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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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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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Alex5

South Carolina

1/5  rDev -70%

12-10-2013 22:10:50 | More by Alex5
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

1.25/5  rDev -62.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 19:34:58 | More by mymrnngjckt
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Moheban

California

1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

12-20-2013 04:54:44 | More by Moheban
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rab53

Washington

1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

07-09-2012 03:57:44 | More by rab53
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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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

04-29-2014 17:43:19 | More by atrocity
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swimfire

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

05-28-2013 01:52:54 | More by swimfire
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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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devlishdamsel

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

09-01-2012 23:35:31 | More by Softestdog
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akttr

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

08-29-2012 03:17:10 | More by akttr
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strohme2

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

07-27-2012 03:42:49 | More by strohme2
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paul_db

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

07-18-2014 03:34:09 | More by paul_db
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MTNboy

Germany

2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 12:55:32 | More by Gavage
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VeganUndead

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

10-22-2012 03:08:52 | More by dinojrbtom
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SSGM1974


2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

06-09-2012 23:53:14 | More by SSGM1974
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eddiearmy


2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

01-21-2013 01:13:36 | More by eddiearmy
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THECPJ

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

05-09-2012 20:17:25 | More by THECPJ
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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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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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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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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.