1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Sea Dog Pumpkin AleSea Dog Pumpkin Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
66
poor

78 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

(view ratings)
Ratings: 78
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 25.19%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of pjwilson
pjwilson

California

1.1/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

impulse buy at check-out at trader joe's. have a feeling it's going to be bad and already regret the purchase by the time i get home.
Appearance: huh looks like a lager. 'bout like budwieser with less head. that head run's for the hills and it's gone in 10 seconds...
smell: night quill and cinamnin...no pumpkin to be found. like fake cookies or something...not so pleasant
taste: now that's bad. god ### i have a six pack of this?!? i think i'll give this away to trick or treaters or something. i've had some decent pumpkin ales before. this is budwieser with cinamnin. again no pumpkin flavor anywhere in this brew. and it's worse than bud...this is no ale btw
mouthfeel: at this point who cares but yeah it's thin.
drinkability: low because it's horrilbe tasting. this is a bad joke. i would drain pour this but i'll just plug by nose and drink it for the buzz.
the 5 bucks spent on this sixer could been spent on a 12 packs of hamm's and i would be much happier. this is my new worse beer ever.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 03:05:28 | More by pjwilson
Photo of tfsimpkins
tfsimpkins

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -44.4%

03-25-2013 17:12:10 | More by tfsimpkins
Photo of oriolesfan4
oriolesfan4

Maryland

1.6/5  rDev -40.7%
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
Photo of TheBeerWolf
TheBeerWolf

Nevada

1.68/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got it from trader joes here in vegas. Never had a pumpkin ale was eager to try.

A = Pours a yellowish copper with a a very slight fizzy head that I could never get too much of even pouring it very violently. The very little head fizzes away quickly and does not really lace at all. Gave it a 2.0 because it is clear.

S = Not much of a smell at all really, faint hint of spice

T = Its like they mixed a packet of "pumpkin pie" spice powder into some watery beer. According to the box these were not expired and yet it had an unpleasant sourness to it. Not very good and the flavors did not meld well at all.

M = Pretty standard for some watery beer.

D = Its really light but because of the taste I knock them back really fast but don't really enjoy it or anything.

I hope I find a better example of pumpkin ale somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 16:25:15 | More by TheBeerWolf
Photo of putnam
putnam

Michigan

1.73/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yellow. Beery head.
Aromas are not especially pleasing. It smells exACTly like a box of cookies and peanut-shaped marshmallows. Rubbery reductive notes join in too. Tart, light and astringent with flavors of raw chaff along a very engineered tasting, fried pastry flavor (like elephant ears or Taco Bell's Cinnamon Crispas.) Overall, dry.
This is flavored, mediocre, very light ale. Best to avoid. Perhaps the worst pumpkin beer I've ever tasted.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2005 21:26:58 | More by putnam
Photo of nomad
nomad

Kansas

1.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Urine yellow and sparkling but some sort of infected if this carbonation is for real. Three, four, inches, of exploding head piling up but not sticking around - but only on one bottle. The others ranged from flat to live but not possessed.

Smells of weird moldy wheat over plain, bland malt and something odd - could that be the pumpkin? Hard to choke down due to a strong chemical character, the fakeness begins and ends this beer. For flavor I get vegetal notions and a sweetness that could be pumpkin, though the flat bottle tasting more of "pumpkin." Reminds of old Natty Light kegs in college with some spice added.

Seriously, what are they thinking? This is blonde ale with wheat and some cheap pumpkin essence. Trader Joe's customers, you're getting ripped off something fierce.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 21:56:21 | More by nomad
Photo of Goregazm
Goregazm

Rhode Island

1.88/5  rDev -30.4%
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
Photo of jhammerly
jhammerly

Nebraska

1.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's in Columbus, OH. Best enjoyed before June 07.

The body is a pale golden color with a white head that had no retention and shrunk to a thin ring atop the body. Smell was sweet with some hints of spice. Taste is semi-sweet, some pumpkin and spice, but it doesn't taste natural. Mouthfeel is very thin, almost flat and a bit watery. Not very drinkable. I'm not even sure that I can finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 22:30:06 | More by jhammerly
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

1.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, Best By May 2007.

Pours a crystal clear pale copper. Wispy thin khaki head. Smells of pumpkin pie spice. Clove, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Sweet light malt folowed by the medium level pumpkin spice. Finishes bitter with the faint aftertaste of hops. Very thin yet crisp.

Hey, wait a second. This is Sea Dog's mediocrity of a golden ale, Windjammer, with some pumpkin spice thrown in! This is no pumpkin ale! Boo!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 01:46:01 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of deltatauhobbit
deltatauhobbit

Maine

1.98/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow with very little head.

Smell has a very slight hint of pumpkin spice, even a small cider aroma.

Taste is horrible though, from the moment it hits the tongue, especially on the sides. Taste is very light, similar to sparkling water in both taste and carbonation, thin on all accounts. Any hint of spice from the smell is lost on the taste.

Highly not recommended, far better pumpkin ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 00:30:41 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of granger10
granger10

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best before March '06, so this wasn't an old bottle.

Pours a dull golden color with no head whatsoever and no bubbles and no nothing. Aroma is very spicy, some pumpkin but mostly ginger and nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is same but with less pumpkin and more spice. Ridiculously spiced. No hops but still very dry. I need atleast some sweetness and some hop flavors. This might have been a bad bottle but it was a sad effort all in all.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 02:15:24 | More by granger10
Photo of quasimoto
quasimoto

Ohio

2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a dep gold/light amber color. Crystal clear and no carbonation bubbles. The off white head, or lack there of, quickly dissipated and left no lace.

S - Some aromas of pumpkin spices, cracker notes, vinous aromas, and some paper.

T - No pumkin flavor to be found. Spices are there and the paper comes across. Has a slight saltine cracker flavor to it.

M - Light, thin, and Highly carbonated. Very has on the palette.

D - I wont go looking for this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 13:43:33 | More by quasimoto
Photo of jmz62565
jmz62565

Connecticut

2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a pale yellow gold with a small white head. Not an impressive looking beer. The smell is a weak sweet malt and veggie aroma thats not too pleasant. The taste is a thin sweet malt, cinnamon, and pumpkin flavor that's not too strong or good. A poor excuse of a pumpkin beer. The m/f is light ,thin, weak with the flavors mixing poorly. This is a beer that I would rather forget and so should you.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 06:30:06 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Viggo
Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper, thin white head forms, goes fast, no lace. Smell is sweet, lagery, some spices, very bland and unappealing. Taste is worse, wheat, kind of lemony/citrus, little bit of spice, lager finish, very watery and near flavourless, unpleasant lingering flavour. Mouthfeel is light bodied, very thin, with high carbonation, very aggressive. Not so good.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 00:46:45 | More by Viggo
Photo of montageman
montageman

Michigan

2.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured aggresively into a pint glass. Pale orange (pumpkin-like?) clear appearance that has a bit of foam to start but it quickly disappears leaving no remnants. Smells like pumpkin pie spice - cinnamon & clove, but it also smells wet. A nice attempt, but if this were pie, I wouldn't eat it. Taste is weak - the spice is there, but it is totally watered down. Basically this is flavored water. Mouthfeel is nothing special at all - this is over carbonated and under flavored. I'm not going to pour this down the drain, but I wouldn't have another one. That said, this might be decent over some ice cream or as a glaze base for bread pudding. Recommendation to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 02:57:35 | More by montageman
Photo of jhu1995
jhu1995

Maryland

2.13/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bottle and poured into a pint glass.

Color was very light - almost like a pilsner with a touch of honey color. Minimal head that disappeared quickly with no lacing. Carbonation was fine. Their was very little nose to this one - some spice but not much - thought I smelled a faint touch of hops. No pumpkin smell at all. Taste was mostly very faint pumpkin spices with not much else going on. Not much going on in the mouth either. Drinkability is okay - it's not the worst beer in the world but it is not a very good version of a pumpkin ale. I am inclined to think that the brewers took a pilsner or other light ale and just added some pumpkin spice to the brew. If you are looking for a pumpkin ale, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 10:53:40 | More by jhu1995
Photo of Ricochet
Ricochet

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looking for a pumpkin beer as good as the one I had at a defunct microbrew here in Cleveland. Everything in bottles so far has been marginal at best. This one was at least a pumpkiny tasting beverage, but there wasn't much else. The smell was bad, cheap ale with "pumpkin spice" and the appearence was a little better than average, with good foam, good head, a little darker that cheap ales. Mouth was below average with an odd sour twinge at the end and taste...

Beer or something with cinnamon in it Very unwelcome wash that was like a sour soda pop. There really isn't anything else.

So, no buy again. Still looking.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 00:52:34 | More by Ricochet
Photo of Gambrinus1184
Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

2.15/5  rDev -20.4%
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
Photo of olegv40
olegv40

Ohio

2.17/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No head to speak of and rather light in color. The aroma was distinctly apple and spice, cinnamon and clove to be specific. Could benefit from more carbonation, as it is, its rather weak in flavor. The spices were more pronounced than the pumpkin flavor, and I tasted the same apple that i smelled. Perhaps this is actually apple pie beer and no one told me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 01:37:51 | More by olegv40
Photo of PuckLSHS
PuckLSHS

Iowa

2.17/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a Sea Dog after Mother's Day dinner hoping to take a nod off the old pumpkin pie and enjoy the flavors a bit longer.

Sea Dog Pumpkin poured a darker yellow color (reminiscent of Miller) and had a very bubbly 1-inch head that dissipated at an alarmingly quick rate.

The smell is overpowering and full of nutmeg. It is rather ghastly as I am always hoping to enjoy the Pumpkin in the pumpkin ale.

The taste has little to no pumpkin, followed by nutmeg, ginger and cinammon. Not a really good flavor for an ale I usually enjoy.

Mouthfeel is the same as a large macro...very bubbly, devoid of smoothness.

For drinkability, I would put this one at the lowest mark as I did not even finish the bottle. No sense in ruining dinner completely.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 00:41:16 | More by PuckLSHS
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label. "Ale with pumpkin flavor added" ... don't tell me they added some sort of pumpkin essence.

A- No head at all after a kick fizzy foam, clarity is fine with a dull golden color.

S- Smells like a cold cup of that cheap mulled cider powder.

T&M- Very crisp with a watery body. Soda-like carbonation. Thin malt character, minimal hops ... very hard to pick out. Are there any hops in this beer at all ... I wonder. Cheap mulling spices and a faint grain middle to end. Very dry finish.

D- I have tasted a few non-alcoholic beers that have more flavor and character than this. A sorry excuse for beer IMO and there are far better pumpkin beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 02:28:06 | More by Jason
Photo of NormLobstah
NormLobstah

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

05-25-2013 04:12:43 | More by NormLobstah
Photo of goschool
goschool

California

2.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hardly any pumpkin ales are available in Los Angeles. I love pumpkin pie and I've had a great pumpkin smoothie, so I have always wanted to try a good pumpkin ale. This is the only one I've seen other than Buffalo Bill's, which has a reputation for being below average. In conclusion, I really wanted to like this beer.

Long story short, I don't. The pour is a light orange with a decent sized, but disappearing white head. The nose has everything in pumpkin pie (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.), but it's not particularly aromatic. The pumpkin in the taste is muted to point where it's nearing Crystal Light in seltzer. The finish has more pumpkin flavor (interestingly, the smoothie was the same way), but there's still not much. A little bit of malts and hops round out the taste. A thin, watery mouthfeel is consistent with the overall below averageness of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 06:09:40 | More by goschool
Photo of scruffwhor
scruffwhor

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Hardly any foam after the pour and no retention after the first sip of course. A very light haze in the overall medium amber hue. A little soapy and buttery in the first few wiffs. Got a little spicier as the beer warmed. the flavor was also buutery for a pumpkin beer. Liek watered down, yet still a little buttery sweet pumpkin pie. The palate was like a macro lager. Adjuncty and fake pumpkin flavors. Left a funny aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:32:59 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of mcallister
mcallister

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Color is lacking. Pours like an American domestic that is slightly orange. A pure white head is whispy and thin and dosen't want to hang around.

Subtle pumpkin aromas with even subtler spices. I kind of like the balance of the aromas but everything is a tad too laid back.

Lots of honey with pumpkin and the slightest bit of nutmeg. A pretty lackluster attempt.

Dreadful mouthfeel. Thin and weak. Wouldn't recommend drinking more than 4 oz's

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 23:39:49 | More by mcallister
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.