Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing
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3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a hazy deep copper color with thick tan head and incredible sheets of lace. Smell is piney with an underlying sweetness. The is pretty moderate considering the high ABV, with a smack of hops followed by a ton of caramel. Like a more balanced 120 Minute when it's fresh. The feel is awfully thick, though, and along with that intense sweetness it can be a little cloying. But for every now and then, I think this is a pretty good beer. It tastes good and gets you nice and warm.
10-10-2012 22:07:20 | More by TheRealBigC
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
A random single procured in the States...
A - Pours a hazy ruby red, thumb of head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.
S - Scent is quite strong with pine and gin notes dominating alongside some musty caramel and toffee.
T - The flavour is surprisingly moderated, nice earthy pine, resiny notes, hits of buttered bread and sweet lemon iced tea. The caramel lingers on the finish with some bitter citrus and marshmallows.
M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes wet. Could use a carbonation boost.
O - Overall a tasty DIPA that offers up a solid dose of earthy hops and citrus bitterness, but is nicely balanced with a solid caramel malt backbone. The ABV is incredibly well hidden making this dangerously drinkable. Well worth a try indeed.
09-23-2012 01:42:26 | More by andrenaline
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-31-2012 04:50:43 | More by RblWthACoz
2.95/5 rDev -21.8%
Bottle poured into a pint glass. Sneaky Pete pours a fairly clear light amber in color. A half inch of foam offers decent retention and light lace.
Aroma is heavy on the caramel/rancid citic notes of the great Northwest and thier 'IPA's'. Yes, I said that out loud. Hop notes are typically muted behind the caramel malts. Not a fan.
Taste is malty as well of course and a bit thick, way too ballistic on the caramel malts. I wish I had the beer the cute dog is holding court over. Sneaky indeed as this is a borderline Amber Ale in my view. Offers a decent piney hop aroma but again cut too deep by the malts.
Overall thie beer does drink fairly well for its heft as the malty underbody is more of an impedence than the alcohol, which is well hidden. But then it is a rather large and dark cloak of malt that this beer offers up, so that isn't a surprise.
08-14-2012 06:29:47 | More by HalfFull
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Picked this up at Total Wine in West Orange last week, having never tried this before. Even though lots of beers of this style are available, this came across as quite strong and "sneaky". Indeed, this did sneak up on me even though I dd not chug it down. The alcohol is quite strong but hidden nicely and there's enough here to savor to hide the fact that this will indeed sneak up on you!
This had a nice almond hue to the pour with a good amount of accompanying head. Lots of grapefruit and rye in the nose, leading me to believe that this was a Barleywine or a Strong Ale. The taste reinforced this as the mouthfeel was balanced and notes of earthy hoppiness, leather, and tropical/mango-like wetness all vied for my attention. The burn only lingered a bit in the back,giving way to the more wet notes that lasted for a while.
Because the alochol was so strong in this, it did sneak up on me. It had a nice warming effect but I couldn't taste the booze at all and it was only when I was nearly done that I could feel how strong this was and how subdued the booziness was relative to the other aspects of this beer. Nothing that's an Imperial IPA is quite close to this and even though there are better examples of this, fans of this style would be well rewarded for seeking this out.
08-11-2012 07:34:05 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.58/5 rDev -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.
08-07-2012 01:35:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev +6.1%
12oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a hazy dark brownish orange with no head, just a tiny bit of carbonation that fades away rather quickly.
Aroma is a wonderful bouquet of citrus hops along with some honey and a little sweet caramel.
A quick hit of citrus hops up front on the taste quickly followed by tons of toffee and caramel. Honey is definitely noticeable and nicely compliments the bitterness from the hops. Really a nice balance between malt and hops.
Overall, a decent IIPA but not really one of my favorites. It is a little too sweet for me as I prefer drier beers. It is, however, a good maltier IIPA and one that I wouldn't mind having again sometime.
08-05-2012 02:25:07 | More by rangerred
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.