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: 11 | 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
Photo of mymrnngjckt
1.3/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tappen and poured into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a light Corr's yellow.
S: Tart and acidic
T: Terrible. Way too tart which overwhelmed what little creme or huckleberry taste allegedly existed.
M: Unbearably tart and over carbonated
D: Undrinkable.

I could not even finish the pint that I had gotten. I was able to consume on two ounces of this before I had to get some thing else. (386 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
2.07/5  rDev -38.8%
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 (380 characters)

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 RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%
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 (492 characters)

Photo of jdense
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

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. (178 characters)

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 MTNboy
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (476 characters)

Photo of Gavage
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops on the glass.

Smell: lemon zest and some berry tones are very light and hard to detect.

Taste: light malt profile with some tart lemon zest, light fake berry flavoring, and some green grapes. Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this beer just did not have a good flavor and was very hard to finish. (474 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of nick76
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of pkalix
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
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 . . . . (693 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin white head that slowly vanishes.

The smell is tart with faint berry (huckleberry, of course).

The taste is of mild tartness/slightly sour with berries - huckleberries, as expected - with bready and light malty notes and a bitterish touch.

The carbonation is somewhat fizzy/prickly. Light-bodied.

Fruit is dominating, but is there. It says on the label that the berries are known for their sweetness and texture. Well, when translated to this beer, there's not much in sweetness (which is fine, as many fruit beers push the sweetness too far, in my opinion - but this could use a kiss more), and the texture has been hampered a bit from the fizz/carbonation on the prickly side. The tart quality - while I can appreciate it in a fruit beer, is a "different" here. This isn't a mediocre brew because it is run-of-the-mill, in fact, I think it is different. Of course, that may be from having a cream ale base rather than typical pale wheat, but I still am not so impressed. A bit too tart, bready and bitterish for what it is, and I certainly don't want to be dominated by the huckleberries, they could use a pinch more. In the end, I didn't mind having the one, it's okay... (1,217 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle of this over the summer and just found it last night in the back of the beer fridge. Thought I better do it a favor and put it out of its misery. Drank from my Laughing Dog pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a pinkish gold (looks like Rogue Chamomile Ale) with an off-white/ivory one finger head. Left a nice cap and collar along with plenty of lacing. The carbonation looks pretty aggressive on this one.
Smell- Lots of fresh huckleberry fruitiness seems to burst out of the glass. It’s a lot more prominent that I expected. A bit of floral hop and that’s about it other than huckleberries.
Taste- Starts with a kick of huckleberries that is semi sweet and first but sorta turns medicinal. Something like a watered down berry cough syrup. Finishes with a overly bitter aftertaste that has a lemon like linger.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with little or no “creaminess” due to the strong carbonation. I wish the carbonation was toned down about 3 notches.
Drinkability- Overall the beer is ok and the huckleberry reminds me of the raspberries in Framboise. There is a slight medicinal taste to it but if you’ve never had berry cough syrup you have no frame of reference anyway. I couldn’t drink more than one of these but the girlfriend enjoyed and it would be quite refreshing on a warm summer day! (1,322 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (628 characters)

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. (1,224 characters)

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)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.4/5  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. (676 characters)

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 ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (826 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 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 cswhitehorse
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (476 characters)

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