Tail Feather IPA | Enki Brewing

38 Ratings

Brewed by:
Enki Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by morimech on 02-22-2014

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by mwilbur:
Photo of mwilbur
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap into tulip.
A: Pours a clear, darker yellow-orange hue with high carbonation producing a 1 inch bubbly white head with decent retention. Hint of lacing.
S: Sweet caramel malt, citrus hops...nice, but fairly straight-forward.
T: Sweet caramel malt hits first followed by bitter citrus hops. Interesting...fairly sweet and not as aromatic as is typical for style.
M: Soft and sweet followed by bitter (overly so) hops. Not the best balance.
D: Decent for style, but could be tweaked with better results.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Turbo
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TFB5
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A hazy tea colored amber pour from a 22 oz bomber into a craft beer glass produces a clingy 2” cream colored foam cap that recedes over 3 minutes. S: Citrus and biscuit aromas rise from the glass. T: A big grapefruit, orange and traces of tropical fruit lead the palate with a pithy herbal bitterness joined by melon and spice, a hint of anise and cardamom and some caramel notes. . F: Very creamy with a soft palate, medium body and carbonation. O: A good, drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of andrew8626
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morimech
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Added as an American IPA but could of gone DIPA as well being at 8% ABV and 90 IBUs.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with one finger of head that settles to a thin film relatively quickly. However plenty of lacing is left down the glass.

This beer has been dry hopped but it sure does not smell like it. The hops just do not pop out of this beer. In fact there is not much aroma at all. Do pick up mild grapefruit and floral notes.

What this beer did do was pick up all the bitterness. Unfortunately there is not enough hop flavor to make the bitterness worth it. Also a hint of alcohol in the finish as well. Mild grapefruit and floral notes from the hops. Nice amount of malt sweetness comes through but does not add much in the way of flavor. I wonder if the brewer used the same yeast as Citric Journey? Getting some fruity esters and buttery diacetyl from the yeast. Not use to having that in a big IPA.

Medium body and very nicely carbonated. Results in a smooth feel despite the blistering bitterness.

Certainly plenty of room for improvement in this beer if the brewery decides to do this beer again. Need a better hop payoff and a cleaner yeast character.

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Photo of kenzilka007
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of FalloutDUDE666
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A local brew. The aroma is captivating but the taste is lost to me. Nothing stands out as particularly amazing. Good for a summers night out. Just another ipa otherwise.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DougLiikesIPA
4.16/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Crubbsy
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Was a deep golden amber color. Bright clarity. Looked like honey.

Smell: Malty. Not much hop aroma coming off this one. Smelled sweet.

Taste: Tastes as sweet as it smells. Pretty malty flavors. honey sweetness and then a short bitter flavor that ends fairly quickly and a very slight lingering bitterness. Not terribly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied weight.

Overall: Not too much going on here. Not simplistic beauty, but not complex medley either.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy bronze color. The head is small and vanishes within seconds. The aroma is tangerine and grapefruit with hints of passion fruit. There is also a chalky almost Smarties candy note in the back of the aroma that is very pleasant. The aroma is not quite as bold as I'd expect from a 7% ABV IPA, but what is there is nice. The taste is likewise softer than most IPAs, but works for me nonetheless. The chalky candy thing is still there and makes the citrus hop flavors really pop. Bitterness is modest, but hops are there for sure. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, I like this beer, and would happily drink it again. I wouldn't go as far as calling it one of the top IPAs in Minnesota, but if I were to find myself in Victoria I would definitely drink one in their taproom.

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Photo of Bravak
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was looking forward to trying this as I heard that it was popular in the West Metro. Beer poured a sort of hazy copper color with almost no head. Almost zero aroma which was shocking for an IPA. Flavor was ok, but hints of astringency lingered and there did not appear to be a play between malt and hops. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything I would ever order again. The 8% abv added to a biting harsh aftertaste, which doesn't have to be there on an 8% beer if brewed well. When compared to so many solid if not great IPA's in the area, this one is even more lacking. I'll have to try again to see if this was a fluke, but as is - pass.

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Photo of Kark
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a large, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine and citrus. Very bitter with lots of pine and resinous hop character. Somewhat sweet and malty.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mealhouse
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Tyecko
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Umdrunner
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Honey straw. Pour with small white fluffy head that dissapeared quickly. Light citrus and piny hops noted right after pour, no real scent noted minutes later. Flavor is pretty mild. No major floral, citrus, or pine flavors typically expected from an IPA. A bit of an off after taste.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of M-Jez84
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tail Feather IPA from Enki Brewing
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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