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Alpha Dog Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Alpha Dog Imperial IPAAlpha Dog Imperial IPA
675 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: 675 |  Reviews: 310
Photo of grubefresh
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of david18
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recently submitted a review on a draft version I had. It's two reviews below.

I was more disappointed with the bottle version. I found it to be somewhat out of balance and very strong tasting, especially considering the relatively low abv for a double ipa.

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Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great little bro to the DD. I let this warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a very nice, cream colored, foamy, super frothy, head that slowly subsided and loads of lace. Color is a hazy amber with a couple of hard to find tiny bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, hop, wet grain, fruit, grass. Taste is like nose; not sweet, quite bitter, low carbonic tang. Body is good; carbonation subdued, and overall a bit soft. Finish is like flavor, fairly long and resiny.

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Photo of KOrtega
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass (served at 57F)

A-Beer pours a hazy golden orange. Head starts off rocky and white then settles to a more frothy/creamy consistency as the head settles (which it settles fairly quickly). Only a small amount of lacing.

S-Citrus, acidic (grapefruit) aroma with subtle grassy and malt notes.

T-Starts off citrus/sourish with some salty hints. Through the finish the beer becomes more salty and bitter. There is also bitter citrus on the finish.

M-The beer stuck in the palate and lasted quite nicely. Not light but definitely not heavy.

O-I love Imperial IPAs, just not this one. I like, but not love, this one. The nose is fairly subtle with the beer, but the taste definitely is a good punch. The appearance is very appealing and would be intrigued if I saw this poured up at the bar. The lasting mellow bitter flavor makes this a nice, slow drink.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Gold-tinged amber (almost straight orange) with a rocky white head that lasts forever, leaving plenty of lacing down the glass.

N- Caramel and honey coated biscuit layered with pine, herbs, and flowers. Lots of fresh leafy hop goodness with a subtle tart fruitiness to it.

T- Surprisingly dry going from the smell. Crisp dry biscuity malt with the faintest of caramel sweetness. Leafy, piney hops dance on top of the malt while a grassy bitterness clings to the tongue. There's a little citrus rind in the bitterness, and some juicy citrus accents that balance the bitterness. Also some tart fruit in the hops. Long, dry bitter finish with citrus rind, grass, pine, and some lingering grain. Also some heat on the finish.

M- Medium-light bodied, slick and sticky, moderate carbonation, with a dry, bitter finish.

D- Overall, a pretty aggressive dry IIPA. Definitely worth a shot, but not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of plaid75
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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 HosP
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 22 oz beer into snifter.

A- Golden orange in color. Very hazy with lots of carbonation bubbles. White fluffy head with sticky lace left on glass.

S- Big fruit, citrus hop aroma throughout the nose. Smells like juicy hops.

T- Follows the nose, lots of hop flavors up front until the end. Grapefruit, citrus mostly at the beginning. Some piney flavors come in towards the end. Some dull bitterness at the end sticks with you.

M- Medium body, lots of carbonation. Bitterness stays with you.

O- Solid DIPA. Nothing overly great, but still good. The more I drank though did have a slightly weird after taste.

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Photo of UnderPressure
2.16/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer foamed up a lot. 70% head after pouring down the side of a 12oz mug. Hazy orange/yellow. Yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The head will not go away! 5 minutes later, I'm finally getting to drink. Lacing all over the place.
Roasted/burnt sugary smell. Not a great hop aroma to speak of.
Strong malt flavor a roasted/burnt taste. Somewhat hard to describe. It's reminiscent of subpar homebrew. Small amount of hop flavor, but I'm mainly getting a lot of bitterness in the hop department. That bitterness sticks around, too. I'm guessing the IBUs are really high
Relatively thin, yet smooth mouthfeel. Way too fizzy for my taste (and this style). Especially considering the amount of carbonation already lost.
Overall, I'm really not impressed. The over-carbonation is obviously a flaw. The roasted/burnt taste may be intentional, but it's not my thing. I bought this beer because I love the Rye IPA from this brewer. But, I will not be buying this one again.

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Photo of robhunta
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear crisp dark yellow/light orange. a very nice inch of fluffy head, sticks around for a good time.

S - Not overly aromatic. I get sweet citroussy, fruity hops.

T - Starts with extreme hops flavor/bitterness. Middle has sweet citrousy, fruity flavors. Finishes with strong hops bitterness again.

M - light, crisp, dry.

O - overall this is a good imperial IPA, a classic example of the style, but nothing legendary, not meant to put down the beer. It is good and well executed.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice DIPA from Laughing Dog. Darker, slightly cloudy amber with a big white head. Rich malts, yeast, bread in the nose with a very noticeable, light citrus hop scent. Definite hop oil presence.

Nice, lightly bitter hoppy taste. Creamy malts hide in the background. Bread, light toffee, citrus, mild grassiness. Nice, smooth finish with light carbonation. The flavours are well blended and even though this hoppy, it still has a good malt profile.

Even at 8.7%, still a nice beer. Quite enjoyable.

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

Deep golden bodied with just a touch of smog. The head is off-white, moderate in size and ebbs backs towards the liquid fairly fast, though it leaves the glass painted with lace.
The nose brings glazed donuts, toasted bagels, raw honey, and gobs of pine jelly, burnt cannabis, along with hop-derived apricot, and melons.
Across the lips, it brings an even-tempered malt blanket of honeyed grahams, toast, and caramel. Fruitiness eddies in the middle, bringing tangerines, honeydew melons, apricots, pineapples, peaches, white grapefruits, and pears. The 120+ IBUs of bitterness is supplied by the glowing pine traits that round things up, complimented by smoky marijuana notes as well. It's not as puckeringly bitter or loud as the stats might suggest, but its a hop bomb, and a fairly nuanced one.
Medium+ in body, though seeming a notch lighter with its slowly persistent, perky bubble.
It's kinda scary drinkable, given its specs. I wouldn't scour the world for it, and it's not an all-time favorite, but I'd drink this again, anytime. And hopefully soon.

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Photo of Trueant1
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great pour. Thick white head. Lots of smooth lacing. Lots of small bubbles. Orange/brown color.
Average smell for the style. Apricots, pine, sweet malts, and spice. I love IPA's that fill the room when you open. this does not.
Good taste. Very bitter, but expected for this style. Sweet malts with citrus/apricots trying to peer out of the bitter hops. Bitter hops win. Lots of fine carbonation that goes very well with this brew. Seems too watery to me for an imperial.
A good offering from the east coast!

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to George for grabbing this for me at Julio's last week! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date. Starts to gush right as I opened it. (Been stable in fridge for days...)

Pours a bright, warm orange (literally) with thick, foamy white head that has huge retention power! Lots of lacing!

Nose is soapy citrus, peppery, lemon zesty, floral and lots of sour mango. Palate is...tart...wait. I think this is infected. Hang on.

**After reading other reviews, there is one other person who notes a distinct "Sour green apple" puckering quality. I think we both had infected bottles. This bottle shows flavors that I would expect in a Wild Ale, say Wild Devil, and not in a DIPA. I will rate this as is, and then re-review if the chance permits itself.

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Photo of garuda
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright gold, slightly hazed with a tight white cap that retains well and leaves good lacing.

S - Hoppy, resinous pine notes with a little underlying citrus and caramel sweetness.

T - Hop forward with a lot of pine up front and finishing with big caramel malts, and a bitter floralness. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, especially towards the end.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, nice and smooth across the palate, finishes clean and bitter.

O - The caramel malts finish a little strong in the taste and perhaps a bit syrupy, and the hops aren't as complex as I had hoped, but it still turned out to be a decent drink.

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Photo of scootpolute
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Good pour into the glass. There is a clean, good sized white head. I'm curious about the intense carbonation (many bubbles are raising).

S: Carmel like, spicy tones, with an undertone of strong hop aroma!

T: There is hop bitterness, toasty caramel malt lays, with some pine bitterness mixed in.

M: There's emptiness in feel, doesn’t have the 'fullness' you'd expect from an Imperial IPA.

O: Smooth beer, but not as 'BIG' as I was hoping for. Again, not horrible but missing something...

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 OldPenguinHunter
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this while in a hotel room in Plantation, Florida, let me say one thing before I get into this, "Man what a refreshing beer to have after a long day of work..." I did bring my own glass, (a geeky thing to do, but hey, its worth it when you're traveling!) a Duvel glass.

A: This is probably the best part of the beer. pours a nice opaque orange, a two finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Smells like most Imp. IPA's: Sweet, sticky hops, some fruit (peaches, tangerines, apricots), malt.

T: The most dissapointing part: The bitterness does not hold up to the malt, and is supplimented by the alcohol, which is very noticeable at this time. very disjointed, I also noticed a chemical-like pine needle flavor.

M: Very dry, good carbonation.

O: Wouldn't buy again, but was definetly worth the try!

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Photo of Santuario70
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was skeptical about getting a keg of this IPA when I couldn't get a keg of my favorite (Green Flash West Coast IPA) due to some of the reviews - but I have to say that this is a great Imperial IPA! I'm not sure I'm sophisticated enough to give it the detailed taste review that many on this site have already, but I can say that this is a great IPA and I'm really happy with it! I have a full keg that I pour glasses from daily, and I have no complaints! Full flavor, plenty of hops, still taste some of the malt, and very high alcohol for a beer. One of my friends (who doesn't like IPA's) had a taste and said, "wow - that is hoppy .. whew!" Need I say more? Real men drink beers like this! :)

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep cloudy orange, 2 fluffy fingers, splendid lacing

S: green apple, peach, lemon, pine aroma

T:sweet peach/mango, malt, pine, HUGE PUCKERING sour green apple, slow bitter oily finish

M: med body, slicky/oily finish

O: Interesting Double/Imperial IPA. Not used to the grassy/pine and sour green apple taste. Very good and look forward
to sampling more from Laughing Dog.


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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - dark, cloudy orange with a one finger cream colored head. head fades to a thin layer. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus - Orange and grapefruits.

T - Muted citrus flavors.

D - Very, very bitter.

O - The scents and taste do not match. Would be nice, but the bitterness is off somehow.

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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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