Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

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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:
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Added by John_M on 11-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
274
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.3%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 123
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours dark golden and slightly hazy with a huge, billowing, rocky and massive head. I could probably rest a bottle cap on top of this one without it sinking. The head is about three fingers in size and continue to billow upwards like the anvil cloud developing outside my house.

Aroma is slightly fruity with citrus notes as well. Kind of peppery but slightly vegetal. Perhaps a hint of some dirty diaper but nothing major.

Great flavor. Very floral with some nice spiciness. Citrus hops lend some bitterness but the real bitterness comes in the very long finish from the rye grains. A touch of corn present.

My only complaint is the mouthfeel. The carbonation was kind of low and the mouthfeel was quite thin. Perhaps the carbonation was kept low to counter the spicy rye and hop bitterness, but more carbonation would be beneficial. I really liked this one overall and is a great representation and example of a rye style beer.

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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange with lots of tiny bubbles and a giant, white, creamy head that lasted many minutes. Lots of foamy lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid bitterness. Rye malt with strong floral bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry.

O: Not a bad IPA. The hop bitterness was a bit too harsh and floral for my taste.

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Photo of jar66su
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bwalters31
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thick white head and impressive lacing.

Aromas begin with pale malt sweetness and some very light caramel malts. As it warms you get some sugar cookie and intense citrus and pineapple hops. More and more enmergin rye and burnt toast emerge as well.

The tastes begin with rustic rye that gives a strong pungent and earthy flavors. Spicy and deep, the rye gives a lot of complexity to the pale malt base and provides a bridge towards the spicy and bitter citric hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Finish is dry and spicy thanks to the ample rye malt and citrus hops.

Overall this beer was a bit too pungent and resinous and spicy overall. While I love Rye I feel it may have even gone a bit overboard when you combine the ample hop bitterness that this brew possesses.

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Photo of Mazarate
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of weezarc
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of JackieTH
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden pour, slightly hazy. Rocky white foam head that persists. Some lacing clings to the glass.

Smells earthy, wet cardboard, herbal.

Taste has a flash of citric hop which is quickly buried by earthy, herbal elements which are overwhelming and not that great. Not getting a lot of spice from the rye. Finish is clean. Body is medium and holds together. Carbonation medium.

This is a mess of a rye. Not something I'd care to revisit.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden color with white head that lingers pretty well.

Smells really nice with lots of rye in the nose. There is a lemon zest presence.

Tangarine and rye taste with lots of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall this was good.

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Photo of maximum12
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new brewery in Minnesota, bearing one of my favorite things - rye! Always up for a new rye, especially when I know it's birthday. Bottle dated 5/4/12, so props for that. 22 oz. bomber split in two.

Pour is a faded yellow, cloudy. Smell is flat-out pretty. Lots of earthy rye, bitter citrus, grassy. Great way to kick this one off.

Rocket Dog slips on the way to from nose to taste buds. The rye is up front, but it's earthy & rather dull. The hops sing back-up with flowery bitterness, but not a lot of either. Herbal & grassy on the finish bucks the rest of the beer. Glad I'm sharing this bomber.

This turned from exciting to not in a single sip. The tastes are all on mute, & what's there seem to be fighting one another. Great nose; the rest, bland. Only the nose saves it from being precisely mediocre.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark honey color with a white foam. Beautiful lacing in the chalice. Splendid carbonation that both makes for attractive appearance and is creamy in the mouth. Light body.

Lemon rind more than the usual grapefruit. Very long bitter aftertaste. Herbal and somewhat earthy. Some toast and light roasted malt. I don't taste a lot of rye, but there is some grainy, perfumey flavor. It's already too bitter for the rye flavor to make much impression.

From the 22 oz bottle. Such a nicely made beer but too bad they had to overhop it so much.

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Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bonz696
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light copper with a finger of head that dissipated almost as quickly as it puffed up. The nose has some hops, but no rye notes are present. The taste is mildly malt forward, but no rye spiciness is evident. There are some mild hops on the finish, but this whole offering is quite a muted effort.

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Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale orange/hone color. A one finger white head forms, but recedes in a minute. Light lace.
S: Hope resin. Syrupy pine aromas. Bready malts from the rye I assume, and burnt sugars.
T: Huge hop flavor up front. Bitter, resinous, syrupy and sticky. Pine resin, really not much else. No rye character here to help balance anything out.
M/D: A medium to full body that is low on the carbonation. Really sticky and resinous. The massive amount of hops, resin and bitterness makes this hard for me to drink.

No rye at all to balance out the huge syrupy and piny hops. Just to much for me. Not something I am coming back to.

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Photo of MathNut
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Mostly hop aroma. Definately can pick out the Cascades and Simcoe hops. Just the faintest hint of pale malt and sadly, the rye is undetectable.

Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness. Hop flavor consists of citrus and pine. Barely any malt flavor and the rye is barely detectable in the finish. Clean hop flavor but did not deliver what was advertised.

Not as big of a body as I would expect for an almost 7% ABV beer. But it is superbly carbonated.

I am a bit torn over this beer and how to rate it. It does deliver some really good hop flavor, but yet it failed with the rye. And it comes in bombers at almost $7 a bottle, I probably will not be exploring many other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Thehopluver
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of DM1293
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great balance here. A nice sweet citrus hop balanced with pine hops, pulls back into the rye and malt for the finish. A dry finish but not-so-much bitter. So its leaning toward being too sweet at times, but I kinda like IPA's that do that to change the pace.

Personally, I wouldn't have touched this particular beer (Rye is not something I'm familiar with as a taste), but after trying this, I'm surprised how good it was. So I'll be less opposed to trying beers that advocate rye in the future.

And as for Rocket Dog Rye, hey, I'll try it again in the future.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden wheat color. Foamy bone white head has great retention and lace.

S - Soft, sweet nose. Lots of white grape with accents of orange zest, cardamon, and white sugar.

T - Smooth profile. Light caramel malt, tart white grape, grapefruit pith, and a strong resiny pepper bitterness through the finish.

M - medium-light body. Ok carbonation.

O - Relatively light profile with Interesting white fruit and pepper notes.

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Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of JayQue
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to a Rye IPA like Reds Rye. Not the case here. Looks good. Pours a light amber / honey color with a big bubbly white head. Big patches of lacing.

Smell starts off well. Bitter piney hops and some citrus. But there is a telltale unpleasant odor here. Subtle in the smell...Not so subtle later on in the taste...The dreaded Summit hops!!!

I am either losing my taste for hoppines or there are Summit hops here. For a small percentage of the population, Summit hops add a oniony / garbagy aroma and taste to a beer. I find Gubna undrinkable because of these hops. The taste gets better as the beer warms and the rye bitterness enhances the hops bitterness but there is still an unpleasant Summit hops type flavor here.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Overall, an average IPA....would be much better without the oniony aroma and taste.

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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 274 ratings.
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