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Sleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red Ale - Sleepy Dog Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleepy Dog Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sweet-tempered malty amber ale with a hint of dark-roasted malt, noble hops, and a subtle yet lovable chocolatley finish.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 02-07-2010)
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Reviews by Gueuzedude:
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at Sleepy Dog; March 2011
The beer arrives with a dark, concentrated red color and is topped by a light tan colored head. Aromas of sweet fruit, crystal malt, some spicy peppery malt notes, washed out raisins and sweet caramelized tea are all noticeable.

The flavor is sweet, but this is more due to no discernible hop character than the beer being overly sweet. Flavors of raisin and cherry round out the fruit flavors and there is a lingering toasted grain character, and touches of sweet tea. The lingering finish almost has some hints of roast character to it. And, I take it back, there is a touch of hop character here as there is just a barely perceptible hint of slight astringency and bitterness in the finish. You really have to stop drinking to notice the suggestion of hop character though.

The sweetness is too bright and simple, this really needs a richness to the malt character to be good. This is actually one of the better beers that I have had hear though as there isn’t really any off flavors to this beer.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -14.3%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of theParish
4/5  rDev +14.3%

theParish, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Jeffwildcat, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Experienced on tap at the brewpub. Light reddish colour, some lace. Buttery mouthfeel, so not too drinkable for me. This is the Scottie with a minor change or two, and of course avoidable. Would need more malt melange to make it interesting. RIght now it leaves a light sourness.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Glibber
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice red amber coloring with an off white head and minimal lacing. Nutty aroma, smooth mello taste. Don't really taste the alcohol in this. Not super complex or malty, but an easy drinking even beer with a light nutty flavor and minimal hoppiness. I am a little confussed by the low ratings on this- it is a pretty decent beer.

Glibber, May 21, 2011
Photo of tzieser
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

tzieser, May 23, 2013
Photo of bambam2517
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brought home a growler and it sat in my beer fridge for a day and a alf, then split it into pint glasses and drank w a buddy.

A - Slightly cloudy brownish-red body, a little watery ring of foam tries to hang on down the glass but doesnt do much.

S - Nutty sweet malt, a little caramel and just the slightest trace of smoke.

T - Very malty, high in the sweet range. Theres some clover and a bit of smoky nuttiness, like roasted pecans or cashews.

M - A little watery, unremarkable, but it is easy drinking because of it and it leaves a smooth finish. Feels more like a 5.0ABV beer to me, so kudos for that.

O - Actually a pretty good offering I think, it'd pair up good with the food they've got at the east valley location and I'll probably do that next time...

bambam2517, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of BellsFan
4/5  rDev +14.3%

BellsFan, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Mrose78
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Mrose78, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this beer on tap at in downtown Tucson out a standard pint glass.

A: Pours an amber hue with a thick white head that ends with a solid lace.

S: Malty aroma with a faint hop background.

T: Smooth malty flavor – not a huge taste palate here.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Decent Red ale – worthy of a try.

ckollias, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of batt6343
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

batt6343, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3/5  rDev -14.3%

DeadeyeOTDO, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Elguero1
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Elguero1, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of bigbelcher
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really don't get why they call this a Irish Ale. The beer is much more Scottish in style. Color was dark red, good carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavor was super strong caramel malt with perhaps even a hint of smokiness. Beer was too heavy to be a Irish Ale.

bigbelcher, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of angelogarcia3
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Irish red ale I have ever had. The Hilton Garden Inn in Avondale, AZ pours this in a pint glass. This deep reddish beer has an excellent tan colored head. The aromas of sweet malt remind me of the "maltas" I drank as a kid. This heavy bodied but creamy ale has flavors of caramel, sweetness, with a slight bitter finish that does not linger long. Highly recommend this beer.

angelogarcia3, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint.

Smoking jacket maroon. Dark yet clear, it fades to burnt orange at the edges. The one-finger head of thick, creamy froth is colored sandy tan and sticks like glue, refusing to recede.

Malty nose. Caramel, some toffee, fruity red apple, earthy hops. Leans toward the sweet side.

The flavor exhibits a similar apple fruitiness, this time with a blend of green and red drizzled in caramel. Some toasted bread and graham cracker are also in there, along with very light earthy hops that impart no bitterness. It quickly fades to a fairly clean finish, though there are lingering notes of toffee.

The body is a fluffy delight. Super soft, medium, with gentle massaging bubbles. It’s like drinking whipped cream.

Great body and decent flavor. For an Irish red, this isn’t bad at all.

Phelps, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -14.3%

mhaugo, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of BretSikkink
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Darker than expected, with a short head served in a shaker pint. Not to excuse the beer, but the glass does it no favors. Lacing is absolutely nil. Not too good.

Faintly sweet caramel aroma, hinting towards continental hops and brewing salts. Flavor follows suit, with a poor yeast strain that just barely makes it into beer territory. Roasted malts, as advertised, poke up their heads, but retreat like artillery targets as a thin and sour finish comes roaring through. Mercifully short finish. Pass on this one until they add some more ingredients to their mash. Under-cooked.

BretSikkink, Feb 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Camjmorton, Aug 18, 2013
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4.32/5  rDev +23.4%

IreRican, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

acjones, Mar 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Oct 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

cfitterer, Sep 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

monaquee, Apr 15, 2012
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Sleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red Ale from Sleepy Dog Brewery
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