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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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BA SCORE
77
okay

135 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of johnmac
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

johnmac, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of zac16125
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%

12oz bottle into a Stella Globe
Bottle on: 7/30/13

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale straw yellow with 1.5 fingers width of dense appearing bright white head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate, leaves only trace patches of lacing.

S: Lots of fresh berry aromas, sweet and tart. I honestly dont get much else, a subtle doughy yeast-like scent is really the only other aroma I get. It actually smells a lot like berry flavored sparkling water. Not many characters that I expect in a beer, but very pleasant.

T: Tart, some bitterness, berry sweetness, light malts. Taste is more reminiscent of a beer than the aroma, but the berry characters arent as prominent.

M/D: Light body with heavy carbonation. I could see how this could be refreshing on a hot day (although Im drinking it in the winter). Drinkability is average.

O: Overall, I actually liked this one quite a bit. Nothing spectacular, but probably about as much as you could ask for from a fruited cream ale. Worthy of a try, and probably something your non-craft-beer- loving friends would enjoy as well.

zac16125, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Moheban
1.75/5  rDev -47.3%

Moheban, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -9.6%

mpalestino, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Alex5
1/5  rDev -69.9%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of caverog
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

caverog, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Smarty_Pints, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of silverking
4.29/5  rDev +29.2%

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.

silverking, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Guitars_and_beer, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of jeffy_two_times
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jeffy_two_times, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

KeyWestGator, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

TrojanRB, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of pkalix
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%

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 . . . .

pkalix, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass and some faint apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a very thin film covering the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of huckleberries (slightly sweet) over the top of lighter aromas of grainy malts and just a hint of lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there is a slightly sweet moderate flavor of grainy malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet slightly tart huckleberries and just a light amount of lemon zest flavors. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy albeit a touch thin.

O: I enjoyed this one and found it extremely easy to drink. Definitely sessionable and I think the huckleberry additions to a cream ale are a winning combination in my book.

dbrauneis, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TheNakedStiletto, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

dmorgan310, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of seyton
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

seyton, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Docrock, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

OldTime, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

icehawk, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
2.39/5  rDev -28%

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.

EgadBananas, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

MarvinSnyder, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of taylor714914
2.05/5  rDev -38.3%

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

taylor714914, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of acevenom
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer pours dull hazy golden with a thin, quickly dissipating white head. There are some tiny bubbles visible in the beer. There is a lot of berry in the aroma along with some sweetness and floral notes. The flavor and mouthfeel are more indicative to the fact that you are drinking a beer. You get some of that malt and grassy hop bitterness in the back end. There's some sweetness and flavor from the berries in the beer. The mouthfeel is a lot thicker than a typical 5.0% ABV cream ale, but it is still on the medium side. It's also highly carbonated. This is refreshing and fairly drinkable. This is a good beer, but nothing I would seek out again. Fans of fruit beers would probably enjoy this more than I did.

acevenom, Jul 27, 2013
Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.