Alpha Dog Imperial IPA
Laughing Dog Brewing

Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA
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From:
Laughing Dog Brewing
 
Idaho, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,048
ABV:
8%
Score:
84
Ranked #22,389
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 13.67%
Reviews:
313
Ratings:
687
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 05, 2023
Added:
Feb 14, 2009
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  55
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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Ratings by BeerMe8:
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Rated by BeerMe8 from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oct 07, 2019
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce can purchased in Sandpoint, ID.
Beautiful clear orange copper pour with two fingers of creamy off white/pale khaki head.
Nose bursts of diesel and resinous hops - dank and weedy, pine, and hiding in back caramel malt; weirdly intermittent hint of vanilla, and a touch of a floral aroma.
Initially there is a caramel malty sweetness on the palate but this is quickly obliterated by a resinous, sticky bitter blast at the back of the palate - grapefruit peel, pine needles and a leafy/weedy dankness. Softer tropical notes as warmed, but clearly the goal was bitterness and goal achieved!
Medium full mouthfeel with decent carbonation and a lasting sticky bitterness.
Honestly a holdover from the IBU wars of the past and I think it may be a divisive beer - I quite like it - but this is NOT the juicy sweet hazy DIPA often seen today.
Aug 05, 2023
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Rated by Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz can. Canned on 08/30/2022.
I feel Beer_Right_Back from Arizona hit the nail on the head, somewhat rough for a Imperial IPA.
Oct 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Mar 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3/5  rDev -19.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.77 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Sep 05, 2020
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Rated by Nova69 from Florida

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is absolutely the best Imperial IPA ever......and perhaps the best beer in the world, my FAVORITE
Feb 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.49 by Jakedrumz from Nevada

Sep 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by BdM from Netherlands

Jun 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.51 by TheCrowsEye from California

May 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.52 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Apr 29, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.56 by MarcieSumpter from Idaho

Nov 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by heysuz from Indiana

Oct 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Oct 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by Casey_L from Texas

Jul 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.82 by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

Jun 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by rarigney from Washington

May 19, 2017
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Reviewed by h4ger from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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