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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA

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very good

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CampusCrew on 03-28-2011

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Ratings: 645 | Reviews: 170
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3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a seethru copper body with two finger head and lace. Citric hop aroma with some type of buttery (butterscotch?) malt sweetness (is not the typical caramel smell). The malts in the beer give off a slightly sweet, more bready, dry, fuller base that balances with the bitter hops. Not a bad DIPA, and the ABV is well-hidden (doesn't bleed at all), but there really isn't enough of a flavor punch to make this beer stand out. Not bad or mediocre but also not great.

Photo of MHoe
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DruB22
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA has a thin, white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold appearance, and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong, caramel, and flowers (nectar). Taste is of white bread, bread crust, sweetness, high (yet, not harsh) bitterness, and hop oils. Mouthfeel is medium, and Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA finishes on the dry side and drinkable (for a 10% ale).


Photo of misternebbie
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of koogie21
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I liked to beer overall....I think the beer would be better served in a 12 ounce bottle. Of course I am drinking it from the 22 ounce and I feel the poured beer versus the bottle-and-then-poured beer is different. The air in the 22 oz after I pour into a nice pint glass was different...different and not expected.

The smell and taste is smooth and gratifying....I could see this beer being complimented by eating salmon or a oil heavy fish. Maybe a pork product of sorts.

Overall, this is a great beer....will drink again if on sale......

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3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful copper beer with a beautiful off white head. Beer laced nicely all the way to the bottom. Scent was unusually heavy pine, I would also add that for me, an anise aroma is there as well. Something not quite right on the scent and the flavor follows. Most intense pine flavor I have ever experienced, I'm sticking with the anise thought too. The lingering floral aftertaste is quite pleasant and the mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, softly foaming and lifting the floral palette ending part of the taste. It really saves this beer.

Look and mouthfeel are so good on this brew that it really is worth a try. The flavors are crazy potent, which makes it quite interesting and a must try. I can easily picture bringing a couple of these to camp up in the mountains.

Thanks to my good friend Lott for passing this along.

Photo of drummerguy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Laughing Dog "Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED 8/18/141157"
$6.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Having tasted "Sneaky Pete" without checking the label to see what style it was supposed to be, I was unsure. It's clearly malty and strong, and hoppy, but I didn't get "Imperial IPA" out of it.

It pours a hazy deep amber body with golden highlights beneath creamy head of off-white/khaki that drops readily but leaves some nice short walls of spotty lace behind.

The aroma expresses damp earth and pine needles, pretty much what you might find if you walked beneath a stand of tall pines after a rainstorm. It's citrusy as well, and there's a bit of malt to boot, delivering a very light note of soft carmel and bready dough.

The flavor hits you right upfront with the pine, which is interesting because that's not found too often anymore - centennial hops. There are other hops there as well but they don't particularly stand out on their own... some grapefruit, some floral notes (Hallertau?), and a hint of mint. They're all blended in with the malt which is caramelish, but also somewhat spicy (rye?). It's hoppy, but not distinct. A solid bitterness backs it, and although it has different components to it, it comes off almost as a thick scratchy tartan blanket. There's a lot going on - probably too much going on - and it loses focus, becoming almost a blend made up of so many things that it's just one flavor.

So the question then is, is that flavor good enough? Or at least good enough to be labelled "Imperial IPA"? Well it has strength, but the alcohol isn't hot, and remains for the most part hidden - good. It's hoppy, so there's that. The malt balances it, and it works on a certain level. Where it falls apart is that it lacks definition, distinction of components, and overall character despite the fact that everything seems all rolled up into one! Overall it falters and doesn't quite live up to the "Imperial IPA" designation, but it's still a fairly pleasant and drinkable beer with a bit of intrigue to it.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.04/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

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1/5  rDev -73.3%

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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