Devil Dog Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing
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Reviews by Vancoubeer:
4.75/5 rDev +25%
One of the best IPAs I have had in a long time. It poured out in a cloudy light unfiltered orangish yellow. Really sweet piney scent. The white foamy head totally tied the beer together with citrus tones in the taste and scent. I really liked this beer. I almost forgot it was a 10% beer. I am really impressed with this beer. It was not too carbonated but it was not watered down. This is definately going to be an additional purchase. I look forward to when I can grab it before its gone for the year.
02-14-2010 04:57:00 | More by Vancoubeer
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4/5 rDev +5.3%
A friend of mine shared a few left coast DIPA's with me last night this being one of them.Poured a clear copper/light amber with a thinner but well sustained sticky white head,different sort of hop aromas than what you usually find,mango and peach aromas stick out most with a bit of citric quality and a fading pine note with a bit of sweet alcohol thrown in.The hop flavors dont blow you away but are there in force thruought the whole beer,again the flavors are more of a mango and peach variety with a bit of herb,a hefty caramel base holds on till the end with the alcohol providing some sweetness as well.Just a solid DIPA in my book with a different hop profile than most.
04-23-2008 12:53:46 | More by oberon
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
Appearance: minimal head, clear, amber in color
Smell: citrus hops, pine hops, and caramel malt
Taste: citrus hops, pine hops, and caramel malt
Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, low carbonation, sweetish start with a strong bitter middle and a less bitter end
Drinkability: This one is a sipper if not for the super bitter middle. I could have a couple of these, but the high abv hits hard. I like the pine flavor. An above average dipa.
07-30-2010 17:13:02 | More by tigg924
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
Bottle from after4ever, thanks! Copper color with a white head that left a little bit of lacing. This is one of the maltier IIPA's I've had. A lot of sweet malt in the aroma, but thankfully there still is some dank, resinous hops showing up in there too. Taste is the same thing, plenty of sweet caramel which is battling citrusy hops for dominance. Full bodied with medium carbonation; sticks to the tongue quite a bit, a bit cloying. Decent beer.
12-27-2008 23:49:45 | More by badbeer
4.31/5 rDev +13.4%
Devil Dog opens with a heavily sugary and citrusy nose, but with a surprisingly strong grain base that immediately speaks to a balanced and carefully crafted brew. Hops and sugars are still the most present aromas, however, mingling together in a lovely bittersweet blend of, from the former, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, dandelion stem, mint, anise, eucalyptus, rosewater, and lemon, and from the latter, huge rushes of orange, apricot, peach, nectarine, berry, cherry, and grape fruit esters, as well as brown sugars and thick, sticky caramel. The sheer volume and nuance of the hops and sugars is impressive, as is, despite the potency, the balance between the two, neither really overpowering the other. The rosewater, grapefruit, and sweet sugars particularly combine to create a candi sugar-like overtone, almost confectioner’s sugar-sweet in potency, but mixed with fruit esters to create a hard candy, Jolly Rancher aroma that, if it were actually made by Jolly Rancher, would probably revolutionize the industry. The grains also add Grape Nuts cereal, toast crust, and biscuit undertones, providing a sense of earthiness. As a whole, the nose is excellent, providing almost everything one could want in an Imperial IPA, and doing so in a classy manner that bespeaks a carefully vetted recipe and hours of careful labor.
On the tongue, the beer is far more hoppy and bitter than the nose let on, with dandelion stem, pine resin, grapefruit rind, mint, eucalyptus, pepper, and anise taking the lead to sear the tongue and soft palate, with bits of pink grapefruit and lemon oil adding touches of citrus. The sugars still bring loads of fruit esters, including orange oil, berry, cherry, and apricot, which combine with the citrusy notes to create a strange bubble gum-like overtone, which somewhat clashes with the heavy pine resins. Brown sugars and caramel add further sugary tones, balanced somewhat by toast crust, biscuit, and cereal grains. But it’s the hops that easily take the lead, the 98 IBUs biting in shark-like frenzy at the mouth, and flooding the tastebuds with bitter, citrusy, oily, piney resins. These also dominate the aftertaste, which lingers for a long time, utterly wrecking the palate for anything other than another sip of an equally hoppy brew. Mouthfeel is an oily medium to medium-strong, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good beer, though fairly obviously not for the faint of heart. Anyone who’s not already a hophead will likely find this so bitter, resinous, and citrusy as to be somewhat unpalatable. Unfortunately, the sheer strength of the hops does largely overpower the other flavors, and the amount of strength the sugars lose from the nose to the tongue because of this is fairly large. Still, this is very much worth trying, as it’s difficult to imagine more hop flavor, and more varied and nuanced hop flavor at that, being shoved into a bottle. Just be aware that you’re not going to be able to taste pretty much anything else for a very long time after you’re finished.
03-02-2013 18:13:50 | More by jondeelee
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
Interesting beer, Very unique and probably doesn't really match the style. Taste is pretty much malt dominant in my view and is hard to describe as a DIPA. Style aside, it's very pleasant on the lips and has unusual fruit suggestions. I liked this beer, but as a DIPA it misses the mark...on it's own it's very nice.
06-28-2008 00:15:46 | More by masikon
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a dark yellow, aroma is hoppy, a little spice kick to it.
Taste, more hops, a little bit of heat (or is it the red tap handle?). Grapefruit, light tobacco feel to it. Different yeast vibe to it, like they did an 80/20 West Coast/Belgian IPA blend. Usual caramel and pale malt. Finished dry. Ample bitterness. Found it to have some neat nuances, a worthy beer from Laughing Dog.
01-28-2011 18:23:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
When visiting this brewery back in September, I had been anticipating the opportunity to sample this extreme offering. When I got their tray of available beers, I was distressed to see that the place holder for the Devil Dog sat empty, no sample glass covering it. Aggggh. Suppressing my disappointment, I inquired as to why this was the case. The answer, of course, was that they were in the process of brewing a new batch, which wouldn't be ready for a few more weeks, but I might have luck in finding a bottle or two somewhere in town. Not feeling entirely hopeful, I went to their first suggestion - the local health food store. Now that makes sense - a high-alcohol concoction at a health food store. But, sure enough, there's beer - a surprising selection at that - at health food stores, at least in Sandpoint, Idaho. And lo and behold, there was a single bomber of Devil Dog still available at this store, whose name presently escapes me. The Dead Sea Scrolls this wasn't, but I still felt pretty euphoric with my 'find'.
So, 8 months later, on a holiday weekend celebrating the end of winter, I pull this bad boy out of its hibernation, and sample it alongside a Fish Tale 10 Squared Ale, for a comparative tasting of two of the big beers of the Pacific NW.
Into my souvenir Laughing Dog American pint glass, this beer pours a cloudy copper orange, with a smallish two-finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is of sweet caramel malts, with a slight pine hop essence. Check. The taste offers up much more of the pine and some citrus hops at the front, with substantial malt sweetness holding up the backbone. And does it ever - the body in this beer is freaking huge. A sip filling the whole mouth kind of huge. This beer activates and stomps on all of the taste buds in my mouth, and I keep coming back for more! The mild carbonation is lost in the war of attrition between the hops and malts, and the warming at the end is pretty timid, quite well hidden for the 10% ABV. This is one superbly crafted Imperial IPA.
As much as I like the weight of the body of this beer, I have to give it a lower drinkability score than the 10 Squared, which has a lighter body. Trade-offs are a bitch.
05-19-2008 08:15:49 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Dark yellow with foamy head. This is a big hoppy melange with malt. The bitterness is lightly acidic and an untastable range of IBU 98, but it is a bitter mouthfeel. Yes its a very decent DIPA. 43rd or 44th state.Above average mouthfeel.Columbus, Northern Brewer, Ahtanum, Cascade
09-14-2008 02:12:19 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +5.3%
A- Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.
S- The aroma is sweet malt and some citrusy hops.
T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt up front with a good amount of lingering bitterness from the citrusy hops.
M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, not a bad Imperial IPA. The alcohol is pretty well hidden making it pretty drinkable for a beer of this strength. Definitely worth a try.
09-11-2010 03:13:15 | More by cjgator3
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
Drank this at The Front Door in Boise, ID. The guys over there are always hospitable. Great northwestern brew house and pizza place.
Probably the best IIPA I've had. This is a triple hopped Imperial India Pale Ale rated 98 IBU, with 5.2 lbs of hops/barrel. While its website states that it "is an all out assault on the senses", leading one to think that this brewery has drunk the Stone Brewing Kool Aid, it's really quite balanced and pleasant.
Poured from half nitro/half CO2 tap into snifter style glass, very dark amber, with a 2 finger white (if I remember correctly) head...
As the beer warms, hop character changes from piney, herbal, and floral to a pleasant mellow hop character, strongly reminiscient of marijuana. The malt has enough backbone to stand up to the hops, very biscuity and soothing.
Drinkability is great for a 10% beer, but this is one that's meant to be savored. Had this on St. Patty's Day with some corned beef and cabbage. The salty and sweet character of this dish went really well with the spicy, palate cleansing nature of this beer.
If you can find it in your area, try it. It's awesome.
03-18-2007 18:35:34 | More by johnbonham1980
4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
I really like this beer. I thought it was a bit pricey though. The head was incredibly creamy and thick but disappeared sooner on the second pour into a Sam Adams Perfect Pour glass. Believe it or not I'm getting a little chocolate flavor in the aftertaste which is something I didn't expect but like. It is hoppy that is for sure. Very tart. The label has flames behind the cute dog are telling because I'm getting good warmth in the belly on this one. If you like hoppy without a sweet aftertaste this one is for you. I'll be buying more.
03-16-2011 21:40:38 | More by Jazz1
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Picked this up in Wichita last weekend...
Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger+ of cream colored head. Head settles in to a nice creamy head 7 the lacing is fantastic
S: Huge breadyness, toffee & herbal hops showing up once warm
T: Follows the nose, plus herbal, piney & woody hops bitterness up front. Caramel, herbal & piney hops, slight apricot & tangerine fruittyness, plus dryness once warm. Finishes with grainy bitterness, caramel, dryness & pineyness; almost pulled a 4.5
MF: Chewy as all get out with nice creamy carbonation, also some nice juicyness to this. Fantastic balance
A well put together DIPA & easily one of my favorites from this brewery
05-17-2011 01:13:24 | More by russpowell
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a fairly clear amber with 2 big foamy fingers of off-white head. This retains with over a ½ finger of froth, just absolutely COATING the sides of the glass with rich sticky lacing. The aroma is very floral and spicy smelling, with some sweet citrus flavors coming through as does a thick backing of toasted grains.
The hop profile is very bold up front in the taste, with a big spicy bitterness and plenty of sticky resins. This is nicely balanced by a sweet (and surprisingly soft) mix of citrus and very grainy tasting toasted malts. Tons of dryness and spice just STICK to the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a good amount of underlying alcohol beef to the feel but this also possesses a softer creaminess to the carbonation that helps it go down relatively easy despite the strength of it.
With its aggressive hop character, grainy malt presence, and high alcohol content, this had me thinking American Barleywine at times but make not mistake that between it's well balanced hop bomb profile and deceptive drinkibility, this is very solid DIPA effort from Laughing Dog.
01-28-2010 20:00:00 | More by Kegatron
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
poured a darkish amber red with a smallish head, big hop nose and very hoppy but not overly bitter finish, carbonation was somewhat low on this beer but as big as it is that does not seem to hurt seems more like how a barley wine would be, as the beer warms up it becomes much more mellow and takes on a carmelly complex flavor. all in all i would say a very good 10% IIPA
04-16-2007 03:37:55 | More by bjp2006
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
On tap @ Bailey's Taproom (Portland)
I've been wanting to try a fresher example of this brew since I was informed the bottle I previously rated was old, and I'm glad I found one.
Clear light amber or orange-copper color with minimal head that does a good job of lacing.
Smells teriffic. Very fruity and sweet smelling with light hints of caramalt and some alcohol. Red grapefruit and tropical fruits dominate, mango, pineapple, peach, hint of menthol - reminds me of strawberry mentos.
Sweet malt backbone and juicy hop flavors combine to do a pretty good job at hiding the 10%abv, but its not entirely successful. Not overly bitter for a DIPA.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Great DIPA; glad I gave this one another try.
03-23-2008 06:36:43 | More by BeerZack
Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.