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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

599 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | 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 FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Zathrus13.

Pours a golden amber in color. There's a very nice two inches of head that forms on the pour and takes it's sweet ass time receding enough for me to finish the pour.
Smell is very floral, piney hops. There's a bit of a citrusy note as well. Taste is quite balanced. More pine hops, but everything is kept under control. Very good and easy drinking IPA. You never notice the ABV in this beer. So smooth and good, it was gone before I even realized it. Solid offering.

FtownThrowDown, May 11, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This shows a light copper color with a pretty big frothy off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is a relatively mild piney hops and grassy malt, sort of a cardboard quality as I have identified in many brews before, not necessarily a problem. The flavor is malt heavy with the pine/herbal hop background. It's grassy and earthy, mildly carbonated with a solid body feel that is easy enough to drink for the style. It has an odd hop expression that gathers at the back of your mouth, not a bad thing but a bit different. Kind of a burnt cedar quality, not in my wheelhouse, hard to describe. But it is by no means a bad brew. Not the best dipa I've had but a pretty good quality beer that may slide into a barleywine in some minds.

Durge, May 09, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a fluffy 2" head. Thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: grapefruit is a bit overpowering here, and the pine is in the background.

Taste: caramel, pine, and a huge grapefruit tone that creates a bit of an unbalanced beer for me. The bitterness is sharp and biting.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Super long aftertaste as the grapefruit flavors seems to stick around the mouth for a long time.

Drinkability: I found this to be a bit unbalanced and quite biting. The bomber was more than enough for me in a session.

Gavage, May 08, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a creamy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is loaded with pine - sappy, resiny with lemon/orange citrus.

The taste is of hops - leafy, resiny, piney then citric. A caramel/toffee backing supports it. Finishes with a bitter bite.

It is velvety, though with a sharp tingle.

Although powerful, it still is very drinkable. A deliciously hoppy DIPA!

jwc215, May 02, 2009
Photo of beerbully
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

appearance-light amber colr 1/2 inch head relatively good lacing

smell-very floral with some citrus notes

taste-somewhat citrusy with some hops on the back end

mouthfeel- good

drinkability-could probably drink a few of these

overall- pretty good DIPA but not the best

beerbully, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of gford217
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.

gford217, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Hophead101
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 4.11.09 at Brass Rail Beverage in Campbelltown (while my son was at a birthday party).

poured a great golden yellow color. the head was thick and foamy. there was also a consistent intermittent flow of tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass throughout the enjoyment of this beer. There was also a nice thin layer of tiny foamy bubbles/head on top of the beer the entire time which was nice. The beer also produces a superb lacing from the top of the glass down to the bottom in a beautifully random pattern. smell of this beer was good, but not as strong as I would have expected for a double IPA. definite citrus in the nose, some bready malt undertones and lots of hop resin.

This is quite a tasty beer. A hop head's delight. very hoppy in the entire taste, very back of the mouth bittery hop taste. slightly buttery in the mouthfeel w/ a crispness toward the end, primarily from the bitter hop taste. quite a nice beer.

Hophead101, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle. No noticeable "brewed on" date which almost dissuaded me.

A - A beautiful golden color with the slightest haze and a moderate white head. Lots of lacing.

S - First all piney and then some citrusy hops emerge.

T - This was opposite the smell. First all citrusy then piney hops emerge. A complex combination of rich hop flavors, toasted malt, alcohol and a piney hop bitterness.

M - A moderate level of carbonation yet very smooth and silky. The bubbles don't interfere at all. In fact, they seem to sep aside at just the right moment.

D - A very pleasant and enjoyable beer. I tried a couple of other Laughing Dog brews before (also from Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle) and they were horrible. Someone told me they had contamination issues with an outside bottler. This beer certainly helped to redeem their name in my book.

GJ40, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz. brown bomber pours an amber-gold ale with a finger of white frothy foam. Good carbonation is evident as is the thick sticky lace that clings to the glass. Bright and lively looking brew.

Rich malt with earthy hops fill nose. An interesting meld of two main ingredients, almost seamless.

Rich grainy malt with very little sweetness, overlapped with earthy leafy hoppiness give this brew a very unique flavor with a matching balance. It's like a 50-50 malt to hop ratio, with a strong bitter finish. Very pleasant flavor and well executed. Medium body with some slick to fluffiness mouthfeel due to the carbonation and ? Can't quite put my finger on the oily slickness within. Long bitter aftertaste that bites the tongue a bit.

Quite drinkable with the alcohol subdued in all aspects smell and taste wise. This is a nice change of pace for this style, one I would like to see more of. I must thank travisd13 for making this possible...a very fine extra indeed!

scottoale, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of ccrida
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...

ccrida, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't plan on reviewing any beers tonight.. but oh well.. 22 picked up today at the COOP... was gonna share with the bro.. but his palate is shot... poured into my SA shaped glass..

1" foamy head has great retention and a ton of lace.. the brew is hazy honey gold.

Thick citrus rind and pine dominate the nose... smells very dry.. not much in the way of malts.. pithy.

Flavor has about as much hoppy presence as a brewer can pack into a liquid.. a hop delivery device for sure.. grapefruit zest and pine are alll throughout this one.. malts are there to provide a good balance.. but that is it!! oily hoppiness.. not out of whack... but I am questioning (in a good way).

The body is lite/medium for the style with some very smooth carbonation.. very dry and very "West Coast".

The only complaint that I can even remotely come up with is that the hops seem sorta one dimensional.. I would like to see more/different hops used at different times in the very late kettle and in the fermenter.

The Alpha Dog is phenomenal.. and should be considered anytime someone wants a IBU fix.. I just think a touch more thought could bring it into the top 100 realm.

JohnGalt1, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of erikm25
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Stone tulip. This is golden orange with crispy tangerine highlighting. Head is about two fingers of snowy white bubbles. Retention is very solid. Lacing clings in ring like patterns all around the glass. I wasn't overly impressed with the appearance but I quickly learned the old adage about judging a book by its cover.

S: This has massive and juicy aromas. Fresh pineapples, peaches, and lemon zest bubblegum. Strong hints of grapefruit and pine tar with sugar honey sweetness. I really enjoyed the smell of this beer. There were hints of pine but definitely a great mix of citrus fruits thrown in.

T: Strong grapefruit tastes balanced against very subtle caramel malts. Overall, this one delivers on the hops and leaves a solid bittering aftertaste. Pineapples and oranges. A slight lemon taste that pierces the tongue. Even with the heavy hops it drinks smoothly and enjoyably. Rounds out nicely with some peppered spiciness. Caution, as this drinks like a breeze.

M: Medium, bordering on full, mouth feel. This one is sticky and juicy with hops bitterness. Great carbonation.

D: This is a solid imperial IPA. Easily drinkable and for the price it is a bargain. May go toe to toe with my fall back, Ruination. Highly recommended for fans of a strong hoppy beer. Hopefully, this gets into six packs but in the meantime pick up a bomber or grab it on tap. Laughing Dog should be very proud of what they have put together here.

erikm25, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mnapier
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Temperature, 50 degrees. Serving Glassware, 12 ounce tulip.

Pours, orange and clear with a strong almost whipped egg white foamy head, that dissipates into a strong tattered lace.
The nose is earthy with grapefruit and a dash of pine.
Swallowing this I get the carmel malts and a sticky quality that is slightly musty with grass tones and some grapefruit.
Overall a medium mouthfeel and man do I suddenly have a craving for fish and chips with some tartar and dill.

Cheers

mnapier, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The POPE on 3/6/09 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Slightly hazy golden body with a wispy film for a head that gave way to a thin ring of retention that left virtually no lacing.

S - Fruity nose with lots of fleshy and citrusy fruits with sweet caramel malt. However, there is a pungent cat box character amidst all the sweetness and hop bitterness.

T - Flavor is very sweet initially with a fruit character and sweet malt base featuring caramel notes. Unfortunately, an unpleasant cat box aspect rears its ugly head and dominates the flavor in the middle, and then segues into an aggressive hop bitterness suggesting pine and resin.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and subtle carbonation resulting in a sticky mouthfeel overall. Finishes with an assertive hop bitterness on the palate.

D - I would have enjoyed this much more if not for the cat urine aspect. Not sure if it was the tap line or just the beer. Remove the feline influence from this brew and you would have a pretty solid DIPA. While some might enjoy this very pungent hop profile, it definitely rubbed me the wrong way.

ffejherb, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Alpha Dog poured a autumn orange color with a massive foam head and some sweet lacing. Head retention was real nice. A good looking beer.

The aroma was super piney and aggressive with the nose. The taste was dominated by the hop abrasiveness. It had a good malt backbone and the 8.7 abv was pretty well hidden. It left a semi dry mouth feel and will satisfy any hop head. Overall it is probably the best beer to date from Laughing Dog that I have tried.

cswhitehorse, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to screamforme for this one... What an extra!

Pours out a beautiful golden color and quickly forms a thick dense white frothy head... Sorta hazy...lookin hoppy...

Man, this is surprisingly pungent.. I had a Pliny the Elder a few nights ago and this is smelling like that... Deep and oily and hoppy and sticky..2 for 2 so far...

Wow...this is just super delicious... Oh, its uber hoppy and sticky and juicy but doesn't burn and get all sweet and muddled like a lot of DIPAs....its damn delicious is what it is... I got this as an extra in a trade for some Hop Henge Experimental and this is looking like a star in its own right...

I've had two brews from these guys and both of em have cleaned my clock.. I mean really blown me away... Amazing brew that I was sad to see disappear...

Tilley4, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Laughing Dog- Alpha Dog

A- Golden copper brown with a small filmy head. Good lacing on my pint glass.
S- Good thick caramel malt with piney hops and citrus, grapefruit and orange.
T- Thick caramel malt with sweet citrus and earthy green pine hops.
M- Thick sweet malt with an oily bitter pine/ citrus hop finish.

Overall- Solid tasty DIPA. Easily drinkable and cremy!

NJpadreFan, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of woemad
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber that came into my possession due to the largesse of Chelsea1905. Thanks, Scott! I think he picked it up at Jim's Homebrew - I've yet to see it at Huckleberry's, but then again I haven't been up there in a week or so. I notice that there's a different dog on the bottle. Perhaps Ben the Lab has become jaded. Maybe a dozen or so label appearances have gone to his head and his agent demanded too much coin for this bottle.

Poured a honey-ish color, with a thick, creamy bone-white head that left lots of lace on the sides of a Boundary Bay pintglass.

Big, spicy, piney hops to this one, with some caramel maltiness huddling in the background. Definitely seems like a "West Coast" scent to this one.

The hop taste is HUGE in this beer. Piney and bitter, with the citrusy aspects reduced to the role of supporting player. Speaking of supporting player, the malts - if in a movie - would be delivering maybe one line aboout the weather, then dashing off-screen, and they are not missed once they provide the unspectacular job of providing background. Definitely a scorcher of an IPA, and while not the most perfectly balanced IPA I've had, it can still run with the big dogs (perhaps an unfortunate pun)and it's very tasty.

Body is a little thin for a DIPA, but that's not exactly a detriment in my book, as I personally find many to be overly provided for in that department. Not quite as oily in the mouthfeel department as some I've had, but not to an important degree - it merely means that if you drink this with food, you might be able to taste that food!

Drinkable if you like big hop flavors (guilty). A little too bold to session, if you can even contemplate sessioning something with an abv of nearly 9%. For the price (according to the tag, this was $4.61 - those goofy Jim's prices...), this is a pretty tasty DIPA bomber. Not as expensive as Ruination (the last DIPA that really flipped my wig) and relatively local, I'll be definitely buying this when I come across it. The word on the "street" (a ridiculously, er, "urban" term for a place as whitebread as Spokane) has it that this will become THE Laughing Dog DIPA from here on out. While I came to enjoy Devil Dog (personally I think DD could be re-packaged as a barleywine with little to no modifications, but that's just me), I think I prefer this when it comes to the DIPA style, and look forward to consuming more of this beer in the future.

woemad, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a radiant light honey color with golden and bright reddish-yellow tints. Snow white head with huge thick pieces and chunks of whipped topping. Also, the head maintained a strong presence for sometime. Also a large number of bubbles rising to the top, very active. Lacing was a picture in itself...

S: huge bright hops! I am catching mostly whiffs of green pines, floral, earthy, and maybe some cannabis. Does have sizable hints of honey and sweet rich caramel, smells sweet

T: hops are a dirty earthiness with noble pines, grapefruits, floral fodder, and spiciness all around. This has minimal malt distribution, but I do catch a very light biscuity character. Otherwise, a hop popper! The sweet caramel edge is another hidden agenda but does help move things along as a sweet herbal hopped character.
This is one of the more bitter Double IPA's I have had. Hop character is heavy and has a unusual tastiness. The finish at the back bites and snaps the taste buds. What is the IBU on this bad boy? Another thing, alcohol is not even a concern at almost 9%, very well done

M: finishes bitter and has a mild profile that is gentle. For the strong hop profile this guy is not overly sweet and sticky, which is kind of nice. The flavors are raw and powerful with a mild and somewhat polished finish

D: only complaint is that the profile is sometimes lacking balance. However, I find myself enjoying this brew none-the-less! It is a stretch to say that this beer is "too hoppy," not sure if that is possible for a hop lover, like myself. This one caught me off guard...great! The flavor combination just rubs me the right way

Magpie14, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Quotations last night.

The beer pours the protypical DIPA light orange peach color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. On the nose, you can tell right off this is going to be a bruiser. There is a huge hoppy bitter nose, consisting primarily of citrus and a hint of pine. On the palate, the excessive hoppiness is really too much of a good thing. I consider myself a hophead, but this beer is over the top bitter and could really use some malt to balance it a bit. I don't mind the dry hoppy flavor profile, but the amount of bitterness in this beer is practically painful. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, not that it really matters in this beer. The alcohol is pretty well disguised, but the excessive, aggressive hoppiness literally makes it a chore to drink.

I guess this beer would be great for those times when you really need a hop fix, but IMHO there are enough other DIPA's that are preferable to this one to take care of that need. An interesting beer, but I'm not sure I want to visit it again any time soon. Surprisingly, I was told that this beer (rather then the devil dog) will now be Laughing Dog's standard DIPA. Wow.

John_M, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a superbly bright golden orange hue with stellar clarity. A generous pour yields a frothy white two-finger head that has some impressive retention, finally falling to a chunky foamy cap that stays to the end, leaving behind some nice cakey lacing.

aroma of green hops. pine and herbal up front with a hint of citrus. More leafy green pine hops dominate the aroma... like pine trees shoved up my nose.

pine all the way, with the help of a fruity boost from some citrus hops. grapefruit pith, grapefruit juice, and a hint of floral hops mix in with the pine. This one is definitely hopcentric - the malt barely makes it through. which is alright. I suppose it's to be expected from 127 IBUs. the hop profile is extremely well balanced and enjoyable - not as overwhelming as I had worried.

mouthfeel is clean. maybe a bit light/thin for an imperial, but it only makes it more drinkable. rich without being heavy or chewy - dangerously smooth. carbonation is spot on - full and creamy without feeling fizzy or bubbly. An amazingly clean lasting bitterness carries the flavors for what seems like an eternity.

I have to say I'm pretty impressed with this one. It seems as if Laughing Dog has gotten things figured out. After a few mediocre/off brews in the past, the last few have impressed, and this one is no different. Maybe not the most complex hop bomb in the world, but it's incredibly drinkable and an all-around solid imperial. When you add in the relatively low price for a 22, I can think of a good reason not to buy this one, especially if hops are your thing.

djeucalyptus, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of ElGordo
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright golden orange hue, topped by a thin layer of stark white head. Sharp aroma of bitter, citrusy hops, offset very slightly by a hint of mild biscuit malt. Notes of grapefruit and pine are prevalent.
Palate is aggressively hoppy up front, with a decidedly piny note on the tip of the tongue. A flash of biscuity malt comes through before the swallow, only to be lost in a huge wave of grapefruity hops that lasts long after the beer is down the hatch.
Body is maybe a little thin for an imperial IPA, and kind of belies the nearly 9% strength of this number. While not the most complex beer around, if you've looking for a good dose of hops, this more than does the trick. Quite possibly the hoppiest beer available for less than four bucks. Good work.

ElGordo, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For as little as this cost (less than 5 bucks) this is a great bang-for-your-buck IIPA.

Drank this after trying the Full Sail Imperial Stout, so not too much to add other than this baby smelled, and tasted like a floral-piney how explosion!

Medium to full mouthfeel and a pretty well disguised ABV that means you'll drink this one quickly, but it'll knock you on your arse as quick as you drink it!

Overall, another fine offering from the laughing dog brewery!

Chelsea1905, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clear golden copper, with a crisp, clean white head

rich rich hoppy aroma, grapefruit upfront with lemon, resiny pine, sturdy floral notes, spicy hops, and a slight caramel malt aroma

bursting with hops, lemon upfront, followed by solid pine, resin, crunchy herbal notes, florals, slight grapefruit, and a nice biscuity malt body

super big and bold with the hops, with a plethora of solid flavors, long, hoppy, glorious finish it just keeps going with more of the spicy hops rounding out the fresh herbal style finish that just makes you want more and more

a truly fantastic IPA. I love big bold hoppy mothers and this one fits the bill extremely well. Solid hoppy notes with just a slight hint of malt at the base. Super smooth for the 8.7 % ABV but its medium body keeps it from feeling super heavy or over the top. An absolute steal at $3.99, I can't wait to get many many many more of this excellent beer. If you like hops, get at least two bottles, and if you don't then leave it alone because you wont like it

bitterthebetter, Feb 14, 2009
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Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.