Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPALaughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA
BA SCORE
3.63/5
275 Ratings
Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPALaughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
laughingdogbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 11-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,698
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
275
pDev:
15.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 275 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of womencantsail
2.69/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another tick shared by Bobby...

A: The pour is pale gold in color with a huge white head and some sticky lacing.

S: I'd almost say this beer reeks of green apple. Not much in the way of pleasant hop aromas, but there is some grass and straw, maybe a few light floral notes. A touch of sweetness from cracker malts.

T: A few light fruit notes, but other wise we're back to the green apple. Despite being sub-7%, there is some perceptible alcohol flavor. A touch of toasted malt, a little bit of citrus peel, and some green melon.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high.

O: Not sure what happened here, but I don't like it.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - see through, bright orange with a short cap of off white head that leaves a nice lacing

S - faint bread, some sweetness, huge citrus aromas, orange, grapefruit

T - bread, semi-sweet, mildly peppery, faint pine, citrus, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied though a bit thin at times, crisp, well carbonated

This is a nice rye IPA. There is a huge citrusy hop presence that goes well with the balancing malt backbone. The rye is present and its peppery notes mesh well with the piney hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness isn't palate crushing making this beer easy to knock back. I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very together and creamy but small two finger head is poured, sort of off white sitting on a brass colored yellow gold body. Somewhat clear but some tiny carbonation.

Nose is apricot, sour and some spicy malt and bread sense. Getting a tart sour apricot from this for a hop profile, very interesting.

Tart apricot comes with a real noticeable fruit finish. Hint of bread and malt body with some very dry aftertaste. Almost cotton mouth palate dryness comes, but does give some body.

Interesting take on an IPA, a dry apricot and bread spicy malt that's about how I would describe it in a nutshell.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a burnt yellow/orange color, slightly glossy/golden with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy sustaining head. Subtle bubbles roam here and there inside of the head. Messy roaming lacing sticks and then slides into the beer. The aroma starts sticky sweet to lightly spiced rye. Low citric pulpiness and subtle resin helps to balance. Super subtle caramel malt comes out after a bit of warming. The flavor takes is basically the same with stoked by the rye sweetness. Semi-dry sweet to lightly spiced aftertaste with the same finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rides light, feels good. Overall, good rye IPA that I could come back to.

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Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a light copper hue with a One finger foamy white cap. There was good retention and bery good lacing.

The smell featured a full piney hop with a nostril tingling rye spice.

The taste consisted of a moderate resinous hop exuding elements if pine and grapefruit. A lingering hop spice completed the experience. A touch of sweetness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly thin.

Overall a spicy and very quaffable ale.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle. I'm not sure why I did not inspect it in the store but it has a bottling date of 3/7/13! So I am drinking it on December 27, 2014. And it shows.

Pale yellow color with an overwhelming white fluffy head.

Mildly hopped, aroma but there is also a touch of toasted biscuit and some yeast notes.

Decent medium body.

Because of the age of this bottle the hops were more muted. I did get a solid enough rye, grain character but the hop bitterness had faded substantially. Not knowing how it tastes fresh I am not sure if the hops were more forward than what I got. Despite its age I drank all of it.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer at the 2008 OBF, where I believe it was first introduced. I gather it was a success, as I've seen it on an increasingly regular basis in Portland. Seems to me they've tweaked the recipe a bit since the OBF, as I think there's now a bit more malt and rye in the nose and palate.

I listed this as a rye beer, but I believe the brewery refers to it as a red rye IPA. In any event, it's pretty impressive stuff.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness, coupled with some roasty malt and rye. The beer smells pretty nice, though personally I wouldn't mind if they'd cut back on the malt. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose. There is some good citrus, but with the extra malt imparting some interesting apple and cherry flavors. The rye adds another flavor dimension which is quite nice as well. The beer is medium bodied and it finishes pretty well. Abv. is pretty well disguised, but I'm not sure how many of these I could put away. At least for me, the excessive sweet roasty malt impairs the beer's drinkability just a bit. Regardless, this is a very solid beer, one of the better efforts I've had from Laughing Dog.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at Enoteca in Post Falls over the weekend for $5.. I've had this on tap a couple times before, and was pleasantly surprised if my memory is correct.

3 finger rocky white head.. okay retention with great lacing for the entire glass... the brew is a polished deep golden.

Nose is chock full of resinous hops.. very fruity with a lesser piney hoppiness.. pale malts and hints of toast are there, but only in the background.

Good bitterness up front.. hoppy flavors move in pretty quickly with a pronounced floral profile combining well with the fruity hops.. the pine is much less than the aroma... the malts again have a distinct toasty profile... not getting any real "rye" other than an interesting slickness in the palate that I can only assume is from the rye malt.

Lite/medium body with nice carbonation that seems deflated (in a good way) by the slick mouthfeel.

I doubt I would have put this in the "rye" category as I feel this is a pretty solid IPA with rye added.. The hops push most everything else to the outer perimeter.

Glad I bought 2... gonna share the other with the Boise peeps and see what their attuned palates pick up.

4/4/4/4/4.5

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, cue 'Life is a Highway,' the name reminds me of that classic SNL sketch,

A: Pours a translucent gold to light amber with a huge pillowy fluffy ice cream cone like head, with great retention.

S: The clearest pineapple nose I've probably had in a beer. Light secondary notes of melon and pink grapefruit.

T: Hop-oriented with a lot of grapefruit and lemon. Nowhere near as tropical as the nose would hint. Light malt, hint of spice, a nice IPA.

M: Medium-bodied, thin at times, some chalky carbonation.

O: A nice IPA, the nose is real good and expressive, but the flavour of the beer is a bit of a letdown from that high. Not a bad beer, but not making me go crazy.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A couple of years ago Prima had 22 oz bottles of this for $8.95. We had several and went back a few days later for more.
L: Pours gold to amber with a slight haze under a vigorous cream colored foam cap.
S: Hoppy, spicy floral nose, spice from the rye, slight fruit but hard to pin down T: Richly flavored with spicy rye flavors, rich malt, fruit, some citrus.
F: Medium body and carbonation. Starts smooth but finishes with a little acid bite from the carbonation
O: The bottle was fresh, the flavors vibrant and well balanced and the beer went gloriously well with Italian food

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

You get one of those dullard gold colors out of it, ample clarity for a rye beer. Lace was consistent, a nice feature for a beer with hops. Comes off equal parts forest and citrus, smells like Simcoe.

Taste again drops substantial Simcoe flavors. Rye an afterthought. Stayed away from heavier crystal malt. Very little rye here I would guess. Its a good Simcoe hopped beer that is dry and relatively light. Good price on the bombers, but for a repeat purchase, I'm gonna need a 4/6 pack bro. . .

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Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RBorsato
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an absolutely massive, creamy, extremely long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, and some malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops (not a huge amount, but just enough), a little citrus (grapefruit), malt, and the advertised rye. Not a groundbreaking flavor, but lively and certainly focused.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A wholly enjoyable, well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottleĀ 

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with very nice off-white head with great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma features some malt and rye notes with some hops as well.

T- The taste has some malt up front and some spiciness from the rye as well. The finish features some bitter grapefruit flavors from the hops.

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

O- Overall, Rocket Dog is a decent Rye IPA but probably not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy orange yellow color with an inch of fluffy, white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was dominantly pine hops, perhaps a touch of citrus, with no apparent malt or Rye in the nose. The taste was also strongly piney hops and there was some Rye noticeable on the tongue, This was a fairly tasty beer that had a nice, dry finish.

The body was good, clean, dry, easy drinking and refreshing. Drinkability was very good, it would be easy to have several of these. Overall, a very nice beer, worth some effort to try.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Bottled 1/28/13

A- Pours a light amber color with a towering four inch off-white head that's probably due to the bottle conditioning. The head eventually subsides and is fluffy and bumpy on its way down. Sudsy clumps of lacing stick to the glass.

S- Uh-oh. Nevermind the bottle conditioning; this beer's infected for sure. All I smell is green olive from what seems to be a Brettanomyces yeast infection. No hops, no rye. Luckily, I like Brett.

T- Taste is much of the same but with a bit of hop bitterness. It's not unpleasant, it's actually kind of enjoyable but definitely not the way a Rye IPA is supposed to taste like since there's zero rye malt detected or any kind of malt for that matter.

M- A bit dry and bitey from the hops. Medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I wonder if this is a common occurrence for this beer since, a year and a half ago, I actually had a bottle literally explode on me and I never got a chance to try it. Now, once I finally decided to revisit it, I realize why the previous bottle exploded. Buyer beware.

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Photo of akorsak
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A: The rye IPA is a very bright, very light golden yellow color. While obscured by haziness, the ale can't shake that lighter hue. A half a finger of white head lasts for half of the glass.

S: The nose is hoppy, citrus in particular, with a leafy aroma lingering. Caramel and biscuit, along with a bit of rye spiciness are the key indicators of the malty side. Plenty of balance, enough to soften up the IPA.

T: Hops? Yes, plenty of spicy citrus flavors lingering in the glass. Rye? Yes, to a degree. There is some spicy breadiness that matches up against the hops. Overall, the package has a mild bite that straddles the line between APA and IPA. Pushing it over the top is a boozy heat that packs more punch that is good for you. A good IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is resiny and boozy, bitter and hot. The rye is a good diversion, livening up the malt side.

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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 275 ratings
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