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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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581 Ratings

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Ratings: 581
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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Photo of HURTemHIZZY


4.18/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours a nice clear amber with an absolutely massive off white head that has absurd retention and leaves a huge amount of lacing behind. I expect a great head from dipas, but I docked it 0.5 because the head was so quick to form and slow to fade that it made the beer slightly difficult to pour. Great looking brew, though.

Smells like a bag of hops. A big, delicious bag of hops. Pine is the main aroma, with citrus and grapefruit secondary aromas. There is a touch of tropical fruit in there as well. The taste follows suit, but the tropical fruit is a bit lesss noticeable. There is a tiny bit of a bready malt base to lock down the hops but it is barely noticeable and doesn't detract from the hop profile at all.

09-10-2010 12:46:15 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

09-10-2010 01:17:47 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Quite rounded and malty for a double IPA, but quite a pleasant beer. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a very nice head that is quite creamy and leaves some lacing. Smells creamy and with lots of bitter orange and finishes with sweet malt. Also quite creamy in the mouth with big bitter orange and grapefruit flavors, fairly firm malt, and a lingering bitterness. A little light spiciness on the finish. I think the creaminess helps to tame the hops to a degree and integrate them nicely with the malt. Really pretty enjoyable.

09-09-2010 02:22:28 | More by Georgiabeer
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

09-07-2010 19:16:14 | More by thagr81us
Photo of ism

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

From the bottle to a pint glass, a beautiful honey body, slightly hazy, with a fierce carbonation creating a finger and a half height head, slowly dissipating to a thin layer, leaving intricate lacing behind. Nose isn't that engaging, sweet malt and a standard citrus note, with toasted bread.

Nice and bitter up front, quite sweet as it washes over the tongue, and a crisp finish with a hint of pine. I find it rather unbalanced for an Imperial IPA. Medium body, with hop oil slickness.

The 22oz bottle is very easy to finish but while very well made, somewhat disappointing given its appearance, and in comparison to others in its class.

08-26-2010 00:07:55 | More by ism
Photo of dickroop


3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured from a bomber into my pint tumbler, this DIPA is golden, almost clear, and had a healthy 1.5 finger head from a fairly vigorous pour. It left some lacing and maintained a small head for a good while. The aroma was stronger than many, a citrus-floral punch with bready notes. Alcohol was noticeable.

The taste was quite a disappointment after the nose. Most of the great aroma was missing from the flavor, leaving an overly sweet and malty flavor with indistinct strong lasting bitterness. There were some caramel-candy flavor notes, some musty and metallic off-flavors, and a few toasty malt notes.

Mouthfeel had some sourness around the edges of a medium-to-light body, and a little alcohol warming. The carbonation added little to the enjoyment. Also a malt-stickiness. I now have to go and pour the second half of the bomber and decide if I really want to drink any more of this.

On the bomber's second pour, there was still a great head, and a lot more cloudiness from the bottom of the bottle. The nose by this point was absent, even though the brew had had a good opportunity to warm up from it's initial fridge temperature. The taste (now warmed) might be imagined to have a bit of an orange flavor note, but mostly it's the same as originally described.

As to drinkability, sadly, I'm not sure this brew is worth finishing the last 11 oz. That gives it a rather average-to-low drinkability rating. Granted this bomber has been in my fridge for several months, and who knows how long it took to get from Idaho to me (no date-stamping or "enjoy-by" suggestions). I'd love to drink this closer to the source, especially as a draft beer. But I'm not inclined to buy another bottle of this apparently rather average "Imperial IPA", especially at $5.99/bottle. Despite a great name, this bottle was rather disappointing.

08-21-2010 22:59:12 | More by dickroop
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3.88/5  rDev +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.

08-19-2010 15:03:52 | More by jrallen34
Photo of evilkalla


4.03/5  rDev +8%

Serving: Bomber into a tall glass.

A: Fairly aggressive pour resulted in about three inches of a fairly stiff, creamy head. Has a slightly cloudy, golden straw color with lots of carbonation. Attractive beer.

S: Has the pine/citrus smell that I expect from an IPA. Mild, not overpowering.

T: Citrusy hops up front and quite bitter, though not quite hop-bomb territory. Has a strong malt backbone to it as well. Not quite as well balanced as some other imperial IPAs I have tasted but still quite good. The booze is fairly detectable in this one.

M: Has a slightly filmy, firm feel to it.

D: Overall, it's a very drinkable IPA. I do think I prefer LD's Devil Dog IPA over this one, but I would definitely buy again.

08-18-2010 01:08:38 | More by evilkalla
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North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

Sent to me by the ever generous JohnGalt1...

A- A bright orange brew capped with two fingers of foamy white head. Pretty good head retention with great multi-tiered, sticky lacing.

S- Hoppy bitterness with a bit of a sweetness in the background. Very earthy, not very citrusy.

T- Loads upon loads of hops come at me in waves. The sweetness of it kind of ruins the taste a little bit. Once again, earthy hops more than anything. somewhat piney.

M- Heavier body, very slick. I swear you can feel the oils from the hops in the mouthfeel.

D- Pretty drinkable. This was a good beer and I would buy it again, it's just not on that other level like other DIPA's. I feel like the DIPA style has been nearly perfected by so many other breweries it's hard to distinguish between a mediocre and good DIPA. This one is good, but not great.

Thanks agin, Toby! I owe you tons for some of the brews that you sent me.

08-10-2010 13:37:04 | More by kbeals
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3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

A: Lovely pale orange, nice head.

S: Hops....mostly pine, some citrus.

T: Whoa! Hops anybody? Bitter, bitter, and more bitter. Chalky with leafy, pine, and some citrus flavors. Very little malt background. Surprising alcohol presence for under 9% abv. Some spice and caramel sweetness in the finish, but mostly just hop bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

D: Just hard to get through for me. Too much bitterness and alcohol.

Overall: I see the appeal for some, but I like a little more balance.

08-09-2010 23:35:02 | More by jtm3
Photo of spoons


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Poured from a bomber.

Looks nice and orange, slight haze with a white head that leaves great lacing.

Smell is ok for an imperial. Some musty bread notes with a noticeable hop (citrus) presence but the malt is strong in the nose. Makes it seem clouded.

The same goes for the taste. Just a bit jumbled. A good bitterness from the hops but a little to crisp and dry. The malt presence is there but all it does is mess with the hops. The malt isnt strong enough however to leave a sweetness to balance.

Just ok. but I wont go for it again unless they clean it up.

08-08-2010 21:22:46 | More by spoons
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3.05/5  rDev -18.2%

Alpha Dog Imperial India Pale Ale--2009-A 22 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 127 IBU's. (3.0 / 5.0) Slowly foams out of bottle. Lacy thin white head. Clear bright orange gold color. Huge floral pine citrus front. Mild creamy sweet hot hop pine resin thin caramel spicy zesty body. Rich hop spice citrus clean end. Light sediment. Over the top unbalanced hops. Sampled 5/21/2010. 2 @ $3.99 Each.

Resampled 8/6/2010. (3.5 / 5.0) Rich hops are very piney, but tasty. Hot end.

08-06-2010 21:32:33 | More by philbertk
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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

Had a nice pearly white head, with a little bit of lacing. Color was a light amber, and pretty clear. Taste was very hoppy, with lots of grapefruit, with a little bit of booze. The initial taste was very sweet, and grapefruity, but it didnt finish well, leaving a alcohol taste. Overall it was a good beer, but was lacking in great taste, and feel.

08-03-2010 23:44:44 | More by Hoescheg
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

A 22 oz bomber.

Poured this into my favorite glass. Very bright clear yellow. A few bubbles. Very nice creamy head that stays.

Nose is not as strong as I would expect from a DIPA. Some funk and hops with grapefruit.

Taste is very grapefruit with some hops and sweetness. The finish is citrus oil and bitterness. Quite bitter actually that lingers on the back of the tongue for sometime.

Mouth feel is quite nice with very creamy texture as a result of the nice head. Alcohol is not very apparent. I drank this mid 40's. Very good beer.

07-31-2010 21:41:08 | More by daledeee
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4.03/5  rDev +8%

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep, thick golden color. Very opaque, somewhat hazy. Light bubbling. Strong head formation, well retained at a frothy 4mm.

S - Floral, grapefruit, but not in your face amount of west coast hops. Seems like cascade, as it isn't as meaty as some of the more potent varietals. Some orange yeast notes in the background.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, small amounts of 2 row. Rolls into a strong hop note, floral, grapefruit, orangy - very tangy - not overly bitter. Finishes with a smooth note of hops and some almost roasted nutty notes.

M - Thick and creamy - very full bodied. Carbonation is light, but supports the beer nicely. Finishes very clean, with some oily hop resins stinging to the tongue - just enough to maintain the bitterness.

D - Very drinkable DIPA. ABV is manageable for the style. Flavors aren't too overwhelming. Not filling. Can be a little bit too in your face with the sweeter hop notes.

07-24-2010 02:34:52 | More by katan
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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Produces a massive amount of off white head, which retains quite well. The body is orange gold in color, it is quite hazy with the yeast left behind--it still remains translucent.

The aroma is floral and light. There is a little spruce and hints of metallic characteristics.

The taste is hop intensive. Very much grapefruit with a lemony middle and a piny finish.

Mouth feel wise it is very intense. It is very prickly, a little wet but warming in the end

Overall a good double IPA. There is just too much yeast in this brew for me. It makes it a little too powdery in the mouth feel.

07-12-2010 00:27:01 | More by TheSarge
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a chilled mug.

A nice, coppery clear pour with a short but stable head and good lacing.

Effervescent and fruity in the nose with nummy grapefruit and a lot of hop aroma.

Bitter, yeasty, and hop-arific, this is one sturdy IPA! Good caremly malts, too. Tastes divine!

Packs a punch, but stays readily drinkable all the way to the bottom.

07-04-2010 22:27:54 | More by velmalikevelvet
Photo of Bierguy5


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, lighter copper color. Appealing white rocky head. Very nice head retention, and a few spots of lace.

Faint citrusy and piney hops. Maybe some tropical fruit. Hop aroma seems tame for the style. Good suggestion of malt in the nose, bready and caramel.

Some sweet malt up front, but not overwhelming. Hops come in, providing a slightly citrusy, earthy and herbal quality. Dries at the finish, allowing the bitterness to linger.

Medium body, enough carbonation to lift the bitterness a bit. Alcohol seems pretty well hidden. Not bad.

07-03-2010 20:55:27 | More by Bierguy5
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3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

A: Nice amber/orangey color with a little haze. Head was big off white and took a long time to go down. Left a think lace on the glass.

S: The aroma a citrus seems to be a lot of yeast and malt as well.

T: Starts with strong hops, grapefruit and bitterness. A little bit of the yeast in the middle. Finishes sweet and hoppy.

M: Very smooth and crisp and medium carbonation. For an imperial IPA it seams to be lacking a little in the hoppiness.

D: Considering the the ABV, it is easy to drink. The taste isnt overwhelming or intense.

06-25-2010 02:25:32 | More by rebelthrower
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, even though there are better 2IPA's out there, this is still a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

06-16-2010 04:42:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

A fine IPA or Double IPA (the beer kinda straddles the fence) that favors grassy/earthy/garlic-onion character over typical citrus grapefruit hop flavor.

Alpha Dog starts with a soft glow of deep golden to light copper colors. The beer releases a firm, white, cottony head that both retains and laces well. A pretty standard IPA look.

Bready malts set the stage with extremely light sweetness. This allows the hops to dominate the beer with a fresh cut grass, light onion or garlic character. Soft pine resins, thin alcohols, and citrus rinds round out the aromas.

Flavors are a direct mimic of the aromas. Lightly bready early with soft non-descript sweetness. The earthy, grassy, piney hops shine well in the reserved role of malts, esters, or phenols. A sharp bitterness results from the hops and take a piney shape in flavor. A very good flavor but I am more in favor of the citrus-forward hoppy beers.

As the malt flavors show favorably up front, so does the creamy textures. But as the malt flavors fade, so do the creaminess- leading quickly to a dry and well-attenuated mouthfeel. Lightly warming and numbing, the alcohols shy away from harshness or fusal character.

Again, a well crafted Double IPA but the hops seem to exhibit more of the Simcoe or Warrior varieties than Cascade or Centennial. This makes the beer a bit less than 'clean' flavored.

06-16-2010 03:31:52 | More by BEERchitect
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3.88/5  rDev +4%

22oz bomber into us pint

A: golden to orange, not as dark as I had expected, pillowy and creamy offwhite head with great lacing

S: hops from a distance but in the glass you get a lot of malt and yeast with hops of a citrus suggestion

t: pretty well balanced citrus hop with that same malt and yeast flavor, turns quite bitter in the mouth and leaves a bit of a chalky flavor

m: very nice, smooth but not syrupy, crisp carbonation cleans some of the dry bitterness away but not all

d: cost and abv aside, this is a pretty solid beer that doesn't go all hops

06-14-2010 22:46:38 | More by waldoiverson
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3.88/5  rDev +4%

Opened the bottle to have it overflow, even though I had not shaken the bottle. Quickly recovered, however, to pour from the 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a golden hazy color, with a thick white head that shows sticky lacing down the sides.

Has a sweet lemony citrus smell that is crisp and clean. Undertones of grapefruit and pine- the hops are shining through.

While there's not a strong up-front hop presence, there are strong bitters in the aftertaste. Presents rather smooth, actually, with some evergreen, juniper, and grass. The bitter squeezes the tongue and leaves it dry. Tasty, but certainly intense.

I love a good, hoppy, bitter IIPA, but the bitterness on this one is a lot to take. It's a sipper, and with 22 oz to drink, that's a lotta sipping.

Got this one from a friend who came up from DC with it. If he brings up another, this will be one to share rather than drink myself.

05-15-2010 01:42:49 | More by TheHoppiest
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours deep gold with a billowing 2-finger quarter-floating head. Thick clusters of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass. Excellent head retention and thick, almost creamy lacing. Very nice.

Understated citrus nose, but with more complex fruit than expected. Weak grapefruit, but also getting grapes, cherries, and even lemon. Interesting.

Teasingly sweet hit, but quickly gives way to hops. Very dry, arid finish. The hop burn is subtler than most, but lasts a very long time.

Body is a nice combination of cream with a slight bit of fizz.

Surprisingly easy to drink. I'm a big fan of dry-finishing IPA's, so this one is hard to put down.

05-12-2010 01:00:57 | More by beer2day
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a DFH snifter from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a very hazy and nice orange color with some golden hues and hints. There is a nice and dense .5 inch head on this beer that leaves some nice and very sticky lacing along the glass.

S - Orange and grapefruit rind is immediately perceived as the hop notes are very citric. There are some grainy and biscuit notes around there but they're very well intertwined with the hops.

T - Starts of with a mild grain and malt sweetness that only lasts half a second before a grapefruit explodes in your mouth with intense hop citrus flavor and nice bitter notes. As it finishes there is some sweet juice like flavor that pops up right before the beer goes down with a nice dry and crisp bitter finish. Delicious.

M - This is the only downfall for me. It seem a little light and watered down for a DIPA. Still very good CO2 and overall flavor.

D - Very high especially with the lower ABV as compared to other DIPA. Flavors are good and intense but not overwhelming IMO.

04-25-2010 00:53:04 | More by JoEBoBpr
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