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 arizcards
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -19.3%
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 Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -1.8%
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 -2.4%
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 +5.5%
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 +6.9%
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 -8.2%
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 uturn
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +7.4%
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 -10.3%
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 cavedave
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jager68 for this delicious IIPA

It pours a beautiful, slightly cloudy, amber, topped by a brief dark beige head that gives way to a light skim and thin ring.

Smell is a light/medium aroma of citrus, herbal bitter, caramel, and tart yeasty breadiness. Almost a barleywine smell.

Taste is similar to many American barleywines in some ways. It starts with a sweetness that is neutral and also a bit dark caramel, alcohol warm joins in, and it moves into herbal bitter, lighter citrus, and ends with a lingering astringency that is slightly medicinal, and lacks complexity. This beer can't make up its mind what it is, and it isn't a great one whatever style you decide.

Due to the too high carb., and too mediciny finish, this is only an average mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good. I'm finishing this bomber pretty quickly.

Impression: This beer suffers by being compared with some of the finest IIPA ever brewed. Were it not for Pliny, Hopslam, Dreadnaught, Big A, Hop Henge, etc. this beer would rate better.

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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 homebrewhawk
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint. Poured a clear gold with two fingers of white head. Bottle conditioned. Big hop aroma with pine and citrus. Medium bodied. Pretty aggressively hopped. Lots of grapefruit. There is a tang of sourness. Also a little heat from alcohol. Could use a little more malt backbone to balance things out and add some more body.

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

Serving: Bomber into a tall ale glass.

A: deep, clear copper. Poured with an aggressive one-inch tall head that has remained for a couple of minutes now. Significant carbonation can be seen deep in the glass.

S: Piney hops but a significant amount of malt as well.

T: Malty, with a very strong hop presence. VERY noticeable alcohol bite. The taste is overall really good but the alcohol is VERY apparent in this once.

M: Sudsy and malty, a little thick. A slight burn from the booze.

D: I definitely like this one and I will no doubt finish the whole glass. A sipper though, I couldn't slam one of these back very fast.

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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 bum732
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Resiny hops, citrus, grapefruit mostly, slight skunk, floral notes, lavender in particular

L: Golden orange, nice creamy tan head with amazing lacing.

T: Wine and citrus hoppiness, semi-sweet malt. Fairly high earthy bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Very dry finish.

M: Solid medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

An ok DIPA, more bitter than hoppy, pretty straitforward. A little too dry in the finish is my only complaint. Not bad.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to hopflop for this one! Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a nice hazy dark copper with a small amount of sediment settling at the bottom with an off-white two-finger head that subsides to a one-finger after a bit. The lacing was excellent throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, subtle hops, and small amount of alcohol. The flavor was of loads of sweet malt, alcohol, and a hoppy followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a very flavorful brew. It had a nice balance of sweet of bitter to counteract the alcohol flavor so it wasn't overpowering. However it is not that drinkable though and you can definitely tell it is a heavy hitter.

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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 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 Pencible
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like sweet citrus and honeysuckle, with a little mango and brown sugar. It tasted like grapefruit and orange zest, with resin and honey and brown sugar. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a nice double IPA with a very balanced and clean scent and taste. It had a nice body too, and hid the alcohol pretty well, so it was easy to drink. There was just a little harshness in the taste that kept this from being excellent. But I'm a fan of the malt profile.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge 3+ finger head that fills the glass and fades semi slowly over very clear golden nectar orange color.

N: Lots of heavy chewy hops and chewy malts, some malty sweetness with just a hint of booze and honey even, a little citrus and spicy hops some fruity hop aromas too.

T: Starts with sweet malts, some nougat, chewy malts, some caramel and honey. Then bitterness with some chewy hops, some citrus and tangerine, a little spicy hops, some fruit and juicy hop flavors. Some warming booze and a little alcohol spice. Semi heavy on bitterness but not over the top.

M: Medium body, some warming booze and alcohol burn and decent carbonation.

F: More bitterness with some heavy hops, chewy hop flavors linger, some fruit and spicy hops, long lingering alcohol flavors and a little warming booze. Still pretty sweet too with more lingering chewy nougat and malts. It pretty much bombards the mouth. Overall a little too sweet and a touch too boozy but otherwise not bad.

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

Didn't have much time to write this one, so just a few bullet points

*Warning* this beer hides ABV better than any other brew I've had in a long time. You've been warned!

A- Poured a 22 into a snifter, had a mix of red and gold color to it, with little foam. Good to fair lacing.

S- Citrus off the bat, with pine scent short after. The smell of grains comes through as well.

T- Malts go well with the strong citrus taste, then the piney flavor cleans the pallet, perfect for another sip. Not too bitter for an IPA, slightly sweet malts.

M- Medium carbonation that lingers. Full body

D- Well I almost finished my glass writing this review, so if that says anything. A very balanced beer, a little acidic to drink a lot of but great taste/profile overall.

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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 JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a very nice dark copper color with some reddish and orange hints quite hazy with a nice white dense head that is about .5 inches. It is quite sticky as well. It recedes rather quickly to a thin film though.

S - Delicious piney hop aroma with some nice sweet citric hints as well. There is a bit more sweetness and pine resin than in the Alpha Dog DIPA. Some nice sweet caramel malt aromas as well.

T - Great sweetness from the malts that mesh well with the nice citrus grapefruit explosion in my mouth. There is a nice mix of pine and grapefruit within the hop profile. Overall, a very nice mixture of caramel sweetness with some grain/bread flavors and nice citric flavor. The beer finishes with a nice dry hop character and a mild tartness.

M - nice full body with ok complexity. Nice crisp CO2 and balance.

D - Very drinkable and refreshing with great falvor even with the ABV.

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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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