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DogZilla Black IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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77
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479 Ratings
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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | 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)
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Reviews by eclaycamp:
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eclaycamp

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My local beer store had a bunch of Laughing Dog in stock so I picked up several, including DogZilla. Pours a deep dark reddish brown, not truly a "black" IPA - to me this would be what I would call a "Cascadian Dark Ale" - though that style name is somewhat pretentious. This beer is pretty to look at, with a billowing and sticky two finger light tan head, with lacing clinging to the glass. Massive hop aroma hits the nose first, with loads of pine and grass up front. Malt aroma there as well, somewhat crackery, though faint. Mouthfeel is mildly carbonated, and a little bit thin. You don't have time to really notice this though, as tons and tons of fresh hop flavor hijack the taste. This is clearly a West Coast style brew, right up there with the big boys in terms of hop presence. Atypical to style, the taste is fleeting - rather than slamming the tongue with waves of lingering bitterness the brew instead finishes very dry, with crackery malt hitting all the right notes. Overall this is a very nice take on the CDA / Black IPA / IBA style, as the mild bitterness and great hop character makes for an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 01:48:37 | More by eclaycamp
More User Reviews:
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JDeming

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

08-01-2014 16:07:48 | More by JDeming
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

08-01-2014 01:48:45 | More by kybeerdrinker
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brojas91

North Carolina

1.96/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I am still waiting to find a black IPA that can beat Unita's Dubhe. This is far from being that one.

A- The head was massive, i know how to pour a beer and regardless the head came out huge. Its a dark brown more than a black.

A- Licorice? or some kind of dark fruit, not sure but I don't find it too pleasent, as well as a grainy smell

T- the taste goes with the smell, taste of licorice mixed with some type of fruit. Very little taste of hops, more of a malt/grain taste, with a very unpleasent finish

M- once you get passed the head its medium bodied, nothing special at all.

O- very disappointed, Total wine BA score is a lie because it rated it as a 93, and for $3.99 for a pint, I thought this would be a steal, was definitely the opposite.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2014 02:00:09 | More by brojas91
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Jcpilotak


4/5  rDev +19%

07-28-2014 22:29:25 | More by Jcpilotak
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DeadWalkerAir

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

07-22-2014 00:59:33 | More by DeadWalkerAir
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%

07-20-2014 02:38:29 | More by Howlader
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

07-16-2014 01:54:25 | More by KAF
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M_chav

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

05-24-2014 14:57:18 | More by gatorlove
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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
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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

Washington

3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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

Washington

3/5  rDev -10.7%

04-13-2014 07:01:50 | More by bernat1971
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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
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DogZilla Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.