Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA | Laughing Dog Brewing

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Sneaky Pete Imperial IPASneaky Pete Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
3.75/5
Very Good
731 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by CampusCrew on 03-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,845
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
731
pDev:
15.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
101
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 731 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of JaBes
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of alva7172
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of AustenFB
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

After trying this I think I know why the dog is laughing. Another sucker, ha ha. On a more positive note, it seems like it has potential, meaning a fair starting base on which to build. It just hasn't been tweaked nearly enough. They gave up too soon.
It does have a distinct funkiness that's reminiscent of Ska Decadent Imperial IPA. However, if that's what you like, go for the Ska, which is far better. This one, unfortunately, is a real dog.

 453 characters

Photo of NickyPogs
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of PhilHeinricke
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not My Fav

I love IPAs. I'd walk a mile in high heels to get some IPA. But this is probably one of the worst IPAs I've ever had. IPAs are known for their bitterness, but his takes the bitterness to a whole nother level. It was so bad that I ended up pouring the last few ounces down the drain, something that I have only done one other time.

 346 characters

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$3.25 single from Abe's.

A red/amber color, surprisingly dark and crystal clear. Creamy four-finger off-white micro bubble head. Good stretchy lacing.

A quick whiff of pine and a hint of citrus, but a rather disappointing aroma that leaves almost no impression.

Enjoyable semi-sweet foundation coats tongue. Juicy fruit. Hop nip at the swallow that increases in the aftertaste. Mid-level alcohol burn in the aftertaste, approaching high. Not enough hop and too much alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel is acceptable for style.

Overall, a disappointment. Hop sensations are only at a middling IPA level, and the alcohol the only imperial aspect.

Stay with Laughing Dog's IIPA bombers.

 681 characters

Photo of Skabiski
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SierraStonePoint
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of u2carew
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger thick head that has great retention. The body is mostly clear with amber and ruby hues.
S) Piney. Grapefruit. Subtle caramel / brown sugar aroma.
T) Citrus rind. Earthy and pungent. Lots of bitterness not much balance, although as the palate accustoms to the bitterness it does mellow some.
M) Creamy carbonation up front. Medium to full body. Dry with a gritty aftertaste.
O) A double IPA is supposed to have extra helpings of malt and hops to up the body, taste and ABV, but this sacrifices taste / flavor profile for the other two.

 577 characters

Photo of champ103
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark, but clear ruby red color. A one finger white head forms with little retention or lace.
S: Hop resin overpowers everything at first. Some burnt sugars, caramelized malt with a sweetness that builds. Really sweet and really bitter at the same time.
T: Hop resin, bitterness, pine. Blah. Like someone just added a bottle labeled "bitter hops." After that faint caramelized malts at first. The sweetness builds again and the lingering after taste is a mess of cloying sweetness and really bitter hops. Just over barring.
M/D: A full body with decent carbonation. Sticky and syrupy. Not pleasant at all. Way to much bitterness and alcohol to be enjoyable.

Over barring. Not something I enjoyed, and not something I am coming back to.

 746 characters

Photo of DWolf
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of deweese
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Rlhinson2104
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of crewfan1952
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of SteveBaniewicz
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of argock
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased as 4-pack at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Crystal clear amber with nice almost 2 finger head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Aroma is heavy with sweet caramel malt and hot, solventy alcohol. The hops are piney and herbal and not a lot else.

T: The flavor is heavy caramel and hot, solventy alcohol. The hops are piney and don't play well with the solventy, jet fuel alcohol character at all.

M: Very slick and and somewhat astringent due to the big booze factor.

O: Not very good, but I have a feeling this is going to be a lot better with 3-4 years on it with all the caramel sweetness and the heat. Definitely not going to have another fresh (?) one.

 766 characters

Photo of Hopmeplease
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of drpimento
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Geez, I don't know - hope I'm not getting too old to appreciate new, cutting edge trends; but to me, these over-the-top hopped beers taste like they're just that: out of balance, over the top, hopped beers. Seems to be the reasoning that just adding more and more hops is supposed to make the beer better and better, but I'm not buying it. So to speak. Anyway, poured with a nice, fine, thick, creamy, light tan head with good lace. Aroma is HOPS, malt, citrus and more citrus. Flavor is like nose with bittersweetness and a little funk standing out. Body is influenced by the bitterness and not so great in that regard. Finish is like flavor and of course, too long. Not my kind of brew.

 688 characters

Photo of Natural510
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no date.

Pours a dark amber-brown, with a small amount of head and a scant lacing. Quite a different look for an IPA.

Scent is predominantly sweet molasses, caramel and dark fruit. Very, very malty nose.

Flavor is heavy on a brown-sugar/caramel malt. Hops, while present, stick to the background and are mainly noticeable in the trademark DIPA palate-burn. Sticky-sweet profile, like cherry-flavored rock candy.

Mouthfeel is fine, as far as body and carbonation are concerned.

This one was better cold, which is not a compliment. By the time it warmed, the sweetness was nearly unbearable. Less malt and more hops would benefit this DIPA greatly.

 664 characters

Photo of HalfFull
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Sneaky Pete pours a fairly clear light amber in color. A half inch of foam offers decent retention and light lace.

Aroma is heavy on the caramel/rancid citic notes of the great Northwest and thier 'IPA's'. Yes, I said that out loud. Hop notes are typically muted behind the caramel malts. Not a fan.

Taste is malty as well of course and a bit thick, way too ballistic on the caramel malts. I wish I had the beer the cute dog is holding court over. Sneaky indeed as this is a borderline Amber Ale in my view. Offers a decent piney hop aroma but again cut too deep by the malts.

Overall thie beer does drink fairly well for its heft as the malty underbody is more of an impedence than the alcohol, which is well hidden. But then it is a rather large and dark cloak of malt that this beer offers up, so that isn't a surprise.

 858 characters

Photo of snipes1216
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I also have a bottle dated 8/11/2015 and it seems off. No carbonation, very malty and sweet. Very boozy. Not sure if this is supposed to be what it tastes like but I will pass next time I see it on the shelf.

 208 characters

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber split with JP while trotching the wives at euchre. Man, that never gets old.

Pours a brownish red with the head riddled with brown highlights. Interesting if not typical.

Smell is a power packed malt driven monster with the booziness evident from the get go. Hops presence is muddled and nondescript.

Flavor is much the same. Big alcohol, chewy and meaty with some minty notes and rich malts. The hops don't pop here like I'd like and the big mouthfeel and alcohol make this somewhat of a chore.

If this beer is highly hopped, its not well executed. It's a monster, but one that I'd prefer stayed in the closet.

 623 characters

Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -20%

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 731 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.