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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPALaughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA

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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 11-08-2008

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Ratings: 252 | Reviews: 114
Reviews by chodinheaven:
Photo of chodinheaven
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic slighlty orange tinged medium golden with an overflowing white crown,after awhile some good definition came thru,craterous and sticky.Some nice floral hops really stood out at first whiff,then some mild citrus fruit,and that rye twange.a little grainy in the mouth with slight sharpness.Real fresh tasting,really ripe citrus fruit really stands out,the rye is a little subdued giving just a tinge of acidic,thirst quenching flavor in the finish.This a nice fresh tasting rye imparted IPA,I could drink alot of this,the alcohol is really nowhere to be found.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My favorite beer from last weekend's massive round of drinking between football, fights and swimming.

Pours a somewhat darker yellow. Pretty clear, but sturdy lace. Aroma was great, definitely the simcoe, equal parts pine and citrus.

Simcoe really dominates in taste. I couldn't pick up on the rye because the hop profile was so preeminent. No caramel like in many ipas though, this was a light body. Mouthfeel was lacking because I didn't get any rye spice going on, but I still loved the overall taste. I'd have to guess that the rye cannot make up more than 10% of the malt bill in this one. Very dry. At only $4 a bomber, this stuff is extremely drinkable.

Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A-Veiled darker golden with a rich, slick creamy white head that laces nicely.

S-Mostly citrus and floral hops. Some malts in the background.

T-Dry is the watchword here. Bittering hops are pushed near to the limit and pine is at the forefront, with some citrus and floral hops bringing in the rear. I would not call this balanced by any means, but it is pretty damn good.

M-Spot on balance for the style.

O-buy it again? Sure. Like to see a bit more citrus bite in the hops, but a well executed IPA. Not sure that I am tasting much rye here, but I won't ding it points for that.

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, from a Boise, ID beer-raid a few months ago.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, medium golden yellow colour, with a voluminous amount of molten marshmallow white head, which leaves a broad spectrum of webbed lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of acidic, though weirdly muted orchard citrus fruit, edgy yeast, mild rye grain, caramel malt, and a bit of paint-thinner-esque booze astringency. The taste is bready, crackery pale and caramel malt, not quite spicy rye grain, dried generic citrus, weak black pepper dust, a somewhat more familiar metallic alcohol warming, subtle yeast, and earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is there, neither strong nor feeble, but just enough to catch one's attention, the body medium-light in weight, and a little too touched in its smoothness derivation. It finishes on a drying trend, the malt seemingly petered out (or perhaps just handing the mike over to the rye), with the still meek hops and emboldened booze now having the run of the place.

An okay enough, light-tasting amalgamation - the hops and malt blend both too neutered, but at the same time, not allowing for any usurpers, either. Why is it when American brewers let loose with the rye adjunct, the result is often vaguely reminiscent of the European Low Countries? Yep, I'm getting more than a few Belgian IPA notes here, and it's just too hard (thanks, Bob and Doug!) to explain why. Whatever, it's still agreeable, to a point, and eventually drinkable, so there's that.

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for a cheaper 22 oz beer and found Flying Dog's Rocket Dog Rye IPA. I was impressed with their Alpha Dog IIPA and so their rye IPA seemed like a good choice. It's also about $6 so it's a good price.

This looks different than I expected. Most pale ales have more of a copper color to them but the Rocket Dog has more of a straight up yellow-amber color, clear too. The head forms a bit slowly, has good retention, is white, two fingers high, and frothy. There's some decent lacing too. It almost looks like a filtered hefeweizen except the head isn't as bubbly. Impressive looks.

The hops come out strong in the smell. Pineapple, lemon zest, sweet, sugary grass, and slight rye and pine spiciness. Basically this is all about the hops and some sweetness. I'd say there's some toastiness as well.

The taste is very much like the smell. Hops are strong, bitter and earthy, while there's a good balance with sugary goodness and rye spiciness. This is supposed to be a rye IPA but the rye isn't strong enough in my opinion. This, like Laughing Dog's Alpha Dog IIPA, it definitely a beer for the hop head and I'm one, even though the bottle says it's only at 62 IBUs. I wish there was more rye but this is still tasty, though not too complex.

This is mostly on the dry side from the hops and the rye but a bit slick from sugary sweetness. It's medium-bodied and has good carbonation. Very clean.

You know, I want this to have more rye and malt balance, but it has good flavors. It's very hoppy but not overwhelming to me. Another good offering from Laughing Dog. Next time I should try something of theirs that is dark and roasty.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of cjgator3
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with very nice off-white head with great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma features some malt and rye notes with some hops as well.

T- The taste has some malt up front and some spiciness from the rye as well. The finish features some bitter grapefruit flavors from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Rocket Dog is a decent Rye IPA but probably not something I would purchase again.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.29/5  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.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Kansas, (Goebbels)

Pours golden/honey colored with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Stellar head retention & average lacing

S: Peppery spice, slight breadyness, a touch of honey & lemons & hay

T: Follows the nose, some grassy & lemony hops well up front, some grainy/astrigent flavors lurking as well. Grapefruit asserts itself as this warms, along with peppery notes & mineral & piney hop notes. Finishes with grapefruit & piney bitterness, only a bit of astringency keeps me from giving this a 5.0

MF: Creamy, medium bodied, good balance & a nice warming sensation

Great drinkability, this one really suprised me. Maybe the best beer I've had from this brewery...

Photo of Glibber
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color with a modest head and light lacing of the glass. Citrus and smooth going in and very light pine hops at the end. A nice mellow IPA with good carbination and an appealing fruitiness without being too filling, but the beer does not seem to stand out above other northwest IPAs.

Photo of drinkin-beeers
2.78/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of SBXLII
2.06/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Mostly hop aroma. Definately can pick out the Cascades and Simcoe hops. Just the faintest hint of pale malt and sadly, the rye is undetectable.

Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness. Hop flavor consists of citrus and pine. Barely any malt flavor and the rye is barely detectable in the finish. Clean hop flavor but did not deliver what was advertised.

Not as big of a body as I would expect for an almost 7% ABV beer. But it is superbly carbonated.

I am a bit torn over this beer and how to rate it. It does deliver some really good hop flavor, but yet it failed with the rye. And it comes in bombers at almost $7 a bottle, I probably will not be exploring many other beers from this brewery.

Photo of GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a fluffy, big, thick and full and firm white head. Nice to look at and head is long lasting.

Nose is full of esters and cooked pear; appealing fruity nose with undertones of cooked stone fruit.

Mouthfeel is rich and lightly creamy; nice carbonation and nice balance.

Flavors are assertive with a front palate of unripe fruit and hints of pepper that quickly goes to a pine/rye bitter mid and back palate that leads into a very bitter rye finish.

Finish is very long and "very rye."

A complex beer that is perhaps a bit too short in the front and mid palate for me but long on the bitter pine/rye finish. Decent.

Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle. I'm not sure why I did not inspect it in the store but it has a bottling date of 3/7/13! So I am drinking it on December 27, 2014. And it shows.

Pale yellow color with an overwhelming white fluffy head.

Mildly hopped, aroma but there is also a touch of toasted biscuit and some yeast notes.

Decent medium body.

Because of the age of this bottle the hops were more muted. I did get a solid enough rye, grain character but the hop bitterness had faded substantially. Not knowing how it tastes fresh I am not sure if the hops were more forward than what I got. Despite its age I drank all of it.

Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A: The rye IPA is a very bright, very light golden yellow color. While obscured by haziness, the ale can't shake that lighter hue. A half a finger of white head lasts for half of the glass.

S: The nose is hoppy, citrus in particular, with a leafy aroma lingering. Caramel and biscuit, along with a bit of rye spiciness are the key indicators of the malty side. Plenty of balance, enough to soften up the IPA.

T: Hops? Yes, plenty of spicy citrus flavors lingering in the glass. Rye? Yes, to a degree. There is some spicy breadiness that matches up against the hops. Overall, the package has a mild bite that straddles the line between APA and IPA. Pushing it over the top is a boozy heat that packs more punch that is good for you. A good IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is resiny and boozy, bitter and hot. The rye is a good diversion, livening up the malt side.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium Gold. Big chunky offwhite head. Great retention. Big thick Laces.

Floral orange, piney resin. Spicy rye, toasty sweet caramel.

Juicy citrus and floral. Spicy piney resins. Slightly sweet caramel, toasted cracker, spicy rye. Spicy resinous bitterness and aftertaste.

Drying, thick, sticky. Medium Carbonation. Medium Body.

Solid hoppy, bitter, spicy Rye IPA. Goes down easy and tasty.
Awesome with sharp cheddar and crackers.

Photo of UnderPressure
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-yellow color. (Around 8 SRM) Fluffy white head. Relatively clear. Lacing is great (if you care about that sort of thing.)

Excellent hop aroma. I'm thinking maybe... Simcoe? (As the beer warms I definately smell Cascade.)

Awesome hop flavor. Somewhat subtle, sweet, maltiness while exhaling through the nose. The malt profile is more "rounded" and interesting than your everyday IPA. But, hops are the primary flavor here. Must be what people describe as "floral." Bitterness coats the tongue, and sticks around.

This beer has a pretty thick mouthfeel, and it fizzes as it enters your mouth. (Relative to temperature, I'm assuming.) The fizz lingers for a few seconds after you swallow.

I love this beer. After drinking it only twice, it's one of my favorites. The rye malt adds a little extra to a great IPA. But, also stays true to the style.

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-gold with a finger of white head that fades pretty quick and leaves just a little lace behind.

Smell. Light grains and some citrusy hops. A little honey maybe...

Taste. Again, light grains and citrusy hops. A little pine and nice citrus-rind bitterness in the end. Pretty dry and slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel. Just below medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice IPA. Good grainy taste with enough hop punch to satisfy.

Photo of Docer
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle to try...

- Nice shiny copper penny color.. rather clear.. couple fingers of fluffy head... leaves a nice 3/4" wall of lace in the glass...

- Nice sweet candied smell.. grains, oats, candy.. caramel. Caramello caramel. Fruit salad and waldorphs salad hops with a splash of earth and grass.. light citrus.. buttery smell kind of kills it.

- Interesting sweet caramel nutty flavor... herbs, light flavors that are very different... candied caramel... brach's chews... light bitter grassy and citrus hopping... little too buttery,.

- Light to medium bodied, slightly syrupy.. overall well carbonated and decent.

- Different, tasty, drinkable and good. Curious as what went into this beer. Haven't really had a bottled beer from this brewer that I disliked. Really dig their black IPA.

Photo of jfmorey
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

Nice pale amber color with a generous pale head

The smell is light, pine and citrus.

Taste is sharply pine, some citrus, bitter. Somewhat disappointing, the expected taste of rye malts are overshadowed by the hops. Does not compare well with other rye ales, but overall a good IPA.

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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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