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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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636 Ratings
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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 9
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer longer than I keep most IPAs. May have lost a bit of hoppy goodness. It is still a good DIPA.

Pours a hazy dark orange. Big off white head with good retention. huge amount of lacing, covers most of the glass.

Good smell. Sweet caramel malts and piney hops. Fairly pronounced.

Taste is great. Sweet caramel malt, with a good piney hops bite at the end. (There might have been even more hoppy goodness if I didnt keep this one for several months in the rotation.)

Mouthfeel is crisp. Alcohol is not that noticeable, Good bitter hops bite at the end.

This is a good, solid DIPA. I would try this one again if given the chance.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber split with JP while trotching the wives at euchre. Man, that never gets old.

Pours a brownish red with the head riddled with brown highlights. Interesting if not typical.

Smell is a power packed malt driven monster with the booziness evident from the get go. Hops presence is muddled and nondescript.

Flavor is much the same. Big alcohol, chewy and meaty with some minty notes and rich malts. The hops don't pop here like I'd like and the big mouthfeel and alcohol make this somewhat of a chore.

If this beer is highly hopped, its not well executed. It's a monster, but one that I'd prefer stayed in the closet.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark red color with 2-3 fingers of a dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit, toasted malt, bread, and honey. Very malty and interesting aromas with good strength. Taste of huge caramel, honey, grapefruit, orange, spice, and light pine. Big sweetness on the front, with a decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers for a while with citrus, caramel, spice, and pine. Bitterness balances surprisingly nice with the maltiness, and as a result it is not overly sweet. Medium carbonation and full bodied. Very creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is really well hiddin, only a slight warming on the finish present. Nice smooth drinkability for the alcohol level, but still a sipper. Overall, quite a nice DIPA from Laughing Dog!

Photo of jfmorey
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA

Poured into a 12 oz snifter.

Deep ruby amber, cloudy with nice lacing.

Pleasant, malty aroma

Taste is deep, malty, with plenty of complex hops in the aftertaste. No booze, acid taste that I often get from Imperials.

Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Ruination Pint glass. Color is a beautiful dark orange with many large carbonation bubbles that lead to a large two finger off white colored soapy head. Lace looks as if it's gonna be here a while and does in large sheets.

Smell is of sweet barley and hop resin. I really think this smells like bubble gum.. interesting, but cool!! With a deeper plunge of the nose I get some alcohol also.

Taste is mild sweet citrus. Some rye and cracked barley. Not so much a 2xipa in taste but more like a Barleywine and a decent one at that. Sweet lemon honey and alcohol.

Mouth is as the taste reads. Rich and syrupy, with just the right carbonation. Body holds up to the very end.

Overall I must say that I was quite surprised by this. It does say that this is a contract beer. If this is, it is by far the best beer brewed for someone else I have tried. Don't break down the trading forum door for this but pick it up if you can. Thanks to McNuts for this bottle.

Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear, vibrant ruby body beneath a finger of fine, creamy tan head. Good retention and dense lace. Gorgeous beer, but decidedly dark for the supposed style - it looks like an American Barleywine to me, and since it smells, tastes, and drinks like one as well, I'll review it as such - labels be damned.

S: Big + balanced, with a classic interplay of grapefruit hops + caramel malt. Simple, intense, and terrific. For a fresh hoppy Barleywine, you couldn't ask for much more.

T: Follows the nose precisely - constant balance between sweet caramel, honeyed malt and bitter citrus hops. Bitterness wins out on the finish, but isn't overpowering. It's delicious, and impressively light on booziness. Whatever style you decide to call this beer, it tastes fantastic.

M: Thick, prickly, highly carbonated. A bit too much, but at least the life keeps it from being too sticky.

O: There are some beers where I value complexity very, very highly; this isn't one of those beers. Sneaky Pete just hammers you over the head with the same two over-the-top flavors, and it works. Simple as that.


Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep burnt orange with one finger sticky white crown,deep citric hops,caramel malt,and alot of sweet booze in the nose.Like alot of others who reviewed this beer I think this is more of an American barleywine than anything else,its sweet and boozy with a decent shot of citric/resiny hops in the finish.Its alot like Up the Creek from Thomas Creek in its flavor profile,both are considered DIPA's,but to me both are barleywines.In saying all that its flavorful and chewey,and really quite brash...wich is a good thing.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Cleveland. A very good DIPA. Not in the assault on the plate way, but balance. A tasty, very drinkable, above average mouthfeel, hoppy, malty. A mall crowning amount of head.Citrus grapefruit. Highly recommended.Some caramel, lemon.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dark coppery orange with brown notes on the table - hazy coppery orange when held up to the light. Slow pour did bring along some sediment, but not a lot and it did not appear to affect the appearance of the beer. Light tan thin foam across the top with little islands of foam and a few persistent strands of lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: Orange citrus with a solid caramel and roasted malt background. With a swirl the hops get a bit more floral with mixed citrus and pine notes.

Taste: Quick hoppy citrus/orange bite up front and then a roasted malt middle, with a caramel and slightly butter malt end. The finish is a lingering pine resin bitterness. The malt in the middle really stands out, but gets balanced by the bitter finish. Good beer.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, quite thick and creamy mouthfeel with all that malt in there. Nice.

Overall / Drinkability: Not a hop bomb of a DIPA, which is different given what I've been having all summer, but this is a nice change. Perhaps a bit more malt forward than what I'm used to, but still quite good - the roasted malts are a nice touch. Went pretty good with pulled pork sandwiches. Alcohol is well hidden, but towards the end of the glass I'm starting to feel it - so one per night is all I'll have here. Still, a good DIPA but if you're looking for something with a lot of hop presence you'll be disappointed in my opinion. I rather like malt sweetness though so this one works well for me. Thanks Sneaky Pete - good dog!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark, burnished amber with a glow to it. A fair head that fades away to a ring. Quite hoppy in the nose with a beefy aroma, and notes of citrus and herbs. An interesting hop profile. There is also quite a bit of sweet malt in the mix, but it melds pretty well with the hops and doesn't overwhelm. The taste is similar, with a bit of a spicy hop finish as well. A bit chewy in the mouth, and with a fair bit of bitterness tempered by the malt on the finish. Even with all the malt, it comes off as somewhat savory rather than sweet, if not exactly dry. A bit different, I enjoyed it.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of drpimento
2.85/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of muttyd
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of davey101
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of thain709
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of CuttDeez
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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!


Photo of jmfc8237
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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.

Photo of bump8628
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.