Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream AleLaughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
The huckleberry is native to the Pacific Northwest and it is prized for its sweetness and texture. To celebrate summer and the huckleberry picking season, we have blended real huckleberries from last season with our cream ale.

Added by woemad on 07-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
191
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
17.4%
 
 
Wants:
2
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13
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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Kirsten14
4.73/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Such a good beer. It's one of those that works for any pallet. Such a good balance of flavors.

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Photo of ChrisLeWhite
4.55/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice crisp summer bear. With strong huckleberry notes and a fruity taste it stays honest to its title

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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of Beardo
4.46/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.4/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of kerry4porters
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of silverking
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- vibrant gold, wit a Thin White head that fades quickly. no apparent lacing.

S- very ripe berry aromas. Almost artificial.

T- just straight huckleberry. Wonderful and refreshing.

M- light bodied, watery, very short lived. Once again, very refreshing.

O- I love it. it brings back fond memories of picking huckleberries up north.

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Photo of DizzyMsLindsay
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 10/23/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle with a nice cooling label and cap. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 10-ounce "CHEERS-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a clear golden in color with a good 2-finger creamy white head. Head actually stayed around for a while and finally settling down to still a good 4mm or so. Lots of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of light grains and berries for the most part. Pretty much is said for the taste with the slightly sweet berries at the start and finishes with a very mild bitterness at the finish, which works really well for this brew. Crisp and clean and goes down easy. Different taste than raspberries, strawberries, etc and I liked it. Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. Part one of my huckleberry beer face-off against Couer d'Alene's Huckleberry Ale.
Pours a rich golden hue topped by a small, bright white head that doesn't stick around for very long. Huge aroma of sweet, fruity huckleberries and just a touch of mild sweet malt. Palate is a nicely-balanced cream ale up front, with sweet malt and a touch of hops. A second after it hits the tongue, though, the huckleberries emerge full force. The fruity sweetness continues long through the swallow and onto the aftertaste, where a slight vanilla creaminess comes through as well. Body is nice and creamy, very well done. A tasty, easy-drinking beer that manages to be both very fruity, yet not overwhelming. I have to say, as far as fruit beers go, this one is pretty top-notch.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of sporklift87
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a standard pint glass.
A - A clear golden ale with a white 1 finger head that leaves nice ringlets of lace clinging.

S - The smell is very jammy. A real strong huckleberry scent like muffins or a tart w/ a gentle ale scent in the background.

M - A light sweet, refreshing and carbonated ale.

T - Sweet cream ale w/ a heavy dose of fruit flavor. The fruit reminds me of an Ihop pancake syrup flavor. They claim to use real huckleberries and I believe them since it has no cloying attributes. The ale leaves a nice clean taste in your mouth herbal tea flavored with fruit.

D - A fruit flavored ale quaffer's delight. Not too fruity to be considered a 'beer cooler', but a fine amount of fruit for a cream ale. A great beer for summer. I would quaff this again if given the chance.

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29. The name is Huckleberry Cream Ale, not just Huckleberry Ale as I previously reported. LD's Cream Ale with pulverized huckleberries added, essentially. I remember the brewer telling me he used one of his already existing beers as a point of departure, but I couldn't remember which one it was (probably because I'd had about 6-7 beers by the time I'd left!). The label is somewhat of a departure for LD. Instead of the usual drawing of Ben the Lab's smiling face, this label features what appears to be a photograph of a meadow with one of the Selkirk Mtns in the background. But Ben is still present, sitting on the grass.The label around the picture is colored a "(huckle)berry color," and has the usual description on the side that LD favors.

This poured a copper-ish color with a two-inch white head that took about 4 minutes to subside, sinking slowly into the beer and leaving sheets of foam behind.

The huckleberry smell is fairly dominant. There's not much to get out of the nose beside that, as it's fairly one-dimensional. The good news is, like my experience with it on-tap, the huckleberries have not been aided by any sort of syrupy sweetness designed to bring in the novice drinker that would otherwise be drinking some sort of flavored alco-pop. So it smells like tasty huckleberries without being a sugar bomb.

The taste of this beer isn't far from the smell. Whatever level of hops are in this beer, it's not very high. The huckleberries are the star of the show here - hops and malts are deep in the background on this one, and that's where they are meant to be. This beer is fruity yet crisp, so I could drink this in very warm weather (though the weather here is actually going to pot as I type this).

This is a relatively light -bodied beer, befitting's its cream ale origins. The mouthfeel is perfect for outdoor grilling weather. Not somethig that's going to weigh the drinker down. I've had some fruit beers where the carbonation is too low and the results are a thick, nasty flat fruit soda kind of experience. Thankfully the level of carbonation here is sufficiently high to keep this from bogging down.

I tried this beer at the brewery back in July and took home a growler, as I judged it to be a tasty warm weather beer. I'm glad to see it hasn't appeared to have lost anything in the bottle.

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look : Pale blonde color with 30% opacity, towering white loosely knit head @ 3 fingers; no lace left behind on clean pint glass.

Aroma : Lots of berry aroma, very sweet, light graham and malt background. Medium strength.

Taste : Fairly beery with malts and hop presence, light sweet/bitter berry mixture on the back palate. A finish of blueberry skin and malts. There is a lot of berry presence here and it’s wonderful.

Feel : Uneventful and unremarkable for the most part, but it has a light creaminess that is pleasant, and a mild carbonation propping up the body. The finish is clean.

Overall : It’s a nice beer, I wish I would have had it this summer, it would have been very refreshing. As a winter time beer it’s meh, so it depends on what season you drink it in, and what climate. It’s a nicely flavored beer though, with lots of berry and malt.

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Photo of Harvest06
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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