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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 Beernoisseur
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant little beer. It looks great off the pour from a bottle to my pilsner glass. It's a bright orangey amber. Very nice. Gorgeous, fine lacing.

This beer smells, to me, like a diminutive version of a DIPA, it's not an explosion of hops (which I prefer), and there is a lot of malty sweetness. It reminds me of a scaled back version of a DFH 90. It's a pretty close call in the tug of war between the carmel malts and the citrus rind/pine on the hops.

The flavor matches the aroma (not surprisingly). A very well balanced beer with an element of toastyness. the hops are big and assertive on the bitterness front. Bitter first, then sweeter, then a very dry bitter finish that lingers. A lemony citrus quality introduces itself near the end.

Mouthfeel is great, and so is the drinkability. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of erikm25
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a minimally hazy honey orange coloring. Burnt copper hues but still leaning more on the gold side. The head is off white and pillows up nicely. Strong retention and spotty lacing.

S: Interesting aroma and balances nicely between a sharpened citrus and sweet maltiness. Has some herbs and hints of bitterness. Slight floralness. I would have expected some more pine and strong hops smell but overall it was decent.

T: This is definitely a little different from previous IPA's I have tried. There is a sweetness to the beer while at the same time having a lemon citrus bite. I do not know much about wines (at all) but the initial taste made me think of a dry white wine. Slight fruitiness. I enjoyed this more as it warmed up a bit.

M: Solid medium body and carbonation.

D: While not one of my favorite IPA's it is still a quality offering. I used this in a steamed mussels recipe and it worked out very nicely.

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Photo of Risser09
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange and yellow color with slow moving carbonation going to the surface. A tall 3" cream head has great retention and plenty of lace. Nice.

Smell: Base malt and a mineral hop aroma. Slight pine and grapefruit. Floral rose finish.

Taste: Lots of pine bitterness that is sort of soapy tasting. It's not a bad flavor though. Sweet initially of honey, flowers, followed by pine, lemon and minerals. Pretty good and original.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Sweet. A light alcohol burn. Medium body and smooth to swallow. Lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. The taste takes some getting used to , but is quite nice. I would take this one over many of the mainstream IPAs. Try it!

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Photo of jackorain
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle into my Stone Levitation stemware.

A-Dingy orange and cloudy topped with a tall off-white head from semi-aggressive pour. Head fell slowly leaving thick patchy lace.

S-After an inital citrusy blast, the caramel and biscuit malt take over the aroma. Smeels quite sweet.

T-Citrus hops, followed by earthy and spicy noble hop aromas. I would love to know the hops in this one. There is a very strong malt backbone in the middle but the beverage than finished quite bitter and this bitterness last a while

M-medium body with a very lively carboantion.

D-Drinkability is good, I would not have a problem downing several of these.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New beer available at Brass Rail so I picked it up for beer club.

Orange color with a cap of a white head that leaves some patchy lace. Smell is faintly citris with a strong backing of biscuity and caramel malt. Not your typical American IPA, leans more toward the earthy English IPA. Malty flavors open up the taste and it finishes bitter. It hovers somewhere between grapefruit and pine with neither one really taking over. Somewhat oily mouth. Overall very balanced but I think that hurts this beer by never letting it kick into full blown IPA range.

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Photo of gibby
2.19/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into a nice tulip glass, 1 finger head which quickly disappeared. The beer looked great but it had an odd smell to it. I am a huge IPA fan so I was hoping to smell some massive hops when I cracked the top but it just was not there. The taste was ok, nothing special, little thin on the mouth feel. I was disappointed with this brew b/c I read some good reviews on here. Picked this six pack up at TJ's in paoli, I need to stop by there more often, great selection of bottles and drafts. I will give a plug to the laughing dog devil dog IIPA, great brew. Hopefully some bombers head this way soon.

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Photo of joe1510
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Laughing Dog's IPA was thrown in as one of the couple generous extras from JohnGalt1, thanks Toby! The body of this beer is the color of strong sun tea, some faint rust highlights show through and the body becomes sunset orange when backlit. There's a touch of haziness throughout the body. A standard pour brought about a one-plus finger fizzy, dishwater head that fizzled out to a thin skimming and small collar. A few patches of thin lace are splashed here and there.

Candied grapefruit peel starts things off along with other mild citrus: lemon, orange, and lime in that order. A lightly sugary alcohol punch rides through quickly and there is an enjoyable undercurrent of rich maltiness in the form of sugar cookies and caramel. The quick booziness seems to bring out some pine resin qualities, although not very many. Although the nose is hop driven the maltiness isn't far behind and the overall smell leans toward the sweet candy-like IPAs.

The flavor follows stride with the aroma. Candied citrus rinds lead the way front to back and leave behind some sweetness. They're most potent right up front but fade enough to, almost, let the caramel and cookie maltiness to catch up. The mellow booziness helps bring the hops to the front and adds some dryness to the finish that adds some bitterness to the mix. I prefer my IPAs to be heavily hoppy and although this one is pretty well balanced I do enjoy the flavors Laughing Dog managed to pull out of the hops used.

I'm surprised at the amount of carbonation in this IPA. It's right on the fence between just right and overly aggressive. The more I drink the more I think it's right where it should be, prickly on the tongue, accentuating the mild bitterness. The body is moderate but the snappy carbonation keeps it moving.

The balance helps the drinkability. As a matter of fact the beer is already gone as I write this. It was hard to keep it in the glass. The mild malty sweetness and candy like flavors from the hop profile kept me drinking.

This is a solid, enjoyable IPA from Laughing Dog. It doesn't stand out as a great IPA but would be in my fridge often if available in the area. This is a more sessionable IPA then the big hop bombs I enjoy so much. Thanks again Toby!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Laughing Dog- IPA

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Deep reddish orange with a huge frothy head. Good solid lacing.
S- Deep oily pine hops, varnish alcohol, and a good thick sugary malt base.
T- Good thick caramel malt starts this 1 off. it quickly opens into a big grapefruit rind/ fresh green pine hops body. Slight alcohol present.
M- Thick and malty up front with sweet bitter hops carrying this one through.

Overall- Man, this was a damn good IPA on tap! The flavors were big and bold! If this is how Idaho rolls then send more to the North East!

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While passing through Boise I sampled this one with a friend. Off the tap it poured a deep orange color with a pillowy off-white head. Nice clarity in the liquid. Decent retention and sticky lacing. The nose was typical (which is not a bad thing) for the style, citrus hops and floral hops along with toasted malt. The flavors were mostly hops at first, pine, orange peel and some resin with the roasted/toasted malt balance afterwards. The malt is welcome and well defined for an IPA but the hops still made it just a little sour. Medium body and medium carbonation. Nothing revolutionary but a good beer from a place I'd never even heard of (Ponderay?).

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Photo of bmxatv
4.72/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Is it me or does this beer taste likes it's brewed with hemp? Strong smell of hops that I would easily mistake for pot. It smelled like pot, tasted like pot and when I asked my buddy to try it, he got it to his nose and said, "Dude it smells like herb". Highly drinkable, not to dry of a finish and floral with a very nice balance. This might just be my new favorite IPA.

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Photo of tbeck
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orangish-red with a medium off white head, nice laciness. Strong aroma of hops, slight sweetness and citruis. Taste was hoppy and bitter, the balance seemed off. Texture was good. Overall this beer was not bad, but not very enjoyable, the hops seemed overpowering with not much other flavor.

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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 jakon
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased for $9.99/6 on 6-8-8 at Whole Foods Portland.

This beer pours an orange/light garnet hue with a nice burnt orange head.

The aroma reminds me of a smaller American barleywine. Specifically, it's reminiscent of Old Ruffian. Pine, marshmallow, caramel, orange peel, lime and grapefruit all shine through.

Wow, the taste is very nice. This is a very balanced, highly drinkable IPA. It really does remind me of a barleywine, only much smaller. Very big on the malts for an IPA. The bitterness is smooth rather than sharp and biting. Very enjoyable.

Carbonation is on the lower side.

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Photo of tayner
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Poured a nice light tan color with a huge pillow-y white head that stayed forever and left some serious sticky lacing all the way down. very nice looking

smell was sweet floral, alot of both. very strange nose that made me not really want to try it.

Taste was more floral hop than the nose let on. I prefer pine/earthy hops, and these were definitely more floral/citrus/pithy hops. The midpalate was saturated with sweet malt that made the back of my tongue sticky and the hops were so oily it did not cut the sweetness.

Medium to heavy carbonation is the only thing that allowed me to finish this beer, otherwise i wouldnt have gotten it down. I think i will pass on this one in the future, not my thing.

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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 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 PlaywrightSam
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber picked up at Rosauers in Moscow, ID. A: Cloudy orange with a touch of amber, moderate amount of head with some lacing. S: Pretty clean citrus hops, some floral, caramel malt sweetness. T: Some lighter maltiness up front, mildly sweet, some really nice floral hops in a nicely dry, long finish. Really opens up as I continue through the bottle. M: Medium to thick body, very nicely carbonated, crisp. D: I'm an Idaho native, so I'm biased toward an Idaho brewery, but this is a very nice beer. Really wonderful balance, very drinkable. I wish I could get it in NYC.

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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 Lothore
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a deep orange with a 1 finger eggshell head which leaves quite a bit of lacing as it dissapates.

S- Smell is supersweet and floral. Already I am starting to get a little apprehensive about this one.

T- Taste is definitely hoppy but also has what I can only describe as a soapy sweetness. This one definitely did not hit me the right way.

M- Semi viscous, a good amount of carbonation.

D- I found this one very hard to drink. The soapiness in the taste really threw me off.

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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 genog
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful amber orange color with a thick and generous 4" creamy thick off white head. Lacing is left splattered all along the side of the glass. Smell is of delicious hops. Pine and earthy hops mesh together to remind me of a holiday aroma. Taste is bitter all the way through, not harsh but just a smooth bittering followed by a very creamy texture.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-orange color topped by a small, creamy white head. Nice, crisp aroma as soon as the bottle opens and builds as the beer is poured. Spicy, piney floral hops dominate, with a hint of sweet malt in the background. Palate is sharply hoppy up front, with notes of pine and grapefruit. A bit of sweet malt balances the hops mid-palate before receding again at the lingering bitter finish. Body is just thick and sticky enough to be a near-perfect conveyer of all the lupulin in this excellent IPA. Wish I had purchased more than a single bottle.

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Photo of rm0312
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a shaker glass - Good color and decent head with good lacing. Light golden copper color; somewhat cloudy; good carbonation Great hoppy smell and taste. Interesting bitter finish. Will buy this again next time through Sandpoint, Idaho

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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 RJLarse
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this one in a bottle several months ago, but I recently encountred it cask conditioned, so I wanted to add my thoughts on that.

Original review:

From the cask pours a rich copper color and is slightly hazy. The head has big bubbles.

The smell is typical of an IPA.

The taste is also typical, a little closer to average in this case.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, lightly carbonated and very buttery feeling.

From a cask this is a very drinkable beer. A significantly different experience from the bottled beer.

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