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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, glowing orange-golden color. The modestly tall, white head has a creamy, frothy texture and solid retention. Some soapy lacing sticks to the top of the glass.

S: Some light sugar cookie-ish maltiness in the nose. A tropical/citric hop nose with some mild floral hints. Orange oil, grapefruit, and pineapple notes.

T: A pedestrian pale malt backbone provides some mildly sweet, cookie-like flavor. Nothing to get in the way of a big load of hops. Bitterness is quite firm and assertive, with big doses of citric (grapefruit) and floral flavor. Again, there are mild tropical/pineapple notes.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is medium, with a pleasant, appropriate level of effervescence. A dry, slightly warming finish.

D: This is a solid DIPA, but therein lies the problem. DIPAs aren't supposed to be solid; they're supposed to blow you away in some respect, and this beer doesn't. It is still a tasty beer, but it doesn't have the depth or personality of many of its brethren.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Dissipates slowly leaving a blanket of foam on the surface. Full, uneven lacing.

S: Hops, malt, oregano, and honey, with an indistinct flowery note.

T: Very hoppy, with just the slightest sweet tinge. Very bitter flavor of what I think stainless steel might taste like... but not in a bad way.

M: Light but full flavor. Hoppy bitterness introduces itself by punching you in the face, and then stands over you and taunts. Dry finish.

D: The hop-power will dictate a slow sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice body, solid head, and good lacing. Nose is strong combo of hops, Italian spice, and a little sweetness. Floral. Flavor is all hops. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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