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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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180 Reviews
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 693
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 30.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CampusCrew on 03-28-2011

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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 693
Photo of dpianka
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

date of tasting: 3/15/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Sneaky Pete
type: Ale
style: Imperial IPA
brewery: Laughing Dog Brewery
glass: mug
temperature of beer: 55

Appearance: light caramel, think hennessy or urine at a fair

Smell: cream, peaches, peaches and cream, caramel, mango

Taste: like someone blended peaches and cream together with a whole lotta hops, no that’s not a bad thing. A little blueberry comes out as it warms up

Mouthfeel: creamy, damn i cant get off this peaches and cream thing

Overall Impression: i’m never crazy about sweetness in much of anything except dessert. It’s not my favorite in that aspect. It would be unfair to give it a poor review on that basis because it really is a good beer. Absolutely well made and would be great for someone looking for a hoppy beer that had perfect balance of malty sweetness.

Peaches and cream
I need it cause you know that I'm a fiend
Gettin' freaky in my Bentley limousine
It's even better when it's with ice cream
Know what I mean

Food Pairing: i want this with chocolate cake. Or a grilled cheese with havarti and sourdough topped with coarse sea salt

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Carmine colored withe a trace of white head and scattered lacing. Clean and clear.

S - Grassy hops, grapefruit, some cinnamon.

T - Strong malt upfront, smooth and sweet but lacking in balance and crispness. A sugary feel in the aftertaste. Alcohol is pronounced, almost like a scotch ale. Hop bitterness is present but as an afterthought. Some hints of raisin and plum.

M - Light carbonation, which is perfect to enjoy the flavor profile. There also a tacky feel to this

This almost takes Imperial a bit too far, and the 10% ABV is sneaking up on no-one. Tasty - Yes. Is this losing its IPA roots - Yes.

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Photo of CHickman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/10/2012: Pours a very cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger creamy light tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded slowly to average, leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, mango, pineapple, orange, guava, citrus hops, pine hops, brown sugar, dark fruit, light herbs, floral hops, syrup and graham cracker; the sweetness and citrus are aggressive and like a barleywine and yet so sweet and hoppy like fresh wet hops were added. No trace of the 10% ABV in the nose, just lots of strong sweet notes.

Tastes very sweet and boozy up front, with of caramel, toffee, mango, pineapple, orange, guava, citrus hops, biscuit, sweet malt, butter, piney hops, brown sugar, dark fruit, light herbs, floral hops, syrup, light cinnamon, graham cracker, and blueberry pancake; it is a very sweet beer, with strong piney and citrus hops almost dominating, but allowing some malt and booze (almost like rum) to add some balance. It leans well towards the sweet side, but this is still OK to drink for a DIPA. It’s close to being too sweet and offensive, but has enough juicy hop flavors to make this drinkable.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, buttery, with a chewy, heavy body, very basic carbonation and a bitter citrus aftertaste (complete with a pucker like sucking a grapefruit).

Overall I liked it, but it was a tad bit too sweet and the alcohol made it hard to put down easy, so this is not something I would seek out again. There are a lot better DIPA’s out there, but I’m glad I was able to try this sweet juicy brew.

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Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of DRyan
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/23/12. I have had this on occasion since it was fresh, but reviewing 11/23/12.

A: A beautiful copper-gold with a small white head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves decent lacing
S: At this point almost smells more like a barleywine than an IIPA, good malt stickiness with some hop bitter backbone, but more than anything I get vanilla and toffee from the scent: things I would not expect for this style at all
T: Opens again with a very barleywine like taste to it, with some nice toffey flavors in the middle and some hop bitterness on the aftertaste. I really am surpised how much, after 9 months, this has aged into a near-barleywine like product, and I think tonight has inspired me to go buy a few bottles for aging, EVEN THOUGH it's an IIPA!
M: Smooth, a little creamy, with very mild carbonation
D: Pretty easily quaffable for a 10% ABV beer and something that is as hop-heavy as this (used to be/) is.

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Photo of kagent777
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased in Las Vegas, but bottled 4/23/12 :( Poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: A nice burnt orange and a little hazy. One finger egg shell head that stayed for a while and left lacing all the way down.

Smell: Malts, caramel sweetness, pine, citrus hops. Nothing unusual jumps out at me.

Taste: A nice fusion of hops bitterness, especially toward the end, mixed with a weighty malt backbone. I can pick out a bit of orange or tangerine in the citrus mix. Nothing ground breaking.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky. The flavors cling all over my mouth. Carbonation is just fine. The texture is actually kind of creamy.

Overall: I would love to taste this one fresh. A decent IIPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium to dark red amber with a one finger ivory head that dissipated slowly leaving thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops and pineapple, with hints of dark fruit. Flavor dominated by caramel and grassy and citrus hop with light tropical fruit and citrus elements. Depth of flavor borders on barleywine territory. Interesting caramel and complex hop finish. Not intensely hopped, but nice hop flavors with no distinct varieties. Medium bodied with a good mouth feel. Definitely sneaky, I had to pace my sipping. I really enjoyed this and will get it again.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  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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Photo of HalfFull
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of rangerred
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into an Adirondack brewpub pint glass.

A: Poured a golden yllow color with a chilled haze and some lazy carbonation that built up a two-finger head of off-white foam that left some good lacing.

S: Very citrusy and piney hops hit the nose with fruity, almost floral notes behind them.

T: A semi-sweet and toasted malt flavor strikes the palate first, setting up for a nice, fruity and complex blend of American hops. Bitterness ranges from peppery and herbal to dense grapefruit, although it's not a palate wrecker. The finish is a bit hot and boozy with additional hop resins clinging to the tongue.

M: Medium-full bodied DIPA with a bit left to chew on, though the flavors produce an all-around balanced approach.

O: A nice, rotating DIPA for Laughing Dog. At 10% ABV, its the more jacked up, albeit less punctual, alternative to the steadfast Alpha Dog DIPA. I'd pick it up again if DIPAs of lesser interest presented themselves.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark, but clear ruby red color. A one finger white head forms with little retention or lace.
S: Hop resin overpowers everything at first. Some burnt sugars, caramelized malt with a sweetness that builds. Really sweet and really bitter at the same time.
T: Hop resin, bitterness, pine. Blah. Like someone just added a bottle labeled "bitter hops." After that faint caramelized malts at first. The sweetness builds again and the lingering after taste is a mess of cloying sweetness and really bitter hops. Just over barring.
M/D: A full body with decent carbonation. Sticky and syrupy. Not pleasant at all. Way to much bitterness and alcohol to be enjoyable.

Over barring. Not something I enjoyed, and not something I am coming back to.

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Photo of 57md
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

There was a finger of head to this offering that dissipated quickly. The nose had substantial hoppiness to it along with some pleasant citrus notes. The flavor profile is a nice combination of malt and hops. There is a trace of malty sweetness on the end while at the same time, the finish lacks the definitive hoppiness of a solid DIPA. There is a definite alcohol presence to this one, especially as it warms.

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Photo of Anino531
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great full bodied beer. Left a nice head after the pour and I love the dark amber color. If you love hoppy beers, this is the one for you. Beer is very smooth and satisfying with a great after taste. Was a bit apprehensive because was a bit pricey, but totally worth it. This will be added to my regular rotation.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled on 5 April 2012.

A: Not quite head of tight, creamy head. Ruby-clear, with a ruddy darkness that makes it hard to see through.

S: Loaded with fruit and caramel malt. Berries and toffee.

T: Competent, but underwhelming. The initial impression is excellent -- thick, sweet, piny, fruity -- but quickly fades into murky maltiness. The blackberry jam lasts only moments, to be replaced by earthy, spicy, out-of-place hops (dammit, it looks like it's Glacier...again). The aftertaste is surprisingly wet, not obviously bitter, and rather unmemorable.

M: Substantial.

O: A pretty good beer, a less than stellar DIPA. That said, it only barely misses the mark. Would try again, if not recommended.

"Sneaky Pete is a blend of five hop types: Simcoe, Glacier, Centennial, Vanguard and Hallertauer, with Simcoe playing the dominate role at 30%. In addition, three separate malts were used: Honey Malt, Rye Malt, and Munich Malt. The brew has a copious aroma of white grapefruit, citrus overtones, a complex rich middle and long flavors in the finish; a real beauty. Finished with wild clover honey. 89 IBU’s, 10% ABV."

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep caramel color with a large, creamy, thick, off-white head. Average retention with patchy lace left over.

S - Pretty strong caramel, sugar, honey malt aroma. Decent amount of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange hops adding to the sweet hops. Touch of pine.

T - Sweet, malty DIPA. Loads of caramel, some toffee, honey, and crusty bread malt. Some sweet citrus hops, but it's a bit muted behind the malt for a DIPA.

M - Medium to full body with above average carbonation. Sticky and full feeling.

D - A little to big and sweet to be all that drinkable. A bit of a sipper, but it's not quite what I want in a DIPA.

Notes: Very sweet and malty DIPA. Loads off caramel malt with sweet citrus hops. Not quite hoppy enough for me for a DIPA. A touch on the cloying side as well. More of a American Strong Ale or Barleywine really. Only decent.

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Photo of DM1293
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good malty-sweetness, leads into a floral kind of hop bite. Its a little thicker than I would've liked it to be, and thats really my only complaint. While nothing is really remarkable about the taste, its got balance between the malt and hops. A solid DIPA, slightly more preferable to their Alpha Dog DIPA (in my opinion) for drinkability.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet fruity malt and hops with a touch of alcohol as well.

T- The taste is very sweet with a lot of malt up front and a lingering bitterness in the finish to go along with the warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a slow supper for sure considering the high ABV. Definitely worth a try for any Imperial IPA fans.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper brew, small off white head

S: Big caramel malts, pine and citrus in the hops. Very much like Lagunitas beers that use CTZ hops.

T: Follows smell, but orange citrus hops prevail on the front end, drying out to the pine on the back end. Lots of crystal malts in this one- lending themselves to a big caramel character too.

MF: fairly thick, but not chewy.

Really nice beer, my first from laughing dog. It really reminds me of a lagunitas beer- which is one of the highest compliments I can give a beer.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish orange color with a nice, slightly off-white head and great lacing.

S - A large whiff of caramel malts, piney hops, and alcohol. Smells a bit on the malty side for a DIPA.

T - A little bit hoppier than the nose, but still strong caramel malts and earthy/piney notes. A little floral. Slight alcohol taste as well.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but you can taste the alcohol a bit.

O - A pretty enjoyable DIPA. It's a little on the maltier side, but it still is a worthwhile brew.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.