1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

DogZilla Black IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

Not Rated.
DogZilla Black IPADogZilla Black IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

472 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 472
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
True to its IPA roots Dogzilla has a massive hop presence that is Piney and Citrusy. A malty backbone, along with the dark malt gives it a bit of a roasty finish. Brewed with Simcoe and Cascade Hops, Pale Malt, Munich, and Black Barley.

69 IBU

(Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 08-02-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 472 | Reviews: 276 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by brandonlovesbeer:
Photo of brandonlovesbeer
brandonlovesbeer

South Carolina

1.95/5  rDev -42%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Two thumps way down on this. Way to astringent. It could possibly have been a bad batch. I don’t know. But I don’t plan to give them another chance. And if this is any indication of how the rest of their beers are, then I don’t plan to try any of their other beers anytime soon.

$5.00 for a 22oz bomber.

Look:
It had a large khaki colored head, even with a light careful pour, a light 2 inch head formed. It stuck around and was almost the consistency of a meringue. The beer is black as night.

Aroma:
There’s not much in the way of a hop aroma, there’s just an astringent smell from the dark malts. It smells like a lot of tannin extraction happened during the brewing process.

Taste: The tannin extraction came through in the taste as a really strong astringency. There’s a pronounced bitterness that lingers after each sip. This is more of an astringent dark malt bitterness, than a hop bitterness. There’s a light hoppy taste It’s almost an accidental afterthought rather than intentional hop addition though. But either way, there’s no specific hop flavors or aromas to speak of, just a generic light hoppiness.

Mouthfeel:
The one redeeming quality of the beer (other than the appearance) was the mouthfeel. It was very creamy.

Is it Worth the Money?"
This is a 22oz bottle of beer and I paid $4.99 plus tax. Honestly, to put it into perspective, my local brew pub brews a beer nearly identical, in flavor and color to this. I was able to fill a half gallon grower for $9.00. About 2 years ago, I brewed a beer that taste nearly identical to this. That only cost $10 in ingredients to brew a 5 gallon batch.

So I ask again. Is It Worth The Money? "NO"

Verdict: "C"
When I bought this bottle, I thought it was going to be this massively hopped, dark IPA, which is one my favorite styles of beer. Unfortunately it turned out to be a rather difficult beer to drink.

There was just way to much astringency. And the fact that it’s supposed to be an IPA, really left me disappointed, as there was almost zero hop character in this beer.

It has this flavor that usually comes during home brewing, when you steep your dark grains to hot... Actually a better descriptor would be... take your dark grains, throw them into a pot, add some water, then boil the heck our of them for abut 15 minutes. Strain the grain, add the liquid to the brew pot. There’s no sugar extraction. It’s just boiled dark grains. That’s the flavor that I’m getting from this beer. To top the whole thing off, the lack of hop... well... anything was a big disappointment considering that it was supposed to be an IPA

It’s got some flavors but most of them are undesirable flavors. If you want to try it, then try it, but it probably won’t be a beer that you try twice.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 04:27:13 | More by brandonlovesbeer
More User Reviews:
Photo of M_chav
M_chav

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

07-07-2014 02:27:56 | More by M_chav
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-01-2014 04:44:53 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of user785335
user785335

Florida

3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-25-2014 17:59:08 | More by user785335
Photo of mpg2384
mpg2384

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-12-2014 14:51:37 | More by mpg2384
Photo of xJMFCx
xJMFCx

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -10.7%

06-02-2014 21:04:58 | More by xJMFCx
Photo of tastymug
tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-24-2014 16:28:09 | More by tastymug
Photo of gatorlove
gatorlove

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

05-24-2014 14:57:18 | More by gatorlove
Photo of jngrizzaffi
jngrizzaffi

Texas

3.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think everyone is rating this as an IPA. It definitely isn't that. It tastes more like a light stout. Pours dark. Not quit pitch black, but very dark brown. No clarity at all. Small head that doesn't really last. Virtually no lacing. Has a roasted almost sweet smell. Maybe chocolate? Maybe caramel? The smell is the best quality. Dark, malty up front taste with a moderately bitter roasted aftertaste. Again, maybe chocolate? Sweet. Could be raisins? There a dark fruity taste. Virtually no bitterness from hops. It is lacking balance. Not bad but would buy many other beers before this one. Wouldn't ever turn it down, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 01:00:30 | More by jngrizzaffi
Photo of Durandal_777
Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-16-2014 21:33:25 | More by Durandal_777
Photo of staticmaneuver
staticmaneuver

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

05-04-2014 14:55:06 | More by staticmaneuver
Photo of cackalacky
cackalacky

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-02-2014 00:57:22 | More by cackalacky
Photo of DustinSWB
DustinSWB

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

04-30-2014 14:49:42 | More by DustinSWB
Photo of DubCo21
DubCo21

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

04-16-2014 02:31:33 | More by DubCo21
Photo of ronbo5421
ronbo5421

Washington

3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-15-2014 18:42:41 | More by ronbo5421
Photo of bismarksays
bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

04-14-2014 02:14:19 | More by bismarksays
Photo of bernat1971
bernat1971

Washington

3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-13-2014 07:01:50 | More by bernat1971
Photo of tbraun1
tbraun1

Maryland

3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap to a tulip glass. Pours deep black with minimal head and lacing. Smell was decent but nothing really popped to me to be honest. Taste was minimally hoppy with a bit of smoke malt. Very drinkable but wish it was a bit more hoppy. Mouthfeel was a bit thin to be honest. Overall it was okay although I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 23:14:37 | More by tbraun1
Photo of Bear1964
Bear1964

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really looking forward to opening this, got to say I'm a little let down by it on a few levels. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a stemmed glass, wonderful dark brown but with no head...only clear bubbles around the glass. Smell of rum soaked raisins and a faint chemical hint...possibly the sweet smell of anti-freeze (smell NOT taste!) was present. The taste started out bitter and flat...bitter is fine but the flat was like a true old style Porter...this is not a Porter so it didn't settle well, alcohol and some hops bitterness are about the only flavors..mouthfeel is medium but seems to start out thin and then settles medium on the tongue. As a side note as you drink this the hops come out in the aftertaste...I've had a few Black IPA's and this is not among the good ones. Overall I think maybe this might be infected because I've read reviews about massive foam...and some with the clear bubbles that I had...either way it's not what I want in a Black IPA...or any beer for that matter...might try it again if the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 19:47:09 | More by Bear1964
Photo of blivingston1985
blivingston1985

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

03-23-2014 22:45:14 | More by blivingston1985
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-25-2014 19:15:07 | More by DarthGuitarHero
Photo of piconaut
piconaut

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-23-2014 06:41:04 | More by piconaut
Photo of bschinelli
bschinelli

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

02-20-2014 14:12:31 | More by bschinelli
Photo of serebeerdrinker
serebeerdrinker

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

02-14-2014 02:09:42 | More by serebeerdrinker
Photo of BYOFB
BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

02-08-2014 07:01:03 | More by BYOFB
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
DogZilla Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.