Alpha Dog Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
672 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:
672
Reviews:
310
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.76%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 672 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of Mick83
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of chickenflea
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, I think I have reached my hop limit with this beer. And Perhaps, that was the goal here. But this beer is so bitter that the aftertaste destroys the experience. The only way to put out the fire is to drink more. But eventually one reaches the end of the bottle and must face the relentless bitterness. With a name like Alphadog, I guess I should have not expected less.

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves chunks of lace behind. Very earthy hop aroma with a strong pine and floral presence. There might be a small grainy component to the aroma as well. Texture is medium-full with average carbonation. Huge resinous, sticky pine needle flavor that dominates lingering over the sweeter notes. Lingering finish. If you love hops for hops sake, this is your beer. For a more balance brew, look elsewhere.

Note: this is my favorite style. But I think that this beer is on the fringes of the category.

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

Poured out of a 220z bottl, light murky golden-amber tone. Head is medium, nice carbonation as well as a substantial amount of carbonation.
Smell is almost yeast-like followed by a wave of citrus hoppiness. Orange, hint yuzu, a tart character almost reminescent of funky yeast. A nice slightly sweet malty backbone provideds a solid backdrop for the citric flavors to meld. I get a nice hint of pepper on the finsh. Overall not mindblowing but well put together.
Tangerine, black pepper, peppercorn, nice lingering spiciness, orange lemon, a tingling nice tartness, all come together to create a really good DIPA.
Nice spiciness on the finish I really appreciate, not becoming sticky-hoppy sweet in the least. This is nalo one of the most yeast-upfront DIPA's ive had.
Quite tasty, never have tried a beer from Laughing dog, don't what I've been waiting on now.

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Photo of nitro0292
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Ample sticky white head leaves solid lacing.

Smell is hops and yeast, almost smells like Brett. The yeast actually dominates.

Taste is not as yeasty as the smell implies. No real malt presence, but bitter American hops fight with the yeast to balance each other. Bitterness and yeast bite linger in the aftertaste. Meh.

Mouthfeel is fine, not overly carbonated, not syrupy or too thin.

Not sure what is going on with the yeast in this brew. Is this bottle conditioned? There is no bottle date, so I don't know if this taste is due to fading hops, too much yeast or just the way my palate tastes the blend of hops.

I want to like this...but I don't think I would get this again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, orange citrus to a light pine. In the taste, sweet orange citrus to a pine dryness, again, tastes just like the smell. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus like aftertaste. Nice mix of orange citrus to pine and hides the ABV, a very nice beer.

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Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Gehrig
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I obtained this at the magnificent Neil St. Piccadilly after it came highly recommended from JD the manager, Sam the sports maven and Doug the all-around good guy. Excellent call. Two fingers of white froth top a hazy copper-amber body with golden yellow trim. The lacing on the trusty Duvel tulip is so decorative that I cannot help but ponder if fate intervened to deliver such a scenic appearance this winter season. Excellent head duration to boot, with the dollop of foam in the middle arranged like a hurricane taking shape; stellar looking beer.

Good DIPA smells, not great, with plenty of lemon and orange rinds, grapefruit, grassy notes, and bits of caramel and biscuit hops peering around the hopped-up aromas.

Ah, this taste, soooo good. Grapefruit, tangerine, and the aforementioned rinds for zest make Alpha Dog a Hop Dog. Hop lovers will surely enjoy this, and malty notes bleed through this hop monster especially as it warms a bit. Nice caramel and toffee taste.

I like the mouthfeel...but I do think that it feels a bit thin. The resiny and somewhat gritty texture are pretty good, but for all the bold hop-driven taste, I expected the mouthfeel to be a bit bolder. This to me is where the malt makes its presence felt, and adds a distinct characteristic.

On the whole, Alpha Dog is sincerely tremendous beer that I will grab as soon as iy is available. A big, brash, brawny, hopped-up DIPA, this big dog loudly barks out the hops early and often.

Excellent.

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

ALERT: Pour this with EXTREME care. When I poured this from the 22oz. bottle, it foamed like a Belgian on steroids! I had a glass full of foam with about 1/8 of an inch of beer at the bottom, it took over 10 minutes for the head to subside to the point where I could finish pouring. It turns out to have a cloudy apricot hue with the head settling into a rocky, pillowy lace. There are a couple of strings of bubbles rising upwards, but the carbonation seems low-key. The aroma is a strong blast of grapefruit-y, piney hops. 1st sip is a massive blast of hops...dry, citrus, pine flavored hops. There's also a slight hint of lemon rind. Malt flavors are pretty much non-existent. Carbonation is modest, leaving a pleasant sparkle on the tongue. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, or it may just be beaten into submission by all the hops. Overall, while i'm more malt-centric, I can see where this beer would be a hop head's delight!

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves chunks of lace behind.

Very earthy hop aroma with a strong piny presence. Slightly floral with faint citrus peel and pale malts. A bit one dimensional in the nose.

Chewy full body with a blast of extremely dry and bitter hops. Huge resinous, sticky pine needle flavor that dominates lingering over the sweetner notes and malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Subtle citrus, mostly grapefruit along with some caramel, toffee and biscuit. Not bad but could use more balance.

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Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Finatic
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of abar22
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of richkrull
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of grubefresh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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