Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

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85
very good

632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: CampusCrew on 03-28-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of womencantsail
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.8/5  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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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