Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CampusCrew on 03-28-2011

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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 720
Photo of engagechad
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Single 12oz purchased from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen VA - poured into DFH snifter

After over 100 reviews this is my first perfect score. I questioned myselft a lot before deciding to make it perfect.. but I honestly can find nothing wrong with this beer in every category.

Pours a perfect complex amber with a sparkling fluffy head that stays around and leaves beautiful lacing. Head is easily brought back with agitation to get more out of the nose. Smells of citrusy, minty hops in the most enjoyable way I've ever experienced. Tastes like the smoothest 10% beer I've ever had. This is a perfectly balanced IPA (which for me means a little to the bitter side) but it maintains this subtle tartness in the background. The beer feels so smooth, it's ridiculous. Most DIPAs get boozy for me as they warm, but this did not at all.

Overall - this is the best IPA or DIPA I have ever had. Knocks Hopslam down as well as 90, racer 5, ruinition.. I can't believe I said that but it is true in my opinion.

Please buy one if you can

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA is an American Double/Imperial brew. The color of the beer is a sort of deep auburn. The froth is of a light amount on a light medium thick scale. The body is in between medium and thick on a similar scale. The smell is of a very fresh nature and is quite unique.

Sneaky Pete is a great American Double/Imperial in my opinion. It is a sort of unique and good balance of flavor and lightness. The lightness of this beer sort of exists in a bubble of medium and hoppy flavor. The hoppyness is sort of balanced out by this lightness, and it provides for a nice hearty and not too spiced but very satisfyingly hopped flavor.

This beer is one of those great savoring beers, there is a sort of pocket of medium flavor if one will refreshingly packed in between the hoppy for and after taste, and hence it almost allows one to savor the hoppyness in an even more satisfying way.

Sneaky Pete is a really great beer to satisfy one's hop hankering, and in general.

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Photo of obywan59
4.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The DIPA pours a deep amber-red to near ruby in color, transparent except for the chill haze, an off white 4 finger head rises atop, but recedes quickly leaving light lacing.

A wonderful aroma of ripe citrus and incredibly floral hops rises from my tulip. There is also a light mustiness, but it only seems to add more character.

Tastes of sweet roast malt, perfectly ripe grapefruit, floral hops that hint at pineapple, alcohol, and more hops expressed in the bitter finish, make this one well-rounded brew.

Medium bodied, but it seems light for such a flavorful beer. Hops lend an oily feel and a bit of heartburn in the throat, and the alcohol is warming.

A very easy drinking beer for a 10% ABV. The well-balanced taste and aroma make it spectacular.

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Photo of bunkyzzz
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

my girlfriend gave me a 4 pack and it made me very happy. what can i say, it's from idaho. what else comes from Idaho that you would drive 30 minutes to get? it's strong enough to let you know it, but no unpleasant over-alcohol flavor.
great color, great head, great first gulp. fills the nose, fills the whole head.
for Imperials, this beer stands up with Lagunitas Sucks..
definitely try it. you will like it. especially if your girlfriend gives you a 4 pack.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = very dark copper with minimal head but some decent lacing. Not the best looking beer in my glass.

Smell - One of the most fruity hopped beers I've ever smelled. Strong apricot pressence. Wonderful and perfect smell.

Taste - For 10% ABV this beer is fabulous. Incredible flavors that match the smell, with a nice balance of hop and malt complexity. Very smooth and easy to drink for such a strong beer.

Mouthfeel - Very buttery and pleasant on the tongue.

Overall - For a beer I've never heard any buzz about at all, this one is great if you like fruity hopped strong IPAs. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Xenoxgaravito
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is currently my favorite ipa. It has such a great smell and body to it that I look forward to a Friday evening to pour myself a glass. Luckily my local beer shop carries 4 packs.

It really packs a punch so I'm one and done.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(bottled on 10 Mar 2014 - poured into a balloon)

NOTE: despite the label stating this is an "Imperial IPA", I believe they are mistaken, and this beer is more in the style of American Barleywine, with this being most similar to a SA Bigfoot

A: crystal clear liquid, surprisingly dark copper in color... dull, recycled paper white foam that just sits there for awhile... chunky, 3-D, crystalline lace... way too dark for an IPA - perfect color for a barleywine though

S: pine, custard-y fruit... the Centennial seems to poke out in the mix... a flash of dried berries and perhaps ginger snap that soon morph into a distinct raspberry sorbet scent... potent, inviting, smoothie-like... beautiful composition, but nothing too unique - textbook West Coast IPA hop aromas

T: noticeable dark crystal malt (80? 90? apparently, none)... mildly toasty... rich fruit syrup (Simcoe?)... large perception of sweetish, melanoidin-rich caramel in the aftertaste - hop-embellished... huge malts, potent hopping yet with a soft edge to the bitterness... smooth-ass booze with a hint of fusel

M: lusciously viscous up front, the alcohol draws it away quietly... the bitterness seems to enhance the dryness in the finish... heaven for malt-o-philes

O: summing up - definitely comes across most like an American Barleywine akin to (fresh) Bigfoot - it's gotta be a clone of it, or maybe they got their recipes or labels mixed up - either way, they oughta straighten that out and re-label the style... this is a very tasty beer, wonderfully dry, and exactly what I needed at the end of the day

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Photo of Anino531
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great full bodied beer. Left a nice head after the pour and I love the dark amber color. If you love hoppy beers, this is the one for you. Beer is very smooth and satisfying with a great after taste. Was a bit apprehensive because was a bit pricey, but totally worth it. This will be added to my regular rotation.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow.

smell: huge hop aroma, lots of pine, some citrus

taste: big balanced ipa with loaded pine flavors, love the added rye, decent spice kick

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: This is there best DIPA they have.

Sneaky Pete is a blend of five hop types: Simcoe, Glacier, Centennial, Vanguard and Hallertuaer, with Simcoe playing the dominate role at 30%. In addition, three separate malts were used: Honey Malt, Rye Malt, and Munich Malt. The brew has a copious aroma of white grapefruit, citrus overtones, a complex rich middle and long flavors in the finish; a real beauty. Finished with wild clover honey.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Evolution Brewing Co. pint glass. Label says 2/1/12 which should be the bottling date and also when I celebrated my 26th birthday.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that has lengthy, stiff retention before slowly becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and a complete sheet of thin surface foam. A full ring of lacing sticks to the glass when tilted.

S- Very strong hop aroma that's more musty than sweet but still has grapefruit notes. Quite malty also in a caramel-like setting.

T- Biscuity malts are, surprisingly, the initial flavor with the hops having a more secondary role in the plateau and aftertaste. The hops are more earthy and herbal, rather than grassy and vegetal, which compliment the high amount of malt. Quite drinkable for the high ABV. I feel like more hops were used in the dry-hopping stage than in the first part of the boil.

M- Full-ish body and medium carbonation round out the beer's streak of balance.

O- Nearly perfect. The best beer by this brewery IMO.

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Photo of Kitt
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep, unfiltered Amber, with a weak head. What little froth persists, is a milky ivory.

Rich, sweet, citrus malts, with a reminiscent scent of over-ripe bananas. Unusually pleasing.

Creamy blend of eclectic hops and rich malts. Bitter hops are prevalent but a bit subdued for an imperial. Nonetheless, the hops are very well balanced with the sweet flavorful malts resulting in an outstanding blend.

Mouthfeel a pleasant, creamy, medium body.

Surprisingly good for an Idaho brewed imperial IPA. This ranks up there with some of the best and, considering the price, is an outstanding choice.

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Photo of Hokie888
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Randomly came across this beer the other day and boy am I happy I did. As a man that loves imperial IPAs, this one definitely is one of the better ones I've had lately. Good mixture of taste and smoothness. Most beers this strong (10%) would not taste this well but I came away very impressed. Must try for anyone who considers themselves an imperial IPA fan.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange, real thin head persists at something of a slick. Very faint hints of lacing stick to the glass.
S- Immediate pine presence. Heavily so. I'm also picking up some leathery aromas. There is enough malt there to make itself known in the nose, but hop forward.
T- Maybe not as hop heavy as some would like there IIPA's but I think they made a pretty good selection. There is a honey-like sweetness to it and a definite presence of caramel and pale malt, but piney hops are the big flavor componant. There is a presence of some peppery component as well. Well balanced and definitely flavorful. The only thing holding this back from a 5 is there is a bit more booziness in the finish than I like.
M- Creamy at first, dry (but less so than many) in the finish. Perhaps a bit light for the style, but I'll take that over syrupy.
O- I think I found a new favorite go-to hop-forward beer. At a reasonable price I could drink these all day (not that I could at 10% abv). I must also thank the brewery for making them in 12 oz bottles, because 1 of these is just fine for the evening for me. Top notch, and definitely the best I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of ordybill
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A thick smelling blend of strong hops and a touch of malt, very good.
Appearance- Pours a golden brown with a slight amount of haze. Has a medium off-white head.
Taste- A big hop and yeast flavor that hides the high ABV. Really enjoyable.
Palate- A heavy bodied beer with moderate carbonation, has a very creamy texture.
Overall- A very good American DIPA, It is hard to find in Georgia but I would buy it again.

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Photo of jtmiller03
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a great IPA - smoother than most but just hoppy enough to make you happy. For my money there are better Imp. IPAs out there (Avery Maharaja for one) and for taste I'd rather have a Cigar City Jai Alai or DFH 90 standard IPA. Great beer just doesn't hold up for the price.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Clear, vibrant ruby body beneath a finger of fine, creamy tan head. Good retention and dense lace. Gorgeous beer, but decidedly dark for the supposed style - it looks like an American Barleywine to me, and since it smells, tastes, and drinks like one as well, I'll review it as such - labels be damned.

S: Big + balanced, with a classic interplay of grapefruit hops + caramel malt. Simple, intense, and terrific. For a fresh hoppy Barleywine, you couldn't ask for much more.

T: Follows the nose precisely - constant balance between sweet caramel, honeyed malt and bitter citrus hops. Bitterness wins out on the finish, but isn't overpowering. It's delicious, and impressively light on booziness. Whatever style you decide to call this beer, it tastes fantastic.

M: Thick, prickly, highly carbonated. A bit too much, but at least the life keeps it from being too sticky.

O: There are some beers where I value complexity very, very highly; this isn't one of those beers. Sneaky Pete just hammers you over the head with the same two over-the-top flavors, and it works. Simple as that.


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Photo of Esstman
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
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 pat61
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: The slight haze as the rich garnet tinged amber liquid fills the glass portends a major dose of hops. The pour produces a rocky 3” cream colored foam cap that grips the sides of the glass leaving ledges of lace.
S: Hops dominate the nose over a background of hefty malt and alcohol.
T: A malty sweet yeasty starts inches back before a big dose of hops and when their flavors blend with the rich malts spices such as cardamom or cola come forward mixed with light red fruits. Everything is big and bold but balanced.
F: This has a creamy, luscious chewy body that sits very softly in the mouth.
O: This is a beer that does a fine job replacing biter, mixed drinks.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I once had the Dog Father by Laughing Dog, and it was really good. That gave me some really positive fealings about this beer.

I used to live in Idaho, but I never heard of Ponderay... where they brew this masterful beer.

In my pour into a tulip glass I got lot of head. I like the hoppy smell coming off the top. There was a pretty good citrus effect.

You get a pretty reddish-brown coloring through the glass.

The taste is very good. I like the excellent balance in each sip. It was not overwhelming.

This is a very good beer. It was in a very fun bottle. I would have saved the bottle, except that I didn't feel like bringing it back to New Jersey in my luggage.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: deep red/bright copper brown color. off white/tannish head. good lacing, not good retention.

S: jeez. almost could get drunk off the hop pungent-ness. stinky stinky hop buds. tobacco leaves. vegetable garden.

T: great hop flavor. like rinsing with grapefruit juice. interesting how it doesnt stick to the palate like most beers this hoppy. also surprising how it does not feel like a 10%'er.

M: rather soft with a medium/full body. works well to highlight the big time hop flavors.

D: literally liked this one for the label and didnt know anything else about it. after seeing the limited quantity of reviews, it must be new. very west coast-like DIPA from Idaho. as far as Northern VA is concerned that is the west coast to me. well done!

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Photo of Hopscat
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber-orange with off white head. Nice lacing and retention.
Smell is tropical fruit and floral hops.
Taste follows with big malt upfront to balance the well blended grapefruit pith / mango hops mid palate. Hops bitterness is welcome on the end to battle the sweetness of the malt bill.
Mouthfeel is med. toward heavy, oily.
Very enjoyable DIPA which hit all the high notes for me.

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Photo of BigDub
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise discovery for me and a current fave.
very reasonable price came in a four pack for around $10.00 if memory serves correctly.

A: Medium brown to a darkish red in color. 1.5 finger head

S: Hops , Citrus, a little pine hint

T: wow, I really enjoyed this one great hop tones , caramel, toffee, a splash of citrus, a touch of pine/ earthy on the finish. For me a really good balance thought caught me by surprise.

M: Not to heavy , not to light on the carbonation just nailed the balance perfectly. No too thick

O: Do yourself a favor grab some. IMO this is a sleeper that will continue to grow. If this is your style make sure to add to your short list!

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber hazelnut brown with lots of carbonation. The lacing is not as sticky as I woils have expected. A sheen of off white head lays across the top for the duration. Lots of grapefruit and earthy pine are predominate in the nose as rich caramel and biscuity malt aromas are overwhelmed. Immediate burst of grapefruit with a rich malty sweetness that ends with me smiling. Sneaky pete has his way with you as a 10% imperial. Slightly alcoholic with a richness that helps squash the big hop bill in the overall taste. The mouthfeel is pillowy with a great amount of carbonation to let it's complexity shine.

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Photo of Glibber
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at a very good beer festival with some amazing imperial and specialty beers, and this one really stood out above the rest. WHile I enjoy hops, I also enjoy some sweetness in beers, and this IPA had both. The 10% ABV was nowhere to be found. I have been looking for this beer ever since- with no luck (and I live in Idaho).

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Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong red color with hints of gold. Very hazy, hazy enough to impede light passing through. Definitely thick looking. Thinnest hint of dark cream colored head, but disappears quickly.

Nose is sweet citrus. Grapefruit is there, but more mango and even a resiny light pine behind the fruit. Well layered.

Very bitter right up front. Bitter grapefruit really explodes in the finish, with a tart dry flavor that rivals some of the best DIPA's. Label says the beer is finished off with clover honey. Getting a little of that mid-through the glass. Hides the abv pretty well for me.

Feel is slick, a bit oily, and somewhat resiny. Not much cream in this texture.

Overall, a very nice example. I doubt this will stay sneaky for long.

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