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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
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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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:
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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Cyberkedi, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of jmfc8237
4/5  rDev +10.5%

jmfc8237, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of soughtbygod
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale orange hue that is cloudy, and is far too carbonated. I had to calm it down quite a bit between 2 or 3 glasses to get it to not drink like a sprite.

the smell is not that impressive subtle hints of hops, and a little bit of a spicy aroma due to the rye

The taste is actually pretty decent once a lot of the carbonation was removed, this was very hop forward, with a balance or rye and malt the made it very drinkable and approachable for an ipa

The mouthfeel was bad, thats all im gonna say carbonation.

overall not a bad beer, but not my favorite

soughtbygod, Nov 13, 2011
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.

GRG1313, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

plaid75, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Rutager
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.

Rutager, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of gopens44
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Big creamy head with super lacing atop a clear amber body

S - This hits the nose perfectly with a great balance of roasted barley, rye and aggressive hops.

T - Rye bite is nearly muted by the hop punch, but very tasty regardless

M - Begins creamy but digresses to a bit watery with a thick bitter aftertaste.

O - it is just a hair away from being truly epic. A little less watery is all I would ask to make this over the top great

gopens44, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

akorsak, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours light amber with a tall white rocky head. Smells like an IPA! And rye. Definitely. Medium body with snappy carbonation. The flavor is very rye. But it is well balanced. Great flavor. Hops are citrusy but not overly bitter: IBUs 60+. A very nice beer. Nice variation on the style.

chickenflea, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
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.

xnicknj, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

smakawhat, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of beer2day
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.

beer2day, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.68/5  rDev -26%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of UnderPressure
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-yellow color. (Around 8 SRM) Fluffy white head. Relatively clear. Lacing is great (if you care about that sort of thing.)

Excellent hop aroma. I'm thinking maybe... Simcoe? (As the beer warms I definately smell Cascade.)

Awesome hop flavor. Somewhat subtle, sweet, maltiness while exhaling through the nose. The malt profile is more "rounded" and interesting than your everyday IPA. But, hops are the primary flavor here. Must be what people describe as "floral." Bitterness coats the tongue, and sticks around.

This beer has a pretty thick mouthfeel, and it fizzes as it enters your mouth. (Relative to temperature, I'm assuming.) The fizz lingers for a few seconds after you swallow.

I love this beer. After drinking it only twice, it's one of my favorites. The rye malt adds a little extra to a great IPA. But, also stays true to the style.

UnderPressure, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of KomodoDragon
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow brew into a Bells Anniversary pint that produced a bubbly 2 inch head.

The cloudiness and head faded, with ample oily lacing remaining.

S - This was the first Rye IPA I've had whose prominent smell is rye. It also has a pleasant piney smell.

T - Burst of biscuity malt and a very dry finish. Spices, anise, and quite mild for 6.9% ABV.

M - heavily carbonated and bold in maltiness.

Great choice for my first Idaho beer. This is quite a gem.

KomodoDragon, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light golden/honey colored. Huge white head with lots of thick lacing.

S- Honey, caramel malts, and some citrus hops.

T- Caramel malts and some rye. A little citrus in the middle with a slight pine/grass hop bitterness at the finish.

M- Thin bodied. Very light and easy to drink.

O- Not impressed. Way to weak and bland for the style. Would not purchase again. Very underwhelmed by Laughing Dog so far.

kawilliams81, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serious carbonation going on here, a bit uncomfortable I should say. It wasn't a gusher but I wonder...because the smell and taste is a little...is that a spicy interplay of rye and hops or is that a bit funky and burnt rubber? So delicate it's drinkable though. I just won't know because I won't buy any more after this, yet I kinda like it.

dedrinker, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A-Veiled darker golden with a rich, slick creamy white head that laces nicely.

S-Mostly citrus and floral hops. Some malts in the background.

T-Dry is the watchword here. Bittering hops are pushed near to the limit and pine is at the forefront, with some citrus and floral hops bringing in the rear. I would not call this balanced by any means, but it is pretty damn good.

M-Spot on balance for the style.

O-buy it again? Sure. Like to see a bit more citrus bite in the hops, but a well executed IPA. Not sure that I am tasting much rye here, but I won't ding it points for that.

caddybuyer, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
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

yemenmocha, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of shand
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.

shand, Jul 26, 2011
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!

FosterJM, Jul 09, 2011
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.