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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPALaughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA

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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%


Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2010)
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drinkin-beeers

Montana

2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh dated bomber.
Looks like a bud light. Smell is just meh I can't really pick up on anything specific. Could have fooled me labeling this as a rye, i really don't taste it at all. It's drinkable but doesn't stand out at all. Don't mean to hate on it just nothing special thats all.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:36:24 | More by drinkin-beeers
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rfkramer

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The strongest point for me on this beer was the mouthfeel. This beer is large, round and smooth... creamy even.
The flavor has some good spice to it and is more hop-forward than your average rye beer.
The maltiness is there but the rye flavor itself- that acidic spiciness was not as apparent as I would have liked.
Amber/straw color, generally hazy.

Overall I can recommend this to someone who likes their IPAs on the malty side but I don't think its a great example of a Rye beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 17:06:45 | More by rfkramer
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bball208

New Jersey

1.78/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I disliked this beer.

Smelled like wet dog and hops, with a side of flowers. Just a mess.

The taste was the smell magnified by 10. I had to pour a 22 oz. bomber down the sink because i couldn't bear the taste of this one. Will never drink this again, and would question the judgement of anyone who likes this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 16:45:40 | More by bball208
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smanders

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber (brewed in October) into a 16oz wide-mouth Ball jar.

A - Pours a hazy, copper color with one finger of billowy white head and a smidge of effervescence. Labyrinthine lacing.

S - citrus, some pine, and just a hint of rye.

T - Tastes mostly of citrus with the subtleness of rye.

M - Medium body.

Drinkability - I really like this rye IPA. It is much smoother than typical IPAs and provides impetus to sample other representatives of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 21:31:28 | More by smanders
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vdamico

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

As Immortale said, exactly.

My 22 oz bottle was a very interesting, not nasty, but NOT Rye IPA beer. It was fully sour and Brett fermented. Sorry, but it shouldn't even be rated in a serious way when in this condition.

IF you like a Brett beer, this would be quite a solid offering. Hard to believe when its condition must be fully accidental!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:01:07 | More by vdamico
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narwhal

Texas

3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz into stein. Cloudy & light in color. Rye dominant on the aroma. Taste - surprisingly strong malt in the front - dissipates quickly into a more conventional IPA bitter, but I was surprised at the malt. Excellent carbonation - just right.

Overall - a solid IPA, not top echelon, but very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 02:05:56 | More by narwhal
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - see through, bright orange with a short cap of off white head that leaves a nice lacing

S - faint bread, some sweetness, huge citrus aromas, orange, grapefruit

T - bread, semi-sweet, mildly peppery, faint pine, citrus, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied though a bit thin at times, crisp, well carbonated

This is a nice rye IPA. There is a huge citrusy hop presence that goes well with the balancing malt backbone. The rye is present and its peppery notes mesh well with the piney hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness isn't palate crushing making this beer easy to knock back. I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:28:00 | More by tdm168
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, rye, hint of caramel

T-bready malt, citrus, rye, little pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-straightforward, nothing overly notable or distinguishing

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 18:18:14 | More by MDDMD
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Bottled 1/28/13

A- Pours a light amber color with a towering four inch off-white head that's probably due to the bottle conditioning. The head eventually subsides and is fluffy and bumpy on its way down. Sudsy clumps of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Uh-oh. Nevermind the bottle conditioning; this beer's infected for sure. All I smell is green olive from what seems to be a Brettanomyces yeast infection. No hops, no rye. Luckily, I like Brett.

T- Taste is much of the same but with a bit of hop bitterness. It's not unpleasant, it's actually kind of enjoyable but definitely not the way a Rye IPA is supposed to taste like since there's zero rye malt detected or any kind of malt for that matter.

M- A bit dry and bitey from the hops. Medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I wonder if this is a common occurrence for this beer since, a year and a half ago, I actually had a bottle literally explode on me and I never got a chance to try it. Now, once I finally decided to revisit it, I realize why the previous bottle exploded. Buyer beware.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:26:49 | More by Immortale25
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hoptualBrew

Florida

2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, golden in appearance with a tight bubbled white head. Pour reveals over-carbonation. Big four finger head that takes a few minutes to die down. Murky, not clear and was expecting more color to this one.

Lemongrass, earthy spice, mild citrus hop profile in the aroma. Smells a bit yeasty though, phenolic. Tart, green, citrus, and a touch floral.

Palate follows the aroma pretty well. Citrus and earthy spice up front lend way to a building lemongrass flavor that builds and meets a mild pine character and drying bitterness in the finish.

Over-carbonated. Dry finish, medium body. Not worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 02:40:41 | More by hoptualBrew
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a yellow orange color with a ton of head - difficult to fit in a glass initially. Chunky lacing from the ample head.

S: Rye, lemon, citrus.

T: Rye present up front then leads to citrus with a very nice bitter taste toward the end. Bready.

M: Medium bodied. Head is thick on tongue.

O: Really nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:29:25 | More by Oakenator
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a warm amber with two fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell - Tropical fruits, piney hops, little bit of caramel, rye malts.

Taste - Piney hops, tropical and citrus fruits, little bit of the rye malts. Moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Hop presence is definitely spot on for this Rye IPA. Personally would prefer a bit more flavour from the rye malts, but otherwise very well crafted Rye PA with good bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:45:17 | More by leaddog
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SBXLII

New York

2.05/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Always like a Rye IPA but this definitely missed the mark. Like one previous reviewer, the yeast overpowers any hint of rye, or hop for that matter. The head is out of control. If anything, I'd let it go flat before I drank it again. Disappointment all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 18:28:55 | More by SBXLII
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bigunit

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Took a gamble on this one when I saw it at the local shop....and the gamble didn't pay off. Not a great nose to begin with, and the flavor is not appetizing to say the least. I've tried quite a few Rye IPAs this year, and this one is hands down the worst of the bunch. It has some similar characteristics of a belgian IPA (I'm guessing a belgian yeast is used) so if that's your thing, perhaps you'll like it. Unfortunately, the bottle only advertises the hop and malt bill. Sorry, but can't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:29:34 | More by bigunit
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estlinska

Arkansas

2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bomber from Springhill Wines into a standard shaker (best by date of 5/12/13) on 3/20/13. First of all the beer foamed over like a coke bottle full of mentos, so maybe this is not a good batch. I said this about their Sneaky Pete offering as well, so maybe it's just a matter of poor bottling; I dunno. Anyway, after the foam subsided, the beer poured a fairly nice cloudy orange with a generous amount of haze. The head was cloudy and rocky white with good lacing overall. The nose, however, was very underwhelming. For an IPA, the nose was very quiet. There were some citrus notes of hops around, but it was almost belgian smelling. It was hard to place. There was also some rye spice to the nose, but the off-belgian smell was just flat in your nose like overfermented fruit juice. The taste was still a lot like a fermented fruit and very belgian-like. The hops were more present with some good bittering overall, but the flavor just didn't sit great. The rye spice was even more evident, which I think gave it the only endearing quality of the beer. Mouthfeel had good smooth body and good carbonation. Maybe I am just 2/2 unlucky with Laughing Dog, but I can't say that I'll be rushing to try more of their beers any time soon. I'll eventually try it again, just to see if I got bad batches, but I am just not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:41:32 | More by estlinska
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OwenFromChipTown

Wisconsin

1.1/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Rocket Dog is by far the worst beer I have ever had.

Laughing Dog should be ashamed of them-selves for putting this product on the market. It is absolutely disgusting and disrespectful to consumers who are unfortunate enough to be dooped into trying it.

Rocket Dog SMELLS LIKE SOMEONE TOOK A DUMP IN A URINAL. I wish that was an over exaggeration, but it is not. It tasted just as fool as it smelled. In fact, I still question if what I tried was actually beer or if some disgruntled brewery worker filtered urine threw feces and put it in a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 18:02:18 | More by OwenFromChipTown
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Laughing Dog "ROCKETDOG RYE I.P.A."
22 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating

Rocket Dog pours a hazy golden body with an orange cast beneath a creamy head of bright white foam. The head retention is better than average, and it initially leaves short "mountains" of lace that rise from the surface and then stick along the inside of the glass.

The aroma displays rye malt spiciness, but surprisingly little hop given its India pale ale designation. It's lightly bready with a light waft of citrus-resin hops, and it's clean. It's welcoming, but not exactly exciting. Let's step inside...

The flavor displays more hop character then the aroma suggests, but it's just one component in a fairly rounded mix. The rye characteristic is pleasant in that it's not overdone, and there's just enough to give it some delicate spiciness and let you know that it's a rye beer. The bitterness is somewhat restrained as well, given the massive amounts of IBU's that brewers tend to be throwing around these days, and I'll applaud them for that. This beer is about balance, with an emphasis on the rye malt, and I guess that explains the more laid back use of hops. It comes through to me mainly as Cascade, although the label states that it also includes Simcoe and Columbus. I find some of the fruitiness of the Simcoe upfront, but not so much that it couldn't have just been from yeasty fruitiness instead. And I also find some piney character that's reminiscent of Columbus hops in the finish, but the overall impression I get from start to finish is of mildly fruity, citrusy (pineapple, grapefruit, pith), and lightly grassy hop combination. It finishes dry across the board, initially leaving more malt and delicate spiciness behind, and then progressively showing its citrusy hop character as you edge forward and the alpha acids build on your palate. There's alcohol present as well, but it's well-cloaked other than to lend the necessary spritz of sharpness required of a slightly stronger and somewhat more malty beer.

Overall, what seems at first whiff (no dog pun intended) as a fairly simple and straight-forward beer actually reveals itself to be fairly complex; all the while holding back from hitting you over the head with malt, hops and bitterness, and thus retaining a great deal of drinkability. I appreciate that they've kept on course for a true I.P.A. (more English in nature than American, and with a light twist of rye), displaying golden malts, a more than respectable 6.9% abv, and a reasonable 62 IBU's - rather than throwing in some darker malts, loading it with hop flavor, and jacking the bitterness to beyond 70 IBU's or more. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 22:52:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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RaulMondesi

California

2.08/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

My brother must have been out of his dome when he bought this. Rocket Dog? Wtf? I'll tell you one thing; Rocket Dog ain't come to save a hot dog thing. Smell, taste, appearance... everything, just nasti nasti.

Raul don't like it. Raul don't like it at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:59:02 | More by RaulMondesi
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tumbler.

A: Cloudy, light golden hue. Giant, bubbly, white head. Slow, dry, deterioration, leaving some dry residue behind as it does. Pretty ridiculous beer ring lacing also.

S: Pungent, fermented fruity, orangey, raisiny, bready tone; with some light floral components.

T: Acetyl and raisin. Very piny and pungent with a nice touch of sweetness.

M: Mouth puckeringly bitter and very dry. Pungent, lingering aftertaste.

D: The feel dictates a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head, with a dry decrepit deterioration and some solid lacing. Nose is very stong, combination of pungent fruity and bready components with a lightly floral character. Very bitter, with a slight balance of sweetness. Dry finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:36:16 | More by bmwats
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle (thanks Duncan) with a 18 July 2012 bottling date served in a snifter.

Poured a hazy apricot color with a good sized and durable off-white head that leaves ample lacing. The aroma is fruity, which would be nice except it doesn’t mix well with the rye and hop aromatics. The mix works better in creating a rich flavor. Has a very smooth and nicely full feel but turns a bit too acidic in the finish.

O: more like a Belgian rye pale ale than expected. Quite yeasty and the mix of rye, malts and hops did not work for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 21:52:40 | More by chinchill
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought at Total Wine in Claymont DE.

Poured into a beer mug. Easily 2-3 finger thick yellowish white head that lingered quite a while.
Very golden.
Nothing remarkable in the smell, didn't smell super fresh, just the malt/slight rye scent, maybe a very slight piney/citrus but minimal.

The taste was very bready, in fact I almost felt like I had eaten a piece of garlic bread after the first 2-3 sips. The rye spice is present but not powerful. The hops are slight and unremarkable.
Citrus, maybe grapefruit and a lemongrass flavoring present as well with the breadiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty weak, it's not unpleasant but not what I come to expect in an IPA, especially Rye.

It's not very good in my opinion, it's not terrible but I think there's a room for improvement if they remarket this. Maybe I just got an older bottle (date on it is 7/2012) and some of the normal 'charm' that this could carry have faded.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 02:09:48 | More by GiantMidget
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fauxpunker


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. A bit cloudy, gold. Lasting white head. Grapefruit aroma, but something else, too. Banana? Good, bitterness with and hop flavor. Rye spiciness not there, but something else. I hate to say musty, but I’m not sure what else to call it. Like it. Good beer. Would definitely drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 20:52:32 | More by fauxpunker
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Into a seidel. Big three fingers of head that never goes away. Cloudy, dark straw colored body.
Smells of pine, lemon and rye. Lots of rye.
Strong lemon bitter taste, rye with a great spiciness to it. Amazing.
Crisp texture, medium body, lots of fizz.
One of the top rye IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:59:22 | More by Fatehunter
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DavidST

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass, date of 5/25/12 on the side (bottled on??). This pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a massive (overly so) off white head which lasts for a while and leaves a lacing. The smells are a little sweet, some spicy rye, some floral hops. The feel is medium. The taste is good enough, a spicy amount of rye some bitter hops and a little malts.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:13:44 | More by DavidST
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours dark golden and slightly hazy with a huge, billowing, rocky and massive head. I could probably rest a bottle cap on top of this one without it sinking. The head is about three fingers in size and continue to billow upwards like the anvil cloud developing outside my house.

Aroma is slightly fruity with citrus notes as well. Kind of peppery but slightly vegetal. Perhaps a hint of some dirty diaper but nothing major.

Great flavor. Very floral with some nice spiciness. Citrus hops lend some bitterness but the real bitterness comes in the very long finish from the rye grains. A touch of corn present.

My only complaint is the mouthfeel. The carbonation was kind of low and the mouthfeel was quite thin. Perhaps the carbonation was kept low to counter the spicy rye and hop bitterness, but more carbonation would be beneficial. I really liked this one overall and is a great representation and example of a rye style beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 19:37:29 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.