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

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-21-2001

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.
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Ratings: 251 | Reviews: 138
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Photo of Todd
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle from their mixed 12pak. Freshness date on the side.

Appearance: Pours a slight chill-hazed dark amber beer with orange hues and a settled, tight, creamy, white lace.

Smell: Bready malts, fruit esters, leafy / floral hops.

Taste: The carbonation creams up on the palate immediately, providing a smooth and full mouthfeel. Malty, near chewy, with a distinct bready character and light buttery/caramel backbone. Notes of wood. Bit of spice and alcohol presence. A sharp rind twang prevails over the malts, for a bit, but then smooths into a pretty and sweet fruity (berry-like) ester character, splash of cordial. Some bitter flower characters in the hops. More bready malts towards the finish, with nutty overtones. Dry biscuit finish with a lingering sweetness and coarse, dirty, earth feel and taste.

Notes: Not as hoppy as I expected from this IPA. Big on the malts and fruity flavours, and in comparison the hops played little more than a balancing role. Interesting, but it stops there.

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a best enjoyed before date clearly notched.

Appearance: Orange-amber with a very faint haze, the light tan head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Juicy grapefruit and oranges with the Ringwood trait buttery diacetyl followed by more fruit of ripe pear.

Taste: The hop bitterness and alcohol spice it up a bit by tingling the tongue. A pearish fruitiness floats around in the middle with a good dose of malt sweetness, light butter, citrus rind and a nutty biscuity malt flavour. The leafy hop flavour tires to dry all the way yet the residual sugars take a while to linger out. The alcohol start to warm up the body a bit also.

Notes: Not a bad IPA at all ... knock down the malt a bit or hop it a bit more and this could make for a great IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In cask at the pub in Topsham. Dark amber color with a thick white head that was fairly sticky. Mostly a floral/pine aroma, with a little malt in the background. Citrus flavor, again the slight taste of pine. Not overly hopped. I think this would be a good session beer.

Photo of Duster72
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper color pour from bottle into pint glass. Finger and a half head dissipates quickly. Aroma is mild, but primarily carmel malts. Where are the hops? Bottle shows this as being a fresh batch, but the hops are nonexistant. More like a abbey ale than an IPA. Very sweet flavor carmel malts with very little bitters. Mouthfeel is a little too cloying. More sweet than anything. Not a bad beer, especially at $.92 (yes, less than a dollar!) at Trader Joe's, but nothing I would ever seek out.

Photo of merlin48
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a sampler box called a "Motley Crew". This pours a clear, golden amber, body with a huge, three finger head that is ivory in color, and rocky in character. The head has excellent longevity, before depositing immense sheets of lace all over the glass. Very stunning appearance.

Aroma is dominated by caramel malt, with a prominent, grapefruity, hops background.

Mouthfeel is very nice, medium bodied with a coating, dry hops presence.

The taste is Hoppy! Pine and grapefruit hops really jar your palate around, first off. Caramel malt becomes more prominent as this ale warms up. I found the finish to be pleasantly bittersweet, like chewing a caramel candy and a piece of grapefruit rind, simultaneously.

This is an excellent IPA that I found to be more in the American style. The label states that this is "Hand Brewed and Bottled by Pugsley Brewing LLC in Portland, Me". I saw several of the "Motley Crew" sampler boxes in groceries on the Maine, coast the week of 7/19/04, so it seems that Sea Dog is alive and well.

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: small 1/4 inch head big carbonation, clear, orange-brown

The smell and taste follow close together. They both contain mild hops, malt, and grass.

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate carbonation, smooth, with a slightly bitter end.

Drinkability: This is a very average IPA that almost drinks more like a regular pale ale. I do not get the hoppy bite that I am accustomed to with this style. It is not overly distinguishable. One is enough.

Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz from Trader Joe's. Pours light amber with a short off-white head. Floral, citrus aroma of hops and some strawberries with caramel. Light mouthfeel. Hops are on the sweet side. Slightly soapy. Decent malt back, but adds to the sweetness that ends up taking away from the overall taste.

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper colored with an orangey beige head that rises up a half inch, but runs away quickly. Aroma is not very hoppy, mostly sweet malts, ripe fruit, and some flowery esters. Flavor is initially malty, sort of sweet but doughey as well. This is followed by sweet fruits and some toffee. Also a bit of that alcohol metallic thing, but it doesn't detract, just let's you know it's there. But I must ask - where are the hops? I'm enjoying this beer, but it tastes like a really malty pale ale, a style I happen to enjoy. I also enjoy a good IPA, but I would never guess that this was one.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fat two finger head. Moderate retention and a nice bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells weakly of hops and slighty piney.

The taste is, suprisingly, quite nice. A small bit of toasted malt gives way to a nice bite of hops. Little bits of citrus and grass intertwine to make for a pleasent experience. Nothing earth-shattering here, but it works for me.

Mouthfeel is moderate with nothing to offend.

Drinkability is good. This one should carry over well to the general drinking public.

Photo of 2cansam
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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

Pours amber/orange good lacey head. Aroma is faint earthy floral hops with a touch of sweet malt, bready. More malt flavor than hops, bread,biscuit and caramel notes. Bitterness is to balance and nothing more, could use a little more IBU's. Medium body nothing great or over the top. Over all not bad fairly drinkable and for $4.99 for a six pack a great deal!

Photo of anders36
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a deep amber colour with a tan coloured head that disappear quickly.
It has a little fruity smell of oranges and apricots. You can also smell the alcohol. The taste is bitter with alot of hops and alcohol with a hint of oranges and apricots. Not a bad beer, it has a good bitter taste but the alcohol taste is a little to intense for me.

Photo of QXSTER1
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish orange appearance with a dense, creamy white head that lasts forever and sticks to the glass with a beautiful lace.
Doesn't have the citric hop blast that the West Coast versions have, but a more balanced, maltier English style with plenty of noble hops bitterness. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel with caramel and toasted grain vying with the hops for your attention.
One of my favorite IPA's, right up there with Hop Devil.

Photo of ElGordo
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber hue with a creamy, off-white half-inch head that sticks around for a while. Lightly carbonated. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and dry yeast, without any hops to speak of. More caramel malt on the palate, accented by a light fruitiness and a bit of a bready character. A touch of hop bitterness emerges on the finish. Nice medium body. Not the tastiest beer around, but quite drinkable.

Photo of willabys
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another yummy treat gathered on a northeast expedition.

Pours solid amber, relatively clear, off white head, almost no lacing.

Smells mostly malty.

Taste is an nice balance of sweet but undistinctive malts and nice but not sharp hop.

I really like the finish on this one, nice balance.

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

Throws a light pumpkin orange hue with a thin, tan head. Mostly malty nose, some biscuit and hop aroma to be noted. Nearly full-bodied; crisp hops, biscuit/toast offerings on the palate; razor sharp hops slide down the hatch. Citrus notes and some spices; bordering on an APA; pretty decent and Sessionable.

Photo of Vibbly
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle pours out with pretty minimal head that dies down quickly and doesn't leave much lace. I'm not going to try to describe the color too much, being blind to such things, but even though it's a "normal" IPA color it's fairly translucent.

The smell is grainy and a bit harsh (even a weird indoor pool aroma) but it's not entirely bad. There isn't much hoppiness in the nose. It's a bit thin and pretty subdued in terms of taste. It's kind of watery, and almost tastes like a (literally) hopped up macro lager, though that's obviously a stretch. And the hops don't come through so much in terms of flavor as straight-up bitterness. But it's very drinkable, it's pleasant, and it's not a bad deal.

Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of light hops, some floral notes. Taste is lightly hopped, a strong malt backbone, some mild citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit light on hops for the style, but highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Sampled at a beer tasting at Barb's Beer Emporium on July 2, 2009. The pour is amber with a beige, foamy head. The aroma has a sugary sweetness about it, whcih makes sense since Sea Dog specializes in fruity beers. But this one was not fruity. The taste was more sugary sweet than hoppy like most IPA's. I could drink this one because the hop bitterness is more subtle.

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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

Picked this one up in a mixed sixer last night and decided to give it a go for dinner. My first real experience with the brewery, but I was excited to try another IPA, being that it is naturally my favorite style, I am trying to try as much of them as possible. The 12oz bottle was served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Nice amber color, with touches of golden honey in it. Nice clarity with a good amount of carbonation streaking up toward the top. A nice two inch layer of foam lay across the top and hung around for a good long while before finally settling down to just a thin layer across the top that lasted throughout the session. Nice IPA look.

The aroma was full of oily hops, lots of light orange and tangerine aroma, touches of pine and fresh grass as well. There was a pungent flower like aroma mixed in, perhaps heather or lavender, but it was definitely noticeable on top of everything else. The flavor followed it nicely, this was not the huge, west coast IPA, but was much more subtle in its way. There were some touches of orange and pine in the flavor, but again it was very sweet and very nicely done. Great balance here with a good, full malt profile providing and underlying bready and grain like body to which a good chunk of resin like hope flavors were dropped on. Smooth medium bodied Mouthfeel, never let up in carbonation and worked very well with the overall style of it. Easy drinkability as the flavors all worked well together and nothing really dominated anything else.

Overall this was a solid effort. Not the best IPA I have ever had but I cannot really knock it in any way. It was very smooth and a good solid session beer. I would love to try this one on tap and I may in fact go back and try this one again some day.

Photo of cubedbee
2.36/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle best by November 2007. Pours a dark clear amber with two fingers of off-white head, good retention, decent amount of lacing. Nose is a slight bready malt, a touch of butterscotch, very subdued. Taste is full of buttery diacetyl, some slight tea-like bitterness, really not very good at all. Didn't even finish this one, it's not even a mediocre IPA, very disappointing.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Somewhat murky orange tinted with a few small pieces of particulate matter of indeterminate origin. The only thing that saves the appearance is that it did form a wonderful thick, foamy bone white head that had decent retention and left good heavy lacing.

S = Bread flour and dough, some slight yeasty pepper, but also a slight plasticine smell.

T = Has a good malt bready taste with slight maple syrup notes and fair bitterness at mid-palate, but it is somewhat cloying and at the same time a little lackluster. Not bad, but nowhere near great.

M = Has an unpleasant sting from the carbonation. Medium-light body.

D = This is drinkable but enough about it is either problematic or simply too mundane to make me really want to come back for more.

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

#32
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.

Photo of daythree16
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber color into a pint glass. One finger head with nice lace.

Smell is a bit malty with some earthy notes. Taste has some malty sweetness with caramel and a bready taste. The hop quality is completely different than American IPA's. It's actually kind of a nice break. There's no overpowering west coast citrus hoppiness. It's more of a smooth, earthy bitterness on the finish (if that makes sense.)

Moutfeel is smooth and medium bodied. I'm liking this one a lot. Way better than the rest of the Sea Dog beers that I've had. Not a huge fan of their fruit beers, but I would buy this again.

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Sea Dog Old East India Pale Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.