Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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very good

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by acevenom:
Photo of acevenom
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours a darker shade of dull copper with a thin white head that doesn't stick around. There are a lot of visible bubbles rising in the beer. The beer smells of tropical fruit, citrus, some resiny pine, and bready malt. This is the definition of a juicy DIPA. There's a tropical fruit and citrus explosion up front with some back end piney bitterness. There's a good malty backbone that brings some nice breadiness to the flavor. The flavor also hides the high alcohol fairly well. The body is full with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste sticks around and there's some slight dryness in the finish. The beer sips pretty well. This is an excellent beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of boston2bburg
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dwren89
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep copper body that is slightly dense but clear and a yellowish-beige head that has some nice lacing on the glass with each sip. There is a boiling sea of microbubbles swirling in the glass.

S- There is a white wine hint to the pine hop aroma with some perfumed pungent hop qualities to follow and a flinty floral hop finish.

T- The green pungent hop flavor is slightly dark and earthy with some softer sweet malt underneath. There is a pungent hop flavor that lingers in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and a warm alcohol heat in the finish.

O- The sneaky alcohol is good and the hops have nice depth although they are more mellow than the typical citrus or woody hops. There isn't any bitterness to the hops which makes it drink pretty fast.

Photo of jtmiller03
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA - smoother than most but just hoppy enough to make you happy. For my money there are better Imp. IPAs out there (Avery Maharaja for one) and for taste I'd rather have a Cigar City Jai Alai or DFH 90 standard IPA. Great beer just doesn't hold up for the price.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see this on the shelf in Delaware.

A: Pours a hazy ruby/orange, reminds me of a pulp filled grapefruit juice almost. One and a half finger off-white head that reduces to some splotches of foam on top. Nice sticky lacing.

S: A good bit of pine, there is a slight cinnamon spice that I get, a bit surprising. There is some doughy and caramel malt to balance things a bit, but the pine dominates. As it warms the piney hops really fade away.

T: Not as hoppy on the flavor profile as I was expecting/hoping. There is some pine, but not as much as the aroma, no citrus at all. Some caramelized sugar, a little bit of graham cracker, and and bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Not overly bitter for a DIPA. A slightly syrupy feel to it.

O: Had a great look and aroma, but it just wasn't that hoppy on the flavor profile. It didn't have that bitter bite that I am hoping for.

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 Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Cleveland. A very good DIPA. Not in the assault on the plate way, but balance. A tasty, very drinkable, above average mouthfeel, hoppy, malty. A mall crowning amount of head.Citrus grapefruit. Highly recommended.Some caramel, lemon.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thine, loose, off white head that has decent retention. The nose is quite fruity with some citrus and grapefruit, but oddly, pear seems to take center stage here. The flavor is also fruit-forward with again pears and grapefruit. There's an underlying bread note and a mildly hoppy, bitter finish. The alcohol is noticeable but in a warm, full bodied sense that doesn't detract from the flavor. The mouthfeel besides being warm and fuller in body is quite smooth and well carbonated.

This has a nice flavor and balance. The pear and fruit forward flavor too me by surprise, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Despite the high ABV it has nice drinkability. I'll have this again.

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 DoctorsOrders
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Interesting soy notes.

Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet fruity malt and hops with a touch of alcohol as well.

T- The taste is very sweet with a lot of malt up front and a lingering bitterness in the finish to go along with the warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a slow supper for sure considering the high ABV. Definitely worth a try for any Imperial IPA fans.

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle for $8 at the Trapp Door (formerly Tap & Table). The beer was a bit disappointing. It might just need a little time to mellow, but there was a sharp alcohol note with resiny oil without enough hops flavor. There was some nice, floral fruit punch, but the good stuff was too light.

My score might look harsh for a beer that isn't too bad, but there are so many great examples of the style, it'd be a shame to get stuck on this one.

Photo of ordybill
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A thick smelling blend of strong hops and a touch of malt, very good.
Appearance- Pours a golden brown with a slight amount of haze. Has a medium off-white head.
Taste- A big hop and yeast flavor that hides the high ABV. Really enjoyable.
Palate- A heavy bodied beer with moderate carbonation, has a very creamy texture.
Overall- A very good American DIPA, It is hard to find in Georgia but I would buy it again.

Photo of AleWynch
2.28/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: It poured a hazy deep amber...1/2 finger head

S: Boozy, butterscotch, weak hops - uninteresting - and oddly day-old lawn-mower bag?

T: Just not doing it. Bitterness yes, but very direct and one-dimensional. Unbalanced, really lacks finesse of any kind. In your face, but not in a good way here.

M: Medium. Little heavy for my liking - gets cloying with the sweetness.

O: Disappointed. Won't be returning to this one.

Photo of Hokie888
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Randomly came across this beer the other day and boy am I happy I did. As a man that loves imperial IPAs, this one definitely is one of the better ones I've had lately. Good mixture of taste and smoothness. Most beers this strong (10%) would not taste this well but I came away very impressed. Must try for anyone who considers themselves an imperial IPA fan.

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & good head retention

S: Pine & Grapefruit that sort of drop off..

T: Follows the nose, nice breadyness too, piney & woody hops as well up front, along with much pineyness. Caramel notes, grapefruit, maltyness, woody hops, & dryness as this warms. Finishes with woody, earthy, & herbal hops, plus a touch of toffee & booze

MF: Chewy, sticky with fairly smooth carbonation. Stellar balance

Easily one of the best DIPAs in Oklahoma, especially now that Avery is ditching us. Last 2 beers I've tried from Laughing Dog have made me rethink these guys. Well done Idaho!

Photo of Glibber
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at a very good beer festival with some amazing imperial and specialty beers, and this one really stood out above the rest. WHile I enjoy hops, I also enjoy some sweetness in beers, and this IPA had both. The 10% ABV was nowhere to be found. I have been looking for this beer ever since- with no luck (and I live in Idaho).

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.