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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

91 Ratings
THE BROS
54
awful

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 24.63%
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:
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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Photo of Tyrawlings
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Gregwa, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev +11.9%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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.

jlindros, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of donniecuffs
2.55/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

donniecuffs, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of uustal
3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

uustal, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
2.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

bishopdc0, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.38/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Yeastcakes, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of aibkstaff
4.78/5  rDev +78.4%
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.

aibkstaff, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.45/5  rDev +28.7%
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...

BDIMike, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
1.88/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Goregazm, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
1.6/5  rDev -40.3%
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.

oriolesfan4, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
2.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Nikki's Liquors in Providence...
Appearance: Not-too-impressive... light, see-through, light-copper hue with no head nor lacing...
Smell: Unassertive, faint, slight malt and pumpkin aroma... Nothing much going on here nor in the overall flavor... Fake pumpkin, artificial-like aroma...
One of the worst pumpkin ales I've sampled...
Not recommended...

dsa7783, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of erosier
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

erosier, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of SnowGoon99
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

SnowGoon99, Jan 17, 2008
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1.98/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev +29.9%
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

Floydster, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.13/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

barleywinebrewer, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
2.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle

A: Hazy orange with no head basically.

S: Slight hints of pumpkin and spice, better as it warms up.

T: Tastes like a weak amber ale with a bit of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Needs more heft.

M: Thin, smooth, nice carbonic acid feel at the end, but not much.

D: A run of the mill boring pumpkin ale. Nothing objectionable, just boring. I want my pumpkin ales to have a robust spicy pumpkin flavor; this just didn't do it for me. I should have heeded the pumpkin flavor added blurb at the bottom of the bottle. At least it was cheap, like 64 cents for the bottle at Trader Joe's.

Halcyondays, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of TheBeerWolf
1.68/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

TheBeerWolf, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of montageman
2.05/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

montageman, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of olegv40
2.17/5  rDev -19%
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.

olegv40, Jan 19, 2007
Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
66 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.