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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA - Laughing Dog Brewing

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.53%

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:
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(Beer added by: CampusCrew on 03-28-2011)
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Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel colored cloudy amber with a medium lasting tan head, good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast, earthy piney hops, with some sweet fruity alcohol esters fill the senses. Taste of caramel malt, yeast, candied brown sugar, dark fruity flavors with some earthy piney resiny hops. Palate is full body, smooth and slightly sticky mouth feel, with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malts, yeast, dark fruits followed by some good earthy piney and resiny hops for balance, ending in a lingering sweet alcohol and caramel flavor. The alcohol @ 10 abv seems to be well hidden making for a smooth drinking brew with a good malty background. Overall a very good, enjoyable, and well balanced and tasty DIPA. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 20:37:41 | More by Samp01
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Clear amber body with a full finger of frothy rootbeer float head. Thick silky lacing along the sides. 

S:  Juicy citrus fruits, mango, grapefruit, pineapple. Alcohol is well established accompanied by toasted grains.

T/M:  Burst of chocolate on a rather thick chewy body. Rich chocolate and roasted malts are at the front of the pack followed by a small amount of citrus. All the fruit in the nose is absent in the taste.  Finish is surprisingly wet with floral hops serving up a timid bitterness. 

O:  Too much malt for my taste, but good all the same. I think it's too overpriced for what it is. Good mouthfeel and good flavor with an interesting floral characteristic. Not my personal favorite but I like more citrus forward tastes in my ipa's. 

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:44:18 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of jjanega08


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/05/12

A= Pours a deep amber color with a nice off white finger of head on it that holds nice retention and lacing.

S= The smell is actually unique for an IIPA. Floral is what comes to mind first. There's sort of a parsley smell to it as well as some straight green vegies.

T= The taste again brings flowers to mind. I wouldn't be surprized if this beer was brewed with flowers. Parsley and green vegetation some to mind as well as a bit of a malty backbone. I can say with certainty this is the only IIPA that I've had that tastes like this.

M= Nice low carbonation and nice weight

O= This is a unique IIPA. You don't see that enough these days I would say. It steps aside from the hop mouth punch and moves onto something a little different. Flowers and a vegetative character that I've never found before. This one is worth checking out just because it's different.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 05:48:10 | More by jjanega08
Photo of gatornation


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 22 oz bomber bottled on 030512

A- pours a clear dark copper color with a tan 1 finger head and some good lacing, a dark looking 2ips
S- was tropical fruit hops bouquet and sweet malts
T- was tropical hops front and center very little bitterness followed by sweet malts and some citrus/pine hops
M- was smooth,creamy and sweet with pungent tropical hops
10% ABV well hidden
O- a sweeter 2ipa than i like leaned towards the malty side at time was very drinkable and floral in the hop profile at $9 a bomber i wont be buying very often, def worth a try

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 19:47:34 | More by gatornation
Photo of ChiPool


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of 3/15/12; Poured into Founders snifter on 4/22

Pours pretty dark for the class: copper colored with an off-white head. Looks quite appetizing in a snifter, as the cream-colored head rises about an inch. Head sticks for a few minutes, then dissipates into some pleasant lacing. Lacing looks like Ireland in the middle of the ocean. I' getting a few things in the smell: apricot/mango type fuit, with some malty grain. This one has a bit of lingering bitterness, but definitely not like many contemporaries of the class. Some of the dark fruit flavors come through: dried apricot or prune. There is a touch of an onion-like taste. It's not entirely off putting, but seems to be a bit of an off note. Very little booziness here: hidden by the fruit/malt profile.

Overall: pleasant, drinkable. Glad to have met it! A few notes away from being a giant. Could use a bit more bittering, but the flavor profile works for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 22:41:00 | More by ChiPool
Photo of siradmiralnelson


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 1 finger head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is a dark amber orange. Color is darker than a lot of other DIPAs.

S. Can smell hops as soon as you crack open the bottle. Resiny piney hop aroma. Has some sweet caramel malt base. Has a bit of a different earthy aroma.

T. Taste is pretty mellow. Not a whole lot of hop flavor. Has a semi sweet biscuity malt flavor. Lingering sweetness in the mouth. No discernable bitterness. Has a bit of honey sweetness on the finish.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes sweet.

O. A decent DIPA. Pretty sweet. Not a lot of hop flavor or bitterness. Easy drinking. Overall, I like the flavor of the majority of other DIPAs better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:26:06 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother for this beer, which has a bottled on date of 2/29/12.

A moderate pour reveals a finger and a half of banana cream colored head. Holding this beer up to the light reveals a translucent orange/amber color with an army of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. The head retention is nice, and lacing really clings to the glass during consumption.

The aroma is mainly hops. I'm getting a mix of pineapple, grapefruit and pine. After a couple of sniffs, your malt backbone comes through.

The flavor profile does not live up to the promise on the nose. Mild citrus character mixes with a candy sugar sweetness. Bready malt comes in for a second or two, then passes the mic to the piney finish.

The sip starts off easy going, then turns real creamy halfway over the tongue. Carbonation is practically a no-show here. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 01:35:30 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark reddish copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a ring of bubbles around the edge and a web of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has interesting aromas of grapefruit, orange and passion fruit from the variety of hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of fruity flavors from the hops along with hints of caramel malts and spicy rye. Only a subtle amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation; it coats your mouth but isn’t crisp or sticky.
O: This beer has a great balance between malts and hops and hides its alcohol remarkably well. It would make a great pairing with food.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 22:50:47 | More by metter98
Photo of BeerLover99


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: rust orange body, trace tan head,
very nice lacing

S: big candy sugar, smooth malt, mild pine

T: sweet candy sugar, malt, caramel, long bitter slow finish

M: med body, smooth/oily mouth

O: Love the style, but this is just not my thing.
Too sweet and seems to lack my hops i love.


Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:16:44 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma, as you would expect, along with some fruit, too.

T: Tasted of hops (a very heavy presence), malt, caramel, citrus, light fruit, and a hint of pine. Not a groundbreaking flavor, but focused and powerful.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a sharp, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, robust, likeable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 12:19:04 | More by avalon07
Photo of barnzy78


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours a caramely brownish orange color, seems syrupy as it goes into the glass. Beige head is thin and dissipates to a foam quickly while leaving some lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet caramel, honey, dank fruity piny hops, and somewhat boozy. Tastes are really sweet up front with notes of brown sugar, caramel, honey followed by piny, citric, oily resiny hops that finishes with a peppery prickle on the tongue. Feel is full bodied and too syrupy; too thick and chewy for my liking for the style. Alcohol is definitely present, but not too hot. Overall, it was too cloyingly sweet and rich and seemed to border upon barley-wine characteristics with the huge malt presence, albeit good flavor and complexity made it worth the try anyway.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:57:02 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Drinkerofales


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber and purple. A medium khaki head leaves plenty of lace, but otherwise, much too dark. Looks like a barleywine.

Smell is malty, in fact so much so that they cover the hops that are in the beer.

Taste at least has some bitterness, and even flavor throughout. Some sweet malts hit in the middle, and as the beer warms the malts take over, while the hop bitter fades.

Coats the tongue, lightly viscous, with a good punch. Booze are present, and this is probably the best part of the beer.

Definitely leans towards the barleywine, in color, smell and in flavor. Not a great DIPA, but an ok beer.


Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 19:06:03 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of mltobin


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in SoNo.

Appearance is red-amber w/one finger of head. Its` nose has malts, caramel and hops. The taste of Sneaky Pete is citrus hops, resin, more of that caramel. Mouthfeel is medium with a bitter and dry finish, probably more so than some would like. A pretty good DIPA, but not something that I am likely to order again soon.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 18:56:07 | More by mltobin
Photo of Nugganooch


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 22:35:36 | More by Glibber
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 17:11:49 | More by tdm168
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 19:59:49 | More by Tucquan
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:47:45 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of obywan59


4.9/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 22:04:55 | More by wildweim18
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:51:32 | More by Immortale25
Photo of bubseymour


4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 23:49:39 | More by bubseymour
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 23:13:06 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 16:10:47 | More by WVbeergeek
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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