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Sleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red Ale | Sleepy Dog Brewery

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3.52/5
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53 Ratings
Sleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red AleSleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sleepy Dog Brewery
Arizona, United States
sleepydogbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,613
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
53
pDev:
17.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by bambam2517:
Photo of bambam2517
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of theParish
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Sammy
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Glibber
3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of tzieser
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BellsFan
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of wulfie85
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
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 Mrose78
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Photchkiss
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of batt6343
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Elguero1
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bigbelcher
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of BretSikkink
2.31/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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Photo of Camjmorton
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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 IreRican
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of acjones
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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Sleepy Dog Red Rover Irish Red Ale from Sleepy Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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