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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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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of mralphabet
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of nick76
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of shand
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer is a slightly hazy light golden color with a finger of head. The aroma is very fruity with what I'm assuming is huckleberry (I've never actually had huckleberry). It's sweet and slightly tart. The taste is just as expected, it's very sweet and fruity at first, then finishes with a bit of tartness. The initial sweetness might be a bit overbearing, and I think a little too much of the base cream ale might be contributing to that. Otherwise, it's a solid fruit beer. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is good.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, cute label quite 90's Northwest,

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head, very minor lace. Nice head retention.

S: Very fruity, jammy dominated by the huckleberries, pleasant and much more pungent than I expected.

T: Huckleberry flavour especially on the back end. Light sourdough bready malt. That's it. Not a particulary robust or even fruity flavour, the base beer is quite light, but I guess that's to be expected from a cream ale.

M: Light-bodied, with a crisp carbonation. Maybe a light too biting. Fairly clean finish.

O: Definitely a unique idea, but nothing to separate it in the end from a lot of the mediocre fruit beers out there.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big, fruity aroma - incredibly sweet-smelling - with traces of malt.

T: Tasted mainly of the advertised huckleberries, with some malt and cream in the finish. As it happens with some fruit beers, the flavor doesn't quite live up the expectation provided by the aroma. Still, a decent enough taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer is uneven in spots, but is still enjoyable. A drinkable brew.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.