Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPALaughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 11-08-2008

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Photo of Amp
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of zoolou
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of HurricaneCamille
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Rschis16
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clarity in this light amber colored beer, yellow-orangeish even. A two finger shock white and sea-foamy head sticks around for a while on top. Lots of slow bubbles feeding it from the bottom and the head leaves patchy rings of lacing as it goes. Lots of pine and grapefruit in the nose making for a biting citrusy aroma, backed by a hearty, somewhat toasty rye aroma. This gives a nice balance of malt to hop, but there is a sharp spiciness to the smell that can only be attributed to the rye, outshining the pale malt in its toastiness.

It tastes very much like it smells, with a light lemony citrus taste upfront that is quickly forgotten with the spicy rye malt. The pale and munich malts don't quite seem to match this spicy rye flavor, making for a somewhat odd balance with the hops. These are earthy and a tad piney and resinous, but there is a lot of grapefruity citrus as well that doesn't quite fit with the earthy profile. In other words, the grapefruit clashes somewhat with the rye, but the spiciness of the rye matches well with the earthy and resiny hop profiles. To me, this makes for a confusing taste profile that affects the drinkability negatively. The flavors themselves are all very nice when taken apart individually, but when taken as a whole they don't work quite as well. That said, I'm still enjoying the beer. The body is light and refreshing, maybe just not enough to hold the rye spices in check. It has a nice prickle on the way out and finishes dry.

Not a bad beer, just not my favorite rye IPA, a style that has become one of my favorites. Needs a tad more body and malt presence other than rye. But I definitely wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of irongator
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A lot of carbonation - like champagne. Smells wonderful like hoppy citrus. Opaque golden color. Slight citrus taste with malt backbone. Strange aftertaste. Would not buy again. I do not really have much more to say but the website says I need more characters so I keep talking like an unfettered woman.

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Photo of countchunkula
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for a cheaper 22 oz beer and found Flying Dog's Rocket Dog Rye IPA. I was impressed with their Alpha Dog IIPA and so their rye IPA seemed like a good choice. It's also about $6 so it's a good price.

This looks different than I expected. Most pale ales have more of a copper color to them but the Rocket Dog has more of a straight up yellow-amber color, clear too. The head forms a bit slowly, has good retention, is white, two fingers high, and frothy. There's some decent lacing too. It almost looks like a filtered hefeweizen except the head isn't as bubbly. Impressive looks.

The hops come out strong in the smell. Pineapple, lemon zest, sweet, sugary grass, and slight rye and pine spiciness. Basically this is all about the hops and some sweetness. I'd say there's some toastiness as well.

The taste is very much like the smell. Hops are strong, bitter and earthy, while there's a good balance with sugary goodness and rye spiciness. This is supposed to be a rye IPA but the rye isn't strong enough in my opinion. This, like Laughing Dog's Alpha Dog IIPA, it definitely a beer for the hop head and I'm one, even though the bottle says it's only at 62 IBUs. I wish there was more rye but this is still tasty, though not too complex.

This is mostly on the dry side from the hops and the rye but a bit slick from sugary sweetness. It's medium-bodied and has good carbonation. Very clean.

You know, I want this to have more rye and malt balance, but it has good flavors. It's very hoppy but not overwhelming to me. Another good offering from Laughing Dog. Next time I should try something of theirs that is dark and roasty.

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Photo of jdougherty
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Jammer42
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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 TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info that I could find. It was a cloudy, golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had a large, foamy white head that slowly settled into a constant, thick foam cap. Tons of sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was grassy/floral hops with some pine and just a hint of the rye which I'd hoped would've been a bigger player. Not bad but you can tell this one is gonna be on the bitter side. As expected, good solid bitter bite from start to finish. Just enough malt to keep from being overly bitter but this one falls just on the other side of how bitter I like mine. Again not much rye showing which is a disappointment as I love rye and since it was billed as a rye IPA that's why I bought it. Full, creamy mouthfeel with good carb levels. Bitter aftertaste long after the swallow.

Overall, a good IPA but it was just a tad over the bitter border for me and I didn't get much rye. Worth having if you like the bitter ones. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one bottle was enough but I'd try on tap once. [N;O]

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Photo of EricCioe
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a very pale gold with a nice frothy white head that leaves chunky lace. On the nose there is caramel and faint hops along with wet grain, but not the spice that I usually find in rye IPAs. In the mouth there is an immediate caramel malt note that really overshadows any hops or rye except at the very back end. The body is medium with a bitterness that wasn't present before coming out a bit.

Overall, this beer just lacks the cohesion I like in rye IPAs. It's one flavor followed by another, rather than a pleasant intermixing.

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Photo of harrymel
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hooray! There's a date on this bottle!!! Bottled 01MAR12

Pours a light golden beer with a frothy white quilt and excellent clarity. Nose is bursting with tropical fruits of mango, pineapple and then grapefruit comes through slightly sweetened by the malt. Nice nose. Medium bitterness with plenty of fruity hops and some hints of dry and sweet malts. Again, well played Laughing Dog. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a semi dry finish.

Man, I always avoided my local, because they haven't dated their beers. I have a friend that brews for them and even so, I've steered clear unless he's brought it strait from the brewery. I can this, of the beers I've had of theirs, when they're fresh, they are really, really nice. Hope to see more of this behavior.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a clear, medium gold color with a decent cap of white head. Nice retention and leaves gorgeous sheets of lace. Nice looking brew!

Nose is tropically floral and citric hops with a sugar cookie malt backdrop. A touch of earth and nutty yeast. After reading the label, the earthiness is explained by the fact it’s a rye beer…duh!

Taste is pretty nice, good hop flavors up front with the same cookie doughtiness in the middle and the finish is bitter, but not overly so. It has some pretty nice balance; I’d say it leans more west coast than east due to the light, dry malt background. The rye is not really detectable for me…in fact I just read the label and I guess if you’re looking for it you can find it, but it never crossed my mind as I was drinking it. Earthy bread flavors were the rye I suppose. Good beer, this is a solid new addition to Tx. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a freshness date that I can find…which probably means I won’t be buying it after the first couple months it’s around.

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Photo of rondufresne
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of doucmehu
1.93/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a refrigerated bomber purchased in Memphis, TN for $10. Not my first choice, but the distro here is terrible and it was one of the only things not available to me in MN or WI.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw with a slightly below average head which quickly dissipates, bubbles are fat and soapy. Very minimal lacing.

S: Whoa, this does not smell like an IPA. Lots of tart, unripe tropical fruits, malt vinegar, hint of grain and yeast. Is this a lambic?

T: Falls FAR from the tree here. The sour, back of the tongue tartness was way off for the style, and quite frankly unpleasant. I can't really pick out the flavors here, but it tastes like pineapple that went bad. There is some pine hops and malt hidden beneath the strange funkiness.

M: Moderate carbonation, fairly thin and it doesn't stick around long. Bitter and tart on the back of the tongue.

O: This beer has to be infected. I don't know what happened here, but this was a total drain pour for me. I tried to appreciate it for what it had, not for what it was supposed to be, but I just couldn't do it. One of the worst IPAs I have ever had. I hope it was just a bad bottle.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of elNopalero
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for sharing.

This pours a clear golden straw-yellow color with some foam lace atop it. There’s a big, grassy hop aroma and a citrusy hop bitterness flavor. I get a lot of zestiness with each sip, possibly from the rye bill? This tastes clear, real clean and crisp, with a well-defined hoppiness. Almost refreshing. Real tasty. An easy, approachable drinker that’s simply put a lot of fun. I like it.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Brewfora Beer Marker, Meridian ID. Served in a pint glass.

A: Light haze, golden yellow, steady carbonation visible, light head lacing.

S: Spicy citrus, grapefruit rind, orange peel, light spicy crackery notes from the rye malt, hints of sweet grass.

T: Orange, rye, malts, light spices, low-to-medium bitterness, light grassy and herbal notes, fairly balanced, dry bready finish.

MF: Lighter side of medium, moderate body, good malt presence, decent carbonation.

O: A tasty treat, not unique but it holds the line well.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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