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BEER INFO

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Laughing Dog Brewing's Cream Ale is a traditional cream ale fermented with both ale and lager yeast, this gives us the creamy smoothness of an ale with a nice dry crisp finish.

We start with premium American grown 2 row pale malted barley, add a touch of German pils malt then Australian malt for color and flavor. Finally only choice Northwest grown Hops are added. After carefully fermenting for 2 weeks, we quickly chill the beer and filter.

We allow our Cream Ale to then cold age for another two weeks before kegging or bottling.

Added by woemad on 07-06-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
57
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
20.99%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 57
Photo of alphanon
4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a very golden color and very clear no haze, may be a little darker then most creme ales. The nose is definitely malt forward and not overly complex, but it is a creme ale. The head could stand to stay around a little longer, which is strange because the CO2 level is noticeable on the tongue. The taste is crisp and clean, a little more malt forward then hop, but still balanced. Mouthfeel a little heavier then your standard yellow fizzy but I'd drink one after mowing the lawn. Overall It is probably a little heavier and more flavorful then your standard american light ale, but for me I'd gladly replace them with this beer.

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a good size white head that flees the scene. The lacings are very good for this style. Aroma is mild breads. Taste is bitter earthy hops with a good amount of sweet malts. I don't know much about cream ales but this was a very nice beer. Kind of like a 50 / 50 lager and pale ale. Good dry bitter finish. I think you could drink this beer all night. Providing you like it as much as I do.

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Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a blonde, transparent gold color and it has a slightly gold colored head. It is a very bubbly head with a lot of retainability. It has good lacing. It smells of a fair amount of malt and just a bit of hops. The flavor is mildly bitter. It is citrus with orange and grapefruit like flavors. It has a true to its name mouthfeel. It is very creamy.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of Laughing Dog Cream Ale at the brewery while on a three-day two-night trailer trip in North Idaho. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a nice gold color and is clear. A one-finger bubbly head forms, but dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass. The head produces little lacing.

The smell is sweet with a bit of a pine fragrance.

The taste is a fairly sweet with a little mild citrus flavor, a sweet malt presence, and a dry hop finish. The flavors are well balanced. It is a nice tasting brew.

The mouth feel is light, crisp and dry. The beer is moderately carbonated.

This is a very drinkable beer. I don’t know much about the style, but this is a nice light refreshing beer, with a full flavor and a dry finish.

NOTE: The brewery has a nice tasting room, with friendly brew staff. You can stop in and get a set of tasters (seven 4 oz beers) served on a dog bone shaped tray, eat pretzels from a dog dish on the table, and take a tour of the brewery. If you are lucky you might even meet Ben, the owner’s dog, and inspiration for the brewery.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly complex for a simple style, without simply throwing extra hops into the beer like the higher rated cream ales. The aroma starts with an orange and evaporated milk aroma while the flavor adds more sweet, not bitter, grapefruit and a hint of nutmeg. There's a bit too much lager tang and that throws the whole feel off slightly. Otherwise this is a fine cream ale.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a delicious melted butter color with a 2 finger head on top. Head retention is null but is pretty while it lasts. Opacity is 80%.

A deliciously musty smell with cream, blackberry, green apple and citrus. Light hop oils. Some faint grains, too.

Quite a bit of lemon, with pink sea salt crystals, a hop bite, and a yeasty finish with more citrus pith. While underwhelming it's actually not bad at all and quite refreshing.

Feels crisp, clean, and simple. A slight dryness is left on the finish.

I'd have this again, especially on a summer day - but it ain't bad in the winter time either.

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Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with a small white head.

S: Aromas of rotting apple, pale malt, and light hops.

T: Some sweet corny malt, with mild notes of apple, and a big dose of citrus hops.

M: On the lighter side with zippy carbonation.

D: Not too bad. One of the better cream ales I have had.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. Picked up in a trade from JohnGalt1 - thanks a lot!!

A - Can't remember seeing this color before...sort of a honey-orange with an off-white head that melted away to a small ring fairly quickly. Good carbonation; the color became more orange
further down the glass.

S - An unknown sweetness escapes the glass. No words I typically use can describe the aroma...not really malty, no hops, and it's not a fruity scent either. Hmm...it comes closest to vanilla.

T - The slightest bit of malt in the background, and the vanilla is much more pronounced. Definitely as sweet as it smelled with no real hoppy tone at all. Some fruit lingers, cherries and pear mostly. It's an enjoyable flavor combination...a little unusual, but I've had very little experience with cream ales.

M - The pour didn't look too thick, but it was definitely a medium-bodied, creamy beer. The thicker body helped as it gave me a better chance to bite through the flavors. Still goes down very smoothly with a crisp finish.

D - This made for a good after-lunch-watching-football beer. Laughing Dog hasn't disappointed me yet, so I want to say thanks again to JohnGalt1 for letting me try this one. I'd definitely say give this a try if you have the means of obtaining one. Would also be excellent in the summer, as mentioned on the bottle.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale golden yellow color with about an inch of fluffy white head.

Smells, well, that is tough. Smells a bit of hay, a bit of yeast, a bit of corn and maybe a little malt sweetness, but honestly it doesn't have much else going on.

Wow, I really dig the flavor of this beer. Its sort of a combination of sweet malt, sweet corn and a bit of a citrus kick. It all comes together to make this light beer very drinkable. Quite surprising for a light colored beer without a lot of smells.

Reading about Cream Ales will tell you that they were first brewed by American ale brewers to compete with the lager brewers who were getting all the business with their light, clean, clear golden beers. This one is a great example of the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

My buddy, the Laughing Dog, has come to visit me in bottled form, in Philly. We made each others' acquaintance during my visit to Boise, ID in July 2007 and I've missed him since. Good dog!

My pour created two fingers' worth of fluffy marshmallow-like head with fantastic retention. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Nose had a slight tang, lightly citrusy. Mouthfeel was medium with a light citrus flavor on the tongue. Finish was bitingly dry with a peppery bite. As the label suggested, this would be "great on hot summer days." Fetch some today!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Edit: My review of this beer is based solely on the beer.. not my understanding of "what" a cream ale is supposed to be.

12oz picked up at the Coop for about $1.40... shared with Brenda, mine from my New Belgium goblet.

1" head drops leaving spotty lace above a clear straw gold brew.

Aroma is very bready. Smells like a loaf of sweet bread right before it goes in the oven... clean and pronounced corn/fruitiness at the same time.. all the smells are very separate... light spiciness throughout.

Flavor is pale malts and white bread... again there is a touch of hop spiciness.. some yeasty fruitiness that is different than most beers.. almost like it is accentuated... light body that tastes thicker...and prickly carbonation... Reminds me very much of a lighter "Rogue Dad's Little Helper Malt Liquor".. sorta corny mid palate.

Not my cup of tea.. but I am sure that if there is such a thing as a Micro "Cream Ale" this has to be pretty good for the style... Probably would be very refreshing in the summer heat.

As it warms and my palate acclimates.. it really isn't bad and actually very drinkable.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright yellow beer, with a monsterous thick pure white head. Sort of eggy,peanut shell aroma to it. I find this typical of Cream Ales. Flavour is sweet, honeyish, corn, candy sugar..with a slight bitter end. Nice enough on the palate a touch silky but easy going down. Overall a nice light beer.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up in Seattle. Great simple label design...gotta love it, totally reminds me of a great local brewery here in Portland. Clean golden brew, white head. Soft nose that drinks easily. Clean, easy to quaff and I must agree with the bottle, would be a fantastic brew in the summer. Nice beer from a another great PNW brewery....I’m very pleased with this beer and happy to support an Idaho brewery. Going to have another one of their beers tonight....

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Photo of dnichols
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a gold and clean body with a slight white bubbly head that receded fast and supported slight lacing.

S: It smell of sweet malts and white fruits (pears and apples).

T: It tasted sweet, malty with hints of light citrus flavors.
The flavors were balanced. None dominated.

M: It is a light bodied drink that was creamy and smooth with a dry finish and modest crabonation.

D: It was a fine brew for a session beer. Not too heavy and a light ABV.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a whirlwind shopping spree at the Boise Co-op.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of fine foamy white head, which leaves some decent sponge pattern lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of a substantial citrus edge, and fine pale malt. The taste is quite lemony, of the neutered counter polish sort, with some floral white wine character, over a very soft bready malt influence. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium-light in weight, somewhat smooth amongst the acidic overtones, and not really creamy. It finishes dry, crisp, and fruity, the floral grape essence remaining quite persistent.

An interesting cream ale - the NW hops manifesting in an unusual manner, overshadowing the expected cream ale maltiness, not to mention the lack of a well, at least minimally creamy texture.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed lemon-drop yellow with a foamy white head. Uneven lacing sticks.

The smell is mainly of lemongrass and sourdough.

The taste is of sweet grain, tart lemon (a bit too sour) with a bitterish dryness in the finish.

It is light-bodied and crisp. The carbonation is on the high side, though not too fizzy.

There is an underlying sourness to this that I'm not too thrilled with. It does have a nice bitterish touch in finish, however.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pilsner glass, the head is creamy, substantial and pretty long lasting. Most likely a function of the glass more than the beer or my pouring technique. Good, sustained carbonation.

Flavors are of cranberry, cherry, spices, and a bit of pine. There's quite a bit going on in this beer.

Deep reddish golden color.

As the bottle states, dry finish with little aftertaste.

Overall, probably not as recommended as the Sweet Stout by the same brewery, but solid.

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Photo of woemad
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. Drinking this will mean the beer they brew with Jalepino peppers is the only bottled LD beer I've yet to try. As always, the label shows Ben the yellow lab, this time with a tan background that fades to gold as it goes up the bottle. The label states that the beer is "fermented with both ale and lager yeast." The malts are "premium American grown 2-row pale malted barley...a touch of German pils malt then a premium Australian malt for color and flavor, " with "choice Northwest grown hops."

This pours a copper-ish gold color, with a big creamy white head that takes a couple of minutes to drop. Sheets of lace quickly glide down the glass towards the beer and leaves a spotty beer neglige at the top of the glass.

The smell of this beer is not terribly dominant, but it's what I expected for the style. There's a modestly sweet maltiness that is the most dominant part of the nose. Subordinate to that is a mild spicy hoppiness. It's not very overt, but it's there.

This tastes pretty much how it smells: mildly malty, with a very mild peppery hoppiness skulking in the background. This is a beer meant to do little to upset the tastebuds. Something to wean people off the macros with, or at least get them to drink something more local than B/M/C, even if it doesn't really challenge their tastebuds.

This is a light bodied beer. The mouthfeel is a little too bland and watery for my liking, but it's better than so many mass-appeal beers that I've had.

Not a great beer, but it's not really trying to be one. Definitely to be kept in mind as a lawnmower beer and for those occaisions when you find yourself providing beer for less adventurous drinkers than the average BA. When I find myself with friends that fit into the latter category and this is available, I'll steer them in this direction.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden/straw colored body with a touch of haze. Head is a half-finger of compact white foam. It's not horrible or anything but it doesn't blow me away.

Smell: light aroma; a little grainy and a little malty with a touch of sour thrown in. Hops are not all that present but there is a little bit of earthy hop in there.

Taste: flavor is grainier than the aroma and the hops are slightly more prevalent. The flavor seems balanced but a little raw; it's not bad but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: there's actually a pretty nice level of carbonation here, which helps the medium-light body to a relatively nice feel.

Drinkability: this is a pretty refreshing beer, but I'm not a huge fan of the graininess. Not bad on a hot day by the lake, but also not something I'm likely to seek again.

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Photo of pootz
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Clouded gold with a decent head, good lacing.

Fruity esters and yeast mustiness over a grainy tone in the aroma.

Flavor is mild but pleasant, light fruityness, some earthiness, passive but adequate hopping...dry tart finish.

Decent...but the Cream ale style is uniquely Canadian and I've yet to see a US Micro match the cream ales from Quebec

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Photo of BigBry
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The lightest style that was available when we stopped at the brewery.
Pours slightly hazed, yellow liquid with a foamy white head that left thin lacing. Slight citrus smell along with some graininess. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy, a bit tart and lemon citrus. Light body, crisp carbonation, slightly dry finish. An average beer, aimed at the mainstream.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a. Poured a nutty lemon yellow with some substantial haze going on in the glass. A billowy crisp white thick cream head capped it off.

s. The aroma was bready and yeasty with some malt, rice, and oats mixed in. Fruit aromas of lemon, fresh melon, and some nice bitter hops to finish it off.

t. The taste was tough one. Malty cream and biscuts mixed with a bizarre tartness and sourness, akin to lemons and bad fruit. Offsetting and seems more like a tart, which I wasn't expecting. It was difficult to sip, and i have to wonder if my bottles were slightly off.

m. The mouthfeel in nice... it's thick and creamy but still light and crisp, with good carbonation to keep it all afloat.

d. Drinkability is definitely suffering (in my mind) as a result of the tartness. Had I been expecting it, maybe it would work out alright. Maybe I just haven't had the right cream ales? or maybe this is just an anomaly. Or i could be a wuss with a horrible palette. But I'd like to think not.

Is this really how Laughing Dog Cream tastes? Or did I get a bad batch? I'll have to try to find a different batch and try again. I'm hoping for LD's sake, that the brew doesn't normally have that astringent tartness about it. Wasatch's review mentions the tartness/tang as well, and I've heard several times that LD isn't necessarily on top of quality control. I'll have to give another batch a try and report back.

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Photo of velosuds
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Original review was lost in database crash October 5, 2009. Don't want to have this beer again.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness or bottled on date apparent. Single purchased at local health foods store for $1.65.

A-Poured a bright golden yellow with virtually no head or lacing.

S-Vaguely like peanuts and eggshells. Not especially pleasant.

T-Quite sweet, but not what I typically like in a beer of any style. I doubt I will try this style again. I don't see the need to mix lager and ale yeasts. This was too rich.

M-Too creamy and buttery for my taste.

D-Surprisingly filling. I won't drink this beer again, nor will I probably try the style again. Don't see the need for mixing the ale and lager styles. Somewhat tasty yellow fizz that was too expensive compared to better, more affordable, albeit, different style beers.

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Photo of tbeck
3.31/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light yellow/amber in color with a very thin white head that dissipated quickly. There was not a lot of carbonation. The aroma was of mixture of malts with hops, very good in balance. The taste was a let down from the aroma. It was malty with a good flavor of hops, a touch of bitterness. It had a thin texture, but very smooth feel to it. A good session beer with mild enjoyment. Not very heavy but goes down well.

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Photo of kboett77
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours beautifully a dark honey colour with nicely supported head and med-light carbonation. Taking a smell of the beer is less pleasant, as the arouma is thin, and sharply tangy. However, the beer drinks nicely, very creamy with a kiss of hops and a nice malt in the middle of the taste. The carbonation is not evident in the flavour, however, I was left feeling rather gassy after about half a glass (I used a stein type glass). All in all, not a bad beer.

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