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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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.75%
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 NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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 leaddog
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 TrappistJohnMD
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden color with white head that lingers pretty well.

Smells really nice with lots of rye in the nose. There is a lemon zest presence.

Tangarine and rye taste with lots of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall this was good.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer at the 2008 OBF, where I believe it was first introduced. I gather it was a success, as I've seen it on an increasingly regular basis in Portland. Seems to me they've tweaked the recipe a bit since the OBF, as I think there's now a bit more malt and rye in the nose and palate.

I listed this as a rye beer, but I believe the brewery refers to it as a red rye IPA. In any event, it's pretty impressive stuff.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness, coupled with some roasty malt and rye. The beer smells pretty nice, though personally I wouldn't mind if they'd cut back on the malt. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose. There is some good citrus, but with the extra malt imparting some interesting apple and cherry flavors. The rye adds another flavor dimension which is quite nice as well. The beer is medium bodied and it finishes pretty well. Abv. is pretty well disguised, but I'm not sure how many of these I could put away. At least for me, the excessive sweet roasty malt impairs the beer's drinkability just a bit. Regardless, this is a very solid beer, one of the better efforts I've had from Laughing Dog.

Photo of chickenflea
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours light amber with a tall white rocky head. Smells like an IPA! And rye. Definitely. Medium body with snappy carbonation. The flavor is very rye. But it is well balanced. Great flavor. Hops are citrusy but not overly bitter: IBUs 60+. A very nice beer. Nice variation on the style.

Photo of JMD
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light copper with some subtle peachy tones. Frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves light lacing down the glass.

S: Nice hoppy aroma. Sweet piney resin and fresh citrus. Light malt backbone with hints of bread and carmel.

T: Bready, bisquity malt. Some sweet carmel, and hints of the Rye come through. Big hop flavor, some pine and ruby red grapefruit that leaves a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied, ample carbonation, appropriate for the style.

D: Although I don't get alot of Rye flavor from this one, it's still a nice flavorfull IPA. Big hop presence, with just enough malt to keep in from being unbalanced. I would definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caught somewhere between a Rye Beer and an IPA, this beer becomes dangerously close to being great.

Deep golden to amber in color, the beer carries a very mild haze while showcasing a thick white head and impressive lacing.

Rocket Dog begins with an enticing sweetness that boarders on caramel malts, cotton candy, and tropical fruits. This blend is reminescent of the elegant, malty complex found in Pliney the Elder. The malts buckle with intense citrus hops that not only provide the crispness and cleanness of hop flavor but for bittering that demands attention as an IPA. Estery fruits of pineapple, mangos, and strawberries provide an odd but encouraged profile. Unfortunately, a medium butter note comes into play, providing the only distraction.

The rye gives a strong pungent and earthy flavor that is malty, yet more. Spicy and deep, the rye gives a lot of complexity to the pale malt base, sweeter complimentary grains, and provide a bridge towards the spicy and bitter hops.

All this woven into a medium-full mouthfeel, creamy and rounded up front. But the beer dries out beautifully driving toward the finish. But the beer ultimately holds onto some of that cotton candy sweetness that makes the nose and initial taste so good. But again, that butter character lays a bit heavy on the mouth's surfaces.

The beer does a lot of things very well, just wish the buttery diacetyl character wasn't so aggressive. Thanks BrewsB4Shrews!

Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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 smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very together and creamy but small two finger head is poured, sort of off white sitting on a brass colored yellow gold body. Somewhat clear but some tiny carbonation.

Nose is apricot, sour and some spicy malt and bread sense. Getting a tart sour apricot from this for a hop profile, very interesting.

Tart apricot comes with a real noticeable fruit finish. Hint of bread and malt body with some very dry aftertaste. Almost cotton mouth palate dryness comes, but does give some body.

Interesting take on an IPA, a dry apricot and bread spicy malt that's about how I would describe it in a nutshell.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-cloudy, light brown color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam.

S - It smelled of citrus, rye and burnt toast caramel.

T - The rye flavor was not overpowering but clearly present. Nice bready malt with a sharp citric, hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice rye IPA. It is also a good value.

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow brew into a Bells Anniversary pint that produced a bubbly 2 inch head.

The cloudiness and head faded, with ample oily lacing remaining.

S - This was the first Rye IPA I've had whose prominent smell is rye. It also has a pleasant piney smell.

T - Burst of biscuity malt and a very dry finish. Spices, anise, and quite mild for 6.9% ABV.

M - heavily carbonated and bold in maltiness.

Great choice for my first Idaho beer. This is quite a gem.

Photo of gopens44
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big creamy head with super lacing atop a clear amber body

S - This hits the nose perfectly with a great balance of roasted barley, rye and aggressive hops.

T - Rye bite is nearly muted by the hop punch, but very tasty regardless

M - Begins creamy but digresses to a bit watery with a thick bitter aftertaste.

O - it is just a hair away from being truly epic. A little less watery is all I would ask to make this over the top great

Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy pale amber color with a fistful of light oatmeal colored head and very decent lacing. The aroma shows a peppery citrus yeast bomb. I get a rye note for sure but it's very "green". The flavor says sharp citrus hops and bright alcohol tinged rye bread. There's a sweet yeast burn with heavy grass/leaf bite. It has a somewhat medicinal edge with an initially elusive rye bread base. It's a medium bodied brew with fair carbonation and it brings a mouth feel that is almost watery in a silky way. It is very easy drinking. The rye idea builds as you go and I pick up some alcohol hints. Definitely a unique brew with very good rye presence. However, it doesn't capture my highest praise. Worth a try and one I would certainly drink again. Not one I'll seek out though.

Photo of bmwats
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info that I could find. It was a cloudy, golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had a large, foamy white head that slowly settled into a constant, thick foam cap. Tons of sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was grassy/floral hops with some pine and just a hint of the rye which I'd hoped would've been a bigger player. Not bad but you can tell this one is gonna be on the bitter side. As expected, good solid bitter bite from start to finish. Just enough malt to keep from being overly bitter but this one falls just on the other side of how bitter I like mine. Again not much rye showing which is a disappointment as I love rye and since it was billed as a rye IPA that's why I bought it. Full, creamy mouthfeel with good carb levels. Bitter aftertaste long after the swallow.

Overall, a good IPA but it was just a tad over the bitter border for me and I didn't get much rye. Worth having if you like the bitter ones. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one bottle was enough but I'd try on tap once. [N;O]

Photo of DavidST
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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 Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Brewfora Beer Marker, Meridian ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Light haze, golden yellow, steady carbonation visible, light head lacing.

S: Spicy citrus, grapefruit rind, orange peel, light spicy crackery notes from the rye malt, hints of sweet grass.

T: Orange, rye, malts, light spices, low-to-medium bitterness, light grassy and herbal notes, fairly balanced, dry bready finish.

MF: Lighter side of medium, moderate body, good malt presence, decent carbonation.

O: A tasty treat, not unique but it holds the line well.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great dome of foamy, minute bubbles. Leaves spotty, but chunky, lace. The liquid is very cloudy. The color is orange-amber.

Smell: Very pleasant blend of dry-ish malt and fresh floral hop. This beer doesn't have the spiciness of some IPA's. If there is rye, it isn't obvious other than perhaps giving it the dry touch.

The hop is the predominate flavor. It's particularly prickly in the swallow. It leaves a long hop bomb aftertaste. On the initial sip, some lighter malts appear very briefly--no sweetness like the smell. The mouthfeel is particularly nice: Lots of creaminess with a decent level of carbonation.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This RyePA pours a transparent golden body with orange hues beneath a multi finger, off-white head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation that gives way to a thin lacing around much of the glass.

Abundant hop aromas are floral, earthy, and even spicy. The Munich and Rye malts are also apparent offering caramel and biscuit.

There is an immediate hop presence both earthy and floral followed by the sweetness balance of the malt, caramel and rye. Nothing too complex, but well presented.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a pleasant bitter bite on the tongue.

Good brew overall, perhaps not the abundance of rye that similar beers offer, but a nice balance of hops and malt aspect that is pretty good.

Photo of harrymel
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hooray! There's a date on this bottle!!! Bottled 01MAR12

Pours a light golden beer with a frothy white quilt and excellent clarity. Nose is bursting with tropical fruits of mango, pineapple and then grapefruit comes through slightly sweetened by the malt. Nice nose. Medium bitterness with plenty of fruity hops and some hints of dry and sweet malts. Again, well played Laughing Dog. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a semi dry finish.

Man, I always avoided my local, because they haven't dated their beers. I have a friend that brews for them and even so, I've steered clear unless he's brought it strait from the brewery. I can this, of the beers I've had of theirs, when they're fresh, they are really, really nice. Hope to see more of this behavior.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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 shand
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber (with awesomely low-rent artwork, at that into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

Whoa! Down boy! This beer pours out a hazy straw color with an absolutely massive amount of head! A mildly aggressive pour of half the bottle yielded at least four fingers of head, that eventually settles down to a finger that retains very well. Lacing is awesome. The aroma has a nice bite to it, it's got grapefruit, piney hops, and a zesty kick from the rye. The taste is a bit different than I expected, the rye really comes through front and center here, with citrus and grassy hops building around the rye and caramel malt backbone. Finish is a bit stronger on the piney hops. The whole thing feels a bit weak, I'm really left wanting more hops here. Not sure if this is because of an older bottle (curse you lack of bottling dates), but it still tastes good, for sure.

The body could use a bit more thickness, it feels light for the heavy caramel and rye backbone that comes through with the taste. The drinkability is fairly good, if not anything outstanding. Overall, this was a pretty good beer. Not worth seeking out, or having again, but I don't regret it.

Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.