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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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Ratings: 230
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-22-2010)
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4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, does this beer make a good first impression - tangy, musky, piny, and rich. The flavor made me search for the right comparison. It took a while but then I found it - ice cream. Chocolate chip ice cream. I know this sounds weird, but it is kind of good.

Pours hazy golden with a nice fluffy head. The aroma is hoppy, with pine and citrus. The flavor has a riot of hops - pine, earth, citrus, apricot, flowers. Behind it is a creamy and pleasant malt backbone. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 21:46:54 | More by Seanibus
Photo of kels


3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a shade of pale straw, completely clear, and appears very watery and one dimensional. Tons of bubbles rise throughout and feed a thick, soapy 1 finger white head that leaves behind tons of thick, pillowy lace.

Really no nose to speak of. There's the slightest hint of sappy hops, but that's a stretch.

I don't know if it's the rye or it's the hops, but there is a strange and undeniably distinct dominating flavor of radishes - yes, radishes - in this beer. It is most present right after swallowing and hangs around prominently in the aftertaste. Normally something like this would take me a while to place in the flavor of a beer, but this is quite evident to me. After getting over the initial confusion, I start to notice more dimensions in the beer. The malts are crispy and toasted. The slick dankness in the flavor comes from the earthy, sappy hops. There's a slightly watery yet sappy feel to this beer that suffers a little from overly gentle carbonation. Alcohol shows more in the profile than expected from the ABV.

I know I haven't made this beer sound all the amazing, but it is decent. The imbalance of the flavors and the carbonation that doesn't seem to pair well with the style drops the drinkability overall for me, but it isn't terrible. Just thought it could have been better.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 23:30:56 | More by kels
Photo of beertunes


3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 19:29:24 | More by beertunes
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3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 03:09:52 | More by BEERchitect
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 18:17:37 | More by John_M
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