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Dogzilla (Laughing Dog Brewery)

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Dogzilla (Laughing Dog Brewery)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:00

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The Buzz:

        A Northwest Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewery. Weighs in at 6.9%, and promises to be "black and hoppy." Besides a cool bit of label art (yes, I admit that I buy many of the beers I do based solely on label art), and reference to the old Godzilla theme song, there's not much else to find on the outside of this 22 oz bottle.

 

Life of the Party:

        If you're new the craft beer world, then probably like many of us you see the word (?) IPA and immediately shy away. And I don't blame you; I used to hate IPA's. Many years of the crap alcohol I drank before my beer awakening exposed me to nearly no strong hop flavors, which made IPA's much too intense for me. But I'm here to tell you that that all came to an end when I first discovered the world of Black IPA's. And Dogzilla can be your gateway-beer into a whole new genre that you may have avoided for this long.

        I typically find that, at least in most Black IPA's, strong malt flavors balance out the strong hop flavors, and in the case of Dogzilla I'm pleased to say this remains true. I got a lot of earthy hop notes, balanced by malt flavors and an almost toasted-biscuit finish. I found that the beer begged for a food-pairing; for me it was some nice sharp cheese, though something like a burger might also be worth trying.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        Really there are only two potential downsides to Dogzilla. The first is that right out of the fridge (which I will admit is set to a bit lower temp than optimal, since it's not only a beer fridge) it tasted a bit...hollow is the only word I can think of, but this was solved as it warmed up in the glass.

        Secondly even with the greater balance of flavors than your typical IPA, you may just not be an IPA drinker, Black or no. But even still I say give it a try, you may just be surprised.

 

The Vibe:

        To me, Black IPA's fit in two different scenarios: they can be a meal-time beer, or a snack-time beer. Dogzilla serves both equally well. I'd say it's a little too strong for a "party beer," so pour it into a nice glass, and enjoy!

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