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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale - Laughing Dog Brewing

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours an amber gold with a half finger of bubbly white head.

Smell- huckleberries, wheat, lemon. It has sweet aromas overall.

Taste- Hit right away with pleasant tart huckleberries and then the wheat comes in to help balance this brew out. There is a slight grassiness at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- Laughing Dog really delivers on the natural huckleberry flavour without making this brew too fruity. This beer could use a little more creaminess to the body to be more reminiscent of a cream ale. Otherwise, a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:53:32 | More by leaddog
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wrightst

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huckleberry cream pours a nice medium amber, with a cooperative head. The right pour will give you anything from no head to a full white foam. But you don't drink the appearance.

The nose has a distinctive, impossible to miss, fruity character. I don't know from huckleberry, but I suppose this has to be the fruit in question. Something like a blackberry, but not quite.

Once the beer hits your tongue, the fruit flavors become assistants, and not the lead. The beer has all of the good traits of a cream ale, full flavor, full feel, mild hop and distinct barley. This is a beer. The fruit is there, and the sharper your palette, the more obvious it will be - probably even distracting to sharp paletted non-fruit beer people. But I liked it quite a bit. It is not overly sweet. An example of experimentation gone right.

The fruit characters re-emerge in the finish, lingering longer than the barley.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 13:01:06 | More by wrightst
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Satsuma

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-09-2013 02:29:31 | More by Satsuma
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keywestgourmet

Maryland

4/5  rDev +20.1%

06-08-2013 00:15:28 | More by keywestgourmet
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-05-2013 15:36:20 | More by JohnK17
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Bubbalito

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

05-30-2013 23:14:25 | More by Bubbalito
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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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Kerrie

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-27-2013 05:01:06 | More by Kerrie
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-21-2013 19:21:50 | More by RedneckBeerz
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-ronin-

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.9%

05-17-2013 02:06:07 | More by -ronin-
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

05-14-2013 01:41:53 | More by HarmonMW
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kp29

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-11-2013 22:38:39 | More by kp29
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very fresh (March 2013 bottling) 12 oz bottle with a trace of sediment in the bottom. pours a red-orange-amber; clear; small head that soon reduces to a tiny bit of film and a partial ring.

S: Nice fruity smell; natural huckleberry is believable. Sweet but more fruity than like candy. Light baked bread in the background.

Taste: Huckleberries!! Taste rating bumped up for the high quality fruit treatment here. Also features a bready malt base and a touch of hops. .

M: nice smooth feel in this medium bodied ale. Well chosen, moderate level of carbonation.

O: I had this as a light dessert beer and it worked well. Refreshing, with a pleasant, natural fruitiness. Moderately sweet but not cloying or candied.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 23:37:01 | More by chinchill
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Bryn

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

04-28-2013 04:50:48 | More by Bryn
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-26-2013 04:13:33 | More by KevinGordon
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zestd

Idaho

4/5  rDev +20.1%

03-29-2013 20:51:20 | More by zestd
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capnamerica

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

03-28-2013 18:27:53 | More by capnamerica
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flagmantho

Washington

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 19:59:01 | More by flagmantho
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:46:53 | More by cswhitehorse
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Mando603

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-08-2013 14:29:41 | More by Mando603
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice semi-translucent straw with lots of visible carbonation with a very nice white head that leaves very nice lacing. The huckleberry really dominates the smell profile, but there is a slight grain profile. Tastes real fruity but with a good grain backbone. It is very sweet and balanced. Beer is carbonated just right and for its light body goes down real smooth. Overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 05:14:13 | More by cyclonece09
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leedorham

Washington

3/5  rDev -9.9%

01-21-2013 16:28:56 | More by leedorham
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eddiearmy


2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

01-20-2013 00:17:30 | More by dsshuck
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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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