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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

77 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 25.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2004)
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +11.5%

11-12-2013 21:39:38 | More by Enriquehopnog
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Treyliff

West Virginia

2.39/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A- Pours golden and clear with a small fizzy white head that retains after the pour, carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S- light aroma overall, picking up some clean notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, cola, fall potpourri & clean malt

T- very light flavors, artificial cinnamon candle, diet cola, seltzer water with a touch of crisp malt on the finish

M- Watery thin mouthfeel with medium biting carbonation, slightly foamy and crisp finish

O- This drinks like a light lager with some artificial pumpkin flavors added. This may appeal to the casual light beer drinking crowd, but there are much better options out there for a craft beer fan

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 20:26:11 | More by Treyliff
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beertardis

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev +11.5%

10-30-2013 21:06:14 | More by beertardis
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Phramboise

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

09-25-2013 02:47:11 | More by Phramboise
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NormLobstah

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -16.4%

05-25-2013 04:12:43 | More by NormLobstah
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tfsimpkins

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -44.2%

03-25-2013 17:12:10 | More by tfsimpkins
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ssimpson89

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-02-2013 16:11:02 | More by ssimpson89
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cliff1066

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-23-2012 03:12:03 | More by cliff1066
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ACD

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +11.5%

09-19-2012 19:14:59 | More by ACD
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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev +11.5%

09-13-2012 01:34:16 | More by rderedin
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heganhound


2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-08-2012 01:31:00 | More by heganhound
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

02-16-2012 20:22:44 | More by Tyrawlings
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

01-03-2012 06:04:35 | More by Gregwa
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +11.5%

11-18-2011 20:55:26 | More by waiting4lunch
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 02:30:25 | More by jlindros
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Out of the bottle, it poured a robust, modestly carbonated, cloudy golden/orange hue, with over a finger of white head, with average retention and lacing. The nose reminded me of 'Big Red' chewing gum; huge burning cinnamon aroma. The flavor was all cinnamon; I just couldn't get the impression of chewing 'Big Red' out of my mind...and a modestly dry finish. Medium feel, with more carbonation than expected. Way too much cinnamon; no balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:47:10 | More by donniecuffs
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uustal

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 00:44:09 | More by uustal
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bishopdc0

Maine

2.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer is a typical pumpkin beer however that said, it is a little to sweet for me. This beer has a spicy sweet malt aroma. It is a transparent orange color with a white head. The beer begins harsh on the tongue, it becomes sweet and spicy (like a pumpkin pie, cinn and nutmeg). No hops or bitterness.
Spices almost overwhelm the beer but is an easy to drink beer but it is average at best.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2010 17:12:38 | More by bishopdc0
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, pumpkin, spices and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and barley followed by a mild pumpkin flavor and a touch of spice. Despite the breadiness, the malt character is kind of thin for the style. The hops presence is mild and there's not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very flavorful, does not go down easily, not too filling at least, mild kick, not a good representation of style, this one kind of seems like an adjunct lager with a slight touch of pumpkin flavor which is something you'd expect from the likes of BMC, but even their pumpkin ales have a little bit more to themthan this beer does. Overall, it's just not a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 01:52:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

2.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12-ounce twist-off into a Berkshire Brewing Co pint glass.

A: Poured a pale golden yellow color with a tinge of ruddy orange to it. The fizzy, one-finger head of foam actually retained pretty well but left no lacing.

S: A really deep whiff reveals some aromas of allspice and ginger, but otherwise the nose is clean.

T: Flavor is slightly sweet and grainy at first, then a bittering malt flavor rolls in alluding to an ESB-style ale. This is misleading, however. Subsequent sips reveal the thin, watery flavor nearly devoid of pumpkin with a sharp, bitter spiciness in the finish which leaves behind artificial pumpkin spice flavoring. Sorta nasty.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and watery for the most part. A little bit smooth near the finish, but spices ruin it.

D: I really didn't enjoy this brew enough to make it a session option for the fall. Give it a try, but there's not enough malt body and authentic aroma to mask the watery, slightly metallic flavors in the pumpkin ale. Wasn't impressed by this Sea Dog offering at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:13:12 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Yeastcakes

Colorado

3.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:42:45 | More by Yeastcakes
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aibkstaff

New York

4.78/5  rDev +77.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 22:53:55 | More by aibkstaff
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +28.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 00:38:18 | More by BDIMike
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Goregazm

Rhode Island

1.88/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A PUMPKIN THAT DESERVES TO BE SMASHED

Appearance: Amber color, dark enough that I couldn't see through it. Had a thick little head which bubbled, then went away quickly.

Smell: Heavy on the pumpkin with a fruity scent. All sweetness, with no trace of bitterness whatsoever.

Taste: WATERY. Not very sweet but not bitter either. Has only a hint of pumpkin and spice, and most of it is in the aftertaste. All in all, it doesn't taste of much of anything.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with only a slight aftertaste (which is bad, being that the aftertaste has more "taste" then the beer itself). Leaves nothing on the palate, pretty much "goes without a trace."

Drinkability: Really nothing any good here. Barely any taste, thin as water, and there are plenty of better pumpkin beers out there. Do yourself a favor and buy one of those instead.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 06:17:07 | More by Goregazm
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

1.6/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow, this is a terrible pumpkin beer, and an even worse beer on its own. The pumpkin taste is so fake it's almost unbearable. I tried many pumpkin beers this season and Shipyards is barely ahead of this one, which isn't saying that much, but Sea Dog's is so atrocious. I wouldn't have one again if someone paid me. Maybe if they brewed with real pumpkins and revamped the whole recipe I would try it again but steer clear of it now.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 23:35:29 | More by oriolesfan4
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Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.