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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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Reviews: 123
Hads: 227
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: johnbonham1980 on 03-18-2007

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
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Photo of CHickman
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC: pours hazy amber orange with a creamy thick 1 finger white head that faded very slowly and left amazing lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down; just about perfect looking.

Smells of rich caramel, floral hops, candied sugar, hops, sweet malt, hops and light booze; not a hoppy nose per se, but still decent. It does not mask the ABV and let's it almost act as a warning.

Tastes of caramel, floral hops, dark fruit like cherry or plum, both brown and candied sugar, citrus hops, orange peel, sweet malt, grains, light yeast, grass and light booze; finish is not very bitter and trails off with a sweet cardboard flavor, and somehow manages to keep that 10% in check. More malt balance than expected for relatively easy drinkability considering the high ABV.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with average zesty carbonation, a chewy heavy body and a sweet finish that lingers like you just chewed part of an orange peel with a chuck of cardboard; it was oddly enjoyable to me.

Overall a nice slow sipper that was sweet and complex, with a strange ability to feel like it was a hop assault with a syrup like sweetness. Worth a shot, this was a unique brew. (1,201 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/29/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, pine, honey, orange peel, floral, mango, and herbal. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance; a touch boozy but not too bad. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, pine, biscuit, honey, floral, orange peel, mango, nuttiness, and herbal. Fair amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, caramel, honey, pine, orange peel, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with a very good bitterness/malt sweetness balance. No cloying flavors at all; very balanced despite a fairly long finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a pretty creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Imperial IPA. Great flavor balance with no cloying hop bitterness or sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one, very well done. (1,200 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,996 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet-smelling aroma, with lots of citrus and hops in evidence.

T: Tasted of hops (a surprisingly balanced amount), a lot of citrus (grapefruit), malt, and possibly a hint of pine in the finish. A well done, balanced flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable DIPA. Not an overwhelming beer, but well worth a shot. (529 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A great clear classic amber body, brown with a great red ruby edge hued shine to it. Head formation is very uniform and three fingers deep, coloring and off tan appearance an lots of sticky retention, clumping is just everywhere. Beer looks really inviting, it's looking really sexy.

Nose brings a real dry biscuit malt, with a soild hop presence. Incredilble amount of toasty aromas, I can feel the burnt crust bouncing around, taking a forward approach to the hop action which matches a dry crustiness as well. Sort of burnt dried out wood pine.

It's a bitter malt rush. Hop character is not defined, this is not citrusy, not even so much piney, floral or anything distinct. However it has an incredible toast malt body that puts most IPAs to shame it seems. Dense toast and snapping cracker finish with a nice tolerable hop indistinct bitterness. Texture is just hitting the right notes of thickness without being boozy or syrupy sweet. Lingering finish that goes on and on.

I am very impressed with this one but it's not a hop heads beer blast. I don't care it's so nicely balanced and wonderful without any indication of 10 ABV heat booze. Great job! (1,208 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick off white head, orange-red body. Looks pretty good.

Nose is thick, impenetrable hops and a heavy sweetness. Some sort of cardboard quality as well.

Thick and creamy, the flavor is syrupy malt with a huge hop bite on the finish. I prefer my DIPAs more unbalanced to the hop side. It's good, but just too heavy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, heavy and somewhat stripping.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this brew. It's somewhat reminiscent of Dreadnaught. Drinkability is limited by the heavy sweetness, not the ABV. (520 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy amber with a white one finger head.

S - Sweet and malty... I detect some citrus on the nose.

T - The hops are not the star, although there is some bitterness. It's more of a sweet, honey flavor along with some pine notes. The boozy notes aren't well hidden either.

M - Slightly over-carbonated but still has good mouthfeel.

O - This was a gifted bottle, it could be old but there's no way to tell. If a sweet malty beer is to your liking then this is your beer. (486 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is slightly cloudy light copper with one finger of head that had hardly any retention but left some lacing behind. This offering has a sweet, floral nose to it. The flavor is a pleasant flip-flop from bitter to sweet & malty then back to a bitter tingly finish. (272 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great surprise. I let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge and popped the cap without much "pop". But, it poured with a full, decent sized, foamy, frothy, thick, sudsy, off white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is an almost clear amber with several tiny bubble trails. Aroma is hops, yeast, malt, fruit, game. Flavor is similar to nose with much more bitter than sweet and just right carbonic tang. All in perfect balance for American Imperial IPA. Body and carbonation: perfect too. Finish is like flavor, of average lenght and has alcohol warming. Great beer! (596 characters)

Photo of nandemo1
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber with perfect clarity and a finger of head that receded quickly. There was a good amount of lacing stuck to the glass.

Smell is malty sweet with a bit of both flowery and citrus aromas. Taste is syrupy sweet with a solid hop bitterness. Not picking up a lot of flavor of the hops in the taste. Slight alcohol taste and burn.

Mouthfeel seemed pretty heavy and sticky, but you'd expect that with this much sweetness.

I don't know, maybe I just got an old bottle. Hey Laughing Dog, start dating your 22s! Based on this tasting, I'd say this is a malt bomb that needs more balance and complexity. (615 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  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. (545 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 8/6/2011

A - A rich cloudy deep orange off the pour. Sticky white lacing adorns my tulip.

S - WOW! Citrus hops dominate with a nice accompaniment of syrupy malty goodness. The balance makes way for some interesting aromas in this one... citrus gummies (the ones you buy in Florida as a tourist), cotton candy, and DOTS are among the sweet treats I smell in this one. Sweet candied hops, very nice.

T - Not as nice as the smell, but the hops are the star of the flavor. Sweet tropical fruits and bitter grapefruit rind replace the sweet goodies notable from the aroma. A heavy but nice malt backbone balances things out well, and little of the 10% abv peaks through. Good overall.

M - Full bodied, medium carb. Prickly hops, bitter aftertaste. No alcohol burn.

O - This is a very good example of a DIPA in my book. A nice blend of hops and extraordinary balance of malty sweetness. A definite to drink again if I see it. This one is recommended to fans of big hoppy beers. (995 characters)

Photo of LuthersMug
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Muted orange, on the darker side, cloudy. Head is thick and creamy. Lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

S - Strong, powerful scent of flowers, fruit, and pine.

T - This beer assaults the senses, a bit too overpowering. Caramel and ripe fruit flavors finished off with a crisp and piney hops.

M - A little too powerful.

O - A very good strong and flavorful IPA (372 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A musty copper colored brew with a big fluffy off-white head that deflates pretty quickly with tons of chunky lacing. The aroma brings sweet toffee and pine hops, thick and chewy with a hint of peat. Realy nice. The first taste has lots more piny hops but alcohol plays a pretty prominent role. There’s a hefty juniper green bite so it's a pretty substantial brew with medium full body and a smooth, moderately carbonated feel. Drinkability is a bit on the low side but you can easily enjoy a few based on the nice flavors here. Recommended! (543 characters)

Photo of capeannbass36
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Opened beer. Had immediate mess all over the counter. Foam running out of bottle at a rapid pace. Poured a nice clear, honey copper with a two finger off white head. Decent lacing throughout.

S- Sweet malt and caramel. A little pine.

T- Some sweet citrus fruit and hops, along with some caramel.

M- Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky and "oily". Warm.

O- I am liking it as the sweetness offsets the hops. Very nice. (423 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/ burnt orange color with a two finger cream colored head that leaves some nice sheet lace down my goblet.

Aroma is nice sweet caramel malts loaded with sweet ripe fruits apricot, pears hints of pineapples topped of by a sprinkling of pine needles.

Taste is pow bring on the hops loads of citrus notes spring out of brief caramel sweetness to assault your taste buds with lingering bitterness. Big hop presence in this one really good at the start seems to get slightly less good as time moves on alcohol notes become more apparent. Finish is lingering citrus rinds along with good pine resin notes and a slight alcohol burn. Was going for 4.5 but revised it as i move through the bottle. Still a nice I2PA.

Mouthfeel is good a big medium to hold all the hops, carbonation level is good.

Overall all a good I2PA flip flopping on rating 4.5 alcohol notes not really distracting but seem to be in the back of my mind. (939 characters)

Photo of cjympsin
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Columbus, Northern Brewer, Anthanum, Cascade, and Simcoe hops with Pale, Caramel, and Munich malts.

10.85% ABV, 98 IBUs

Strong hop aromas are evident from the smell.

Abundant carbonation and nice alcohol warmth as it get warmer.

Smells of some fruit flavors, pine flavors and malts as well.

All in all this beer was good, was a little lacking as a DIPA, but for the price I would buy it again. (400 characters)

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped the top on this bomber and the beer basically exploded out and on to the counter. Immediately started pouring into a pint glass and it was 1/2 head for a good while. Once it finally settled it was a nice deep orange color with a constant lacing around the top. The aroma was of sweet malts and wet pine which went together very nicely.

This is a deliciously sweet and spicy DIPA. The hops are with you for the whole voyage. The assault on your taste buds is relentless and unforgiving...but I dig it. The balance of malt really is what sets this apart. Total hop bomb but kept in check just a bit. Really, really enjoying the spice that lingers after each sip. There is somewhat of an alc punch on this one and isn't the highest on the drinkable scale but it sure is fun.

Being my first sampling from Laughing Dog I am very glad I brought this back from KC. (868 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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 (669 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper body with orange hues beneath a light tan head that is packed with dense bubbles of carbonation that float in a pillowy cloud-like formation before leaving behind an intense amount of lacing.

Abundant hop aromas waft from the glass, which include herbal and citrus notes as well as pine needles. As the beer warms the malt sweetness appears as well.

The flavor is fantastic featuring similar herbal and citrus hop notes to the aroma with more pronounced caramel malty sweetness to follow that sometimes almost seems nutty. Pine needles are also noticeable towards the back of the palate as this warms, it becomes a bit sweeter and the alcohol really kicks in and there are even touches of sweet fruit.

Medium to full in body with generous carbonation and nice alcohol warmth as it warms. This is a pretty big beer.

This is a nice Impy IPA with plenty of character and while it leans more towards the malt than its counterparts, there is no shortage of hop punch. (994 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an HOtD tulip on 5/11/11.

Pours a dark honey yellow with a finger of slightly off white fluffy head. Head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Pretty color and head though I would have like more retention.

Smells of sweet malts and some fruit flavors. Some pine flavors as well.

Taste is of sweet malts and pine flavors, alcohol is present but really comes out when the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight and the resin leaves a bitter pine taste in the mouth.

Overall this is a good beer and I would like to have it again but its not a spectacular beer, mostly because it just feels that all its aspects are good but fail to shine. (659 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

457th review on BA
Bottle to tulip
22 oz

App- This was a nice Orange with some dark highlights to make it a darker Orange altogether. A huge three finger head with a pancake batter consistency and lacing all over the glass.

Smell- This was dominated by pine and that resin scent of a big IPA. A little bit of citrus if you take a big whiff.

Taste- A bit over the top for me. The 98 IBUs are a bit hard on the taste buds. A bit of a malty sweetness with a huge hop bitterness kick. A little un balanced but pretty tasty and a bit boozy at over 10%.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Very piney residual flavors with some sticky sweet caramel flavors.

Drink- This was a big boozy, malty and piney DIPA. Like I mentioned it's tasty but just a bit too over the top. I probably won't come back to this one. (816 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Columbus, Northern Brewer, Anthanum, Cascade, and Simcoe hops with Pale, Caramel, and Munich malts.

10.85% ABV, 98 IBUs

White head above a dark amber body.

Caramel, pine needles, and a fruity sweetness.

Rich caramel, fruity apricot, and a long, bitter finish with grassy, floral, citrus hop notes.

Creamy, rich, sticky, and totally full bodied.

Devil Dog is the sort of malt heavy beer that blends the line between DIPA and American Barleywine. It does have significant bitterness at 98 IBUs, which contributes to the bitter finish. But the hefty malt base lends a substantial malt sweetness to both the aroma and flavor and really dominates this beer. (659 characters)

Photo of FattyJLE
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Poured a hazy rusty/bronze color with a healthy, cream-colored head with good lacing.

S - Wonderful aroma of sweet fruits. Pineapple and orange fragrances dominate.

T - Sweet malts right off the bat with a bitterness that attempts to compete but falls short. Caramel flavor with a hint of citrus zest. The malt clearly dominates this beer as at no point does the sweetness not shine through. As the beer warms, alcohol makes a significant appearance on the palate.

M - Moderate carbonation, dense bodied with an oily, sticky mouthfeel.

O - Overall a solid beer. The dominance of the malts is an interesting diversion from the overly-hopped IIPAs that dominate the shelves. My only knock is that the hops don't make enough of a presence in the flavor department. Would definitely have again, although with the alcohol, just one at a time. (893 characters)

Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.