Sleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red Ale | Sleepy Dog Brewery

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Sleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red AleSleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red Ale

Brewed by:
Sleepy Dog Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by Sammy on 02-07-2010

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful red with nice foamy head and lacing. Smells of malt, and mild hops but very light smell overall. Taste is ok but too light for me. I get a mild hops, some malt, and some minor chocolate but as a whole this beer seems to be missing on all points. Was sort of let down on this one, was hoping for more flavor and punch with ABV over 6%, but it just felt watery and short all around.

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Photo of brandonmcneely
3.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The head on this beer is the best looking I've seen yet. This Irish Red tastes like no other. Very malty, almost chocolaty/caramel finish. Head is big, yet thin and whispy. Color is a deep red. Heavy flavor yet easy to drink.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Not normally an Irish Red sort of person, but I enjoyed this beer. Really smooth and sweet with a great mouth feel. Really enjoyable beer to relax and enjoy at the end of the day.

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Photo of Domvan
4.09/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Photchkiss
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

6.2% ABV per the label.

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, dark fruit, and slight oxidized port wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is simple, straightforward, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BellsFan
4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Camjmorton
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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Sleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red Ale from Sleepy Dog Brewery
3.31 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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