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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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82
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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Amp, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of DM1293
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

DM1293, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of justaholic
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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

justaholic, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of chickencoop
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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??

chickencoop, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Cyberkedi, Nov 19, 2011
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.

ppoitras, Jan 23, 2011
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.

avalon07, Apr 16, 2012
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

JohnGalt1, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

BradLikesBrew, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of leaddog
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.

leaddog, Jun 08, 2013
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.

oberon, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

plaid75, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of SaCkErZ9
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.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 06, 2012
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.

CHILLINDYLAN, Feb 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

KevinGordon, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

XicanoBeerRun, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

cdog707yo, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

dsshuck, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

gshak, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

bluetrevian, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Josiah2729, Oct 14, 2012
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.

John_M, Nov 08, 2008
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

sd123, May 26, 2013
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.