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 GRG1313
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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 ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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 mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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...

Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle (thanks Duncan) with a 18 July 2012 bottling date served in a snifter.

Poured a hazy apricot color with a good sized and durable off-white head that leaves ample lacing. The aroma is fruity, which would be nice except it doesn’t mix well with the rye and hop aromatics. The mix works better in creating a rich flavor. Has a very smooth and nicely full feel but turns a bit too acidic in the finish.

O: more like a Belgian rye pale ale than expected. Quite yeasty and the mix of rye, malts and hops did not work for me.

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - see through, bright orange with a short cap of off white head that leaves a nice lacing

S - faint bread, some sweetness, huge citrus aromas, orange, grapefruit

T - bread, semi-sweet, mildly peppery, faint pine, citrus, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied though a bit thin at times, crisp, well carbonated

This is a nice rye IPA. There is a huge citrusy hop presence that goes well with the balancing malt backbone. The rye is present and its peppery notes mesh well with the piney hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness isn't palate crushing making this beer easy to knock back. I definitely recommend it.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 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 akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of vfgccp
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden wheat color. Foamy bone white head has great retention and lace.

S - Soft, sweet nose. Lots of white grape with accents of orange zest, cardamon, and white sugar.

T - Smooth profile. Light caramel malt, tart white grape, grapefruit pith, and a strong resiny pepper bitterness through the finish.

M - medium-light body. Ok carbonation.

O - Relatively light profile with Interesting white fruit and pepper notes.

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy orange yellow color with an inch of fluffy, white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was dominantly pine hops, perhaps a touch of citrus, with no apparent malt or Rye in the nose. The taste was also strongly piney hops and there was some Rye noticeable on the tongue, This was a fairly tasty beer that had a nice, dry finish.

The body was good, clean, dry, easy drinking and refreshing. Drinkability was very good, it would be easy to have several of these. Overall, a very nice beer, worth some effort to try.

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 cjgator3
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with very nice off-white head with great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma features some malt and rye notes with some hops as well.

T- The taste has some malt up front and some spiciness from the rye as well. The finish features some bitter grapefruit flavors from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Rocket Dog is a decent Rye IPA but probably not something I would purchase again.

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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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