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:
187
Reviews:
62
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
17.4%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Photo of sporklift87
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Laughing Dog "Huckleberry Cream Ale"
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

This is not the first time I've had this beer. I recall having had a 22 oz. bottle at one time years ago (although they only do 12 oz. now so maybe it was just a single...?). I recall not being impressed with it at the time because it was kind of blocky, but I feel that Laughing Dog has really improved their brewing across the board, and this was nicely balanced and rounded. And what makes it stand out now is that it's unique. There are plenty of raspberry wheats and so forth on the market, but I can think of only a small handful of other huckleberry beers. With that said, I can't really describe Huckleberry as I've never actually tasted the actual fruit, but I think I get the gist of it through drinking this beer: it's kind of like a soft red raspberry, but not... there's more to it... like a sweet blueberry. And whatever you might come up with, it works really well in their cream ale base because it's got the fruit character, but it's neither too tart, too sweet, nor too bitter. I think it would make a great summer ale, and I'm sure that it would work really well as a dessert beer if paired properly with the right accompaniment.

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Photo of Zorro
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden colored beer with a medium sized white colored head.

Smells strongly of berries. Mostly this is a scent of blueberry. Fairly sweet smelling with no noticeable hop scents.

Starts out mildly sweet with a lingering blueberry and pie crust flavor. And that's about it. Little bit of hop bitterness but not particularly notable.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is just a average fruit beer.

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Photo of cyrushire
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MPSTARR
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sd123
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacQ32
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kwkdmk
2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Just not my thing, medicinal tasting

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Photo of Juno_Malone
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

From the 12-oz. can (with a pasted-on label), Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale has a thin, white, quickly-dying head, an opaque, sediment-filled, orange-gold appearance, some stray bubbles, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of odd wax paper, fruit acid, sweetness, huckleberries, berry skin, and white bread. Taste is of acidic berry juice, white bread, and background bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat chewy, and this beer finishes wet, fruity, and somewhat repelling. RJT

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

Photo of Bunman3
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a "time and place" beer. It screams "hot summer day" with its light, fruity mouthfeel. The huckleberry flavour is subtle, refreshing, and just enough to remind you where this beer is brewed. Best enjoyed with your ass jammed into some sort of inflatable floaty while bobbing around on a lake, surrounded by mountains.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, but nice cream ale. A good beer for the summer, fo' sho.

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Photo of Howlader
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of chris1919
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AbbyOConnor
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of munimula
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the incredible woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head and lots of carbonation. Smell is dominated by berries. Taste is berries, some sourness, a bit of malts, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and decent beer.

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Photo of Ry311
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of GurgglyBurgglers
1/5  rDev -70.5%

Would rather drink a skunked Bud Ice that's been in back of a hatchback for three years. Wouldn't even marinate a chicken in this garbage.

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Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.39 out of 5 based on 187 ratings.
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