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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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BA SCORE
84
good

567 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | 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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Brad007

Vermont

3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mild golden color with a decent head that coats the edges. It's a great trend to see IPAs and DIPAs that exhibit more pale than usual.

Lots of pine with little else in the nose. I'm a little disappointed because I like a lot of aroma in a DIPA.

Wicked strong pine bite dominates the palate. Nothing else that I can detect, other than a faint malt backbone.

Again, more of that old school pine bite at the back of the throat. Alcohol warmth too. Good thing I found this beer when I did.

In my experience with DIPAs, there are really two different schools: citrus-dominant and pine-dominant. This one falls in the latter category.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:41:39 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: orangish brown with 2 finger white head

Smell: sweet malts, hops,

taste: roasted malt backbone, with a hop front end

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth

Drinkability: Glad I got to try it wish it was better then average.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 22:14:41 | More by THECPJ
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-08-2013 04:28:34 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 22 oz. bomber served in pint glass

A light pour resulted in a bit of foam rising up and over the rim with only about 2 inches of liquid. Not surprising, since removing the cap produced a rising foam that had to be poured immediately to prevent spillage. Medium/light amber beer was hazy with visible carbonation and a gigantic but not dense off-white sudsy head that has extraordinary durability. Super head reappeared on 2nd and 3rd pours.

Piney hops with a nice caramel malt backbone. Hints of vanilla and citrus.

Taste follows aroma, by and large, with an fine crisp finish and a long-lasting hoppy aftertaste.

M - full with a noticeable bite from the hops and carbonation

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 00:42:28 | More by chinchill
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up in VA last week, uncapped to toast the first NFL game of the season.

The beer is a light orangy copper shade and clear, about 3-4 SRM, with a lot of white foam that laces in dry sheets. It smells kind of neutral and bitter at first whiff, but on second sniff I get citrusy hops aromas. The smell reminds me a little of some Flossmoor Brewers Whim releases, not a bad thing.

The beer tastes very bitter, not much sweetness from the malts (unlike Devil Dog). Pretty high grapefruit factor with this. Sort of low carbonation, that may be another reason this reminds me a little of Flossmoor IPAs, it gives the beer a body somewhere north of cask but south of most beers.

Overall very good, I prefer this to Devil Dog as Alpha Dog is a more straight-forward hoppy DIPA, as opposed to a barleywine fence sitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 01:17:47 | More by TurdFurgison
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a little off-whitehead that fizzles away after a couple of sips.

The aroma is swet then bitter orange zest an then grapefruit taking over. But there is some soft caramel malt notes worth mentioning as well. Not a bad balanced aroma.

The taste starts off with a good citric bitterness that is at its peek in the front of the palate. The middle gives way to some of the biscuit and bread toasted malts to help balance out this DIPA's flavor. THis also gives the beer a more resiny mothfeel. The finish is almost oily, but well balanced and warm from the alcohol content.

This is teh best DIPA I've had out of Idaho, thst for sure. And not bad compared to others for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:26:28 | More by scruffwhor
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ccrida

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a nonic, Alpha Dog is dusty burnt gold with a large, dense, barley off-white head with super long last that leaves heavy hunks of foamy lace. I like a paler IPA, and the head is ridiculous, like a bottle conditioned Belgian, so fine, tight and rocky!

Smell is strong hops, piney, but there is a woody like earthiness that really reminds me of thick hop stems of something, herbal as well.

Taste is strait up weird. First impression was, oddly enough, peanut butter. Subsequent sips confirm that as the initial flavor, but it further brings a resinous (albeit very woody) hop flavor, just a unusual flavor profile from the clearly strong hops. I just don't know what to make of this, it's strait up nutty - and I don't just mean the taste. There's a firm bitterness, some (almost burnt) toast malt, and pretty abrupt finish, with a sweeter hop aftertaste. All over the place! But unique for sure. While it wasn't served fridge temp, it had been in one about 2 hrs prior to serving and still felt pretty cold. But as it warmed up, more 'traditional' pine resin hop notes came out, as did a balancing sweetness. But these were really more hints of normalcy, which this was always far from being!

Mouthfeel is super oily, teeth coating, and medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, even if this is the most bizarre DIPA I've ever had. I really dig the over the top hop flavors without an indulgent ABV as is sometimes found in other west coast hop bomb versions of the style. I'd love to know what kind of hops this used, a crazy DIPA for sure! Will I buy it again? Probably, to send to friends just to show them what this bad boy is all about! One of those 'have to try' DIPAs if you love the style, as I do, even if not the best. While I didn't love the first sip, by the last, I was digging it, and had to bump it up a 1/2 point. Also, a good value. Better served on the warmer side. I've always preferred hoppy beers colder, but this is the 2nd big DIPA I've had in a row that has challenged that notion...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 02:59:30 | More by ccrida
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-31-2012 00:08:24 | More by Zaphog
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Tons of carbonation on this, gushers everywhere. A dark honey gold with a light tope head of about three fingers. Very good retention and lacing, especially for an ipa...Aroma is too light, mostly grapefruit, acid, and light pine on the back. Too light for an imperial...Taste is light citrus to start with a pine resin finish, but its light and pretty to drink, not for a hop head despite being an imperial.

A decent imperial ipa but nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 15:03:52 | More by jrallen34
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:54:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - dark, cloudy orange with a one finger cream colored head. head fades to a thin layer. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus - Orange and grapefruits.

T - Muted citrus flavors.

D - Very, very bitter.

O - The scents and taste do not match. Would be nice, but the bitterness is off somehow.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:21:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. Had a somewhat small amount of foamy head and good lacing.

S: Had a low key aroma of pine, citrus and hops.

T: Tasted of hops (not as much as you would think for this style), a bit of citrus, a burnt quality and some soapiness in the finish. A decent flavor, but not my favorite.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer, but as I said, not my favorite Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 13:47:17 | More by avalon07
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Pours a nice golden yellow with a two finger massively frothy off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, hop, and citrus. The flavor followed the nose with malt, hop, and citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a nice IIPA with a very nice hop and malt backbone that blended well together and kept the brew nice and balanced. I would really love to have this one on tap to compare and see if this balance is preserved. Glad this one is readily available in my area currently.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 19:16:14 | More by thagr81us
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange citrus to a light pine. In the taste, sweet orange citrus to a pine dryness, again, tastes just like the smell. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus like aftertaste. Nice mix of orange citrus to pine and hides the ABV, a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 16:55:17 | More by OWSLEY069
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather average, though appealing, clear amber with a very thick, fluffy, frothy and persistent white head that leaves some serious lacing. Aroma is strong and hoppy with a firm overtone of grapefruit and a hint of sweet orange. Flavor is fairly hoppy with an evergreen hint but just a little bitterness, as well as a strong citrus tone and some malty underpinnings. Edgy texture is rough and fizzy so it dances on the tongue and all the way down. This is indeed an "alpha dog" among Imperial IPAs!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 18:53:40 | More by Cyberkedi
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a very clear, light copper/dark gold color with a very fine-bubbled white head. Very sticky lace and the retention is nice.

Juicy tropical and citric hops jump out right away. Not quite as vibrant and big as some of the finest of the DIPA ilk, but plenty nice. Malts and what I am assuming is yeast flash some caramel apple backdrop with a distinct hazelnut aspect. Interesting.

The light color of this beer disguises a fairly decent malt backdrop...has almost an earthy, maris otter feel to it. The hop flavor is a bit tamer than I would prefer, although it does drop lots of resin throughout the sip. Bitterness is pretty big on the back end and lingers long. Pretty good DIPA here, not quite top tier, but Id like to drink it again and quite a deal at 4.99 a bomber...too bad there is not a freshness date on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:11:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-25-2013 23:56:11 | More by WOLFGANG
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is hoppy, some tropical fruits. Taste is really bitter, quite a hop bomb. a touch of fruits, loads of hop bitterness, a bit unbalanced for my liking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:54:32 | More by tone77
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this at State Line last week based on Robert's recommendation. As an aside, I find it a little sad that we can get beers from Idaho in MD but not stuff from Sly Fox.

A: A clear amber body with good clarity and a gorgeous 3-finger thick eggshell-white head that sticks around a while, leaving some really pretty lace. Great stuff

S: Plenty of sharp pine and grapefruit pith on the nose, with a mild caramel sweetness present. Mild biscuit-like malt is present and the combination of the hop and malt aroma is pretty good. Definitely herbal, with a mild minty aroma. Solid. As it warms up, alcohol is apparent on the nose, which is perplexing given the low ABV

T: Average. Opens with a sharp pine bitterness blended with a caramel sweetness. I doubt it's because the beer is old, because the hops definitely are fresh. The balance leans strongly towards the bittering hops, with reduced flavor hops, and plenty of malt, viz., not my idea of a great DIPA. Finishes dry with an overwhelming bitterness.

M: Medium-light with crisp carbonation. The bitterness is a bit overwhelming, and not in a good way. Moderately resiny on the palate.

D: This is not my idea of a great DIPA, but it achieves what it aspires to be - bitter and sweet. One glass is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 18:04:26 | More by DefenCorps
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-01-2013 16:08:42 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a beautiful ale. It is clear, dull orange in color, with a massive off-white head.

Smell – There’s a wonderful mix of strong orange, light lemon, and a bit of fresh pine to this nose. The malts are light and sweetish, laced with caramel and a bit of spice.

Taste – The hops find there way to the taste but the lack of malt flavor makes this a one-sided lightweight.

Mouthfeel – This was the ale’s weak point. It is incredibly light for the style. I wouldn’t call it light-bodied but it’s not far off. There’s some annoying bitterness that would be OK with a bigger malt sweetness but again the malts are completely absent. The carbonation is flat which again is OK for a big, thick, DIPA but here makes it somewhat boring in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This ale is actually quite smooth so went down well but I definitely won’t buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:38:52 | More by RoyalT
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -33%

10-22-2013 16:47:13 | More by RBorsato
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gford217

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of SirChugaLot poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear light golden amber with a big fluffy white head that leaves sheets of lacing and settles in as a small cap after a few minutes.

The aroma is very sweet with lots of light citrus hop aromas, especially oranges and grapefruits. There are some caramel malts as well as a bit more pine hops as it warms.

The taste follows the aroma but has a bit more aggressive hop bitterness than in the aroma. The opening flavors are the citrus hops which give way to the sweetness of the caramel malt base, which makes more than just an appearance. The finish has a solid pine hop bitterness that lingers for a while.

The mouthfeel is sticky with hops and has a nice soft carbonation that helps carry the light to medium body.

This is another solid DIPA from the West Coast and, while not the hoppiest or most complex, the bomber went way, way too fast. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 01:50:51 | More by gford217
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-27-2014 03:20:19 | More by spinrsx
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-14-2013 17:08:53 | More by mrfrancis
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