1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Alpha Dog Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

Not Rated.
Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

627 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 627
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 21
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bitterthebetter on 02-14-2009

A true hop bomb brewed plenty of Columbus and Mt Hood hops for a piney hop character. Premium Pale, Honey and Munich malt make this beer a little less malty but packing plenty of hop punch.

127 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Alpha Dog Imperial IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 627 | Reviews: 302 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hopheads version of a balanced DIPA. The balance is between floral hops, citrus hops and pine hops!!!

Pours a fairly clear orange color with a medium size off white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell is pronounced citrus and floral hops, very good.

Tastes great. Tremendous hops bite. Floral, citrus and pine hops float across the taste buds before destroying them

Mouthfeel is very good. Little alcohol presence, big hops bite, very rich.

Drinkability is very good for a hophead. The big bite tames down as you progress on the beer.

My son-in-law and I finished the session up with Founders Devil Dancer. Devil Dancer has a stronger alcohol presence and richness. Alpha Dog has a more prominent hops bite.

This is a very good DIPA.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus off-white creamy head, with lots of nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus and pines. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, slight malts, very nice touch of citrus/pines. Medium body, a tasty/chewy/bitter brew. Very drinkable, I'm really enjoying this brew.

Photo of shakeheap
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into my Big Sky goblet from bomber.

Does this brewery put out a bad beer? Everything I've tried has been better than good and this is no exception. Not as full-flavored as the average IIPA but still enough there where it isn't mis-classified as some IIPA's tend to be.

Pours a beautiful deep gold, almost orange, with just enough head to make it pretty.

It's full flavored with hints of citrus/pine -- the hops right out front and still lingering with the finish. Well balanced with a hint of alcohol and some malt but overall a very hoppy beer (as we would hope).

I am very impressed with this brewery. I've quite enjoyed every one of their ales I've tried since accidentally stumbling on their regular IPA by accident a few years back on a trip to the PACNW (before we could get it here in the heartland).

Photo of saintwarrick
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might be my first Idaho beer. Pours a nice gold color with a foamy white IPA head. Aroma is solid, kind of piney, some honey mixed in, a very thick smell, not very citrusy. Reminds me a lot of some East Coast IPAs. Some Tylenol like bitterness shows through. This brew is VERY bitter, big-time hops, enough you might label this a hop-bomb. Still very smooth with little in the way of alcohol, only the bitterness gives this away as a DIPA and not an IPA.

Very tasty and very bitter. A top of the line DIPA here.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright orange body, topped by a fist full of billowing dentable white froth. Glass coasts with elaborate stretched lace.

Appealing citrusy aroma.

Firm malt beginning is rapidly overwhelmed by a pack of hops. Juicy, fruity, and with a crashing bitterness at the swallow.

Firm mouthfeel, not sloppy or syrupy. Solid drinkability for the style. Wish I had another for tomorrow.

A solidly enjoyable Imperial IPA, worth a try.

Photo of theghost3
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper with a 3-finger fluffy, golden-white head. Medium lacing.

Smells of herbal, pine & grapfruit hops along with some breadiness. The taste...hopbomb. Very bitter floral/herbal hops at first with some grapfruit at the end. Caramel is present as well. Mouthfeel is acidic, crisp, and slightly sticky.

This is a drinkable DIPA, but the 8.7 abv will sneak up on you. It's a good balance between the smoothness of Hopslam & the bitterness of Stone Ruination.

Photo of ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dcbeers
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of 4Socialanxiety
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of fivetime
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bob_d_j
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of adhallick
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of confusedidols
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dborginis
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color. Just what I expected for a DIPA. At first the hop bitterness is offensive, but with a few sips it got more bearable and tasty. Smell is a nice balance of malt and hop. A taste of this malt too, but the hops pretty much dominate. Aftertaste isn't so good, but surprisingly light and drinkable.

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Donkster46
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ncelauro
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mpg2384
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.