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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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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 Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orangish-brown, very clean and clear. Head is baout two fingers of foamy off-white froth. Retention is good an lacing is nice. A little dark for my liking, looks like there might be a little too much in the way of caramel malts here.

S - Very clean and very strong aroma of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit with just a hint of orange. Some sweetness is well, very bready.

T - Strong sweetness initially with hints of caramel. The breadiness of the aroma is present in the taste, but is not as strong. After the initial sweetness a very strong bitterness comes through and verges on mouth-wrecking. Lots of citrus tastes and a pleasant alcohol burn provide a nice balance to the sweetness. All in all, a little too sweet for my liking, but still a very well crafted DIPA.

M/D - Medium bodied with a mouth coating stickiness that leaves the taste in your mouth long after it is gone. Good carbonation. Alcohol is a little strong and sweetness is a little too high to give a good drinkability score. Still, a very enjoyable DIPA.

Photo of thain709
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy orange, amber body...BIG...and I mean big...off white head...leads to great lacing

S - Nice aromas of grapefruit and other citrus...sweet malts

T - The taste is more on your sweet side...the big hops are present up front...but are dominated by caramel and more sweet tasting malts...it does finish with a slight bitterness

M - Medium bodied...coats the palate nicely

D - A sweeter IIPA...while I like mine on the hoppy side...it's still a solid beer...the alcohol is hidden very well for a 10%

Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a syrupy, hazy copper with a large blast of carbonation, bringing up a big, bilious head that falls to strong lacing. The aroma is sweet, sticky, thick and grapefruity, with a strong malt bite. The flavor is thick, strong, and grapefruity, with a strong edge of toffee and caramel. It is so thick, there is almost a stout-like edge of coffee. It's like a sweet coffee confection from a fancy coffee shop. The alcohol is strong, with a deep burn along the tongue. The effect is fruity and overripe. The bitterness is muted and is almost lost behind the boozy heat. The mouthfeel is very syrupy and thick.

This is not a well balanced DIPA, though it is not unpleasant.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, slightly dirty orange with a prominent 2 finger frothy shell white head that was very well lasing for several minutes (4-5) before settling to a creamy whipped layering. The lacing was spongey in nature leaving several concentric ring structures that clung nicely down the glass walls. Visible effervesce was faint and sporadic.

S: more of a citrusy fresh orange aroma then anything that resembled hopping. Seems all their imperial ipas Ive tasted seem to lack a good aroma or showing. Soft dried pine needles with a syrupy sweet caramel orange malting emerges giving this a more sugary then hoppy nose. Overall a weak display on the nose with a less then average strength starts this off like a whimpering (chiwawa) rather a wild dog.

T: Finally the hops show up late for the party but do show up. Starting off with dried orange peels the hops finally make their presence known with a bittering display of fresh wet hopping of pine needles and grapefruit that makes you pucker up. Peek-a-boos of sweet caramel periodically make a brief appearance throughout but it is the piney and wet leafy hops that really stand out here, something that was sorely missing from their alpha dog. A warming sensation of orange peels and alcohol gently laces the tongue upon the swallow. Overall a good showing of bitterness here, not much complexity per say but it is a imperial ipa. Sticky, sweet in the beginning with a good bitter finish makes this a good example per style.

M: was equally as good as the flavor, fairly thick and creamy, sticky and bitter with a lingering wet grapefruit hop fade. Carbonation was light with warming hop notes of pine and alcohol soon settling in.

D: Big hops with make this an honest sipper even for die hards of the style. Big wet hop leaves makes a bomber sufficient. Pass on the Alpha Dog and try this instead.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep hazy dark amber in appearance, dark golden highlights. Thick creamy off-white head that settles to a tall cap. Leaves a thick spongy wall of lacing.

Chewy bready toffee malt on the nose, floral, citrusy, grassy hops.

Decent balance in the flavour, the tall wall of malt holds its own against the 5 hop torrent. Thick chewy toffee malt up front, spicy hop and alcohol in the middle, with a well contained hop punch upon the finish and well into the aftertaste. This isn't a runaway train loaded with hop bombs, someone definitely went out of their way to steer this and maintain control. Instead of being a reckless joy-ride this is an enjoyable trip with horsepower nonetheless.

Smooth, rounded mouthfeel, slick and oily yet on the lighter side of full-bodied, a very enjoyable and quaffable Imperial IPA.

Good stuff all around, a well balanced Imperial IPA that is deceptively drinkable and worth the effort to seek out.

Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  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.

Photo of brewbucker
2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Alright. Lets give this one a try. I just drain poured a Dogzilla so lets see if the Devil Dog will bring me happier times. Doesn't look bad. Pours a medium copper with an average white head and nice lacing.

Now for the aroma.... Oh Oh!!! Light rancid sour and soap. Not as bad as the Dogzilla but still bad enough to put me off.

Next comes the flavor. Here goes. Ummm... Oh boy. More bad sour and oxidation. Once again. Not as bad as the Dogzilla but not at all good.

I'll be damned if I am going to drain pour two back to back bombers so I am going to tough this one out.

Photo of dqderrick
1.8/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into a Samuel Adams New Glass

Appearance - 5
Pours a nice one inch head. Thick, slighly off-white, foamy head. Clear and reddish orange in color. I'm getting thirsty.

Smell - 2.5
Slight pine and maybe a little soap scent. Actually, that soapy smell reminds me a little of vodka. Interesting.

Taste - 1
Bitter and a little sour hop flavor that I can't place. It actually tastes bad. I think mine might be tainted. I don't think I could drink more than 5 or 6oz... and I love IIPA and DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - 3
Hard to focus on mouthfeel while taste seems so off. Sour taste is still lingering.

Drinkability - 1
None. Should I try to find another? The cap seal seemed fine. There is carbonation. Sipping off the bottle gave the same result. I'm sorry Laughing Dog if I am reviewing a tainted bottle. I feel like I should review another.


22oz bottle purchased acquired through a trade with JohnGalt1.

Photo of badbeer
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from after4ever, thanks! Copper color with a white head that left a little bit of lacing. This is one of the maltier IIPA's I've had. A lot of sweet malt in the aroma, but thankfully there still is some dank, resinous hops showing up in there too. Taste is the same thing, plenty of sweet caramel which is battling citrusy hops for dominance. Full bodied with medium carbonation; sticks to the tongue quite a bit, a bit cloying. Decent beer.

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

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

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of GJ40
1.73/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of Redwood21
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

very good

Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

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!

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stumac
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of westweasel
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bort11
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Good doggie!

Photo of masikon
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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