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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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647 Ratings
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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 647 | Reviews: 171
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of smcolw
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large four-finger head that slowly descends leaving a near blanket of lace. Lumpy. Dark amber, bordering on light brown. Cloudy.

Strong amber malt/alcohol aroma. The hop is not as pronounced as some IIPAs.

This is a well balanced Imperial. The malt shows up nicely without any of the oiliness that comes from an unbalanced alcohol level. Creamy start without any sweetness. Great body, low carbonation. The hop is the story of the swallow and the aftertaste which lasts in minutes, not seconds. Lots of grapefruit and white pepper in the finish.

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky looking beautiful mess of glowing scarlet red/orange appearance. Thin creamy off white head. Lacing is quite full. Aroma is thick with caramel, hop resin and cannabis. Hop flavor in this beer is really oily and resiny. Actually, this one is very unique with its blend of hop goodness and heavy presence of caramel/nougat as well. Bitterness is very clean for a DIPA. To me, this is very reminiscient of a very well done homebrewed DIPA. Little bit of an alcoholic presence, but not as much as you'd expect from a 10% beer.

Photo of u2carew
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger thick head that has great retention. The body is mostly clear with amber and ruby hues.
S) Piney. Grapefruit. Subtle caramel / brown sugar aroma.
T) Citrus rind. Earthy and pungent. Lots of bitterness not much balance, although as the palate accustoms to the bitterness it does mellow some.
M) Creamy carbonation up front. Medium to full body. Dry with a gritty aftertaste.
O) A double IPA is supposed to have extra helpings of malt and hops to up the body, taste and ABV, but this sacrifices taste / flavor profile for the other two.

Photo of drumminbrewer
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This just made its way into Wisconsin, picked up at Discount Liquor a few weeks ago. Tried it before, me and my buddy decided to split one now for reviews sake.

Split - Poured into our "Chicago Whiskey Fest 2011" scotch glasses (miniature tulip). Pretty looking beer. Red-Orange in color, large head that quickly dissipates leaving a small amount of speckled lacing. Viscous for a IIPA.

Nose - Melons, melons & more melons. No indications on the bottle, and I'm curious about what kind of hops were used. No floral or citrus notes here...just melons! Thinking they must be Nelson Sauvin (thanks Mikkeller, you're single hop series has helped a lot with identifying!)

First sip - wow, I could really use a more carbonation. It's not flat, but it doesn't seem alive. Thick, malty melon bomb. Fairly one dimensional - not in an offensive way, I'm just a bit surprised.

Big body - Lots and lots of malt there, quite sweet as well. "Sneaky Pete" is apt because there's hardly any boos to the taste - quite a feat for a 10ABV beer of any sort.

Rather short finish. Again...melons melons melons. Sits in the back of the palate.

This is the first thing I've had from Laughing Dog. I can say for sure I won't be seeking out this particular beer again, but it's an oddball as far as the IIPA's I've had before. Would be curious to try other things from these guys. Not bad, but it scores only a few points above the "meh" level for me.

EDIT - I didn't like seeing a C+ score for this cause I think it's a better beer than that. Bumped up the mouthfeel to a 3.5 because it did a good job of hiding the boos and it had a nice "chewiness" to it.

Photo of malloyca
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper-red color with a well-formed beige head. Aromas of sweet caramel malt and toffee are dominant, backed by citrusy hops and fresh dough. The flavor is, again, dominated by malt with a hoppy backbone leading to a dry finish with some orange and grapefruit citrus flavors. Still, plenty of caramel malt that overshadows the hops. Lightly carbonated, with medium body. It conceals the alcohol well. Not the typical hop bomb.

Photo of shanblur
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, GA. No freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Hazy dark orange with a sizeable fluffy off-white head. Extensive lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus hops aroma predominates over a bready malt. Also smell the alcohol.

T - Heavy malt backbone with a nice bitter hop bite. Warming alcohol on the finish.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

A nice blend of hops and malt. Can definitely tell the alcohol in this one, not that it is a bad thing.

Photo of CrystalShipMS3
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of pine and malts. Some alcohol.

Taste pure malt and hop bitterness. As it warms a bit the flavor starts to change more to a mostly sweet somewhat bready malt,, but with plenty of hop bitterness to balance it out. Sweet fruit in the end. Pineapple maybe? Taste of caramel lingers on the palate.

Mouth feel is chewy, very nice.

Photo of BeerHiker
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at Whole Foods in a growler.

Poured into a huge Oktoberfest mug

The pour is a deep rich dark ruby-red hue. "this beer looks medieval!" my girl-friend exclaimed when I gently poured it in my mug. A nice hearty frother-frolic of a head Very .nice lacing too... It likes to stay.

The smell is of a typical strong D.I.P.A. Piney boozy and malty..yes, all at once. So much hop smell it almost numbs your nose.

The first sip politely slaps you in the face with huge malty pleasure...only to slowly transform into a decadent hoppy tongue-massage.
Strong hops, booze, and caramel in the aftertaste. A very different D.I.P.A.. different, but awsome. I love the flavor of this beer.. I could tell it was a bit too much for my girlfriends dad, and my own mother.

Overall, I was impressed by Ol' Pete. Well worth the $20 growler fill. Everyone around me thought it was over the top, but I thought it was top-notch. If you are looking for a uniquly satisfying D.I.P.A. this is your man (er, I mean dog..) Give this one a try for sure.


Photo of bound4er
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a bomber.

A. Dark amber to reddish brown appearance. May be the darkest DIPA I've seen. Puffy, fluffy off-white two finger head. Lacing is good.

S. Leans to the malty side with cracker and bread aromas. A bit of Bing cherry, soap and a booze also emerges. Missing some of the characteristic hoppiness that most DIPAs possess.

T. Fruity upon entry with some grainy malt. Turns bitter and biting fairly quickly.

M. Next to the appearance, this may be this beers 2nd best attribute. Really feels nice in the mouth and is appropriately carbonated.

O. Average DIPA at best. Glad I only bought a bomber instead of a 4-pack that was available.

Photo of Natural510
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no date.

Pours a dark amber-brown, with a small amount of head and a scant lacing. Quite a different look for an IPA.

Scent is predominantly sweet molasses, caramel and dark fruit. Very, very malty nose.

Flavor is heavy on a brown-sugar/caramel malt. Hops, while present, stick to the background and are mainly noticeable in the trademark DIPA palate-burn. Sticky-sweet profile, like cherry-flavored rock candy.

Mouthfeel is fine, as far as body and carbonation are concerned.

This one was better cold, which is not a compliment. By the time it warmed, the sweetness was nearly unbearable. Less malt and more hops would benefit this DIPA greatly.

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.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.