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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA
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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 742 |  Reviews: 190
Reviews by CFHMagnet:
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother for this beer, which has a bottled on date of 2/29/12.

A moderate pour reveals a finger and a half of banana cream colored head. Holding this beer up to the light reveals a translucent orange/amber color with an army of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass. The head retention is nice, and lacing really clings to the glass during consumption.

The aroma is mainly hops. I'm getting a mix of pineapple, grapefruit and pine. After a couple of sniffs, your malt backbone comes through.

The flavor profile does not live up to the promise on the nose. Mild citrus character mixes with a candy sugar sweetness. Bready malt comes in for a second or two, then passes the mic to the piney finish.

The sip starts off easy going, then turns real creamy halfway over the tongue. Carbonation is practically a no-show here. Dry finish.

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Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A deep brown color, hazy. With a decent sized tan head.

S: Grapefruit orange peel, and some nice sweet caramel.

T: Orange peel, grapefruit, a touch of pine, with a caramel and honey finish. Decently bitter with a definite booze finish.

M: Medium in body with fairly active carbonation.

O: Overall a pretty tasty brew. Not the greatest of the style, but a very passable IIPA

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange-red, clear body, low head but good retention. Smack in the face of grapefruit in the nose, clearly the Simcoe shines, but the supporting cast (an odd grouping of American citrus, Noble, and Noble derivatives) take it to another level. Orange zest, fruit loops, tropical skittles, sweet and pungent with the intensity of a Hopslam.

Moderate bitterness for a IIPA with a serious emphasis on flavor hops. Alcohol contributes to sweetness already full bore from honey and honey malt, though its not cloying. Rye adds some chewy fullness to mouthfeel but it's otherwise dry and clean.

Incredibly drinkable for 10%. The poor man's Hopslam at $2.50/12 oz bottle.

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Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Sparty55
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of avisong
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of rojapa
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of 3Hops
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Esstman
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sneaky Pete's is very comparable to Hopslam but runs about 60% the cost and is available late spring and all summer. It is a great imperial IPA with an abundance of hops and a smooth finish. At 10% it is strong but by no means shows its high alcohol % in its taste. A great starter to any evening of drinking.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark, burnished amber with a glow to it. A fair head that fades away to a ring. Quite hoppy in the nose with a beefy aroma, and notes of citrus and herbs. An interesting hop profile. There is also quite a bit of sweet malt in the mix, but it melds pretty well with the hops and doesn't overwhelm. The taste is similar, with a bit of a spicy hop finish as well. A bit chewy in the mouth, and with a fair bit of bitterness tempered by the malt on the finish. Even with all the malt, it comes off as somewhat savory rather than sweet, if not exactly dry. A bit different, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of mjstacker
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BeerHiker
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at Whole Foods in a growler.

Poured into a huge Oktoberfest mug

The pour is a deep rich dark ruby-red hue. "this beer looks medieval!" my girl-friend exclaimed when I gently poured it in my mug. A nice hearty frother-frolic of a head Very .nice lacing too... It likes to stay.

The smell is of a typical strong D.I.P.A. Piney boozy and malty..yes, all at once. So much hop smell it almost numbs your nose.

The first sip politely slaps you in the face with huge malty pleasure...only to slowly transform into a decadent hoppy tongue-massage.
Strong hops, booze, and caramel in the aftertaste. A very different D.I.P.A.. different, but awsome. I love the flavor of this beer.. I could tell it was a bit too much for my girlfriends dad, and my own mother.

Overall, I was impressed by Ol' Pete. Well worth the $20 growler fill. Everyone around me thought it was over the top, but I thought it was top-notch. If you are looking for a uniquly satisfying D.I.P.A. this is your man (er, I mean dog..) Give this one a try for sure.


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Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a bit more coin that I am usually willing to pay for a DIPA; which is saying something for me. Oily on the flavor profile. Kind of a chalky thing going on. Mild detractor. Very mature pine tone is very evident. This isn't a typical dipa, which is fine by me. It's still a nice drinker. Just not blowing me away so much.

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Photo of CrystalShipMS3
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of pine and malts. Some alcohol.

Taste pure malt and hop bitterness. As it warms a bit the flavor starts to change more to a mostly sweet somewhat bready malt,, but with plenty of hop bitterness to balance it out. Sweet fruit in the end. Pineapple maybe? Taste of caramel lingers on the palate.

Mouth feel is chewy, very nice.

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Photo of mpenning13
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark reddish copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a ring of bubbles around the edge and a web of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has interesting aromas of grapefruit, orange and passion fruit from the variety of hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of fruity flavors from the hops along with hints of caramel malts and spicy rye. Only a subtle amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation; it coats your mouth but isn’t crisp or sticky.
O: This beer has a great balance between malts and hops and hides its alcohol remarkably well. It would make a great pairing with food.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep copper color with thick tan head and incredible sheets of lace. Smell is piney with an underlying sweetness. The is pretty moderate considering the high ABV, with a smack of hops followed by a ton of caramel. Like a more balanced 120 Minute when it's fresh. The feel is awfully thick, though, and along with that intense sweetness it can be a little cloying. But for every now and then, I think this is a pretty good beer. It tastes good and gets you nice and warm.

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Photo of xJMFCx
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sneaky pete is a great name and a far superior package than the other Laughing Dog products I've had. But how does it taste?

Pours a dark red to light brown body with an off white head.

Cotton candy, caramel and citrus on the nose.

Brown sugar and caramel flavors add a solid malt base. Hops are complex and used in a restrained, even balanced way for a DIPA. Citrus, cherry, pine, and a nice spiciness. Maybe even a touch of roast. Bitterness is moderate and lingers on the palate.

Full bodied and sticky.

A very balanced DIPA with really unusual flavors. Both the hop and malt character are quite different than the standard IPA fare and I think that's the strength of Sneaky Pete. They could probably get away with calling this an American Barleywine if they wanted to, if that gives you an idea of the sort of beer it is. Malty, but still quite hoppy. $10 for the 4pk was well worth it.

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 742 ratings