Alpha Dog Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA
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3.73/5
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Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
laughingdogbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,985
Reviews:
310
Ratings:
675
pDev:
13.67%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
52
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 675 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above average DIPA, bomber obtained in trade. A substantive bitterness bit yet not too bitter. Lemon-grapefruit. Big soapy head on light yellow. Good hoppy aroma, perhaps the best part of it. Full mouthfeel. Good drinkability, but may not be as the first beer of the night.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice lacing and retention on a cloudy golden with orange hue body.

S: aroma is overall a little light. mild malt with pine and citrus.

T: strong malt presence up front with the earthy, pine and grassy hops rounding out the finish.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the hop character is really nice for this one. Simple but the flavors mix well.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out with a big fluffy white head and a hazy golden body. The smell is really nice in here, there is a massive hop aroma coming off of this one. The taste is great on the first few sips and as it warms up that all goes downhill. The taste to me just gets a bit strange, can't really describe it but it wasn't good to me after a while. I finished my glass and was thankful for that at least. The mouthfeel is a little thick but not oily. Overall it was good in the beginning and then just fell apart.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface along with a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of citrus hops and caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more rounded out between pine resin hops and caramel malts. There are some hints of citrus and a moderate to strong amount of bitterness, the latter of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops lend a little bit of dryness to the finish.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops, making it rather drinkable for a bitterness of 127 IBUs. The alcohol is also very well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine IPA or Double IPA (the beer kinda straddles the fence) that favors grassy/earthy/garlic-onion character over typical citrus grapefruit hop flavor.

Alpha Dog starts with a soft glow of deep golden to light copper colors. The beer releases a firm, white, cottony head that both retains and laces well. A pretty standard IPA look.

Bready malts set the stage with extremely light sweetness. This allows the hops to dominate the beer with a fresh cut grass, light onion or garlic character. Soft pine resins, thin alcohols, and citrus rinds round out the aromas.

Flavors are a direct mimic of the aromas. Lightly bready early with soft non-descript sweetness. The earthy, grassy, piney hops shine well in the reserved role of malts, esters, or phenols. A sharp bitterness results from the hops and take a piney shape in flavor. A very good flavor but I am more in favor of the citrus-forward hoppy beers.

As the malt flavors show favorably up front, so does the creamy textures. But as the malt flavors fade, so do the creaminess- leading quickly to a dry and well-attenuated mouthfeel. Lightly warming and numbing, the alcohols shy away from harshness or fusal character.

Again, a well crafted Double IPA but the hops seem to exhibit more of the Simcoe or Warrior varieties than Cascade or Centennial. This makes the beer a bit less than 'clean' flavored.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Nice to be able to finally try this one, after it being 'out of season' when I was at the brewery a few years back.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, off-white head, which leaves a solid array of cobweb lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of musty grapefruit and orange rind, wet pine, bready, meaty caramel malt, further floral, spicy hops, and a soft twinge of warming alcohol. The taste is bitter, indistinct citrus pith, green pine needles, clammy caramel malt, a hint of burnt toffee, wild grass and fallow hay, black pepper dust, more subtle vegetal spice, and a very tame, suggestive boozy note.

The bubbles are averagely peppy, and duly supportive, the body a decently solid medium weight, and generally smooth, the pent-up hoppiness poking through here and there. It finishes barely off-dry, the mulchy and fruity hops more or less overwhelming the fading malt.

An approachable enough DIPA, the reigned in hop bitterness well wrought through the grassy analogue it assumes. Good, but overall a bit different than your standard (ly awesome) west coast hop and malt bombs, which is perhaps a welcome change, believe it or not. Worth a try, at the very least.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the bomber into a 22 oz. glass. Swiss cheese dimpled foam pushed above the rim and stood there for a bit. It had a smooth meringue sheen with plenty of rocky crags, leaving coating rings of lace.

Soft fruity, woody nose. Candied orange and muted hops.

Very smooth for a DIPA, not brash or boozy... if there was such a thing as an English DIPA, this might qualify. Not mild mannered, just a bit restrained yet eloquent. Grapefruit rind backed by plenty of bitter pine. Firmly bitter finish. Some leafy herbal traces, a gentle hop flavor. Feeling a bit of the warmth halfway through the glass, but it never interferes with the flavors. Pretty balanced and citrus forward, medium bodied and sippable. Not bad, best beer i've had from Idaho...

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very impressive appearance, with a huge, creamy head that sits atop the honey/straw colored liquid; the rentention was fine as was the lacing

Smell: Piney citrus, butressed a toffee malt character

Taste: Toffee malt, up front, but the 127 IBUs certainly make their presence felt quickly, adding a starkly bitter element to the profile; while the malt continues to provide an underlying sweetness, the bitterness is powerful throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Powerfully bitter and somewhat overwhelming, this beer is not for beginnners; can't say it is really to my palate, either

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a two-finger, tan head of thick foam. It left sheets of soapy lace.

S - This one has powerful pine and citrus aromas. The was a mild burnt toast maltiness.

T - Tons of pine flavor kick this one off. There is a nice burnt toast maltiness with a warm alcohol heat.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is another good IPA from Laughing Dog. Not as potent as I expected but it still good.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 6/4/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some good spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, pine, lemon zest, grass, floral, pineapple, caramel, honey, earth, and herbal spiciness. Excellent aromas with great balance, hop complexity, and strength; very enjoyable. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pine, floral, grass, pineapple, lemon zest, honey, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, pine, floral, honey, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Excellent balance of hop flavor complexity, with a good malt backbone and no cloying flavors at all; very clean hoppy flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA! Great hop flavor balance and complexity; with a nice crisp body and well balanced malt backbone. Very smooth to sip on as well. One of the best DIPAs I have ever had for sure. Incredibly enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

undated 22 oz. bomber served in pint glass

A light pour resulted in a bit of foam rising up and over the rim with only about 2 inches of liquid. Not surprising, since removing the cap produced a rising foam that had to be poured immediately to prevent spillage. Medium/light amber beer was hazy with visible carbonation and a gigantic but not dense off-white sudsy head that has extraordinary durability. Super head reappeared on 2nd and 3rd pours.

Piney hops with a nice caramel malt backbone. Hints of vanilla and citrus.

Taste follows aroma, by and large, with an fine crisp finish and a long-lasting hoppy aftertaste.

M - full with a noticeable bite from the hops and carbonation

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice fizzy 1.5 finger head rises up in my tulip glass and leaves a nice lacing as it slowly fades, over a very hazy orange peach color.

N: Nice bright hops. Lots of pine, citrus, chewy hops, earthy spicy hops, a little tangerine and grapefruit, a very slight sweet malt can be smelled behind the hops, but a nice hop profile so far.

T: A nice Imp IPA. A slightly sweet malt and chewy malt flavor hits first actually. Pretty much no boozy qualities except just a hint so it hides pretty well. A slight sweet taste with a little crystal and perhaps munich malt. Not too bitter but a nice bitterness with some pine, lots of citrus, a little juicy hops, not as much as the nose overall but there. A little chewy hop presence as well.

M: Decent body with good carbonation.

F: A strong bitterness rises quickly after the swallow and hits with a slightly sharp bitterness. The hops really come out on the finish again, as they did on the nose. Some pine, lots of earthy spicy hops, little citrus, etc. It dries off quite a bit as well, which, as usual, is accentuated by the bitterness. A little juicy hop fruit quality at the beginning of the finish as well. A loooong bitterness too.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, even though there are better 2IPA's out there, this is still a very solid beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gotta say I have been really impressed with pretty much all the Laughing Dog line of beers,I think more impressed than most here on BA have been.Starts off with a perfect pour,I dont put a 5 down much but the pour here is worthy,a burnt orange infused medium golden with a perfect creamy white crown that leaves one big continuous ring of soap scum-like lace as it settles into a creamy mass.Resinous and citric hops dominate the nose along with some sugary sweet notes,the good thing here is the hops dominate,not overly sweet.The palate isnt to sweet like way to many of the style,the hops citric in character are the main event here,citrus and pine overtop of a sweet alcohol base,again the sweet alcohol base is underneath the big hops.I really like this beer,it is what the style should be more about in my humble opinion.

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

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, dark golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Light caramel malt, spicy hops and some pine.

T - Caramel and sweet toffee up front with some pine. More pine and spicy hops in the middle with dry toasted grain character. Finishes with some harsh bitterness and more dry malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The hop character falls a little flat in the nose and delivers an unflattering sharp, harsh bitterness. The dry, grainy character exacerbates the harsh bitterness by creating a husky finish without any sweetness.

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Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 675 ratings
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