Irish Red Ale
Sleepy Dog Brewery

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Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #172
Ranked #43,312
3.54 | pDev: 16.95%
Sleepy Dog Brewery
Arizona, United States
Irish Red AleIrish Red Ale
Notes: A sweet-tempered malty amber ale with a hint of dark-roasted malt, noble hops, and a subtle yet lovable chocolatley finish.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 54 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Dec 27, 2016
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brandonmcneely from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Jun 04, 2016
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wulfie85 from California

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Jul 25, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Feb 06, 2015
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.22/5  rDev -9%
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.

Sep 30, 2013
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ckollias from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Jun 03, 2013
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bambam2517 from Arizona

3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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...

Apr 06, 2013
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angelogarcia3 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Jan 29, 2012
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azdback from Arizona

2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Surly Pint glass. Very dark red, or mahogany in color. Head is a small two fingers and frothy tan. Lace doesn't look to wanna stick around, and really doesn't.

Smell is very yeast and grass. There are aromas of tart cherry and just a bit sweet.

Taste is just a bit better than the smell. The yeast isn't as prevalent but the insane tart is still there.

The mouth is very watery. This is like drinking a glass of water filled to the top with maraschino cherries. Very dry from the tart and empty from the water.

Overall I was really disappointed with this. I really loved this brewers Hefe and figured I'd love this. Not the case. Thanks though to Kevin for the sample.

Aug 05, 2011
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Phelps from Arizona

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jul 12, 2011
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Glibber from Idaho

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

May 21, 2011
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bigbelcher from Arizona

2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Apr 13, 2011
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swthomas55 from Michigan

2.12/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure what this beer is trying to be. Is it, as another reviewer suggests, a little brother to the scotch ale? It's almost as strong, but with a different malt balance that leaves it just sugary sweet, and strangely thin for a beer of its strength. It's not bad, but it's not really good, either. It is reddish, with almost no head. The aroma is strangely lacking, and the mouthfeel is syrupy and warm. I'm not user I'll finish the sample glass - it's not good enough for the alcohol budget it'll cost.

Mar 27, 2011
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BretSikkink from Mexico

2.31/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Feb 19, 2011
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LittleDon from Texas

2.4/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A pint at the Main Ingredient in Phoenix.

Dark brown-red, starts with a small creamy head that quickly fades and is hard to reproduce. Little to no lace. Caramel malt aroma. A little carbonation up front and a little roasted malt in the middle. The most salient feature, however, is the thin body and somewhat sour finish. Hardly any hops to speak of. This one was hard to finish.

Feb 17, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

2.58/5  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.

Feb 07, 2010
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