Laughing Dog Brewing in Ponderay, Idaho. Since I already published my Top Five from last month today, I was not even sure I'd be doing a review tonight. That was until I stepped into Total Wine and saw four new bottles from this brewery staring back at me. Actually the bottle I'm drinking tonight was staring at me! The wolf dog on the label has piercing green eyes, and his Beta, Gamma, and Delta pack are behind him, only identifiable by their green eyes in the shadows.
So yeah, there's a new brewery in town. I knew they were coming for a while, but I was told it was a secret (and I'm good at keeping secrets). I didn't expect to see them so soon, either. I was caught off guard, which is nothing new. So I grabbed the first bottle of each beer, and therefore spent a bunch of money. Hmmm.
Big head, very big indeed! The aroma starts out bitter with the pop of the cap but that is subdued a bit by some sweet tropical fruit and bready malt. Wow, the flavors lean way more toward the bitter with lots of pine and an amazing amount of citrus. Tangerine, orange, lemon, you betcha! Some bready sweetness does eventually tone down the initial bitter blast. Second phase, spicy and acidic, with a bit of burn from whatever level of alcohol is in this dude (bottle doesn't say). The alcohol continues on, drying things out considerably and leaving a medicinal taste in my mouth. That, my dears, was the worst part. Great medium carbonation. Not a bad beginning for Laughing Dog! Can't wait to try the other three.
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