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Devil Dog Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

Devil Dog Imperial IPADevil Dog Imperial IPA

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%

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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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a lively caramel color with a finger of tan head that dies quick to a ring. Spotty lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel and iced tea. Taste is big malty and tea like. Hops are missing for me. Finish is bittering but not hoppy. Full in the mouth. Takes some sipping. Falls very short for a DIPA. If I drink something with IPA in the name, I want some damn hops. I suspect this isnt even close to fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 03:38:54 | More by franksnbeans
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from younger35 in a great trade.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Season premiere of The Office, I wanted something different that would fit the mood of this crazy ass show. Drinking it with the Devil Dog Ivy herself, my 4 month old German Shorthaired Pointer.

With a very aggressive pour, it still manages to create a half finger light khaki colored head that quickly dies down to a thin layer. Color is a foggy dark amber hue. Stickiness is some what thin, not as much as expected. Smell is a dirty, earthy hop aroma with a biscuity (dare I say dog biscuity) like scent. This is 10% abv.?...wow, no alcohol in the nose. Taste is a spicey pine hop with some dirt like flavors. I still can't detect the alcohol. Very earthy tones all over inside the mouth as well as a healthy amount of caramel malt. A bit of a bitter tingle in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. For 10%, this one can be put down pretty easy but it is very rich and chewy. I like how this one tastes as it warms. Glad Dan sent this one, definitely an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:47:12 | More by BeerTruth
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came in a trade from younger35. It was his first trade and he had Alaskan smoked that I was after. He wanted a Westy 12 and some others so I told him to even out the deal with some of his local brews and this was one he sent.

A: Really cool looking beer. Pours the reddest of red, just like a true devil dog should. This is amber DIPA by the looks of it. There is very little head. As the contents go into the glass there is a swirl at the top of tiny bubbles. These band together to form a small lily pad type head that dies down to a small island in the middle of the glass.

S: Big malty sweet caramel aroma. This is going to be a sweet beer no doubt about. I have smelled less sweetness in a candy store. There is some pine and citrus in the background, but sweetness reigns supreme.

T: Very nice brew. Starts off not surprisingly with a rush of sweetness. Rock candy baby. Just as the sweetness settles in it is overtaken by mass amounts of hops, bottle says 98 IBU’s. Ahhhh Yesss, the bitter has arrived. Notes of pine and orange rind are present. The bitter overload fades and leaves a nice small tingle at the back of your tongue from what’s left of the hops along with a slight burn of booze..

M: This is a full bodied brew. Very thick. I drank it warm and it was still very maple syrup like. I couldn't imagine the thickness at 39 degrees.

D: Uber drinkable. I love my DIPA's and am honored to try this one. It has less than 10 reviews on the site which is a shame. It's a well made DIPA that should be shared with the masses. Younger35, I'm leaving it up to you. Spread the wealth before you move to Chicago.

The bottle says it will leave you drooling for more like Pavlov's dog…. I have to agree. A puddle is forming. Man younger I should have had you send another in that last package. Oh well there's always next time.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 18:26:34 | More by tpd975
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to skyhand for sending this bomber east.

Pours a dark amber almost reddish color with a one finger cream colored head. Bubbly and frothy head has good retention and fades after a couple of minutes. Deep reddish color almost takes on a blood like look. Bready malt notes reminds me of a bakery. Caramel malt notes breaks with a nice sweetness attached to it. Malt profile is quite hefty. Spicy hop notes attack the nose--not very pleasurable.

Malt profile falls off from the aroma to the flavor as the hops take over and dominate everything. Chewy with big caramel flavors and a touch of pine needles. Thick and juicy on the palate coats the mouth and leaves sweetness in the finish. Bitterness is also present in the finish with a touch of fruit and pine. A tad cloying into the aftertaste. A spicy dipa that could moonlight as a barleywine--quite on the edge if you ask me. Not bad, but I don't think I could drink more then one glass of this. glad i got the chance though.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 00:26:54 | More by bjohnson
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3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a deep reddish amber color with a decent off-white head that quickly diminished. Some light lacing, but it was spotty at best.

The smell was a bit sweet for a DIPA, imo. Caramel malts, piney hops, some tea aromas come through, also. I wish the hops would be more assertive.

The flavor was on the sweeter side as well. Caramel, tea, pine resin, with some bitterness coming out in the finish.

Full bodied for a DIPA. I liked that part. This wasn't a bad beer, but it wasn't a really good DIPA either. Maybe if I ever make it out to their neck of the woods I can try another, possibly fresher, sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 15:15:52 | More by Imstillthegman
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 03:37:55 | More by bjp2006
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2007 18:35:34 | More by johnbonham1980
Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.