Laughing Dog India Pale Ale | Laughing Dog Brewing

Laughing Dog India Pale AleLaughing Dog India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
48.3%
Liked This Beer
3.62 w/ 211 ratings
Laughing Dog India Pale AleLaughing Dog India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
laughingdogbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by woemad on 01-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,737
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
211
Liked:
102
Avg:
3.62/5
pDev:
13.54%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of djrn2
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with some notes of pine resin hops and slight hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the caramel malts are much more prominent and there are associated hints of sweetness. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is relatively easy to drink and has a nice combination of citrusy and piney hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another 12oz bottle picked up for a little more than a buck in a grocery store in Idaho, when buying it here at home means well more than a Johnny Mac for a sixer. Fresher, too, one would hope.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden orange colour, with two fingers of foamy, rocky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some nice frilly lace around the glass in its short and sassy wake.

It smells of evenly bitter orange and lemon citrus, somewhat dank leafy pine hop esters, equally soft bready, grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee sweetness, and a floral/herbal, and lightly perfumed undercurrent. The taste is bitter citrus (orange and white grapefruit) rind, some funky herbal and astringent pine needles, all on top of a restrained bready, caramel and kind of biscuity malt backbone.

The carbonation is moderate, manifesting in a trilling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, a tad cloying, but generally smooth. It finishes in kind, the bready sweetness tempered yet by bitter herbal, citrusy, and weedy hops.

Not the standard, fresh, and eminently quaffable west coast IPA that I remember from my times past in the area - a bit muddled, and not enough crisp citrus to keep my attention. Perhaps travel is not this one's best friend - that, and the lack of a pastoral lakeside imbibing setting, I suspect.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 8/15/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, pineapple, peach, floral, herbal, and light pine. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange zest, pineapple, peach, grapefruit, herbal, floral, bread, and light pine. Moderate amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, peach, pineapple, herbal, and light pine on the finish for a bit. Nice balance of hop flavors with a good bitterness/sweetness balance as well. No cloying flavors after the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. Well balanced with nice hop flavors; extremely smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifully bronzed orange peel with sunshine bright edges of tangerine-amber. The thickly creamy crown is equal parts alabaster and ecru, bathed in a soft orange light. Keeping the goodness rolling right along, the glass is beginning to be coated with tattered sheets of lace.

I like my IPAs noses to be more pungently hoppy than this. Still, it's a pleasing combination of caramel malt and ripe citrus fruit that most should enjoy. Once the foam melts and the beer warms, things open up a little more.

I'm reminded of a mini DIPA or an English IPA due to the amount of well-toasted, buttered caramel maltiness. Maybe even an American take on an ESB. Don't expect the usual bright, explosively citric American hoppiness and all will be well. Although the jury is still out, I don't love it. Let's see what several more big gulps brings.

This is one of the more balanced IPAs that you're likely to run across. That's the main reason why it reminds me so much of those malty DIPAs that are more barleywine-like than I believe DIPAs should be. The hop flavor is there in this beer, it just isn't THERE. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the IBUs are on the high side (beneath all those malt sugars).

The mouthfeel comes through with flying colors. It's on the large side for the style, is nicely plush and has a carbonation load that keeps things moving without going overboard. One of the highlights for sure. Another highlight is a glass that is impressively coated as the beer falls with drinking.

CSB is probably the best Laughing Dog beer that I've had so far. IPA isn't too far behind, but since it doesn't fit my preferred profile, I don't like it as much. I'm still enjoying the hell out the bottle, which is why the drinkability score is what it is. Close, but no cigar.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Oh shoot this is looking a little old (March 16 2012).

A simple off white head, makes barely two fingers to settle nicely, kind of foamy even a bit creamy in appearance. Body color is a nice classic orange amber with dark yellow brass hues, not bad.

Nose is sweet toasty malts, with a subdued hop presence. Yup this has faded I am guessing but there's a nice toast action behind this.

Still quite a simple pine hop presence, but a weak and watery body. Sharp finish of hinting alcohol it seems even for 6.5% which seems odd.

Overall, I am not sure how much better this would be fresh, but i'ts kind of lacking either way a bit. Still drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 IPAchris
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy two-finger off-white head, lots and lots of nice thick creamy stick lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hoppyness, some citrus, and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, citrus, but on a soury side, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice IPA, but for the souryness.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Laughing Dog India Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 48.3% out of 100 with 211 ratings
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