Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
laughingdogbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CampusCrew on 03-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
728
Reviews:
188
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
15.71%
 
 
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18
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101
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Photo of harsley
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John_M
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color, with good head retention and lacing. The beer is a bit darker than I normally expect from a DIPA, but otherwise it looks attractive enough. The nose is worrisome, as there is considerable sweetness, along with a flowery, perfumy aroma profile. On the palate, this beer is a borderline disaster. It's very sweet, and tastes as if it's seen some serious oak aging (something that I generally think is a bad idea for an IPA/DIPA). There's some orange citrus and bitterness as well, but it's not nearly enough to counter and balance the sweetness and all too obvious alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, fairly bitter, alcoholic finish.

Thank God I only got a sample glass of this. Can't imagine trying to down a pint of this stuff.

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Photo of muttyd
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. Deep amber/caramel color with a thick fluffy white head that persists throughout. Very dark IPA. Looks like a barleywine.

Smells like a barleywine too. Very big, sweet toffee malt aroma with a floral, citrusy hop presence. Flavor follows the nose: malt forward, sticky and sweet. Very grainy, roasty. Hops come through more in the finish with a faint citrusy/floral hop bite. Very barleywine-like. Not sure if its an old bottle with faded hops, but not exactly what I was expecting. Still tasty, though.

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Photo of drumminbrewer
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This just made its way into Wisconsin, picked up at Discount Liquor a few weeks ago. Tried it before, me and my buddy decided to split one now for reviews sake.

Split - Poured into our "Chicago Whiskey Fest 2011" scotch glasses (miniature tulip). Pretty looking beer. Red-Orange in color, large head that quickly dissipates leaving a small amount of speckled lacing. Viscous for a IIPA.

Nose - Melons, melons & more melons. No indications on the bottle, and I'm curious about what kind of hops were used. No floral or citrus notes here...just melons! Thinking they must be Nelson Sauvin (thanks Mikkeller, you're single hop series has helped a lot with identifying!)

First sip - wow, I could really use a more carbonation. It's not flat, but it doesn't seem alive. Thick, malty melon bomb. Fairly one dimensional - not in an offensive way, I'm just a bit surprised.

Big body - Lots and lots of malt there, quite sweet as well. "Sneaky Pete" is apt because there's hardly any boos to the taste - quite a feat for a 10ABV beer of any sort.

Rather short finish. Again...melons melons melons. Sits in the back of the palate.

This is the first thing I've had from Laughing Dog. I can say for sure I won't be seeking out this particular beer again, but it's an oddball as far as the IIPA's I've had before. Would be curious to try other things from these guys. Not bad, but it scores only a few points above the "meh" level for me.

EDIT - I didn't like seeing a C+ score for this cause I think it's a better beer than that. Bumped up the mouthfeel to a 3.5 because it did a good job of hiding the boos and it had a nice "chewiness" to it.

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Photo of Andrebeavers
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Photo of toothirsty
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FreshHawk
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep caramel color with a large, creamy, thick, off-white head. Average retention with patchy lace left over.

S - Pretty strong caramel, sugar, honey malt aroma. Decent amount of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange hops adding to the sweet hops. Touch of pine.

T - Sweet, malty DIPA. Loads of caramel, some toffee, honey, and crusty bread malt. Some sweet citrus hops, but it's a bit muted behind the malt for a DIPA.

M - Medium to full body with above average carbonation. Sticky and full feeling.

D - A little to big and sweet to be all that drinkable. A bit of a sipper, but it's not quite what I want in a DIPA.

Notes: Very sweet and malty DIPA. Loads off caramel malt with sweet citrus hops. Not quite hoppy enough for me for a DIPA. A touch on the cloying side as well. More of a American Strong Ale or Barleywine really. Only decent.

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Photo of Saltybeard
3.4/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Mrose78
3.4/5  rDev -11%

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.

DOA

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Photo of ksimons
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-much darker than I expected. A dark caramel color with a fingers worth of light tan head

S-caramel malt, raisins, and a light pine scent

T-taste is similar to the smell, more of a malt heavy IPA. Really getting a lot of caramel, raisins, buttery quality with a very light amount of citrus and pine hops.

M-medium body, mild to moderate carbonation

Overall too sweet for an IPA, not sure what it going on with this one, not one that I would revisit anytime soon

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Photo of Herze
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeWard
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottled on 2/10/13, so a bit older than would be preferred.

Knew I was in trouble upon cracking open the cap and the beer foamed over. Not a lot. but you wouldn't expect that from a beer that's been upright in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Appearance was ok, deep amber, quite hazy, slightly off white head which retained. Most lacing was around the original head. Faint but persistent stream of bubbles.

Smell was soapy with a few floral tones.

Taste & mouth was not what I expected, or perhaps I should have. Zero hop taste, but loads of malt. Alcohol taste toward the end, then bitter on the middle back of the tongue. Semi thick cloying syrupy feel on the tongue. Sweet, but not in an appealing way. Later, the 10.0 alcohol kicked in. No, I am not liking this one bit.

Overall, not something I enjoyed. Perhaps it would be more pleasing in the winter months. Upon reading the label, this beer was "bottled and brewed for" their Virginia distributor. I am in PA, and Shangy's distributes out here, but I can't think of any reason that should matter in the taste. Guessing their beers get redistributed out east as needed.

Hopefully I have an opportunity to taste a fresher one in the future. Otherwise, it's adios to Sneaky Pete.

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Photo of aronvln
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bump8628
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-amber with a nice clump of off-white head that laces here and there.

Mild pine and herbs on the nose flowing into a heavy caramel body with a pretty noticeable biscuit note. Hops open up more on the palate with some sweet orange peel, spruce, and perfumey floral notes. Too well-balanced and nearly Barleywine-like.

Too much malt. Not enough hops. Period.

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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 thatoneguymike
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Orange amber color, slightly hazy, with a small head and light lacing - typical for the abv.

Aroma reminds me of rum cake probably due to heavy alcohol presence blending with sweet malty notes.

A bit of spicy hops early on, but they seem to be overwhelmed by a big bready malt presence.

Heavy mouthfeel with little carbonation and a sweetish finish leave the palate a bit bogged down.

Overall I'd say this is a poor example of a DIPA. But as a barleywine, it is not too bad. Worth trying as a slow sipper by the fire on a cold winter's night.

Thanks to 1stbiermeister for the bottle.

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Photo of supa0525
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of HouvilleSwamp
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of JoelMD
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Renegawam
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 728 ratings.
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