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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
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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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 TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of pkalix
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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 . . . .

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of seyton
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of Docrock
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of icehawk
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
2.39/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of taylor714914
2.05/5  rDev -38.6%
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

Photo of acevenom
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Oakenator
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy yellow with very light brown color. Full head has thicker carbonation bubbles. Decent retention and streaked lacing.

S: Citrus, pungent, slight berry aroma.

T: Sour beer - not expected but it is a nice offset with the huckleberry flavor that is definitely present. Good flavor.

M: Light but not creamy despite its name. Carbonation is closer to soda on this one.

O: Decent brew, don't often see huckleberry's used for flavoring beer so its a nice twist.

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of hishoosh
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ridgeline23
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Ballen30
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of leaddog
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of wrightst
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Satsuma
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.