Devil Dog Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

Devil Dog Imperial IPADevil Dog Imperial IPA
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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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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 126
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Columbus, Northern Brewer, Anthanum, Cascade, and Simcoe hops with Pale, Caramel, and Munich malts.

10.85% ABV, 98 IBUs

White head above a dark amber body.

Caramel, pine needles, and a fruity sweetness.

Rich caramel, fruity apricot, and a long, bitter finish with grassy, floral, citrus hop notes.

Creamy, rich, sticky, and totally full bodied.

Devil Dog is the sort of malt heavy beer that blends the line between DIPA and American Barleywine. It does have significant bitterness at 98 IBUs, which contributes to the bitter finish. But the hefty malt base lends a substantial malt sweetness to both the aroma and flavor and really dominates this beer.

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a hazy rusty/bronze color with a healthy, cream-colored head with good lacing.

S - Wonderful aroma of sweet fruits. Pineapple and orange fragrances dominate.

T - Sweet malts right off the bat with a bitterness that attempts to compete but falls short. Caramel flavor with a hint of citrus zest. The malt clearly dominates this beer as at no point does the sweetness not shine through. As the beer warms, alcohol makes a significant appearance on the palate.

M - Moderate carbonation, dense bodied with an oily, sticky mouthfeel.

O - Overall a solid beer. The dominance of the malts is an interesting diversion from the overly-hopped IIPAs that dominate the shelves. My only knock is that the hops don't make enough of a presence in the flavor department. Would definitely have again, although with the alcohol, just one at a time.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brewforia, Meridian ID. Served in a snifter.

A: Nice golden orange color, very bright with a slight haze, possibly chill haze. Lacing tended towards 'unimpressive' with this beer but I liked the look of everything else.

S: DIPA for sure. Malt sweetness, juiciness, tropical fruit, hop resin. Not sure but I think I can smell the alcohol.

T: Nice. I dig the yeast on this one, there is a unique blending of sweetness/fruitiness with the taste. Nice malt backbone, good bitterness, a little bit of heat.

MF: Unimpressive for a DIPA, not drying or cloying or hugely bitter or refreshing. Ok, just...forgettable.

O: I like it a lot as a whole, almost like the beer is greater than the sum of its parts. As a hophead and IPA/DIPA lover I would buy again. I'd like to try it in the bottle next.

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Photo of Jazz1
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. I thought it was a bit pricey though. The head was incredibly creamy and thick but disappeared sooner on the second pour into a Sam Adams Perfect Pour glass. Believe it or not I'm getting a little chocolate flavor in the aftertaste which is something I didn't expect but like. It is hoppy that is for sure. Very tart. The label has flames behind the cute dog are telling because I'm getting good warmth in the belly on this one. If you like hoppy without a sweet aftertaste this one is for you. I'll be buying more.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger thick off white head, and a caramel colored body with a lot of residual haze.

In the aroma and taste there is a lot of grapefruit along with caramel and toffee sweetness.

Lots of carbonation here and has a oily middle and warm finish.

Altogether a solid brew, but lacking in uniqueness.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. An aggressive pour yielded a nice three-finger foamy light tan head that lingers, leaving rings of lacing down the glass. The body is a hazy light orange.

The aroma is sweet. Caramel and malt up front with some of the typical fruity and floral hop notes following.

Wow. Much more bitter hop flavor than the aroma would dictate. Grapefruit and pine resin. Caramel and citrus. Fairly nice blend overall.

The mouthfeel is a little astringent so the drinkability suffers a little. Not the best DIPA I've had, but a good brew, nonetheless.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in followed by a hops bitterness that might not be weak overall, but is certainly weak for the style. The alcohol is well-disguised and there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, although there are a lot of other beer I would choose first when looking for a good hop bomb, this is still a decent beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow, aroma is hoppy, a little spice kick to it.

Taste, more hops, a little bit of heat (or is it the red tap handle?). Grapefruit, light tobacco feel to it. Different yeast vibe to it, like they did an 80/20 West Coast/Belgian IPA blend. Usual caramel and pale malt. Finished dry. Ample bitterness. Found it to have some neat nuances, a worthy beer from Laughing Dog.

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Photo of flexabull
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
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 daledeee
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber poured into my favorite glass

Nice dark orange body with creamy head and lacing.

Hints of hop yeast and malt in the nose. Pretty subdued for this type of beer. Fresh smelling however.

Taste is an up front blend of citrus and malt and rather unusual. The rind comes through at the end. Not a very bitter beer. A blended balanced package.

Mouth feel is creamy with some carbonation.

A balanced beer that is not intense as other DIPA. The alcohol is very well hidden for the strength.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and nice malty bready aromas

taste: balanced. drinking pretty fresh and it may be a little more on the malt side. good hop prescens. like a poors mans 90 min.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. I'd drink more

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Photo of Lerxst
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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 rajendra82
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The orange amber colored body was clear and bubbly, and formed a two finger thick foamy head. The aroma was a mix of citric and earthy smells, and not as strong as other DIPAs. The taste had toasty biscuit and bready sweetness up front with a spicy citric hop presence. The alcohol was quite evident, and provided a drying finish. Th mouthfeel was medium dense and a touch slippery. The overall construction was bit simplistic and boozy compared to its peers, but made for an enjoyable nightcap.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange, a bit cloudy with a nice looking white head. Head dissipates quick as its a little sudsy and leaves the lacing behind...Plenty of it.

Nose is surprising, dominant malt but definitely tons of hops. Just surprised by the maltiness.

Grapefruity hops, nice malty backbone. Medium bodied. Heavy spice from the hops hide the on going alcohol burn of this beer too. It creeps up. Great for a cold night like tonight.

Not bad but not wonderful. It's one I would have again but I was a little bid dissapointed that it wasn't very complexed. That doesnt make it a bad beer at all.

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Photo of arizcards
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at the end of July for $9.99.

Beer poured a hazy golden orange with a nice long sustaining head.

Nose is muted grapefruit hops.

Taste is grapefruit hops balanced by a huge malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied, smooth, and satisfying.

Drinkability is pretty good, alcohol is hidden on the palate but definitely am noticing the warmth as it goes down.

This is a pretty good beer and am glad to have tried but there are definitely others in the style that are better for less money.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
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 Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and hoppy with a good undertone of grapefruit. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a thick, fluffy, fairly persistent head that leaves some decent lacing as it wanes. Flavor is hoppy and quite bitter, but not ferociously so; nevertheless, this beer is not for the faint of heart - er, make that faint of tongue. ;) There is an undertone of grapefruit and just a whisper of honey sweetness. Texture is smooth as glass and has a gentle fizz.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a fairly slight head. Interesting hop aroma- fairly meaty, with spice and earth notes as well as some blonde tobacco. Grainier in the mouth, and somewhat chewy. Earthy, bitter hops with some pine. Dry malt. A little one dimensional, but not bad. A bit thicker than one might think in the mouth, primarily because of the graininess. Not bad, but the graininess is distracting, and the hops are a bit out of the range I really enjoy.

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Photo of gford217
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a tight creamy beige head that clings to the sides with thick lacing and settles in as a soapy swirl for the duration.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with juicy citrus hops, pineapple especially, but with lots of caramel malts.

The taste has an astringent hoppy kick up front with grapefruit and pineapple. The caramel malts and bread form a solid backbone with a finish of bitter resinous hops. The alcohol burn is hefty and the 10% is certainly not hidden.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and heavy on the hop astringency.

Overall, it's a solid DIPA but the alcohol burn is enough to limit the drinkability. Lots of bitterness, lots of malts and a not-so-well-hidden 10% ABV.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and some citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt up front with a good amount of lingering bitterness from the citrusy hops. 

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad Imperial IPA. The alcohol is pretty well hidden making it pretty drinkable for a beer of this strength. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JayQue
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber/coppery color with a huge thick off-white head. The last couple of drops out of the bottle actually plops with a thick head. Head retention is good but the head fades down to a reasonable size very quickly. Lacing is thick. The aroma is caramel malts and a hint of alcohol. No evidence of the hoppiness encountered in the taste.

This is a good tasting beer, there is plenty of bitter hoppy goodness that was not reveled in the aroma. The caramel malt presence and alcohol were still evident. The taste and mouthfeel both reminded me of raw Bigfoot. Rich, caramel malt, slight harshness with the alcohol and tons of hoppy bitterness.

Drinkability is good. I split the bottle but could have enjoyed the whole thing. This is a big, flavorful beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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 uturn
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz capped bottle poured into a Stone Levitation glass.

A: This brew poured a clear copper with a nice fluffy head which left some very nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is sweet carmel with a hint of grapefruit rind.

T: The taste is well balanced, you get hit by the sweetness from the malts 1st then you get a milder than expected bitterness from the hops, which were both spicy and piney.

M: The mouthfeel was of a medium viscosity which coated the tongue in a pleasant way & had a nice level of carbonation.

D: This beer improved as it warmed as I anticipated it would. The 10% abv was surprisingly not noticed in the taste.

This is another Imperial IPA which could be mistaken for an American Barleywine. This Devil of a Dog is worth finding and enjoying.

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Photo of Jayli
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Union on 7/29
Served in a Chalice

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a 1/4 inch of foamy white head to it. Head retains nicely, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a strong caramel malt presence, big piney hops and hints of grapefruit citrus hops.

T: Taste starts with a light piney hop presence that is mellowed out by the caramel malts. Just a touch of biscuit filters in here. Finish is bitter, bitter grapefruit hops that really linger on the tongue.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy feel with an oily finish that coats the tongue.

D: Goes down rather easily, somewhat filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. If I didn't have to drive, I would have loved another glass or two of this one.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 66.7% out of 100 with 240 ratings
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