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Sea Dog Old East India Pale Ale - Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Old East India Pale AleSea Dog Old East India Pale Ale

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221 Ratings

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.2%

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fashioned after the famous ales from Burton-On-Trent which took on such bold character after surviving the long, rolling voyage from London to Calcutta in the days of the Empire. This is an amber colored masterpiece in the world of beer styles.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-21-2001)
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Photo of thegodfather1076


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Decent looking label and graphics with a very nice color scheme. Label has a bit of brewery info and ABV info. Neck label looks the same as main label.

Appearance: Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz snifter. Pours a hazy copper orange color with a 2 finger light and airy off white foam head. Retention was 2min 37sec before fading into a bubbly foam head.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of floral hops with an earthy tone along with slight hints of orange and caramel malts.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of floral and resin hop bitterness on the front-end with a slight caramel malt sweetness that finishes with an earthy resin hop bite. Very good.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the light side of medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Overall I thought this was a very good offering that was very well balanced and while not spectacular I thought this represented the style admirably. Classified as an English IPA @ 6,2%. Consumed 5/8/2013.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:36:54 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looked more like a lager than an IPA, but still looked good with a copper orange color, with a good head. Not too foamy, pretty much just right. Good carbonation.

Smells like any IPA out there. Has a slightly crisper taste. Citrus, malt, lots of hops. It has a much better mouthfeel than other IPAs. I think it has a better taste than other IPAs too.

I typically don't go for IPAs, but I'll try this one again. If it ever comes in my beer of the month box again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 21:00:52 | More by kneeland
Photo of Minkybut


3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I do not know why this is being labeled retired unless I got a really old beer from my Beer of the Month Club... anyway, the beer poured a light amber color with a tan head. Did not look like an IPA. It smelled like an IPA. The taste was not IPA either but more of a heavy lager. It was very unIPA'ish, but I liked it and would buy again of course if it is still available that is.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 17:23:12 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: caramel and orange citrus are soft on the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, a hint of grapefruit, some pear, soft buttery tones, and a moderate bitterness makes up a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at this finish. Aftertaste is short lasting.

Overall: this IPA leans towards the citrus end, and is not as refreshing as some others out there. Decent beer but nothing overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 18:47:58 | More by Gavage
Photo of donkeyrunner


1.93/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pristinely clear amber with a frothy sand colored head. Expires 1/13 so I'm assuming this is pretty fresh.

Smells like..toasted malt with a little sweetness. Hops, hops anyone?

At 6.2% this doesn't have a lot of malty depth. Or hoppy depth for that matter either. I shouldn't have to try too hard, or try at all, to find flavor in an IPA. There's some toasted malt up front with some cloying sweet, wet grass for a finish but this couldn't even pass for a hoppy pale.

Don't know that I've ever met a Sea Dog I liked.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:40:30 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Il Mulino (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a clear copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a couple of slightly thicker patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts combined with a slightly more intense hop aroma made up of earthy and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with a slightly earthy flavor that is then overtaken by light amounts of caramel malt sweetness. Then the earthy and floral hops really take over, a little more aggressively than I expected, and leaves you with a moderate lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: This beer wsa quite enjoyable and easy to drink but I would not likely think of it as a sessionable beer - slightly too intense in the hoppiness to have more than one of these at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 14:16:13 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of BeerKangaroo


1.65/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There wasn't a date on the side of the bottle.

In a pint glass:

A: tan colored body with a small tan head was a half a finger that died within thirty seconds. No carbonation was seen rising. No lacing or rings were left.

S: bland, some caramel perhaps.

T: bland caramel again with some hops lightly in the background.

M: light and kinda sticky, dull finish

O: I doubt if I ever have this again, as there was barely anything good about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 16:16:15 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of bier_uber_alles

2.25/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber. Not much foam, and what foam there was receded quickly.
For an IPA, the smell is on the weak side. More earthy than hoppy. Very slight frutiness with a touch of cardboard.
Not much bitterness and a bit on the watery side. Lacks complexity.
Again, the mouthfeel was watery. Low in carbonation.
Overall, i'm not impressed. a mediocre offering which I would not seek out.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 13:14:13 | More by bier_uber_alles
Photo of rangerred


2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a one finger head that fades to a thin cap over the beer.

Smells of earthy, piny hops along with a slight amount of caramel malt.

Piny hops dominate the flavor up front leading to bit of sweet bready malt. A touch of caramel later on and a moderately bitter, drying finish.

An ok beer all around but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:03:06 | More by rangerred
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm posting this here for now, but the bottle says "brewed and bottled by Pugsley Brewing llc, Portland Maine", so it may eventually find a new home.

Color is tarnished gold, good clarity, topped by four level fingers of off-white level foam. Very little lacing.

Very low key sweet aroma, indistinct, almost like Budweiser.

Light sweet taste begins and follows throughout. Mild bitterness at the swallow. Not much here at all.

Light mouthfeel quickly passes by.

More like a light golden ale than ipa. Years ago I was a fan of Sea Dog's Old East IPA, but I think the Shipyard folks have wrecked havoc here. Major disappointment. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 05:24:46 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of Jammies


2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pirs a deep orangish red. Not much foam, no retention and no lacing

S- sweet with a slightly nutty odor. Also a hint of citrus

T- nutty and hoppy. Not really a great taste.

M- slightly hot. leaves an aftertaste in my mouth that makes me wish I never took a sip

O- I did not enjoy this beer at all. In fact, I couldnt even finish it. I had to pour half of it out...what a waste.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 15:27:27 | More by Jammies
Photo of jlindros


3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tap at brewpub in northborough.

Pours a creamy 1 finger head fades ay a med pace with nice lacing, mostly clear darker amber orange colored beer.

Nose has decent hops, but earthy, light fruity hops, hint of malt, light grainy malt, most of the hops seem to be bittering and much less aromas.

Taste brings some earthy hops, light spicy and chewy, semi bitter at first, some semi sweet malts also come out with a light grainy quality and some caramel malts. very light grassy floral hops come through later as it starts to get quite bitter. Finishes with long spicy bitter hops, bit sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall average pale ale, barely ipa, almost all bittering hops, no real floral, citrus or tropical fruit, some malt balance but this is more like a best bitter than ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 02:00:11 | More by jlindros
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger thick head. Clear amber.

S: a little musty hop aroma

T: there is a buttery thickness to this one. The hops are mild with some grassy and floral notes and minimal bitterness.

M: casked. Thicker body than a standard ipa.

Overall: This beer does very well on the cask. A decent IPA and very drinkable.

Serving type: cask

09-06-2011 01:07:28 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Sea Dog in South Portland. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it presents a caramel brown color that is crisp and vibrant. No head on this beer. The aromas are a blend of coffee, nut, and caramel, overall rich and sweet. The flavors are rich, sweet caramel malt with a strong, deep hop presence in the foundation. Very smooth and round. The aftertaste is rich and sweet, with a heavier hop presence, both moist green and slightly spiced. The beer has a dry, clean finish. Not too shabby.

Serving type: cask

09-03-2011 03:13:57 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of nickfl


4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very clear, copper body with a big, white head of foam. Excellent retention and lace.

S - Fruity yeast and toasted malt with a hint of caramel.

T - Bready malt up front with some red apple. Moderate bitterness and a bit of musty hop flavor.

M - Medium thick body, low carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Nicely done and appropriate to the style, the cask conditioning was a nice touch.

Serving type: cask

08-28-2011 19:40:25 | More by nickfl
Photo of TJBurgess


3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Topsham brewpub.

A: golden amber. Transparent, but not clear. A bit darker than expected.

S: not much here. At all. The English aspect is there, but its just barely a smell at all.

T: ehh. Simple and not much to it. More like an English lager, and a light one at that.

M: ok. Smooth. Carbonation is there, but not really well balanced with the creamy-ness.

O: blah. Skip.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 22:03:47 | More by TJBurgess
Photo of Slatetank


2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six from Al's of Hampden, poured chilled from the 12oz into a double walled tumbler.

The color is hazed orange with translucent clarity overall and 1/4 inch rocky ecru cap tops it, the lace clings well. The smell is very malty with some caramel odor and slight creaminess in the aroma with a slight pine accent, the scent is pleasant even if not overly hoppy. The feel has some smooth malt qualities up front with a subtle bitter edge and moderate carbonation throughout. The semi sweet finish is what doesn't appeal to me, the bitterness is moderately low for the style and sweetness seems out of place at this level even for an English version.

The taste is mildly hoppy no big deal, it has some hops up front with a slight caramel-like flavor which starts to take over with a slight cloying effect which makes it pretty average as far as flavor, almost as if the yeast gave up 3/4 of the way and left the residual sugar there and this doesn't bother that much because it tastes ok, but it does distract from the hops that are apparently there, just muted by the malt. Overall bottom line is this is a pretty poor IPA English or otherwise, it just lacks an assertive hop flavor and the bitterness it does have is negated by the overtly sweet malt finish, caramel is too high. I recommend trying anything else but this if you are looking for a decent IPA, the hops take a backseat which is dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:54:18 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Tballz420


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored brew, largely clear but with a bit of haze. Small white head proves fleeting. Scent has a lot of caramel malts and some nice bitter hop. Nice caramel maltiness, a fair amount of bitter hop, kinda has a unique taste to the water too. Not to say that its watery, just that its a individually noticed ingredient for some reason. Mouth is pretty full and smooth. Kind of a unique brew in its own regard, not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:04:55 | More by Tballz420
Photo of therica


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= rich light amber, decent active slushy off-white head (massive if poured "normally"), nice lacing and plentiful rimming, some pooling.

S= first nose: apricot; second nose: rich hops florals and citrus; third nose: rich sweet malts.

T= grassy, tart and dry hops-bitter, some light grapefruit, a distant note of cherry or raspberry or both. Decent malts but not the richness that were in the nose. I appreciate the effort at not-overly-hophead IPA but there's just something missing in the flavor overall, and the "whatever" flavors get a bit in the way of being a highly satisfying offering.

M= grassy dryness with a light honey sweetness on the tongue. The sweetness has hints of the fruity berry taste that lingers and gets a bit annoying after a few sips.

O= great nose but just not quite balanced in the drinking. Grassy belches. Still a worthy beer, probably great with burgers and similar, doing fine with some hot-pepper chili and crackers at the moment. [That was last night-- tonight it's doing not too badly with peanut butter on soda crackers]

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:03:47 | More by therica
Photo of 2cansam

New York

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber brown, nice head retention

S - surprisingly fruity, I pick up grapefruit and green apple. maybe a bit of malt too

T - follows the nose, grapefruit and green apple with a sugary finish. I had to do a double take at this point to make sure I was drinking an IPA

M - Smooth, just the right amount of carbonation

O - Not at all what I was expecting, but Id say Im pleasantly surprised. The next time I hear someone say " I dont like IPAs" I know what beer Im handing them, this is a very easy IPA to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 23:10:26 | More by 2cansam
Photo of smakawhat


3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the pub in Topsham ME.

Poured in to a pint glass to the brim thus no head to speak of, leaving a brown gold color with some cloudiness and no lacing.

Smell is a faint sweet malt, some caramel and faint light brown sugar. Very hard to find.

Taste is slightly better. Small sweet toasted bread feel, and a chew of brown sugar. Some caramel notes on the aftertaste with a sugary somewhat finish, with at least a decent body. The beer also has a honey stickyness quality to it in the palate also.

Drinkability is pretty good and easy at a simple 6.2 ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 00:31:32 | More by smakawhat
Photo of SnowGoon99


3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Bangor location into a mixer glass.

Pours a dark amber to almost brown with about a quarter inch of head. While drinking head clings to the side in the Belgian lace style. Aroma comes through with some grapefruit and caramel aromas but not very strong. Could've used a little more hop aroma for a IPA but it is an English IPA as opposed to American. Still could've used a little more.

Caramel is very apparent in the flavor along with the bitterness from the hops. Hop flavor is also apparent but subdued. Still a little thinner in the body than i would've expected from an over 6% beer. If this was the body of a pale ale it would've been awesome but in an IPA it's way too low. Pretty drinkable beer though. Almost wish this was their pale and their IPA was bigger and better.

Overall one of the better beers that Sea Dog offers but it's still not that great. They are known for low alcohol "drinkable" "session" beers and wanted one a little bigger. Kinda missed the mark for mine.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 21:40:39 | More by SnowGoon99
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle of "Kennebunkport IPA" from Traders Joe. Pours copper with a short lived white head, lots of carbonation. Aroma is perfume hops and biscuit malt. Medium, oily body. Not very sharp. Flavor of biscuit and caramel malt with a medium, lightly hoppy dry finish. Not a bad beer for the price, but it is more suited for an ESB than IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 13:54:07 | More by mikeg67
Photo of StaveHooks


3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy copper with a big bubbled head.

S - Grapefruit, some floral spice. Pretty weak nose.

T - Clean grapefruit across a sweet buttery malt. Green apples, white grapes, and pineapple. Hops provide good balanced but are muted.

Very clean and easy drinking. Not spectacular but a good. Very drinkable.

Serving type: cask

10-03-2010 00:23:35 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of bundy462


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper, almost brownish. Thick tan head.

S: Floral hops, lots of fruits especially grapefruit. A caramel malt like quality also.

T: Very very clean. Very fruity and malty for the style, hops are not very pungent. Finishes very clean.

M: Very smooth and clean, easy to drink.

O: Session brew for sure, it's very neutral for the style making it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 01:01:33 | More by bundy462
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Sea Dog Old East India Pale Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.