Alpha Dog Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

very good
672 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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Photo of Gavage
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a fluffy 2" head. Thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: grapefruit is a bit overpowering here, and the pine is in the background.

Taste: caramel, pine, and a huge grapefruit tone that creates a bit of an unbalanced beer for me. The bitterness is sharp and biting.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Super long aftertaste as the grapefruit flavors seems to stick around the mouth for a long time.

Drinkability: I found this to be a bit unbalanced and quite biting. The bomber was more than enough for me in a session.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is clear and yellow to dark yellow. Forms a thin white head that falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

I can smell it from across the table. Sweet and citrus hops. Smells great and its quite aggressive.

Medium to full bodied with minimal sweetness. Good citrus hop flavors. Bitterness is good and grows the more you drink. Mouthfeel is good, this is not one of those IPAs that is too sweet but its pushing my limits on sweetness overall. It could get away with slightly less body and more bitterness. Overall its pretty good.

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Photo of redfox405
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, warm, pale and Munich malt scent along with some citrus hops and a resinating bitter aroma. The taste is good as well. It has an aggressive bitter bite that's balanced slightly with a solid pale and Munich malt base. It has a bit of sweet, malt flavor, but the dominating taste is pure hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good DIPA. It's bitter as hell with an appropriate amount of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a large white head. The aroma has a lot of orange citrus and pine notes, as well as a little bit of biscuit malt. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of orange and bitter resin notes from the hops, as well as a good bit of alcohol. The level of bitterness is about medium. I get a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation level is medium as well.

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Photo of plaid75
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet earthy malt followed by a strong herbal hop.

The taste consisted of an earthy sweetness cut ny a brawny piney herbal hop spice.

The mouthfeel Was typical of the style.

Overall a good malt driven ale.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite rounded and malty for a double IPA, but quite a pleasant beer. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a very nice head that is quite creamy and leaves some lacing. Smells creamy and with lots of bitter orange and finishes with sweet malt. Also quite creamy in the mouth with big bitter orange and grapefruit flavors, fairly firm malt, and a lingering bitterness. A little light spiciness on the finish. I think the creaminess helps to tame the hops to a degree and integrate them nicely with the malt. Really pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

On tap in Philly in a pint glass, been seeing alot of Laughing Dog stuff show up and it's always good to see a new brewery in the area, we get about a new one every week.

Alpha Dog Imperial IPA looks bright golden straw yellow in the pint glass with some active bubbles pushing through to a inch of white stuff up top. Strands of lace, nothing artistic though. Smell is high in hops and a bready malt base that is not going to be a problem. This stuff smells pretty fresh. Alot of bitter like pine, sap, grapefruit, light on the malt. Taste is hops first malt a after thought. It really does not come through much. Feel is semi bitter with a smooth after feel, carbed up nice, a bit bitey. A great example of the style, a under DOG if you will.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Quotations last night.

The beer pours the protypical DIPA light orange peach color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. On the nose, you can tell right off this is going to be a bruiser. There is a huge hoppy bitter nose, consisting primarily of citrus and a hint of pine. On the palate, the excessive hoppiness is really too much of a good thing. I consider myself a hophead, but this beer is over the top bitter and could really use some malt to balance it a bit. I don't mind the dry hoppy flavor profile, but the amount of bitterness in this beer is practically painful. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, not that it really matters in this beer. The alcohol is pretty well disguised, but the excessive, aggressive hoppiness literally makes it a chore to drink.

I guess this beer would be great for those times when you really need a hop fix, but IMHO there are enough other DIPA's that are preferable to this one to take care of that need. An interesting beer, but I'm not sure I want to visit it again any time soon. Surprisingly, I was told that this beer (rather then the devil dog) will now be Laughing Dog's standard DIPA. Wow.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy gold cider body with a frothy two-finger offwhite head. Some minor roasted malt smells along with citric and grapefruit in the aroma, albeit very mellow. Taste is more of the same as the beer is smooth but watery, and as I drink it is a tad sweet and has some minor citric and grape notes in it with a minor dry backbite with a touch of woodiness. More like a pale ale, yet alone a DIPA. Not a bad beer at all but not what I am looking for in this style.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't plan on reviewing any beers tonight.. but oh well.. 22 picked up today at the COOP... was gonna share with the bro.. but his palate is shot... poured into my SA shaped glass..

1" foamy head has great retention and a ton of lace.. the brew is hazy honey gold.

Thick citrus rind and pine dominate the nose... smells very dry.. not much in the way of malts.. pithy.

Flavor has about as much hoppy presence as a brewer can pack into a liquid.. a hop delivery device for sure.. grapefruit zest and pine are alll throughout this one.. malts are there to provide a good balance.. but that is it!! oily hoppiness.. not out of whack... but I am questioning (in a good way).

The body is lite/medium for the style with some very smooth carbonation.. very dry and very "West Coast".

The only complaint that I can even remotely come up with is that the hops seem sorta one dimensional.. I would like to see more/different hops used at different times in the very late kettle and in the fermenter.

The Alpha Dog is phenomenal.. and should be considered anytime someone wants a IBU fix.. I just think a touch more thought could bring it into the top 100 realm.

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Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a partially hazy medium orange color with a 1 inch white head that sticks to the sides of the glass like cotton candy, not much in the way of carbonation.

S - Spicy biscuity malt, citrus, some pine, a little floral character.

T - Hops hit the tongue early on and remains throughout, building in bitterness all the way to the end. Biscuity and toasty caramel malt lays a nice base, some spicy and floral character as well. The hop bitterness is somewhat resiny and there is some pine bitterness mixed in. The bitterness has some crisp bite to it, no pun intended.

M - Solid medium body, slick on the tongue, long lingering semi-dry grapefruit and pine finish.

O - Laughing Dog did a nice job with this beer, I'd buy this one again and it's worth checking out, especially if you're a hop head. The 8.7% seems just right, just enough, but not too much.

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Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Kelp
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of pat61
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours an amber color with a nice off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is some malt with a good amount of resinous citrusy hops.  Very nice fresh resinous hop aroma with this IPA, can't wait to taste it.

T- The taste like the aroma has some malt up front but the hops are what shine in this beer. There is a lot of really flavorful hops (tons of grapefruit flavor) in this one creating a nice lingering bitterness. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer from Laughing Dog. This one definitely packs a punch from the hops, good beer that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 672 ratings.
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