Whilst out searching for new brews, I came across this trio of pups. I couldn't decide which of these I wanted take home so I took all three . . . which is exactly the reason I never go into a pet shop.
The canine inspired labels are what drew me to the bottles, the hoppy contents are what put them in my basket . . . I felt a need to quench my IPA thirst. And, these puppies did the trick.
The Laughing Dog Brewery is located in Ponderay, Idaho . . . the land of potatoes and beer.
Inspired by Ben the dog and a love for good beer, the brewers aim for simplicity in their beers . . . in nearly all the Laughing Dog brews water, barley, hops and yeast are the only ingredients.
Their motto: "Fetchingly Good Beer"!
As we sat down to enjoy this trio of India Pale Ales we decided to go in order from lightest to strongest.
We started with Rocket Dog Rye IPA. I'd never had a rye IPA, so I didn't know what to expect. It poured a light golden color that was fairly cloudy with a decent amount of head. Reading other reviews of this same beer, I expected it to smell of rye bread and a hint of orange . . . it did not . . . not at all. Frankly, it smelled awful and it was tough to get past that. But, I held my nose and took a sip.
Of the three this was my least favorite, but at least it tasted better than it smelled. It was hoppy but not overly so, citrusy and a little bitter with another flavor I couldn't quite identify . . . perhaps the rye.
Again, other reviews I've read rate this beer much higher and describe a much better flavor than I experienced. I'm thinking that maybe I got a bum bottle. I'll have to try it again sometime.
Rocket Dog . . . 6.9% ABV
Next up was the Dogzilla Black IPA . . . this was one way better from the get go.
As its name would imply, it is pretty dark for a pale ale. This beer poured a dark reddish brown color with a seriously big rootbeer-like head. It smelled citrussy, piney . . . mouthwateringly hoppy. It was an interesting mix of grapefruit, bitter chocolate and roasted malt . . . balanced and delicious.
If you like a bitter, hoppy beer you won't be disappointed . . . I wasn't.
Dogzilla Black IPA . . . 6.9% ABV
Last but not least, my favorite of the group . . . Alpha Dog Imperial IPA. Strong and hoppy
goodly amount of head. I drool just thinking about it.
It pours a bright gold fluffy head that diminishes quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing behind. Citrus, pineapple, and pine infuse the aroma. The taste hops, hops and more hops . . . wow. From the nose to the palate . . . lots of grapefruity goodness, lemon and a touch of sweetness to finish it off.
I could definately taste the alcohol but it didn't detract from the overall flavor of this beer. Nicely carbonated, lightly sweet and smooth.
Alpha Dog Imperial IPA . . . 8.7% ABV
Visit the Laughing Dog at their website or on Facebook.