Devil Dog Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Devil Dog Imperial IPADevil Dog Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Devil Dog will chew you up and leave you whimpering for more.

At 98 IBU’s and 5.6 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 its own, leaving us drooling like Pavlov’s dogs at the mere mention of its name. Triple dry hopped and at 10% ABV, more than one of these bad boys will cause you to howl at passing strangers and chew up your toys, or anything else you can get your sharp little teeth on.

98 IBU

Added by johnbonham1980 on 03-18-2007

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Photo of GJ40
1.73/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I picked this up at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle while in town on business.

A - Brown and cloudy with a thick, beige head.

S - A smoky, musky, malty, earthy aroma. It was not at all what I expected.

T - Very smoky, earthy and malty. I thought it was horrible. This beer tastes more like a bad Scottish ale than a DIPA.

M - Thick and chewy with good carbonation. This is the only aspect where the beer was passable.

D - I gave this beer a good effort and then poured it down the sink. I don't do that often. I had high hopes for it too. I bought it based on the reviews here and the description on the bottle (DIPA, 7 lbs of hops per barrel, etc.). I don't know what went wrong but the bottle I got was terrible.

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Photo of dqderrick
1.8/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into a Samuel Adams New Glass

Appearance - 5
Pours a nice one inch head. Thick, slighly off-white, foamy head. Clear and reddish orange in color. I'm getting thirsty.

Smell - 2.5
Slight pine and maybe a little soap scent. Actually, that soapy smell reminds me a little of vodka. Interesting.

Taste - 1
Bitter and a little sour hop flavor that I can't place. It actually tastes bad. I think mine might be tainted. I don't think I could drink more than 5 or 6oz... and I love IIPA and DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - 3
Hard to focus on mouthfeel while taste seems so off. Sour taste is still lingering.

Drinkability - 1
None. Should I try to find another? The cap seal seemed fine. There is carbonation. Sipping off the bottle gave the same result. I'm sorry Laughing Dog if I am reviewing a tainted bottle. I feel like I should review another.


22oz bottle purchased acquired through a trade with JohnGalt1.

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Photo of brewbucker
2.12/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Alright. Lets give this one a try. I just drain poured a Dogzilla so lets see if the Devil Dog will bring me happier times. Doesn't look bad. Pours a medium copper with an average white head and nice lacing.

Now for the aroma.... Oh Oh!!! Light rancid sour and soap. Not as bad as the Dogzilla but still bad enough to put me off.

Next comes the flavor. Here goes. Ummm... Oh boy. More bad sour and oxidation. Once again. Not as bad as the Dogzilla but not at all good.

I'll be damned if I am going to drain pour two back to back bombers so I am going to tough this one out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.67/5  rDev -29.6%
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 nandemo1
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
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 StlHopHead77
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying,that I got into the nose on this one and had to look to see if this beer was seasonal.Indeed it was.Spring to be exact and I'm drinking it in September.The only thing is,I think it might be from the spring of '09.I will be doing a follow up review of this beer when I can get a bottle and verify it's freshness.I'm writing this review based solely on the strange experience I had trying one that was obviously out of whack.

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A-Pours a rich,hazy rusty orange with a proud,two-finger,tawny head and sudsy rings of lace.

S-Muted citric and flower hops.Bready malts with a definite grain and yeast dominance.Hops are there but weak and strange.Some strange spice notes for a IIPA,almost Orval-like,so out of place but somehow not unpleasant.

T-In some ways,this is drinking like a Belgian pale or Belgian IPA.I know this is not intended but it's happening regardless.Baked spice(some cinnamon/cardamom) and yeast initially with Pale and Caramel malt,honey,artificial citrus flavor and booze.

M-Medium bodied and grainy.No real IIPA oiliness to speak of but a little alcohol burn on the finish.Some alcohol related sweetness.

D-I know that this bottle is not a true representation of this beer but I finished the bomber,so I obviously didn't dislike what I had that much.I'm anxious to try a more viable example.

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Photo of Pinto21
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium amber with a bit of gold with just off white 2 finger head

S: A bit of alcohol with sweet malt, some hops coming in but not overly strong

T: Alcohol and candied hops. Not overly citrus but present in the finish. Assertive hops, not aggressive. Def some malt sweetness up front

M,D: Not overly drinkable. The alcohol is fairly present. Mouthfeel is fine for IIPA

Not bad but nothing special. Give it a try

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Photo of cvm4
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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 Elsuperjefe
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Docer
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged a bottle...

- Dark caramel color... poured heavily... light head... quickly to a white creamy thin layer....

- Really sweet creamy caramel malt... some floral hops, and fruit. Much too big of a malt profile.... little bit of pine and bitterness.

- Strong creamy caramel malt... way too much sugar, brown sugar, malt... just sweet and thick. Certainly a lot of hops.. pine, bitterness.... floral...

- Chewy... and just too sweet.... sorry!

- Too sweet, and too thick.... not among even my middle 'drinkable' IPA's at all...

(10-06-2009) 4,3.5,2.5,3,2

New review:

Reviewing again... forgot that I had already tried this, and previously gave it a C grade. So I will edit, and see if it has changed over the last year or more.

- Pours a clear copper.. just like a new penny... minimal white head down to a light dusting and a healthy ring of foam.

- Smell is a rather powerful and sweet caramel malt with a touch of brown sugar and some bright citrus hops with a floral nectar as well. Not bad, but the smell isn't overly hoppy as the 7lbs. of hops would lead one to believe.

- A pretty crisp and sweet brew... huge caramel and brown sugar notes in the malt, and a rather nice bitterness that comes through ok. Pine, floral... and a citrus zing... but overall I still think the malt is overpowering... though it compliments the bitterness of the hops. I guess what I am saying, is that it lacks the other hop flavors one would expect from a IIPA.

- Medium to heavy bodied... sweet and syrupy.. a bit chewy and dry.

- Overall it is decent... but it's not a west coast IIPA which are my favorites. They can achieve the strength without being this sweet.

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Photo of flexabull
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of pwoody11, thanks again!

Pours a bright orange color, slightly hazy, with a nice white head.

Aromas are kind of funky. Kind of tart citrus, floral, dusty, and pine like. Not bad smelling, but not great either.

Sour and tart up front, bitter oranges, and dusty. Light candied sweetness, subtle creaminess, and a mineral and aspirin like bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full with good carbonation.

Drinkability is so so. This is a flawed DIPA, it's ok, but the tartness is a bit overdone and overwhelms this beer. A little bit of a let down, I was hoping for better

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice light orange/ gold color with a thick white head and good lacing.

S- Orange peel and caramel. The caramel is quite prominent, almost like a barleywine or even a doppelbock with a lot of hops.

T- The smell carries over into the taste. Candied citrus with lots of caramelly malt. The bitterness is quite prominent on the aftertaste. Very much like a barleywine.

M- Thick and syrupy. The carbonation doesn't quite do enough to balance out the body.

D- Too rich and alcoholic to drink much of. I couldn't really taste the alcohol, but it's clear that there's quite a bit of it after drinking much of this beer.

Another in a long line of barleywine-like DIPAs. While not a bad beer, Devil Dog didn't do a whole lot to distinguish itself from a crowded pack. There are lots more beers that do the job much better than this one.

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Photo of Lunch
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Brooklyn Snifter at the appropriate temperature (05/03/10).

A: Pours a darker shade of golden amber that is a little little hazy. A 1.5 finger off-white head sticks around for a bit, but then dissolves to just a collar leaving bits of lace.

S: Unfortunately the hop aroma is very mild, but there is a slight biscuit-like malt that is pleasant.

T: Toffee and caramel are found up front followed by citrus, pine and herbal hops. A hint of biscuit and some slight spice and bitterness from the hops lingers as well.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate and creamy carbonation. A lingering bitterness rounds things out.

D: Not at all difficult to drink, but there are many more DIPAs that I would have over this one.

Overall this was a disappointing DIPA from Laughing Dog as it is truly a malt bomb and I know that this is a pretty fresh bottle. Pass.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a syrupy, hazy copper with a large blast of carbonation, bringing up a big, bilious head that falls to strong lacing. The aroma is sweet, sticky, thick and grapefruity, with a strong malt bite. The flavor is thick, strong, and grapefruity, with a strong edge of toffee and caramel. It is so thick, there is almost a stout-like edge of coffee. It's like a sweet coffee confection from a fancy coffee shop. The alcohol is strong, with a deep burn along the tongue. The effect is fruity and overripe. The bitterness is muted and is almost lost behind the boozy heat. The mouthfeel is very syrupy and thick.

This is not a well balanced DIPA, though it is not unpleasant.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted from 22oz bottle. Pours clear bright orange with a nice beige head that recedes to lace. Biscuit nose with bitter hops and some orange and spices. Flavor is slightly dirty with some caramel malt and a very dry hop characteristic. Body is full with very heavy carbonation and a long earthy and bitter finish.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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 tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, clear, amber in color

Smell: citrus hops, pine hops, and caramel malt

Taste: citrus hops, pine hops, and caramel malt

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, low carbonation, sweetish start with a strong bitter middle and a less bitter end

Drinkability: This one is a sipper if not for the super bitter middle. I could have a couple of these, but the high abv hits hard. I like the pine flavor. An above average dipa.

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Photo of masikon
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer, Very unique and probably doesn't really match the style. Taste is pretty much malt dominant in my view and is hard to describe as a DIPA. Style aside, it's very pleasant on the lips and has unusual fruit suggestions. I liked this beer, but as a DIPA it misses the mark...on it's own it's very nice.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light tan one finger head that slowly dissipates into nothingness. A few sluggish bubbles glide there way to the top. The color is a caramel copper.

You can smell the heat from the alcohol mingled into the caramel toasted malt that give the orange hops a syrupy sweet note.

There is a nice balance between the mlat and hops in this DIPA. The caramel malts give the bitterness a caramelized orange peel with maybe some brown sugar. And lets not forget that spicey alcoholic warmth that lets its presence known from start to finish.

This is a balanced, but still bitter DIPA with a lot of alcoholic heat. This beer is a sipper and requires sometime to finish unless sharing.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
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 cpetrone84
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-deep amber color, slight haze, slightly off white head, about two fingers, leaving a decent lacing on the glass

S-very strong smell, just not the one i'm looking for. there is huge malt here, big sweet toasted malt, some caramel, just a hit of grapefruit and citrus. mostly malt aroma.

T/M-it tastes similar to the smell, but it does bring a little more hop flavor than the aroma did. it is very smooth, decent amount of carbonation, a hint of warming from the alcohol. you get a ton of sweetness from the malt, some caramel. this malt assault is fallowed by an acceptable (albeit low) amount of hops tasting first with some piney followed by a tinge of citrus and grapefruit with a slight hit of bitter hops at the end.

D-decently drinkable, the alcohol is relatively hidden and it is very well balanced. if you like a well balanced imperial ipa, you'd probably like this. not a fan of balance, i prefer all or nothing; but this isn't bad.


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Photo of badbeer
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from after4ever, thanks! Copper color with a white head that left a little bit of lacing. This is one of the maltier IIPA's I've had. A lot of sweet malt in the aroma, but thankfully there still is some dank, resinous hops showing up in there too. Taste is the same thing, plenty of sweet caramel which is battling citrusy hops for dominance. Full bodied with medium carbonation; sticks to the tongue quite a bit, a bit cloying. Decent beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up in VA this week, along with Alpha Dog. The beer is deep copper color, clear with maybe a little chill haze, and a nearly white colored creamy foam. It smells like a hoppy American barleywine more than a DIPA, strong malty counterplay against the hops. Reminds me of Bigfoot, both on smell and taste. Full bodied with a little bit of noticeable alcohol, a nice burning citrus aftertaste, a bit too much sweetness from the malts for my tastes but it seems like a lot of DIPAs take this route. I think many people will like it but I prefer more hops and less malt.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a substantial off white head that has great retention and leaves good lacing all the way down. Great looking beer.

S-Nose is much more balanced than I expected from a DIPA. The nose is also a bit subdued, especially for the style, but I am picking up citrus hops and sweet malt. Both are equally present.

T-Sweet caramel malt is most prominent at first then a slightly bitter citrus hop bite kicks in. As you drink more, the malt becomes even more prominent and overwhelms the hops. The malt backbone becomes a bit much.

M-Medium body and carbonation, a bit slick and oily.

D-The significant sweet malt backbone grows a bit distracting as you progress and overwhelms the hops making this one tougher to drink as you go.

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Photo of stumac
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the brew pours a very nice orangy color with a decent sized white head. the nose was very floral with citrus hops, also some slight alcohol. the taste was the same as the nose but included a nice powdery malt taste, very bitter, full bodied. good IPA

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