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RATINGS: 519   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5772) - 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 (2295) - 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 (6091) - 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 (13309) - 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 (3465) - 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 (4947) - 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 (3635) - Cincinnati, 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 canít place, but is something very early/herbal/root-like similar to what I would expect to find in a FantŰme brew. Thatís fine for their beers, but it is totally out of place and not appropriate in an IIPA! I donít 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.

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