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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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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 20
Gots: 41 | 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:
Beer added by: bitterthebetter on 02-14-2009

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
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Ratings: 629 | Reviews: 302
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice, golden orange with a bit of a straw yellow color. Head is a creamy white and quite fluffy. The beer has a bit of haze to it and appears to be light for the style.

S: Not a whole lot going on here. A bit malty with a grassy aroma and a small amount of citrus. Doesn't have a particularly discernible hop aroma. Does have some bitter notes of grapefruit that I suppose are the hops coming through. Not very impressive on the nose.

T: Has a fairly substantial malt base backed up by some nice bitter hops. Faintly similar to DFH 90 minute. Has some great fruit notes of apricot and peach along with some orange zest and grapefruit to bitter it all out. Pretty even on the palate. Starts off sweet and finishes with a pretty lasting bitterness.

M: A bit off-kilter. Gives the impression of a sweeter, maltier IIPA but ends with some pretty aggressive bitterness that lingers just a bit too long.

D: Again, the bitterness is just a bit too much on this one. To be honest, just want to get through this one and not look back to it.

Photo of gopens44
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Frothy 1/2" head that clings a little, but nothing fancy. Color was medium dark copper and hazy.

S - Not too much going on in the nose, but what did come across was a touch in the citrus spectrum with a slight bitter hop bite.

T - Plenty of honey taste wrapped around the bitter piney hop taste. Not too much depth in it's character though.

M - Medium carbonation and somewhat smooth. A little more thin than I expected. Finishes a little unbalanced as this thing falls apart a touch at the end.

I had this on tap at some point in time and was fairly impressed. Sadly, I revisited it in bottle form, which may be the reason why I'm less impressed this time around.

Photo of Rutager
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours an appealing hazy straw colour. Nice white, one finger head that lasts a while leaving some chunky lacing.

Smell. Cirtus peels and piney hops with some bready yeast.

Taste. Oily, bitter white grapefruit and a little orange. A little toasty light malt. Bitterness lasts and lasts. Real nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability. A pretty good drinker. Could use another glass from this bomber ;-)

Photo of Zundo
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, honey body with a frothy, one and a half finger head that laces heavily.

Smell: Sweet lemon and orange hops with grapefruit and yeast.

Taste: Sweet lemon and orange up front followed by yeast and floral hops and finished with a sharp pine taste.

Mouthfeel: Frothy and juicy feel.

Drink: There is a refreshing body feel makes this pretty drinkable, but the sharp pine presence can slow one down.

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

This beer was light in color like an american ale, but had a very nice 1/2 inch white head. Extremely aromatic with hoppiness. Plenty of hop and some malt flavors. Detected a little citrus, but mainly a hearty and hoppy beer that went down very easy for 8.7%.

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).

Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours an orange, gold highlights. White foamy head disappates into a rocky one finger head. Plenty of lacing.
S- Smells of citrus hops, slight malt, faint alcohol.
T- Taste is initially bitter citrus. Lemon and white grapefruit. Some pale malt in there. Alcohol finishes with some solvent alcohol.
M- finishes dry. Light for style. Medium carbonation.
D- A so-so IIPA. Looks nice but the fact that it doesn't hide it's 8.7% alcohol well doesn't speak well.

Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears hazy gold with a decent size white head.

It smells of grassy hops, grapefruit and orange. I get a nice bit of a sweet caramel smell as well.

It tastes much like it smells. There is an initial grassy, piney and citrus like hoppy flavor. In particular I get a heavy grapefruit taste to the beer. There is a mild caramel flavor that balances out the hoppy flavor, slightly. The beer finishes with a pleasant and powerfully hoppy bitter flavor. Not that complex as far as the flavors good but it is a full of hoppy goodness.

The mouthfeel is descent. The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability (for a hophead) is fairly good. It tastes clean and it is fairly smooth.

Overall a pretty good imperial IPA it is not the best IIPA I have had but it is good and for the price (4 bucks a bomber) it is quite steal. Worth picking up some when you see it.

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

On tap in Philly in a pint glass, been seeing alot of Laughing Dog stuff show up and it's always good to see a new brewery in the area, we get about a new one every week.

Alpha Dog Imperial IPA looks bright golden straw yellow in the pint glass with some active bubbles pushing through to a inch of white stuff up top. Strands of lace, nothing artistic though. Smell is high in hops and a bready malt base that is not going to be a problem. This stuff smells pretty fresh. Alot of bitter like pine, sap, grapefruit, light on the malt. Taste is hops first malt a after thought. It really does not come through much. Feel is semi bitter with a smooth after feel, carbed up nice, a bit bitey. A great example of the style, a under DOG if you will.

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

Had this on 2011-01-17 in Columbia, PA from a 22 oz bottle.

A - Hazy straw-amber with a big 3-finger head into a Russian River nonic. Good lacing. No bottling date.

S - Mild-to-moderate whaffs of fresh orange and yeast.

T - Hop forward followed quickly by sweet citrus, bread, pepper and herbal hop cone. It dries out a bit with residual sweet orange, pepper and plenty of lingering bitterness. It's a hop bomb alright with a 120 IBUs; similar to a Stone Ruination in the bitterness quotient. The alcohol is not too evident.

M - Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation yield a creamy and oily feel that is quite nice.

D - When you are in the mood for a big blast of hop bitterness with a citrus/orange kicker; this will do the trick. The pepper flavor hasn't been something I've liked all that well in other beers. It's better-done here but still not my favorite flavor to emphasize and so it effects the drinkability for me.

Photo of edwardhenry
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at the P.O.P.E. in South Philadelphia

This is a beautiful beer, with a big head and a deep golden/honey color. As I drank the thick lacing did its thing for 2-3 inches at the top of the glass, sticking around until the very end. Really lovely.

The smell: hops, but with depth, not snap.

Good flavor, nothing spectacular. A little more carbonation than I'm looking for in an Imperial IPA. The hop taste was deep and dark, not bright and forward like my favorite examples of this style. Not a "hop bomb" by any means.

Mouthfeel is great, because of the carbonation. No residue, slides right over the tongue.

Drinkability higher than most Imperial IPAs. Could have easily had another.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into pint glass. No bottle date shown on the label or bottle.

A: Pours a redish, orange color. Fairly clear, not as hazy as other DIPAs I have had. The bottle was CRAZY carbonated, and actually almost exploded on me w/o any reason. Produced big frothy head that stuck around for a while. Good lacing.

S: I get the piney, citrus hops that they promise on their website, but "hop bomb"? Not exactly.

T: Much like what I took from the nose. I get the hops up front with a nice crisp bitter bite at the end. Good not great.

M: Not completely mouth puckering like some WC IPAs can be. Fairly good mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable. The alcohol is there but is understated. Obvioulsy could catch up to you, but I had no problems finishing the bomber quickly.

Overall, no a bad brew from a new (2005) brewery to the craft marketplace. I will have to try some of their other selections in the future.

Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Hopus glass pours a crisp orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that slowly diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is some crisp citrus hops and mild caramel malts. The taste is a decent amount of fresh citrus hops just in front of caramel malts with just a bit of alcohol presence, not very well balanced, but I've had worse. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with decently well hidden alcohol. This is a decent Imperial IPA, worth trying, but it's not likely one that I would have again.

Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gotta say I have been really impressed with pretty much all the Laughing Dog line of beers,I think more impressed than most here on BA have been.Starts off with a perfect pour,I dont put a 5 down much but the pour here is worthy,a burnt orange infused medium golden with a perfect creamy white crown that leaves one big continuous ring of soap scum-like lace as it settles into a creamy mass.Resinous and citric hops dominate the nose along with some sugary sweet notes,the good thing here is the hops dominate,not overly sweet.The palate isnt to sweet like way to many of the style,the hops citric in character are the main event here,citrus and pine overtop of a sweet alcohol base,again the sweet alcohol base is underneath the big hops.I really like this beer,it is what the style should be more about in my humble opinion.

Photo of HopDiggityDawg
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up because I was looking for a new DIPA to try and the price was right. I got home and I was less than enthusiastic after reading the reviews on ba. I opened the bomber and got a good whif of a hop bomb. The appearance and lacing were also very good. The taste was not the most complex but it worked very well. A lot of piney, citrus hops with a nice understated backing of malt and the alchohol was very understated as well. The more I drank, the more I appreciated this brew. A very nice surprise for a brew I just happened to run across. I will buy again.

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

Golden orange in color with a whitish head. Good stick from a decent height, and overall a fine look. The nose is firmly on the pale side, with only a slight malt presence as compared to the citric hops that spring out of the glass. Bright hops and pale malts rule the day on all counts, as the flavor is strongly biased toward the hops, pretty bitter but fairly drinkable nonetheless. Body is light, with higher carbonation. Not my favorite version of the double IPA style, but The big hop presence is welcome, and if it's a bit harsh, well, there is some room for improvement.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves impressive lacing. The aroma is mostly piney and citrusy hops, along with some biscuity malt, caramel, fruity esters, and some alcohol. The flavor is similar with big citrus and piney hops upfront, as well as some biscuit and caramel, fruity esters, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is short of thick and drinkability is really good for the style. A solid if uninteresting DIPA, very drinkable but short on complexity.

Photo of samie85
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark orange amber color with a pillowy two finger white head.

S-Smells of spicy pine, some grapefruit, and some orange.

T-A bit of bitter, spicy pine, grapefruit and orange mingled with generous amounts of caramel.

M-Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation and finishes with a subtle dryness.

D-Pretty easy drinking for an almost 9% Imperial IPA. I generally find this style to be less drinkable either due to ABV or intense dryness, but this is a pretty enjoyable example.

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

pours a clear nice amber color. The head is large and turns into a cratered landscape that eventually laces the the side of the glass and a permanent film over the top.
Smells of grapefruit pith possibly pumelo, vanilla, and toffee, malty and yeasty.
The taste follows the smell exactly, adding a strong alcohol presence.
Slightly oily mouthfeel, that leaves that thick scrock in the mouth like after a glass of orange juice.
One sip deserves another. It is not my favorite, but holds its own against its competitors.

Photo of stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A considerable, tightly packed tan head sits confident above this pinkish-orange brew. Retention is astounding. After it finally disintegrates a thick sheet of lace layers the glass.

Hop aroma involves a pleasant mix of grapefruit and resin. A bit of caramel, vanilla and a subtle nuttiness sneak in through the backdoor. Striking resinous hops to the tongue with a backdrop of grapefruit and malt. Has a chalky aftertaste, some astringency and a big but satisfying alcohol heat.

Medium bodied and coarse at the edges with a smallish creamy core to help offset.

Photo of JoePat
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark gold/orange color with an off white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

I get a lot of orange juice/grapefruit citrus in the aroma. A little caramel sweetness but it is pretty faint.

The flavor is sweet and grassy. Very bitter with not much hop flavor. This beer is cloyingly sweet and very rich. It was clean and no off flavors.

The mouthfeel is pretty average and nothing stands out good or bad.

This beer is way too bitter and sweet without enough flavor. I had a hard time finishing this glass.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy,deep peach/orange with a dogged,creamy,two-finger crown of pearly white that died down to a half inch ten minutes after the initial pour.Great head retention and unbelievably sticky lacing.

S-Good hop profile that covers all the bases.Fragrant floral,slick and sharp pine and juicy,fresh citrus hop notes.Good malt backbone of toffee and cracker.

T-Nice sticky bitterness.Candied grapefruit,honeysuckle and caramel malt.

M-Medium to full bodied with good active carbonation and a nice slick and prickly mouthfeel.Clean and balanced.

D-Great IIPA with a well-masked ABV and really good drinkability.

Photo of jsh420
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours hazy golden orange with a 2 finger chunky pillowy head that left lacing all down the glass

smell to me is strange - i get a little orval funk

taste - i pick up the same barnyard funk along with lots of citrus/pine hops and decent amount of bready pale malt

mouthfeel light with good carbonation - very smooth and creamy

drinkability is solid - big flavors, easy drinking and reasonable price

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into SABL glass.

A. 2 finger head. Good retention. Ok lacing. Color is a dark orange.

S. Smell is citrusy floral hops. Some semi-sweet malt lies beneath the hops. Smell is good, but not quit on the same level as a lot of other DIPAs.

T. Taste is sweet with hop bitterness, but not a lot of hop bitterness. has a bit of an off bubblegum flavor. Malt tastes bready/biscuity. Not a whole lof of flavor really.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very strong lingering bitterness.

D. This is somewhat of a unique DIPA. The flavor was what kind of threw me. It is drinkable enough, just missing a lot of the hop flavors that should be in a DIPA.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous light golden orange, Hazy, with a hefty, pillowy white head that clings to the sides of my snifter, nice streams of bubbles. Leaves excellent lacing behind. Absolutely beautiful looking Double IPA.

Smells extremely piney like a hike through a coniferous forest. Very bright and hoppy smell. Lots of sweet malts are detectable.

The pine really carries through in the taste, nice and sweet too, a little bit of honey in the taste. I can taste a little bit of alcohol, but nothing abrasive, this is extremely smooth, Very flavorful without overwhelming bitterness. I'd consider this a decently malty DIPA, but it's so well balanced by the rich floral-pine flavors of the hops.

medium, nearing full bodied, moderate carbonation. Nice and mellow feel.

Outstandingly drinkable, smooth, well balanced, and delicious. What more could you ask for.

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