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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

574 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
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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Gardmark59

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-26-2013 13:40:58 | More by Gardmark59
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robthepenguin

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-26-2013 04:45:43 | More by robthepenguin
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Norm406

Montana

3/5  rDev -19.6%

10-26-2013 00:23:08 | More by Norm406
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -33%

10-22-2013 16:47:13 | More by RBorsato
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-22-2013 14:07:09 | More by djrn2
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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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JaysUncle

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-18-2013 23:41:30 | More by JaysUncle
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jewellrunner

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-13-2013 02:10:17 | More by jewellrunner
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-12-2013 20:34:21 | More by BeerHunter76
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an opaque orange. huge foamy head that takes way to long to foam down.

Smell: huge hoppy mess. some sweet malts and a bit of alcohol

Taste: hops, piney, tropical and resiny. sweet doughy malts. spicy alcohol

Mouthfeel: huge bitterness. heat from the alcohol. fairly heavy

Overall: a good hop bomb but just fails short in some departments for me, over foaming and too strong alcohol

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:16:22 | More by SportsandJorts
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-11-2013 15:52:32 | More by Chris77McGrath
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Kevin72

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -33%

10-08-2013 12:50:59 | More by Kevin72
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RyanAU

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-08-2013 02:55:27 | More by RyanAU
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-30-2013 21:59:08 | More by apasternak
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-29-2013 17:03:16 | More by HattedClassic
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kencarman

Tennessee

1.83/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

We could hardly get through the bottle. In fact, we dumped it. I looked at some other reviews here and elsewhere and I get a sense they may have a production problem where an occasional bottle slips through.

This was pepper phenolics: not any hop or yeast driven sense like that. The best was the aroma, but the pepper was still there. Mouthfeel: pepper clinging to the roof of the mouth. Body: hard to tell, but I'm guessing moderate. Yellow/gold-ish color with good clarity. Head holds on and pillow in nature.

Honestly: it's hard to judge a beer that's so obviously a pepper bomb. On first taste we got just a slight sense of fruit that was whisked at warp 1000. So, we decided to Grolsch the rest and try it a few days latter. That didn't work: still like drinking liquid pepper.

One thing I must comment on: I noticed the score was high when I first looked here, and elsewhere, but a lot of threes, and even at least one 1 point something that had a similar complaint, though they thought it was a Belgian yeast, I'm guessing because that pepper funk can exist with certain Belgian yeasts. And another LD I reviewed on my own site had a similar problem: not defect, but ratings-wise... a lot of threes and a few scoring super, super high.

Let's just leave my comment on that at, "Interesting."

I'd love to know what a non-phenolic LDAD is like, but I rally have no interest in wasting my money, especially after choking down a pepper bomb.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 19:01:17 | More by kencarman
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Asics

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-26-2013 10:41:58 | More by Asics
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DmanGTR

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-12-2013 07:07:20 | More by DmanGTR
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-06-2013 14:30:50 | More by ChipMurray
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davet100

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-30-2013 14:33:22 | More by davet100
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twax

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-24-2013 22:45:38 | More by twax
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Ego

New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ah, yet another DIPA... let's see if this is more bark than bite.

eyes...
monster head rising 3 full fingers on an easy pour, a quiet talker it is hanging around for some time before settling, dark straw in hue, a medium collection of carbonation is happening in the body, oddly the lacing is a bit spotty... a little lighter in color than most in this department but looks are not the end all be all

nose...
faint tropical fruit, an almost smoke like tone, a waft of yeast tone, some stinging nettles of pine are detected... but a pretty mellow endeavor

taste etc...
mild mannered, the hops signature is pine.. like in floor cleaners, medium body with nice prickly carbonation, the hops are really bugging me here, they are medicinal tasting especially in the aftertaste, it does hide the ABV well and it actually feels like a higher ABV (or maybe I am just getting daft in my old age), the body is probably the best trait of this brew

verdict?
nothing alpha about this, this is not the leader of the pack or even a top dog, or best in show, or some other bad dog tie in that I can not think of at the moment. I do not recommend this, it isn't a pour out but there are so many better options why bother

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 04:35:59 | More by Ego
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FLima

Brazil

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber color with a two finger thick head with medium retention but leaving lots of laces.
Different aroma mixing earthy notes with resin pined hops, condiments and hints of citrus and non-sweet mangos.
Interesting flavor of bold peppery yeasts, grapefruit, resin, honey and pine. All on a malty base with slightly toasted grains and a hint of smoked. Although it has 127 IBUs, it does not punch you right away in your face, but its bitterness level keep accumulating in your tasting buds, resulting in a dry aftertaste with a prolonged bitterness that does not go away.
Full body, a bit viscous and with low carbonation. 8% ABV is timid versus its flavors and mouth feel.
Superior brew for who likes intense experiences. Very unique and bold DIPA, kind of mutating a Dead Guy Ale into a DIPA. Spicy, hoppy, flavorful, creative, westy and relatively balanced, what else to ask? This is a treaty recommended for pros and hopheads. As Jim said, the west is the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:33:35 | More by FLima
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Rafael_Mindu

Brazil

1.38/5  rDev -63%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I won't take it as general to this beer, and probably you that are reading this don't have too...
But my first bottle was in some way contaminated...
It smells like horse's shit and the taste goes the same way down =(
The smell remember me a little of some brett, but smelling it again, I know that there was something is wrong, I don't know.
And no!!! The sour's fans won't like it too, I'm pretty sure about that.

I'm looking forward for another bottle and try it again, but right now, I'm very disappointed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 09:25:06 | More by Rafael_Mindu
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

08-20-2013 00:36:47 | More by AndrewMichael
Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.