Tail Chaser IPA
Sleepy Dog Brewery

Tail Chaser IPATail Chaser IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,988
Ranked #46,809
3.27 | pDev: 14.98%
Sleepy Dog Brewery
Arizona, United States
Tail Chaser IPATail Chaser IPA
Notes: Smooth & perfectly balanced, yet with a cascade hop finish. Makes you want to fight wild animals.
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can, best by 02/10/2020. A frothy ivory head sticks to the glass as it fades atop a slightly hazed copper colored ale. Muted aroma is mostly earthy & spicy hops with a hint of pine & citrus. Well balanced IPA with a bready caramel malt backbone and modestly bitter hops adding citrus and earthy pine. Medium body, ample carbonation, somewhat resinous with a balanced finish for an IPA. This was a pretty average American IPA, nothing really to complain about, but nothing to get excited about either.

Jan 29, 2020
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can:

Pours golden with a thin white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine with some citrus, bread and a hint of caramel.

The taste is not "off", just mild. A touch of pine, some caramel. A mild dryness in the rather abrupt finish.

On the light side for an IPA, but smooth enough and it holds together.

Pretty much a generic, more mild and balanced IPA. Decent, but nothing particularly special about it.

May 15, 2019
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden color, small white head that's gone in a flash, no lacing at all.
Nose gets some pine and citrus, flavor follows, with some malt sweetness. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.
This is one of those generic IPA's that everyone makes, there's nothing particularly good or bad about this beer.

Aug 26, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

LOOKS: A pretty clear, caramel-golden, with a finger of creamy head that settles slowly. Nice thick lacing down the glass. Lots of bubbles rising.
AROMA: Very muted smell, overall. Some bready caramel notes, and maybe some faint candied citrus.
TASTE: Same thing in the flavor. Other than a slight bitterness, I'd never consider this an IPA. More like an English Mild.
FEEL: Average carbonation, medium body, fairly dry.
OVERALL: Fresh can, here, so, my opinion of an IPA is very different than the folks at S.D.

Apr 21, 2018
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Eagleperry338 from West Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA. Had a decent head from the tap. It's more of a looker than a smeller; great color. Excellent taste. Nothing to crazy with a hint of citrus. If you like most IPAs, you'll like this.

Dec 18, 2016
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JonAdams from New York

3.87/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap at the brewery into a standard pint glass.
Color is a deep golden amber,
Smell is clean and crisp.
Taste is bitter, sans citrus, almost acerbic.
Mouthfeel is rich, fine carbonation, can taste the added sharpness.
The head is supreme, with a wonderful lacing that remains long after the beer is gone.
Nice beer and one I'd recommend to my more bitter

Mar 09, 2015
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sampled on tap at Sleepy Dog; March 2011
The beer arrives with a clear, copper color and is topped by a long lingering, pale tan colored head. There is a tinny, but bright citrus and hop fruit character to the nose; I get a sort of tropical fruit character and some lychee noticeable. There is again something like dishwater aromatics in the nose and there is also a touch of cracker like malt and a hint of crystal malt notes here as well.

This has a bright, hoppy, citrus character as well as some herbal bitterness to it that reminds me of hemp and pine. Sweet notes are accentuated by the fruity hop character. This is light bodied and quaffable. There is some sort of off character here; perhaps a hint of moldy dish-water and a sort of metallic note. This is hoppy enough to not be bad, but it is certainly lackluster. If it was cleaner it would be a nicely light and quaffable and I like that I has some hop character to it.

Sep 30, 2013
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice inch thick head of white foam. Amber hued with good clarity. Not a whole heck of a lot of aroma. Just some faint hop aroma. The flavor is very intensely hop oriented and really hits you on the front of the palate. Thinking pacific piney hops. Not much in the way of a malt profile to balance it out, though. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and warm, which is true to style.

Aug 11, 2013
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Most impressive attribute of this beer is likely the appearance. Golden amber with a slight haze. Tremendous lacing. Seriously. Thick white (ok, off-whitish) head rhat subsides fairly quick. Not a ton of stuff happening in the nose, but what's there is at least pretty strong with grapefruity goodness. Taste is wicked bitter with grapefruit agaun with a pretty pungent finish which leaves a dry mouthfeel. Overall, this ain't at all too shabby. I've had a lot worse from a lot bigger.

Jun 28, 2013
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Glibber from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color that left some lacing high on the glass that went away as the head dissipated. Nice complex mix of malt and hops with a lingering hoppiness. I am very suprised that this is 7.5% because you cannot taste the alcohol. It is hard to break out the flavors, but it is easy to drink and I would definately drink it again.

May 21, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

2.44/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sampled 3/4/2011 at the brewpub.

Pours clear, amber orange, white head, some lace and ret.

Aroma is caramel, pine, and lots of butter.

Flavor does have some redeeming piney hops but that is neutralized by the butter and abundance of caramel and sugar. Medium bitterness.

Body is light/medium and amply carbonated. Not drinkable.


Apr 01, 2011
Tail Chaser IPA from Sleepy Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 39 ratings