phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a cloudy amber color with a two-finger thick khaki head that laces the glass heavily and settles into a nice ring. Aroma of leafy hops, grapefruit citrus, caramel malts, toast, and peppery spices. Flavor of herbal and citric hops, tangerine, toasted caramel malts, sugar, pine resin, tea leaves, and mint. Light-medium bodied, with pretty low carbonation for the style and a sweet, citrusy mouthfeel. Really smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol is totally hidden. Nice DIPA for sure.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2011 Picked up a bottle at Belmont. This is the darkest IPA I’ve ever seen (not counting black IPAs for all the smartasses out there). Dark red color, looks alot like cranberry juice. It develops a thick white head and has good lacing. The aroma is a mix between sweet malts and simcoe hops. The flavor is heavy on the malts, with noticeable rye, and a good amount of grapefruit and simcoe hops. Ends with a strong bitter finish. Palate is appropriate for a DIPA and has soft carbonation. Easy to drink with 10% ABV not getting in the way at all. An impressive brew and way better than their Alpha Dog IPA.
Tmoney99 (10087) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus hop aroma. Moderate to heavy bitter flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. This is a standout brew.
alexsdad06 (4535) - Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle picked up at Belmont. Pours a hazy deep amber/copper color with a medium sized creamy off white head. The aroma pops with grapefruit, citrus, spicy herbal notes, moderate caramel sweetness, and honey. The Simcoe is noticeable. It is also refreshing to begin drinking an Imperial IPA that actually lives up to the name. Grapefruit, citrus, spicy rye notes, mild caramel sweetness with a pleasing bitter finish. Medium plus body and dry which probably enhances the hop flavors in the beer. This has to be my favorite of all of the big IPA’s from Laughing Dog.
vyvvy (3609) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maybe it’s just the dog lover in me, but the label on this beer cracks me up. Pours reddish bronze with a generous sized beige head. The aroma has a bunch of smooth lush simcoe fruitiness & funkiness. There is also a heavy herbal character, lightly toasted malt, caramel, grass, pine and cream - really nice. Medium smooth body with very light soft carbonation. The taste has a balance of grassy, tropical, piny, citrusy and funky hop flavors and enough maltiness to balance with some toasty sweetness. The finish is sweet, resiny and lots of funky simcoe sticking to your mouth. The 10% is very well hidden. Nice job on this one - a winner.
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
After barely rating any beers the past two years, this one actually inspired me. My last laughing dog experience was not a good one but I picked up a 4 pack of this after I saw a couple good reviews. Pours a reddish hue with even some shades of light brown and a small white head. Aroma was really fresh with some citrus, light spiciness and maybe some pine. Flavor was very well balanced with hops and the complex malt profile. Seems to have fermented out pretty dry which really allows the hops to shine. The best new ipa I have had in a while
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Capone’s. Pours deep ruby coppery with 1-finger frothy clingy off-khaki head. Nose is heavy mango, tropical fruit, papaya, intense resiny hops, big caramel malt. Tastes dense on the palate, super hoppy, with tons of caramel malt to match the hops, a bit of heat, and a medley of tropical fruit throughout. I got mango, black pepper, papaya, star fruit, grapefruit, and a long finish. Delicious. SOmeone shoudl do a study to determine which hops lend to the various peppery, feety, and fruity flavors found in beer and try to quantify those variables, as such.
joet (2055) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
lots of bubbles, orange brown, thin uneven foam,
deep herbal, very bitter, astringent malt, good balance, some light toast
smelling very pleasing roasty wood, hinging well with the bitterness and cannabis aromas. a clear favorite of these three in this flight of a blind tasting. Clear concept and execution. Well done.
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful translucent reddish copper with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, fruity malts, honey and citrus overtones. Taste of fruity malts, fresh grapefruit, honey and plenty of hops. Fresh and outstanding.
BJP2006 (43) - Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at brewery huge grapefruit nose some pine taste is more of the same backed by a malty sweetness one can only asume is the honey not as bitter as one would expect actually quite well balanced to bad this one will not be widley available on the west coast