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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

180 Reviews
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 693
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 30.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 88 | 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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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 693
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a grape-like fruity flavor. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that exciting for the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark reddish copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a ring of bubbles around the edge and a web of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has interesting aromas of grapefruit, orange and passion fruit from the variety of hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of fruity flavors from the hops along with hints of caramel malts and spicy rye. Only a subtle amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation; it coats your mouth but isn’t crisp or sticky.
O: This beer has a great balance between malts and hops and hides its alcohol remarkably well. It would make a great pairing with food.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is heavenly, I love the way this beer looks, tastes and smells. It's got all the right things going for it. I picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem last week and I'll be picking up some more if there is any left. This beer pours out as a rich copper color white a yellowish colored head. The lacing its like sea foam on the glass. The smell is just hops, lots of them... It just smells really wonderful. The taste is the same it's got some great piny and citrusy hops in there that make me crave a lot more of this beer. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, Just a really great Imperial IPA!

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The liquid pours a clear amber and is topped by an impressive head that does its job on the lacing front

Smell: Big, biscuity caramel malts with spearmint and pine sap

Taste: Up front, the taste buds are overwhelmed by the malt - caramel, biscuit and some spicy rye; in the middle, the hops come on strong, bringing an aggressive bitterness that verges on piney but is generally just bitter; in the finish, the malts dominate though the hops don't give up

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: As others have noticed, this beer comes off more like a Barleywine than a DIPA; I don't really care for the hop profile and I prefer my DIPAs to be a bit more one-sided in favor of the hops

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.44/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Horrible, horrible nose. Butter and booze are prominent and there is a ton of sweetness in the form of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some piney hops and a bit of an herbal note to it as well.

T: The flavor starts off with a moderate bitterness from the piney hops and some citrus peel. But, there is a lot of butter and sweet caramel and toffee.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Just too buttery and sweet...blech.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an obscured, dark orange-amber body with a finger of shimmering, faintly yellowed froth. Light, random lacing, like white blood spray.

Smell: Light toast, light caramel, a bit more sweetish honey crisps, with zesty, punchy hop notes of lemon, grapefruit, and fresh-cut flowers. Also some noted sniffs of distilled spirits scalding the nose.

Taste: Sweet, sticky caramel ice cream topping with notions of wildflower honey and lightly toasted rye bread sans crusts. The toothsome sweetness yields to lemon and grapefruit and tangelos, but the sweetness doesn't exactly depart the scene, giving way to an impression of candied citrus peels. Nice bit of earthy rye lurking in there. Plenty of bitterness, though it's got to contend with plenty of sweetness and alcohol. A shot of resinous pine helps to cut through the sugars though, as does the edgy booze. Noticeably alcoholic heat on the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Some slight stickiness involved that's not quite cut away by the suds and booze.

Overall: A bit boozy, sure, but at 10% ABV what are you gonna do, you know? You've got some sticky honeyish malts, some floral, citrusy hops, and a dash of rye. While I did enjoy this one, I could see some strict hopheads feeling this one's a bit too malt-forward.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orangey amber in the tall tulip. Modest foam with a pleasantly spritzy mouthfeel. Aromas of pine and herbal tea.

Strong flavors of malt as well as hops. Something like sugar cookie dough with a big dose of hops. Fruity and aromatic at first sip. Tasted like candied hop cones after a while. Rich and quite sweet. The hops are on the dank side with sharp and spicy flavors. On the whole quite strong, very hot, tasting of alcohol.

The murky and herbaceous type of big DIPA, though even sweeter than many. From the 12 o bottle purchased at Total Wine in Huntington Beach. Label says it was bottled 4/27/12.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a snifter, caramel brown with a fluffy off-white head that receded to a sticky ringlet, leaving a bit of lacing behind. Aroma strong with piney hops and caramel malts. Bold favor, woody, with strong piney hops up front, loads of citrus zest, and a full malty base, for a sense of balance, even though the hops are clearly in charge. Oily, medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a bit more coin that I am usually willing to pay for a DIPA; which is saying something for me. Oily on the flavor profile. Kind of a chalky thing going on. Mild detractor. Very mature pine tone is very evident. This isn't a typical dipa, which is fine by me. It's still a nice drinker. Just not blowing me away so much.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark red color with 2-3 fingers of a dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, toasted malt, bread, and honey. Very malty and interesting aromas with good strength. Taste of huge caramel, honey, grapefruit, orange, spice, and light pine. Big sweetness on the front, with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a while with citrus, caramel, spice, and pine. Bitterness balances surprisingly nice with the maltiness, and as a result it is not overly sweet. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Very creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is really well hiddin, only a slight warming on the finish present. Nice smooth drinkability for the alcohol level, but still a sipper. Overall, quite a nice DIPA from Laughing Dog!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large four-finger head that slowly descends leaving a near blanket of lace. Lumpy. Dark amber, bordering on light brown. Cloudy.

Strong amber malt/alcohol aroma. The hop is not as pronounced as some IIPAs.

This is a well balanced Imperial. The malt shows up nicely without any of the oiliness that comes from an unbalanced alcohol level. Creamy start without any sweetness. Great body, low carbonation. The hop is the story of the swallow and the aftertaste which lasts in minutes, not seconds. Lots of grapefruit and white pepper in the finish.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this with my wife, better than expected, served in a tulip. Beer is yellow with a mild haze a nice white head, some lacing, some carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is earthy, mildly malty.

Beer is medium to light in body, moderately bitter, some sweetness, an OK beer, probably not a repeat but I don't regret it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle pours chestnut brown, hitting with a very dark amber body. Great red clear hues from there, making an off light brown/tan about two fingers, foamy and with some creamy texture hues. This looks like a brown ale.. interesting I dig it.

Mushy orange citrus, and apricot jam for a hop feel. Some residual sweetness with a hint of malt. Creamy smelling, whipped up, almost chocolate... real interesting.

Ok on taste this is very unique. It's a mish mash of citrus double imperial hop styles, but also an anise stout bent in the palate. Citrus hits first in the palate, and a dry mouthfeel of anisette comes forth in the finish. Feels a little syrupy, hints of barleywine like boozyness.

Overall this is a very unusual and unique tasting double IPA but I really don't think this is for me. I applaud it for it's unique profile but this is not what I look for in this style. Others though may really dig it.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a firm long lasting white head with great lace.

S: Booze and a heavy malt component mixed with huge amount of pine.

T: Very much a barleywine in taste. The piney and grapefruit hop flavours are well integrated with the heavy sweet malt, leaving a long enjoyable hoppy aftertaste.

M: Quite full-bodied, very resiny, chewy, firm carbonation.

O: This is a barleywine masquerading as a DIPA, so I'm going to enjoy it as such. The booze never gets in the way, it's just a big ol' hoppy beer to enjoy.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark, burnished amber with a glow to it. A fair head that fades away to a ring. Quite hoppy in the nose with a beefy aroma, and notes of citrus and herbs. An interesting hop profile. There is also quite a bit of sweet malt in the mix, but it melds pretty well with the hops and doesn't overwhelm. The taste is similar, with a bit of a spicy hop finish as well. A bit chewy in the mouth, and with a fair bit of bitterness tempered by the malt on the finish. Even with all the malt, it comes off as somewhat savory rather than sweet, if not exactly dry. A bit different, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of John_M
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color, with good head retention and lacing. The beer is a bit darker than I normally expect from a DIPA, but otherwise it looks attractive enough. The nose is worrisome, as there is considerable sweetness, along with a flowery, perfumy aroma profile. On the palate, this beer is a borderline disaster. It's very sweet, and tastes as if it's seen some serious oak aging (something that I generally think is a bad idea for an IPA/DIPA). There's some orange citrus and bitterness as well, but it's not nearly enough to counter and balance the sweetness and all too obvious alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, fairly bitter, alcoholic finish.

Thank God I only got a sample glass of this. Can't imagine trying to down a pint of this stuff.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.