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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

218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | 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 uturn
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz capped bottle poured into a Stone Levitation glass.

A: This brew poured a clear copper with a nice fluffy head which left some very nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is sweet carmel with a hint of grapefruit rind.

T: The taste is well balanced, you get hit by the sweetness from the malts 1st then you get a milder than expected bitterness from the hops, which were both spicy and piney.

M: The mouthfeel was of a medium viscosity which coated the tongue in a pleasant way & had a nice level of carbonation.

D: This beer improved as it warmed as I anticipated it would. The 10% abv was surprisingly not noticed in the taste.

This is another Imperial IPA which could be mistaken for an American Barleywine. This Devil of a Dog is worth finding and enjoying.

Photo of Jayli
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Union on 7/29
Served in a Chalice

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a 1/4 inch of foamy white head to it. Head retains nicely, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a strong caramel malt presence, big piney hops and hints of grapefruit citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with a light piney hop presence that is mellowed out by the caramel malts. Just a touch of biscuit filters in here. Finish is bitter, bitter grapefruit hops that really linger on the tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy feel with an oily finish that coats the tongue.

D: Goes down rather easily, somewhat filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. If I didn't have to drive, I would have loved another glass or two of this one.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cavedave
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jager68 for this delicious IIPA

It pours a beautiful, slightly cloudy, amber, topped by a brief dark beige head that gives way to a light skim and thin ring.

Smell is a light/medium aroma of citrus, herbal bitter, caramel, and tart yeasty breadiness. Almost a barleywine smell.

Taste is similar to many American barleywines in some ways. It starts with a sweetness that is neutral and also a bit dark caramel, alcohol warm joins in, and it moves into herbal bitter, lighter citrus, and ends with a lingering astringency that is slightly medicinal, and lacks complexity. This beer can't make up its mind what it is, and it isn't a great one whatever style you decide.

Due to the too high carb., and too mediciny finish, this is only an average mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good. I'm finishing this bomber pretty quickly.

Impression: This beer suffers by being compared with some of the finest IIPA ever brewed. Were it not for Pliny, Hopslam, Dreadnaught, Big A, Hop Henge, etc. this beer would rate better.

Photo of wedgie9
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 22oz bottle. Pours clear bright orange with a nice beige head that recedes to lace. Biscuit nose with bitter hops and some orange and spices. Flavor is slightly dirty with some caramel malt and a very dry hop characteristic. Body is full with very heavy carbonation and a long earthy and bitter finish.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear gold with two fingers of white head. Bottle conditioned. Big hop aroma with pine and citrus. Medium bodied. Pretty aggressively hopped. Lots of grapefruit. There is a tang of sourness. Also a little heat from alcohol. Could use a little more malt backbone to balance things out and add some more body.

Photo of evilkalla
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber into a tall ale glass.

A: deep, clear copper. Poured with an aggressive one-inch tall head that has remained for a couple of minutes now. Significant carbonation can be seen deep in the glass.

S: Piney hops but a significant amount of malt as well.

T: Malty, with a very strong hop presence. VERY noticeable alcohol bite. The taste is overall really good but the alcohol is VERY apparent in this once.

M: Sudsy and malty, a little thick. A slight burn from the booze.

D: I definitely like this one and I will no doubt finish the whole glass. A sipper though, I couldn't slam one of these back very fast.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light tan one finger head that slowly dissipates into nothingness. A few sluggish bubbles glide there way to the top. The color is a caramel copper.

You can smell the heat from the alcohol mingled into the caramel toasted malt that give the orange hops a syrupy sweet note.

There is a nice balance between the mlat and hops in this DIPA. The caramel malts give the bitterness a caramelized orange peel with maybe some brown sugar. And lets not forget that spicey alcoholic warmth that lets its presence known from start to finish.

This is a balanced, but still bitter DIPA with a lot of alcoholic heat. This beer is a sipper and requires sometime to finish unless sharing.

Photo of bum732
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Resiny hops, citrus, grapefruit mostly, slight skunk, floral notes, lavender in particular

L: Golden orange, nice creamy tan head with amazing lacing.

T: Wine and citrus hoppiness, semi-sweet malt. Fairly high earthy bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Very dry finish.

M: Solid medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

An ok DIPA, more bitter than hoppy, pretty straitforward. A little too dry in the finish is my only complaint. Not bad.

Photo of thagr81us
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopflop for this one! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a nice hazy dark copper with a small amount of sediment settling at the bottom with an off-white two-finger head that subsides to a one-finger after a bit. The lacing was excellent throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle hops, and small amount of alcohol. The flavor was of loads of sweet malt, alcohol, and a hoppy followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very flavorful brew. It had a nice balance of sweet of bitter to counteract the alcohol flavor so it wasn't overpowering. However it is not that drinkable though and you can definitely tell it is a heavy hitter.

Photo of Pinto21
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium amber with a bit of gold with just off white 2 finger head

S: A bit of alcohol with sweet malt, some hops coming in but not overly strong

T: Alcohol and candied hops. Not overly citrus but present in the finish. Assertive hops, not aggressive. Def some malt sweetness up front

M,D: Not overly drinkable. The alcohol is fairly present. Mouthfeel is fine for IIPA

Not bad but nothing special. Give it a try

Photo of vtfan77
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice light orange/ gold color with a thick white head and good lacing.

S- Orange peel and caramel. The caramel is quite prominent, almost like a barleywine or even a doppelbock with a lot of hops.

T- The smell carries over into the taste. Candied citrus with lots of caramelly malt. The bitterness is quite prominent on the aftertaste. Very much like a barleywine.

M- Thick and syrupy. The carbonation doesn't quite do enough to balance out the body.

D- Too rich and alcoholic to drink much of. I couldn't really taste the alcohol, but it's clear that there's quite a bit of it after drinking much of this beer.

Another in a long line of barleywine-like DIPAs. While not a bad beer, Devil Dog didn't do a whole lot to distinguish itself from a crowded pack. There are lots more beers that do the job much better than this one.

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like sweet citrus and honeysuckle, with a little mango and brown sugar. It tasted like grapefruit and orange zest, with resin and honey and brown sugar. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a nice double IPA with a very balanced and clean scent and taste. It had a nice body too, and hid the alcohol pretty well, so it was easy to drink. There was just a little harshness in the taste that kept this from being excellent. But I'm a fan of the malt profile.

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of HopHooligan
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Didn't have much time to write this one, so just a few bullet points

*Warning* this beer hides ABV better than any other brew I've had in a long time. You've been warned!

A- Poured a 22 into a snifter, had a mix of red and gold color to it, with little foam. Good to fair lacing.

S- Citrus off the bat, with pine scent short after. The smell of grains comes through as well.

T- Malts go well with the strong citrus taste, then the piney flavor cleans the pallet, perfect for another sip. Not too bitter for an IPA, slightly sweet malts.

M- Medium carbonation that lingers. Full body

D- Well I almost finished my glass writing this review, so if that says anything. A very balanced beer, a little acidic to drink a lot of but great taste/profile overall.

Photo of Lunch
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Brooklyn Snifter at the appropriate temperature (05/03/10).

A: Pours a darker shade of golden amber that is a little little hazy. A 1.5 finger off-white head sticks around for a bit, but then dissolves to just a collar leaving bits of lace.

S: Unfortunately the hop aroma is very mild, but there is a slight biscuit-like malt that is pleasant.

T: Toffee and caramel are found up front followed by citrus, pine and herbal hops. A hint of biscuit and some slight spice and bitterness from the hops lingers as well.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate and creamy carbonation. A lingering bitterness rounds things out.

D: Not at all difficult to drink, but there are many more DIPAs that I would have over this one.

Overall this was a disappointing DIPA from Laughing Dog as it is truly a malt bomb and I know that this is a pretty fresh bottle. Pass.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a very nice dark copper color with some reddish and orange hints quite hazy with a nice white dense head that is about .5 inches. It is quite sticky as well. It recedes rather quickly to a thin film though.

S - Delicious piney hop aroma with some nice sweet citric hints as well. There is a bit more sweetness and pine resin than in the Alpha Dog DIPA. Some nice sweet caramel malt aromas as well.

T - Great sweetness from the malts that mesh well with the nice citrus grapefruit explosion in my mouth. There is a nice mix of pine and grapefruit within the hop profile. Overall, a very nice mixture of caramel sweetness with some grain/bread flavors and nice citric flavor. The beer finishes with a nice dry hop character and a mild tartness.

M - nice full body with ok complexity. Nice crisp CO2 and balance.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing with great falvor even with the ABV.

Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= tea-orange, delicious foamy light-yellow head, persistent rim.

S= huge dough nose, rust, hints of some citrus and possibly other fruits. The raw dough scent is heavy and persistent.

T= metallic, thick syrupy, pleasant strong hops bitters, chewy malts, excess liquor (not surprising with the 10% ABV), citrus notes. Not quite as balanced as I would like. Somewhat akin to a nice Lagunitas Censored that was taken to extreme and unbalanced in several directions. I'm using a .5L glass stein and the second pour from the 22-ounce bottle was better than the first. I guess the only way to get a good balanced perspective on this beer would be to use a 1.5L stein!

M= syrupy with hops bite and bitter undertones.

D= too high in the ABV% to be much more than one 22oz bottle, a bit too belchy biting for me to want more as well.

Photo of mwa423
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy dark brown that you can see light through with two fingers of a pretty white head. I wish I would have taken a picture for a new avatar, such a pretty pour.

S - Very well balance IIPA, some heavy hops but sweet malt balances it out well. I usually expect more hops, but this might just be an old bottle.

T - The taste is as well balanced as the aroma. There are some hops, but the malt is actually heavier. It's an interesting change for an IIPA.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, this is a beer I could drink during a time at a bar when I am just throwing a few back.

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of deereless
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Heaps of head on a hard pour that settles to show lots of sticky spots along the inside of the glass, the color reminds me of tarnished copper - 4.25, S: The nose definitely conveys Imperial IPA, lots of thick syrupy malts and strong hop aromas, I pick up raisin and plum as well as a degree of oakiness to the beer, there is the slightest hint of citrus in the background - 4.25, T: The palate is heavy on both the hops and the malts as one might expect, quite sweet but nicely balanced with a hop bite, alcohol is present but not too aggressive, reminds me of a fruit cake with nut meats and brandy laced batter, caramel is present, the hops also provide a pine needle bite - 4.25, M: Drinks like a warmed molasses, smooth and creamy - 4.50, D: Of the five Laughing Dog beers I've sampled to date - this is my favorite, a solid representation of the style albeit on the edge of being confused with a barleywine - 3.75

Photo of cpetrone84
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-deep amber color, slight haze, slightly off white head, about two fingers, leaving a decent lacing on the glass

S-very strong smell, just not the one i'm looking for. there is huge malt here, big sweet toasted malt, some caramel, just a hit of grapefruit and citrus. mostly malt aroma.

T/M-it tastes similar to the smell, but it does bring a little more hop flavor than the aroma did. it is very smooth, decent amount of carbonation, a hint of warming from the alcohol. you get a ton of sweetness from the malt, some caramel. this malt assault is fallowed by an acceptable (albeit low) amount of hops tasting first with some piney followed by a tinge of citrus and grapefruit with a slight hit of bitter hops at the end.

D-decently drinkable, the alcohol is relatively hidden and it is very well balanced. if you like a well balanced imperial ipa, you'd probably like this. not a fan of balance, i prefer all or nothing; but this isn't bad.

D-

Photo of Docer
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged a bottle...

- Dark caramel color... poured heavily... light head... quickly to a white creamy thin layer....

- Really sweet creamy caramel malt... some floral hops, and fruit. Much too big of a malt profile.... little bit of pine and bitterness.

- Strong creamy caramel malt... way too much sugar, brown sugar, malt... just sweet and thick. Certainly a lot of hops.. pine, bitterness.... floral...

- Chewy... and just too sweet.... sorry!

- Too sweet, and too thick.... not among even my middle 'drinkable' IPA's at all...

(10-06-2009) 4,3.5,2.5,3,2

New review:

Reviewing again... forgot that I had already tried this, and previously gave it a C grade. So I will edit, and see if it has changed over the last year or more.

- Pours a clear copper.. just like a new penny... minimal white head down to a light dusting and a healthy ring of foam.

- Smell is a rather powerful and sweet caramel malt with a touch of brown sugar and some bright citrus hops with a floral nectar as well. Not bad, but the smell isn't overly hoppy as the 7lbs. of hops would lead one to believe.

- A pretty crisp and sweet brew... huge caramel and brown sugar notes in the malt, and a rather nice bitterness that comes through ok. Pine, floral... and a citrus zing... but overall I still think the malt is overpowering... though it compliments the bitterness of the hops. I guess what I am saying, is that it lacks the other hop flavors one would expect from a IIPA.

- Medium to heavy bodied... sweet and syrupy.. a bit chewy and dry.

- Overall it is decent... but it's not a west coast IIPA which are my favorites. They can achieve the strength without being this sweet.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange/red orange body, topped by four fingers of off-white whipped froth. Thick sticky lacing.

Big inviting pine and citrus aroma hits the nose as soo as the cap pops.

A nice thick slab of sweet malt splatters across the tongue, laying a solid foundation, as the roller coaster starts uphill. The coaster suddenly peaks, picking up increasing traces of hoppy bitterness as it gains speed downhill. The hop tingle lasts long after the last stop.

Thick mouthfeel, really solid presence. Good drinkability for such a big beer, the bomber goes fast.

A good imperial ipa recommended to fans of the style.

Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.