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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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588 Ratings

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 29 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

paulish, Apr 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JonAdams, Apr 03, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -16.9%

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of weak pine and citrus
Head enormous – initial pour gave 13.5 cm of off-white creamy foam and only 1 cm of liquid. This slowly diminished to a 2 mm layer with a 3 cm center rising like a volcano from the ocean.
Lacing is good, covering about 50% of the glass surface, but in random patterns, no distinct rings
Body is medium orange with chill haze.
Flavor is very non-descript, with a little hop bitterness and a slight alcohol taste, ending quickly with an alcohol stomach warmth. No malt, no diacetyl, no discernable hop flavor.
Palate is medium, watery, and has lively carbonation

Overall, this is an OK beer. After the initial shock of a 13.5/1 head, as the hypercarbonation fell, the beer became very presentable with some head retention and that volcano-like final layer. Both the nose and flavor were very muted, but not like an old IPA, just one with either no hops (IBU = 126) or weak hop character. Frankly, I wouldn’t have guessed this was an IPA.

Ozzylizard, Mar 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

VeganUndead, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

frlrv1020, Mar 24, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz bomber: This one pours a clear, darker golden color. There was about a finger of off-white head on it that left minimal lacing. An interesting nose for a DIPA. It is a bit lighter than I would have expected. Earthy, musty and some floral notes. Sweet malts and some pine also. The taste is good. Not as bitter as I expected, but still a good bite. Lots of malts, minimal sweetness. Earthy, faint citrus. Good, but not quite up to sctartch with the rest of them.

Boto, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Dylanjf, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

cd_beer_disapear, Mar 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

mrchrisray, Feb 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

spinrsx, Feb 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

drepreciado, Feb 26, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

This one exploded out of the bottle, beer everywhere, lost about 1/3 of the bomber. Hazy golden color, starch-white very sizable head, good lacing. Smells like ripe bananas in a funky pine forest where sourdough is proofing. Earthy mineral taste, more pine resin, sweet orange rind and oil - lots going on. There's a farmhouse-ale mustiness to the whole thing that's quite fantastic; a bitterness that reminds me of chewing Tylenol. No noticeable alcohol flavor. Too much carbonation for me.

kaufmaal, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Burkbom23, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Dduquette, Feb 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Petey_the_Quiet, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jwerner23, Jan 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

TubaDan, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

johnmac, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

pours a dark gold. smells very sweet. taste is bitter. very little head upon a vigorous pour.
sweet malty aroma, sweet malty flavor. some hop bitterness.... decent brew.... but, this is NOT a bitter beer. 127 ibu? I don't think so. what' up with my tastebuds? sweet, caramel-like flavor. 4.0 across the board as far as i'm concerned. decent, but not extraordinary, but then, I DID a Pliny right before this....

pkalix, Jan 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

FadetoBock, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Dbailey5503, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

MrLacinak, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

MisledTitan, Dec 29, 2013
Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.