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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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626 Ratings
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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a firm long lasting white head with great lace.

S: Booze and a heavy malt component mixed with huge amount of pine.

T: Very much a barleywine in taste. The piney and grapefruit hop flavours are well integrated with the heavy sweet malt, leaving a long enjoyable hoppy aftertaste.

M: Quite full-bodied, very resiny, chewy, firm carbonation.

O: This is a barleywine masquerading as a DIPA, so I'm going to enjoy it as such. The booze never gets in the way, it's just a big ol' hoppy beer to enjoy.

Halcyondays, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of drpimento
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Geez, I don't know - hope I'm not getting too old to appreciate new, cutting edge trends; but to me, these over-the-top hopped beers taste like they're just that: out of balance, over the top, hopped beers. Seems to be the reasoning that just adding more and more hops is supposed to make the beer better and better, but I'm not buying it. So to speak. Anyway, poured with a nice, fine, thick, creamy, light tan head with good lace. Aroma is HOPS, malt, citrus and more citrus. Flavor is like nose with bittersweetness and a little funk standing out. Body is influenced by the bitterness and not so great in that regard. Finish is like flavor and of course, too long. Not my kind of brew.

drpimento, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of muttyd
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep amber/caramel color with a thick fluffy white head that persists throughout. Very dark IPA. Looks like a barleywine.

Smells like a barleywine too. Very big, sweet toffee malt aroma with a floral, citrusy hop presence. Flavor follows the nose: malt forward, sticky and sweet. Very grainy, roasty. Hops come through more in the finish with a faint citrusy/floral hop bite. Very barleywine-like. Not sure if its an old bottle with faded hops, but not exactly what I was expecting. Still tasty, though.

muttyd, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A - Deep amber/copper body. Tan head, loads of lacing and retention.

S - Biscuity malts, caramel, piney resinous hops.

T - Great balance between caramel malts and piney hops. Alcohol is slightly noticable on the end. Not excessively bitter. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

O - A nice double IPA. Doesn't really stand out, and it certainly seems like an east coast style IPA due to the malty backbone. The label is really great.

davey101, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - good deep medium brown, a little murky, with about a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - biscuity and malty. Maybe a little spicy.

Taste and Mouthfeel - very strong malty/chocolaty/caramel-like quality, along with a powerful bitterness in the middle and finish. Biscuity would also be an interesting touch to add. Texture is a little on the creamier side.

Overall - very interesting brew. A little too bitter for my liking in the end, but still a very intriguing and fascinating smell and taste.

Nerudamann, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is hoppy to the point of being evergreen and has traces of yeast and fruity sweetness. It pours a dark golden amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor is quite hoppy, as expected, with woody, bitter and mild fruity undertones, just a touch of sweetness. Smooth texture has a fairly strong hoppy fizz. Sneaky? Maybe - and definitely hoppy.

Cyberkedi, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The body appeared a darker shade of gold with a one finger, white head...there was a lot of carbonation visible and the head retention was apparent of that...a sheet of lace was left on the glass

S - A little more towards the sweet malt side...caramel and some subtle bready notes overshadowed the bitter hops

T - More balance was shown in the flavors...the hops and malt blended well together at first sip...the sweet malt takes over in the middle of the beer presenting itself as sticky caramel and slightly buttered bread...a flavor I haven't picked up on in a IIPA before...the hops come back strong so this one starts to finished bitter before it's cut down again by the caramel malt

M - Medium bodied...stick and dry while finishing sweet

O - This IIPA was balanced to an extent...the malts seemed to jump out more than the hops...and just when you thought the beer was going to finish bitter, the malts came back to balance things out...watch out for the ABV it comes back to get you

thain709, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - A darker burnt amber orange clear body. The head was a creamier color small and frothy.

S - Big malt backbone on this one. The hops are there and they are piny and floral with the slightest citrus notes. The dominant force is most definately the malt carmalized sugars.

T & M & D - The taste is much like the nose with more balance. The malt is strong and throughout as carmalized sugar and caramel flavors are prevelant in the begining middle and end. The hops are prevelant as well and complex. They range from grapefruit in the middle to pine and woods in the middle and then finish with some citrus bitter notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but very smooth considering how strong the flavors are.

O - A very good Impy IPA with a ton of kick. It is a great beer and sneaky for sure!


CuttDeez, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of jmfc8237
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber hazelnut brown with lots of carbonation. The lacing is not as sticky as I woils have expected. A sheen of off white head lays across the top for the duration. Lots of grapefruit and earthy pine are predominate in the nose as rich caramel and biscuity malt aromas are overwhelmed. Immediate burst of grapefruit with a rich malty sweetness that ends with me smiling. Sneaky pete has his way with you as a 10% imperial. Slightly alcoholic with a richness that helps squash the big hop bill in the overall taste. The mouthfeel is pillowy with a great amount of carbonation to let it's complexity shine.

jmfc8237, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The end of the line. At Al's.

A: The DIPA looks more like a barleywine, a darker crimson amber color, much closer to the darker end of the spectrum. A thin head, white, comes with the pour.

S: The nose is bold, treacly with malts and bitter with hops. The malts seem to be the bigger draw, over-compensating for the hops.

T: Balance again seems to be the norm. Hops and malts are in equal supply. The strength of both pushes the ale towards barleywine territory with a bold chewiness. Dark fruitiness follows the malts, depth and strength in tow. Hops are there though, a bitterness that bites back with a citrus vengeance. Malts drive the finish, bold and strong. My take away, balance to the excess, both malts and hops providing a a big taste.

M: Strong but too well balanced, resulting in a barleywine flavor. Plenty of malts, dark fruits lingering, overtake the hops in just about every sip.

akorsak, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

617th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12 oz

App- Pick a color in the spectrum from copper, caramel, light brown. Its there. A nice two finger head with some spots of cling.

Smell- A damp citrus with small hops and a lot of malt behind it. Its quite thick.

Taste- It follows the nose with a bit of a large malt presence but the balance on this one works. A little citrus with some spice like notes.

Mouth- medium bodied and medium carbonated. Quite thick on the tounge. A bit malty but again it works.

Drink- For a 12oz. It was a 1 in Vegas. Im glad I got to try it but probably wont have it again.

FosterJM, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle pours chestnut brown, hitting with a very dark amber body. Great red clear hues from there, making an off light brown/tan about two fingers, foamy and with some creamy texture hues. This looks like a brown ale.. interesting I dig it.

Mushy orange citrus, and apricot jam for a hop feel. Some residual sweetness with a hint of malt. Creamy smelling, whipped up, almost chocolate... real interesting.

Ok on taste this is very unique. It's a mish mash of citrus double imperial hop styles, but also an anise stout bent in the palate. Citrus hits first in the palate, and a dry mouthfeel of anisette comes forth in the finish. Feels a little syrupy, hints of barleywine like boozyness.

Overall this is a very unusual and unique tasting double IPA but I really don't think this is for me. I applaud it for it's unique profile but this is not what I look for in this style. Others though may really dig it.

smakawhat, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a somewhat dark but translucent copper-orange with one finger of fluffy tan head. Good retention and lace, steady stream of bubbles.

S: Peachy, citrus and mangoes. Quite good.

T: Follows the aroma to an extent-- sweetness hits just a split second before the hops, which are citrus at first but finish with more of a pine quality. The alcohol teams up with the pine for a good sharp edge at the end. Alcohol accumulates over time, but the piney hops and sweet malt never give up, even until the end.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a nice, slippery feel on the tonque and some good creaminess as well.

O: A tasty beer. After about the first third of the glass, the alcohol starts to accumulate, as well as the piney bitterness. It never really takes over, but I think it does prevent this good beer from being even better. It will also send you to an early bedtime if you are drinking it on an empty stomach! That said, I did enjoy it and would surely buy it again. This is the first Laughing Dog I've reviewed (also had CSB and Dogzilla but that's been a while) and I have fond recollections of both of those, so I expect to review them soon. Idaho is on the map-- seek good beer there and ye shall find it.

AmericanGothic, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice new beer to try.

This one pours a pretty dark body unless you hold it up to the light. It is then a dark rusty orange with a medium head and good lacing.

Nose is very hoppy and piny.

Taste is lots of hops with pine the main feature. This may have too much malt for some but I don't mind. Plenty of bite and very creamy mouth feel as well. I really like this beer and did not notice the 10%. A nice addition to our lineup here.

daledeee, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-amber with a nice clump of off-white head that laces here and there.

Mild pine and herbs on the nose flowing into a heavy caramel body with a pretty noticeable biscuit note. Hops open up more on the palate with some sweet orange peel, spruce, and perfumey floral notes. Too well-balanced and nearly Barleywine-like.

Too much malt. Not enough hops. Period.

bump8628, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of ronniebruner
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not at all what I was expecting for a double IPA, but not necessarily bad. The first thing I noticed when I popped the top was the unique and earthy aroma. Smelled as if it were aged in burnt oak barrels. The hops were not as distinguishable as I hoped because of the excessively sweet taste. The brew poured a beautiful copper color with minimal lace and foam. The beer was a bit thick and I almost felt as though I could actually chew it if I wanted to. Leaves a very strong and tart taste on the tongue after it is swallowed.

ronniebruner, May 30, 2011
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete is dark, earthy, sweet, and oily.

It poured a very dark cloudy and muddy copper, with a fleeting two-finger tan head that quickly dissipated, leading a moderate amount of thick lace. The smell and flavor hit first with an earthy, cut grass quality that gave way to a very sweet fruity finish. The sweetness ultimately dominated the flavor and was unusually strong for an IIPA. The feel was almost non-existent with just a slick oily feel left behind.

I like the dark earthy quality of Sneaky Pete, and although the sweet caramel/fruit flavor is nice, it's just not right for an IIPA; and the passive slick feel failed to make an impact.

MetalHopHead6, May 29, 2011
Photo of argock
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased as 4-pack at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Crystal clear amber with nice almost 2 finger head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Aroma is heavy with sweet caramel malt and hot, solventy alcohol. The hops are piney and herbal and not a lot else.

T: The flavor is heavy caramel and hot, solventy alcohol. The hops are piney and don't play well with the solventy, jet fuel alcohol character at all.

M: Very slick and and somewhat astringent due to the big booze factor.

O: Not very good, but I have a feeling this is going to be a lot better with 3-4 years on it with all the caramel sweetness and the heat. Definitely not going to have another fresh (?) one.

argock, May 29, 2011
Photo of BigDub
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise discovery for me and a current fave.
very reasonable price came in a four pack for around $10.00 if memory serves correctly.

A: Medium brown to a darkish red in color. 1.5 finger head

S: Hops , Citrus, a little pine hint

T: wow, I really enjoyed this one great hop tones , caramel, toffee, a splash of citrus, a touch of pine/ earthy on the finish. For me a really good balance thought caught me by surprise.

M: Not to heavy , not to light on the carbonation just nailed the balance perfectly. No too thick

O: Do yourself a favor grab some. IMO this is a sleeper that will continue to grow. If this is your style make sure to add to your short list!

BigDub, May 25, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle for $8 at the Trapp Door (formerly Tap & Table). The beer was a bit disappointing. It might just need a little time to mellow, but there was a sharp alcohol note with resiny oil without enough hops flavor. There was some nice, floral fruit punch, but the good stuff was too light.

My score might look harsh for a beer that isn't too bad, but there are so many great examples of the style, it'd be a shame to get stuck on this one.

tempest, May 25, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sneaky pete is a great name and a far superior package than the other Laughing Dog products I've had. But how does it taste?

Pours a dark red to light brown body with an off white head.

Cotton candy, caramel and citrus on the nose.

Brown sugar and caramel flavors add a solid malt base. Hops are complex and used in a restrained, even balanced way for a DIPA. Citrus, cherry, pine, and a nice spiciness. Maybe even a touch of roast. Bitterness is moderate and lingers on the palate.

Full bodied and sticky.

A very balanced DIPA with really unusual flavors. Both the hop and malt character are quite different than the standard IPA fare and I think that's the strength of Sneaky Pete. They could probably get away with calling this an American Barleywine if they wanted to, if that gives you an idea of the sort of beer it is. Malty, but still quite hoppy. $10 for the 4pk was well worth it.

BradLikesBrew, May 25, 2011
Photo of AleWynch
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: It poured a hazy deep amber...1/2 finger head

S: Boozy, butterscotch, weak hops - uninteresting - and oddly day-old lawn-mower bag?

T: Just not doing it. Bitterness yes, but very direct and one-dimensional. Unbalanced, really lacks finesse of any kind. In your face, but not in a good way here.

M: Medium. Little heavy for my liking - gets cloying with the sweetness.

O: Disappointed. Won't be returning to this one.

AleWynch, May 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Horrible, horrible nose. Butter and booze are prominent and there is a ton of sweetness in the form of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some piney hops and a bit of an herbal note to it as well.

T: The flavor starts off with a moderate bitterness from the piney hops and some citrus peel. But, there is a lot of butter and sweet caramel and toffee.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Just too buttery and sweet...blech.

womencantsail, May 21, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & good head retention

S: Pine & Grapefruit that sort of drop off..

T: Follows the nose, nice breadyness too, piney & woody hops as well up front, along with much pineyness. Caramel notes, grapefruit, maltyness, woody hops, & dryness as this warms. Finishes with woody, earthy, & herbal hops, plus a touch of toffee & booze

MF: Chewy, sticky with fairly smooth carbonation. Stellar balance

Easily one of the best DIPAs in Oklahoma, especially now that Avery is ditching us. Last 2 beers I've tried from Laughing Dog have made me rethink these guys. Well done Idaho!

russpowell, May 20, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark yellow, really looks like some lesser attempts at hefeweizen. Thin yellow head. Grassy hop aroma, hints of cocao powder even, this is shaping up to be a weird beer.

Taste, wow, good hop flavor, grassy, just like the smell, hides the alcohol extremely well. Ample bitterness. Not boozy. Little spicy uptick, some have mentioned rye, could totally see that making up a small % of the base malt. Fractional pine flavor, but mustier grass hoppy is a better description.

$10 at total wine for a 4 pack is reasonable.

Beerandraiderfan, May 19, 2011
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.