malts are deep in the background on this one, and that's where they are meant to be. This beer is fruity yet crisp, so I could drink this in very warm weather (though the weather here is actually going to pot as I type this).

This is a relatively light -bodied beer, befitting's its cream ale origins. The mouthfeel is perfect for outdoor grilling weather. Not somethig that's going to weigh the drinker down. I've had some fruit beers where the carbonation is too low and the results are a thick, nasty flat fruit soda kind of experience. Thankfully the level of carbonation here is sufficiently high to keep this from bogging down.

I tried this beer at the brewery back in July and took home a growler, as I judged it to be a tasty warm weather beer. I'm glad to see it hasn't appeared to have lost anything in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 23:34:21 | More by woemad
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +20.1%

07-31-2013 21:46:46 | More by MarvinSnyder
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chumba526

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears golden color with a small white head.

It smells tart, slightly berry like, a little earthy and slightly sweet.

It tastes slightly acidic and tart. There is a nice natural earthy berry flavor. There is an ever so mild sweetness from the berry. There is a mild bitterness that helps balance all the flavors together.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is quite good. It is light and it goes down easy. There is tartness but the tartness is so mild that the beer goes down quite smooth.

Overall a decent huckleberry ale that is much better than other huckleberry beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 02:04:27 | More by chumba526
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alexhahn82

California

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -- a very slight and mild reddish tone to the color, less than .25 finger head, no "real" lacing if you will.

S -- wow, smells like a candy store (minus any chocolate candy). Sugary almost Fruity Pebbles like smell and or Apple Jack like scent, pleasant yet somewhat intimidating smell (aka WTF can this taste like?)

T/M - Tastes a litte "Soapy" I know that's a weird description but that is how Huckleberry's normally taste to me. Almost like real purple kush. Soapy bitterness and or tongue coating residual textures. Taste is about 10% of the intensity of the smell of the beer.

O - Unknown ABV, I would figuire within the high side of 4% to slightly below 6%. Not too shabby, SPOT on Huckleberry flavor, not so much a cream texture. These guys don't skimp and add Blueberry fillers, this is a legit product!

PP (Price Point) - $1.79 for a 12oz beer, unknown ABV, is an extremely fair deal to me, and if you LOVE Huckleberry's this is the most legitimately tasting Huckleberry product I have ever had (not just beer's, but syrups, flavoring and any other Huckleberry product I have ever had).

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 05:36:50 | More by alexhahn82
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crhensel

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(bottle into pint glass) Holy fruit!!! Poured with little to no head and was a cloudy, almost murky dark golden color. The first thing that smacks you out of the bottle is the smell of the fruit, almost like a juice. Since I do not know the smell of a huckleberry alone, I was picking up hints of grapes, raisins, plums, and apples throughout at different points in the pour. I was very surprised at the taste, however. It was very creamy in the mouth with a lively carbonation, and the fruit, while very strong, was still met with a nice hoppy bite at the end, reminding you that this was still a beer. Had it with a nice sandwich, and a little off season. This might be a nice refreshing beer for after you finish the lawn on a hot summer day though.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 15:45:29 | More by crhensel
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

This arrived with just a thin coating of head, but that was par for a fruit beer, so I was down with it. My CouchSurfing host, Phil, said that he noted cloves on the nose, which was certainly within the realm of possibility, but I just got a very berry-like sweetness, like jelly. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a very berry-like taste in the mouth. Finish was still intensely sweet with huckleberries. I probably would not want a steady diet of this, but on a hot summer day with pizza, it was perfect. Looking over my shoulder at the taps, the dog continued to laugh. Good boy!

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2008 12:11:38 | More by woodychandler
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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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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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bum732

Lesotho

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:33:08 | More by bum732
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-07-2014 19:27:30 | More by thatoneguymike
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-05-2013 03:30:57 | More by Kmat10
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