DogZilla Black IPA
Laughing Dog Brewing

DogZilla Black IPADogZilla Black IPA
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IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
3.43 | pDev: 20.41%
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
DogZilla Black IPADogZilla Black IPA
Notes: True to its IPA roots Dogzilla has a massive hop presence that is Piney and Citrusy. A malty backbone, along with the dark malt gives it a bit of a roasty finish. Brewed with Simcoe and Cascade Hops, Pale Malt, Munich, and Black Barley.

69 IBU
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Oleyomoleyo from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Does not disappoint! Nice black IPA.

Jun 28, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bold and experimental beer that has a lot going for it, except for some flaws in brewing technique that allows some off-flavors to persist.

Dark amber/brown but somewhat translucent- looks much more like a deep Red Ale with only slight color corrections for the roasted barley. A quick rise and fall of foam shows early maltiness but thinning late. Light lacing.

Hops and roast lead the way in aroma and taste, along with malty, roasty, grainy character. As soon as the hops take hold, a twangy-tart-phenolic (plastic) flavor and scent comes into play and is more than just a slight distraction. The slight Schwarzbier-like roast attempts to clean up the beer right before the finish, but makes the beer a bit grainy and acrid.

The beer has a medium-light body that just fails the flavors by finishing thin, acidic, and grainy to texture.

Like many other Laughing Dog products, the basic recipe seems fine but the infections from tannin extractions and polyphenols is just too much to overlook.

Sep 02, 2010
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pinotboy007 from Virginia

2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Moderately vigorous pour yields an over the top, dense, styrofoam khaki-colored head. Decent sticky legs, too. Impressive!

S - Some piney, funk-like aroma that I'm not altogether sure what it's supposed to be. Anise? "New car" smell? Carpet? It's not that Band Aid-like smell some Belgian ales have, which I really like. I can't put my finger on this. Earthiness? Charcoal?

T - Bitter, biting hops slash their way through some Turkish coffee, followed by more stinging hops. What the hell is this supposed to be? The hops are on steroids and have detracted from this ale.

M - Very nice carbonation lends its support to deft creaminess.

D - Not on my watch. Not recommended to anyone except serious, devout hop-heads. Even then . . . oh, well. They get an "'A' for creativity, which should be a category.

Oct 18, 2009
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meanmutt from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Mar 01, 2012
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thryn from Florida

3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much livelier than I expected -- so I get a dark brown beer with a TON of light tan head. It pours medium to dark brown, but in the goblet it's nearly opaque and close to black. Overzealous head settles to a fluffy finger, leaving a lot of lace. Looks good!

Nose is decent, but nothing special. Piney hops, roasted caramely malt.

Hrm. On taste I have to rate this lower -- NOT because I don't like it ... quite the opposite! but because the IPA characteristics are overpowered by a wonderful roasted malt flavor. There are hops, and they impart a fine pine flavor to the brew, but the roasty character is huge. So, I can't really think of it as an IPA -- more an American strong ale -- interesting and delicious, but nonconformist.

Moderate carbonation and medium body. Nice on the tongue, a bit oily down the throat.

It's drinkable, and a very good beer, but too roasty for style. Maybe black IPA needs its own category, as I suspect this happens a lot?

Aug 01, 2009
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Cramerican from North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Sep 17, 2012
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hooliganlife from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour was cola colored with a massive cream colored head and it took forever to go away. nice lacing and retention.

light sweet caramel malt flavors with a hint of floral and tangerine notes.

solid bitterness with a slightly grassy flavor. a nice amount of pine. malts are rich and sweet but take a stand behind the hops.

for as much head as this had, not as much carbonation. still fairly full but a tad thin. good though

pretty decent. i love black ipas so kudos to all that make one. has a good flavor that i never really got bored with. i like this and will try again.

Oct 07, 2009
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Xanadude from California

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Feb 17, 2012
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ralree from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Rich, deep brown, 1/4 finger laced head, great retention.

S: Great big grapefruit hop smell, toasted malt.

T: Strange smokey flavor (Smoked IPA?), hops are wonderful, strong malt backs it nicely. Just a little brown sugar sweetens it up.

M: Nice and dry, clean except for smoke, astringent, carbonation good, medium body.

D: Really rather hard to drink fast, but sipping is OK.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

Jul 26, 2010
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mar 30, 2015
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Ronw from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

Oct 26, 2014
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Hanzo from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2%

May 14, 2012
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Durge from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick blackish brown color with a large tan head and lots of lace to go around. The aroma brings bright lemon and swampy malt. Very, very agreeable. The flavor brings a similar taste at first but settles to steady evergreen malty blend. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but plenty drinkable. It’s kind of glassy in feel, good stuff. I see not everyone likes this but I may be unique in enjoying that swampy/evergreen combo. Almost resembles a peat idea that I just find agreeable.

Jun 06, 2011
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bluckbeyes from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Mar 28, 2012
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breadnerd from Kansas

1.43/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

To my knowledge, at this time there is still no BJCP guidelines for a "Black IPA". That being said, I have had several examples of the style.
Pour a rich, deep amber, not quite black. Good head retention, some lacing.
Whoa- aroma in this beer is not in it's favor. Diacetyl? Maybe. Something else...
I taste what I smell, and it's not quite right. I get some vegetable flavors, but not corn or overcooked greens. This is more of an overpowering onion/garlic flavor. Not appealing in a beer, at least not to me.
There's some malty sweetness in there, carbonation normal, I just can't get over the flavor of this beer. It's pretty offensive.

Feb 04, 2011
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PGVG from Virginia

4/5  rDev +16.6%

Apr 15, 2012
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mrsimm from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2%

Jul 07, 2012
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dav2080 from Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Dec 08, 2012
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KAF from Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Jul 16, 2014
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DustinPurvis from Idaho

4/5  rDev +16.6%

Apr 20, 2013
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OKCNittany from Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Dec 10, 2013
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Chitlons from Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Mar 14, 2012
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jmurray999 from Pennsylvania

1.85/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: poured dark reddish brown, nice head, mild lacing into an old leghumper pint glass. Resembled the color of a bowel movement my dog once had after getting a hold of the pot roast dinner. (minus the head of course).

S: black licorice, hint of molasses, very lightly smoky malt

T: sweet black licorice which sat out in the sun for too long, not too much hop presence.

D: varied between hell no and I think not

M: light - mild

Jun 08, 2009
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Jaldama from California

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Jul 24, 2012
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coldriver from Texas

3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Big fluffy white head, pours a rootbeer amber. Aroma is dark roasted malts with some spicy hops and a little skunk. Taste has some toffee and citrus, but a lot of sourness (in a bad way). Mouthfeel is very thin and wet. I'm a big fan of the American Black Ale style, but this is not one of the better examples.

Dec 31, 2011
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