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Laughing Dog India Pale AleLaughing Dog India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -3.6%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +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 smakawhat
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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 +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 Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a big two finger head that lasted a while. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: soft pine, grapefruit, and hop bitterness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: a lightly bready malt base with caramel, light pine, mild grapefruit, some orange tones, and a hearty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is relatively short here.

Drinkability: decent IPA that was easy to quaff. Worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -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 Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that I picked up at Bottleworks in Seattle. Pours a dark, slightly hazy orange with an okay head and spotty lacing. A little dark for the style, but still looks pretty good. Heavy apricot aromas from the hops as well as a lingering bitterness and a good deal of malt. Some pine at the end. The taste is similar. Quite heavy with lots of malt, and a somewhat unusual hop profile of heavy apricot and pine. Some candied citrus peel manifests as the beer opens up. There is some residual sweetness, but fairly controlled. It gives the beer a bit of a marmalade taste as well. Lingering bitterness that is pretty pronounced. Somewhat thick in the mouth. Not a huge beer, but a pretty decent IPA if a bit different. Interesting, I'd drink it again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Coop for about $1.40... poured into my New Belgium goblet.

1" head died down quickly leaving behind alot of splotchy lacing. Clear orange/lite amber brews.

Nose is fairly bright citrus hops and a little pine.. maybe a touch heavy on the malt aroma, but I like my IPA's to have a little maltiness.

Palate is much more hoppy than the aroma... citrus and pine with a touch of earthiness... good pale and toasted malt mid palate with a pronounced but still low sweetness balanced by a good bitterness.... a good dose of yeasty fruitiness that lets you know this is an ale... body is pretty full for the style, but the carbonation just pushes everything aside and slams all the flavors together ending on a piney hop finish... the drinkablity does get a little rough after two or three... pretty aggressive flavor profile.

This beer tastes very fresh to me... I like it and Laughing Dog IPA is pretty much a fridge staple in my house.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull brass coloring with a quickly rising 3+ finger ivory bone colored head that rose 1-2 fingers above the glass rim forming a conical dome shape. Retention was spectacular, hardly budging even after several minutes, while clarity was fairly clear, but not enough so to visible read text through. The lacing provided thin, foamy lacings of concentric circles down the glass while visible effervesce was composed of several stray carbonation bubbles rising at any given moment at a moderate rate. After nearly 5 minutes a thick, frumpy covering still existed covering the drink starting things off well enough.

S: The aroma was sweet pine and citrus of light-medium proportions. Sweet caramelized grains and a fresh burst of orangey citrus similar to their pale was detected on the closing, again more sweet then bitter.

T: There appeared to be a good deal of bitterness here, dried pine and dried citrus of medium-strong proportions, the problem lied mostly that the malting was severely under-represented here and came off thin and watery. The hopping was bitter with citrusy flowery and wet grapefruit against watery toasted grain backing that did little to balance nor add substance. A fresh grassiness and a dose of grapefruit peels is observed on a quickly closing and short fade. Overall not bad, but certainly not good.

M: light and watery, another low point in an otherwise mediocre experience. Much like their pale this lacked a good hop bite and a crispness that just gave this a watery feel.

D: Only slightly better then average drinkability here, and that's if your in a pinch. Brief flashes of citrus hops are most likely only accented by a weak and watery palate. Wouldn't seek this out or recommend.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep reddish orange with good carbonationa and a nice white cap

S: Deep oily pine hops, varnish alcohol, and a good thick sugary malt base.

T: Big caramel malt upfront with grapefruit and citrus, good dose of hops, bitterness is spot on

M: Sordove oily, not to tasty, lighter body

O: Average

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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 beertunes
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy deep yellow/light gold color with a tall, fluffy, white head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma was solidly pine and floral hops, with a hint of citrus at the back, built upon a solid malt foundation. Across the tongue the sharp, citrus hop flavors dominate, giving way to pine on the finish.

The body was good, a little more solid than a lot of IPAs around right now. Drinkability was also very good, for all the hop flavors, this isn't an immediate palate wrecker.

Overall, a very good IPA. Worth your time to try.

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from JohnnyM2002.

A: The IPA has a pretty amber color, coming closer to orange than red. The head came in close to 1 finger and quickly dissapated to a few white patches floating in the beer.

S: The smell is a grainy, biscuity malt with a liberal (but not overpowering) helping of citrusy hops.

T: The ale has a solid IPA flavor, a nice biscuity malt base, somewhat sweet but strong enough to support the hops. Those hops are very bitter, slightly harsh on the palate with some pine thickness and grapefruity sweetness. The finish is bitter and lasts long.

M: The bitterness in the finish is a nice way to end a sip. The hops leading up to it are enjoyable and, surprisingly, don't foreshadow the end.

D: This is a good ale, a nice firm hop body and a strong finish. Plus, it helps me cross Idaho off my quest to sample all fifty states.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass 5/26/11

A golden yellow with lots of tiny particles being moved around by a few bubbles that float up to a thumbs width of head that leaves a few patches of lace

S some citric hops with a little pine and a faint floral aspect

T a little caramel added to what I smell but its toned down just a little compared to the smell

M a little watery but it has just enough bubbles to give it some life and it has just a little bite on the finish

O another decent beer that I'm not blown away by but had nothing to complain about

The booze is well concealed so that should count for something and the 12$ price tag may appeal to quite a few beer drinkers in my part of the world. good brew for the price and I could see myself drinking this again

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a bright orange with a foamy off-what head that rose to fill the pint glass. Raindrops began to form in the thick cap as it receded and left sticky lacing along the sides.

Bright hop character of citrus and flowers and a touch of pine sap. There is a decent amount of toasted malt in the aroma which does detract from the hops, but not too much.

So far so good. The hops shine through even brighter on the palate. Pine needles and grapefruit up front with flowers and a touch of caramel before a moderate punch of bitterness.

The carbonation is just right for this beer. Medium to full body, smooth and creamy with just the right amount of pine resin and bitterness in the finish.

This is a very good go to IPA to keep in your fridge. Not great, but very good. I could see myself having a few of these in a sitting. The flavor profile is strong and might slow you down, but that is not a bad thing. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a recent trade with younger35. Thanks Dan!
Very clear, deep orange colour with a sticky, off-white cap of fine bubbles. The aroma was fairly mellow with orange citrus hops and a bit of toasty malt. Strong bitterness, a little rough, that really lingered. Citrusy all the way through, plus a little resinous towards the end. Malt was toasty and sweet. Medium bodied, average carbonation, good texture overall. Quite drinkable with a decent balance.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good vibrant orange and gold pur, just the right amount of head chills on the lip of the pint glass. Aroma is sweet, almost pink grapefruit.

Taste, hoppier than I remembered, solid bitterness and hop mouthfeel, cascade, maybe even Amarillo or simcoe in not huge amounts. Caramel but not the weight of it in a heavy sense.

A solid ipa, decent price 7-8$

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Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as I leave Alberta they start to get more selection from Laughing Dog. Good thing I got a western connection!

A - Pours a hazy copper colour with an orange hue, finger of head with some solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - A tad mild but the earthy cedar and pine come through alongside a lemon tea citrus scent.

T - A nice mild earthy hop presence, some peat notes, and citrus bitterness come through nicely alongside a caramel backbone and a touch of graham cracker.

M - Nice medium carbonation level, goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - An easy drinking IPA with a solid, but nicely balanced, hop presence. Could easily tackle a 6-er of this stuff without the fear of overwhelming the palette.

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Laughing Dog India Pale Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
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