Laughing Dog Pale Ale | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog Pale AleLaughing Dog Pale Ale

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Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From out of the Pacific Northwest the Micro-breweries were born and with them came an ale that was unlike any other, the American Pale Ale.

We brewed our pale ale "Big, Bold and Hoppy" using five of the finest hops from the fields in Yakima WA. To balance the intense hop flavors, five different American grown malted barleys add a malt flavor and smooth finish.

This beer is best served cool. A spicy, hoppy aroma balanced with a malt body that is crisp make this beer perfect for relaxing after a hard days work.

Added by woemad on 01-14-2006

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of rye726
1.25/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Up for review is a 12oz bottle of Laughing Dog Pale Ale. Poured into a pint glass at room temp. Medium brown with a tan head. Horrible nose, almost moldy. Really quite bad. Stale, nothing near a drinkable beer. Decent body, but can't get past off flavors. Really terrible, first ever drain pour.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.14/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Hazy orange copper body, topped by four fingers of rocky frothy white micro bubbles.

Nose is a light hay with a finishing sour lemon.

Taste has an undercurrent of sweet malt, but everything is overridden by a growing sour lemon twang which destroys everything in its path.

Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is non-existant.

I've enjoyed their bombers, so its highly disappointing that this is the second consecutive 12 ouncer that completely failed with me. Avoid.

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Photo of psuKinger
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked up while I was down in Virginia visiting my sister. Supposedly Laughing Dog uses a bottling and best buy date on their "outer cartons" and six-packs... but I bought this bottle as a single in a mix-six, so I don't see a date. I know I've held on to this bottle about 4 weeks longer than I'd like to see it held, so we'll see how it goes.

A: Pours a huge frothy 3-finger head. I poured somewhat vigorously into my shaker pint, but not carelessly. The cap come off with a real pop, and the pour certainly looks like this is over-carbonated.

Held to the light this beer is hazy-orange and not translucent.

S: Muted aromas of citrus and pine are noticeable.

T: Mild of piney bitterness quickly gave way to a citric/grapefruit sweetness taste and a finish of lemon-sweetness.

This beer is a little sweeter than I'd prefer, and it definitely is over-carbonated. The lack of bitterness might be attributed to being a little past it's prime, but the overwhelming carbonation is inexplainable.

M: Too much carbonation is readily noticable. Finish is sweeter than I'd like.

D: This beer just wasn't very impressive. It's too sweet and lacks bitterness that I'd like to see in a Pale Ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured a rustic-orange with a deep, swirling haziness and a beautifully retaining 2 finger linen white mushrooming head. The translucent nature made it hard to determine effervesce, but faint lazy rising bubbles could be sporadically seen. After a few minutes the head lapsed to a soft, whispy covering with a broken ring lacing.

S: Sweet caramelized malt and sweet oranges were picked up initially on the nose. Light traces of fresh pine needles come through briefly and lightly while the beer rounds out with a final burst of fresh oranges on the trailing finish. Not a lot of hoppiness was detected here.

T: The initial flavor brings forth a malty sweetness with a burst of fresh oranges. Again more sweet and orangey then hoppy as was the case with the aroma. The flavor turns tart, as in semi-dry tangerines, with a sourness of grapefruit juice ensuring on the finishing fade. Lacking any transition of flavor, with a sourness and hopping of a blonde doesn't give this much creditability as a pale. The beer label proudly boasts of using 5 different varieties of hops, as well 5 different varieties of American barley with none of them clearly distinguishable lending itself to a muddled mass of confusion and taste that drowned each other out into a generic bland and uneventful experience. To many spices spoil the soup as they say.

M: a light creaminess but felt watery at times with a light musky sour showing of oranges coating the tongue. Sour oranges and sour grapefruit juice is unimpressive as a finishing finale while overall the mouthful lacked a certain crispness.

D: For drinkability had to knock this one down a notch or two below average. Wasn't an easy one to down, let alone enjoy. Lacks a crispness and hoppiness of a good pale and leaves a watery grapefruit juice twang that made me grimace after every sip. The label concludes with "this is a beer that says don't mess with me" and I couldn't agree more.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle and poured into an American pint glass.

The color was a golden-orange-brassy-yellow. I particularly like the white bubbly head, and the lacy rings around the sides of the glass. The smell consisted of flowers, wood, hops, and spice.

The taste was mediocre: flowers, pine,spice, hops, and hints of citrus, grapefruit, and caramel. I liked the sweet and spicy aftertaste. However, some microbrews (no matter what style:amber ale, kolsch, pils, or golden lager, etc.) have a tendency to taste the same, and this was one of them, IMO. The taste didn't catch my attention as other pale ales can.
The mouthfeel was dry with spicy grapefruit that lingered.

Overall, it is an average pale ale that has room for improvement. I am sure it would taste great alongside some spicy nachos or a quesadilla. Cheers!

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Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear amber in color with short head that broke apart quickly. No lace develops.

Smell: very soft caramel sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: bready caramel profile with some light fruit sweetness, grapefruit, and a mild hop presence.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is brief lived.

Drinkability: this beer is pretty bland overall so one glass was more than enough for me. It went down slowly and was not as refreshing as I would like.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for around $1.45... poured into my red wine glass while listening to the Boise RIS party mix... James Brown "The Payback".

Big chunky eggshell head topping a very slightly chill hazed medium amber brew.

Aroma is interesting... reminds me of an Americanized English pale. Pale malts with caramel and earthy hops... maybe some Cascades... Yeasty fruits combine well with the sweetness.... If this is going to be an English Pale ... then hit me with the EKG's!

Flavor is the same with caramel popcorn in the mix.. restrained diacetyl (but no doubt there). Good viscosity makes an otherwise "average brew" better. Drinkable until I get bored... but I make this part of my Laughing Dog lateral all the time.... the Pale is just not my favorite of this brewery. As it warms, there are definately American hops there... It still needs a little fine-tuning, but as is, it's a beer I buy very often in the Boise beer desert.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Shadman
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a few of these so felt a review was in order..

Dark orange/copper colour, nice off-white head. Slighty hazy appearance.

Faint toasted malts, slightly citric, slightly spicy hop. Certainly doesn't blow your socks off.

Some good things here, although not as bold as some. Slightly sweet caramel maltiness blends decently with grapefruit citrus hops. Malts make a brief reappearance before the taste finishes with bitterness.

Weirdly overcarbonated too the point of being off-putting. Once carbonation settles down it tends to be a light to medium in body.

Glad I tried it, but will stick to Full Moon from Alley Kat if I want an APA fix.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rusted Buick orange with a coppery glow when backlit with the sunrise outside my front window. This may be the darkest pale ale that I've seen yet. The pale orange cap was at least four fingers after a gentle pour, but at least I didn't get another horrendously over-carbonated beer from these guys.

The brewery will only say that five malts and five hops are used; they don't say which ones. The nose is so low on power that I can't tell much beyond a whiff of toasted grain, maybe a little caramel malt and some English-style hops.

Pale Ale does, indeed, favor the caramel malt side of things; more than most beer of this style. It's also surprisingly bitter, with less hop flavor than is optimal. A background citric fruitiness can be appreciated, as can quite a bit of almost phenolic spiciness. Either Chinook is in the house or the yeast strain needs to be cleaned up (or jettisoned).

Despite the generous number of microbubbles early, they aren't very long-lived. The top half of the glass was a little too carbonated and the bottom half isn't carbonated enough. I seem to have missed the sweet spot where it was just right. The body is closer to light than to medium.

Laughing Dog Pale Ale is a different sort of APA that doesn't quite hit me right. I've awarded it with above average marks for flavor and drinkability because of my love for hops, but I don't care if I never have another bottle. Here's hoping India Pale Ale and Devil Dog get it right.

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Photo of DrJay
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a recent trade with younger35. Thanks Dan!
Very clear, bright coppery orange with a thin cap of off-white fine bubbles. A little lacing, decent head retention. The aroma had a strong toasty, caramel component with some earthy, spicy, citrusy hops, but stayed quite mellow and more English in character. Bitterness seemed a little out of balance, since the malt presence in the aroma seemed a bit thin in the flavour. Still, there was a bit of toasted malt and caramel along with the earthy hops. The finish was more citrusy and it was here that the bitterness seemed to become a little sharp. Nice texture for an APA. Medium bodied with good attenuation, creamy carbonation. Not bad at all, my problem with the bitterness could just be the choice of hop(s) used.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Date on bottle: 10/1/12

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange color with a big frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Light amber and crystal malts with some lemon. Just a dash of white pepper spice.

Taste: Quite an intense flavor which took me by surprise. A ton of peppery spice (think rye) up front that turns into a harsh bitterness midway through. The actual hop flavor is a mix of earth and with a bit of lemon juice. It's actually a pretty simple flavor overall but what's there is explosive on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Rough on the palate because of the harsh bitterness. I'm a hop head that regularly drinks beers with over 100 IBUs but there is something in this one that really numbs the tongue. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm shocked with how much of a palate wrecker this little pale ale turned out to be. The problem here is a lack of any flavor besides just straight up bitterness and peppery spice. Would I drink it again? Maybe, I'd rather try their other offerings.

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Photo of GlendonTT
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This weekend's Beer Revolution in Calgary venture continued with this offering from Idaho, ordered the moment the keg appeared as tapped on the beer board, so presumably this was as fresh as possible. Part of the fun of Beer Revolution is watching things change in real time and mapping out your evening as you go. Wasn't planning on this one and I slotted it in between a few lighter brews and a few hop-heavy selections. Pint arrived a light reddish copper, classic pale ale look, with ample white foam that retained its shape quite well. I was immediately struck by the odd aroma ... Grapefruit and pine hop elements but also some really fruity esters that recalled banana and a strange grainy or malty (?) component that recalled tacky glue or wallpaper paste (truly, not sure how else to describe it). Maybe I should have a neurological exam. In any event, flavor also had some odd unique elements to it for an APA, raisin and watermelon fruit notes, vanilla yogurt, and notable caramel corn (probably from American crystal malt) along with a dry cedar woodiness, a little tannic character to be sure, and a blast of pepper spice that persisted through to the end. Almost reminded me of some rye beers that feature this sort of spicy sour tang. Finish started sweetish but became a bit coarse as I made my way through the pint: Pine resin and wood, more pepper. Another rather unique flavor experience that I should perhaps chock up to my brain's association engine being on hyperdrive, but there you have it. Perhaps the five hops and five malts used here are adding all sorts of atypical elements. Might wind up tasting more typical in the bottle.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of LouZ
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know how this beer got to Pennsylvania, but Shangy's gets damn near everything. It pours amber with a tall white head and lacing. The aroma has a mix of sweet bread and grapefruit hops. The same citrus dominates the flavor with a hint of the malts in the background. It finishes with a spicy black pepper. Drinkable and generally tasty, but I've had better hops profiles.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this one.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus foamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. Then nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, and some citrus. The taste is hoppy, with some malty notes, and some citrus, there is a tangy/sourness to this brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a different APA in my book.

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