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Alpha Dog Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA

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594 Ratings

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 30 | 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:
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 added by: bitterthebetter on 02-14-2009)
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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, the beer poured a almost clear orange gold, and produces a nice two finger high white creamy head. Good retention and good lacing.
The smell is a complex mixture of fruity hops and pine, with malt and caramel in the back.
The taste is likewise, with the fruit and pine hops up front, backed by a nice malt backbone. Nice balanced aftertaste, not sweet nor bitter. A true balance.
This is a exceptional beer and a must try!

Hopfenpeter, Apr 22, 2012
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).

shakeheap, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of dborginis
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

dborginis, May 15, 2009
Photo of erikm25
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Stone tulip. This is golden orange with crispy tangerine highlighting. Head is about two fingers of snowy white bubbles. Retention is very solid. Lacing clings in ring like patterns all around the glass. I wasn't overly impressed with the appearance but I quickly learned the old adage about judging a book by its cover.

S: This has massive and juicy aromas. Fresh pineapples, peaches, and lemon zest bubblegum. Strong hints of grapefruit and pine tar with sugar honey sweetness. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer. There were hints of pine but definitely a great mix of citrus fruits thrown in.

T: Strong grapefruit tastes balanced against very subtle caramel malts. Overall, this one delivers on the hops and leaves a solid bittering aftertaste. Pineapples and oranges. A slight lemon taste that pierces the tongue. Even with the heavy hops it drinks smoothly and enjoyably. Rounds out nicely with some peppered spiciness. Caution, as this drinks like a breeze.

M: Medium, bordering on full, mouth feel. This one is sticky and juicy with hops bitterness. Great carbonation.

D: This is a solid imperial IPA. Easily drinkable and for the price it is a bargain. May go toe to toe with my fall back, Ruination. Highly recommended for fans of a strong hoppy beer. Hopefully, this gets into six packs but in the meantime pick up a bomber or grab it on tap. Laughing Dog should be very proud of what they have put together here.

erikm25, Mar 15, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

ryser2k, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

dcbeers, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

RDW, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

zonker17, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

4Socialanxiety, Jul 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of theghost3
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

theghost3, May 30, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

2378GCGTG, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz. brown bomber pours an amber-gold ale with a finger of white frothy foam. Good carbonation is evident as is the thick sticky lace that clings to the glass. Bright and lively looking brew.

Rich malt with earthy hops fill nose. An interesting meld of two main ingredients, almost seamless.

Rich grainy malt with very little sweetness, overlapped with earthy leafy hoppiness give this brew a very unique flavor with a matching balance. It's like a 50-50 malt to hop ratio, with a strong bitter finish. Very pleasant flavor and well executed. Medium body with some slick to fluffiness mouthfeel due to the carbonation and ? Can't quite put my finger on the oily slickness within. Long bitter aftertaste that bites the tongue a bit.

Quite drinkable with the alcohol subdued in all aspects smell and taste wise. This is a nice change of pace for this style, one I would like to see more of. I must thank travisd13 for making this possible...a very fine extra indeed!

scottoale, Apr 08, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

bob_d_j, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

adhallick, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

confusedidols, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy, bright orange-amber color with a huge, chunky, dense bubbled head. Smooth sweet aromas, with hops and citrus front and center. The beer is very smooth, light and crisp in mouth. A good balance of tangy sweet citrus and roasted hops, with some toffee and peppery characteristics. Sweet and sour aftertaste balanced with bitterness from the hops, and a smooth, clean finish. Lingering bitter hops in mouth. This beer is delicious! Great body, with lots of lacing, too.

GarthDanielson, Mar 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

MisledTitan, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

ncelauro, Nov 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

mpg2384, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

twax, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

bigKF7319, Jul 20, 2014
Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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