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Tail Feather IPA - Enki Brewing

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 28
Avg: 3.25
pDev: 45.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: morimech on 02-22-2014

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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 28
Reviews by p-wagz:
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Photo of pat61
3.99/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A hazy tea colored amber pour from a 22 oz bomber into a craft beer glass produces a clingy 2” cream colored foam cap that recedes over 3 minutes. S: Citrus and biscuit aromas rise from the glass. T: A big grapefruit, orange and traces of tropical fruit lead the palate with a pithy herbal bitterness joined by melon and spice, a hint of anise and cardamom and some caramel notes. . F: Very creamy with a soft palate, medium body and carbonation. O: A good, drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morimech
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Added as an American IPA but could of gone DIPA as well being at 8% ABV and 90 IBUs.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with one finger of head that settles to a thin film relatively quickly. However plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

This beer has been dry hopped but it sure does not smell like it. The hops just do not pop out of this beer. In fact there is not much aroma at all. Do pick up mild grapefruit and floral notes.

What this beer did do was pick up all the bitterness. Unfortunately there is not enough hop flavor to make the bitterness worth it. Also a hint of alcohol in the finish as well. Mild grapefruit and floral notes from the hops. Nice amount of malt sweetness comes through but does not add much in the way of flavor. I wonder if the brewer used the same yeast as Citric Journey? Getting some fruity esters and buttery diacetyl from the yeast. Not use to having that in a big IPA.

Medium body and very nicely carbonated. Results in a smooth feel despite the blistering bitterness.

Certainly plenty of room for improvement in this beer if the brewery decides to do this beer again. Need a better hop payoff and a cleaner yeast character.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into tulip.
A: Pours a clear, darker yellow-orange hue with high carbonation producing a 1 inch bubbly white head with decent retention. Hint of lacing.
S: Sweet caramel malt, citrus hops...nice, but fairly straight-forward.
T: Sweet caramel malt hits first followed by bitter citrus hops. Interesting...fairly sweet and not as aromatic as is typical for style.
M: Soft and sweet followed by bitter (overly so) hops. Not the best balance.
D: Decent for style, but could be tweaked with better results.

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Photo of kenzilka007
4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of FalloutDUDE666
4.19/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A local brew. The aroma is captivating but the taste is lost to me. Nothing stands out as particularly amazing. Good for a summers night out. Just another ipa otherwise.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DougLiikesIPA
4.16/5  rDev +28%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.99/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy bronze color. The head is small and vanishes within seconds. The aroma is tangerine and grapefruit with hints of passion fruit. There is also a chalky almost Smarties candy note in the back of the aroma that is very pleasant. The aroma is not quite as bold as I'd expect from a 7% ABV IPA, but what is there is nice. The taste is likewise softer than most IPAs, but works for me nonetheless. The chalky candy thing is still there and makes the citrus hop flavors really pop. Bitterness is modest, but hops are there for sure. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, I like this beer, and would happily drink it again. I wouldn't go as far as calling it one of the top IPAs in Minnesota, but if I were to find myself in Victoria I would definitely drink one in their taproom.

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Photo of Bravak
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was looking forward to trying this as I heard that it was popular in the West Metro. Beer poured a sort of hazy copper color with almost no head. Almost zero aroma which was shocking for an IPA. Flavor was ok, but hints of astringency lingered and there did not appear to be a play between malt and hops. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything I would ever order again. The 8% abv added to a biting harsh aftertaste, which doesn't have to be there on an 8% beer if brewed well. When compared to so many solid if not great IPA's in the area, this one is even more lacking. I'll have to try again to see if this was a fluke, but as is - pass.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mealhouse
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Tyecko
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of DaveAnderson
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Burgy
4.21/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
1.38/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Another newer Twin Cities brewery, another bomber on the shelves, though at least this one is reasonably priced. 22 oz. of liquid split with my wife.

First & foremost, Enki, as an old Journalism major, please proofread your damn label. Pallet? Really? If you’re not going to farm out your label work to a pro, at least have a friend who’s an English major take a quick glance…that first sentence is embarrassing. Anyways. Darksish, opaquish orange with beer-level carbonation. The nose: where is the nose? Titch of sweet malt, half-imagined citrus? Little to nothing in the way of aroma.

Tailfeather IPA is marred by an aftertaste just this side of week-old trash can. I’d like to be nicer, but…upfront there’s a tiny slap of bitterness with no hop flavor at all before the malts overwhelm this “IPA”. Then the aftertaste kicks in, & the beer devolves from dull to downright foul. I could describe the flavor, but that means more sips. No thank you. I’m going to have to pull out the Wheat Thins to clear the palate. Pallet?

C’mon, really? This is what you want to present to the world? This is a terrible beer with a botched label. One is going to the recycling bin, the other to the kitchen sink. An awful effort that will cause me to actively avoid Enki beers in the future.

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4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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1.62/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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Tail Feather IPA from Enki Brewing
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