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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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594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | 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 yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +32.6%
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 -5.8%
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 -30.2%
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 +10.9%
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 +6.1%
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 +13.5%
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 -6.4%
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 +11.9%
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 -12.5%
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 +15.4%
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 +10.9%
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 +14.9%
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
Photo of jsprain1
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange, real thin head persists at something of a slick. Very faint hints of lacing stick to the glass.
S- Immediate pine presence. Heavily so. I'm also picking up some leathery aromas. There is enough malt there to make itself known in the nose, but hop forward.
T- Maybe not as hop heavy as some would like there IIPA's but I think they made a pretty good selection. There is a honey-like sweetness to it and a definite presence of caramel and pale malt, but piney hops are the big flavor componant. There is a presence of some peppery component as well. Well balanced and definitely flavorful. The only thing holding this back from a 5 is there is a bit more booziness in the finish than I like.
M- Creamy at first, dry (but less so than many) in the finish. Perhaps a bit light for the style, but I'll take that over syrupy.
O- I think I found a new favorite go-to hop-forward beer. At a reasonable price I could drink these all day (not that I could at 10% abv). I must also thank the brewery for making them in 12 oz bottles, because 1 of these is just fine for the evening for me. Top notch, and definitely the best I've had from this brewery.

jsprain1, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A very interesting look, a great pinky of off white head and some nice lacing, but a semi clear dark crimson look...without the head would look like a cherry lambic. Good looking, but not exactly true to style.

S: Piney resinous hops mix with almost leathery fruity malts that seem to kind of smell like spoiled fruit after a while.... Certainly a good dose of wild honey smell in there that takes some from the hop bite. Some other kitchen spice like aromas pop up as well and the rye is there as well. Would like more hop character and less strange fruit.

T: Follows the smell in that honey really seems to dominate with other caramel sweet flavors and a bit of fruity citrus hops. Not a huge amount of bitterness, but there is definitely a bitter hop presence at the back, though its not the open hop flavor i crave so much and it seems to be over shadowed by the sweetness and the dry rye malts.

M: Sweet up front and bitter back, a little bit of an alcohol tinge in the feel for sure, a little burn over the tongue not too much though.

D: Eh, not an amazing beer, a little oversweet and not enough hops to back up the caramel malts and fruity notes overall.

Dreadnaught33, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of chaz410
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright ruby amber/light red with a finger width, white froathy head.
Smells of simcoe, citrus hops, pine and heavy caramel malt and toasted biscuits.
Taste of thick caramel and medium roasted malt. It has a biscuity character as well as a slight caramel corn underlay. There's some heavy citrus, pine and grassy hops lingering throughout but not in the typical IPA or DIPA manner, the malt plays out more than expected. A dry and apple peel like character hits at the finish.
Fairly sweet then dry in mouthfeel.
Pretty drinkable considering the 10% ABV

chaz410, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of ryanonline
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an enormous off white head. has a very clear amber look to it with very gobby lacing.

the smell is very piney with some aged hop aroma as well as a light funk and some serious rye malt notes and a weensie bit of caramel.

the taste has a much stronger rye presence as well as some strongly pronounced citrus notes including pineapple and grapefruit. the piney notes are a bit weaker.

creamy mouthfeel with a very dry bitter finish. moderate body.

very drinkable beer. delicious and not too heavy while still being very luxurious. yummy.

very tasty and worth a few drinks. pretty intriguing beverage. nuanced and also very much to style. the rye is very noticeable and adds a lot to this beer.

ryanonline, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of boralyl
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - It pours an inch of off-white head when poured into a tulip glass. The head has nice retention and leaves some decent lacing. The beer is mostly clear and has brownish dark orange hue.

S - The aroma has some caramel present as well as bubble gum. There are citric notes as well, but to a lesser degree. Alcohol hints also show up as it warms.

M - Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. There is a definite slick hop resiny feel, yet it remains slightly creamy.

T - It begins with light caramel up front followed by a complex wave of hops. First is pine, followed by citrus, bubblegum, and finally grapefruit. It has a very bitter finish that lasts into the aftertaste. Surprisingly, the 10% abv is extremely well hidden.

This was a very pleasant surprise for a beer I have never heard of before. Beware, this will destroy your palette with the barrage of hops! I would certainly recommend this to hopheads.

boralyl, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow.

smell: huge hop aroma, lots of pine, some citrus

taste: big balanced ipa with loaded pine flavors, love the added rye, decent spice kick

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: This is there best DIPA they have.

Sneaky Pete is a blend of five hop types: Simcoe, Glacier, Centennial, Vanguard and Hallertuaer, 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.

CampusCrew, Mar 28, 2011
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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.