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Sea Dog Amber Ale - Vancouver Island Brewery

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Sea Dog Amber AleSea Dog Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Vancouver Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ready, Aye, Ready! We’re proud that our brewery’s hometown is also the base of the Canadian Pacific Naval Fleet. As a tribute to our nation’s Naval heritage, and to commemorate our Canadian Naval Centennial, we’ve crafted a unique beer for a unique occasion. Sea Dog is an amber coloured beer with a burst of hops and smooth malt finish. Here’s to 100 years of protecting our waters, our citizens and our sovereignty...Bravo Zulu!

(Beer added by: bobsy on 03-19-2010)
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Reviews by JohnnyBarman:
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Single bottle from the BC Craft Brewers Guild mixed pack at the LCBO.

Poured into a small tulip tasting glass. A deep ruby chestnut colour, with a decent head of foam that recedes into a thick ring. Nice colour to the brew.

Nose is cereal, malt, chocolate. Maybe a touch of hops in there, but its a bit of a stretch.

Decent red ale, not much to it. Finishes surprisingly clean; I'm really not getting any of the "distinctive burst of hops" the label boasts about. What I am getting is a good dose of sweet malt, cereal, and surprisingly a bit of chocolate. Mild, grassy hops I suppose, but not too much to speak of. An okay red ale that sits firmly on the sweet side of the tracks.

Carbonation is mild, beer has a slight oiliness to it. Medium bodied.

Nothing to get too excited about, this is a pretty standard amber ale without too much going on. I'm sure it is probably a great deal better when enjoyed fresh, and of course I would love the opportunity to try some of this on site, but this particular bottle isn't doing much for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 20:13:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type 341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Amber in colour. Shocking. With a slight brown tinge. Poured with 2 fingers of slightly off white head. A decent amount of lacing is left behind. Head retention is decent, halfway done the glass and there's still some left.

Smell - Roasted malt's and a good deal of nuts and biscuits.

Taste - Follows the nose. Very heavy on the malts up front. Toffee and caramel factor in towards the finish. Lingering nutty taste.

Mouthfeel - Not to heavy, not to light. Carbonation is medium. Finish is smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 03:01:46 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

341 mL bottle from the BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler, currently available at the LCBO (packaged May 23 2013). I used to be pretty big on ambers, but I fear that my palate has moved on because I can't recall the last time I was really wowed by one. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a beautiful, clear copper-amber colour, topped with one centimetre of dense, off-white head that quickly wilts into a soap film and narrow collar. Mild aroma that tends toward the sweet side - caramel and biscuity malts come through nicely, in addition to a slight hint of baker's chocolate that nicely complements the earthy nature of the hops in this brew. Nothing fancy, but it works out well.

No surprises here; this is a straightforward, tasty, malt-focused amber ale. Toffee and toasted, biscuity/bready malts provide the initial burst of flavour, leading into a pleasant nuttiness with a faint wisp of chocolate. The hops are less prominent than on the nose, offering only a modest grassiness that finishes us off, followed by a slight sweetness that lingers on the palate into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with a slightly slick feel on the palate that is effectively scrubbed away by the prickly, fairly sturdy carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but I could see the sweetness becoming tiresome.

Final Grade: 3.63, a B grade. While I wouldn't consider it particularly memorable, Vancouver Island Brewery has still managed to generate a serviceable, full-flavoured, sessionable ale in their Sea Dog Amber. This easily outperforms the macro equivalents like Rickard's Red and Sleeman Honey Brown, but I'd still like a little more punch out of the hop bill - this one is a bit malt-heavy, and for that reason I doubt I'd be up for more than 2-3 of these in a sitting. Pretty good with no deal-breaking flaws, and I'd be interested in trying a fresher sample, but this doesn't strike me as a top tier amber.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 22:55:40 | More by thehyperduck
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Ontario (Canada)

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Ontario (Canada)

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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured a large rocky tan amber head, lots of big visible carbonation. Colour is a darkish reddish chestnut brown, very clear. Leaves some light lacing. 3.5

S – caramel malts are forward, some lemon notes with a ruby grapefruit citrus as well. Also some harsher mineral, metallic-y notes. Some fruitiness with the malt, raspberry mostly, although apple and peach could be there as well . 3.5

T – fruity and malty mostly. Grapefruit citrus, and some estery soft florals. Bready malts, and caramel with raspberry jam. Citrus and red berries really are the prominent notes ontop of some bready malts, some minerally edges on the maltiness, it is a light style, but the flavor isn’t bad just fairly shallow Finish is dry, mildly grassy. 3.75

M – quite light, with a plethora of big carbonation fleshing it out. Easy drinking with a mild balanced body, hints of caramel malts at the close. Drinkable yes, not that inspiring though. 3.25

The Alt influence is detectable in this, with a light and drinkable mineral profile, the malt flavor is mildly lemony and interesting but otherwise there isn’t a ton going on and the hops don’t contribute much. Easy drinking summer beer, I’m guessing this batch isn’t that fresh, so I would hope for better next time. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-08-2013 20:05:10 | More by RedAleMan
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper red brew undr a good-sized head that settles to a heavy film and gives up lots of curtainy lace as you go. Decent looking brew.

Nose is all malts, with just a whiff of hops. Sweet caramel.

Taste is also sweet and malty, and just a hint of hops. Very thin-bodied and watery.

Drinkable, but overall just an ordinary red ale.

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Ontario (Canada)

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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.4%

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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed 6 pack for $13

Appearance - Clear copper/amber colour with an average size off white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/toffee, and grassy hops. There is also a bit of a chocolate flavour.

Overall - Not a hoppy ale by any means, but a solid brown ale. A nice well rounded malty flavour.

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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The third beer in the pod (sampler) pack. I drank three 341 mL bottles (at 5.2% alc). I've been impressed with the quality of the previous two (pale ale and a dark lager).

This one has a brown, clear body with a foamy, beige head. It left lots of lacing. It had the aroma of rootbeer with a salty, woodsy, mushrooms quality to it. The taste was not very complex, just mostly malt and biscuit. I enjoyed the mouthfeel more than anything else. I found it felt creamy, fizzy, and wet. Overall, not their best offering but, then again, I've never really cared for amber/red ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:26:56 | More by maclean25
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Sea Dog Amber Ale from Vancouver Island Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.