hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
shigadeyo (3387) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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?
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Fruity hops in the aroma with candied citrus, peach and other fruit notes, alongside caramel malty notes. Taste is earthy, grassy slight bitter hops with a citrus twinge in the finish, followed by sweet toffeeish malt notes. The bitterness is fairly strong throughout and lingers on the tongue. Well done... very nice beer.
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours dark orange with a fluffy white head. Nice, clean citrusy hop aroma; also note grass and pine. Very good bitter hop flavor. This one is very grapefruity. I do taste something else along with the bitterness that I’m not completely digging. I can’t quite put my finger on it. This one is good but I’ve had Devil Dog and it is much better.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Mostly clear yellow ale with an orange tint and a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma is of intense, fresh lupulin; mainly of the grapefruit variety with a tinge of pine. Full-bodied and very creamy with tingly carbonation. If I were a total hophead, and I’m not, this is a beer that I would be totally gaga over. Hop-wise, this beer’s not fuckin’ around. The bitterness in here is Big-Time – Broadway – Vegas, baby! Even at room temperature, there is absolutely no discernable sweetness to squeeze past the bitter-as-hell hop oils that surround, coat and fry my palate. Just a hint of acidity. Lengthy, mouth numbingly bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of scraff!
nearbeer (4382) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Lightly hazy and golden-amber with a long-lasting quarter inch of creamy foam. Big floral, pineapple and grapefruit nose is nice. Flavor starts the same but is quickly overtaken by just a tad too much resin. The other flavors peek through a bit, but just a little more malt (or less resiny hop) for balance would be really nice in this one. Later some earthy tea leaf, orange and wood notes appear to make this more than a one-note blast of hops. Near-medium body is soft and smoothly drinkable, and of course hop-dry on the finish. All in all, this is a quality hophead beer, which is what it set out to be.