Devil Dog Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing
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4/5 rDev +5.3%
A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing
S - Is of citrus hops with a good amount of sweet malt coming through
T - Starts off with a lot of citrus hops then get balanced out very well with the caramel malt
M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it
D - This is a very easy to drink DIPA the abv gets by unnoticed and the malt balances this brew out nicely very good beer worth trying
12-05-2008 01:26:06 | More by armock
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
22oz bottle received from the mighty joe1510 in the LNBA BIF. Thanks man! Had a long and tiring day and want something that will put me to sleep and gently while assaulting my taste buds
A: Pours a deep copper with a dense beige head with good retention. Excellent clarity and plenty of visible carbonation. As I drink this, it leaves some lacework on the side of my glass. Solid.
S: Plenty of pine of a very strong and juicy character on the nose, along with some juicy citrus with orange zest and some grapefruit. Hop character is more on the aroma and flavor side, rather than a bracing bitterness, something that scores points in my book.
T: Wow! The juicy character on the hops in this DIPA really do stand out and bring to mind the Great Lakes The Lake Erie Monster DIPA. While that was a citrus/orange juicy hop, this one's pine hops in all their succulent glory, at least to start with. There's some citrus character with a grapefruit flavor before a rather thin malt presence comes through with some nutty and caramel flavors. The finish is juicy pine hops again and pleasingly drying
M: Solid carbonation, nice drying finish with a winning hop character.
D: I'm enjoying this and will seek this out again. Thanks for introducing this brew to me, Joe!
11-05-2008 04:41:20 | More by DefenCorps
1.65/5 rDev -56.6%
I picked this up at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle while in town on business.
A - Brown and cloudy with a thick, beige head.
S - A smoky, musky, malty, earthy aroma. It was not at all what I expected.
T - Very smoky, earthy and malty. I thought it was horrible. This beer tastes more like a bad Scottish ale than a DIPA.
M - Thick and chewy with good carbonation. This is the only aspect where the beer was passable.
D - I gave this beer a good effort and then poured it down the sink. I don't do that often. I had high hopes for it too. I bought it based on the reviews here and the description on the bottle (DIPA, 7 lbs of hops per barrel, etc.). I don't know what went wrong but the bottle I got was terrible.
10-18-2008 16:22:28 | More by GJ40
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
thanks to Toby(JohnGalt1) for this beer in the LNBA BIF
A: this beer is gorgeous, it starts with a lovely hazy amber color with a thick head on it it dies off a bit towards the middle of the drink but leaves a delicious wispy remnant
S: a slight sweet spice and malt. the hops spice cuts with alcohol and a rather complex aroma. if you want to smell a complex simple aroma, whiff this (i know sounds stupid)
T: sweet, surprising, almost an alcohol sweetness with a touch of malt and then a bitch slap of hops and bitterness theat lingers on the tongue. there is an absurd sweet backbone. it tastes like two beers. the upfront malty sweetness with a follow up of a solid bitter ipa. this is a solid mix thats intriuging and enjoyable
10-08-2008 05:41:52 | More by Redwood21
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
Devil Dog is another Laughing Dog beer I received in a recent trade with JohnGalt1, thanks Toby! This big IIPA pours a surprisingly dark, somewhat hazy, ruby red that glows orange when backlit. A clean white head rises to a healthy finger's worth in height and fell rather quickly to a swirling skim coat and moderate collar that leaves small patchy lacing on its way down. Thin drink lines remain behind after each sip.
This beer smells like it will have a ton of robust flavors, from the hops, malt bill and alcohol. Brown sugar sweetened grapefruit is the first thing that jumps out. Loads of dripping caramel drenches this beer and while the hops take the lead the malts aren't far behind. A moderate tropical fruitiness pops up here and there with pineapple and mango being the two most noticeable. Mild alcohol wafts through the malt and tickles my nose. There's also a candy like sugar quality adding to the tropical fruitiness.
Although the aroma of this beer is good the flavor surpasses it. The brown sugar sweetened grapefruit is first out of the gate and the tropical fruitiness lays down layer after layer of citric goodness. The caramel maltiness is thick, rich and coating which makes for a solid backbone. The alcohol comes through just enough to cut through some of the sweetness. This is a big IIPA in all aspects. The malt bill works to balance the hop profile but falls short. I usually prefer the hop heavy IIPAs but this one hits the spot tonight.
The mouthfeel of this beer is about as rich and velvety smooth as you could expect from an IIPA. The body is heavy but leaning toward the lighter side of heavy, if that makes sense. There's a sugary stickiness that coats the tongue, as the velvety body glides through, but the rest of my mouth dries out quickly from the alcohol presence.
This is a big beer and although the abv rings in at over 10% it drinks incredibly easy. The mouthfeel is a big help to the great drinkability along with the drying aspect. I find myself drinking this beer faster then I should with a 10% beer.
This is a delicious IIPA that managed to grow on me the more I drank. Although it's more of a balanced IIPA the flavors come together nicely. I would recommend this to anyone to give a try. I'm glad Toby sent me two of these. Thanks again!
09-24-2008 02:55:35 | More by joe1510
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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
This is a very dark DIPA with very hoppy nose. The beer tastes very deep with the malt really backing up the hops. There is a slight sweetness to the finish. This beer is very drinkable and quite unlike any other DIPA I have had. More malt than most but still a big hoppy beer.
08-18-2008 04:03:17 | More by canucklehead
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
the brew pours a very nice orangy color with a decent sized white head. the nose was very floral with citrus hops, also some slight alcohol. the taste was the same as the nose but included a nice powdery malt taste, very bitter, full bodied. good IPA
08-14-2008 16:51:36 | More by stumac
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Goose Island tulip glass.
The aroma was filled with apricots, tangerines, peaches, grapefruit, and caramel
The appearance is a light amber/dark copper color with a 1/8 inch beige head. Lacing is left all along the glass.
The taste has initial sweet caramel and toffee flavors, mixed with buttered biscuits. This is quickly followed by the taste of apricots and oranges followed quickly by a very strong bitterness.
The mouthfeel is medium, bordering on medium/full. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
The drinkability is good. This is a solid imperial IPA. There is a little too much caramel/toffee flavor for me, but I certainly appreciate what they did with this beer.
08-07-2008 02:01:38 | More by westweasel
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
Courtesy of JohnGalt1 as part of the Fight Club BIF. Good solid punch to the mouth.
22 oz bottle poured into a Laughing Dog shaker pint glass, also courtesy of JohnGalt1. Thick tan head that stands a full fingers width. Quickly dissipates and leaves a minimal spotty lace. Color is a hazy coppery orange.
Smell is a sweet red grapefruit citrus bang of hops. Mild malt balance. Taste is equally sweet to balance out the tartness of the hops. Finishes with an interesting spicy twang.
Solid medium body with a slight chewiness. Slick and easy to drink. Very enjoyable.
07-07-2008 04:26:32 | More by bort11
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
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.
Pours a very nice hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy tan head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing.
The nose is mostly malty, very slight hops, nice touch of citrus/pines, and lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, very big malt tones,
some hops, nice touch of citrus/pines, and caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty DIPA, more on the malty side though, but nice.
Highly recommended. Thanks Toby.
06-23-2008 23:54:19 | More by Wasatch
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
Huge thanks to abankovich for sending me this one.
Pours a dusty dark amber color with a tall creamy off-white head that leaves some nice stringy foam lace.
Nose is appealing, though somewhat unique, with juicy grape, peach, and faint lime. Middle is well supported with a full caramel sweetness over roasted buttery grains. Other mild scents of hay, fig, resin, and a slight funk. Very rich full nose overall.
Taste and body are both very smooth, beginning with a rounded caramelly malt flavor that runs with some pineapple juice, then tightens into bitter resin. Bitterness continues to swell on the palate well after the swallow. Medium to full body is somewhat deceiving, seeming light and smooth up front, becoming chewy at the finish, with plenty of oily coating and stickiness. Nicely balanced malt and hops, amazingly preserved despite its age.
One seriously large IIPA, with a full malty body and overly hopped bitterness (in a good way). Appealing, but somewhat intimidating, an intense all around excellent beer for the style.
04-20-2008 21:33:09 | More by lightindarkness
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
Thanks to JohnGalt1 for an amazing trade to get this amazing brew!
A: Pours a gorgoeous copper color with a perfect one inch head. Little bubbles of carbonation run up the edge of my Unibroue tulip and meet with the slowly receding head.
S: First the smell of pine is very apparent but as it warms you get corainder and orange with other bitter whiffs of citrus. Subtle undertones of caramel close.
T/M: Bitter piney taste hits the tip of the tongue followed by a wonderfully sweet orange flavor with a little hop bitterness. Spicess of black pepper and coriander hit the back of the tongue. As the beer finishes you get a wonderful caramel and orange sherbert taste with a little earth tone. This beer is perfectly carbonated with a perfectly thick body that coats the tongue on its way down.
D: Amazingly good IPA. Loved the piney taste that this one gave. Perfectly balanced easy drinker. Warms a little on the way down to let you know its good.
04-13-2008 23:30:47 | More by dsigmon
4/5 rDev +5.3%
*Thanks to JohnGalt1 - great trader*
Pours a hazy, amber-brown with smallish, mild carbonation, & decent lacing; big bubbles.
Nose is butterscotch, brown sugar-sweet malt. Floral & piney hop notes round out the over all aroma.
Boozy on the palate followed by a solid carmel malt and pine-hop blast. A pretty thick and oily beverage that leaves the back of the throat nice and numb from the hops. Mouth is left a tad try but still somewhat slick.
A well balanced DIPA and a pleasure to drink. Would certainly pick up again if available in my area. Good work Idaho!
04-13-2008 01:12:34 | More by jdoncbus
4.45/5 rDev +17.1%
Huge thanks to JohnGalt1 for including this terrific extra!!
Glowing honey golden with a great fluffy head that calms to a constant ring... Great lacing as well..
Aroma is super citrusy and sweet... I think I'm in for a real treat with this one..
And I'm right.. This brew is absolutely delicious!! It is uber hoppy and citrusy with loads of juicy hops that seemingly burst out of this thing...I can taste orange and lemon along with loads of other sweet citrusy flavors... Seriously, this thing is stupid delicious...this thing has one of the best finishes ever on an IIPA. It starts sweet then goes bittersweet and stays there... Really terrific..
At 10%, you have to be careful with this thing as it will put you down quickly... This is, without a doubt, one of the best Imperial IPAs that I've ever had. I actually liked it as well as Dreadnaught and much more than some of the other so called heavyweights in the class... Just delicious..
04-09-2008 14:23:49 | More by Tilley4
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
The Devil Dog poured a autumn color with a solid two finger foam head and some sea foam lacing.
The aroma was of grapefruit and dates.
The taste was sweet apples and malt most of the way through. The caramel malts really came to the fore front. It was high on bitterness to start and then as another drink came it softened it. It was initially sharp but then turned into a trained and well behaved dog. Overall an excellent brew but seemed to be a less in your face than a normal DIPA but I would definitely buy this one again.
04-09-2008 02:19:13 | More by cswhitehorse
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
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
Had on tap at the Green Dragon the other day.
The beer pours a rich amber color with good head retention and lacing. The beer has the expected citrusy bitterness on the nose, though I don't really get any pine aroma. Given the nose on this beer, I was happily surprised by the amount of flavor this beer has. The beer starts off somewhat sweet, with some cherry and apple, but then dovetails into some nice refreshing, citrusy bitterness. The beer is not at all heavy or tiring to drink, and the abv. is pretty well disguised. You can tell it's up there a bit, so one or two of these is probably all you'd want to do.
A very nice DIPA from Laughing Dog. Impressive.
03-03-2008 16:15:59 | More by John_M
4.45/5 rDev +17.1%
I've already done two reviews of this beer. One was clearly a bad bottle. The second, drank about nine months ago, was decent, but I still found it wanting. So, why am I doing it again? I recently got an email from the co-owner and brewer at Laughing Dog, Fred Colby, mentioning that a new batch of this beer had just been bottled. I had previously criticized this beer for having too heavy a body and being too malty, and he suggested that I'd find that fault had been fixed. So I decided to check it out:
22oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $6.69.
Poured a clear shade of copper with a good two inches of beige foam that receeded to a sticky lace.
This had the biggest nose that my big nose has ever detected emanating from an IPA!. Huge citrus scents vie with a sweet maltiness for olfactory attention. I also picked out what smelled like fresh strawberrys which, while unique in my experience with IPAs, smelled absolutely delicious. Is it like a typical beer of the style? No. Way too much maltiness, but now reduced to the point that the hops can shine. Does it smell freakin' great? Yes!
Like the nose, the taste of this beer has a huge hop presence that is balanced by a maltiness that is also huge, but is subordinate enough to the hops that it still tastes like an IPA. While the sweet maltiness very nearly matches the sharp, fruity hops at the beginning of the taste, the malts decline precipitously after that, with the hops declaring their victory with a prolongued bone-dry fadeout. What is truly unique in my experience, is a strawberry-like flavor that is most evident at first moment the taste hits the tastebuds and, while certainly unconventional, adds to the overall tastiness.
This is a medium bodied beer, which, looking at a label that boasts five varieties of hops, coming to seven (!) pounds per barrel plus three varieties of malts in what I guess is not too much smaller a quantity, is quite an achievment! DD has a fairly oily mouthfeel, though not as oily as other beers of the Double/Imperial IPA persuasion. I'm guessing that might be because of those three varieties of malts being liberally used, though my own attempts at homebrewing were so spectacularly unsuccessful, I don't really have the knowledge to say.
This is not a session beer even if you are 400 lbs., but it makes a very nice nightcap, which is what I'm using it as right now.
Definitely a more-is-better version of the style, an almost hedonistically tasty beer, with a huge nose and flavor. The price was a little high,at least to my broke-ass self, but it makes sense from the huge amounts of hops involved in it's brewing. I don't know if that heads-up from Fred led me to pick this up when it was at it's optimum fresheness or not, but it blew me away when compared to previous samplings, and now tastes like an IPA rather than a really hoppy barleywine. I'd love to see this made a regular or at least seasonal offering, and it's yet more proof that Laughing Dog is the best brewery in northern Idaho or eastern Washington. One question: is the dog on the label supposed to look diabolical or just wasted? I think it could go either way.
03-02-2008 09:18:33 | More by woemad
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-14-2008 22:55:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
22oz bomber received as a generous extra in a trade. Received August 2007, opened and poured December 2007. No freshness date discernible on bottle or label.
This beer can hunt with the DIPA big dogs. Pours a deep and unattractively murky reddish brown, not much yellow or orange here, nearly no head. But things perk up from there, with a wonderful hop explosion in the aroma, accompanied by rich malt that marries wonderfully to the taste. It's a bruiser - there's definitely a lot of everything going here - palate busting hops and malty sweetness not for the faint of heart - but just (barely) avoids the syrupy viscosity of too many DIPAs.
There's tons of malt, and any more thickness to the texture would put this into average territory, but Devil Dog pulls it out. Alcohol is hard to detect - BA says it's 10%, but there's nothing on the bottle and little to be felt in the drinking.
Absolutely worth more than just a try. If you're a fan of big DIPAs, then you should actively seek out Devil Dog. Up there in a the higher echelon of the style, and bests many better-known California versions of the same.
12-11-2007 05:54:40 | More by Talisker
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
Served from a 22 oz. bomber in to a New Belgian Tulip.
A Pours a reddish amber color with little to no head. Im guessing the carbonation is past its prime with this one. I had it fresh earlier this year and the carbonation was much better IMO.
S Very floral / dry hopped. But, still less than I remember. The alcohol however is very well hidden at first. As the beer warms the alcohol become much more present.
T Citrus, hoppy, with a nice malt balance. Once again upfront alcohol is very well hidden until the beers warms. Still very drinkable down to the last drop.
M Texture is smooth and silky due to lack of carbonation. A little on the tick / syrupy side.
D Very drinkable. IMO the fresher the better. Its defiantly worth the trip. If you get the chance to drink it on tap do it. That has always been my best experience with this beer.
12-07-2007 17:30:53 | More by travisd13
Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.