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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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566 Ratings

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-12-2013 20:34:21 | More by BeerHunter76
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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-11-2013 15:52:32 | More by Chris77McGrath
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-08-2013 02:55:27 | More by RyanAU
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-30-2013 21:59:08 | More by apasternak
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-29-2013 17:03:16 | More by HattedClassic
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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-12-2013 07:07:20 | More by DmanGTR
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-06-2013 14:30:50 | More by ChipMurray
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-30-2013 14:33:22 | More by davet100
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-24-2013 22:45:38 | More by twax
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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.

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

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

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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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

08-20-2013 00:36:47 | More by AndrewMichael
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-17-2013 03:55:36 | More by IanSpindler
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-10-2013 23:14:38 | More by rbrefbeerman
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-10-2013 02:44:51 | More by EBeckett3
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-07-2013 05:16:56 | More by JTomczak
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

08-06-2013 00:15:20 | More by adhallick
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North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - bright orange with a big, tall, soft, pure white head that has great retention

S - sugary sweet malt, bread, batter, grapefruit

T - sugary malts, bread, faint cake batter, piney, bitter, some grapefruit

M - medium to full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a really nice DIPA. I'm impressed by the balance between sweet malts and and pungent hops. There is an intense bitterness here and the alcohol can be detected slightly, but the flavor profile is good enough that nothing seems to slow down my sipping. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 19:16:59 | More by tdm168
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-01-2013 16:08:42 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-30-2013 13:07:08 | More by dgherm
Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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