1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

DogZilla Black IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

Not Rated.
DogZilla Black IPADogZilla Black IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

496 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 496
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 21.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 496 | Reviews: 278 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Jeffwildcat, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of ThreeFishes
4/5  rDev +19.4%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -3%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Sark
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Sark, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

AndrewMichael, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of bendukes86
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

bendukes86, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +19.4%

tdm168, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of MeganandDana
4/5  rDev +19.4%

MeganandDana, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of MrLacinak
4/5  rDev +19.4%

MrLacinak, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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
Photo of berlinabb
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of OKCNittany
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

OKCNittany, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of rvajohn
3/5  rDev -10.4%

rvajohn, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Huffaroma
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Huffaroma, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of pkalix
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

popped the cap and it began rising.... dark amber liquid, tan foam, lots of stickiness on the side. serious hop aroma, serious hop taste. malts take a backseat on this one... 2nd pour is just as foamy, I swear I didn't shake this up.... surprised at the low reviews ahead of me. cant see it being less than a 3, but then we each have our opinions.
an interesting brew, and decent as far as i'm concerned, but finishes a bit thin... overall, not bad. I like the color, I like the appearance; i'm not a huge hops guy, but this is okay. I like it. not a pliny, for certain, but decent. again, i'm surprised at the low scores ahead of me... and for the guy ahead of me, no, it's NOT a stout.
each successive pour is hugely volatile (just like others have stated). infected? maybe. but it certainly does not deserve the scores I saw from previous reviewers....

afterthought: bubble gum flavor is reminiscent of a good Belgian...

2nd afterthought: this just may be infected. extremely volatile... but nice head!! wish I could get some head this good!!

pkalix, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of quakeroatmealstout
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

quakeroatmealstout, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Corburk, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of koopa
3.25/5  rDev -3%

koopa, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Mattyb79, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- No head. Just some clear bubbles. Black body with no opacity.

S- Earthy hops and dark malts. Chocolate.

T- Chocolate sort of flavor, earthy hops. Muted flavors.

M- Thick bodied and dry.

O- Not a great beer.

Murrhey, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.25/5  rDev -3%

ste5venla, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of jacewg
3/5  rDev -10.4%

jacewg, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Bstewart
2/5  rDev -40.3%

Bstewart, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
DogZilla Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.