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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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82
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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of Lakes
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Bright deep golden with ample lasting head. Thick lacing.

Nose is big. Very hop forward with big pine resin and citrus. Simcoe dominates. Malt backbone is apparent but definitely knows it role and walks head bowed and subordinate.

Hop flavor is very complete and strong. Bold but not harsh. The uniqueness of the Simcoe remains throughout. Rich & piney with citrus notes bursting throughout. The malt balance is spot on and backs up the hops very nicely. The Rye is present but not overwhelming. It sits on the edges adding but not dominating. More would engulf, less would be pointless. Warm alcohol comes through but is in no way distracting. Rich and full with lingering bitterness and wisps of rye.

Lakes, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of TheBungyo
1.68/5  rDev -53.6%

This pours absolutely gorgeous. Bronze body and creamy inch and a half head. The first sign of trouble arrives the instant I smell it. Whoa, the nose could easily double for the smell of microwave popcorn. There's so much butter here I feel fatter just having smelled it. Diacetyl city baby.

Hoping for the best I take a sip and it's a no go. The butter barbarians have conquered anything that might have tried to carve out a living here. Two sips and this bad boy is fed to the drain like liquefied pennies. Thanks for nothing I guess.

TheBungyo, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of JMD
4/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Hazy light copper with some subtle peachy tones. Frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves light lacing down the glass.

S: Nice hoppy aroma. Sweet piney resin and fresh citrus. Light malt backbone with hints of bread and carmel.

T: Bready, bisquity malt. Some sweet carmel, and hints of the Rye come through. Big hop flavor, some pine and ruby red grapefruit that leaves a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied, ample carbonation, appropriate for the style.

D: Although I don't get alot of Rye flavor from this one, it's still a nice flavorfull IPA. Big hop presence, with just enough malt to keep in from being unbalanced. I would definitely pick this one up again.

JMD, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Great dome of foamy, minute bubbles. Leaves spotty, but chunky, lace. The liquid is very cloudy. The color is orange-amber.

Smell: Very pleasant blend of dry-ish malt and fresh floral hop. This beer doesn't have the spiciness of some IPA's. If there is rye, it isn't obvious other than perhaps giving it the dry touch.

The hop is the predominate flavor. It's particularly prickly in the swallow. It leaves a long hop bomb aftertaste. On the initial sip, some lighter malts appear very briefly--no sweetness like the smell. The mouthfeel is particularly nice: Lots of creaminess with a decent level of carbonation.

smcolw, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

pours a semi-clear amber-orange with a large white fluffy head, and some lacing.

smell is of citrus, floral, some caramel, some malt, and rye in the back.

taste is smooth, hops, some sweetness in back, rye, malt, and citrus, ends creamy and nicely bitter.

froghop, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

22 picked up at Enoteca in Post Falls over the weekend for $5.. I've had this on tap a couple times before, and was pleasantly surprised if my memory is correct.

3 finger rocky white head.. okay retention with great lacing for the entire glass... the brew is a polished deep golden.

Nose is chock full of resinous hops.. very fruity with a lesser piney hoppiness.. pale malts and hints of toast are there, but only in the background.

Good bitterness up front.. hoppy flavors move in pretty quickly with a pronounced floral profile combining well with the fruity hops.. the pine is much less than the aroma... the malts again have a distinct toasty profile... not getting any real "rye" other than an interesting slickness in the palate that I can only assume is from the rye malt.

Lite/medium body with nice carbonation that seems deflated (in a good way) by the slick mouthfeel.

I doubt I would have put this in the "rye" category as I feel this is a pretty solid IPA with rye added.. The hops push most everything else to the outer perimeter.

Glad I bought 2... gonna share the other with the Boise peeps and see what their attuned palates pick up.

4/4/4/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%

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...

Arbitrator, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, brown-amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of rye malts, citrus hops, some fruit, and pine.

t - Tastes mostly of pine and citrus hops, with a lot of bitterness up front. Some smooth rye and bready malts after the bitterness subsides.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - An ok IPA, but I thought the hops and bitterness dominates the rye, especially in the taste. Worth trying and would give another shot.

mdfb79, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of jfmorey
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass

Nice pale amber color with a generous pale head

The smell is light, pine and citrus.

Taste is sharply pine, some citrus, bitter. Somewhat disappointing, the expected taste of rye malts are overshadowed by the hops. Does not compare well with other rye ales, but overall a good IPA.

jfmorey, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%

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.

Seanibus, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of kels
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

kels, May 20, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

beertunes, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

BEERchitect, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

John_M, Nov 08, 2008
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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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