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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Reviews: 115
Hads: 256
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Lakes
4.77/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright deep golden with ample lasting head. Thick lacing.

Nose is big. Very hop forward with big pine resin and citrus. Simcoe dominates. Malt backbone is apparent but definitely knows it role and walks head bowed and subordinate.

Hop flavor is very complete and strong. Bold but not harsh. The uniqueness of the Simcoe remains throughout. Rich & piney with citrus notes bursting throughout. The malt balance is spot on and backs up the hops very nicely. The Rye is present but not overwhelming. It sits on the edges adding but not dominating. More would engulf, less would be pointless. Warm alcohol comes through but is in no way distracting. Rich and full with lingering bitterness and wisps of rye. (704 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, disclaimer, I'm a sucker for Rye IPAs. It was one of my first concoctions as a brewer, and I thought I was a genius. Little did I know how many other geniuses there are out there.
Secondly, this is an outstanding beer. A beautiful pour, cloudy orange, the sweetness is perfect, the hops blend together effortlessly. This is easily one of my favorite IPAs. The beer is a touch on the sweet side, but for some reason, Simcoe hops tend to balance a little sweetness and turn a beer into a thing of beauty. The rye is right on, and I like the choice of Munich malt as well.
The hop combo punch of Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade are divine. Well crafted, thank you.. (673 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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... (689 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a summer special release with Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops. rye malt

appearance: lovely amber glow with nice white fulffy head rentention

smell: sublte citrus/piney hops aromas

taste: lots of pine and spicy rye on back. a hop bomb but not ridiculous. amazing finish

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: a solid IPA, and use of the rye is perfection! (404 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, does this beer make a good first impression - tangy, musky, piny, and rich. The flavor made me search for the right comparison. It took a while but then I found it - ice cream. Chocolate chip ice cream. I know this sounds weird, but it is kind of good.

Pours hazy golden with a nice fluffy head. The aroma is hoppy, with pine and citrus. The flavor has a riot of hops - pine, earth, citrus, apricot, flowers. Behind it is a creamy and pleasant malt backbone. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. (500 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of eclaycamp
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocket Dog. Interesting name. Pours a bright golden straw, with a nice amount of clarity. It's lighter and more yellow than I was expecting, as I typically expect beers brewed with rye to be more red in color. Nice fizzy half inch head crowns the glass. Prodigious amount of hop aroma hits the nose first, with waves of grassy and spicy notes piercing the nostrils. First taste hints at the nice carbonation and a smooth bitterness that coats the palate. Taste is very hop forward, with a freshly mown grass character hitting the palate first. Grapefruit is up next, with some honey sweetness in the middle rounding things out there's also a nice and sweet, almost like bell pepper, spiciness that finishes the beer. The rye takes a back seat in this beer, as it offers a solid pillar in the background. This beer is all about hops, and I can appreciate that in an IPA. (869 characters)

Photo of chadlebald
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at capital ale house in Richmond. Poured a fairly pale golden - on sight alone, I would have thought pilsner--save for that it was a bit cloudy.

Delicate lacing.

Aroma is wonderful - tropical fruit (especially pineapple) and evergreen.

Taste is hop forward - also fruits and evergreen. Not a lot of malt to balance, but that doesn't bother me with this beer for some reason. I would, however, like the rye to shine a bit more than it is.

Finishes dry - might be the rye doing its thing.

I want to keep drinking to quench but it is like a dog chasing its tail. And that, my friends, can be fun rather than futile. (626 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Pours a mostly clear golden amber color, with lots of bubbles racing skyward within my glass. Big, off-white head with lots of sticky lace.

Big, piney hops are what jump out at ones nose at first, and they continue to dominate as the beer warms up, though they become pretty evenly matched with a citrusy hop scent as well. Not sure where the rye malt is, but this smells like a great IPA so why should I care?

Big hop smack to the palate with this one. I was expecting to detect something from the rye malt, but the hops just aren't letting it play. The hops are big and fresh, and a hophead would be quite happy with them.

Medium bodied, with a very oily, slick mouthfeel.

Didn't get much rye out of this "Rye IPA," but I don't care because it was an extremely tasty IPA. Far more hop character than anything brewed by anyone else local, so I'll probably be buying this again. (935 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with Dawson's Liquor in Severna Park, MD and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass - thanks fellas!

A: Pours a hazy apricot, slightly golden hue, with a fat off-white head that lasts for about half the beer leaving decent lace in its tracks.

S: Smell is nice - ton of yeast, sweet carmel, slightly boozy with a decent amount of hop, but not as much as some of the higher rated IPA's.

T: Nice earthy hops, grapefruit, slightly peppery with that classic rye flavor and nice bready yeast as well.

M: Light/medium bodied, with perfect carbonation - overall extremely creamy and smooth.

D: I could drink a 6'r of these no problem. (667 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

This pours a clear golden straw-yellow color with some foam lace atop it. There’s a big, grassy hop aroma and a citrusy hop bitterness flavor. I get a lot of zestiness with each sip, possibly from the rye bill? This tastes clear, real clean and crisp, with a well-defined hoppiness. Almost refreshing. Real tasty. An easy, approachable drinker that’s simply put a lot of fun. I like it. (428 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A couple of years ago Prima had 22 oz bottles of this for $8.95. We had several and went back a few days later for more.
L: Pours gold to amber with a slight haze under a vigorous cream colored foam cap.
S: Hoppy, spicy floral nose, spice from the rye, slight fruit but hard to pin down T: Richly flavored with spicy rye flavors, rich malt, fruit, some citrus.
F: Medium body and carbonation. Starts smooth but finishes with a little acid bite from the carbonation
O: The bottle was fresh, the flavors vibrant and well balanced and the beer went gloriously well with Italian food (583 characters)

Photo of DM1293
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great balance here. A nice sweet citrus hop balanced with pine hops, pulls back into the rye and malt for the finish. A dry finish but not-so-much bitter. So its leaning toward being too sweet at times, but I kinda like IPA's that do that to change the pace.

Personally, I wouldn't have touched this particular beer (Rye is not something I'm familiar with as a taste), but after trying this, I'm surprised how good it was. So I'll be less opposed to trying beers that advocate rye in the future.

And as for Rocket Dog Rye, hey, I'll try it again in the future. (562 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression, this is a solid, everyday drinkable beer, and I mean everyday...this beer is one of the better balanced RIPA's i've had and could drink this everyday. Perfect balance, sweetness, but that rye back that works for me. I'm looking for more, anybody want a pliny?? (278 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the clear golden amber brew. Thick head fades ever-so slowly, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is citrus, with a touch of spice.

Taste is sweet to start, quickly goes citrus tart in the middle, plenty of spicing and more hops bitterness towards the close. Mouthfeel is super smooth, and drinkability is quite easy. All in all, a very nice brew. (466 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is very hoppy, somewhat evergreen, and has a sweet fruity undertone. It pours a slightly hazy solar yellow with a thick, if not persistent, white head that leaves some decent lacing. Strongly hoppy flavor is scarcely bitter and has woody, pear and banana notes as well as a hint of butterscotch. Smooth texture has slightly above-average body and a fair amount of fizziness. Gotta love the label! Decent overall, it not earth-shaking. (447 characters)

Photo of justaholic
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden straw color a bit hazy the head on this is thick and stays thick with an off white color as it sticks to glass smell was not as great as the taste maybe due to the rye but the taste was awesome the only reason i didnt give a 5.0 was due to i think it could have more hop aroma and some dry hoping but overall this beer tasted great the mouth feel was perfect body great no alcohol taste very easy ipa for me but i love grape fruit hops like simcoe and maybe some nelson suavin would love 6 packs of this but i think they quit brewing it as i could not find it on the website (586 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an absolutely massive, creamy, extremely long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, and some malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops (not a huge amount, but just enough), a little citrus (grapefruit), malt, and the advertised rye. Not a groundbreaking flavor, but lively and certainly focused.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable, well made, drinkable beer. (530 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops.
Pale, Rye, and Munich malts.

No freshness date.

Pours a peach body with a frothy white head.

Mango, apricot, and strawberry notes. Really nice fruit character on the nose but not the typical citrus. That little hint of strawberry is just excellent. Floral notes round it out.

The palate is atypical for an IPA too, but not as unusual as the aroma. Malty, hoppy, fruity and bitter but in a rounded, creamy, balanced way that is a nice change of pace. Bitter, but approachable. Grapefruit and pine don't dominate like they do with others. I keep thinking of mangos or strawberries or maybe peaches. Not sure how they do it, maybe its the Simcoe because almost every American IPA uses Columbus and Cascade, but mango and strawberry never seem to show up. The rye adds a nice spice but I might not have picked it up if I wasn't looking.

Mothfeel is full, creamy and a little sticky.

I'm happy. On my first day at work, my new coworkers recommended Laughing Dog. I've got to admit, I took one look at these cheap, comic strip looking labels and thought they must be crazy. I'm so happy I was wrong. Rocket Dog is a great IPA. I would recommend moving it to a 6pk and seriously upgrading the packaging and then they would really have something. Good stuff. (1,292 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at Enoteca in Post Falls over the weekend for $5.. I've had this on tap a couple times before, and was pleasantly surprised if my memory is correct.

3 finger rocky white head.. okay retention with great lacing for the entire glass... the brew is a polished deep golden.

Nose is chock full of resinous hops.. very fruity with a lesser piney hoppiness.. pale malts and hints of toast are there, but only in the background.

Good bitterness up front.. hoppy flavors move in pretty quickly with a pronounced floral profile combining well with the fruity hops.. the pine is much less than the aroma... the malts again have a distinct toasty profile... not getting any real "rye" other than an interesting slickness in the palate that I can only assume is from the rye malt.

Lite/medium body with nice carbonation that seems deflated (in a good way) by the slick mouthfeel.

I doubt I would have put this in the "rye" category as I feel this is a pretty solid IPA with rye added.. The hops push most everything else to the outer perimeter.

Glad I bought 2... gonna share the other with the Boise peeps and see what their attuned palates pick up.

4/4/4/4/4.5 (1,170 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a light copper hue with a One finger foamy white cap. There was good retention and bery good lacing.

The smell featured a full piney hop with a nostril tingling rye spice.

The taste consisted of a moderate resinous hop exuding elements if pine and grapefruit. A lingering hop spice completed the experience. A touch of sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly thin.

Overall a spicy and very quaffable ale. (468 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (587 characters)

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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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