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DogZilla Black IPA

Name – DogZilla Black IPA
Country – United States
Type – Black IPA

You might remember when I announced that Laughing Dog had made it’s way all the way from Idaho to South Florida not to long ago.  This had me excited as I have a good number of things about these folks.  I even had the chance to meet a couple guys from the brewery at my friend’s hotel in Colorado during GABF.  Super nice guys.

So here we are with DogZilla Black IPA as the beer of tasting.  This is actually the first “black IPA” I have seen actually classified as Black IPA on the site I use for the classifications of my reviews.  I get to make a new category for this one then.

It pours into my pint glass a surprisingly clear brown color.  It develops a quite large sandy colored head and has great lacing on the glass as the suds fall back into the beer.

The smell is very bready with some toasty malt characteristics.  I get some hints of black licorice mixed in there as well.  And there is a subtle earthy hop aroma as well.

The first sip is quite bitter.  An assault of earthy hops has back up from more toasted dark malts.  I can get some hints of citrus in there but they are faint.  Other than that I am just bombarded with the hop bitterness.

So for my first official Laughing Dog review (I’ve had the Dogfather and the barrel aged Dogfather before) I’m sort of teeter tottering on what to think of it.  I like the Black IPA style but the earthy bitterness felt a bit overwhelming.  It wasn’t enough to make me stop drinking it and it was not repulsive in any stretch of the imagination.  It was just a bit much.  Some more presence of citrus like hop flavors probably would have evened it out and made it more pleasant.  I guess I would it is slightly better than average.  But I look forward to trying more from these guys very soon.

Grade – C+

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  • Reply Casey (EvilTwin)

    This was the first one from Laughing Dog that I tried and I actually liked it. It was quite bitter, but it was my first black ipa, so I didn’t know what to expect.

    October 5, 2010 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Don

    Hey Mike, I actually like this Black IPA quite a bit. It has a big hoppiness to it, but also a big maltiness that really makes it an in your face type experience. It used to be my favorite until I had Back In Black from 21st Amendment which was more malt forward than this guy. But I still love the dogzilla. Plus I can get a 22 oz bomber under $5 so it is hard to go wrong. Keep trying their stuff, they have some really great beers.

    October 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm
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