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DogZilla Black IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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DogZilla Black IPADogZilla Black IPA

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472 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of shanblur


2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber into a tulip. No freshness dating.

A - Pours a mahogany color with a thick head. Can't pour much without it overflowing.

S - Mostly sweet malt aromas and little else. Certainly can't detect any hops.

T - Sweet malts take over again on the taste, though some hops bitterness is detected. Not very complex.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Got this one expecting a "black IPA." I guess not everyone's definition of this is the same. I thought roasted malts with plentiful hops. This was neither black nor IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 19:59:45 | More by shanblur
Photo of cokes


3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, clear mahogany brown topped with a proud mesa of bleached khaki suds.
The nose is a bit muted. Notes of smoke, cocoa, raspberries, pine, earth, and coffee can be teased out, but only at the risk of snorting the actual liquid. It opens up a bit over time, but not very much.
It's more assertive through the mouth. An initial burst of smoke and espresso tempers quickly toward cocoa powder and mocha latte. Some fruitiness dots the middle, via berries and grilled pineapples. Hopping is substancial, bringing pine, earth, and a congruent pineapple bitterness, along with a smidgen of grapefruit. Still, like the nose, it seems a timid. It's certainly enjoyable, just don't expect a mouth abuser.
Creamy medium-light bodied with a lasting, kneading CO2.
The overall persona here is just a tad dialed-down, but it's strong suit is drinkability, as it's balanced and quietly nuanced enough to consider tackling multiple bombers in one sitting, though one's attention may begin to wander.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 04:59:46 | More by cokes
Photo of Sky2625


3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a standard pint glass (this review from notes taken 8/5/11).

A - Poured medium thick dark cola brown. 3 fingers of head. I thought I messed up the pour, but then I read similar uber-head experiences of other reviewers. The BA buddy that bought this for me had to return the first one since it blew it's lid during transport. Head is tan and foamy at the top, with a medium bubbles below. Strong retention and moderate sticky lacing. Shines rich brown when held up to the light.

S - Strong citrusy pineapple scent to start, faded into a mild pine hop, punctuated with a bit of malt, toffee, and barley/grainy scent.

T - Started with a mild alcohol and citrus/melon flavor. Swiftly moved to a rosy/astringent bite. Followed by a bit of smokiness and a hint of dark malt. Finished with mild back of the tongue bitterness. Mild piney-coffee aftertaste.

M - Creamy texture, with a medium body. Mild foamy carbonation, bitter back of mouth bite. Slight heat.

D - The pineapple scent and astringent flavor was unexpected, and disagreeable at first, as was the massive head. As I drank through the 22 oz. the flavor grew on me, and the creamy texture was solid. I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't have it all that often, however.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 05:16:13 | More by Sky2625
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

2.08/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a tulip. Dark reddish brown with a decently resilient tan head and scattered lacing.

Kind of an odd nose here. The roasted malt is subdued, and the dominant aromas are rather sweet grape and berry fruitiness. Some pine may or may not be lingering in the background.

Flavor is similarly puzzling. It's sweet and boozy, and the leafy/herbal hop profile just doesn't seem to fit. Not nearly roasty enough for the CDA style. Some major tweaks are needed here. I've had some nice brews from Laughing Dog, but I can't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 14:51:22 | More by PDXHops
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very foamy - even with a gentle pour, most of the glass ends up as foam. Browny-black appearance. Slightly astringent malty smell, grassy hops. Lemon, bread and coffee in the taste. Almost an IPA-porter cross. Mild, light taste - very subtle.

Good, if somewhat light carbonation. Mildly high ABV, but not alcohol burn. I can't see this as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 05:51:10 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Bung


3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. The bottle is not a gusher, but a careful pour fills the glass with about 60% foam. Very dark brown, giant rocky light cream colored head. I am a bit concerned, but mostly annoyed at having to wait for this thing to settle.

Does not really smell infected. Mostly pine and citrus. Very light herbal and toasted tones. A little vegetal?

Taste has no sign of infection either. Herbal piney hop up front. A harsher ashy roast takes over. A light coffee here also.

Body is lighter side. Carbonation is way overdone. This really holds the beer back, enhances the negatives and hides the positives. Seems as though many others have the same problem.

Just not quite as well put together as some others I've encountered, but I remember seeing this before most of those as well. Perhaps it's time to tweak this recipe. I think the potential is there.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:38:29 | More by Bung
Photo of chocosushi


1.8/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Remember having this around Christmas as my first CDA/ABA
Let's Revisit...

A ~ Looks like Dr. Pepper/RC Cola. Soft lacing with quite the cap of head. Uh-oh...

S ~ Juiced lemons and old grapefruit. Doesn't smell horrid but where is the "dark malt twist?"

T ~ Lots of dirty citrus, canned pineapple juice, and a weird flavor that reminds me of a yellow dandelion flower. The only malt flavors I'm getting is on the back of the throat/palette that makes me think of Marble-Rye. Yuck/What the fuck???

M ~ No balance of flavors whatsoever, and STILL no dark malt, other than on the breath. Thin as a 3.2 MGD 64.

D ~ This does not taste right! It's just bad really. It's slick, gritty, acidic, and really horrible. Maybe it's "infected" with all the talk of LD sucking lately. AVOID.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 22:21:00 | More by chocosushi
Photo of Knapp85


4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a thick looking stout-like black liquid, The head was big and tan colored. The lacing was thick along the glass. The smell of the beer was citrusy with hops and heavily roasted with chocolate malts. The taste of the beer was pretty good also, The chocolatey richness blended quite well with the piny citrus flavors from the hops. The mouthfeel was thick and has a healthy carbonation to it. Overall I found this Black IPA to be quite good and would drink it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 20:06:01 | More by Knapp85
Photo of FanofHefe


3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This must be highly carbonated - huge bigger than four-finger tan head that eventually settles down and leaves some sticky lacing. Mostly clear amber/red colored body that is not black.

Smells good. Nice hop aroma featuring a bit of pine resin and some very pleasant smelling floral hops. I get just a hint of caramel malt in the background.

Unfortunately the taste does not quite measure up to the aroma. A definite hop bitterness starts of a promising flavor but the roasted malt blend doesn't do justice to the hops. I think I can tell what they're aiming for in the flavor but it just doesn't quite get there with the dark malt and hop blend. The mix is not very complimentary in the brew as in the few others I've had. It's almost like the flavors are fighting each other instead of blending. Not sure how else to state it.

Average effort at best.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:04:24 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of nandemo1


1.6/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

First of all, this is my first BIPA tasting. Take it for what it's worth since I'm not real familiar with the style.

This beer was massively overcarbonated. Took the bomber from the fridge and set it on counter for a couple of minutes while doing something else. Opened bottle and it was a gusher.

Took a while to get a decent amount of beer in glass, obviously a lot of head. Looked ok once head settled, a deep dark brown.

Smell had a medium citrus note compared to other IPAs. This did not translate to taste though, there was some initial pine taste but then the bitterness overpowered everything else and made it unpleasant to drink.

The mouthful was very thin and very dry.

I gave Dogzilla a shot, but I'm pouring out the other half bottle and passing the next time I'm offered it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 00:54:07 | More by nandemo1
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


1.3/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with a spongy head that lays on pretty thick.

S: It smells strange: hops, cinnamon and olives. Yes, olives. Smell it yourself, you’ll believe me then.

T/M: Has a high amount of carbonation with a smoky and salty profile. There are hints of light citrus as well as a bitter finish and…olives. Not the obligatory black olives either, just plain, green olives. I think someone ordered this beer “dirty.”

Is it possible I had a bad bottle? I don’t know, this beer is too weird to be good. If this is the way it’s supposed to taste, I’ll pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:36:35 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and even brown color with a good clarity to it. A nice rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front then I thought it was going to be as well. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. I was extremely open to this one. First sip is smooth, creamy malts that wash across the tongue. Great complexity here now as well. Rich brown ale flavor, creamy, hints of earthy tones and a rich, subtly dry hop presence that seems to build and build. Last sips seem to be equally as well versed in sweet caramel notes as they are in dry, piney hops. Super session able and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 01:27:09 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of threeviews

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First round poured from a a bomber into a short-stemmed tulip glass, the remaining was poured into a Chimay Chalice glass..

A-Pours a toffee color with a mostly white head possessing good retention...good lacing as well. If there is one fault with this brew, it would be with its appearance, as it is not as dark as I have come to expect.

S-I have olfactory hues of flower hops, citrus hops and toasted malt in equal amounts...very balanced one could say for a black IPA.

T-Toasty malt followed by a bitter finish. Compared to 21st Century Amendment's Back In Black IPA (my first Black IPA to sample), this brew is much more robust and tickles the palate for significantly longer.

O-I will certainly put my money where my mouth is for this libation. It is bold and complex in every way. Despite appearance, taste is essentially the biggest concern and I would recommend this concoction to anyone who is a fan a Black IPA's...Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 00:24:11 | More by threeviews
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick blackish brown color with a large tan head and lots of lace to go around. The aroma brings bright lemon and swampy malt. Very, very agreeable. The flavor brings a similar taste at first but settles to steady evergreen malty blend. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but plenty drinkable. It’s kind of glassy in feel, good stuff. I see not everyone likes this but I may be unique in enjoying that swampy/evergreen combo. Almost resembles a peat idea that I just find agreeable.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 18:51:28 | More by Durge
Photo of loren01


1.4/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Pours a brown color into snifter. Huge and I mean wholly crap HUGE head...took me several minutes to let the head disipate so I could drink it, good lacing down the glass.
S: Burnt sugar, slight smoked malt and black malts
T: Astringent and nasty. Tobacco, licorace, herbal hop flavor
M: Way too much carbonation here...I think Ive had the same problem from this brewery before
O: Not impressed, by far the worst black IPA ive ever had...the color is not even black and carbonation is about 10 times what it should be not to mention it tastes bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:33:59 | More by loren01
Photo of BMoney575


3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-18-11

Pours a very dark and slightly hazy brown color, with an immense off-white head that lasts in a thick layer. Lacing is craggy, but quickly fades.

Smell is very sweet, pungent fruit aromas and lots of hops at the end. A little odd, with a sticky medicinal quality the I can't quite place. Not bad, though.

Taste is hard to place. The initial flavor is apple juice, followed by some hop bitterness and a bit of earthy malt on the finish. The aftertaste is all bitter, and dry at the end. Not bad, but all over the place.

Mouthfeel is very thin, and the worst thing about the whole experience. As a result, none of the flavors last long enough to stand out.

Drinkability is decent, but the odd flavors make one bomber all you need.

Overall, not particularly good, but different and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 23:07:05 | More by BMoney575
Photo of swierczt


3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Coca cola brown. Approximately 1 finger thick bright white head. Not as dark as I would expect for a black IPA. More brown in color than most black IPA's.

S - Bready and a lot of nutty malts. A touch of chocolate. Don't smell much in the way of hops which seems strange considering this offering is a black IPA.

T - Lovely roasted malts. Some chocolate notes. Not overwhelming in the hops. Nice bitterness in the finish, but again not much as far as hops go considering this is a black IPA.

M - Medium carbonation. Light in mouthfeel.

O - Very drinkable. Not a whole lot of hops for a black IPA. Not blown away by this beer, but would recommend trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 04:45:48 | More by swierczt
Photo of Brenden


3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a transparently clear red-brown in color. A light tan head is quick to form with moderate retention and equally moderate lacing.
There's a bit of zing in the aroma, like a particular mix of sweetness and something mildly astringent. Sweetness does come in on a few fronts: a light caramel, citrus, and a tinge of fruits. Hops are up front then followed by roasted grains with the rest lingering.
Something went a bit wrong here, and it involves what I'd expect to be the problem if a brewery went off on trying to nail the style: a bit of an acrid touch and some astringency. All the other flavors I'd expect from the nose are present, and it just seems there's a bad balance happening somehow. An unfortunate sourness comes out in the finish as well.
The body is on the light side of medium and goes too thin. It's about average, offering a hint of what it could be but a graininess lingers and, while this beer is crisp, the grainy quality and thinness keep it mediocre.
Laughing Dog is generally good, but this was something of a miss; not terrible, but like a decent BMC effort.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 01:33:18 | More by Brenden
Photo of EricCioe


3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours deep brown with a frothy two finger head that dies down to a big cap leaving chunky lace. If it were a bit blacker it might be a perfect looking ABA. On the nose there are deep, pungent pine hops, something funky like wild mushrooms, and maybe just a bit of toasted malt. It's not bad on the nose but it's extremely unbalanced and lacking tact, and not in a cool huge DIPA way. In the mouth, there is a huge bitterness present on two levels: piney hops and dark roasted malts. To me, and I like bitter beers, it's just too much without any real upshot like there are in other big bitter beers. I'm not sure what it is about this taste that just doesn't sit well, but it doesn't. The body is medium with good carbonation, and the finish is medium, but with the roasty bitterness coming out much larger than the piney bitterness.

Overall, this beer is okay, but far from my favorite ABA. Not sure I'd revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:07:00 | More by EricCioe
Photo of jrsone

North Carolina

1.93/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

How can this be a BIPA? It's brown. Only slightly more color than say a Scotch Ale.
Way too sweet. It's like if I brewed a citrus-flavored tea with FunDip candy thrown into the steep. Maybe they used too much dark Crystal Malt and then fermented it hot for esters.
Hardly any mouthfeel.
I picked this up b/c it was a good price and I've enjoyed other BIPAs up to this point.
Next time I'll spend $2 more and get Sublimely Self-Righteous and feel sublimely self-righteous for picking a better BIPA.

P.S. Just for benefit of the doubt, I'll accept that I may have gotten an infected bottle.

P.P.S. I still won't ever drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 20:36:18 | More by jrsone
Photo of itsfreeasinbeer


3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown with three fingers of finely bubbled white head.

S: Roasted malt and citrus hops

T: roasted malt, a chocolaty flavor accompanied by a citrus hop presence.

M: thin bodied but decently carbonated.

D: i've had far better bipas, but i coud see myself drinking this again. overall not a terrible black ipa for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:29:48 | More by itsfreeasinbeer
Photo of FLBeerGuy


3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a large 4 finger light tan head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is a little weak for a black IPA, some roasted malts with some grassy hops

Taste is roasted malts, hop bitterness on the way down followed by some chocolate on the finish. Kind of weak for an IPA

This one was over carbonated on the pour, even when I refilled with a tame pour it just billowed up this 4 finger head. This means much of the carbonation was lost very quickly which made it less carbonated than desired.

Not the best example of this style, IMHO, Stone does a much better job with this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:08:41 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of rudzud


3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Picked up on a whim from KJ Baarons. I almos twonder if I got an infected bottle, as while it didnt errupt there was no way I could pour this without a MASSIVE 4 finger head appearing. Incredibly annoying.

A - Okay, so, sure it has a huge fluffy FOUR finger ligth mocha head but its just too much. Massive, massive clumpy side lacing.not much head retention after the first inch or so.

S - Grassy hops and some light malt sweetness and chocolate. Almost nonexistant though.

T - Pretty much the same. Run of the mill black IPA flavours, bitter hops and roasted malts.

M - What the heck is this. Incredibly over carbonated here to the point of being sharp. Just very unpleasant.

O - Average, run of the mill black IPA. Looks nice, but is this feature normal or just the result of a possibly infected bottle (due to the massive over carbonation).

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 05:54:06 | More by rudzud
Photo of stakem


3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to fear025 care of the 2011 black booty BiF for the chance to try this brew. Shared on 2/19/11 with wishuwerebeer.

Poured from a bomber into a pub glass, this brew appears a dark brown color. Two fingers worth of creamy tan head swell up atop this brew and retain fairly decent. A pattern of lacework sticks all over the glass somewhat in a webbing.

The aroma is a mixture of fruity hops mixed with a mineral and sulfur component. Overall it is quite sweet smelling and pleasant but it kaka and real hoppy depth. It is quite one dimensional. I wonder if freshness is a factor here, who knows since there is no indication of freshness on the label.

The taste is moderately bitter with a fruity presence of alcohol and hoppy fruit/citrus flavors. A dry dark roasted flavor lingers in theouth with a touch of the mineral quality that was evident in the nose. Luckily, most of the mineral flavor is hidden by the roast of the grain and I can somewhat ignore it. As it warms, there is an herbal aspect about this brew that gets increasingly evident.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is hidden but not completely absent in character. Easy drinking for the most part but one and done was enough. I'd probably pass on trying it again in the future unless there was any indication of freshness. This looks like an American black ale/ black ipa but it is lacking in flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 19:18:57 | More by stakem
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4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Black IPA pours similar to a porter, with thick white head, aroma is pungently grapefruit, the taste is bitter then you taste the roasted malt, mouthfeel is creamy overall it is well worth the 5-7 dollars spent it is now one of my go to beers since OK got it in a few weeks ago.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 03:21:29 | More by isaiahcutright
DogZilla Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.