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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Ratings: 725 |  Reviews: 186
Photo of BFro
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of Aewachiw
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 1 finger head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is a dark amber orange. Color is darker than a lot of other DIPAs.

S. Can smell hops as soon as you crack open the bottle. Resiny piney hop aroma. Has some sweet caramel malt base. Has a bit of a different earthy aroma.

T. Taste is pretty mellow. Not a whole lot of hop flavor. Has a semi sweet biscuity malt flavor. Lingering sweetness in the mouth. No discernable bitterness. Has a bit of honey sweetness on the finish.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes sweet.

O. A decent DIPA. Pretty sweet. Not a lot of hop flavor or bitterness. Easy drinking. Overall, I like the flavor of the majority of other DIPAs better than this one.

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Photo of leviecole
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of BruceBruce
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 avisong
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: rust orange body, trace tan head,
very nice lacing

S: big candy sugar, smooth malt, mild pine

T: sweet candy sugar, malt, caramel, long bitter slow finish

M: med body, smooth/oily mouth

O: Love the style, but this is just not my thing.
Too sweet and seems to lack my hops i love.


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Photo of bigorange
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma, as you would expect, along with some fruit, too.

T: Tasted of hops (a very heavy presence), malt, caramel, citrus, light fruit, and a hint of pine. Not a groundbreaking flavor, but focused and powerful.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a sharp, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, robust, likeable DIPA.

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Photo of Bowlus803
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of barnzy78
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours a caramely brownish orange color, seems syrupy as it goes into the glass. Beige head is thin and dissipates to a foam quickly while leaving some lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet caramel, honey, dank fruity piny hops, and somewhat boozy. Tastes are really sweet up front with notes of brown sugar, caramel, honey followed by piny, citric, oily resiny hops that finishes with a peppery prickle on the tongue. Feel is full bodied and too syrupy; too thick and chewy for my liking for the style. Alcohol is definitely present, but not too hot. Overall, it was too cloyingly sweet and rich and seemed to border upon barley-wine characteristics with the huge malt presence, albeit good flavor and complexity made it worth the try anyway.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber and purple. A medium khaki head leaves plenty of lace, but otherwise, much too dark. Looks like a barleywine.

Smell is malty, in fact so much so that they cover the hops that are in the beer.

Taste at least has some bitterness, and even flavor throughout. Some sweet malts hit in the middle, and as the beer warms the malts take over, while the hop bitter fades.

Coats the tongue, lightly viscous, with a good punch. Booze are present, and this is probably the best part of the beer.

Definitely leans towards the barleywine, in color, smell and in flavor. Not a great DIPA, but an ok beer.


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Photo of mltobin
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in SoNo.

Appearance is red-amber w/one finger of head. Its` nose has malts, caramel and hops. The taste of Sneaky Pete is citrus hops, resin, more of that caramel. Mouthfeel is medium with a bitter and dry finish, probably more so than some would like. A pretty good DIPA, but not something that I am likely to order again soon.

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Photo of Profchaos20
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of mater
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this one as an extra from mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

Bottle date of 02/24/12
22 fluid ounces into my 10oz nonic taster

A: Sneaky Pete pours a clear and deep dark garnet amber color. Forms a thick choppy 2 fingers of khaki foam head that has a nice linger and leaves some squiggly spotted tracks of lace down the glass.

S: Smells pretty hoppy with aromas of pine and fruit. Real catty fresh and hop pellet like. Fruits are more in the way of pear and red apple. Some grainy caramelized malts and a bit of fruity yeast esters.

T: Tastes pretty juicy off the bat with more of a pear and red apple note rather than citric per say. Has a moderate to upper level of bitterness with an overall caramel malty sweetness to it. Real loafy like toasted bread. Some light floral flavors bring a perfumey character to everything. A tad chewy and somewhat filling. Good but much maltier than I prefer. Sugary even.

M: Medium to heavier in body this brew displays a nice creamy texture overall with some drying in the finish.

D: Not a half bad DIPA but weighs in heavier on the maltier side of things. Juicy still but would probably pass on next time. A bit too filling for my liking.

Glad to have tried and definitely better than that Alpha Dog!

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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 tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thine, loose, off white head that has decent retention. The nose is quite fruity with some citrus and grapefruit, but oddly, pear seems to take center stage here. The flavor is also fruit-forward with again pears and grapefruit. There's an underlying bread note and a mildly hoppy, bitter finish. The alcohol is noticeable but in a warm, full bodied sense that doesn't detract from the flavor. The mouthfeel besides being warm and fuller in body is quite smooth and well carbonated.

This has a nice flavor and balance. The pear and fruit forward flavor too me by surprise, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Despite the high ABV it has nice drinkability. I'll have this again.

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Photo of teyuders
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Chappy1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 725 ratings.
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