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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of WMEugene
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish orange color with a nice, slightly off-white head and great lacing.

S - A large whiff of caramel malts, piney hops, and alcohol. Smells a bit on the malty side for a DIPA.

T - A little bit hoppier than the nose, but still strong caramel malts and earthy/piney notes. A little floral. Slight alcohol taste as well.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but you can taste the alcohol a bit.

O - A pretty enjoyable DIPA. It's a little on the maltier side, but it still is a worthwhile brew.

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

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an obscured, dark orange-amber body with a finger of shimmering, faintly yellowed froth. Light, random lacing, like white blood spray.

Smell: Light toast, light caramel, a bit more sweetish honey crisps, with zesty, punchy hop notes of lemon, grapefruit, and fresh-cut flowers. Also some noted sniffs of distilled spirits scalding the nose.

Taste: Sweet, sticky caramel ice cream topping with notions of wildflower honey and lightly toasted rye bread sans crusts. The toothsome sweetness yields to lemon and grapefruit and tangelos, but the sweetness doesn't exactly depart the scene, giving way to an impression of candied citrus peels. Nice bit of earthy rye lurking in there. Plenty of bitterness, though it's got to contend with plenty of sweetness and alcohol. A shot of resinous pine helps to cut through the sugars though, as does the edgy booze. Noticeably alcoholic heat on the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Some slight stickiness involved that's not quite cut away by the suds and booze.

Overall: A bit boozy, sure, but at 10% ABV what are you gonna do, you know? You've got some sticky honeyish malts, some floral, citrusy hops, and a dash of rye. While I did enjoy this one, I could see some strict hopheads feeling this one's a bit too malt-forward.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this during a search for anything labeled "Imperial". Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was typical for the type, smell was surprisingly subtle for the 10% abv. Where this bad boy stood out was taste, very smooth, with very little actual hop bite! The bottled on date was 04/15/14, so a little bit of age did this one well. Mouthfeel revealed a sweetness that reminded me of a barlywine style, not an IPA at all. Overall, I enjoyed this and would not hesitate to pick up again. I am curious how a fresher (one within 90 days of bottling) would be...but then again, it's outstanding past the 120 day point so...guess it's up to you to decide.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/05/12

A= Pours a deep amber color with a nice off white finger of head on it that holds nice retention and lacing.

S= The smell is actually unique for an IIPA. Floral is what comes to mind first. There's sort of a parsley smell to it as well as some straight green vegies.

T= The taste again brings flowers to mind. I wouldn't be surprized if this beer was brewed with flowers. Parsley and green vegetation some to mind as well as a bit of a malty backbone. I can say with certainty this is the only IIPA that I've had that tastes like this.

M= Nice low carbonation and nice weight

O= This is a unique IIPA. You don't see that enough these days I would say. It steps aside from the hop mouth punch and moves onto something a little different. Flowers and a vegetative character that I've never found before. This one is worth checking out just because it's different.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner style glass, color is darker amber, opaque, with copper edges; head is light tan, very dense and thick, presenting about 1" thick then lingering with feint lacing.

Smell is lightly boozy, with very balanced amounts of malt and piney bitterness, touch of grapefruit; malt scents are light toast, caramel and biscuit.

Taste is surprising for this strength, pretty well balanced, very bitter but not overdone. Malt sweetness is present and flavors are similar to the nose, toast and caramel hints of biscuit.

Mouthfeel is lightly cloying and strong on the tongue, but expected at this strength and with this color, maybe a touch too much for my preference.

Overall, very well done dipa, surprising balance for its strength; presents with a hint that it might be to sweet, but the great bitter and hop flavors clean it up well.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a somewhat dark but translucent copper-orange with one finger of fluffy tan head. Good retention and lace, steady stream of bubbles.

S: Peachy, citrus and mangoes. Quite good.

T: Follows the aroma to an extent-- sweetness hits just a split second before the hops, which are citrus at first but finish with more of a pine quality. The alcohol teams up with the pine for a good sharp edge at the end. Alcohol accumulates over time, but the piney hops and sweet malt never give up, even until the end.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a nice, slippery feel on the tonque and some good creaminess as well.

O: A tasty beer. After about the first third of the glass, the alcohol starts to accumulate, as well as the piney bitterness. It never really takes over, but I think it does prevent this good beer from being even better. It will also send you to an early bedtime if you are drinking it on an empty stomach! That said, I did enjoy it and would surely buy it again. This is the first Laughing Dog I've reviewed (also had CSB and Dogzilla but that's been a while) and I have fond recollections of both of those, so I expect to review them soon. Idaho is on the map-- seek good beer there and ye shall find it.

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Photo of silverking
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- It pours a clear Crimson with some "floaties". It has a light tan head with excellent retention. There are thick sheets of lacing down the sides of my glass with each sip.

S- Lots of piney and citrusy hops, backed by a healthy caramel malt backbone.

T- Caramel, grapefruit, citrus rind, papaya. The finish is dominated by grapefruit, with a moderate hop bitterness. It comes across sweeter than I had expected.

M- Medium bodied, Carbonation is light. Velvety. A bit sticky as well.

O- Another winner from Laughing Dog brewery.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper brew, small off white head

S: Big caramel malts, pine and citrus in the hops. Very much like Lagunitas beers that use CTZ hops.

T: Follows smell, but orange citrus hops prevail on the front end, drying out to the pine on the back end. Lots of crystal malts in this one- lending themselves to a big caramel character too.

MF: fairly thick, but not chewy.

Really nice beer, my first from laughing dog. It really reminds me of a lagunitas beer- which is one of the highest compliments I can give a beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little 12 ounce bottle little innocent looking Boston Terrier, big Idahoan DIPA. Pours a brilliant deep copper tone almost ruby tinted color with a big khaki light beige head forming thick. Fine even speckled lacing as the head dwindles clings to the glass. Aroma has a deep pine/citrus grapefruit nose going with some hidden caramel notes, blending into the cereal grains that shine forth. Impressive sugar coated hops, also known as "man candy"...this beer calls for more hop bitterness as the sugary malts overpower the hop bitterness. Don't get me wrong the hops last through each sip until the finish but this is hop dessert in the spectrum of DIPAs. In addition to the piney/citrus hop flavors comes a big caramelized brown sugar character that fights with the green fresh hop content, a nice battle that's hard to call in the really balanced DIPA. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying with sugar coated hops coming through in each sip, slow but steady carbonation chugs along in this full bodied oily hop resin offering. Overall, very impressive drinking DIPA, I'm glad I've tried a good amount of Laughing Dog brews, they're damn good especially their bigger beers.

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Photo of hackmann
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: amber blood orange body with a one finger, if that, bone white head and little to no lacing

Aroma: citrus and grassy hops, little fruity – mango like, very aromatic, lightly toasted grains,

Flavors: rich caramel malts; toasted sweet grains; a solid combination of grapefruit, little pine, and sweet pink peppercorn;

Mouthfeel: fine fizzy carbonation feel, almost creamy, sticky hops, nice bitterness, balanced with an earthy sweetness, nice alcohol warmth, pink peppercorn and red grapefruit on the finish, full-medium body,

To the Point: this is a very nice Imperial IPA; it gets better as it warms up; this is a must try; and I am personally feeling the 10%

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Partial, counter-pressure filled, marked 12oz bottle from an anonymous contributor...split with my brother into tulips.

A: Opens with a hiss, which is good considering the bottle is just over halfway full...clear golden color with big bubbles.

S: Big big tropical fruit component and a decent amount of citrus and super-fresh pine needle; in fact the pint is really nice on this one, and that is not usually something I'm a huge fan of. Slightly sugary malt backbone. Pungent.

T: Hop-driven here as well; tropical fruit basket, peach, mango, pineapple, citrus, orange peel, some pine, sugary/bready malt undertone, and pungent.

MF: Medium feel with moderate bitterness; this beer leans fruity instead of puckeringly bitter.

O: Really nice, remind me a lot of Lagunitas Sucks and other big tropical, malty double IPA's.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up this week at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton, Ohio, and like always, they had a few things I had to have. This Idaho brewed DIPA qualified in that category. Pours a golden amber with a stiff, impressive head and burgeoning lace. The nose is classic citrus and pine, nothing more, nothing less.

This is very nice right off the bat. The key is balance. Yes, you have a blistering array of face tightening hop juices but also a commitment to malt with some nutty flavors that lasts clear into the finish. Complex and well melded, with a slight peppery note that spices the initial hop assault, and a late toasted maltyness that keeps the hops somewhat in check. Heavier in body than I expected, but it plays well and counts as an asset. Overall, this is tight and well rounded and shows that Idaho brewing is no joke. Strong performance.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an amber brown leaning more towards amber with a full head. Head retains well. Chunky lacing on the glass.

S: Piney hops, sweet caramel aroma.

T: Full flavor - starts sweet - nice malting. Caramel, grapefruit, pine. Bitter hop aftertaste and really nicely balanced.

M: Good, but falls somewhat short of other ratings. Not as full as expected but still nice.

O: Great brew.

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Photo of BaileysIrishTom
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If this had a Stone label on it, I'm sure it would have a rating 10 pts higher.

At first pour, it appears very beer like, not too under beery, and not too over beery. Well I poured this one out of a bottle and in to my stomach, so I didn't really notice the foamy slowly slipping down the side of the glass. Hey I'm travelling and my favorite beer glasses don't pack well.
At first smell it smells very beer like, not too overpowering or underpowering. If I had to classify, then I would say it smells like beer.
It tastes and feels like beer. I'm pretty sure it must be beer. Note: some beers don't taste like beer. Beer shouldn't have chemicals in it.

If you've read this far, thank you. I'm comparing it to a Stone Brewed beer and that should speak volumes. It came as a "Total wine beer-geek" suggestion. I like it.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is heavenly, I love the way this beer looks, tastes and smells. It's got all the right things going for it. I picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem last week and I'll be picking up some more if there is any left. This beer pours out as a rich copper color white a yellowish colored head. The lacing its like sea foam on the glass. The smell is just hops, lots of them... It just smells really wonderful. The taste is the same it's got some great piny and citrusy hops in there that make me crave a lot more of this beer. The mouthfeel is slick and oily, Just a really great Imperial IPA!

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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 THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

appearance: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, pine, hops, sweet caramel malts,

taste: citrus hops, caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very surprising Dipa. would definitely have again and so glad the bartender knows what I like. called and told him I'd be in for some beers and he had this one waiting for me.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep copper body that is slightly dense but clear and a yellowish-beige head that has some nice lacing on the glass with each sip. There is a boiling sea of microbubbles swirling in the glass.

S- There is a white wine hint to the pine hop aroma with some perfumed pungent hop qualities to follow and a flinty floral hop finish.

T- The green pungent hop flavor is slightly dark and earthy with some softer sweet malt underneath. There is a pungent hop flavor that lingers in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and a warm alcohol heat in the finish.

O- The sneaky alcohol is good and the hops have nice depth although they are more mellow than the typical citrus or woody hops. There isn't any bitterness to the hops which makes it drink pretty fast.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a firm long lasting white head with great lace.

S: Booze and a heavy malt component mixed with huge amount of pine.

T: Very much a barleywine in taste. The piney and grapefruit hop flavours are well integrated with the heavy sweet malt, leaving a long enjoyable hoppy aftertaste.

M: Quite full-bodied, very resiny, chewy, firm carbonation.

O: This is a barleywine masquerading as a DIPA, so I'm going to enjoy it as such. The booze never gets in the way, it's just a big ol' hoppy beer to enjoy.

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Photo of VitoFerrante
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very high quality DIPA. Juicy. Malty. Hoppy. All of those in multiple dimensions. Find it. Buy it. Drink it. Drink more. This is up there with the best of them: Heady, Panzer Wolf, 90 Minute. All contenders. You will love this beer is monster unfiltered DIPA's are your thing.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA has a thin, white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold appearance, and almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is of strong, caramel, and flowers (nectar). Taste is of white bread, bread crust, sweetness, high (yet, not harsh) bitterness, and hop oils. Mouthfeel is medium, and Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA finishes on the dry side and drinkable (for a 10% ale).


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Photo of boralyl
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - It pours an inch of off-white head when poured into a tulip glass. The head has nice retention and leaves some decent lacing. The beer is mostly clear and has brownish dark orange hue.

S - The aroma has some caramel present as well as bubble gum. There are citric notes as well, but to a lesser degree. Alcohol hints also show up as it warms.

M - Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. There is a definite slick hop resiny feel, yet it remains slightly creamy.

T - It begins with light caramel up front followed by a complex wave of hops. First is pine, followed by citrus, bubblegum, and finally grapefruit. It has a very bitter finish that lasts into the aftertaste. Surprisingly, the 10% abv is extremely well hidden.

This was a very pleasant surprise for a beer I have never heard of before. Beware, this will destroy your palette with the barrage of hops! I would certainly recommend this to hopheads.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Brassy gold in color, with an Impressive 2-inch cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, piney hops
Taste-Faintly sweet toasted malt, caramel note, sweeped up in onrush of big, piney hops that balance everything out. Overall nice flavor and balance.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Sheets of lacing & good head retention

S: Pine & Grapefruit that sort of drop off..

T: Follows the nose, nice breadyness too, piney & woody hops as well up front, along with much pineyness. Caramel notes, grapefruit, maltyness, woody hops, & dryness as this warms. Finishes with woody, earthy, & herbal hops, plus a touch of toffee & booze

MF: Chewy, sticky with fairly smooth carbonation. Stellar balance

Easily one of the best DIPAs in Oklahoma, especially now that Avery is ditching us. Last 2 beers I've tried from Laughing Dog have made me rethink these guys. Well done Idaho!

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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