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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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581 Ratings
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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CampusCrew on 03-28-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2012 06:07:38 | More by mater
Photo of Nugganooch


3.58/5  rDev -5%

Received this one as an extra from mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

Bottle date of 02/24/12
22 fluid ounces into my 10oz nonic taster

A: Sneaky Pete pours a clear and deep dark garnet amber color. Forms a thick choppy 2 fingers of khaki foam head that has a nice linger and leaves some squiggly spotted tracks of lace down the glass.

S: Smells pretty hoppy with aromas of pine and fruit. Real catty fresh and hop pellet like. Fruits are more in the way of pear and red apple. Some grainy caramelized malts and a bit of fruity yeast esters.

T: Tastes pretty juicy off the bat with more of a pear and red apple note rather than citric per say. Has a moderate to upper level of bitterness with an overall caramel malty sweetness to it. Real loafy like toasted bread. Some light floral flavors bring a perfumey character to everything. A tad chewy and somewhat filling. Good but much maltier than I prefer. Sugary even.

M: Medium to heavier in body this brew displays a nice creamy texture overall with some drying in the finish.

D: Not a half bad DIPA but weighs in heavier on the maltier side of things. Juicy still but would probably pass on next time. A bit too filling for my liking.

Glad to have tried and definitely better than that Alpha Dog!

04-04-2012 23:09:23 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of Glibber


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

I was at a very good beer festival with some amazing imperial and specialty beers, and this one really stood out above the rest. WHile I enjoy hops, I also enjoy some sweetness in beers, and this IPA had both. The 10% ABV was nowhere to be found. I have been looking for this beer ever since- with no luck (and I live in Idaho).

04-04-2012 22:35:36 | More by Glibber
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

04-04-2012 17:11:49 | More by tdm168
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-04-2012 01:38:55 | More by teyuders
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-03-2012 02:29:54 | More by Chappy1
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-03-2012 01:08:40 | More by HarmonMW
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

04-02-2012 21:19:35 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Tucquan


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Had this on 2012-03-31 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge.

A - Hazy, new-penny copper color with a very short, light tan head and mild lacing.

S - Fairly tame. Rock candy, orange, sweet hop floral and hop bud. Some caramel as it warmed.

T - Caramel, earthy spice, sweet musk melon, pine, citrus, nuts and a touch of umami. Aftertaste stays sweet for quite awhile but partially dries to a lingering lemon zest bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth, creamy, resinous and lightly prickly.

O - An enjoyable and well-balanced DIPA. Don't drink this cold as the flavor significantly improved as it warmed; especially the nuttiness and balance between sweetness and bitterness.

03-31-2012 19:59:49 | More by Tucquan
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2/5  rDev -46.9%

03-31-2012 02:47:02 | More by DonFrap
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

I once had the Dog Father by Laughing Dog, and it was really good. That gave me some really positive fealings about this beer.

I used to live in Idaho, but I never heard of Ponderay... where they brew this masterful beer.

In my pour into a tulip glass I got lot of head. I like the hoppy smell coming off the top. There was a pretty good citrus effect.

You get a pretty reddish-brown coloring through the glass.

The taste is very good. I like the excellent balance in each sip. It was not overwhelming.

This is a very good beer. It was in a very fun bottle. I would have saved the bottle, except that I didn't feel like bringing it back to New Jersey in my luggage.

03-30-2012 01:47:45 | More by ummswimmin
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-29-2012 02:34:43 | More by jsh420
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-29-2012 01:38:46 | More by mtrog313
Photo of obywan59


4.9/5  rDev +30%

The DIPA pours a deep amber-red to near ruby in color, transparent except for the chill haze, an off white 4 finger head rises atop, but recedes quickly leaving light lacing.

A wonderful aroma of ripe citrus and incredibly floral hops rises from my tulip. There is also a light mustiness, but it only seems to add more character.

Tastes of sweet roast malt, perfectly ripe grapefruit, floral hops that hint at pineapple, alcohol, and more hops expressed in the bitter finish, make this one well-rounded brew.

Medium bodied, but it seems light for such a flavorful beer. Hops lend an oily feel and a bit of heartburn in the throat, and the alcohol is warming.

A very easy drinking beer for a 10% ABV. The well-balanced taste and aroma make it spectacular.

03-28-2012 02:08:04 | More by obywan59
Photo of wildweim18

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Served on tap out of a snifter. Amber red with some brown and thin dissipating head. Fruity smell, maybe apricot or mango and very sweet smell. Taste of mango with sweet finish. Some caramel in there too. Not a very heavy beer. Medium body and great balance. Very nice beer.

03-27-2012 22:04:55 | More by wildweim18
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

03-25-2012 23:14:38 | More by andrewj17
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North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +19.1%

Poured into an Evolution Brewing Co. pint glass. Label says 2/1/12 which should be the bottling date and also when I celebrated my 26th birthday.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that has lengthy, stiff retention before slowly becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a complete sheet of thin surface foam. A full ring of lacing sticks to the glass when tilted.

S- Very strong hop aroma that's more musty than sweet but still has grapefruit notes. Quite malty also in a caramel-like setting.

T- Biscuity malts are, surprisingly, the initial flavor with the hops having a more secondary role in the plateau and aftertaste. The hops are more earthy and herbal, rather than grassy and vegetal, which compliment the high amount of malt. Quite drinkable for the high ABV. I feel like more hops were used in the dry-hopping stage than in the first part of the boil.

M- Full-ish body and medium carbonation round out the beer's streak of balance.

O- Nearly perfect. The best beer by this brewery IMO.

03-24-2012 23:51:32 | More by Immortale25
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-24-2012 11:01:38 | More by rondufresne
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4.58/5  rDev +21.5%

Appearance = very dark copper with minimal head but some decent lacing. Not the best looking beer in my glass.

Smell - One of the most fruity hopped beers I've ever smelled. Strong apricot pressence. Wonderful and perfect smell.

Taste - For 10% ABV this beer is fabulous. Incredible flavors that match the smell, with a nice balance of hop and malt complexity. Very smooth and easy to drink for such a strong beer.

Mouthfeel - Very buttery and pleasant on the tongue.

Overall - For a beer I've never heard any buzz about at all, this one is great if you like fruity hopped strong IPAs. I highly recommend this one.

03-20-2012 23:49:39 | More by bubseymour
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-19-2012 23:37:26 | More by JamnesCameron
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-18-2012 23:31:51 | More by jstewart1130
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-18-2012 21:32:28 | More by TexAggie011
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Serving Type - Bottle

appearance - Golden tan/brown, unfiltered , minor head and lacing.

Smell - Hops, sweet citric fruits, slight malt/caramel aromoa. Some alcohol also sneaks in.

Taste - Strong hop and caramel from the malts and cenntinal hops make up main flavor. Strong, bold with some alcohol. Some pineapple, orange and grapefruit make up the hop flavor. Some spices and alcohol finish each drink off.

Mouthfeel - Strong, hoppy, tounge gets tons of hops, caramel malts, some booze. Palette gets remaining hops, malts and some bold spices. Aftertaste is hoppy, and a little bitter.

Overall - Pretty tasty, more of a malty hop bomb then i expected. ITs not as smooth and easy drinking as other dipa's out there, but it is 10% so. Worth a drink for sure, nice brew.

03-17-2012 23:13:06 | More by wvsabbath
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

03-14-2012 16:10:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

From notes on 03/11/12:
Code under the bottle: 292 A-11426; Poured in a snifter.

A - 1-1/2" off-white creamy head with nice retention; Color is a dark shade of amber with a burnt orange hue; Semi-hazy in appearance; Awesome webs of lacing left behind

S - Pretty good showing of grapefruit/orange citrusy and floral hops with a nice, sweet caramel and toasted toffee malt backbone; Faint hint of alcohol presence that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms; Additional smells give me notes of mellon and pine - unique for me, but pleasant

T - Tons of sweet, rich malts are in the taste that bring a bit of toasty and subtle rye flavors as well; The sweetness isn't quite cloying as some balance is provided by the nice wave of bitterness that lasts throughout the taste; The hop flavors manage to peek through the malts for a bit with tastes of pine, citrusy fruits, and mellons; Just a slight touch of alcohol present in the taste, but only if you look for it

M - Below moderate carbonation, but prickly nonetheless; Medium to full bodied; Pretty dry finish that leaves a hoppy, oily coat on the tongue; Nice warmth provided in the finish

O - This is a brew that leaves a unique impression for a DIPA. After smelling quite a bit of hops in the aroma, I was surprised to find that the malts dominated the taste. Even though the hops didn't stand out, the overall flavor was pretty good with the bitterness managing to keep the malty sweetness in check. With the finish and mouthfeel falling close to par for the style, this is a brew I could come back to again when I'm looking for a maltier DIPA option.

03-14-2012 10:47:22 | More by TechTriumph
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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