Pangaea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 47
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with ingredients from each and every continent, Pangaea is a slightly spicy ale with a mouthful of rich flavors. It's a great food beer.

Our list of worldly ingredients includes: Crystallized ginger from Australia, Water from Antarctica, Basmati rice from Asia, Muscavado sugar from Africa, Quinoa from South America, European yeast, North American maize.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 974 | Reviews: 567
Reviews by d0ggnate:
Photo of d0ggnate
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours orange amber with an arousable head layer. tiny bubbles continue to rise from the depths of my glass.
S: Ginger and a bit floral.
T: Continued ginger. A slight spicy notes, possibly from the extent of ginger involved. Faint caramel.
M: Flowing and smooth. Sharp and crisp flavors. Nice carbonation.
D: Easy drinking and delicious to boot. This is a great beer for pairing with food and might even be good for cooking.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy orange with a huge blooming fluffy head that leaves a nice amount of lacing,aroma of honey comes thru and some sweet malt.Taste is fresh and lightly sweet I pick up a hint of the ginger in the finish also some light medicinal notes.I like this brew fresh tasting bursting with flavors.I see I like it more than most.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes on 7/4/10.

A: Golden-amber color. The short head disappears quickly. A small film shaped like Casper the Friendly Ghost resides on top of the beer. I do not see any lacing of which to speak.

S: Ginger. Some nice sweet malts are present, too, but I get mostly ginger spice in my nostrils.

T: This reminds me of alcoholic Vernors. The ginger is very prevalent, although there is a fertile soil flavor in the middle of each sip and a decent bitter finish.

M: Pretty thin on the entirety, with a little bit of a fuller kick at the end.

D: I am glad that I tried this one, but it seemed like a one-trick pony to me. I got a lot of ginger out of it and really not much else.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited to finally find this ingredient for each contient is a very cool idea and I'm interested to see what Dogfish Head came up with here. The cork comes out with a nice pop and some wisps of white smoke. Pours a deep semi cloudy amber brown with a thin bubbly head. Mellow nose with yeasty tones, hints of candi sugar and a nice ginger spiciness. There's a light mixed fruitiness as well.

First sip has a nice sweet malt upfront with hints of tropical fruits. Big ginger spice flavor dominates. There's a nice yeasty character as well. I like the ginger....quite an intersting brew overall. A slight butterscotch flavor peeks out as the brew warms.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a medium body...makes it very easy to drink...however a bit more body and carbonation wouldn't hurt. I'm putting this 750 down myself and it should be no problem. Kudos to DFH for putting out yet another unique experimental brew.

Photo of JasonA
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/30/06

Pours a crystal clear light carmel. Little to no head, virtualy no lacing. Solid stream of bubbles coming up through the middle of the bottom of the glass.

Light smell, ginger in there. Citrus, is that grapefruit? Maybe some alcohol and hops, too tough to tell. Was expecting more.

Not much going on. Something fresh about the taste, crisp. Citrus, ginger, grapefruit, maybe some hops finish. Something different and bitter at the end.

Feels nice, nothing overt about it. Dare I call it boring. Most likely it needs to age a good bit more.

Not sure I would seek out this beer. Glad I tried it once, but not something I think I would search for. I do have another from this batch which will spend some time away from friends :)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle, not corked but capped, served in a snifter. It was a clear orange color with a small white head and a little lacing. It had a spicy, yeasty aroma. Tasted like a Belgian, then some late spice (I guess the ginger) came through. A very smooth, drinkable beer. I'd call it a schizophrenic Belgian.

Photo of gregmoscetti
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like all good BA experiences, Pangaea's cap was popped over a good meal with good friends. This was an 07 bottle that I had hanging out in the beer cave for quite a while.

I paired it with Pork Belly Buns made out of David Chang's Momofuku cookbook (pretty much a Pork Advocate cookbook). The ginger in this beer along with its light body and Belgian yeasty sweetness made it an ideal accompaniment to the spicy, salty dinner. it left me fat and happy and ready to stroll into Martin Luther King day...

Photo of Todd
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked champagne bottle, and I allowed it to condition for a while before chilling. "This beer ages with the best of em." states the label, but I'm drinking this one fresh.

Pours a bright peachy amber with a massive 3-4 finger frothy foam head. Slight haze from the yeast. Excellent head retention and wispy tentacle stick to the glass. Soft fruity aroma with plenty of steel (smells like my wok), esters, alcohol, notes of peach, strawberry and bubblegum. Odd combo of aromas. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy, full. Moderate carbonation with a brief seltzer-like fizz on the palate. Even malt sweetness of peaches with pears on the edge. Sugary sweetness in the middle, touch of floral honey. Plenty of defining ginger character, though not as spicy as I expected (like a can of warm ginger ale), followed by a berry / gum character (like when you've chewed some juicy berry gum until almost all of the flavor is gone). Yeah, berry. Maybe even some of that sweetness you get from roasted carrots or parsnips, too. Bone dry in the finish, with some residual ginger, but for the most part it's clean.

A wonderful beer with some interesting Saison / farmhouse ale similarities. Very quaffable and refreshing. Well worth a try.

Photo of marvin213
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lightly-hued ale, complete with its frothy top, looks delicious. Skewed to the brown side relative to pale ale peers, the soda-ish head and DIPA-like lacing let this one look a step above the rest. CO2 bubbles rush to the surface even minutes after the pour. It appears like another well-crafted DFH production.

The smell is crystallized ginger, and the aforementioned bubblies let the nose nexus with mine. The Belgian yeast stays uncharacteristically in the background. Though perhaps both pale malts and even ginger are found all over the world, I can't help but wonder about the beer's name's origin. It smells like a malt beverage with ginger...and the carbonation makes that delightful.

As I savor the sip from my DFH snifter, I must acknowledge that the taste is more ordinary. The bubbles again predominate as I feel the liquid better than I taste it. Unfortunately, pale malts again disappoint me. Not even the Belgian yeasts are extraordinary. A ginger beer, however, is still cool in my book, and this is a cool beer.

The well-crafted beverage oozes all over taste sensories, as even post-swallow leaves my cheeks a-tingling. If only there were a little more substance to push around.... Nevertheless, it's a great take on a unique beer. It's novel enough to keep handy, and I know no other beverage I'd prefer paired with my sushi.

Photo of Billolick
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

large bottle, caged and corked, without any freshness dating to be found. Almond in color, murky with a minimal off white head, very minimal lacing also observed. nose is sweat and raisiny. this is a strong, strange and differant concoction, for a change from DFH.... Too sweet for me to buy another bottle. Strangly out of balance.

Photo of badbeer
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Apricot in color with a very minimal head and lacing. The smell is of sweet malt and ginger. Again, the taste is much like the smell with predominant tastes of ginger and sweetness from the malt, the ginger gives a bit of a bite to the beer, found a taste of apricot in this as well as some hop bitterness, but it just didn't seem like everything fit. Light in body with a medium carbonation. I would recommend splitting up the bottle or having it as part of a group tasting. It was alright, but was a bit cloying.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of bread with some ginger notes. There is also some fruit in the aroma but I can't put my finger on exactly what fruit it is. The flavor is similar. The predominant flavor I get is ginger, but there is also some sweetness from the bread and toffee malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty good, but I was hoping the beer would be more complex.

Photo of mattster
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.6 oz Bottled sometime in 2007, but stamp is distorted. Crown cap, not cork. I purchased this one in late November, so it was bottled sometime before that, obviously.

Poured into GFH Snifter, Nice 1" layer of bubbly head that slowly subsided to about a 1/2". Reasonably clear Amberish-orange color... has nice effect when light hits it.

Smell is of ginger and light spice - very clean aroma. Taste is amazing. Ginger fills the palate, but other flavors make themselves known as the brew goes on. Slightly sweet, but very nice. I really like this beer. Maybe because I really enjoy ginger.

Really nice mouth feel, although bubbles are not apparent in glass, they greet the tongue with a pleasant burst.

The finish is smooth, but there is a slight aftertaste. Its not unpleasant, I just want some water. Obviously, you're not going to drink more than one of these in a session.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Champagne bottle, corked and caged. Hefty "pop" of the cork with a little vapor escaping behind it.

Very fizzy orangish color. All sorts of bubbly streams from the bottom and sides of the glass effervesce millions of tiny bubbles to the top of the beer. Very creamy head that's off-white in color and not only remained at two-finger thickness the entire time, but also laced the glass with chunky rings.

Nose has some ginger (who'da thunk it?) and some other yeast-citrus notes. Maybe a whiff of a grassy-earthen hop note as well.

Flavor is rather...bland. Almost like a hodge-posdge of flavors mixed together with no apparent direction. More of the ginger definitely noted, along with some estery fruit, cotton candy sweetness, spices. Finishes bubbly and dry, with just a whisper of fire from the ABV.

Nice body and fizzy/spritzy on the palate. Maybe I'm missing the gist of this beer, but I just didn't really care for it. Tough to finish the entire bottle.

Photo of magictrokini
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another aperitif from Dogfish head. I admire the innovation, but this just wasn't that good. Pours clear gold with a short white head. Aroma and flavor of ginger, as in LOTS of ginger. It was sake-like, possibly from the rice, but the ginger was overpowering.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a dfh off-centered pint glass.

Pours a very clear light golden/brown with a nice bit fluffy white head and a lot of bubbles. Nose is very spicy, ginger and citrus are very present. Strong Belgian nose.

Taste is very spicy, lots of ginger and citrus as per the nose. It's a bit spicier than I like but it's what they were going for. No alcohol is present here so it's somewhat drinkable but 1 bottle is more than enough.

Photo of jondeelee
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pangaea begins on a strange note, the aroma wafting from the bottle smelling like an odd mixture of light beer, ginger, and soy sauce--in fact, I instantly felt like I was sitting at a sushi restaurant. The smell isn't necessarily bad, but it does contain a smoky vegetable note that, coming from a beer, is quite strange.

On the tongue, the presence of ginger is immediate, though thankfully not overwhelming. Instead, just enough crystallized ginger--think the flavor of ginger that comes with sushi--has been added to give the beer a sugar-and-sour tang. A good layer of toasted grains and brown sugars lies below the ginger, and hops provide a pine bitterness that helps balance out the sugar and ginger. The aftertaste is largely ginger, with hints of grain. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an interesting brew, and worth trying at least once. However, I suspect many will balk at the strong presence of ginger, and I have to admit that, after only a few sips, I find myself wanting a nice, thick stout in my other hand to help cleanse and refresh my palate.

Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a balloon red wine glass, as the "directions" on the label suggest. Hazy apricot color with a foamy beige/orange head that settles slowly. Nose of ginger and honey, with hints of sweet apple. Flavor seems to start off with pear, a little doughey and yeasty, with some understated ginger, and a finish of orange peel. I must say though, that I'm picking up some band-aid in the lingering aftertaste. Spotty bits of lace dot the glass. Aftertaste morphs into a medicinal thing. Mouthfeel is tingly upfront, but smooths out in the finish. Interesting brew, but not sure if I'll pick it up again.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is was interesting brew.

it poured straw yellow, and pale gold.

A small cream head.

Smelled of subtle ginger spice, crisp hops and clean spring water.

The taste was interesting, there was a peppery spice accompanied by the ginger spice. The beer was super crisp, and drinkable.

I got some notes of apricots, dried fruits, and grass...

The after taste is lingering.

This is a good beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange amber cloudy with a nice cream colored head not as massive or textured as I was thinking but still nice leaves a good bit of lacing with each sip adding some eye candy. Aroma: Gingery spiced with some nice tropical fruit tones going on seems very nice but definitely gentle for a Dogfish Head brew, I'm a fan so far. Taste: Mango like character with the ginger not bearing down on me I'm liking this mild drinkable brew from DFH and I think the label kicks ass as well. Not much hopping evident especially not enough to pick out the variety but it's a nice get away from the typical barrage of flavors from DFH. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slow carbonation didn't form the type of head I was picturing but hey it's all good. Drinkability: Is solid could definitely chill with this and be a happy camper it's packing enough flavor without overspicing a success for this style of brew.

Photo of OStrungT
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thin wgite head. The head fades a little faster than I would have liked. It leaves very few laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell some coriander, and maybe some grains of paradise. Also, a slight clovy aroma is present. It is a nice citrus aroma to it as well. Some yeasty notes are present. It has a mild sweet malty aroma also. It smells slightly grainy.

This beer tastes much like it smells. I taste spice upfront. Not overbearing though. Some citrus flavors are present. It tastes a little earthy from the yeast. It has a nice malty balance.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a slightly spicy aftertaste. It is very crisp and refreshing. It is not nearly as carbonated as I had expected.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not too aggressively flavored. Also, at 7 percent, it is not too strong.

Overall: Thanks go out to ggaughan for this beer. I am gratefull for having had the opportunity to try this one. It was cool to have abeer with ingrediants from every continent. Hats off to Dogfish Head for their cool ideas.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving a solid amount of lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and candi sugar with earthy fruits and hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the ginger really comes through in the flavor profile. Rustic caramel malt flavors up front with unripe pears and ginger. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with mdoerate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this is one of the better experimental ancient beers that I've had from DFH. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
This bottle is capped but not corked

A- This beer has a nice dark tangerine body that is crystal clear with a gentle carbonation. The head is a creamy white foam that is very thick.

S- The smell of slightly sweet pale malt with some soft notes of wheat and a faint hint of earthy dried corn. The note of ginger at the finish with some green hop bitterness is a nice balance of flavors.

T- The taste of ginger bite and pale malt up front are in good balance. There is a little peppery spice and soft alcohol taste with the bitter hops. When the ginger and slightly toasted malts blend in the middle with the hops they have a very unique flavor that is very much its own flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a nice fizz in the texture. The finish is smooth with no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer has nice flavors that blend very nicely from one flavor to the next. The ginger, malt, hops and alcohol all play an important roll but none of them over power the others. I see from the map on the bottle that Ethiopia (the birthplace of man) is not that far from Belgium, coincidence?

Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I just found these notes and, while I doubt there are plans to, I kind of hope they bring it back.

It's a thick pale to medium yellow. A white head has very good retention, just under one finger tall, and it leaves mostly patchy lacing behind.
Big, sweet malts are in the nose. There's lots of fruit and some soft spices, a sort of metallic thing going on too.It's also earthy and there's a bite from something a little spicier along with the soft spices. It's a little strange when the bubble gum notes comes out, and some solvent on the end.
There's a lot going on here. It's sweet, spicy and hoppy, kitchen spices mixing with ginger for more bite, with a good malt base. There's lots of earthiness to go with the sweetness that comes out. it kind of goes back and forth between sweet and dry.
The feel is a little too thick, holding down the crispness, though it is smooth. Something keeps it from creamy, and it tends toward syrupy.

Photo of 89Vision
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle (aged 8 months to a year) into a Westmalle chalice. The color is a cloudy light brown, with under a one finger head that quickly fades. Not very impressed with the appearance.. very average.

Upon pouring, the ginger aroma is quite noticeable. There is also some sweet smells that I can't quite pick out.. apple maybe?

I really enjoyed the taste. Almost wit-like, though less heavily spiced with more of a traditional Belgian pale ale body. While I'm by no means a hophead, I think this beer could have been improved a little with a little more of a hop profile. Like I said I enjoy the flavor, though something seems to be missing. Seems to be a little on the thin side.

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Pangaea from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.