Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on July 30, 2014 in Summer Guide
- Brewery: Laughing Dog Brewing
- Origin: Ponderay, ID, US
- Rated On: July 30, 2014
- Best Before: Bottled April 9, 2014
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Cream Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 12oz bottle pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, creamy, and yet still rather fizzy dirty white head, which leaves but a few specks of lace around the glass as it evenly settles, where it becomes evident that there seems to be a fair bit of fine particulate suspension as well.
It smells of donut-topping worthy sweet huckleberry fruit, and doughy creamy malt – very reminiscent of the huckleberry ice cream I had somewhere in years past. The taste is mildly bready and yeasty pale malt, and some awkwardly blended tart citrus/huckleberry fruitiness, that devolves into a more green vegetal fruit essence, joining with the earthy hops to dry this sucker out a lot faster than one might have expected. The carbonation is average, manifesting in just a wan frothiness throughout, the body medium-light in weight, and a little edgier than desirable for true smoothness, but decently creamy all the same. It finishes off-dry, barely, the weak malt overrun by that lingering semi-sweet berry fruitiness.
I had a bunch of this on vacation in a previous lifetime – wasn’t overly wowed then, but it’s slowly growing on me now – the fruitiness isn’t overbearing, but at least sticks around for all nine innings. Interesting enough to try, and perhaps agreeable for putting back a few lazy rounds on that too hot to touch patio I’m vacillating on getting to today.