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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

576 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 576
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 18
Gots: 28 | 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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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-25-2012 17:09:42 | More by Hopmodium
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TonyT013

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-25-2012 01:49:12 | More by TonyT013
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pdxbeerdrinker

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-20-2012 22:35:00 | More by pdxbeerdrinker
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2378GCGTG

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-19-2012 20:39:09 | More by 2378GCGTG
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ericlitchfield


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-16-2012 17:36:07 | More by ericlitchfield
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A pretty clear copper colored ale with a slim layer of head.

A bright smelling beer. Lemon, grapefruit and prickly pear.

Smooth tasting, malty beginning gives way to a dull bitterness that hits the back of the mouth. The malt is in the body of the taste, not sweet but balanced nicely with the hops..

Smooth texture, almost creamy, medium body, low carbonation.

A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 23:06:09 | More by Fatehunter
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shelby415

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-14-2012 06:05:13 | More by shelby415
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harrymel

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV 8.5%. Bottled 15MAR12

Pours golden with an etched surface of whites. Brilliant clarity. Nose with resin, grapefruit, pine, chewable vitamins, sweet honey malt and a hint of lemon. Bitter with good dry malt flavor and a ton of hop character. Plenty of west coast here: weed, grass and pine. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 06:23:41 | More by harrymel
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BackStallion


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very near transparent amber with a baby wrist of head.

S - A powerful aroma that surrounds the nose with hops and charges right in full force, leaving one temporarily stunned.

T - At first taste the hops are readily apparent but it soon transforms into a powerful fruity blend with a finish that grabs you by the balls with its teeth, applies a half rotation in the counter-clockwise direction, and refuses to let go.

M - moderate

O - Once the cap is removed from this beer it is too late. Seemingly out of nowhere, hops charge at you and relentlessly assault your senses until all is finished. While most beers would feel it sensible to back off at some point, Alpha Dog refuses to stop until the bitter end. Some may describe this daring combination of hops as idiotic, but this beer sends a message: it is not one to be fucked with.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:50:24 | More by BackStallion
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cragus

Ontario (Canada)

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

650mL bottle into snifter
A - Pours a clear amber with a finger of white head.
S - Citrusy hops, grapefruit, pineapple, and pine.
T - Up front bitterness with a herbal piney tang; a note of grapefruit is also present in the beer.
M - Moderate body with a medium amount of carbonation and a long finish. An astringent character is noticeable.
O - A decent IPA; however, it lacks in overall complexity and cohesiveness. There are plenty of hops there, but I don't feel like its the right mix of hops, malt, etc. I would get it again, but it would not be my first choice. In short, it's good, but it doesn't feel like the recipe is quite as refined as it could be.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:05:12 | More by cragus
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irongator

Kansas

1/5  rDev -73.2%

05-09-2012 10:38:53 | More by irongator
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Reed

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-02-2012 19:34:14 | More by Reed
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fubofnic

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-29-2012 01:55:49 | More by fubofnic
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-28-2012 23:04:53 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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Calculat0r

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

04-27-2012 14:41:01 | More by Calculat0r
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Lantern


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-26-2012 19:49:00 | More by Lantern
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 03:02:46 | More by Hopfenpeter
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received a bottle as an Easter gift. 22-oz bomber poured into a large snifter. Laughing Dog's website says this was brewed with Columbus and Mt. Hood hops and with Pale, Honey, and Munich malts. 8% ABV and 127 IBUs.

A: Pours a tad cloudy golden orange with nice carbonation and a decent frothy white head.

S: Smells even with the malts & hops. Hops smell mostly piney and the malts give a honey-like sweet underlying character. Has a bit doughy like character. A little too sweet to be an Imperial IPA, but I really don't know how old the bottle is or what the handling condition was.

T: Starts sweet with the honey-like flavors mostly dominating, then a rush of piney hops. Can tell this one was well hopped. Has a sort of pine sap-like kick to it towards the middle and end which is pretty prominent. Some pepper or spicy notes as well. Alcohol is well hidden, but I get a swift kick of ethyl alcohol notes at the tail end.

M: Quite bitter. I was skeptic of the 127 IBUs but they sure seem like they're there (if there really is a measure of >100 IBUs). Feels medium full. Seems somewhat sweet due to the heavy dose of hops added.

O: A nice IPA. Hops take the showcase here. Would like to have this one fresh to really gauge the "imperial" aspect, though. For today's standards, an imperial at 8.5% ABV is somewhat tame. Nonetheless, a quality brew from a brewery I never heard of until now. Will give some of their other beers a try. Besides, I am a dog lover and am having this one in celebration of my dog's recent 1-year old birthday. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:58:57 | More by jwhancher
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BoilerUpNavy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-18-2012 02:07:42 | More by BoilerUpNavy
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

04-14-2012 10:47:34 | More by avisong
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jpcool9

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-12-2012 02:41:08 | More by jpcool9
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice lacing and retention on a cloudy golden with orange hue body.

S: aroma is overall a little light. mild malt with pine and citrus.

T: strong malt presence up front with the earthy, pine and grassy hops rounding out the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the hop character is really nice for this one. Simple but the flavors mix well.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 01:03:52 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Light caramel malt, spicy hops and some pine.

T - Caramel and sweet toffee up front with some pine. More pine and spicy hops in the middle with dry toasted grain character. Finishes with some harsh bitterness and more dry malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The hop character falls a little flat in the nose and delivers an unflattering sharp, harsh bitterness. The dry, grainy character exacerbates the harsh bitterness by creating a husky finish without any sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:56:49 | More by nickfl
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: cloudy amber head is thing but body is obviously bubbly with a 1/4' white head.

Smell: You know it smells real good, but it is light. Light floral.

Taste: Comes off bitter, but not as impressing as some other imperial IPAs. Hints of wood, but impressively creamy...reminds you a little of an octoberfest/marzen style that would compliment a steak with the best of them.

Mouth: Med-heavy carbonation, tingles your mouth with flavor.

Overall: I would definitely buy this again, it is a little different and it's after taste is good enough to say "gimmme a little more". I hope you all enjoy, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 20:20:38 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of orange citrus and pine notes, as well as a little bit of biscuit malt. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of orange and bitter resin notes from the hops, as well as a good bit of alcohol. The level of bitterness is about medium. I get a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation level is medium as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 21:32:41 | More by Mora2000
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