Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing
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3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
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!
03-31-2010 03:09:52 | More by BEERchitect
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
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
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
11-04-2011 05:21:28 | More by GRG1313
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
12-28-2010 22:29:44 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
02-18-2011 22:21:36 | More by zeff80
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-11-2011 00:07:37 | More by biboergosum
4.06/5 rDev +12.2%
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!
03-09-2013 22:52:29 | More by NeroFiddled
4.47/5 rDev +23.5%
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...
03-22-2011 05:33:51 | More by russpowell
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
Attractive dark honey color with a white foam. Beautiful lacing in the chalice. Splendid carbonation that both makes for attractive appearance and is creamy in the mouth. Light body.
Lemon rind more than the usual grapefruit. Very long bitter aftertaste. Herbal and somewhat earthy. Some toast and light roasted malt. I don't taste a lot of rye, but there is some grainy, perfumey flavor. It's already too bitter for the rye flavor to make much impression.
From the 22 oz bottle. Such a nicely made beer but too bad they had to overhop it so much.
07-27-2012 05:02:17 | More by mactrail
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip.
a - Pours a hazy, brown-amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nice lacing.
s - Smells of rye malts, citrus hops, some fruit, and pine.
t - Tastes mostly of pine and citrus hops, with a lot of bitterness up front. Some smooth rye and bready malts after the bitterness subsides.
m - Medium body and high carbonation.
d - An ok IPA, but I thought the hops and bitterness dominates the rye, especially in the taste. Worth trying and would give another shot.
06-11-2010 00:51:26 | More by mdfb79
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
07-16-2010 21:45:11 | More by smcolw
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
22 oz. bottle, cue 'Life is a Highway,' the name reminds me of that classic SNL sketch,
A: Pours a translucent gold to light amber with a huge pillowy fluffy ice cream cone like head, with great retention.
S: The clearest pineapple nose I've probably had in a beer. Light secondary notes of melon and pink grapefruit.
T: Hop-oriented with a lot of grapefruit and lemon. Nowhere near as tropical as the nose would hint. Light malt, hint of spice, a nice IPA.
M: Medium-bodied, thin at times, some chalky carbonation.
O: A nice IPA, the nose is real good and expressive, but the flavour of the beer is a bit of a letdown from that high. Not a bad beer, but not making me go crazy.
10-05-2011 05:13:21 | More by Halcyondays
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
10-02-2011 19:14:55 | More by akorsak
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
01-23-2011 18:28:21 | More by ppoitras
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
11-08-2008 18:17:37 | More by John_M
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
09-25-2011 03:15:51 | More by smakawhat
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.