Devil Dog Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing
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Reviews by Talisker:
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22oz bomber received as a generous extra in a trade. Received August 2007, opened and poured December 2007. No freshness date discernible on bottle or label.
This beer can hunt with the DIPA big dogs. Pours a deep and unattractively murky reddish brown, not much yellow or orange here, nearly no head. But things perk up from there, with a wonderful hop explosion in the aroma, accompanied by rich malt that marries wonderfully to the taste. It's a bruiser - there's definitely a lot of everything going here - palate busting hops and malty sweetness not for the faint of heart - but just (barely) avoids the syrupy viscosity of too many DIPAs.
There's tons of malt, and any more thickness to the texture would put this into average territory, but Devil Dog pulls it out. Alcohol is hard to detect - BA says it's 10%, but there's nothing on the bottle and little to be felt in the drinking.
Absolutely worth more than just a try. If you're a fan of big DIPAs, then you should actively seek out Devil Dog. Up there in a the higher echelon of the style, and bests many better-known California versions of the same.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2007 05:54:40 | More by Talisker
More User Reviews:
3.81/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a clearish auburn tinted golden body with two finger head and a descending lace ring. Typical strong, overpowering citric, piney, sharp hop aroma that is typical in these beers. This wasn't a bad beer but for some reason it just didn't click with me and became a chore to finish as I got down to the last quarter of bomber. Citric hop bitterness is plenty here (might I say tenfold) and the ABV isn't a nuisance until beer warms near finish. However, outside of the hops there wasn't too much going on in this simplistic beer b/c I found the malts (sweet caramel, bread) that could add balance and complexity to this beer to be minimal at best. A decent "DIPA" but not my first choice.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 16:09:18 | More by clayrock81
Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.