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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
good

229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 03:15:51 | More by smakawhat
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:07:37 | More by biboergosum
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 16:38:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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womencantsail

California

2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 05:06:52 | More by womencantsail
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 23:02:03 | More by UnderPressure
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:20:47 | More by KomodoDragon
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:21:44 | More by kawilliams81
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:47:19 | More by dedrinker
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 22:19:27 | More by caddybuyer
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -10%
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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shand

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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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FosterJM

California

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Shaw

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber in color with a huge foamy head that doesn't vanish.

Big fruity and citrus hop aromas mix with rye notes.

The flavor is hoppy and somewhat medicine-like, probably because of the rye? This is a dry beer with spicy rye flavors. I haven't had a rye beer in a while so this takes a little getting used to.

Body is just a bit too light.

Overall this is above-average. I love rye bread, but I'm not loving this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:12:22 | More by Shaw
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justaholic

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden straw color a bit hazy the head on this is thick and stays thick with an off white color as it sticks to glass smell was not as great as the taste maybe due to the rye but the taste was awesome the only reason i didnt give a 5.0 was due to i think it could have more hop aroma and some dry hoping but overall this beer tasted great the mouth feel was perfect body great no alcohol taste very easy ipa for me but i love grape fruit hops like simcoe and maybe some nelson suavin would love 6 packs of this but i think they quit brewing it as i could not find it on the website

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 22:37:05 | More by justaholic
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cjgator3

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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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CampusCrew

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
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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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops.
Pale, Rye, and Munich malts.

No freshness date.

Pours a peach body with a frothy white head.

Mango, apricot, and strawberry notes. Really nice fruit character on the nose but not the typical citrus. That little hint of strawberry is just excellent. Floral notes round it out.

The palate is atypical for an IPA too, but not as unusual as the aroma. Malty, hoppy, fruity and bitter but in a rounded, creamy, balanced way that is a nice change of pace. Bitter, but approachable. Grapefruit and pine don't dominate like they do with others. I keep thinking of mangos or strawberries or maybe peaches. Not sure how they do it, maybe its the Simcoe because almost every American IPA uses Columbus and Cascade, but mango and strawberry never seem to show up. The rye adds a nice spice but I might not have picked it up if I wasn't looking.

Mothfeel is full, creamy and a little sticky.

I'm happy. On my first day at work, my new coworkers recommended Laughing Dog. I've got to admit, I took one look at these cheap, comic strip looking labels and thought they must be crazy. I'm so happy I was wrong. Rocket Dog is a great IPA. I would recommend moving it to a 6pk and seriously upgrading the packaging and then they would really have something. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:09:54 | More by BradLikesBrew
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codsmith

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden-orange with a thick white bubbly foam head. Foam laces the glass nicely.

S: Has a nice bitter subtle American hop aroma that mixes nicely nicely with the plain bodied malt bill

T: Subtle initial flavor from the rye but has a huge bitterness bite at the end

M: Crisp and clean with a good amount of carbonation.

O: I'm a big fan of rye beers, but the bitter bite at the end really turns me off of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 06:49:43 | More by codsmith
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 05:33:51 | More by russpowell
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csiewert

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a finger of foamy head that leaves significant lacing as you drink. The aroma has a slight amount flowery hops and a lot of buttery notes. The taste however has notes of citrusy hops and then some butteriness... Hinting that this bottle needed a little more aging. The mouthfeel and finish is smooth... Overall worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 20:56:31 | More by csiewert
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Glibber

Idaho

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color with a modest head and light lacing of the glass. Citrus and smooth going in and very light pine hops at the end. A nice mellow IPA with good carbination and an appealing fruitiness without being too filling, but the beer does not seem to stand out above other northwest IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 04:21:18 | More by Glibber
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 22:21:36 | More by zeff80
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium Gold. Big chunky offwhite head. Great retention. Big thick Laces.

Floral orange, piney resin. Spicy rye, toasty sweet caramel.

Juicy citrus and floral. Spicy piney resins. Slightly sweet caramel, toasted cracker, spicy rye. Spicy resinous bitterness and aftertaste.

Drying, thick, sticky. Medium Carbonation. Medium Body.

Solid hoppy, bitter, spicy Rye IPA. Goes down easy and tasty.
Awesome with sharp cheddar and crackers.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 19:46:55 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.