Devil Dog Imperial IPA
Laughing Dog Brewing

Devil Dog Imperial IPADevil Dog Imperial IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,769
Ranked #21,801
3.83 | pDev: 11.75%
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
Very Good
Devil Dog Imperial IPADevil Dog Imperial IPA
Notes: Devil Dog started as a labor of love but quickly took a life of its own, leaving us drooling like Pavlov's dogs at the mere mention of its name. At 98 IBU's and 5.2 pounds of hops to the barrel, the Devil Dog leaves you whimpering for more. Triple dry hopped and at 10% ABV, more than one of these bad boys will cause you to howl at passing strangers, chew up your toys and anything else you can get your sharp little teeth on.
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Photo of billstyler
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you want a knock-your-face-off party drink, grab a couple of these. It's not a session brew, by my standards. More of a "set sail from the banks of the River Catatonia" brew if you get too involved, it will mellow you and speed a headlong dive into viewing the world through amber-colored foggy glasses. It is hoppier than I like for longer sessions, but it's quite good and would be a great addition to a night of trying different brews. It has a clean finish, but the opening shot is hard-hitting. Hops lovers will not be disappointed.

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Photo of hophugger
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May piss off a few diehard 120 minute lovers here, but...........this inexpensive 22 ounce beer($8) from Laughing Dog reminds me so much of DFH 120 minute IPA. Although the abv is lower, the huge hop presence and great balance with the malt backbone produce a very nice beer. Color is a golden amber with light head and spotty lacing. Lots of IBUs and like I said, great malts, bring this beer to the next level. Balance is a big player and finish is fairly clean, cleaner than I would have expected....

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Substantial yellow color, 1/2" white head that isn't much for retention. Aroma was good, triple dry hopping isn't super aggressive, seemed like they triple dry hopped with bittering C hops instead of proprietary aroma hops.

Taste had all of the 10% abv there, around 100 ibu bitterness levels, loads of crystal malt. Lots of grapefruit and an earthen agricultural feel to the backend mouthfeel wise.


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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it's me, but many of the "Imperial" IPA's I've tried have been more barley-wine's than an IPA! I suppose age could be an many breweries fail to date their bottles or if they do, they rub off or smear so you're unable to read it. All that being said, this bottle of Devil Dog is as described above. Looked like an IPA, but the smell, taste, and feel were all barley-wine, and a fairly high .abv one at that. Very drinkable, however but you can feel a tad bit of the alcohol burn on the way down! Not that that is a bad thing though! Overall, I'd recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of delta490
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a creamier off-white head. The head has a small amount of retention and leaves small amounts of tight, mostly small and soapy lacing. The aroma has a nice blend of caramel malts and pine hops. The taste isn't bad but it doesn't quite achieve the symbiosis and the parts are distinct more than complimentary. The body has a nice thicker feel to it, mostly smooth with just a little tingle from the alcohol and a little bitter bite.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This big breed IPA looks the part, sunset orange, large head, lacing, lots of activity but clear. Nice looking beer.

Maybe my nose is broke, but do not pick up much in the smell. Maybe some faint fruit, but no noticeable hopiness.

Creamy smooth from start to wonderful lingering finish. Orange rinds, peppery spice, butterscotch and caramel malts. little heat of the alcohol. Full bodied for a smooth beer. Little bit of sweetness - like a sweet white wine. Tremendous feel.

Great brew. Big hops presence, but not a big bitter bite and lingering is subtle. But full flavor with lots of character

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nose is sweet... Musky and grassy. Hop bomb for sure. Hops overwhelms pretty much everything else but sweet caramel and fruits come out after sitting for a while. 10.85 feels more like a 12... Crump style if it were a dance. Overall hops is a little sloppy but otherwise ok. Will probably not buy again.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber producing a rootbeer float quality stiff rocky cream colored foam cap that persists and grips the side of the glass.
S: malt aromas with some roast
T: The hops are big but so are the malt and the alcohol so the various elements achieve a détente. As the beer warms more fruit flavors come out – plum to peach and traces of melon and citrus.
F: Very creamy medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: Has a bitter tonic quality with barleywine levels of alcohol that evokes a mixed drink, and a very good one.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a 22 Oz bottle I got from Total Wine & More Boynton Beach.

Hazy, dark orange with a one finger high creamy white head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass when the head dissapears.

Nose: A lot of hops! Orange, grapefruit, sugar, malt, apricot and peach.
Taste: Nuts, pine resin, apricot, citrus, brown sugar and biscuits.
Body: Full, complex body with light carbonation. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. A very soft beer! The alcohol is very well hidden. A great balanced beer between the bitterness and the sweetness.

If I had the chance I would go back to this beer often!

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hop assault right from the beginning. Hazy orange/amber body with small soapy head. Aroma is strong pine cleaner, taste is sharp and bitter, hops and citrus. Tang hides the high ABV which lurks in the background, but does provide some warmth in the throat. Medium lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish auburn tinted golden body with two finger head and a descending lace ring. Typical strong, overpowering citric, piney, sharp hop aroma that is typical in these beers. This wasn't a bad beer but for some reason it just didn't click with me and became a chore to finish as I got down to the last quarter of bomber. Citric hop bitterness is plenty here (might I say tenfold) and the ABV isn't a nuisance until beer warms near finish. However, outside of the hops there wasn't too much going on in this simplistic beer b/c I found the malts (sweet caramel, bread) that could add balance and complexity to this beer to be minimal at best. A decent "DIPA" but not my first choice.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: amber with little head and lacing
S: sweet with a caramel or toffee or butterscotch
T/M: similar to smell in beginning with a taste similar to a Werther's. Shortly after you can feel a little pull on the tongue. The hops combined with malt kind of brings out a taste of apricot. A dryness lingers after a sip that is unexpected given the initial sweetness.
O: the combination of malt and dry ended up being enjoyable. Could use a little less syrupy flavor up front, but the rest of the drink made up for it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.67/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I haven't tried too many of Laughing Dog's offerings since they've started coming through this area, but I'm fixing to rectify that. This case-in-point pours a clear orange-brass topped by a finger of bone foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, pine resin, pine needles, a hint of tobacco, and a sprig or two of mint. It's a mess of butter and clashing greenery. The taste follows suit, with a nice bit of alcohol on the back end to provide warmth and to exacerbate the battle already underway. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this was just a mess of a beer, one that is riddled with butter and unwilling and seemingly unable to form any semblance of balance or peaceable interaction between this buttery juggernaut and the hops that seek to unseat him from power. Can't we all just get along?

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Photo of jondeelee
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Devil Dog opens with a heavily sugary and citrusy nose, but with a surprisingly strong grain base that immediately speaks to a balanced and carefully crafted brew. Hops and sugars are still the most present aromas, however, mingling together in a lovely bittersweet blend of, from the former, pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, dandelion stem, mint, anise, eucalyptus, rosewater, and lemon, and from the latter, huge rushes of orange, apricot, peach, nectarine, berry, cherry, and grape fruit esters, as well as brown sugars and thick, sticky caramel. The sheer volume and nuance of the hops and sugars is impressive, as is, despite the potency, the balance between the two, neither really overpowering the other. The rosewater, grapefruit, and sweet sugars particularly combine to create a candi sugar-like overtone, almost confectioner’s sugar-sweet in potency, but mixed with fruit esters to create a hard candy, Jolly Rancher aroma that, if it were actually made by Jolly Rancher, would probably revolutionize the industry. The grains also add Grape Nuts cereal, toast crust, and biscuit undertones, providing a sense of earthiness. As a whole, the nose is excellent, providing almost everything one could want in an Imperial IPA, and doing so in a classy manner that bespeaks a carefully vetted recipe and hours of careful labor.

On the tongue, the beer is far more hoppy and bitter than the nose let on, with dandelion stem, pine resin, grapefruit rind, mint, eucalyptus, pepper, and anise taking the lead to sear the tongue and soft palate, with bits of pink grapefruit and lemon oil adding touches of citrus. The sugars still bring loads of fruit esters, including orange oil, berry, cherry, and apricot, which combine with the citrusy notes to create a strange bubble gum-like overtone, which somewhat clashes with the heavy pine resins. Brown sugars and caramel add further sugary tones, balanced somewhat by toast crust, biscuit, and cereal grains. But it’s the hops that easily take the lead, the 98 IBUs biting in shark-like frenzy at the mouth, and flooding the tastebuds with bitter, citrusy, oily, piney resins. These also dominate the aftertaste, which lingers for a long time, utterly wrecking the palate for anything other than another sip of an equally hoppy brew. Mouthfeel is an oily medium to medium-strong, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good beer, though fairly obviously not for the faint of heart. Anyone who’s not already a hophead will likely find this so bitter, resinous, and citrusy as to be somewhat unpalatable. Unfortunately, the sheer strength of the hops does largely overpower the other flavors, and the amount of strength the sugars lose from the nose to the tongue because of this is fairly large. Still, this is very much worth trying, as it’s difficult to imagine more hop flavor, and more varied and nuanced hop flavor at that, being shoved into a bottle. Just be aware that you’re not going to be able to taste pretty much anything else for a very long time after you’re finished.

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Photo of CHickman
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC: pours hazy amber orange with a creamy thick 1 finger white head that faded very slowly and left amazing lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down; just about perfect looking.

Smells of rich caramel, floral hops, candied sugar, hops, sweet malt, hops and light booze; not a hoppy nose per se, but still decent. It does not mask the ABV and let's it almost act as a warning.

Tastes of caramel, floral hops, dark fruit like cherry or plum, both brown and candied sugar, citrus hops, orange peel, sweet malt, grains, light yeast, grass and light booze; finish is not very bitter and trails off with a sweet cardboard flavor, and somehow manages to keep that 10% in check. More malt balance than expected for relatively easy drinkability considering the high ABV.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with average zesty carbonation, a chewy heavy body and a sweet finish that lingers like you just chewed part of an orange peel with a chuck of cardboard; it was oddly enjoyable to me.

Overall a nice slow sipper that was sweet and complex, with a strange ability to feel like it was a hop assault with a syrup like sweetness. Worth a shot, this was a unique brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/29/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, pine, honey, orange peel, floral, mango, and herbal. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance; a touch boozy but not too bad. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, pine, biscuit, honey, floral, orange peel, mango, nuttiness, and herbal. Fair amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, caramel, honey, pine, orange peel, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with a very good bitterness/malt sweetness balance. No cloying flavors at all; very balanced despite a fairly long finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a pretty creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Imperial IPA. Great flavor balance with no cloying hop bitterness or sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one, very well done.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Laughing Dog Devil Dog Imperial India Pale Ale. Diabolus Canis Imperiiosus IPA. Tell us more, won't you? "the Devil Dog will chew you up and leave you whimpering for more. At 98 IBUs and with 7 pounds of hops to the barrel it is an all out assault on the senses. Devil Dog started as a labor of love, but quickly took on a life of it's own--leaving us drooling like Pavlov's dog at the mere mention of it's name. Triple dry hopped for that over the top hop flavor, more than one of these bad boys will cause you to howl at passing strangers, chew up you r toys and anything else you can get your sharp little teeth on." And that is all for dog jokes. Please?
Thing is, though, I'm looking at that dog, he ain't so bad, …pretty adorable, actually.
More: Hops: Columbus, Northern Brewer, Ahtanum, Cascade and simcoe.

Malt: Pale, Carmel (sic), and Munich.

Bottled and Brewed by Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay, Idaho.

Let's just drink it, okay?

Clouded, opaque, dark amber coloring, large, full flowering, snowy white head, lace leaving, I'd guess, if it would ever quit.

Aroma: boom boom boom! Thick, rich, resiny, phony, and wonderful. Just my stuff. Deep dark fruitiness, cognac and leather, and a hell of a lot more going on.

Taste: along comes chocolate. Plentiful hop bitterness overwhelmed by dark malt deliciousness. Very chocolatey. Fairly swallows over any fear of being overly bitter. In fact, I've never had an "Imperial IPA" as malty or sweet or chocolatey as this. Plenty malty, utterly overtaking what you expect to get from a hoppy ale. Is that what I like in an Imperial IPA? Ehhh, not so much.
After all those damned idiotic dog jokes, I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's not delivering. The devil dog did not chew me up and I am not whimpering at all. Sigh…there's little integration, not much balance, no harmony, just a mess, and unlikable, too.

It's kind of a murky mess, and it's not hitting the right buttons with me. Alas. Not loving this. not even liking it.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet-smelling aroma, with lots of citrus and hops in evidence.

T: Tasted of hops (a surprisingly balanced amount), a lot of citrus (grapefruit), malt, and possibly a hint of pine in the finish. A well done, balanced flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable DIPA. Not an overwhelming beer, but well worth a shot.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A great clear classic amber body, brown with a great red ruby edge hued shine to it. Head formation is very uniform and three fingers deep, coloring and off tan appearance an lots of sticky retention, clumping is just everywhere. Beer looks really inviting, it's looking really sexy.

Nose brings a real dry biscuit malt, with a soild hop presence. Incredilble amount of toasty aromas, I can feel the burnt crust bouncing around, taking a forward approach to the hop action which matches a dry crustiness as well. Sort of burnt dried out wood pine.

It's a bitter malt rush. Hop character is not defined, this is not citrusy, not even so much piney, floral or anything distinct. However it has an incredible toast malt body that puts most IPAs to shame it seems. Dense toast and snapping cracker finish with a nice tolerable hop indistinct bitterness. Texture is just hitting the right notes of thickness without being boozy or syrupy sweet. Lingering finish that goes on and on.

I am very impressed with this one but it's not a hop heads beer blast. I don't care it's so nicely balanced and wonderful without any indication of 10 ABV heat booze. Great job!

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick off white head, orange-red body. Looks pretty good.

Nose is thick, impenetrable hops and a heavy sweetness. Some sort of cardboard quality as well.

Thick and creamy, the flavor is syrupy malt with a huge hop bite on the finish. I prefer my DIPAs more unbalanced to the hop side. It's good, but just too heavy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, heavy and somewhat stripping.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this brew. It's somewhat reminiscent of Dreadnaught. Drinkability is limited by the heavy sweetness, not the ABV.

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Photo of cvm4
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy amber with a white one finger head.

S - Sweet and malty... I detect some citrus on the nose.

T - The hops are not the star, although there is some bitterness. It's more of a sweet, honey flavor along with some pine notes. The boozy notes aren't well hidden either.

M - Slightly over-carbonated but still has good mouthfeel.

O - This was a gifted bottle, it could be old but there's no way to tell. If a sweet malty beer is to your liking then this is your beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is slightly cloudy light copper with one finger of head that had hardly any retention but left some lacing behind. This offering has a sweet, floral nose to it. The flavor is a pleasant flip-flop from bitter to sweet & malty then back to a bitter tingly finish.

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Photo of drpimento
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great surprise. I let the bottle warm a bit out of the fridge and popped the cap without much "pop". But, it poured with a full, decent sized, foamy, frothy, thick, sudsy, off white head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is an almost clear amber with several tiny bubble trails. Aroma is hops, yeast, malt, fruit, game. Flavor is similar to nose with much more bitter than sweet and just right carbonic tang. All in perfect balance for American Imperial IPA. Body and carbonation: perfect too. Finish is like flavor, of average lenght and has alcohol warming. Great beer!

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Photo of nandemo1
2.74/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light amber with perfect clarity and a finger of head that receded quickly. There was a good amount of lacing stuck to the glass.

Smell is malty sweet with a bit of both flowery and citrus aromas. Taste is syrupy sweet with a solid hop bitterness. Not picking up a lot of flavor of the hops in the taste. Slight alcohol taste and burn.

Mouthfeel seemed pretty heavy and sticky, but you'd expect that with this much sweetness.

I don't know, maybe I just got an old bottle. Hey Laughing Dog, start dating your 22s! Based on this tasting, I'd say this is a malt bomb that needs more balance and complexity.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IIPA poured out as a nice looking golden amber color with a thick yellowish white head on top. The smell of the beer was probably the best part in my opinion. There was a lot of hoppy citrus and pine on the nose of this beer. The taste kinda ruined this beer for me. I'm not sure what it was but it just didn't taste right. It was kind of good but just didn't seem to come full circle... almost like something was missing. The mouthfeel of this beer was nice, had a good body to it and overall aside of the flavor this beer was really nice.

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Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 243 ratings