Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing
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Reviews by chodinheaven:
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Beautiful clarity in this light amber colored beer, yellow-orangeish even. A two finger shock white and sea-foamy head sticks around for a while on top. Lots of slow bubbles feeding it from the bottom and the head leaves patchy rings of lacing as it goes. Lots of pine and grapefruit in the nose making for a biting citrusy aroma, backed by a hearty, somewhat toasty rye aroma. This gives a nice balance of malt to hop, but there is a sharp spiciness to the smell that can only be attributed to the rye, outshining the pale malt in its toastiness.
It tastes very much like it smells, with a light lemony citrus taste upfront that is quickly forgotten with the spicy rye malt. The pale and munich malts don't quite seem to match this spicy rye flavor, making for a somewhat odd balance with the hops. These are earthy and a tad piney and resinous, but there is a lot of grapefruity citrus as well that doesn't quite fit with the earthy profile. In other words, the grapefruit clashes somewhat with the rye, but the spiciness of the rye matches well with the earthy and resiny hop profiles. To me, this makes for a confusing taste profile that affects the drinkability negatively. The flavors themselves are all very nice when taken apart individually, but when taken as a whole they don't work quite as well. That said, I'm still enjoying the beer. The body is light and refreshing, maybe just not enough to hold the rye spices in check. It has a nice prickle on the way out and finishes dry.
Not a bad beer, just not my favorite rye IPA, a style that has become one of my favorites. Needs a tad more body and malt presence other than rye. But I definitely wouldn't turn it down if offered.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2012 04:23:29 | More by chodinheaven
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2.81/5 rDev -22.2%
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
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
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
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.