Laughing Dog Huckleberry Cream Ale

Reviewed by on July 30, 2014 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

Laughing Dog is a brewery in Ponderay, Idaho, the industrial burbs of more touristy Sandpoint.  The preponderance of huckleberries in that part of the world led them to create this, their summer seasonal.  Well, it’s the hottest and muggiest week so far this summer, so it is indeed fruit beer time!

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.

Brady White

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