Alpha Dog Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
669 Ratings
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
Ratings:
669
Reviews:
309
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
13.72%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 669 |  Reviews: 309
Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Eb89
2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overly piney...hints of anis. Not a fan.

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Photo of TomMorris
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lelampp
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of silverking
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of sporklift87
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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 sjmad23
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rhunter7
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Mirthrandir
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of camillo13
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good hop forward flavor. Very light malt. Odd mineral/metallic linger.

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Photo of tgatort
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopportunistic
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CorgiDad
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
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. -

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Photo of Justinbshelton
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brewqueno
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wrigfen
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MDHopster
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Straycorn
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alpha Dog Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.79 out of 5 based on 669 ratings.
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