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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.11%
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Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kmpitz2 on 11-22-2004

Style Summer Ale, this tail-wagger’s already fetched a real name for itself in competition. Our premium barley rolls over with domestic and imported Golding hops for a delicate bitterness and cold, wet nose.
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Photo of drumline
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass

Appearance - clear golden color, with a 1 in head that disappears quickly. No lacing at all.

Smell - Slight hop and citrus aroma. Very faint.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Slight sweet malt flavor, very light mouthfeel, with hop flavor that puts this beer slightly out of whack. Not very balanced.

Drinkability - Pretty good, considering to the low ABV. Excessive carbonation lowers it just a tad.

Photo of emsroth
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: light amber with a 1 finger head. Slight haze. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel is dominant, much more than I would expect for a beer this color. Undertones of piney american hops.

Taste: Greeted by a sweet, light malt. A moderate grassy hop profile with slight hints of pine. Ends with a huskiness that begs you to have more.

Light medium body. Fine, crisp carbonation.

Other than the smell, it's a wonderful brew.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Love the name...but the beer was so so. The color was more yellow than golden. The color was clear with no head. The scent carried a slight hop character, but nit much else. The taste was dominated by hop and grain...not much else. Was not very smooth and unlike other Golden ales that I have had. Overall this beer was so so and would not be near my first choice to drink.

Photo of MiScusi
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the 2nd time I've had Chasing Tail Golden Ale. The first was on tap in Park City, UT in 2004. I thought it was great back then and was pleasantly surprised when they started distributing to So. Cal.

The color isn't so golden, as there is a tinge of orange. Not much head to speak of with agressive pour and dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is a faint but pleasant boquent of english hops. This site says American Pale ale but I think they are brewing in the style of an English Pale Ale.

The taste is dominated by english hop bitterness and taste, but not as much as your normal APA.

Overall I think this is an good ENGLISH PALE ALE, but not a good american pale ale. I would recommend it under the style of EPA.

Photo of isualum12
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful looking golden yellow beer with a white ring of head. A decent amount of carbonization that you can see rising.

Smell is low but there with a little hop to it.

The taste was smooth but a bit of a bite to it. The hops were there with the carbonization. that Carbon would tingle the throught like a soda. Not to bad considering the low 3.5%.

they do an amazing job with what they have to work with...

On another note the place is really cool. I was in town from boise and thought it was great. food looked good but I didn't taste any.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack of 12 oz bottles ($7.99?) purchased at BevMo in Redlands, CA. in November 2006.

Pours a slightly hazy/cloudy golden with a minimal white head and minimal carbonation in an Imperial Pint glass.

Aroma is "beer". Musty sharp hops and non-descript malts. Nothing bad, just nothing that reaches out to me.

Flavor is predominantly a sharp (but not strong or overpowering) hop on top of slightly sweet malts. Actually has a surprising amount of flavor considering the low ABV. Because of this, it's a little thin.

Reasonable for a light version of the style, a nice low alcohol alternative. But not up with the classic versions of the style.

Photo of blackie
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: billed as an English Summer ale at the time of my visit, this golden ale is served with a chunky meringue head over a hazy straw colored beer, good retention and lace

s: plain biscuits and dried apricot, lightly sweet with herbal, tealike hops

m: negligible carbonation and a light-medium body, delicate

t: served just barely on the cool side, flavors of pale English barley give biscuits and hay that carry into the finish, delicate herbal hop flavors, mild bitterness

d: easily sessionable

pint at the brewery nearly a year ago, review entered directly from notes taken in some SLC indy rag

Photo of Gusler
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a smallish white head that settles quickly, leaving the lace to forms a thin sheet. Nose is lightly sweet malt aroma, with a touch of earthiness, start has a fair malt presence, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a stinging acidity, malt sweet with a little hops and of course the 4 percent ABV does not produce much bite, nonetheless these are finely crafty beers, that are perfect session beers, and besides they give my liver a chance to regenerate after several big ABV Dogfish Head beers. lol

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 Fl Oz bottle, drank 6th May 2010 inside my cabin outside Bryce Canyon after a day of hiking.

This beer was poured into my plastic toothbrush holder (that's all I had) and it looked fine, a lovely golden colour, clear and bright.

The aroma was weak, some hop smells, but not much of anything.

I thought the body and flavours were thin, I know the beer is only 4%ABV, but I was expecting more taste than what was in the bottle.

A little disppointing if I'm honest.

Photo of RoundelMike
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the better local Salt Lake City beers and thankfully it can be found in many bars and restaurants throughout the state. Salt Lake valley grocery stores, especially Smith's, will often carry this beer as well.

Chasing Tail pours a rich, deep straw color with a hint of murkiness. The head, at least on my pour, was nothing impressive. The smell and taste are very malty and a the yeast is noticeable. It finishes dry. Deconstruction aside, this is one enjoyable beer to drink and it could easily work as a session beer. A favorite of mine.

Photo of Zorro
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and soapy hop scent. Herbal bitter smell. Not that aromatic a beer.

Starts out with a mild seltzer water taste. Mildly sweet taste. Little bit of caramel and a lot of toasted grain. Tastes like a lager really. Quite a light flavor.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall an OK beer but it is pretty light.

Photo of dikebrewery
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice beer for a cool summer night on the porch

Photo of jneiswender
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the brewpub in Salt Lake City. Beer was part of a sample tray. Served from the tap into 4 oz sample glasses.

A-gold body, white ring of a head

S-strong berry smell

T-again, berry upfront smell seems to cover other flavors


D-Good thirst quencher but not very good for much else.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy and very pale yellow color with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very weak overall. I found it difficult to pick up much of anything, but there was a little bit of citrus, malt and hops.

T: The taste is a little fruity with lemon and grapefruit flavors along with some clove spice and hops. The malt character is very thin, but the after-taste is a little sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, with the low ABV this one is a perfect choice when you want something light.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. can thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is quite lite with mild malty and grainy tones and a faint promise of hops. Slightly fruity as it warms.

Taste is bland city. Very light malty taste with a slight graininess. Very faint hop flavor and just the slightest bitterness. Finishes clean and even more bland than it began.

Thin body, well carbonated.

This was indeed easy to drink, as it there is absolutely nothing to it. Would be OK for a lawnmower beer on a scorching hot day. Otherwise, this beer is snooze city.

Photo of CHL
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in the Squatters summer sampler at Smith's Marketplace in Salt Lake City. Blond beer with good lacing.

The thoughts of the dog on the bottle seem to change over time. On this bottle the dog is thinking, "I'm a sniffer, not a fighter." This beer is not much for sniffing though; very little smell, so seems like it might be a disappointing macro-like brew.

In fact, it's pretty good. Slightly light malts, which are bready and with a enough hops to make it balanced. Not my style, but I think this might make a good consensus beer with my companion, you enjoys things like Rolling Rock. This is infinitely better, and extremely drinkable. Goes down clean and refreshing.

Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear gold color with a decent looking head.

Smells like crisp fruit, green apples, also a touch creamy and malty.

Beer tastes very crisp. Pilsner like. A touch fruity on the front, nice mouthfeel, pretty full flavored. Finish is creamy, and a bit dry. A touch of bitterness also noted on the finish from the hops.

Very drinkable brew. Really great thirst quencher. Full flavored, but light enough to be a good session beer. Best offering I have had from Squatters.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite Squatters Beer I've sampled. With alcohol laws in Utah prohibiting anything over 4.0%, it seems a nice golden ale would be the best bet to experiment with...

... and it was. I found mine perfectly drinkable, with no off-flavors or defects. There was no sign of diacytel or oxidation, and the beer was perfectly balanced.

A great session ale for the evening. I could definitely see this as being a very refreshing beer on a hot day.

Photo of DogFood11
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz tall boy can with a golden retriever looking lab on the label. They had the bottles there as well but for a smallish beer I'll take the can anyday. 4% abv golden ale. No false advertising here has it is a shade of golden with a steady flow of medium sized carbonation supporting a thin white head with little lace.

Has a light beer feel to it as the smell is somewhat corny, with slightly toasted grain. Hops are subdued and are more the drying variety than giving off much taste. Zesty finish leaning towards orange peel and the grain bill lingers for a spell, but all told it finishes fairly crisp and clean.

Notes: Refreshing and light, it achieves its goal. Personally I think it has more American Blonde characteristics but it really doesn't matter because its good and thats the bottom line. This was a very fresh offering, well done distribution.

Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear and classic golden color in the pint glass with an enthusiastic foam. Just a flicker of malt. Faintly pertumey. Don't blink or you'll miss it.

Overall, this is a very light pale brew with a wee taste. It might go down easy on a hot day. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Emigration Market in Salt Lake.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: Draft, Cask Conditioned

Smell: Spicy cinnamon golden raisins, fresh apple pie.

Taste: Citrus iced tea, sweet currants, and toast up front. The middle is blood oranges, bready, and a pinch sour. Finish is yeasty, brown sugar but dry.

Photo of kagent777
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle brewed on 3/30/11 poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Sparkling light golden color with a little amount of white head that settled quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Very faint grainy maltiness with a bit of earthy hopiness.

Taste: Pretty one dimensional. By no means bad, simply forgetable. Very mild malty flavor and not much else.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is probably a bit strong for the style, but being in a bottle what do you expect. The body is thin, but for the style is probably OK.

Overall: I know this won two GABF medals in the English summer Ale category. I am sure it is true to the style but, I am not going to reach for one of these unless I am out mowing the yard. There is nothing wrong with the beer I just like for flavor.

Photo of TheLiterati
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold with a finger high white head. Smells of hops, with caramel and vanilla undertones.

Nice effervescence with a smooth feel on the tongue. Tastes malty, again with hints of vanilla, with a nice hop balance and a mildly bitter finish – surprising for this style, but good nonetheless.

All in all a decent brew and mostly drinkable.

Photo of Wasatch
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revist: 29 Jun 15
12oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 08/15/15

Poured into a pint glass a clean/clear golden dark yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice fizzy white head, some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, very nice malt note. The taste is mostly malty, with some hop notes. Medium body, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty brew, one of the first Squatters I had when I found out about the brewery. This would be a very good brew to switch over too, from Macro's.

This beer is an orange color with a small head. The taste is a little bitter for an Golden/Blonde Ale, but I like it alot. I also like the after taste compared to alot of other beers I've had in the past. This beer is very drinkable and I would recommend it to anyone who comes to UT or can purchase.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. Any head settled in the time it took me to sit down at the computer. Has a lightly sweet aroma, maybe like pears? Taste is just faintly grassy, noticeable malt flavor as well. A very decent beer. I wouldn't say it's a APA though...

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Squatters Chasing Tail Golden Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
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