Desert Dog Pale Ale
Sleepy Dog Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,060
Ranked #35,085
3.63 | pDev: 7.99%
Sleepy Dog Brewery
Arizona, United States
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matcris from Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOKS: A slightly hazy dark gold, or light amber, with a finger+ of white soapy head. Nice bit of lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Lightly toasted caramel malt. A nice hoppy citrus vibe. Mild tropical notes.
TASTE: Nice balance between malt and hops. Bitterness hangs on a bit but is quite mild. Mostly citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit.
FEEL; Medium light body, but not watery. Medium dry, average carbonation.
OA: I think it's better than the previous reviews. The added 'hazy' to the can, so maybe they upped the hop profile a bit. This would go great with some chicken or shrimp street tacos.

Mar 08, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp, tangy, mild bitter floral hops, some caramel malt, dry finish. fresh bright floral hope nose. Amber hue, mostly clear, with tall white foam head. Medium body. 31 IBUs

Nov 08, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that just is. Not bad. Not distinguishable from the competition. It just is good enough to make it in the expanding craft market.

A nice pale that approaches an amber ale, but the foam/lace is sub-par... so I give it average Looks.
Aromas are common, too; malt and some hops. The hops become strong in the Taste; although others may appreciate the quantity more than me. But, Desert Dog is refreshing; despite the interplay of malt and hops losing to the hops. It sits in the mouth of a thirsty man like an average soup does of a man hungry for lunch.

While Sleepy Dog developed in an Arizona college town, they now have a brewer (I presume via contract) in Warrenville Illinois. (I picked this can up as part of a build-your-6-pack at Binny's Lincoln Park.) Enlisting Warrenville might be a smart tactic to deal with the Illinois ABC and its notorious hoops that have to be jumped through (being a sleepy dog is no camouflage.) So, my question becomes: who is the contract brewer ? I only know of one in the small suburb of Warrenville with excess capacity (Two Brothers.) Is this a new experiment in distribution deals and collaborations beyond one brew ?

Sep 24, 2018
Desert Dog Pale Ale from Sleepy Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 12 ratings