Located in Ponderay, Idaho, which is way the hell up north, damn near Canada, you would not expect to come across Laughing Dog Brewing Company’s beers in New Jersey, but damn if I did not find one at my local beer emporium. I bought it because A) the label looked cool (although that dog does not look like it is laughing) and B) I don’t think I have ever had a beer from Idaho and C) it cost $4.99 for the bomber bottle so I did not have much to lose.
The Alpha Dog Imperial IPA poured with a nice head and a strong hops aroma. Strong hop flavor and bitterness, and not much in the way of maltiness to balance the hops. I am not complaining as I am a hophead, and with an 8% ABV, this is not a beer for the faint of heart. This is definitely a beer I will come back to, and I will try their other brews if I come across them. I am giving it an 8/10.