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Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Pumpkin AleSea Dog Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
66
poor

65 Reviews
THE BROS
54
awful

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 95
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 26.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2004

A crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg make this fall brew a flavor sensation.
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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 95
Photo of aibkstaff
4.77/5  rDev +78%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale has a clear coppery color. Very little head. It smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, maybe ginger, and pumpkin. It's lovely. It tastes better than it smells. It's tastes like cinnamon toast. It has a very light body with a fizzy carbonation. Definitely the lightest pumpkin beer I have had. The drinkability is quite good and I highly recommend this pumpkin beer for it's light body and great pumpkiny flavor. (427 characters)

Photo of BlueHammer
4.42/5  rDev +64.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another of the pumpkins I really like. Shipyard is one of my favorite pumkins and this one is very similar. It was poured from the bottle, a slightly translucent orangey color. A decent two-finger white head that disipated rather quickly after the first few sips. Smell is of strong but not "hit you in the face" pumpkin and spice. A distinctly fall/autumn smell.

The pumpkin taste is well balanced, with a bit of nutmeggy spice mixed in. It's a smooth beer, easy to drink - it goes down quickly and easily. Feels slightly carobonated in your moth. It's really quite a delicious beer if you're into the pumpkins and very drinkable if pumpkin isn't among your favorites but you just want to try. (697 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.17/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow gold with a decent white head and decent carbonation. LIght pumpkin aroma with a touch of the requisite spices. Tastes more spicy than it smells with a nice cinnamon and nutmeg flavor. Light-medium bodied and smooth with a nice spicy finish.

Fairly light pumpkin character for the style but easily drinkable and affordable from Trader Joe's...

Per label: Ale with Pumpkin Flavor Added

Enjoy By: Feb '05
Tasted: 12/03/04

($4.99 / 6-pack) (462 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.15/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was nothing special. Nice burnt orange body is topped with a mute thin head. Nose is grainy and slightly IPA like with hints of pumpkin and spice. Taste is pretty damn good. It's huge on the cinnamon ... which is mingled with apple, giving it an applesauce like taste that I'm really digging. There's still plenty of pumpkin and nutmeg too. Sadly there's a bit too much hops in this. It kind of detracts from the complete package. In spite of that I really like this. Rock on! (485 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.97/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured it showed a light golden yellow, with very little foam. There was a mild smell of hops with a sweet spicy aroma that filled the nose. Upon the first taste of this pumpkin ale, I could taste "allspice" in the flavor of this ale. Also, a mild hop flavor, but, that allspice is what stood out! Kind of a surprise that I really cared for the flavor. Not overpowering, just well balance for my palate! (408 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.49/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's that was part of a case I bought for ten bucks, which was a great deal

Poured into a pint glass with a deep orange color with a hint of light brown, the head was about half an inch and was quite foamy, did not leave much lacing

Smell was full of spices, particularly nutmeg and ginger, but also smelled like the peice of pumpkin pie I ate last night

Taste was a little sweeter than most pumpkin beers which was not necessarily a bad thing in this case, dry finish caused by an average amount of hops, sweet toffee also in the aftertaste that was full of malt, got hints of caramel as this one got warm, heated up like a winter warmer, had a nice balance of sweet malt and mild bitterness

Too much carbonation in my opinion and its body lacked any fullness

Could drink a six pack of these most likely, pretty light on the stomach and not very strong at all

Second Sea Dog brew I have tasted and I liked this one better than the porter, one of the better pumpkin beers I have had this year, but I have yet to crack open my Alpine Ichabod, recommended especially for the price (1,113 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.47/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color with thin white head. Smells malty, with strong spice and hop notes. Strong allspice type flavor (I think someone already said that). Sweet, but hoppy enough to balance it out. Light-bodied. It’s okay, but a little light bodied and light tasting for a fall beer. (283 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.44/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it on tap at the tavern in Topsham. First pint from a new keg after the lines were cleared. Nice light brownish amber color with a small amount of head that didn't last long. Aroma was exactly what I would expect from a pumkin beer. Smelt like a slightly cooled freshly made pumpkin pie. Flavor didn't match the aroma. Slight flavors of spices and pumpkin, which was nice. Definately not overwhelming, but not too weak. Easy enough to finish. Glad I made the choice. (470 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
3.44/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark golden color. The beer is incredibly fizzy with a tons of bubbles creating a thin white head.
Smell has a strong pumpkin smell to it. A bit of a wheat smell, but mainly dominated by the pumpkin.
Taste falls a little flat on the smell. There isa bit of a wheat taste that is taken over by a very strong pumpkin with a spice tinge also.
Mouthfeel is very smooth with a good amount of thickness.
Drinkability is fairly good for a pumpkin beer. I wasn't expecting much after seeing the reviews on this page, but this beer is not as awful as the reviews. Most people probably just read the bros. review and had no opinion themselves, so they bagged it. If you like pumpkin beers, I would give this one a try... (728 characters)

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've been drinking this beer for about 3-4 years now since i've been living in the Bangor area. Personally, i find when you open it, the smell is what hits you. The aroma of it is amazing, almost a pumpkin cider type smell.

But that's about where it ends. From there the appearance comes out average. The taste is slightly above average but you can only have 2-3 max at a time otherwise it becomes too much for you.

I like to have it to start a night off right especially before moving to a Pumpkinhead or Harpoon Oktoberfest. But usually only one. So that's what i'd recommend for others to do as well. (605 characters)

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.37/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving notes: cellar temp, hefe glass.
Aroma: Nutmeg and other traditional pumpkin spices, not overpowering.
Appearance: Good head on pour, nice quarter inch remains. Clear amber-yellow.
Mouthfeel: nice medium malty backbone. Light carbonation.
Taste: Nice level of pumpkin spices. They are the most prominent note in the flavor but stop well short of being overpowering or cloying. Fruity notes from the hops in the background.
Drinkability: Very light base beer makes this a drinkable pumpkin ale. (501 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.29/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a clean yellow body with orange highlights. No head at all. You can smell the nutmeg and pumpkin from a foot away. The flavor is full of spice, nutmeg, allspice and maybe something else. The pumpkin flavor only comes in at the end of the taste, slightly sweet but clean finishing. I belive this is made specialy for a resturant in Maine, Trader something or other. This beer definitly reminds me of pumpkin pie. Which I guess is the idea. (452 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.2/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear orange with a small, quickly disapating white head.
Aromas are faint but if you look you will find hints of cinamon, pumpkin pie spice, and unfortunately, soap.
Taste is also muted but after a light malt sweetness cinammon and nutmeg hit the tongue and then finish to a somewhat pleasant pumpkin flavor as you swallow.
Mouthfeel is typical of a light ale.
I've had few pumpkin ales....I love pumpkin and keep seeking out something good but have very few choices in Southern California apparently.
This was decent....but nothing to go nuts over. (571 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at northborough brewpub.

Light fizzy head as its filled to the brim over light semi clear golden pilsner yellow color.

Nose has quite a bit of pumpkin and spices, canned and slight fresh pumpkin, lots of spices nutmeg, allspice, ginger, clove, etc. hint of bready malts. Over spiced and light on overall beer.

Taste is loaded with spices, tons of cinnamon and nutmeg come out, ginger and allspice and bit of clove, typical pumpkin pie spices but overboard. Then pumpkin, not really any fresh pumpkin just pie filling and essence of pumpkin oil maybe. Light bready cracker malts. A bitterness comes through with the crazy spices and a hint of pine maybe hops, and a juniper like spice flavor. A bit fruity as well, hint if sweetness that turns slightly drier, not as sticky as I expected on the finish. A bitter definite earthy hop character comes through on the finish as well, dvds light lingering pumpkin essence and plenty of spices.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, not as bad as I was expecting but not very good either. Way too much spice, not the best pumpkin flavor, other weird flavors like the juniper and pine that don't mesh well. (1,169 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.16/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have never had a pumpkin ale before. I'm not sure what a beer with so few reviews from the other coast was doing in Trader Joe's down the street from me for a buck but I thought I would try it.

The colour is a rather disappointing dark straw and the head started fluffy and white but has vanished rapidly. It smells of spices; nutmeg, ginger and clove.

It begins deceptively cleanly with a metallic taste before the spices take over with nutmeg to the fore. At this point I no longer feel like I am drinking a beer. The question at hand is whether I like the spice. It is interesting, but would be better in the background rather than as the dominating feature. I wouldn't want to tackle more than 12oz of this. (719 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

seems pumpkin ales are the rage right now in the Bangor area. Dropped by the Dog for dinner and a couple of brews and thought I'd give this a try.

A - auburn brown in color, whisp of an off white head.
S - pumpkin pie - nutmeg, ginger and allspice
T - the spices dominate with a light sweet underlying malts supporting the brew.
M - light to medium bodied, mildy carbonated with a lingering spice aftertaste.
D - One was enough for me. (437 characters)

Photo of uustal
3.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden color, odd for a pumpkin ale. Nice bright white head with good lacing and retention. Mild taste. Bready flavor with artificial, sweet pumpkin flavor. A little cinnamon as well. Enjoyable, but very artificial. Goes down easy. (250 characters)

Photo of stephendr
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of golden honey thick short lasting white head - nose of creamy pumpkin , nutmeg , cloves , and spices – taste of creamy pumpkin , nutmeg , cloves , and spices - body is smooth , and slightly carbonated – aftertaste of candy and acidic (258 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.04/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a yellow color with a medum sized but thin white colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Very pumpkin-pie-esque. It smells of spices mostly - nutmeg, cinnamon, and some vanilla with pumpkin and a bit of malt in the nose.
T: Kind of bland. Mostly nutmeg and cinnamon, not much else. I was expecting alot more from the nose but it just didn't deliver.
M: Nice and light on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation.
D: OK. If it had more flavor it would be more drinkable. (498 characters)

Photo of uberabr
3.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass. A surprisingly light, gold amber with little head.

S: Very spicey. Like pumkin pie with a slight cinnamon and orangy quality that complements the pie aroma.

T: Tastes as it smells, although not as spicey. I'm not sure if I'm tasting pumpkin or pumkin spice, but there's a subtle pie feel. Slightly bitter with a mild pumpkin and buttery, biscuit aftertase. A little watery. Also a slight citrus maltyness. It could be a litte sweeter.

M: Decent body and adequate carbonation.

D: This is a good beer but it lacks confidence. The pie taste is really quite understated. That'd be ok, but there aren't any other flavors to take center stage. It leaves a kind of bland macro-lager, watery quality. Definitely a drinkable beer, and the understated pumpkin quality is a creative start, but it leaves much to be desired. (868 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A golden colored beer with a medium-sized head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of spice. Things go downhill from there. The taste is overwhelmingly spicy, mostly clove. A little bit of malt. This beer is way too spiced, and just doesn't feel good in the mouth, leaving a burning sensation. One and done. (302 characters)

Photo of MikeyHamilton
3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - The ale has a refreshingly light amber color with a slight orange tint. The head isn't very thick and it dissipates quickly. Medium carbination.

Smell - Hints of pumpkin as well as spices such as cinnamon and possibly even nutmeg immediately jump out.

Taste - It's sort of like drinking pumpkin bread - sort of. While the flavors don't jump out immediately, let the beer settle a bit and one should be able to taste hints of pumpkin and cinnamon on the back of the toungue.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Drinkability - This ale is what it is. A light and refreshing drink that contains hints of pumpkin and seasonal spices - nothing more. It certainly didn't blow me away, but I wasn't dissapointed in it either. I'd certainly drink it again. (768 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.97/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium yellowish orange color. Short lived white foam head. Lower carbonation.

S: Pumpkin notes and malts. A touch of a sour odor as well.

T: Mildly pumkin-ish with an earthy wheat note. Some sweet malts. Lacks depth and substantial flavor.

M: Bubbly, light, decent. Nothing special.

D: A poor example of a pumpkin ale. Needs more flavor to really be enjoyable. Maybe a good brew for those who don't really like pumpkin.

Notes: I could take it or leave it. (474 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
2.87/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours orangish red with a fluffy white head. Blink for a second and what started as a nice foamy mountain dissapears.

Smell: Ginger, squash/pumpkin (I actually think it's more squash like), alochol and malts combine to make an alright aroma.

Taste: Diluted pumpkin pie comes to mind, with some extra cinnamon. Defenitly resembles flavored water.

Mouthfeel: ligh bodied, low carbonation... again water... disgusting.

Drinkability: This is so uninteresting and not worth bothering over. (508 characters)

Photo of macpapi
2.85/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first Pumpkin Ale of the season. In the past I've been sort of 50-50 on this style of beer. Usually not the strongest or most flavorful, but still alright for a change of pace.

This one pours a pale yellow color with hints of orange when seen through a light. It has a fizzy white head, and no lacing to speak of. It smells pretty weak. There is some malt aroma followed by a mix of spices--nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of pumpkin. Nothing special to speak of though. Likewise, it is pretty watery on the tongue. The nutmeg taste is alright at the end of the swallow, but there is no hop and little malt presence to speak of. It is relatively highly carbonated, but there is no crispness or sharpness. Again, disappointingly light and watery.

Overall this beer is disappoints. It lacks flavor, body and overall drinkability. There is no complexity whatsoever and nothing to recommend it for future purchase. I may not be inclined to buy another of this style for the rest of the season. (995 characters)

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