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DogZilla Black IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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DogZilla Black IPADogZilla Black IPA

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497 Ratings
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 21.13%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My man Rob hooked this up on our trade as it was on my Want List. Thanks man!

Poured from brown bomber without any dates to pint glass.

A - the beer pours a very dark amber brown. It appears black on the pour though when held to the light it is a translucent dark reddish brown with amber edges. Huge 2 finger white head. Solid retention and gobs of lacing.

S - pretty weak nose. Its smells not like any Black IPA I've ever had. Almost dairy in essence which is odd. Some malt character: roast and sweetness. Not much hops, though I think the dairy funk is the hops. Perhaps this bottle is old but I can't verify.

T - similar to the nose. Starts with a nice blend of roasted and pale malts. Soon thereafter the dairy funk arrives. Its not terrible but certainly not great. Medium bitterness and not much else. The funk reminds me of cottage cheese. Finishes semi dry with a lingering bitterness.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - pretty underwhelming. Thanks to Rob for sending the bottle

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-18-2011 23:08:32

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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1/5  rDev -70.2%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of coldriver
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Big fluffy white head, pours a rootbeer amber. Aroma is dark roasted malts with some spicy hops and a little skunk. Taste has some toffee and citrus, but a lot of sourness (in a bad way). Mouthfeel is very thin and wet. I'm a big fan of the American Black Ale style, but this is not one of the better examples.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of mikechance
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A --- Dark with a nice amount of foam

S --- some hops, some dark fruit, figs, plums, yeast

T --- malt, dark fruit, fig, little acid aftertaste

M --- light body, decent carbonation

O --- it's a nice beer, but weak compared to the other Black IPAs available in the market

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of oberon
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep chocolate brown with some real ruby tinint,a 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop that was gone pretty quickly.Sharp piney hop notes along with dark roast at the onset,dark molasses sweetness is light,pretty average for the style.Sharp and thinner in the mouth takes away from the flavors in my opinion,piney hops dominate with mild sweetness,a little raw earthiness in the finish.Not a very good example of the style in my opinion,it lacks body and flavor complxity,still I do like most of Laughind Dog's wares.

Photo of steelerguy
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark walnut wood brown, moderate carbonation, nice high tan head.

S - Roasted malts, mostly coffee, followed by a nice earthy hop presence.

T - Some sweet kilned malts with a bit of toastiness. The roasted coffee comes on with some hop bitterness in the middle, and finishes off with some light bitterness.

M - Light body, what I would expect for an AIPA. A little alcohol warmth at the end.

O - Nice example of a black AIPA. Surprised about the negative to blah reviews here. I enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having it again.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my fav of the Black IPAs but pretty good. I let it warm some out of the fridge and then with a fairly agressive pour got a nice, fluffy, foamy, billowy thick, cream to light tan colored head that slowly subsided and some lace. Color is a lovely, clear shad of red brown with some nicely flowing bubble trails. Aroma is an interesting blend of roast, malt, dark ripe fruit, licorice, toffee, citrus, lumber. Flavor is very similar to nose, almost brut dry, with hops against the dark malts and a little carbonic tang. Body is odd as there is plenty of carbonation, it still feels soft in the mouth and has lots of hop high points that don't work so well for me. Almost chewy but not quite. Finish is like flavor and the high points in the bitterness linger for quite a while. Wouldn't cook with this. Worth checking out.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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5/5  rDev +48.8%

Photo of ManCaveBeverage
3.96/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black IPA that you can drink in NC summers.

Bomber into a chilled pint.

Poured with excellent head, although a little much, creamy khaki color that stays around for a while. Laces the glass very well.

Dark amber color, not as "black" as I have had, but dark enough.

Nose was a little bit non-existent, a small amount of citrus and floral hoppiness

Great flavor that starts as a roasty maltiness and ends with a gentle hop kick that is somewhat citrusy, maybe some simcoe used.

Body is very light and refreshing probably due to the high carbonation.

Not what I expected for a black IPA but a very well made beer that I will drink again.

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, procured this past summer in lovely Boise, Idaho. Cartoonish literal label, which is par for the course for this brewery's marketing department, it would seem.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark ruby red colour, with a teeming amount of loosely bubbly and thinly foamy pale beige head, which settles quite slowly, eventually rendering some decent webbed treeline lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, fruit and nut infused sweet chocolate, which generally gives way to some bitter earthy, floral, and somewhat medicinal hops. The taste is again quite fruity in its upfront roasted maltiness (one much less charred than is the norm for the style), the chocolate acquiring a bittersweet licorice character, with some acrid herbal, citrusy, and muddled earthy hops deigning to show their faces after a wee spell.

The carbonation manifests in just a mostly flat-seeming frothiness throughout, the body an adequate medium weight, and just a bit too prickly to consider as outright smooth. It finishes well off-dry: malty, chocolaty, and boozy (with a certain Ouzo-esque licorice twist), sure, but über alles - weirdly herbal.

A strange bird (ok, 'dog'), this one - many of its traits resemble a decent PAC NW Black IPA, however, the strange herbal and isolated anise characters just don't really do it for me. Which is a minor shame, as the restrained 'blackened' part of the style here is actually quite appealing - huh, when one door opens, another one closes, I suppose.

DogZilla Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.