Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing
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Reviews by dwren89:
3.86/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2013 20:37:55 | More by dwren89
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3.74/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 01:11:08 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.