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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 127   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Alpha Dog ó Ahead Of The Pack
A True Hop Bomb Brewed plenty of Columbus and Mt Hood Hops for a Piney hop character. Premium Pale, Honey and Munich Malt make this beer a little less malty but packing plenty of hop punch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle; poured a hazy copper/orange color with not much head. Aroma is very earthy, grassy, grapefruit and citrus; a bit of caramel. Flavor was fairly standard for the style; did not have great, or a lot of flavor. Fairly bitter, but not in a detracting way. Still, this was a pretty solid beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle: Cloudy copper color with an off-white head that never ceases covering the sides of the glass with lacing. It has a wonderful hoppy aroma of grapefruit and other floral notes. A monster hop tastes fllows with fresh, floral tastes, bitterness, but not too bitter. It also isnít too syruppy sweet like many 2 IPAís. I think it has a well-balanced taste, not overly hard core bitter (which I donít necessarily mind), but bitter enough and refreshing. It has tons of carbonation and isnít too thick on the feel. This is a great 2 IPA!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2246) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2009
650 ml bottle courtesy of ditmier. Thanks Eric. Pours a cloudy copper-brass color with a big rocky white head that has great retention and lacing. The aroma is soft with ctirus, sweet malts and buttery yeast. The flavor is that of a citrus hop monster, with grapefruit, oranges, pine, caramel, lantana blooms and some herbs. The mouthfeel is full and malty. The finish is long with lingering biters. Overall: A very potently flavored DIPA, not for the casual IPA drinker, but thats not me; I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5252) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Location: 22 oz bottle from Normís, 8/6/09

Aroma: Sweet and citrusy, grapefruit, orange, mild spice, honey
Appearance: Hazy amber-orange color, two fingers of creamy white head, glass covering lacing
Flavor: Strong citrus hops flavor, some nice bitterness, and a bit of caramel malts as well
Palate: Nice mouthfeel, some stickiness, medium body, no burn (8% is very well hidden)
Overall Impression: My first rating from Idaho! (I feel like Iíve had a beer from Laughing Dog before, but Iíve never rated one.) This was a nice beer, a bit of a subdued IIPA as far as being only 8%, but tasty. I liked it, and my small qualm with this one would be with something a bit odd that distracted from the taste and kept this beer from being a few tenths of a point higher (in the taste and overall impression categories) for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Pours amber with a lasting white head. Smells of citrus and yeasty. Tastes of sweet citrus, some grapefruit, some peppery splashes, caramel and a bitter, spicy finish. Surprising and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troopie (2290) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bomber. poured clear orange yellow with thick white head. Some lacing. Aroma of orange and tangerine. Citrusy flavour with a bit of sweetness. Lasting hop finish with some pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle Pours out a hazy amber topped with a off white head. Aroma was lots of bitter hops along with some sweet caramel. Taste was much of the bitter hops, lots of sweet caramel, and a good malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2009
(22oz bottle) Small off-white head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, grapefruit, some peach. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, peach, some pine. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours amber in color with foamy white head. Aroma sweet, hops and malt. Taste citrus hops and caramel with bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUL 28, 2009
22oz bottle - Boise Co-Op / Pours a lighter golden color than I was expecting, but still has some amber highlights intermingled with gold. A light bubbly head, that never quite recedes, and leaves a bit of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. The nose has some earthiness intermingled with citrus and pine. The flavor is suprisingly bitter, but as the bitterness melts into a bit of soft malty sweetness. Pretty well balanced, but for being labelled as an imperial, it is a little bit on the lighter side, but still stays within its limits and balanced. Easy to drink and another enjoyable output from Laughing Dog. I still have not gotten a single bad beer from this brewery. Going to have go up there and visit one of these days.

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