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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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Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CampusCrew on 03-28-2011

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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 710
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super unfiltered,lots of haze here bordering on hefeweizen territory. Aroma was grassy, simcoe sharpness on top of that, almost a darker chocolate malt vibe in the smallest degree.

Tasted drops more of the grassiness. Plenty bitter but not boozy, covered the alcohol, a little woodsiness to it. A good beer, doesn't do anything bad or excellent.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lives up to its name.
Pours as an amber-red color with a respectable head that laces the glass and hangs around to the end.
Nose is slight and that's a detraction.
Flavor lives up to it's title. Truly an Imperial / American double.
Everything I expect-- strong up in one's face flavor. Hops bitterness hangs on and on.
Right in there is a malt sweetness. To me, this beer has a nice balance and a vibrant mouthfeel.
Not to be forgotten is the 10% ABV-- which in my opinion goes along with the "Imperial" moniker.
This beer is not an everyday thirst quencher-- I think it's more of a special occasion type beer.
Strong, vibrant and powerful.

If you crave "heavy beers" this one's worth a try!

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Photo of snipes1216
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I also have a bottle dated 8/11/2015 and it seems off. No carbonation, very malty and sweet. Very boozy. Not sure if this is supposed to be what it tastes like but I will pass next time I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of Vlaminck
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/11/15 so maybe a little to old. Looks good with orange hue. Very little carbonation and no lacing. Smell is a little odd. Smell of dank pine, apple, rotten banana with a sweet boozy bready smell. Weird. Taste is surprisingly sweet, the sweet over powers the bitterness for me, its very syrupy thick in the feel and combined with the odd smells and flavors kills if for me. Overall i didn't enjoy this one. Sorry LDB

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA is an American Double/Imperial brew. The color of the beer is a sort of deep auburn. The froth is of a light amount on a light medium thick scale. The body is in between medium and thick on a similar scale. The smell is of a very fresh nature and is quite unique.

Sneaky Pete is a great American Double/Imperial in my opinion. It is a sort of unique and good balance of flavor and lightness. The lightness of this beer sort of exists in a bubble of medium and hoppy flavor. The hoppyness is sort of balanced out by this lightness, and it provides for a nice hearty and not too spiced but very satisfyingly hopped flavor.

This beer is one of those great savoring beers, there is a sort of pocket of medium flavor if one will refreshingly packed in between the hoppy for and after taste, and hence it almost allows one to savor the hoppyness in an even more satisfying way.

Sneaky Pete is a really great beer to satisfy one's hop hankering, and in general.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Churchkey beer bar, D.C. It.looks great, smell is super west coast dipa piney, mouthfeel is smooth almost oily. Taste is a good balance between hops and malt. I've liked what I've had by Laughing Dog in the past and this is no exception. Would buy this again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this in a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy bronzed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that died off within less than a minute. Lingering lacing moderates itself around the glass.
The smell blended warm tropical bittersweet citrus and light caramel malts.
The taste was fully bittersweet taking the bittersweet to roll into the aftertaste and leave a semi-drying finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sipping quality about it. Alcohol seems to hide itself, but I don't see any dates anywhere so I don't know how old this is, either.
Overall, still with the aroma and taste, I like it and would have it again.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not My Fav

I love IPAs. I'd walk a mile in high heels to get some IPA. But this is probably one of the worst IPAs I've ever had. IPAs are known for their bitterness, but his takes the bitterness to a whole nother level. It was so bad that I ended up pouring the last few ounces down the drain, something that I have only done one other time.

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Photo of pat61
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is almost always on the shelf. Perhaps it lacks the sexiness of a brand new DIPA to the market or it gets lost in all the seasonal and limited DIPA releases, but it certainly fits the bill for a go to DIPA. Hints of honey in an otherwise piney bitter brew with very good balance and equally satisfying body. Aftertaste lingers for just a bit with a bitterness that isn't overly cloying in sweetness yet isn't' thin. Good all around DIAP for taking care of that DIPA Jones you may get during the off-season for DIPAs

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Photo of Xenoxgaravito
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is currently my favorite ipa. It has such a great smell and body to it that I look forward to a Friday evening to pour myself a glass. Luckily my local beer shop carries 4 packs.

It really packs a punch so I'm one and done.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange color with a light head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell had citrus on the forefront but subsided from more than a little bit of the booze in it. The taste had a nice introduction with fruit and hob bitterness in the beginning with some darker fruits coming through after. The finish however wasn't as clean as I like in an IPA. Overall not bad and very nice considering how strong it is but not my favorite.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a seethru copper body with two finger head and lace. Citric hop aroma with some type of buttery (butterscotch?) malt sweetness (is not the typical caramel smell). The malts in the beer give off a slightly sweet, more bready, dry, fuller base that balances with the bitter hops. Not a bad DIPA, and the ABV is well-hidden (doesn't bleed at all), but there really isn't enough of a flavor punch to make this beer stand out. Not bad or mediocre but also not great.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA has a thin, white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold appearance, and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong, caramel, and flowers (nectar). Taste is of white bread, bread crust, sweetness, high (yet, not harsh) bitterness, and hop oils. Mouthfeel is medium, and Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA finishes on the dry side and drinkable (for a 10% ale).


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Photo of koogie21
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I liked to beer overall....I think the beer would be better served in a 12 ounce bottle. Of course I am drinking it from the 22 ounce and I feel the poured beer versus the bottle-and-then-poured beer is different. The air in the 22 oz after I pour into a nice pint glass was different...different and not expected.

The smell and taste is smooth and gratifying....I could see this beer being complimented by eating salmon or a oil heavy fish. Maybe a pork product of sorts.

Overall, this is a great beer....will drink again if on sale......

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful copper beer with a beautiful off white head. Beer laced nicely all the way to the bottom. Scent was unusually heavy pine, I would also add that for me, an anise aroma is there as well. Something not quite right on the scent and the flavor follows. Most intense pine flavor I have ever experienced, I'm sticking with the anise thought too. The lingering floral aftertaste is quite pleasant and the mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, softly foaming and lifting the floral palette ending part of the taste. It really saves this beer.

Look and mouthfeel are so good on this brew that it really is worth a try. The flavors are crazy potent, which makes it quite interesting and a must try. I can easily picture bringing a couple of these to camp up in the mountains.

Thanks to my good friend Lott for passing this along.

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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 AustenFB
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

After trying this I think I know why the dog is laughing. Another sucker, ha ha. On a more positive note, it seems like it has potential, meaning a fair starting base on which to build. It just hasn't been tweaked nearly enough. They gave up too soon.
It does have a distinct funkiness that's reminiscent of Ska Decadent Imperial IPA. However, if that's what you like, go for the Ska, which is far better. This one, unfortunately, is a real dog.

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Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer, with hops and citrus coming strong on the palate with a touch of alcohol burn. The balance is good, nice and hoppy and citrusy and a low key burn at the end, overall, a balanced beer that is good for one or two, and then you r done!!

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this during a search for anything labeled "Imperial". Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was typical for the type, smell was surprisingly subtle for the 10% abv. Where this bad boy stood out was taste, very smooth, with very little actual hop bite! The bottled on date was 04/15/14, so a little bit of age did this one well. Mouthfeel revealed a sweetness that reminded me of a barlywine style, not an IPA at all. Overall, I enjoyed this and would not hesitate to pick up again. I am curious how a fresher (one within 90 days of bottling) would be...but then again, it's outstanding past the 120 day point so...guess it's up to you to decide.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Lures on 7/2/14 in a short wide mouth glass

A-Pours cloudy amber with a decent off white frothy head that lingers long and leaves excellent lacing.

S-Aroma is pine, grapefruit, sweet floral and citrus hoppiness.

T-Taste is heavy sweet, with grapefruit, honey, and pine with a light malt.

M-Average carbonation, medium body, slick texture and a long sticky finish with overtones of grapefruit and honey.

O-Overall a decent DIPA a great blend of hops and malt that hide the 10%.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange/amber - darker than I would expect from a DIPA; 1 finger head that receded quickly to a thin film; nice lacing;

S: floral and tropical fruit - pineapple and grapefruit;

T: not what I expected from the nose - earthy; not a lot of bitterness, but more than what I would expect from 10% ABV; the alcohol is there, but muted;

M: on the heavy side of medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyable, but a little too boozy for my taste;

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber read with minimal head. Decent lacing. Starts creamy, turns full-bodied. This is a solid beer. It goes down smooth and sweet. The maltiness serves to cover up the boziness well. This is a really decent beer. I'd give it a try if I were you.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(bottled on 10 Mar 2014 - poured into a balloon)

NOTE: despite the label stating this is an "Imperial IPA", I believe they are mistaken, and this beer is more in the style of American Barleywine, with this being most similar to a SA Bigfoot

A: crystal clear liquid, surprisingly dark copper in color... dull, recycled paper white foam that just sits there for awhile... chunky, 3-D, crystalline lace... way too dark for an IPA - perfect color for a barleywine though

S: pine, custard-y fruit... the Centennial seems to poke out in the mix... a flash of dried berries and perhaps ginger snap that soon morph into a distinct raspberry sorbet scent... potent, inviting, smoothie-like... beautiful composition, but nothing too unique - textbook West Coast IPA hop aromas

T: noticeable dark crystal malt (80? 90? apparently, none)... mildly toasty... rich fruit syrup (Simcoe?)... large perception of sweetish, melanoidin-rich caramel in the aftertaste - hop-embellished... huge malts, potent hopping yet with a soft edge to the bitterness... smooth-ass booze with a hint of fusel

M: lusciously viscous up front, the alcohol draws it away quietly... the bitterness seems to enhance the dryness in the finish... heaven for malt-o-philes

O: summing up - definitely comes across most like an American Barleywine akin to (fresh) Bigfoot - it's gotta be a clone of it, or maybe they got their recipes or labels mixed up - either way, they oughta straighten that out and re-label the style... this is a very tasty beer, wonderfully dry, and exactly what I needed at the end of the day

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.