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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Laughing Dog Pale Ale

Laughing Dog Pale AleLaughing Dog Pale Ale:

I suppose the difference between a pale ale and an American Pale Ale is the spicier, zippier, in-your-facier hops melting pot nature of the APA. APA's don't shoot for subtlety but rather for memorability. Perhaps, though, a pale ale is but remembered for being chilled out and uber drinkable. Laughing Dog Pale Ale seems to just miss the mark here: A little lighter on everything may yield a really nice pale ale.

I feel that the two Laughing Dog beers I've tried have been well crafted but not exactly to my liking. I don't mean that I disliked them, but they haven't blown me away. I've heard good things about the Huckleberry Cream Ale, so I'm willing to give that a shot. Also, look for an Alpha Dog review soon as well.

There are so many really great pale ales out there; consider these as well: Troegs Pale Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale. If my memory serves me correctly, Grim Reaper makes a Deathy Pale Ale that lives up to its name, and Union Barrel Works (Reamstown, PA) may be the palest of all.

Laughing Dog Pale Ale:

Representation: .80
Accessibility: .85
Style: .80
Personal Preference: .85

Total: 3.30 Flags

*[Read a review of Flying Dog's Double Dog Double Pale Ale]
*[Read a review
of Stoudt's American Pale Ale]

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