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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPALaughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA

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BA SCORE
82
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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%


Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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FosterJM

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 19:35:08 | More by FosterJM
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tdm168

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:28:00 | More by tdm168
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 01:47:09 | More by maximum12
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Durge

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 04:27:46 | More by Durge
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 22:08:31 | More by morimech
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Pencible

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 19:01:34 | More by Pencible
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cjgator3

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 04:12:22 | More by cjgator3
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harrymel

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 16:25:36 | More by harrymel
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claspada

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 16:36:01 | More by claspada
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Arbitrator

California

2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 07:56:14 | More by Arbitrator
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 22:34:24 | More by xnicknj
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JayQue

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:05:10 | More by JayQue
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:36:18 | More by Rutager
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 20:31:34 | More by Monkeyknife
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elNopalero

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:19:22 | More by elNopalero
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 04:17:40 | More by yemenmocha
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:59:22 | More by Fatehunter
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tumbler.

A: Cloudy, light golden hue. Giant, bubbly, white head. Slow, dry, deterioration, leaving some dry residue behind as it does. Pretty ridiculous beer ring lacing also.

S: Pungent, fermented fruity, orangey, raisiny, bready tone; with some light floral components.

T: Acetyl and raisin. Very piny and pungent with a nice touch of sweetness.

M: Mouth puckeringly bitter and very dry. Pungent, lingering aftertaste.

D: The feel dictates a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head, with a dry decrepit deterioration and some solid lacing. Nose is very stong, combination of pungent fruity and bready components with a lightly floral character. Very bitter, with a slight balance of sweetness. Dry finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 04:36:16 | More by bmwats
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CampusCrew

Florida

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:40:58 | More by CampusCrew
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 19:37:29 | More by SaCkErZ9
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vfgccp

New York

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 17:26:34 | More by vfgccp
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woemad

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Pours a mostly clear golden amber color, with lots of bubbles racing skyward within my glass. Big, off-white head with lots of sticky lace.

Big, piney hops are what jump out at ones nose at first, and they continue to dominate as the beer warms up, though they become pretty evenly matched with a citrusy hop scent as well. Not sure where the rye malt is, but this smells like a great IPA so why should I care?

Big hop smack to the palate with this one. I was expecting to detect something from the rye malt, but the hops just aren't letting it play. The hops are big and fresh, and a hophead would be quite happy with them.

Medium bodied, with a very oily, slick mouthfeel.

Didn't get much rye out of this "Rye IPA," but I don't care because it was an extremely tasty IPA. Far more hop character than anything brewed by anyone else local, so I'll probably be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 02:16:53 | More by woemad
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 18:18:14 | More by MDDMD
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shand

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber (with awesomely low-rent artwork, at that into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

Whoa! Down boy! This beer pours out a hazy straw color with an absolutely massive amount of head! A mildly aggressive pour of half the bottle yielded at least four fingers of head, that eventually settles down to a finger that retains very well. Lacing is awesome. The aroma has a nice bite to it, it's got grapefruit, piney hops, and a zesty kick from the rye. The taste is a bit different than I expected, the rye really comes through front and center here, with citrus and grassy hops building around the rye and caramel malt backbone. Finish is a bit stronger on the piney hops. The whole thing feels a bit weak, I'm really left wanting more hops here. Not sure if this is because of an older bottle (curse you lack of bottling dates), but it still tastes good, for sure.

The body could use a bit more thickness, it feels light for the heavy caramel and rye backbone that comes through with the taste. The drinkability is fairly good, if not anything outstanding. Overall, this was a pretty good beer. Not worth seeking out, or having again, but I don't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:20:16 | More by shand
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light honey gold pour with pillowy white cream head, 2 fingers worth. Decent retention and very light lace. Light carbonation.

Strong, tinny rye malt nose with resiny hops backing that up.

Stronger rye malt taste, but there's a stronger metallic aspect to the beer too. Not terrible, but off-putting. Whiff of resiny hops in the finish, but more rye than bitter.

Body is a bit oily, but need more umph to it. Not quite heavy enough.

I've liked other LD beers, but this one doesn't quite meet the standard.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:43:32 | More by beer2day
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82 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.