Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing
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Reviews by Ego:
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
a nit over one finger of foam, a deep ruby red tone with a mere smattering of bubbles rising up, lacing is a really nice drape of microbubbles of equal proportion, some legs are apparent from the ABV, pretty good looking, the hue is definitely different from many DIPAs passing through these parts
some big pine and citrus (grapefruit), definite malt lurking underneath that melds with the alcohol, you can sense the alcohol but it is like smelling a barleywine, you kind of expect the scent and enjoy it rather than it being a distraction from a brew that is to hot alcohol wise, the hop aroma is by no means a bomb destroying you with hop-dom, I would guess this is not dry hopped but that is fine, I like the balance here, I suppose it reminds me of Bigfoot but yet without that barleywine twang if you know what I mean
thick and juicy booty, very subtle carbonation.. it almost lulls you into thinking it has none but it has just enough to carry the weight, the massive amounts of malt really carry the water here, loads of body and backbone support the medium strong hop punch, this is not a mouth destroying hop experience, the balance of the hop varities is really nice with the malts chosen, for the ABV this is remarkably smooth, it has a sweet finish which masks the alcohol hit but you do get the nice bittering at the same time, this really hits on all points
it is in balance which is not always the case with beers in this ABV range/style.
I had tried various things from this brewery in the past and was actually unimpressed, well, paint me silly and call me hoohah, this is one damn awesome brew, a definite sleeper this thing just seems so easy going that it will tank you without you noticing, but the main point is how well rounded/crafted this is. is it a pure DIPA ? eh... who cares, it is a damn fine beer. and as far as I know dogs can not laugh... but I have seen them smile.
07-07-2013 04:41:29 | More by Ego
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3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep burnt orange with one finger sticky white crown,deep citric hops,caramel malt,and alot of sweet booze in the nose.Like alot of others who reviewed this beer I think this is more of an American barleywine than anything else,its sweet and boozy with a decent shot of citric/resiny hops in the finish.Its alot like Up the Creek from Thomas Creek in its flavor profile,both are considered DIPA's,but to me both are barleywines.In saying all that its flavorful and chewey,and really quite brash...wich is a good thing.
08-17-2011 20:31:28 | More by oberon
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
Dark orange-red, clear body, low head but good retention. Smack in the face of grapefruit in the nose, clearly the Simcoe shines, but the supporting cast (an odd grouping of American citrus, Noble, and Noble derivatives) take it to another level. Orange zest, fruit loops, tropical skittles, sweet and pungent with the intensity of a Hopslam.
Moderate bitterness for a IIPA with a serious emphasis on flavor hops. Alcohol contributes to sweetness already full bore from honey and honey malt, though its not cloying. Rye adds some chewy fullness to mouthfeel but it's otherwise dry and clean.
Incredibly drinkable for 10%. The poor man's Hopslam at $2.50/12 oz bottle.
03-02-2012 04:09:05 | More by boston2bburg
3.66/5 rDev -2.9%
32 oz. growler filled today from a freshly tapped keg where the line was cleaned during the change, poured into a NB snifter.
A - Pours a rich golden brown. A one-finger head of eggnog-white loose, fluffy foam with lots of pronounced bubbles falls at a moderate pace, leaving a ring of broken lace around the glass and islands of soap suds bubbles on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a vibrant, almost neon orange red and rather opaque, although a tiny column of effervescence can be seen rising through the middle. Rich, sugary legs coat the glass as it's finished.
S - Woody hops weave into rich caramel malts, which weave into citrus / tropical fruit hops. Hints of white pepper spiciness jump to grapefruit and pineapple and then to caramels with notes of orange and honey. Just as a particular scent emerges, it disappears and turns into another. It's a complex and interesting effect. As it warms, the rich sugars of the malts come forward; it's almost a hopped-up Scotch ale.
T - Woody bitterness on a blanket of rich caramel-toasted breads. Lots of underlying malts to transport the hops, but the two sides of the coin aren't really one. Finish is dominated by a sense of dried flowers, with the bitterness giving the malts the taste of somewhat burnt light wheat toast. Still, that toast also comes with orange marmalade and honey. There's an overall rough edge to this taste profile that offers a backend that wants to kiss and make up. The ABV on this beer is very-well hidden and there's no suggestion that it's the alcohol providing the edge. As it warms in the glass, some rather subtle suggestions of tropical fruit appear in the finish, but even then they're nowhere what the nose suggests they might be.
M - Somewhat fizzy with moderate carbonation. Moderate body and with a somewhat loosely integrated structure where the malts and hops are in the same neighborhood but not closely joined. Decently long finish that's dominated by the hops but allows occasional echos of the caramel sugars on the tongue.
O - There's clearly lots of rich ingredients in this brew, but the forwardness of the woody hops along with the rye malts gives it a roughness, like a rip saw thru old lumber, that isn't overcome by the rest of the flavors. This beer screams for barrel-aging to take this edge off. It would have also been nice to get the grapefruit and tropical fruits present in the nose fully into the taste profile, but it seems they get overrun from roughness. The nose was really interesting in the way the various components kept darting in and out around each other, but this translated into a loose-jointed brew when drinking rather than an integrated one where the tastes transitioned elegantly.
06-07-2013 17:34:45 | More by BuckeyeSlim
4/5 rDev +6.1%
The beer pours a semi-hazy dark orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grapefruit and oranges, with a little bit of pine and some biscuit malt thrown in. The flavor is dominated by some bitter pineapple and apricot notes, with some biscuit malt and a little bit of pine. There is quite a bit of bitterness and the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-02-2012 21:19:35 | More by Mora2000
3.76/5 rDev -0.3%
comparing this tonight against Sierra Nevada Hoptimum and Firestone Walker Double Jack... tought competition!
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet, the color is orange, and very clear, with at thin head. Aroma is citrus dominant with warm mouthfeel from the high alcohol content. The flavor is well balance, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but very enjoyable.
This is a good IIPA, probably in my top 20, but against the other two I'm drinking tonight, it's in last place.
11-17-2013 01:13:55 | More by joeworrall
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a cloudy dark yellow, really looks like some lesser attempts at hefeweizen. Thin yellow head. Grassy hop aroma, hints of cocao powder even, this is shaping up to be a weird beer.
Taste, wow, good hop flavor, grassy, just like the smell, hides the alcohol extremely well. Ample bitterness. Not boozy. Little spicy uptick, some have mentioned rye, could totally see that making up a small % of the base malt. Fractional pine flavor, but mustier grass hoppy is a better description.
$10 at total wine for a 4 pack is reasonable.
05-19-2011 18:19:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: amber brown/reddish with fluffy off white head and good clarity
Aroma: citrusy with a little pine, grapefruit, caramel and toasted bread notes
Taste: definitely a hop driven beer, most of the taste comes from grapefruit and pine hop character, with slight toasted bread malt character. Some fusel alcohol taste present
Mouthfeel: medium-full body, medium carbonation
Overall: Definitely refreshing and delicious, this Imperial IPA is not too big and heavy that you can't have a few of them. However there seems to be a little body lacking to balance the hop bill. The beer comes off as a little too unbalanced, even for an Imperial IPA, but only slightly. The fusel alcohol notes are also present, though no totally unwelcome. Overall a good choice for a strong IPA, but I wouldn't say this is my favorite.
10-06-2013 20:37:55 | More by dwren89
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
Little 12 ounce bottle little innocent looking Boston Terrier, big Idahoan DIPA. Pours a brilliant deep copper tone almost ruby tinted color with a big khaki light beige head forming thick. Fine even speckled lacing as the head dwindles clings to the glass. Aroma has a deep pine/citrus grapefruit nose going with some hidden caramel notes, blending into the cereal grains that shine forth. Impressive sugar coated hops, also known as "man candy"...this beer calls for more hop bitterness as the sugary malts overpower the hop bitterness. Don't get me wrong the hops last through each sip until the finish but this is hop dessert in the spectrum of DIPAs. In addition to the piney/citrus hop flavors comes a big caramelized brown sugar character that fights with the green fresh hop content, a nice battle that's hard to call in the really balanced DIPA. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying with sugar coated hops coming through in each sip, slow but steady carbonation chugs along in this full bodied oily hop resin offering. Overall, very impressive drinking DIPA, I'm glad I've tried a good amount of Laughing Dog brews, they're damn good especially their bigger beers.
03-14-2012 16:10:47 | More by WVbeergeek
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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