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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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564 Ratings

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
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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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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 22:30:52 | More by ffejherb
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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

01-17-2014 04:21:30 | More by FadetoBock
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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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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-30-2012 23:01:38 | More by MikeW51
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

10-11-2012 21:07:19 | More by frogfan
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-14-2013 03:15:34 | More by MidwestBA
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-27-2014 03:20:19 | More by spinrsx
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

05-17-2013 18:01:17 | More by Trish
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

10-13-2012 23:32:08 | More by Dave_Treat
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.6%

07-27-2013 14:12:49 | More by jkane101
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New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-12-2013 07:07:20 | More by DmanGTR
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-09-2012 22:30:16 | More by redfox405
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New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

02-27-2014 14:21:08 | More by mrchrisray
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-27-2011 03:52:34 | More by jenray
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently submitted a review on a draft version I had. It's two reviews below.

I was more disappointed with the bottle version. I found it to be somewhat out of balance and very strong tasting, especially considering the relatively low abv for a double ipa.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 20:19:27 | More by david18
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3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Rather floral with some piney type scent in the nose

Medium carbonation with a slight amounts of body toward the lighter end for pale ale, getting the definite bitterness from the hops in the back of the mouth.

Poured to nice initial head with 3/8" or so in goblet from a 22 oz bottle. Light amber in color with a stark white head containing larger bubbles. Head has stayed nicely with some good lacing. Impressed here.

Rather bitter on the palette, overshadowing any real malt presence to me. Finishes with what seems to be an almost pine flavor. Aftertaste isn't particularly great with the hops seemingly leaving a taste kind of like a solvent? in the mouth and lingering a bit long.

I don't know that I'd want to have very many beyond the single I just opened. I think the intense bitterness would be overshadowing over time without more malt presence to offset.

The mix of hops brings in a flavor I don't really care for that is too much bitterness with the pinish and solvent-like flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 00:24:03 | More by jerryjeff
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3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 21:32:33 | More by philbertk
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3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - dark, cloudy orange with a one finger cream colored head. head fades to a thin layer. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus - Orange and grapefruits.

T - Muted citrus flavors.

D - Very, very bitter.

O - The scents and taste do not match. Would be nice, but the bitterness is off somehow.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 04:21:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

firstly, I feel like this MIGHT be a touch old, but there's no way of telling as there's no date marking on the bottle. my room mate brought this back from a road trip about a mnth and a half ago... sooo...

I'm not sure on the appearance. it's a nice opaque orange... maybe not as dark as I'd like, but not a turn off by any means. we're sharing a bomber 4 ways, so I can't really speak much to head.

smells a bit overly malty. not bad, but a bit heavy on the malts. not nearly enough hops to speak of for a IIPA.

taste is decent. still too much malts. has a hop bite at the finish, but that's all for hops. I might be a bit accustomed to the west coast IIPAs... but man... not a huge fan.

mouthfeel is fine. not too heavy, not too light, not too much to mention beyond that.

I couldn't handle too much more than one of these... that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 05:07:39 | More by EliottJW
Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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