India Pale Ale
Laughing Dog Brewing

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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American IPA
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3.66 | pDev: 13.11%
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Notes: A profound love of hops and big brews led to our IPA. A little over the top it is a hophead’s dream come true. An Intense hop aroma and Malty body are followed by a smooth clean finish.

Generous amounts of Pacific Northwest malted barley along with some of the best hops from the fields of Yakima have come together to create an IPA that is very hoppy but very balanced with complex malt flavors.

Served Cool not ice cold so as not to subdue the hop aroma this is the beer that says don't mess with me I’m a BAD DOG.
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Photo of Bunman3
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid, traditional west coast IPA. Nothing special, but worth a try if you are in the area. Plenty of white head, resin and hop stank. I’m glad I tried this but not sure I would go out of my way to find more.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice mild IPA, hops not overdone. A little it of tang and bitterness in this amber bodied beer. Minimal soapy head, malt and hops blend well in the aroma, hops come forward in the taste. Bitter lingers on the tongue.

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Photo of gopens44
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super fast foamy head over this slightly hazy orange beer. For a fast foamer, it leaves a rather full lacing. Nose pops floral and sweet mango mostly, backed by crackery things as well. A touch of tart introduces a peppery, dandelion taste immediately with a decent bitterness lingering around in this pretty thin almost watery beer. Aftertaste is almost non-existent, save for a little brothy bitterness

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Photo of csmrx7
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours burnt orange, almost amber with a generous head... Maybe too generous.

Some is floral touch of grapefruit, and strangely Horsey.

Flavor is firewall with more citrus than is in the nose but a Brett Horsey favor lingers. Is this infected? If so it it's a great Brett IPA, if not it clearly missed the mark.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours a hazy gold with a one-finger frothy off-white head. Aroma is a fulsome floral hops. Taste is absolutely hops forward with all bitterness you'd expect along with some grapefruit and herbal flavors. Some sweet caramelly malt at the end. Overall, lasting flavors (no wateriness here) with good carbonation; great combination.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a semi-hazy burnt orange color with a big foamy white head that dissipated leaving nice messy lacing running here and there. The smell started off with a dry pine subjugated with an underscore of light dry citrus rind, somewhat bitter but sticky. The taste rounds out the bitterness of the pine with the dryness of the citrus. Its mainly sticky bitter with a light sweetness underneath and rolling into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs right where its supposed for an AIPA and allows itself to sit back letting the bitterness take the lead on the harshness of the tongue. Overall, its a nicely done AIPA that I could have again.

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Photo of teromous
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottom of the can: "061716"

Appearance: Murky amber body with a massive head that takes up nearly half the glass. The head is white with a bumpy textured surface. Lots of visible carbonation

Aroma: I am getting a flowery scent along with an herbal aroma similar to bay leaf. I am also getting a catty ureic aroma but it is behind the other scents.

Taste: Both the flower and urea aromas come though here and linger into the aftertaste. There is a bit of a lime flavor in there too. While there is flavor to the beer none of the components complement each other.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation with a harsh finish that is not attributable to bitterness. Moderate bitterness and a bit of a soapy textured finish.

Overall: Not a particularly pleasant beer to drink. It is just a mismatch of flavors and textures thrown together that don't satisfy the palate. It's not one I would really recommend or drink again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, orange pour, 1" of white head. Aroma was a sweeter shade of grapefruit pithiness.

Taste dropped the c hops and some simcoe I think. Caramel and toffee, but not overpowering of the hops. Its hoppy, but not as much as the commercial handjob would cause one to believe.

Good above average ipa in a good format, nothing more.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can into a pint glass.
Pours clear amber with a very large and very durable white head. Plenty of sticky lacing is left behind.
The hop aroma is not particularly attractive but the flavor is good. Moderately bitter and hoppy for style.

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Photo of delta490
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light hazy orange-gold with a big cap of slightly foamy white head with soapy lacing. The aroma is lighter but has nice floral and tropical fruit hops qualities. The taste, though, is a bit disappointing. It just tastes washed out and flat. The body is a little thin and there's carbonation throughout. There's a little hops bite on the finish.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Lagunitas mason jar style glass. A dark yellow tree sap amber with a half-finger of frothy, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit (light mango, passion fruit, kiwi perhaps), citrus (grapefruit, orange), canned peaches, pine needles, floral elements, something else more purely herbal. Everything in its right place and strikes a fair number of different chords. Getting a prominent honey sweetness as well. Palate features these elements as well, weighted more towards the herbal, floral, and pine aspects, with the sweet fruit and citrus present and accounted for (including a notable amount of berry) but beneath the bitterness. Almost minty. Dry and astringent. Not sure if the Cluster is the culprit but something is different. Some woody yeast character. Moderate firm body/mouthfeel, with a bitter grainy finish. Can taste the 6.2%, a little bit. The contrast between the honeyed fruit aroma and stark herbal palate is what stands out here. Unique and refreshing if a tad lacking in depth.

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Photo of FLima
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with a thick one finger head with medium retention.
Light aroma with a mild citrus hop and dank herbal notes.
Flavor is somewhat different, quite floral and dank. Hints of pine, orange marmalade, some green banana and grass. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 6.2% abv is simply not there.
Although it has a unique flavor, I was expecting more, given its brand, IBUs (66.5) and price tag. It was a bit bland and not with the hop profile I prefer the most.

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Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust white foam on the golden amber brew in the De Proef tulip. Hugely aromatic with fruity and flowery hops. The mouthfeel is sprightly.

This is a lusty big IPA that is not overly bitter. The label lists the hops as Cluster, Cascade, Citra, and Simcoe, and the ABV is 6.2%. The fruity hop flavors are delightful. It could be a double IPA with all the aromatics, but it is just generously flavored without the excesses. Well balanced with just enough sweet malty.

The canned version seems to date from the end of 2013. Overall, this seems like an improvement, and it's a highly drinkable IPA. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: fairly hazy; burnt orange in color; steady stream of bubbles rising; less than a 1 finger head that dissipated quickly; a little lacing;

S: really nice combination of floral and pine;

T: no hint of the floral; pine is predominant, but not overwhelming; there is an underlying bitterness; malt sweetness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; semi-dry finish;

O: I really hoped the flavor would match the aroma; still enjoyable;

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Photo of Omnium
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can > mason Pint

A - Slightly hazed orange gold with a finger of foamy off white head, medium lacing.
S - Run of the mill aroma, citrus zest, orange juice, big bready malt, pine, grass.
T - Some dank pine, sweet orange, bread malt, light grass and floral notes.
M - Medium feel, a slight chew to it.
O - Better than I remember it before, and to be honest its the only thing from Laughing Dog I'd consider getting again. Most of their other beers are flat out awful. This though is just a good average IPA. You know what you're getting with this one.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Laughing Dog India Pale Ale has a very thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with tiny white specs suspended throughout, a few lazy ascending bubbles, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet malts and piney hops. Taste is of the same, with an overriding sugariness, and there is an underlying hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and slick, and Laughing Dog India Pale Ale finishes semi-dry and easily drinkable. No alcohol shows up with this beer. I suggest checking this out.


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Photo of Huffs
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a Sam adams glass, developed a nice full head with good retention and lacing. Appearance was a deep golden color, nice and clear. Aroma was hoppy with floral notes. Taste had notes of caramel and hop. Creamy to syrupy mouthfeel with a sweet and dry aftertaste.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. smell is of piney hops. Taste is hops, minty, piney, some malts, well balanced and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can by way of Cable Bev. In Rockland County, NY
Comes with no freshness info

Pours near clear typical almond amber, under a gauzy and looser lite khaki head that leaves a thicker film and respectable low sheeting and strands of fine mostly low lacing.

Nose of piney hops with a solventy back note.

Hopped up IPA, with more pine, resin and ginger coated hops carrying the freight. Not bad, hops showing a respectable and shining all the way through the finish.

I enjoyed this IPA and would, I'm am confident, enjoy several more...worth a try

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The CANQuest (TM) is on a roll tonight, kids! This is the second CANsecutive beer that I have been the first to review in/from a CAN! I CAN hardly believe it, but sometimes The CANQuest (TM) takes new and unexpected turns.

From the CAN: "Brewed & CANned by Laughing Dog Brewing Co."; "Cluster * Cascade * Citra * Simcoe"; "Our IPA is a result of our profound love of hops and bold brews. A combination of Cluster, Cascade, Citra and Simcoe hops create a piney, citrus aroma and flavor."

My tongue was hanging out like the dog's in anticipation of this one, lemme tell ya! I heard a nice, loud Crack and it was time to employ the dreaded inverted Glug. I am using one of my two CAN glasses, a glass shaped to mimic the shape of a 12-ounce aluminum CAN and if you have not seen one yet, they are perfect for both CANs in general and the inverted Glug/pour in particular. I was faced with two-plus fingers of dense, French Vanilla-colored head that was going to have great retention, so I leaned in for a sniff. Hello! Pine was the prevalent aroma, but underlain with tropical fruits, not citrus as in grapefruit, at least not on the nose. The hophead junkie in me reverted to form as the dog lay at my feet. I whipped off my belt, looped it around my arm, tied off and hunted for a viable vein. I just kept sniffing away at it, awaiting the head to fall, leaving some incredible lacing in its wake as it did so. Soon the dog caught on and he had his nose in there, sniffing around. Good boy! Color was a deep golden-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9), with NE-quality clarity, but the unholy trio of Mammon, Croesus and King Midas did not hang around when they saw the dog. I am not a bg fan of dogs, either, but beer trumps fright in my case. I pushed the dog out of the way, got the spike in and laid back as the first wave danced across my tongue and through my vein. The dog took this as his cue to start lapping at the leftovers. Now, he's whimpering and his tail is shaking like he is passing a bone. Ha! This is beer for professionals, m'boy. The mouthfeel was full, thanks to a LOT of tiny bubbles in evidence. The taste was subtle, very tropical fruit, but not overwhelming. I was getting mango and coconut, especially. The finish was semi-dry with the pine making an appearance at the end, just to remind me that it was there. I am always on the lookout for CANned AIPAs to put in the cooler, especially on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) and this would definitely fit the bill. CAN somebody get the dog to stop chewing on my arm?!?

The following is my original bottle review, dtd 07-28-2012

I am incredulous that I have not previously reviewed this beer. I was in Idaho in July 2007 and drank a lot of Laughing Dog beers on-tap. This must not have been one of them. I think that this one came to me courtesy of local IP trader, tone77.

Loads of carbonation evident! I popped the cap and was getting some foam coming up through the neck, then when I began my pour, the foam was massive, forcing me to back off. I had another massive French Vanilla-colored head, resembling the top of an ice cream cone. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Nose was redolent with grapefruit/citrus hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a big citrus hop presence up front, underlain by a caramel malt sweetness. Finish was dry, hoppy, very satisfying. Why does the dog have to laugh at me, though?

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Photo of Brad007
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden hue with a two-finger head into my glass. I've never seen this brewery before so it's nice to try something new.

Lots of pine in the nose with a buttery crisp malt background.

Decent hop bite upfront. A good balance of pine and citrus with sweet, crisp malt. Lingers at the back.

Finishes in a clean, balanced manner. Carbonation levels are just right and there's no "burn" going down. Some may interpret this as "weak" but I feel that it's just right.

A great example of an IPA. Well worth a try for the IPA fan out there.

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Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so I wonder how the hell Total Wine got this one in stock . . .
pours a nice golden neon yellow with some thin white topping...
smell is floral, citrus, pine. bits of grapefruit....
taste is . . . . same. but thin. easy to drink though, I guess. Idaho, huh? well, I guess they tried.... and they have phil Jackson....
overall, a decent brew. I wonder what else they have on tap . . . .

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Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear brew that goes just beyond gold but doesn't reach amber, the head on this one is as close to white without being pure white as it gets. It reaches nearly one finger and keeps a steady, strong foam the rest of the way. It leaves a large area of densely spotty lacing down to about the middle of the glass with sparser spotting the rest of the way.
I'm a little surprised by the fruits and pine coming out of this one, both in aroma and flavor. It's not as weak as I've head some people say it is by any means. It is nicely balanced, which some hopheads might not appreciate, though it makes it technically better. I want lots of hops without being choked. This delivers, and gives me a nice caramel and honey biscuit sweetness beside. It does have a floral or slightly grassy aspect and, as it warms, something interestingly almost nutty comes out into the finish.
The mouthfeel is nice and smooth without compromising crispness. Carbonation is moderate. The body can't manages medium, though on the light side, but enough to provide support.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear gold in color, with a big, two-nch head of white foam
Aroma-Piney hops, spicy note
Taste-Piney hops, toasted malt that just manages to acquire a semblance of balance, followed by a long, lingering bitterness that follows to the finish. Bright and bitter this IPA would shine with a spicy food pairing.

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Photo of Hopscat
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass. Golden , clear with beautiful off white head and good lacing which sticks to glass.
This is my second LD brew and the spicy hops note is there again. Is this rye (?), probably need to check the brewer website for notes.
Taste is some fruity and some spicy hops with a nice malt balance.
This IPA feels great with good body medium to full with good carb. Very drinkable/sessionable. A solid IPA and I'll pick up again, though the price point is pretty high. Paid $2.80 for a single.

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India Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 215 ratings