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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256 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 256 | Reviews: 115
Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle. I'm not sure why I did not inspect it in the store but it has a bottling date of 3/7/13! So I am drinking it on December 27, 2014. And it shows.

Pale yellow color with an overwhelming white fluffy head.

Mildly hopped, aroma but there is also a touch of toasted biscuit and some yeast notes.

Decent medium body.

Because of the age of this bottle the hops were more muted. I did get a solid enough rye, grain character but the hop bitterness had faded substantially. Not knowing how it tastes fresh I am not sure if the hops were more forward than what I got. Despite its age I drank all of it.

Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thick white head and impressive lacing.

Aromas begin with pale malt sweetness and some very light caramel malts. As it warms you get some sugar cookie and intense citrus and pineapple hops. More and more enmergin rye and burnt toast emerge as well.

The tastes begin with rustic rye that gives a strong pungent and earthy flavors. Spicy and deep, the rye gives a lot of complexity to the pale malt base and provides a bridge towards the spicy and bitter citric hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Finish is dry and spicy thanks to the ample rye malt and citrus hops.

Overall this beer was a bit too pungent and resinous and spicy overall. While I love Rye I feel it may have even gone a bit overboard when you combine the ample hop bitterness that this brew possesses.

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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a hazy burnt golden color, thin bubbled white head, retains with film on top and plenty of patchy lacing.

Citrusy and hoppy with grapefruit and pineapple in the nose. Some light sweetness and bready tones along with a dash of rye spice.

Bitter and hoppy but still ridiculously juicy up front. Ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and orange create a citrusy cocktail. Faint rye spiciness before the malt bill. Touches of caramel and bread crust with a soft sweetness. Finishes bitter and sweet.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky, dry, and lingering on the tongue. Pretty solid hoppy brew but I still wanted more rye presence out of this.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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 twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear, medium gold color with a decent cap of white head. Nice retention and leaves gorgeous sheets of lace. Nice looking brew!

Nose is tropically floral and citric hops with a sugar cookie malt backdrop. A touch of earth and nutty yeast. After reading the label, the earthiness is explained by the fact it’s a rye beer…duh!

Taste is pretty nice, good hop flavors up front with the same cookie doughtiness in the middle and the finish is bitter, but not overly so. It has some pretty nice balance; I’d say it leans more west coast than east due to the light, dry malt background. The rye is not really detectable for me…in fact I just read the label and I guess if you’re looking for it you can find it, but it never crossed my mind as I was drinking it. Earthy bread flavors were the rye I suppose. Good beer, this is a solid new addition to Tx. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a freshness date that I can find…which probably means I won’t be buying it after the first couple months it’s around.

Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale orange/hone color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Hope resin. Syrupy pine aromas. Bready malts from the rye I assume, and burnt sugars.
T: Huge hop flavor up front. Bitter, resinous, syrupy and sticky. Pine resin, really not much else. No rye character here to help balance anything out.
M/D: A medium to full body that is low on the carbonation. Really sticky and resinous. The massive amount of hops, resin and bitterness makes this hard for me to drink.

No rye at all to balance out the huge syrupy and piny hops. Just to much for me. Not something I am coming back to.

Photo of maximum12
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new brewery in Minnesota, bearing one of my favorite things - rye! Always up for a new rye, especially when I know it's birthday. Bottle dated 5/4/12, so props for that. 22 oz. bomber split in two.

Pour is a faded yellow, cloudy. Smell is flat-out pretty. Lots of earthy rye, bitter citrus, grassy. Great way to kick this one off.

Rocket Dog slips on the way to from nose to taste buds. The rye is up front, but it's earthy & rather dull. The hops sing back-up with flowery bitterness, but not a lot of either. Herbal & grassy on the finish bucks the rest of the beer. Glad I'm sharing this bomber.

This turned from exciting to not in a single sip. The tastes are all on mute, & what's there seem to be fighting one another. Great nose; the rest, bland. Only the nose saves it from being precisely mediocre.

Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy light copper with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like sweet creamy oranges and bready yeast, with a bit of caramel malt.
T: It tasted like orange and citrus hops with sweet honey and caramel malt and bready yeast. It had a lasting bitter herbal aftertaste with slight rye dryness.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation.
D: This was a good beer, but not great. It had an enjoyable flavor, but weak rye element and the aftertaste was a bit harsh. The body was good and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was pretty easy to drink. But ultimately mediocre.

Photo of Immortale25
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Bottled 1/28/13

A- Pours a light amber color with a towering four inch off-white head that's probably due to the bottle conditioning. The head eventually subsides and is fluffy and bumpy on its way down. Sudsy clumps of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Uh-oh. Nevermind the bottle conditioning; this beer's infected for sure. All I smell is green olive from what seems to be a Brettanomyces yeast infection. No hops, no rye. Luckily, I like Brett.

T- Taste is much of the same but with a bit of hop bitterness. It's not unpleasant, it's actually kind of enjoyable but definitely not the way a Rye IPA is supposed to taste like since there's zero rye malt detected or any kind of malt for that matter.

M- A bit dry and bitey from the hops. Medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I wonder if this is a common occurrence for this beer since, a year and a half ago, I actually had a bottle literally explode on me and I never got a chance to try it. Now, once I finally decided to revisit it, I realize why the previous bottle exploded. Buyer beware.

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

634th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

Total wine and more, Las Vegas

App- A sunset orange with a very puffy two finger head. Slight lines of leg and a ring of bubbles that falls with the beer.

Smell- Malty citrus with only the slightest hint of the rye. A bit thick on the nose but tamed thickness.

Taste- A lot like the other LD Ipas I have had. More malt forward with a small bit of hops and a touch of rye. Not enough to be called a Rye ipa.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Leaves a thick feel with a hoppy malty touch of rye.

Drink- A little thicker and under flavored for a main label to be a rye. It was okay and pretty good. Just needed more!

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 morimech
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Mostly hop aroma. Definately can pick out the Cascades and Simcoe hops. Just the faintest hint of pale malt and sadly, the rye is undetectable.

Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness. Hop flavor consists of citrus and pine. Barely any malt flavor and the rye is barely detectable in the finish. Clean hop flavor but did not deliver what was advertised.

Not as big of a body as I would expect for an almost 7% ABV beer. But it is superbly carbonated.

I am a bit torn over this beer and how to rate it. It does deliver some really good hop flavor, but yet it failed with the rye. And it comes in bombers at almost $7 a bottle, I probably will not be exploring many other beers from this brewery.

Photo of Oakenator
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a yellow orange color with a ton of head - difficult to fit in a glass initially. Chunky lacing from the ample head.

S: Rye, lemon, citrus.

T: Rye present up front then leads to citrus with a very nice bitter taste toward the end. Bready.

M: Medium bodied. Head is thick on tongue.

O: Really nice brew.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Into a seidel. Big three fingers of head that never goes away. Cloudy, dark straw colored body.
Smells of pine, lemon and rye. Lots of rye.
Strong lemon bitter taste, rye with a great spiciness to it. Amazing.
Crisp texture, medium body, lots of fizz.
One of the top rye IPAs.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A couple of years ago Prima had 22 oz bottles of this for $8.95. We had several and went back a few days later for more.
L: Pours gold to amber with a slight haze under a vigorous cream colored foam cap.
S: Hoppy, spicy floral nose, spice from the rye, slight fruit but hard to pin down T: Richly flavored with spicy rye flavors, rich malt, fruit, some citrus.
F: Medium body and carbonation. Starts smooth but finishes with a little acid bite from the carbonation
O: The bottle was fresh, the flavors vibrant and well balanced and the beer went gloriously well with Italian food

Photo of yemenmocha
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours sliGtphy hazy, dark golden color. Enormous rocky head. Nose has tropical fruits. Ample bitterness on the palate, citrusy, and rather tangy. Tropical qualities here too. Medium to light body. Juicy fruit finish. Cute logo but overall I'm sick of childish themes

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 Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-gold with two fingers of sticky white head.

Aroma of rye malt, caramel, vanilla and just a hint of piney hops.

The hops are more apparent in the taste with pine and the bite of grapefruit. The hoppiness is balanced with caramel malts and rye notes. Finishes with a touch of bitter lemon.

Medium bodied, wet and slick with a moderate carbonation.

Not amongst the elite, but a solid IPA from the folks at Laughing Dog.

Photo of elNopalero
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

This pours a clear golden straw-yellow color with some foam lace atop it. There’s a big, grassy hop aroma and a citrusy hop bitterness flavor. I get a lot of zestiness with each sip, possibly from the rye bill? This tastes clear, real clean and crisp, with a well-defined hoppiness. Almost refreshing. Real tasty. An easy, approachable drinker that’s simply put a lot of fun. I like it.

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to a Rye IPA like Reds Rye. Not the case here. Looks good. Pours a light amber / honey color with a big bubbly white head. Big patches of lacing.

Smell starts off well. Bitter piney hops and some citrus. But there is a telltale unpleasant odor here. Subtle in the smell...Not so subtle later on in the taste...The dreaded Summit hops!!!

I am either losing my taste for hoppines or there are Summit hops here. For a small percentage of the population, Summit hops add a oniony / garbagy aroma and taste to a beer. I find Gubna undrinkable because of these hops. The taste gets better as the beer warms and the rye bitterness enhances the hops bitterness but there is still an unpleasant Summit hops type flavor here.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Overall, an average IPA....would be much better without the oniony aroma and taste.

Photo of MDDMD
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-malt, citrus, rye, hint of caramel

T-bready malt, citrus, rye, little pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-straightforward, nothing overly notable or distinguishing

Photo of Arbitrator
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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...

Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a summer special release with Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops. rye malt

appearance: lovely amber glow with nice white fulffy head rentention

smell: sublte citrus/piney hops aromas

taste: lots of pine and spicy rye on back. a hop bomb but not ridiculous. amazing finish

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: a solid IPA, and use of the rye is perfection!

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