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DogZilla Black IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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DogZilla Black IPADogZilla Black IPA

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500 Ratings
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 21.13%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: SurlyDuff on 08-02-2008

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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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DogZilla Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.