Alpha Dog Imperial IPA
Laughing Dog Brewing

Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,056
ABV:
8%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,547
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 13.76%
Reviews:
312
Ratings:
684
From:
Laughing Dog Brewing
 
Idaho, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  26
Gots
  55
SCORE
85
Very Good
Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA
Notes: Brewed with only the finest Northwest malts and copious amounts of Columbus and Mt. Hood Hops. Our Imperial IPA is ahead of the pack.
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bitter, aggressive, and rough around the edges. This beer could be a real punch to the face for those sleeping on it. It's pretty one-dimensional, and straight to the point. We think that it runs closely parallel to Arrogant Bastard.

Sep 09, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An IPA with a restrained bitterness. Pours a thick, fluffy head four fingers high. Mellow hoppiness lingers on the palate. No alcohol burn detected despite the 8.5% ABV. Nice sipper for a long evening.

Feb 26, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy copper/orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light speckled lacing clinging slightly. The smell had some grapefruit/piney aromas here and there. The taste was similar. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. Overall, good DIPA, it’s nothing over the top but gets the DIPA fix done.

Jun 27, 2017
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h4ger from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bomber that exploded upon opening. Once I got a bit in a glass I had to wait 10 minutes for the 5 finger head to drop enough to get a bit of liquid in the glass. It was like sea foam that wouldn't end. Eventually It did have a good citrus aroma and strong hop flavor but this was a bad experience. Maybe another day based on other reviews but questionable.

May 08, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes in with that light orange appearance I like to see in my hoppy beers. Head in the 3/4" white department. Aroma had a lot of Columbus hops to provide a forest like dry hop experience. Mild sweetness.

Taste is a hop forward imperial ipa that isn't overly weighed down by crystal malt or one dimensional bitterness. Very good use of the Columbus hop. Crystal malt out, pale, munich, honey malts in giving it that lighter mouthfeel and barely perceptible sweetness. Bitter, hoppy, dry. Enjoyable, wish it wasn't in a bomber format though, that is really the only thing keeping me away from it again.

May 23, 2016
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Metal_N_Brew from Utah

4.94/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Burnt Honey gold color, decent-fast fading head.

Smell: A lot of dankness. Hops abound with a slight scent of fresh honey.

Taste: Follows the nose almost exactly to a 'T'. I say almost because the taste is more influenced by the hops and malt character is diminished only a little bit.

Mouthfeel: This is high hop territory. The Mouthfeel in this IPA is real rough and strong, but rewarding and interesting if you like or love IPAs.

Feb 18, 2016
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy copper/orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light speckled lacing clinging slightly. The smell had some grapefruit/piney aromas here and there. The taste was similar. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. Overall, good DIPA, it’s nothing over the top.

Nov 18, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden orange color with a one finger head of creamy looking white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of an earthy and grassy hop smell with a rather strong showing of a bready aroma. Along with these hop and bready smells, comes some lighter hop notes of a grapefruit citrus accompanied by some sweeter aromas of tangerine and a hint of a tropical fruit smell of pineapple and mango.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather bready taste mixed with a decent showing of some grapefruit and earthy hop. A little bit of a pineapple, tangerine, and mango are upfront as well, with these flavors losing intensity as the taste moves on further to the end. Along with the loss of the tropical fruit, comes some herbal and more earthy hop tastes. This all results in a more dry and dankly hopped taste, and with a hint of a warming alcohol that comes at the end, one is left with a rather dank and crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. While for a 2xIPA I usually like a bit more thickness and less carbonation, for the drier and more dank taste profile, the thinness and more light nature of the body were actually rather complimenting.

Overall- A rather nice more dankly hopped Imperial IPA. This was a rather enjoyable brew overall.

Nov 18, 2015
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silverking from Florida

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- clear honey golden with two fingers of rocky, light tan head. Great retention and lacing.

S- grapefruit,orange, pineapple and other tropical aromas.

T- caramel up front with tropical flavors in the mid palate. The finish has an astringent grapefruit bitterness.

M- medium bodied, gentle carbonation, astringent finish.

O- pretty good. Fantastic aroma, good taste.

Jun 02, 2015
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Uconnelmo from Connecticut

2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a drain pour for me unfortunately. The only thing i didn't mind was cleansing my palate. This beer i believe is new to CT and is 7-17-14 hard to read dating. Why we would be recently receiving 10+ month old iipa's is beyond me. Thanks for putting too old ipa's on the shelf.

Jun 02, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber with a light copper tint under a 2” white rocky foam cap that leaves thick hanging lace.
S: Fruit, resin and pine on the nose with malt in the background.
T: A hop driven palate has a creamy malt entrance that gives way to juicy grapefruit and grapefruit rind bitterness with traces of melon.
F: Creamy medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: A big bitter elixir that one might take to cure malaria or general boredom.

May 26, 2015
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rhunter7 from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- Amber, burnt orange in appearence, the head is big, tad excessive, and white. 5/5
Smells- Pine smell, citrus. I like 4.5
Taste- very hoppy, citrusy, slight malt, kind of sweet, a peppery aspect from alcohol. 4/5
Feel- Thick, heavy, eh... Not a big fan... 3.25
Overall- I like it a lot, scores a 4.25... Very flavorful, bold, hoppy. However it's a bit too heavy for this time of the year. I drank the whole 24oz bottle. I'd probably rate it higher after a long run in sub zero temps, but it's hot out. Worth trying. I'll try it again in December.

May 09, 2015
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KomodoDragon from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light yellow cloudy appearance.

Spice hop flavors. Touch of grapefruit/apricot sweetness. some sourness and banana peel qualities.

not heavy on alcohol but also not easy drinking.

Different for a DIPA. nice for the hop head in ya, but not enough other intrigue.

Feb 09, 2015
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light amber hue with a nice fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.
S: Pine and earthy with some citrus hints. There is some maltiness to the nose.
T- Big piney front to this one. There is some sweetness, almost like boysenberry and lemon zest taste on the finish. There is some maltiness to the taste but it doesn't detract from the hop forward profile. Some alcohol hotness. A little bit more than you would expect in a 8.5% beer.
M- Good body with a sticky resinness. Nice dry finish.
O: Very good beer. it would be in my regular rotation if it was locally available. -

Feb 02, 2015
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Big_V from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +19%

Wow! Can't believe I slept on this great brew. Glad I tried it finally. The hops explode in my mouth. Juicy,hoppy, and smooth. Everything you expect in a great IPA. Will buy again.

Nov 23, 2014
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mr-jj from Washington

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Reviewed 7/7/14.

Color is amber with a nice white head. Good retention and lacing. Smells is generic citrus with a sweet malty backing Fruity and juicy. Flavor is strong hop blast on the palate which gives way to some sweet caramel before finishing with a crisp bitter taste. Pretty nice. Body is medium, moderate carbonation with some hop resins.

Overall, a tasty DIPA that I would be happy to drink again.

S- Pine and earthy notes, some dry citrus. Malt notes are a bit sweet, and fruity.

T- Strong hop profile of citrus peel, with just a bit of a malt background. The hop character tips the scale on this one.

M- Fairly full in body. Thick and sticky. Long dry finish.

O- There's no denying this is imperial. Bitterness is way up there, with not a lot else to help balance it out.

BWED, Jul 02, 2014

Nov 06, 2014
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hophugger from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deepish-gold color with a one finger head which leaves pretty rapidly leaving gorgeous lacing all around. Aroma is pf pine, hops, resin, grapefruit. Taste is balanced well between hops, grapefruit, citrus, bitterness and malt sweetness. Wow, that was a mouthful. Feels great going down though would like a little more carbonation, seems a little flat. I cannot read what I think is some type of bottling date/code?. It is minute and blends into colors of the label. Overall, a good balanced beer lacking a little bubbles. Also, now as I am about half way through, I am getting just a little touch of alcohol taste.

Oct 10, 2014
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CharlesBarkley from Delaware

5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I write this let me note that I’m smiling, and have been for the last 10 minutes. Upon opening, i heard a laughter. A laughter so inexplicable that I did a 360 in my Espia nylon office chair to confront the culprit. It was then that I looked down at the golden rivers and smiled. Not only did my balls tingle mid pour into my chalice, but i felt a sudden connection between myself in this captivating presence. I stand here today, a mere mortal, who has witnessed something extraordinary.

I sunk my upper lip into the chalice and gently leaned back just as far enough so that it flushed through my mouth like a tranquil river. The laughter I was hearing began to intensify as I became fully aware of what was happening; magic. Magic to the point where i had no control over my mind, no control over my bowels, and most importantly no control over my soul. I’m writing this not as a recommendation, but as a demand. Drink up, hear the laughter…hear the laughter…

Jul 12, 2014
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BWED from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a craft pint

A- Orange bronze in color. 1/2" pad of an off white head, which retains really well. Great sticky lacing.

S- Pine and earthy notes, some dry citrus. Malt notes are a bit sweet, and fruity.

T- Strong hop profile of citrus peel, with just a bit of a malt background. The hop character tips the scale on this one.

M- Fairly full in body. Thick and sticky. Long dry finish.

O- There's no denying this is imperial. Bitterness is way up there, with not a lot else to help balance it out.

Jul 02, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of weak pine and citrus
Head enormous – initial pour gave 13.5 cm of off-white creamy foam and only 1 cm of liquid. This slowly diminished to a 2 mm layer with a 3 cm center rising like a volcano from the ocean.
Lacing is good, covering about 50% of the glass surface, but in random patterns, no distinct rings
Body is medium orange with chill haze.
Flavor is very non-descript, with a little hop bitterness and a slight alcohol taste, ending quickly with an alcohol stomach warmth. No malt, no diacetyl, no discernable hop flavor.
Palate is medium, watery, and has lively carbonation

Overall, this is an OK beer. After the initial shock of a 13.5/1 head, as the hypercarbonation fell, the beer became very presentable with some head retention and that volcano-like final layer. Both the nose and flavor were very muted, but not like an old IPA, just one with either no hops (IBU = 126) or weak hop character. Frankly, I wouldn’t have guessed this was an IPA.

Mar 31, 2014
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Boto from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one pours a clear, darker golden color. There was about a finger of off-white head on it that left minimal lacing. An interesting nose for a DIPA. It is a bit lighter than I would have expected. Earthy, musty and some floral notes. Sweet malts and some pine also. The taste is good. Not as bitter as I expected, but still a good bite. Lots of malts, minimal sweetness. Earthy, faint citrus. Good, but not quite up to sctartch with the rest of them.

Mar 13, 2014
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kaufmaal from Alabama

4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one exploded out of the bottle, beer everywhere, lost about 1/3 of the bomber. Hazy golden color, starch-white very sizable head, good lacing. Smells like ripe bananas in a funky pine forest where sourdough is proofing. Earthy mineral taste, more pine resin, sweet orange rind and oil - lots going on. There's a farmhouse-ale mustiness to the whole thing that's quite fantastic; a bitterness that reminds me of chewing Tylenol. No noticeable alcohol flavor. Too much carbonation for me.

Feb 21, 2014
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pkalix from California

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark gold. smells very sweet. taste is bitter. very little head upon a vigorous pour.
sweet malty aroma, sweet malty flavor. some hop bitterness.... decent brew.... but, this is NOT a bitter beer. 127 ibu? I don't think so. what' up with my tastebuds? sweet, caramel-like flavor. 4.0 across the board as far as i'm concerned. decent, but not extraordinary, but then, I DID a Pliny right before this....

Jan 20, 2014
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Hopster916 from California

1.12/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It looked and poured beautifully. After that it was all downhill. Every sip tasted like I was drinking a liquid pepper. Truly wish I would have read the previous reviews before wasting money on this beer. I don't know what went wrong something is not right. I'm sure it's a bad batch, however based on this bottle I would never purchase another beer from Laughing Dog.

Nov 02, 2013
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mild golden color with a decent head that coats the edges. It's a great trend to see IPAs and DIPAs that exhibit more pale than usual.

Lots of pine with little else in the nose. I'm a little disappointed because I like a lot of aroma in a DIPA.

Wicked strong pine bite dominates the palate. Nothing else that I can detect, other than a faint malt backbone.

Again, more of that old school pine bite at the back of the throat. Alcohol warmth too. Good thing I found this beer when I did.

In my experience with DIPAs, there are really two different schools: citrus-dominant and pine-dominant. This one falls in the latter category.

Oct 20, 2013
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