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:
273
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
15.3%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of UnderPressure
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-yellow color. (Around 8 SRM) Fluffy white head. Relatively clear. Lacing is great (if you care about that sort of thing.)

Excellent hop aroma. I'm thinking maybe... Simcoe? (As the beer warms I definately smell Cascade.)

Awesome hop flavor. Somewhat subtle, sweet, maltiness while exhaling through the nose. The malt profile is more "rounded" and interesting than your everyday IPA. But, hops are the primary flavor here. Must be what people describe as "floral." Bitterness coats the tongue, and sticks around.

This beer has a pretty thick mouthfeel, and it fizzes as it enters your mouth. (Relative to temperature, I'm assuming.) The fizz lingers for a few seconds after you swallow.

I love this beer. After drinking it only twice, it's one of my favorites. The rye malt adds a little extra to a great IPA. But, also stays true to the style.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow brew into a Bells Anniversary pint that produced a bubbly 2 inch head.

The cloudiness and head faded, with ample oily lacing remaining.

S - This was the first Rye IPA I've had whose prominent smell is rye. It also has a pleasant piney smell.

T - Burst of biscuity malt and a very dry finish. Spices, anise, and quite mild for 6.9% ABV.

M - heavily carbonated and bold in maltiness.

Great choice for my first Idaho beer. This is quite a gem.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light golden/honey colored. Huge white head with lots of thick lacing.

S- Honey, caramel malts, and some citrus hops.

T- Caramel malts and some rye. A little citrus in the middle with a slight pine/grass hop bitterness at the finish.

M- Thin bodied. Very light and easy to drink.

O- Not impressed. Way to weak and bland for the style. Would not purchase again. Very underwhelmed by Laughing Dog so far.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serious carbonation going on here, a bit uncomfortable I should say. It wasn't a gusher but I wonder...because the smell and taste is a little...is that a spicy interplay of rye and hops or is that a bit funky and burnt rubber? So delicate it's drinkable though. I just won't know because I won't buy any more after this, yet I kinda like it.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A-Veiled darker golden with a rich, slick creamy white head that laces nicely.

S-Mostly citrus and floral hops. Some malts in the background.

T-Dry is the watchword here. Bittering hops are pushed near to the limit and pine is at the forefront, with some citrus and floral hops bringing in the rear. I would not call this balanced by any means, but it is pretty damn good.

M-Spot on balance for the style.

O-buy it again? Sure. Like to see a bit more citrus bite in the hops, but a well executed IPA. Not sure that I am tasting much rye here, but I won't ding it points for that.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours sliGtphy hazy, dark golden color. Enormous rocky head. Nose has tropical fruits. Ample bitterness on the palate, citrusy, and rather tangy. Tropical qualities here too. Medium to light body. Juicy fruit finish. Cute logo but overall I'm sick of childish themes

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Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber (with awesomely low-rent artwork, at that into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

Whoa! Down boy! This beer pours out a hazy straw color with an absolutely massive amount of head! A mildly aggressive pour of half the bottle yielded at least four fingers of head, that eventually settles down to a finger that retains very well. Lacing is awesome. The aroma has a nice bite to it, it's got grapefruit, piney hops, and a zesty kick from the rye. The taste is a bit different than I expected, the rye really comes through front and center here, with citrus and grassy hops building around the rye and caramel malt backbone. Finish is a bit stronger on the piney hops. The whole thing feels a bit weak, I'm really left wanting more hops here. Not sure if this is because of an older bottle (curse you lack of bottling dates), but it still tastes good, for sure.

The body could use a bit more thickness, it feels light for the heavy caramel and rye backbone that comes through with the taste. The drinkability is fairly good, if not anything outstanding. Overall, this was a pretty good beer. Not worth seeking out, or having again, but I don't regret it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

634th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz

Total wine and more, Las Vegas

App- A sunset orange with a very puffy two finger head. Slight lines of leg and a ring of bubbles that falls with the beer.

Smell- Malty citrus with only the slightest hint of the rye. A bit thick on the nose but tamed thickness.

Taste- A lot like the other LD Ipas I have had. More malt forward with a small bit of hops and a touch of rye. Not enough to be called a Rye ipa.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Leaves a thick feel with a hoppy malty touch of rye.

Drink- A little thicker and under flavored for a main label to be a rye. It was okay and pretty good. Just needed more!

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Photo of Shaw
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber in color with a huge foamy head that doesn't vanish.

Big fruity and citrus hop aromas mix with rye notes.

The flavor is hoppy and somewhat medicine-like, probably because of the rye? This is a dry beer with spicy rye flavors. I haven't had a rye beer in a while so this takes a little getting used to.

Body is just a bit too light.

Overall this is above-average. I love rye bread, but I'm not loving this one.

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Photo of justaholic
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden straw color a bit hazy the head on this is thick and stays thick with an off white color as it sticks to glass smell was not as great as the taste maybe due to the rye but the taste was awesome the only reason i didnt give a 5.0 was due to i think it could have more hop aroma and some dry hoping but overall this beer tasted great the mouth feel was perfect body great no alcohol taste very easy ipa for me but i love grape fruit hops like simcoe and maybe some nelson suavin would love 6 packs of this but i think they quit brewing it as i could not find it on the website

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Photo of cjgator3
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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 CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a summer special release with Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops. rye malt

appearance: lovely amber glow with nice white fulffy head rentention

smell: sublte citrus/piney hops aromas

taste: lots of pine and spicy rye on back. a hop bomb but not ridiculous. amazing finish

mouthfeel: medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation

drinkability: a solid IPA, and use of the rye is perfection!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops.
Pale, Rye, and Munich malts.

No freshness date.

Pours a peach body with a frothy white head.

Mango, apricot, and strawberry notes. Really nice fruit character on the nose but not the typical citrus. That little hint of strawberry is just excellent. Floral notes round it out.

The palate is atypical for an IPA too, but not as unusual as the aroma. Malty, hoppy, fruity and bitter but in a rounded, creamy, balanced way that is a nice change of pace. Bitter, but approachable. Grapefruit and pine don't dominate like they do with others. I keep thinking of mangos or strawberries or maybe peaches. Not sure how they do it, maybe its the Simcoe because almost every American IPA uses Columbus and Cascade, but mango and strawberry never seem to show up. The rye adds a nice spice but I might not have picked it up if I wasn't looking.

Mothfeel is full, creamy and a little sticky.

I'm happy. On my first day at work, my new coworkers recommended Laughing Dog. I've got to admit, I took one look at these cheap, comic strip looking labels and thought they must be crazy. I'm so happy I was wrong. Rocket Dog is a great IPA. I would recommend moving it to a 6pk and seriously upgrading the packaging and then they would really have something. Good stuff.

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Photo of codsmith
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden-orange with a thick white bubbly foam head. Foam laces the glass nicely.

S: Has a nice bitter subtle American hop aroma that mixes nicely nicely with the plain bodied malt bill

T: Subtle initial flavor from the rye but has a huge bitterness bite at the end

M: Crisp and clean with a good amount of carbonation.

O: I'm a big fan of rye beers, but the bitter bite at the end really turns me off of this one.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Kansas, (Goebbels)

Pours golden/honey colored with 2+ fingers of ivory colored head. Stellar head retention & average lacing

S: Peppery spice, slight breadyness, a touch of honey & lemons & hay

T: Follows the nose, some grassy & lemony hops well up front, some grainy/astrigent flavors lurking as well. Grapefruit asserts itself as this warms, along with peppery notes & mineral & piney hop notes. Finishes with grapefruit & piney bitterness, only a bit of astringency keeps me from giving this a 5.0

MF: Creamy, medium bodied, good balance & a nice warming sensation

Great drinkability, this one really suprised me. Maybe the best beer I've had from this brewery...

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Photo of csiewert
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a finger of foamy head that leaves significant lacing as you drink. The aroma has a slight amount flowery hops and a lot of buttery notes. The taste however has notes of citrusy hops and then some butteriness... Hinting that this bottle needed a little more aging. The mouthfeel and finish is smooth... Overall worth a try.

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Photo of Glibber
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light in color with a modest head and light lacing of the glass. Citrus and smooth going in and very light pine hops at the end. A nice mellow IPA with good carbination and an appealing fruitiness without being too filling, but the beer does not seem to stand out above other northwest IPAs.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-cloudy, light brown color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam.

S - It smelled of citrus, rye and burnt toast caramel.

T - The rye flavor was not overpowering but clearly present. Nice bready malt with a sharp citric, hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice rye IPA. It is also a good value.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium Gold. Big chunky offwhite head. Great retention. Big thick Laces.

Floral orange, piney resin. Spicy rye, toasty sweet caramel.

Juicy citrus and floral. Spicy piney resins. Slightly sweet caramel, toasted cracker, spicy rye. Spicy resinous bitterness and aftertaste.

Drying, thick, sticky. Medium Carbonation. Medium Body.

Solid hoppy, bitter, spicy Rye IPA. Goes down easy and tasty.
Awesome with sharp cheddar and crackers.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere localish.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the clear golden amber brew. Thick head fades ever-so slowly, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is citrus, with a touch of spice.

Taste is sweet to start, quickly goes citrus tart in the middle, plenty of spicing and more hops bitterness towards the close. Mouthfeel is super smooth, and drinkability is quite easy. All in all, a very nice brew.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-gold with two fingers of sticky white head.

Aroma of rye malt, caramel, vanilla and just a hint of piney hops.

The hops are more apparent in the taste with pine and the bite of grapefruit. The hoppiness is balanced with caramel malts and rye notes. Finishes with a touch of bitter lemon.

Medium bodied, wet and slick with a moderate carbonation.

Not amongst the elite, but a solid IPA from the folks at Laughing Dog.

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

Snagged a bottle to try...

- Nice shiny copper penny color.. rather clear.. couple fingers of fluffy head... leaves a nice 3/4" wall of lace in the glass...

- Nice sweet candied smell.. grains, oats, candy.. caramel. Caramello caramel. Fruit salad and waldorphs salad hops with a splash of earth and grass.. light citrus.. buttery smell kind of kills it.

- Interesting sweet caramel nutty flavor... herbs, light flavors that are very different... candied caramel... brach's chews... light bitter grassy and citrus hopping... little too buttery,.

- Light to medium bodied, slightly syrupy.. overall well carbonated and decent.

- Different, tasty, drinkable and good. Curious as what went into this beer. Haven't really had a bottled beer from this brewer that I disliked. Really dig their black IPA.

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Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane.

Pours a mostly clear golden amber color, with lots of bubbles racing skyward within my glass. Big, off-white head with lots of sticky lace.

Big, piney hops are what jump out at ones nose at first, and they continue to dominate as the beer warms up, though they become pretty evenly matched with a citrusy hop scent as well. Not sure where the rye malt is, but this smells like a great IPA so why should I care?

Big hop smack to the palate with this one. I was expecting to detect something from the rye malt, but the hops just aren't letting it play. The hops are big and fresh, and a hophead would be quite happy with them.

Medium bodied, with a very oily, slick mouthfeel.

Didn't get much rye out of this "Rye IPA," but I don't care because it was an extremely tasty IPA. Far more hop character than anything brewed by anyone else local, so I'll probably be buying this again.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic slighlty orange tinged medium golden with an overflowing white crown,after awhile some good definition came thru,craterous and sticky.Some nice floral hops really stood out at first whiff,then some mild citrus fruit,and that rye twange.a little grainy in the mouth with slight sharpness.Real fresh tasting,really ripe citrus fruit really stands out,the rye is a little subdued giving just a tinge of acidic,thirst quenching flavor in the finish.This a nice fresh tasting rye imparted IPA,I could drink alot of this,the alcohol is really nowhere to be found.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocket Dog. Interesting name. Pours a bright golden straw, with a nice amount of clarity. It's lighter and more yellow than I was expecting, as I typically expect beers brewed with rye to be more red in color. Nice fizzy half inch head crowns the glass. Prodigious amount of hop aroma hits the nose first, with waves of grassy and spicy notes piercing the nostrils. First taste hints at the nice carbonation and a smooth bitterness that coats the palate. Taste is very hop forward, with a freshly mown grass character hitting the palate first. Grapefruit is up next, with some honey sweetness in the middle rounding things out there's also a nice and sweet, almost like bell pepper, spiciness that finishes the beer. The rye takes a back seat in this beer, as it offers a solid pillar in the background. This beer is all about hops, and I can appreciate that in an IPA.

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Laughing Dog Rocket Dog Rye IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.66 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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