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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

659 Ratings
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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
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: 659 | Reviews: 175
Photo of pat61
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: The slight haze as the rich garnet tinged amber liquid fills the glass portends a major dose of hops. The pour produces a rocky 3” cream colored foam cap that grips the sides of the glass leaving ledges of lace.
S: Hops dominate the nose over a background of hefty malt and alcohol.
T: A malty sweet yeasty starts inches back before a big dose of hops and when their flavors blend with the rich malts spices such as cardamom or cola come forward mixed with light red fruits. Everything is big and bold but balanced.
F: This has a creamy, luscious chewy body that sits very softly in the mouth.
O: This is a beer that does a fine job replacing biter, mixed drinks.

Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is almost always on the shelf. Perhaps it lacks the sexiness of a brand new DIPA to the market or it gets lost in all the seasonal and limited DIPA releases, but it certainly fits the bill for a go to DIPA. Hints of honey in an otherwise piney bitter brew with very good balance and equally satisfying body. Aftertaste lingers for just a bit with a bitterness that isn't overly cloying in sweetness yet isn't' thin. Good all around DIAP for taking care of that DIPA Jones you may get during the off-season for DIPAs

Photo of Jwiggy
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Floral nose. Definite strong hop start, with pine notes, with some floral accents in taste. . Nice caramel color. Bitter long IPA finish.

Photo of Xenoxgaravito
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is currently my favorite ipa. It has such a great smell and body to it that I look forward to a Friday evening to pour myself a glass. Luckily my local beer shop carries 4 packs.

It really packs a punch so I'm one and done.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange color with a light head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell had citrus on the forefront but subsided from more than a little bit of the booze in it. The taste had a nice introduction with fruit and hob bitterness in the beginning with some darker fruits coming through after. The finish however wasn't as clean as I like in an IPA. Overall not bad and very nice considering how strong it is but not my favorite.

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 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).

RJT

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......

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 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.

Photo of AustenFB
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

After trying this I think I know why the dog is laughing. Another sucker, ha ha. On a more positive note, it seems like it has potential, meaning a fair starting base on which to build. It just hasn't been tweaked nearly enough. They gave up too soon.
It does have a distinct funkiness that's reminiscent of Ska Decadent Imperial IPA. However, if that's what you like, go for the Ska, which is far better. This one, unfortunately, is a real dog.

Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer, with hops and citrus coming strong on the palate with a touch of alcohol burn. The balance is good, nice and hoppy and citrusy and a low key burn at the end, overall, a balanced beer that is good for one or two, and then you r done!!

Photo of DoctorsOrders
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Interesting soy notes.

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this during a search for anything labeled "Imperial". Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was typical for the type, smell was surprisingly subtle for the 10% abv. Where this bad boy stood out was taste, very smooth, with very little actual hop bite! The bottled on date was 04/15/14, so a little bit of age did this one well. Mouthfeel revealed a sweetness that reminded me of a barlywine style, not an IPA at all. Overall, I enjoyed this and would not hesitate to pick up again. I am curious how a fresher (one within 90 days of bottling) would be...but then again, it's outstanding past the 120 day point so...guess it's up to you to decide.

Photo of reebtaerG
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Lures on 7/2/14 in a short wide mouth glass

A-Pours cloudy amber with a decent off white frothy head that lingers long and leaves excellent lacing.

S-Aroma is pine, grapefruit, sweet floral and citrus hoppiness.

T-Taste is heavy sweet, with grapefruit, honey, and pine with a light malt.

M-Average carbonation, medium body, slick texture and a long sticky finish with overtones of grapefruit and honey.

O-Overall a decent DIPA a great blend of hops and malt that hide the 10%.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange/amber - darker than I would expect from a DIPA; 1 finger head that receded quickly to a thin film; nice lacing;

S: floral and tropical fruit - pineapple and grapefruit;

T: not what I expected from the nose - earthy; not a lot of bitterness, but more than what I would expect from 10% ABV; the alcohol is there, but muted;

M: on the heavy side of medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyable, but a little too boozy for my taste;

Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber read with minimal head. Decent lacing. Starts creamy, turns full-bodied. This is a solid beer. It goes down smooth and sweet. The maltiness serves to cover up the boziness well. This is a really decent beer. I'd give it a try if I were you.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(bottled on 10 Mar 2014 - poured into a balloon)

NOTE: despite the label stating this is an "Imperial IPA", I believe they are mistaken, and this beer is more in the style of American Barleywine, with this being most similar to a SA Bigfoot

A: crystal clear liquid, surprisingly dark copper in color... dull, recycled paper white foam that just sits there for awhile... chunky, 3-D, crystalline lace... way too dark for an IPA - perfect color for a barleywine though

S: pine, custard-y fruit... the Centennial seems to poke out in the mix... a flash of dried berries and perhaps ginger snap that soon morph into a distinct raspberry sorbet scent... potent, inviting, smoothie-like... beautiful composition, but nothing too unique - textbook West Coast IPA hop aromas

T: noticeable dark crystal malt (80? 90? apparently, none)... mildly toasty... rich fruit syrup (Simcoe?)... large perception of sweetish, melanoidin-rich caramel in the aftertaste - hop-embellished... huge malts, potent hopping yet with a soft edge to the bitterness... smooth-ass booze with a hint of fusel

M: lusciously viscous up front, the alcohol draws it away quietly... the bitterness seems to enhance the dryness in the finish... heaven for malt-o-philes

O: summing up - definitely comes across most like an American Barleywine akin to (fresh) Bigfoot - it's gotta be a clone of it, or maybe they got their recipes or labels mixed up - either way, they oughta straighten that out and re-label the style... this is a very tasty beer, wonderfully dry, and exactly what I needed at the end of the day

Photo of ksimons
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-much darker than I expected. A dark caramel color with a fingers worth of light tan head

S-caramel malt, raisins, and a light pine scent

T-taste is similar to the smell, more of a malt heavy IPA. Really getting a lot of caramel, raisins, buttery quality with a very light amount of citrus and pine hops.

M-medium body, mild to moderate carbonation

Overall too sweet for an IPA, not sure what it going on with this one, not one that I would revisit anytime soon

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear amber brown ale with a coupla fat fingers of beige head that laced the glass nicely

S: toast and faint perfume; woodsiness (is that a wood?) and some very faded dark grapefruit/citrus

T: pine and sweet resin, malty fruitiness; earthy and subdued; something caramel sweet; brown-tasting, if that makes sense

M: medium-weight, smooth, some coating and tack; almost smoky aftertaste

O: a decent beer, but I have no idea about the age - a random buy, I don't think it was ever in my stores before, but that doesn't mean it was fresh; in some ways reminded me of a very mellow SN Torpedo. Not typically one to go for IPAs or DIPAs this dark, so that may have skewed my review somewhat. Worth the try.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours orange-amber, with just a hint of haze. Head was a solid finger of off-white with a touch of orange; it lingered fairly well, and left a decent lace clinging tp the walls of the glass.

S: Hops aromas dominate, with citrus oils, flowers, pineapple, and pine resin notes.

T: An explosion of cloyingly sweet malt, which is joined by fruity flavors of clementine and pear (but no diminution of sweetness). After a moment, tart and bitter grapefruit rind comes to the forefront, but even that fades to reveal the sugary sweetness again.

M: Crisp and perfectly carbonated. Slightly chewy, with the high ABV well hidden.

O: The hops were just about right, but the malt (and, I wouldn't doubt, adjunct sugars) just overpowered it. I've seen some reviewers mention that it's balanced, but they must have a serious sweet tooth to think so. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, or even that I was surprised that a beer with the "imperial" name would have a lot of added sugar. I just think that turning it down a notch would have allowed the hops to really shine.

Photo of Hopscat
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber-orange with off white head. Nice lacing and retention.
Smell is tropical fruit and floral hops.
Taste follows with big malt upfront to balance the well blended grapefruit pith / mango hops mid palate. Hops bitterness is welcome on the end to battle the sweetness of the malt bill.
Mouthfeel is med. toward heavy, oily.
Very enjoyable DIPA which hit all the high notes for me.

Photo of tbeckett
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This bottle was brought to me from Florida as a Christmas present. About 8 months old when reviewed. From notes.

A - Two fingers of dense off white head sat on top of a copper/grapefruity coloured body. Cloudy. Great lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Sweet candied, fruits, caramel, lot's of hops. Not the greatest DIPA aroma. Obviously faded.

T - The hops have definitely faded in the flavour. Sweet candy, barleywine style hops, big malt balance, honey.

M - Good carbonation, full body, nice bitterness with some alcohol.

O/D - Not a great DIPA. Good for its age but it's obviously lost something. It went down easy and wasn't too bad, but I'm sure it's much better fresh. Not a great showing.

Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 6-12-13. Single 12 oz bottle brought to me by my brother in law from Oregon.

Served cold into a goblet, Sneaky Pete is a hazy brown amber with thick off-white head. It has very good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy but not very fresh. Much more like a barley wine than an imperial IPA.

Flavor is big and bold but balanced. The malt bill is big enough to support the hops with a caramel and toffee sweetness. The hops are still there and supply decent bitterness but it isn't as intense as it likely was back in June when it was bottled.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. The alcohol is there but it has settled in nicely over the past six months.

Overall a very solid barley wine but not what I was expecting given the label of imperial IPA.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Partial, counter-pressure filled, marked 12oz bottle from an anonymous contributor...split with my brother into tulips.

A: Opens with a hiss, which is good considering the bottle is just over halfway full...clear golden color with big bubbles.

S: Big big tropical fruit component and a decent amount of citrus and super-fresh pine needle; in fact the pint is really nice on this one, and that is not usually something I'm a huge fan of. Slightly sugary malt backbone. Pungent.

T: Hop-driven here as well; tropical fruit basket, peach, mango, pineapple, citrus, orange peel, some pine, sugary/bready malt undertone, and pungent.

MF: Medium feel with moderate bitterness; this beer leans fruity instead of puckeringly bitter.

O: Really nice, remind me a lot of Lagunitas Sucks and other big tropical, malty double IPA's.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.