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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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 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 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 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 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 glasss. 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 LD 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 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 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 mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see this on the shelf in Delaware.

A: Pours a hazy ruby/orange, reminds me of a pulp filled grapefruit juice almost. One and a half finger off-white head that reduces to some splotches of foam on top. Nice sticky lacing.

S: A good bit of pine, there is a slight cinnamon spice that I get, a bit surprising. There is some doughy and caramel malt to balance things a bit, but the pine dominates. As it warms the piney hops really fade away.

T: Not as hoppy on the flavor profile as I was expecting/hoping. There is some pine, but not as much as the aroma, no citrus at all. Some caramelized sugar, a little bit of graham cracker, and and bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Not overly bitter for a DIPA. A slightly syrupy feel to it.

O: Had a great look and aroma, but it just wasn't that hoppy on the flavor profile. It didn't have that bitter bite that I am hoping for.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the duke of drunkenness, and chief of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, pine. Taste is resin, pine, malts, alcohol is making it's presence felt, fairly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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

Not at all what I was expecting for a double IPA, but not necessarily bad. The first thing I noticed when I popped the top was the unique and earthy aroma. Smelled as if it were aged in burnt oak barrels. The hops were not as distinguishable as I hoped because of the excessively sweet taste. The brew poured a beautiful copper color with minimal lace and foam. The beer was a bit thick and I almost felt as though I could actually chew it if I wanted to. Leaves a very strong and tart taste on the tongue after it is swallowed.

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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 phishgator
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Large fluffy head, two fingers that lingers. The aroma is of some powerful floral hops. Along with alcohol, spicy hops and a bit of sweet malt. The flavor and body are big. Bitterness throughout and the body being as full as it is makes this a sipper. probably closer to a barley wine in favor, IMO. Not a bad offering and one that I would pick u again, but I believe their are others out there.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and a grape-like fruity flavor. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that exciting for the style.

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

Bottle date of 3/15/12; Poured into Founders snifter on 4/22

Pours pretty dark for the class: copper colored with an off-white head. Looks quite appetizing in a snifter, as the cream-colored head rises about an inch. Head sticks for a few minutes, then dissipates into some pleasant lacing. Lacing looks like Ireland in the middle of the ocean. I' getting a few things in the smell: apricot/mango type fuit, with some malty grain. This one has a bit of lingering bitterness, but definitely not like many contemporaries of the class. Some of the dark fruit flavors come through: dried apricot or prune. There is a touch of an onion-like taste. It's not entirely off putting, but seems to be a bit of an off note. Very little booziness here: hidden by the fruit/malt profile.

Overall: pleasant, drinkable. Glad to have met it! A few notes away from being a giant. Could use a bit more bittering, but the flavor profile works for me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super unfiltered,lots of haze here bordering on hefeweizen territory. Aroma was grassy, simcoe sharpness on top of that, almost a darker chocolate malt vibe in the smallest degree.

Tasted drops more of the grassiness. Plenty bitter but not boozy, covered the alcohol, a little woodsiness to it. A good beer, doesn't do anything bad or excellent.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete is dark, earthy, sweet, and oily.

It poured a very dark cloudy and muddy copper, with a fleeting two-finger tan head that quickly dissipated, leading a moderate amount of thick lace. The smell and flavor hit first with an earthy, cut grass quality that gave way to a very sweet fruity finish. The sweetness ultimately dominated the flavor and was unusually strong for an IIPA. The feel was almost non-existent with just a slick oily feel left behind.

I like the dark earthy quality of Sneaky Pete, and although the sweet caramel/fruit flavor is nice, it's just not right for an IIPA; and the passive slick feel failed to make an impact.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange/amber - darker than I would expect from a DIPA; 1 finger head that receded quickly to a thin film; nice lacing;

S: floral and tropical fruit - pineapple and grapefruit;

T: not what I expected from the nose - earthy; not a lot of bitterness, but more than what I would expect from 10% ABV; the alcohol is there, but muted;

M: on the heavy side of medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyable, but a little too boozy for my taste;

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Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking beer, with hops and citrus coming strong on the palate with a touch of alcohol burn. The balance is good, nice and hoppy and citrusy and a low key burn at the end, overall, a balanced beer that is good for one or two, and then you r done!!

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The liquid pours a clear amber and is topped by an impressive head that does its job on the lacing front

Smell: Big, biscuity caramel malts with spearmint and pine sap

Taste: Up front, the taste buds are overwhelmed by the malt - caramel, biscuit and some spicy rye; in the middle, the hops come on strong, bringing an aggressive bitterness that verges on piney but is generally just bitter; in the finish, the malts dominate though the hops don't give up

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: As others have noticed, this beer comes off more like a Barleywine than a DIPA; I don't really care for the hop profile and I prefer my DIPAs to be a bit more one-sided in favor of the hops

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler filled today from a freshly tapped keg where the line was cleaned during the change, poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a rich golden brown. A one-finger head of eggnog-white loose, fluffy foam with lots of pronounced bubbles falls at a moderate pace, leaving a ring of broken lace around the glass and islands of soap suds bubbles on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a vibrant, almost neon orange red and rather opaque, although a tiny column of effervescence can be seen rising through the middle. Rich, sugary legs coat the glass as it's finished.

S - Woody hops weave into rich caramel malts, which weave into citrus / tropical fruit hops. Hints of white pepper spiciness jump to grapefruit and pineapple and then to caramels with notes of orange and honey. Just as a particular scent emerges, it disappears and turns into another. It's a complex and interesting effect. As it warms, the rich sugars of the malts come forward; it's almost a hopped-up Scotch ale.

T - Woody bitterness on a blanket of rich caramel-toasted breads. Lots of underlying malts to transport the hops, but the two sides of the coin aren't really one. Finish is dominated by a sense of dried flowers, with the bitterness giving the malts the taste of somewhat burnt light wheat toast. Still, that toast also comes with orange marmalade and honey. There's an overall rough edge to this taste profile that offers a backend that wants to kiss and make up. The ABV on this beer is very-well hidden and there's no suggestion that it's the alcohol providing the edge. As it warms in the glass, some rather subtle suggestions of tropical fruit appear in the finish, but even then they're nowhere what the nose suggests they might be.

M - Somewhat fizzy with moderate carbonation. Moderate body and with a somewhat loosely integrated structure where the malts and hops are in the same neighborhood but not closely joined. Decently long finish that's dominated by the hops but allows occasional echos of the caramel sugars on the tongue.

O - There's clearly lots of rich ingredients in this brew, but the forwardness of the woody hops along with the rye malts gives it a roughness, like a rip saw thru old lumber, that isn't overcome by the rest of the flavors. This beer screams for barrel-aging to take this edge off. It would have also been nice to get the grapefruit and tropical fruits present in the nose fully into the taste profile, but it seems they get overrun from roughness. The nose was really interesting in the way the various components kept darting in and out around each other, but this translated into a loose-jointed brew when drinking rather than an integrated one where the tastes transitioned elegantly.

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Photo of Vlaminck
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 8/11/15 so maybe a little to old. Looks good with orange hue. Very little carbonation and no lacing. Smell is a little odd. Smell of dank pine, apple, rotten banana with a sweet boozy bready smell. Weird. Taste is surprisingly sweet, the sweet over powers the bitterness for me, its very syrupy thick in the feel and combined with the odd smells and flavors kills if for me. Overall i didn't enjoy this one. Sorry LDB

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Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing
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