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DogZilla Black IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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DogZilla Black IPADogZilla Black IPA

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483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

bismarksays, Apr 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

bernat1971, Apr 13, 2014
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3.09/5  rDev -8%

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.

tbraun1, Apr 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Bear1964, Mar 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

blivingston1985, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

DarthGuitarHero, Feb 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

piconaut, Feb 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

bschinelli, Feb 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

serebeerdrinker, Feb 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

BYOFB, Feb 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Smarty_Pints, Feb 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

TheKitten, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Jeffwildcat, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Sark, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

AndrewMichael, Jan 12, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

bendukes86, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

tdm168, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

MeganandDana, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

MrLacinak, Dec 19, 2013
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2.39/5  rDev -28.9%

When poured mildly down the side of a standing pint glass from a 22oz bottle, I got an explosion of foam, enough to fill the glass with maybe 3-4 oz. of liquid. Two minutes later, after a good portion of the foam had dissipated, I was able to dribble enough in to just exceed halfway.
The color is that of a brown ale, chestnut with a light tan head. Not exactly the black promised but nice. Scattered lace remains.
Smell is .... interesting. Some malt, a wee sampling of hops, a touch of nut and an over-riding smell of industrial floor wax stripper. It isn't off-putting, but it is the prevalent smell. Additionally, there is nothing to indicate that this is the IPA the label states.
Taste is malt, hops, fresh oak and some bitter grapefruit rind. Balance is decent but again, nothing to indicate this is an IPA.
Medium bodied and, strange considering the pouring explosion, not overly carbonated, just medium for the style. All told, it isn't a drain pour, but the thought did cross my mind. Here's hoping it's just a bad bottle, but I doubt I'll have this one again.

PorterLambic, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

OKCNittany, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
DogZilla Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.