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Devil Dog Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Devil Dog Imperial IPADevil Dog Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Devil Dog will chew you up and leave you whimpering for more.

At 98 IBU’s and 5.6 pounds of hops to the barrel it is an all out assault on the senses. Devil Dog Started as a labor of love but quickly took on a life of its own, leaving us drooling like Pavlov’s dogs at the mere mention of its name. Triple dry hopped and at 10% ABV, more than one of these bad boys will cause you to howl at passing strangers and chew up your toys, or anything else you can get your sharp little teeth on.

98 IBU

(Beer added by: johnbonham1980 on 03-18-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Sammy, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zestar, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

nmann08, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Softly glowing russet with bright orange trim. Reminiscent of either a tropical sunset or a tequila sunrise. Even though the cap maxed out at one finger, it's creamy and persistent and is responsible for a thick band of soon-to-be-crusty lace just below the rim of the glass.

Devil Dog smells like a caramel malt-intensive DIPA with no shortage of citric and tropical fruity hops. These hops (Columbus, Northern Brewer, Ahtanum, Cascade and Simcoe) should be enough to get any hophead excited. A bit more wattage and the next highest score would have been in reach. With no dating on the label, it's impossible to know just how old this pooch is.

This is one of those DIPAs that favors the barleywine style more than the classic DIPA style. In other words, it's chock full of malt (that greatly favors caramel over pale) and the hop flavor is somewhat muted as a result. It's also at least as sweet as it is bitter. Perhaps even more so.

Having said that, it's a surprisingly mellow version of the style, especially considering the ABV. My suspicion is that this bottle is at least a year old. That isn't a problem because it has aged exceptionally well. Alcohol is a member of the flavor profile, but there are no rough edges to be found.

The flavor profile includes juicy chunks of pink grapefruit, orange and mango swimming in caramel, melted brown sugar and pine sap. Even though there are plenty of malt sugars, 98 IBUs isn't hard to believe. The bombastic yet balanced nature of the malt sweetness and hop bitterness is one of the reasons I'm such a DIPA freak. They still could've used less total malt and proportionally less caramel malt, however.

Only an idiot would suggest that less malt would make the beer better, and then say that malt does great things for the mouthfeel. Okay, so I'm a idiot. This big brew is incredibly plush and crushed velvety, with just enough bubbles to keep things moving.

Devil Dog is a massive beer that, again, is as much American barleywine as DIPA. Idaho BAs should feel lucky to have access to this beast of an ale. It's devilishly good.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IIPA poured out as a nice looking golden amber color with a thick yellowish white head on top. The smell of the beer was probably the best part in my opinion. There was a lot of hoppy citrus and pine on the nose of this beer. The taste kinda ruined this beer for me. I'm not sure what it was but it just didn't taste right. It was kind of good but just didn't seem to come full circle... almost like something was missing. The mouthfeel of this beer was nice, had a good body to it and overall aside of the flavor this beer was really nice.

Knapp85, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I haven't tried too many of Laughing Dog's offerings since they've started coming through this area, but I'm fixing to rectify that. This case-in-point pours a clear orange-brass topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, pine resin, pine needles, a hint of tobacco, and a sprig or two of mint. It's a mess of butter and clashing greenery. The taste follows suit, with a nice bit of alcohol on the back end to provide warmth and to exacerbate the battle already underway. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this was just a mess of a beer, one that is riddled with butter and unwilling and seemingly unable to form any semblance of balance or peaceable interaction between this buttery juggernaut and the hops that seek to unseat him from power. Can't we all just get along?

TMoney2591, May 10, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

JAHMUR, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, May 19, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger head of khaki head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and other tropical fruits.

T - It tasted of pine, grapefruit and burnt toast maltiness. It had a boozy heat.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a big, powerful double IPA. Lots of alcohol heat and sharp, bitter hops.

zeff80, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in followed by a hops bitterness that might not be weak overall, but is certainly weak for the style. The alcohol is well-disguised and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, although there are a lot of other beer I would choose first when looking for a good hop bomb, this is still a decent beer worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Kegatron, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge 3+ finger head that fills the glass and fades semi slowly over very clear golden nectar orange color.

N: Lots of heavy chewy hops and chewy malts, some malty sweetness with just a hint of booze and honey even, a little citrus and spicy hops some fruity hop aromas too.

T: Starts with sweet malts, some nougat, chewy malts, some caramel and honey. Then bitterness with some chewy hops, some citrus and tangerine, a little spicy hops, some fruit and juicy hop flavors. Some warming booze and a little alcohol spice. Semi heavy on bitterness but not over the top.

M: Medium body, some warming booze and alcohol burn and decent carbonation.

F: More bitterness with some heavy hops, chewy hop flavors linger, some fruit and spicy hops, long lingering alcohol flavors and a little warming booze. Still pretty sweet too with more lingering chewy nougat and malts. It pretty much bombards the mouth. Overall a little too sweet and a touch too boozy but otherwise not bad.

jlindros, May 13, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

russpowell, May 17, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Laughing Dog Devil Dog Imperial India Pale Ale. Diabolus Canis Imperiiosus IPA. Tell us more, won't you? "the Devil Dog will chew you up and leave you whimpering for more. At 98 IBUs and with 7 pounds of hops to the barrel it is an all out assault on the senses. Devil Dog started as a labor of love, but quickly took on a life of it's own--leaving us drooling like Pavlov's dog at the mere mention of it's name. Triple dry hopped for that over the top hop flavor, more than one of these bad boys will cause you to howl at passing strangers, chew up you r toys and anything else you can get your sharp little teeth on." And that is all for dog jokes. Please?
Thing is, though, I'm looking at that dog, he ain't so bad, …pretty adorable, actually.
More: Hops: Columbus, Northern Brewer, Ahtanum, Cascade and simcoe.

Malt: Pale, Carmel (sic), and Munich.

Bottled and Brewed by Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho.

Let's just drink it, okay?

Clouded, opaque, dark amber coloring, large, full flowering, snowy white head, lace leaving, I'd guess, if it would ever quit.

Aroma: boom boom boom! Thick, rich, resiny, phony, and wonderful. Just my stuff. Deep dark fruitiness, cognac and leather, and a hell of a lot more going on.

Taste: along comes chocolate. Plentiful hop bitterness overwhelmed by dark malt deliciousness. Very chocolatey. Fairly swallows over any fear of being overly bitter. In fact, I've never had an "Imperial IPA" as malty or sweet or chocolatey as this. Plenty malty, utterly overtaking what you expect to get from a hoppy ale. Is that what I like in an Imperial IPA? Ehhh, not so much.
After all those damned idiotic dog jokes, I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's not delivering. The devil dog did not chew me up and I am not whimpering at all. Sigh…there's little integration, not much balance, no harmony, just a mess, and unlikable, too.

It's kind of a murky mess, and it's not hitting the right buttons with me. Alas. Not loving this. not even liking it.

feloniousmonk, May 22, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

mendvicdog, May 22, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours copper with a very nice off-white head. Very good retention. Lacing sticks.

The smel is musty and bready with caramel, herbal notes and some tart citric fruitiness.

The taste is of caramel, citrus, resin and an herbal bitterness. Tea-leaf mixes in with caramel and resin in the finish.

It approaches full-bodied, but stays within medium for the style.

I had a "side by side" with the Alpha Dog DIPA from this brewery. I prefered the Alpha Dog. This one claims 7 lb. of hops/barrel, but there is also a good deal of malt (and abv) to cover much of it, so it's not as hoppy in aroma and taste as expected (so is almost a waste of hops, IMO), especially as things don't quite "come together" to produce anything great. A decent brew, very nice to look at, but nothing "special" when it comes down to it. I would rather get the less expensive Alpha Dog than this more expensive one.

jwc215, May 02, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GClarkage, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy dark orange color with a 1" fluffy head thats lasts a while. Some moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, pine, and grapefruit provide the standard DIPA aroma and is easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: big caramel sweetness, huge pine flavors, grapefruit, pears, and honey sweetness is nicely balanced with a hearty drying bitterness. Alcohol is warming and quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is super long as the flavors remain in the mouth for several minutes.

Drinkability: for the style this one is a bit more of a slow sipper based on the big flavor profile and alcohol. No more than two or three pints would be a limit here.

Gavage, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Trashcat, Monday at 01:55 PM
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -20.8%

wrightst, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a fairly slight head. Interesting hop aroma- fairly meaty, with spice and earth notes as well as some blonde tobacco. Grainier in the mouth, and somewhat chewy. Earthy, bitter hops with some pine. Dry malt. A little one dimensional, but not bad. A bit thicker than one might think in the mouth, primarily because of the graininess. Not bad, but the graininess is distracting, and the hops are a bit out of the range I really enjoy.

Georgiabeer, Sep 19, 2010
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Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.