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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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606 Ratings
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 44 | 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 BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -38.8%
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 -34.8%
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 +14.4%
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 +3.2%
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
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an obscured, dark orange-amber body with a finger of shimmering, faintly yellowed froth. Light, random lacing, like white blood spray.

Smell: Light toast, light caramel, a bit more sweetish honey crisps, with zesty, punchy hop notes of lemon, grapefruit, and fresh-cut flowers. Also some noted sniffs of distilled spirits scalding the nose.

Taste: Sweet, sticky caramel ice cream topping with notions of wildflower honey and lightly toasted rye bread sans crusts. The toothsome sweetness yields to lemon and grapefruit and tangelos, but the sweetness doesn't exactly depart the scene, giving way to an impression of candied citrus peels. Nice bit of earthy rye lurking in there. Plenty of bitterness, though it's got to contend with plenty of sweetness and alcohol. A shot of resinous pine helps to cut through the sugars though, as does the edgy booze. Noticeably alcoholic heat on the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Some slight stickiness involved that's not quite cut away by the suds and booze.

Overall: A bit boozy, sure, but at 10% ABV what are you gonna do, you know? You've got some sticky honeyish malts, some floral, citrusy hops, and a dash of rye. While I did enjoy this one, I could see some strict hopheads feeling this one's a bit too malt-forward.

ChainGangGuy, May 19, 2011
Photo of jtmiller03
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA - smoother than most but just hoppy enough to make you happy. For my money there are better Imp. IPAs out there (Avery Maharaja for one) and for taste I'd rather have a Cigar City Jai Alai or DFH 90 standard IPA. Great beer just doesn't hold up for the price.

jtmiller03, May 16, 2011
Photo of Lerxst
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no date, but I just picked this up today and my guy at the store said it just came in this week so it should be nice and fresh.

A-Pours a hazy deep amber with a small off white head that receded quickly but leaves a ring of lace as you drink.

S-Sweet was the first thing that came to mind. Hmmm, a DIPA and my initial impression is "sweet?" Sweet, bready malt hits first, backed by citrus hops and a hint of pine. It doesn't have the prominent hop nose normally found in the style. Its definitely more of a balanced nose than many DIPAs, but the hops are taking a back seat here-and thats not a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

T-Sweet hits once more, its syrupy, a bit of boozy heat coming in, big malt backbone, citrus hops, slightly resinous, initial blast of sweet gives way to a slightly bitter finish.

M-Medium body, syrupy, slick.

O-Not really overly impressed or disappointed with this one. Its a decent beer, it just didn't wow me.

Lerxst, May 14, 2011
Photo of beerman207
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never heard of this but at 10%, it had to be on the list. Also, the name Pete has some meaning as well.

A: Poured a nice clear and dark orange/brown color. Good white head which lasts a long while leaving skim on the glass

S: Nose is hops, malt, bitter citrus zest, this one might be a winner

T: Wow - hop punch to the jaw. Nice bitterness that has malt sneak in there almost immediately to balance it out. Very well balanced imo for an imperial. Nicely done Laughing dog

M: Very creamy and light carbonation - a little drying in the finish

O: If you like Imperials, this is one to add to the list. Price point is a little high for my taste but one of my favorite beer stores hooked me up for half price!

beerman207, May 09, 2011
Photo of Kitt
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep, unfiltered Amber, with a weak head. What little froth persists, is a milky ivory.

Rich, sweet, citrus malts, with a reminiscent scent of over-ripe bananas. Unusually pleasing.

Creamy blend of eclectic hops and rich malts. Bitter hops are prevalent but a bit subdued for an imperial. Nonetheless, the hops are very well balanced with the sweet flavorful malts resulting in an outstanding blend.

Mouthfeel a pleasant, creamy, medium body.

Surprisingly good for an Idaho brewed imperial IPA. This ranks up there with some of the best and, considering the price, is an outstanding choice.

Kitt, May 08, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted April 29th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - a swamp like rusted copper, one finger off white head and some nice lacing

S - alcohol, lots of malt, weed, floral and citrus hops. A sweet yeast strain and a sour one. Grass, wheat and toasted everything

T - alcohol, weed, toasted everything, nice floral, fruit and citrus hops. Sweet and sour yeast. Lemon grass, soil and oak

M - chewy, very acidic, very sweet, hoppy and lots of alcohol, but balanced

D - I you like ipa, you'll like this one. I'd you are a new comer or weary of IPA, stay away

Final thought - a Liqour store with exclusive beer that doesn't suck? Nice

whatthehull, May 03, 2011
Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle specifically states "brewed in Idaho". I'll take it's word. Great stuff; alcohol surprisingly well- masked behind a plethora of intricate flavors; hops dominate the palate without a doubt. Hints of pine and lime remain present throughout. This one's a sipper. Great stuff... Recommended...

dsa7783, May 02, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good piney, rye spicy beer. Pours dark amber with slight haze to it. Nose is big on pine and some floral notes. Some hints of fruit in the background. On the palate the rye comes through nicely, again lots of pine, some citrus, and an overall candied sweet character. Alcohol reveals itself, even when just a few minutes out of the fridge.

yemenmocha, May 01, 2011
Photo of engagechad
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Single 12oz purchased from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen VA - poured into DFH snifter

After over 100 reviews this is my first perfect score. I questioned myselft a lot before deciding to make it perfect.. but I honestly can find nothing wrong with this beer in every category.

Pours a perfect complex amber with a sparkling fluffy head that stays around and leaves beautiful lacing. Head is easily brought back with agitation to get more out of the nose. Smells of citrusy, minty hops in the most enjoyable way I've ever experienced. Tastes like the smoothest 10% beer I've ever had. This is a perfectly balanced IPA (which for me means a little to the bitter side) but it maintains this subtle tartness in the background. The beer feels so smooth, it's ridiculous. Most DIPAs get boozy for me as they warm, but this did not at all.

Overall - this is the best IPA or DIPA I have ever had. Knocks Hopslam down as well as 90, racer 5, ruinition.. I can't believe I said that but it is true in my opinion.

Please buy one if you can

engagechad, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of phishgator
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Large fluffy head, two fingers that lingers. The aroma is of some powerful floral hops. Along with alcohol, spicy hops and a bit of sweet malt. The flavor and body are big. Bitterness throughout and the body being as full as it is makes this a sipper. probably closer to a barley wine in favor, IMO. Not a bad offering and one that I would pick u again, but I believe their are others out there.

phishgator, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$3.25 single from Abe's.

A red/amber color, surprisingly dark and crystal clear. Creamy four-finger off-white micro bubble head. Good stretchy lacing.

A quick whiff of pine and a hint of citrus, but a rather disappointing aroma that leaves almost no impression.

Enjoyable semi-sweet foundation coats tongue. Juicy fruit. Hop nip at the swallow that increases in the aftertaste. Mid-level alcohol burn in the aftertaste, approaching high. Not enough hop and too much alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel is acceptable for style.

Overall, a disappointment. Hop sensations are only at a middling IPA level, and the alcohol the only imperial aspect.

Stay with Laughing Dog's IIPA bombers.

RonfromJersey, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up this week at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, Ohio, and like always, they had a few things I had to have. This Idaho brewed DIPA qualified in that category. Pours a golden amber with a stiff, impressive head and burgeoning lace. The nose is classic citrus and pine, nothing more, nothing less.

This is very nice right off the bat. The key is balance. Yes, you have a blistering array of face tightening hop juices but also a commitment to malt with some nutty flavors that lasts clear into the finish. Complex and well melded, with a slight peppery note that spices the initial hop assault, and a late toasted maltyness that keeps the hops somewhat in check. Heavier in body than I expected, but it plays well and counts as an asset. Overall, this is tight and well rounded and shows that Idaho brewing is no joke. Strong performance.

daliandragon, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with great clarity. Yellow fizzy beer with a punch in the teeth. Hope jump out of the glass, nice aroma. The flavor has just the right amount of boozy sweet malt with a big bitter bite of piney hops. Solid DIPA, masks the alcohol well, very clean.

Tripphop, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of mechamifune
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color. Slight white head. Body looks a little bigger than in a lot of DIPAs.

Smell is lots of hops and citrus upfront. Doesn't have as much of a malt undertone in the smell as I would have thought from the look of it.

Taste is lots o' hops unfront, followed by grapefruit/peachy notes. As you get further through the serving, the maltiness comes through a little more, but never in an unpleasant way.

Mouthfeel is very "full"... not a sticky/resiny dipa, but the mouthfeel is very big and creamy to me.

Overall a very pleasant surprise. I got this on a whim and didn't have big expectations, but what I got was a very good DIPA, and one that i wouldn't hesitate to get again since the price point isn't crazy (as long as I knew it was fresh... the bottle I bought had no date on it but I knew it had just been delivered into the store).

mechamifune, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see this on the shelf in Delaware.

A: Pours a hazy ruby/orange, reminds me of a pulp filled grapefruit juice almost. One and a half finger off-white head that reduces to some splotches of foam on top. Nice sticky lacing.

S: A good bit of pine, there is a slight cinnamon spice that I get, a bit surprising. There is some doughy and caramel malt to balance things a bit, but the pine dominates. As it warms the piney hops really fade away.

T: Not as hoppy on the flavor profile as I was expecting/hoping. There is some pine, but not as much as the aroma, no citrus at all. Some caramelized sugar, a little bit of graham cracker, and and bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Not overly bitter for a DIPA. A slightly syrupy feel to it.

O: Had a great look and aroma, but it just wasn't that hoppy on the flavor profile. It didn't have that bitter bite that I am hoping for.

mdaschaf, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

appearance: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, pine, hops, sweet caramel malts,

taste: citrus hops, caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very surprising Dipa. would definitely have again and so glad the bartender knows what I like. called and told him I'd be in for some beers and he had this one waiting for me.


THECPJ, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color, with good head retention and lacing. The beer is a bit darker than I normally expect from a DIPA, but otherwise it looks attractive enough. The nose is worrisome, as there is considerable sweetness, along with a flowery, perfumy aroma profile. On the palate, this beer is a borderline disaster. It's very sweet, and tastes as if it's seen some serious oak aging (something that I generally think is a bad idea for an IPA/DIPA). There's some orange citrus and bitterness as well, but it's not nearly enough to counter and balance the sweetness and all too obvious alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, fairly bitter, alcoholic finish.

Thank God I only got a sample glass of this. Can't imagine trying to down a pint of this stuff.

John_M, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: deep red/bright copper brown color. off white/tannish head. good lacing, not good retention.

S: jeez. almost could get drunk off the hop pungent-ness. stinky stinky hop buds. tobacco leaves. vegetable garden.

T: great hop flavor. like rinsing with grapefruit juice. interesting how it doesnt stick to the palate like most beers this hoppy. also surprising how it does not feel like a 10%'er.

M: rather soft with a medium/full body. works well to highlight the big time hop flavors.

D: literally liked this one for the label and didnt know anything else about it. after seeing the limited quantity of reviews, it must be new. very west coast-like DIPA from Idaho. as far as Northern VA is concerned that is the west coast to me. well done!

Jimmys, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is heavenly, I love the way this beer looks, tastes and smells. It's got all the right things going for it. I picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem last week and I'll be picking up some more if there is any left. This beer pours out as a rich copper color white a yellowish colored head. The lacing its like sea foam on the glass. The smell is just hops, lots of them... It just smells really wonderful. The taste is the same it's got some great piny and citrusy hops in there that make me crave a lot more of this beer. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, Just a really great Imperial IPA!

Knapp85, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong red color with hints of gold. Very hazy, hazy enough to impede light passing through. Definitely thick looking. Thinnest hint of dark cream colored head, but disappears quickly.

Nose is sweet citrus. Grapefruit is there, but more mango and even a resiny light pine behind the fruit. Well layered.

Very bitter right up front. Bitter grapefruit really explodes in the finish, with a tart dry flavor that rivals some of the best DIPA's. Label says the beer is finished off with clover honey. Getting a little of that mid-through the glass. Hides the abv pretty well for me.

Feel is slick, a bit oily, and somewhat resiny. Not much cream in this texture.

Overall, a very nice example. I doubt this will stay sneaky for long.

beer2day, Apr 07, 2011
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.