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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 127   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Alpha Dog — 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12038) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2009
The pour produces a clear deep gold body that throws up a small white head. Citrus hop aroma. Mildly bitter with just enough sweetness to keep it in balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3692) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
From a 22 oz bottle purchased from the Market of Choice in Ashland, Oregon this Laughing Dog AlphaDog Imperial IPA poured a lightly hazed color of ice tea with a moderate white head and good lacing. Nose is caramel malts with light citrus and pine hop notes/ Medium and oily mouthfeel. The flavor is very mild for an Imperial IPA and there is no sign of the alcohol. Light bitter finish. This is a very mild mannered version of a DIPA but easy drinking and enjoyable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009

7/23/2009: Laughing Dog AlphaDog Imperial IPA pours out as a cloudy, almost opage bronze-gold color. Nutty dark honey can be found in the aroma, but very little hops seem to be present (only a faint citrus undertone). This beer is quite bitter, but not in a good way. It has a really weird flavor that I can’t place, but is something very early/herbal/root-like similar to what I would expect to find in a Fantôme brew. That’s fine for their beers, but it is totally out of place and not appropriate in an IIPA! I don’t like this beer at all. It is very tough to drink and it gave me a raging headache. I ended up pouring much of my sample on the ground...

22 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Rating #90 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Bright orange lightly hazed small white head clingy lace. citrus hops lightly musty semi sweet aroma. nice not overly syrupy body. duper drinkabilty. neat bubblegum like aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Poured a clear light amber color with a small white head. Sweet malt starts the aroma with light notes of oxidation. Citrus and sweaty hop aroma. Some earthiness as well. The flavor was fairly hoppy with citrus and pine and a light sweet malt base. Long finish with a meidum body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Tap @ OBF... Poured orange with an off-white head. Nice hop and resinous aroma. Foamy, thick palate which complemented the awesome bitterness of the hops. Earthy, citrus fruits and caramel-like grains.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Rating #1500 Bottle pours a hazy light orange/amber with a large fluffy off-white head even though I sneaked it a bit in to the glass. Nice citrusy aroma but not the up front grapefruit west coast IPA type. A little papery and of wet cardboard. Flavor is all about the bitterness. Big, in-your-face hop IBU. It seems to give up a little of the top notch fresh flavor for the power of thre Alpha (dog) Acid. A bit too much for me. Very strong, very long bitter trailer. Feel is a bit light for how big it is. I maybe would have liked .5% less AU in exchange for a little more residual sweetness to balance this a bit more. Moderate carbonation and did I mention bitter?

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