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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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BA SCORE
82
good

235 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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Tumble

Florida

1/5  rDev -72.4%

09-11-2013 14:34:44 | More by Tumble
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OwenFromChipTown

Wisconsin

1.1/5  rDev -69.6%

Rocket Dog is by far the worst beer I have ever had.

Laughing Dog should be ashamed of them-selves for putting this product on the market. It is absolutely disgusting and disrespectful to consumers who are unfortunate enough to be dooped into trying it.

Rocket Dog SMELLS LIKE SOMEONE TOOK A DUMP IN A URINAL. I wish that was an over exaggeration, but it is not. It tasted just as fool as it smelled. In fact, I still question if what I tried was actually beer or if some disgruntled brewery worker filtered urine threw feces and put it in a bomber.

03-18-2013 18:02:18 | More by OwenFromChipTown
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bigunit

Georgia

1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Took a gamble on this one when I saw it at the local shop....and the gamble didn't pay off. Not a great nose to begin with, and the flavor is not appetizing to say the least. I've tried quite a few Rye IPAs this year, and this one is hands down the worst of the bunch. It has some similar characteristics of a belgian IPA (I'm guessing a belgian yeast is used) so if that's your thing, perhaps you'll like it. Unfortunately, the bottle only advertises the hop and malt bill. Sorry, but can't recommend this one.

05-08-2013 01:29:34 | More by bigunit
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TheBungyo

Washington

1.68/5  rDev -53.6%

This pours absolutely gorgeous. Bronze body and creamy inch and a half head. The first sign of trouble arrives the instant I smell it. Whoa, the nose could easily double for the smell of microwave popcorn. There's so much butter here I feel fatter just having smelled it. Diacetyl city baby.

Hoping for the best I take a sip and it's a no go. The butter barbarians have conquered anything that might have tried to carve out a living here. Two sips and this bad boy is fed to the drain like liquefied pennies. Thanks for nothing I guess.

08-11-2010 06:35:01 | More by TheBungyo
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bball208

New Jersey

1.78/5  rDev -50.8%

I disliked this beer.

Smelled like wet dog and hops, with a side of flowers. Just a mess.

The taste was the smell magnified by 10. I had to pour a 22 oz. bomber down the sink because i couldn't bear the taste of this one. Will never drink this again, and would question the judgement of anyone who likes this beer.

01-23-2014 16:45:40 | More by bball208
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

1.9/5  rDev -47.5%

Poured from a refrigerated bomber purchased in Memphis, TN for $10. Not my first choice, but the distro here is terrible and it was one of the only things not available to me in MN or WI.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw with a slightly below average head which quickly dissipates, bubbles are fat and soapy. Very minimal lacing.

S: Whoa, this does not smell like an IPA. Lots of tart, unripe tropical fruits, malt vinegar, hint of grain and yeast. Is this a lambic?

T: Falls FAR from the tree here. The sour, back of the tongue tartness was way off for the style, and quite frankly unpleasant. I can't really pick out the flavors here, but it tastes like pineapple that went bad. There is some pine hops and malt hidden beneath the strange funkiness.

M: Moderate carbonation, fairly thin and it doesn't stick around long. Bitter and tart on the back of the tongue.

O: This beer has to be infected. I don't know what happened here, but this was a total drain pour for me. I tried to appreciate it for what it had, not for what it was supposed to be, but I just couldn't do it. One of the worst IPAs I have ever had. I hope it was just a bad bottle.

03-13-2012 02:13:40 | More by doucmehu
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jsh420

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44.8%

02-12-2012 06:06:10 | More by jsh420
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RBorsato

Virginia

2/5  rDev -44.8%

03-04-2014 18:43:13 | More by RBorsato
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SBXLII

New York

2.05/5  rDev -43.4%

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.

05-27-2013 18:28:55 | More by SBXLII
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RaulMondesi

California

2.08/5  rDev -42.5%

My brother must have been out of his dome when he bought this. Rocket Dog? Wtf? I'll tell you one thing; Rocket Dog ain't come to save a hot dog thing. Smell, taste, appearance... everything, just nasti nasti.

Raul don't like it. Raul don't like it at all.

02-17-2013 05:59:02 | More by RaulMondesi
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Thehopluver

Oklahoma

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

06-22-2012 18:57:34 | More by Thehopluver
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

10-20-2012 03:13:28 | More by t0rin0
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estlinska

Arkansas

2.64/5  rDev -27.1%

Served from a bomber from Springhill Wines into a standard shaker (best by date of 5/12/13) on 3/20/13. First of all the beer foamed over like a coke bottle full of mentos, so maybe this is not a good batch. I said this about their Sneaky Pete offering as well, so maybe it's just a matter of poor bottling; I dunno. Anyway, after the foam subsided, the beer poured a fairly nice cloudy orange with a generous amount of haze. The head was cloudy and rocky white with good lacing overall. The nose, however, was very underwhelming. For an IPA, the nose was very quiet. There were some citrus notes of hops around, but it was almost belgian smelling. It was hard to place. There was also some rye spice to the nose, but the off-belgian smell was just flat in your nose like overfermented fruit juice. The taste was still a lot like a fermented fruit and very belgian-like. The hops were more present with some good bittering overall, but the flavor just didn't sit great. The rye spice was even more evident, which I think gave it the only endearing quality of the beer. Mouthfeel had good smooth body and good carbonation. Maybe I am just 2/2 unlucky with Laughing Dog, but I can't say that I'll be rushing to try more of their beers any time soon. I'll eventually try it again, just to see if I got bad batches, but I am just not impressed.

03-21-2013 01:41:32 | More by estlinska
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womencantsail

California

2.68/5  rDev -26%

Another tick shared by Bobby...

A: The pour is pale gold in color with a huge white head and some sticky lacing.

S: I'd almost say this beer reeks of green apple. Not much in the way of pleasant hop aromas, but there is some grass and straw, maybe a few light floral notes. A touch of sweetness from cracker malts.

T: A few light fruit notes, but other wise we're back to the green apple. Despite being sub-7%, there is some perceptible alcohol flavor. A touch of toasted malt, a little bit of citrus peel, and some green melon.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high.

O: Not sure what happened here, but I don't like it.

09-07-2011 05:06:52 | More by womencantsail
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -24%

01-06-2013 06:13:16 | More by Sammy
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -24%

05-11-2014 20:20:22 | More by mikeburd1128
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HurricaneCamille


2.75/5  rDev -24%

05-16-2012 16:49:07 | More by HurricaneCamille
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MathNut

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -24%

07-14-2012 05:44:44 | More by MathNut
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Arbitrator

California

2.78/5  rDev -23.2%

Chilled bomber into a glass. A generous gift from ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a clear, apricot-gold body with a finger of long-lasting white foam. Nice, sticky lace in the first half of the glass.

S: Lots of pine. LOTS of it, and there's something vegetal about the aroma that I can't quite place. It's earthy and even slightly floral. I don't get much malt in the nose, either normal or rye variety.

T: Incredibly piney -- lots of that flavor plus a strong, associated earthy and floral bitterness. It completely kills any attempt at tasting malt or rye in the beer; I don't get any of the telltale, spicy bite that would signal use of rye. It just tastes like bitter hop juice.

M: Light-medium bodied. Low carbonation for the style. It's not particularly active on the tongue. Dry finish. And it's incredibly bitter...

D: I'm underwhelmed; for a rye beer this totally lacks any rye presence. At least I can tell it's fresh, judging by how hoppy it is...

06-14-2010 07:56:14 | More by Arbitrator
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drinkin-beeers

Montana

2.81/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

02-22-2014 04:36:24 | More by drinkin-beeers
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a whitish, frothy head of acceptable size.

Smell: Pale, golden malts with a resinous hop scent, some light spice, and a vague suggestion of pithy citrus peels.

Taste: Relatively pale malted barley, a hint of dry, toasted grains, and a selfish, seedy whisper of golden syrup sweetness. Citrusy hops, some resinous pine, and just a small, telltale trace of a vegetal, weedy element that has you, at times, go "huh" and at other times, go "guh". Medium-high bitterness. A decidedly dry finish with that weedy hint still lurking around.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Yes, with some silken elements to the overall mouthfeel.

Overall: Pass. RDR-IPA is not entirely, totally undrinkable, but not nearly sufficient enough to compel one to drink it, either. And where was the rye? Laid off, perhaps. These are tough times, even for malt bill ingredients.

09-08-2011 16:38:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%

Bought at Total Wine in Claymont DE.

Poured into a beer mug. Easily 2-3 finger thick yellowish white head that lingered quite a while.
Very golden.
Nothing remarkable in the smell, didn't smell super fresh, just the malt/slight rye scent, maybe a very slight piney/citrus but minimal.

The taste was very bready, in fact I almost felt like I had eaten a piece of garlic bread after the first 2-3 sips. The rye spice is present but not powerful. The hops are slight and unremarkable.
Citrus, maybe grapefruit and a lemongrass flavoring present as well with the breadiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty weak, it's not unpleasant but not what I come to expect in an IPA, especially Rye.

It's not very good in my opinion, it's not terrible but I think there's a room for improvement if they remarket this. Maybe I just got an older bottle (date on it is 7/2012) and some of the normal 'charm' that this could carry have faded.

12-31-2012 02:09:48 | More by GiantMidget
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hoptualBrew

Florida

2.99/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

06-11-2013 02:40:41 | More by hoptualBrew
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m0unds

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-15-2014 02:16:11 | More by m0unds
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-08-2013 10:44:54 | More by Mattyb79
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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.