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Alpha Dog Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA
674 Ratings
Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A true hop bomb brewed plenty of Columbus and Mt Hood hops for a piney hop character. Premium Pale, Honey and Munich malt make this beer a little less malty but packing plenty of hop punch.

127 IBU

Added by bitterthebetter on 02-14-2009

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Ratings: 674 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, the beer poured a almost clear orange gold, and produces a nice two finger high white creamy head. Good retention and good lacing.
The smell is a complex mixture of fruity hops and pine, with malt and caramel in the back.
The taste is likewise, with the fruit and pine hops up front, backed by a nice malt backbone. Nice balanced aftertaste, not sweet nor bitter. A true balance.
This is a exceptional beer and a must try!

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Photo of xabyss
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pale orange with two fingers' worth of fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. A steady stream of tiny carbonation bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass. A more-than-decent amount of lace remains as the head recedes.

S: Highly citrusy with a hint of bitteness and some grassy hops. Decidedly not a hop bomb on the nose and a pretty mild aroma overall, but what's there is not bad.

T: Bitterer than the nose suggests and way more hoppy. Sharp citrus on the tip of the tongue, slight caramel malts mid sip and loads of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Not much to remind me of the 8.5% ABV save for a hint at the tail end. I'm pleasantly surprised in this department. Tasty stuff!

M: Oh so smooth, creamy, medium-bodied with subtle carbonation. Goes down dangerously easy. Just about perfect for the style.

O: I had mixed expectations for this beer, but it ended up being much tastier than anticipated. It's one of the better DIPAs I've had in a while.

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Photo of BackStallion
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very near transparent amber with a baby wrist of head.

S - A powerful aroma that surrounds the nose with hops and charges right in full force, leaving one temporarily stunned.

T - At first taste the hops are readily apparent but it soon transforms into a powerful fruity blend with a finish that grabs you by the balls with its teeth, applies a half rotation in the counter-clockwise direction, and refuses to let go.

M - moderate

O - Once the cap is removed from this beer it is too late. Seemingly out of nowhere, hops charge at you and relentlessly assault your senses until all is finished. While most beers would feel it sensible to back off at some point, Alpha Dog refuses to stop until the bitter end. Some may describe this daring combination of hops as idiotic, but this beer sends a message: it is not one to be fucked with.

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a chilled mug.

A nice, coppery clear pour with a short but stable head and good lacing.

Effervescent and fruity in the nose with nummy grapefruit and a lot of hop aroma.

Bitter, yeasty, and hop-arific, this is one sturdy IPA! Good caremly malts, too. Tastes divine!

Packs a punch, but stays readily drinkable all the way to the bottom.

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Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hopheads version of a balanced DIPA. The balance is between floral hops, citrus hops and pine hops!!!

Pours a fairly clear orange color with a medium size off white head. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell is pronounced citrus and floral hops, very good.

Tastes great. Tremendous hops bite. Floral, citrus and pine hops float across the taste buds before destroying them

Mouthfeel is very good. Little alcohol presence, big hops bite, very rich.

Drinkability is very good for a hophead. The big bite tames down as you progress on the beer.

My son-in-law and I finished the session up with Founders Devil Dancer. Devil Dancer has a stronger alcohol presence and richness. Alpha Dog has a more prominent hops bite.

This is a very good DIPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus off-white creamy head, with lots of nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus and pines. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, slight malts, very nice touch of citrus/pines. Medium body, a tasty/chewy/bitter brew. Very drinkable, I'm really enjoying this brew.

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Photo of shakeheap
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into my Big Sky goblet from bomber.

Does this brewery put out a bad beer? Everything I've tried has been better than good and this is no exception. Not as full-flavored as the average IIPA but still enough there where it isn't mis-classified as some IIPA's tend to be.

Pours a beautiful deep gold, almost orange, with just enough head to make it pretty.

It's full flavored with hints of citrus/pine -- the hops right out front and still lingering with the finish. Well balanced with a hint of alcohol and some malt but overall a very hoppy beer (as we would hope).

I am very impressed with this brewery. I've quite enjoyed every one of their ales I've tried since accidentally stumbling on their regular IPA by accident a few years back on a trip to the PACNW (before we could get it here in the heartland).

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This might be my first Idaho beer. Pours a nice gold color with a foamy white IPA head. Aroma is solid, kind of piney, some honey mixed in, a very thick smell, not very citrusy. Reminds me a lot of some East Coast IPAs. Some Tylenol like bitterness shows through. This brew is VERY bitter, big-time hops, enough you might label this a hop-bomb. Still very smooth with little in the way of alcohol, only the bitterness gives this away as a DIPA and not an IPA.

Very tasty and very bitter. A top of the line DIPA here.

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Photo of Shockey
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy bright orange body, topped by a fist full of billowing dentable white froth. Glass coasts with elaborate stretched lace.

Appealing citrusy aroma.

Firm malt beginning is rapidly overwhelmed by a pack of hops. Juicy, fruity, and with a crashing bitterness at the swallow.

Firm mouthfeel, not sloppy or syrupy. Solid drinkability for the style. Wish I had another for tomorrow.

A solidly enjoyable Imperial IPA, worth a try.

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Photo of theghost3
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper with a 3-finger fluffy, golden-white head. Medium lacing.

Smells of herbal, pine & grapfruit hops along with some breadiness. The taste...hopbomb. Very bitter floral/herbal hops at first with some grapfruit at the end. Caramel is present as well. Mouthfeel is acidic, crisp, and slightly sticky.

This is a drinkable DIPA, but the 8.7 abv will sneak up on you. It's a good balance between the smoothness of Hopslam & the bitterness of Stone Ruination.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dborginis
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color. Just what I expected for a DIPA. At first the hop bitterness is offensive, but with a few sips it got more bearable and tasty. Smell is a nice balance of malt and hop. A taste of this malt too, but the hops pretty much dominate. Aftertaste isn't so good, but surprisingly light and drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 674 ratings
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