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

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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 239
Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +16.9%
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 -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 Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of Bonis
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 8/6/2011

A - A rich cloudy deep orange off the pour. Sticky white lacing adorns my tulip.

S - WOW! Citrus hops dominate with a nice accompaniment of syrupy malty goodness. The balance makes way for some interesting aromas in this one... citrus gummies (the ones you buy in Florida as a tourist), cotton candy, and DOTS are among the sweet treats I smell in this one. Sweet candied hops, very nice.

T - Not as nice as the smell, but the hops are the star of the flavor. Sweet tropical fruits and bitter grapefruit rind replace the sweet goodies notable from the aroma. A heavy but nice malt backbone balances things out well, and little of the 10% abv peaks through. Good overall.

M - Full bodied, medium carb. Prickly hops, bitter aftertaste. No alcohol burn.

O - This is a very good example of a DIPA in my book. A nice blend of hops and extraordinary balance of malty sweetness. A definite to drink again if I see it. This one is recommended to fans of big hoppy beers.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Muted orange, on the darker side, cloudy. Head is thick and creamy. Lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

S - Strong, powerful scent of flowers, fruit, and pine.

T - This beer assaults the senses, a bit too overpowering. Caramel and ripe fruit flavors finished off with a crisp and piney hops.

M - A little too powerful.

O - A very good strong and flavorful IPA

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A musty copper colored brew with a big fluffy off-white head that deflates pretty quickly with tons of chunky lacing. The aroma brings sweet toffee and pine hops, thick and chewy with a hint of peat. Realy nice. The first taste has lots more piny hops but alcohol plays a pretty prominent role. There’s a hefty juniper green bite so it's a pretty substantial brew with medium full body and a smooth, moderately carbonated feel. Drinkability is a bit on the low side but you can easily enjoy a few based on the nice flavors here. Recommended!

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Photo of capeannbass36
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Opened beer. Had immediate mess all over the counter. Foam running out of bottle at a rapid pace. Poured a nice clear, honey copper with a two finger off white head. Decent lacing throughout.

S- Sweet malt and caramel. A little pine.

T- Some sweet citrus fruit and hops, along with some caramel.

M- Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky and "oily". Warm.

O- I am liking it as the sweetness offsets the hops. Very nice.

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Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger head of khaki head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and other tropical fruits.

T - It tasted of pine, grapefruit and burnt toast maltiness. It had a boozy heat.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a big, powerful double IPA. Lots of alcohol heat and sharp, bitter hops.

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Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/ burnt orange color with a two finger cream colored head that leaves some nice sheet lace down my goblet.

Aroma is nice sweet caramel malts loaded with sweet ripe fruits apricot, pears hints of pineapples topped of by a sprinkling of pine needles.

Taste is pow bring on the hops loads of citrus notes spring out of brief caramel sweetness to assault your taste buds with lingering bitterness. Big hop presence in this one really good at the start seems to get slightly less good as time moves on alcohol notes become more apparent. Finish is lingering citrus rinds along with good pine resin notes and a slight alcohol burn. Was going for 4.5 but revised it as i move through the bottle. Still a nice I2PA.

Mouthfeel is good a big medium to hold all the hops, carbonation level is good.

Overall all a good I2PA flip flopping on rating 4.5 alcohol notes not really distracting but seem to be in the back of my mind.

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Photo of cjympsin
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

10.85% ABV, 98 IBUs

Strong hop aromas are evident from the smell.

Abundant carbonation and nice alcohol warmth as it get warmer.

Smells of some fruit flavors, pine flavors and malts as well.

All in all this beer was good, was a little lacking as a DIPA, but for the price I would buy it again.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped the top on this bomber and the beer basically exploded out and on to the counter. Immediately started pouring into a pint glass and it was 1/2 head for a good while. Once it finally settled it was a nice deep orange color with a constant lacing around the top. The aroma was of sweet malts and wet pine which went together very nicely.

This is a deliciously sweet and spicy DIPA. The hops are with you for the whole voyage. The assault on your taste buds is relentless and unforgiving...but I dig it. The balance of malt really is what sets this apart. Total hop bomb but kept in check just a bit. Really, really enjoying the spice that lingers after each sip. There is somewhat of an alc punch on this one and isn't the highest on the drinkable scale but it sure is fun.

Being my first sampling from Laughing Dog I am very glad I brought this back from KC.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Wichita last weekend...

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger+ of cream colored head. Head settles in to a nice creamy head 7 the lacing is fantastic

S: Huge breadyness, toffee & herbal hops showing up once warm

T: Follows the nose, plus herbal, piney & woody hops bitterness up front. Caramel, herbal & piney hops, slight apricot & tangerine fruittyness, plus dryness once warm. Finishes with grainy bitterness, caramel, dryness & pineyness; almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy as all get out with nice creamy carbonation, also some nice juicyness to this. Fantastic balance

A well put together DIPA & easily one of my favorites from this brewery

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper body with orange hues beneath a light tan head that is packed with dense bubbles of carbonation that float in a pillowy cloud-like formation before leaving behind an intense amount of lacing.

Abundant hop aromas waft from the glass, which include herbal and citrus notes as well as pine needles. As the beer warms the malt sweetness appears as well.

The flavor is fantastic featuring similar herbal and citrus hop notes to the aroma with more pronounced caramel malty sweetness to follow that sometimes almost seems nutty. Pine needles are also noticeable towards the back of the palate as this warms, it becomes a bit sweeter and the alcohol really kicks in and there are even touches of sweet fruit.

Medium to full in body with generous carbonation and nice alcohol warmth as it warms. This is a pretty big beer.

This is a nice Impy IPA with plenty of character and while it leans more towards the malt than its counterparts, there is no shortage of hop punch.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an HOtD tulip on 5/11/11.

Pours a dark honey yellow with a finger of slightly off white fluffy head. Head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Pretty color and head though I would have like more retention.

Smells of sweet malts and some fruit flavors. Some pine flavors as well.

Taste is of sweet malts and pine flavors, alcohol is present but really comes out when the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight and the resin leaves a bitter pine taste in the mouth.

Overall this is a good beer and I would like to have it again but its not a spectacular beer, mostly because it just feels that all its aspects are good but fail to shine.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

457th review on BA
Bottle to tulip
22 oz

App- This was a nice Orange with some dark highlights to make it a darker Orange altogether. A huge three finger head with a pancake batter consistency and lacing all over the glass.

Smell- This was dominated by pine and that resin scent of a big IPA. A little bit of citrus if you take a big whiff.

Taste- A bit over the top for me. The 98 IBUs are a bit hard on the taste buds. A bit of a malty sweetness with a huge hop bitterness kick. A little un balanced but pretty tasty and a bit boozy at over 10%.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Very piney residual flavors with some sticky sweet caramel flavors.

Drink- This was a big boozy, malty and piney DIPA. Like I mentioned it's tasty but just a bit too over the top. I probably won't come back to this one.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.9%
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 +15.6%
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 -6.9%
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 +1.6%
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 +5.5%
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 +4.7%
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 -16.6%
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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Devil Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.79 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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