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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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Reviews: 59
Hads: 166
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 29.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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:
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: 59 | Hads: 166
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.

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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.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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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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 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.

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Photo of shand
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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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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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of avalon07
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pleasant harvest-gold hue... nice, crisp, and clear. A stark, white, and fizzy half-finger of head tops it off, holds on for a little while, adn then recedes away to just a thin collar of lace.

S, T, M, D: It certainly smells fruity, though I almost detect a scent more like raspberry. Not being all that familiar with huckleberries, this is most likely just my ignorance. The flavor profile is much the same... a fruity, sweet brew. It's quite smooth and easy to drink, and perhaps not spectacular, but certainly enjoyable. There's no stickiness and the balance is quite nice. I might find the flavor a touch sweet, but it's forgivable. I could see myself picking up a couple of these for the first weeks of summer, as long as they are around.

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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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, from a recent trek through southern Idaho. Hottest day so far this summer, so it's fruit beer time!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden amber hue, with one finger of creamy, and yet weakly foamy dirty white head, which leaves but a few specks of lace around the glass as it evenly settles, where it becomes evident that there seems to be a fair bit of fine particulate suspension as well.

It smells of donut-topping sweet huckleberry fruit, and doughy creamy malt - very reminiscent of the huckleberry ice cream I had somewhere on that trip. The taste is mild pale malt, and some strange tart citrus/huckleberry fruitiness, that devolves into a more green vegetal fruit essence, joining with the earthy hops to dry this sucker right out.

The carbonation is average, manifesting in just a wan frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and a little edgier than desirable for true smoothness, but decent enough in that respect. It finishes off-dry, barely, the weak malt overrun by that lingering semi-sweet berry fruitiness.

I had a bunch of this in a previous lifetime in Sandpoint - wasn't wowed then, and am not particularly wowed now. Interesting enough to try, but nothing I'd want to continue putting back on that patio I'm dying to get to today.

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Photo of bum732
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
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).

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Photo of chumba526
3.92/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Zymurgo
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Great clarity in a gold to copper color. Nice carbonation action in the beer, but a thin head that does not seem to want to stick to the glass.

S - The huckleberry comes through with a fierceness. Slightly earthy undertones of straw and current are muted, but apparent.

T - The beer begins as a slightly fruity, but not overpowering blond with the earthy tone holding the forefront. The huckleberry really comes out in the finish and lingers for some time.

M - I actually expected a somewhat thinner beer than it ended up being. The "cream" in the name came through leaving a rich velvety texture.

D - A great beer to try, but a bit too sweet and fruity to have too many. By the time the glass was getting empty, I was ready for something a little more crisp.

Overall - This is a good fruit beer. I appreciated how it began as beer but finished with the huckleberry at the end. That said, it was still a little to pronounced for my liking. I could gravitate to other fruit styles before going for this one.

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Photo of BigBry
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Laughing Dog Cream Ale with local huckleberries added. Draft at the brewery tasting room.
Poured a hazy, yellow color. Off white foam quickly faded away leaving minimal lace.
Smell had lots of sweet berry and fruit. If it is a fruit beer, I want to smell the fruit - and this delivered. Sweet to start, fruit flavor comes through sweet berries and some citris tartness. Light body, lots of carbonation keep it from being to sticky or cloyingly sweet.
A cream ale with fruit added - it is what it is.

This maybe my wife's favorite. Brought back a sixer of bottles.
Now also available locally.

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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.

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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...

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Photo of crhensel
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tbeck
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma was of huckleberry's as waste the taste. I was able to get a slight hint of malts and some hops. The taste was pretty good, not to strong. Very well balanced. The texture was good, light but a little on the thin side. A very refresing taste, but the fruiteness might be to much for a session beer. I was suprised, it was not what I expected.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is great, malty, yeasty, very nice blueberry scent, with some caramel. The taste is malty, yeasty, sour, nice blueberry notes, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, if not for the soury taste I would rate this higher, but it is tasty though.

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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
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