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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

636 Ratings
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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: CampusCrew on 03-28-2011

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sneaky Pete's is very comparable to Hopslam but runs about 60% the cost and is available late spring and all summer. It is a great imperial IPA with an abundance of hops and a smooth finish. At 10% it is strong but by no means shows its high alcohol % in its taste. A great starter to any evening of drinking.

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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.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.