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Pangaea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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972 Ratings
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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 49
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 972 | Reviews: 567
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. Interesting combination. Bannana, clove, chocolate, and spicey sweetness. Very lacey, a tad above medium mouthfeel. Orange body but tastes like somewhat of a dark beer. Worth a try. Good drinkability. Vanilla, smooth, a bit like a top notch saki.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Thanks to charlzm for sharing this one.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herb, spice, and ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with ginger and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has an interesting concept but is fairly boring in my opinion.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Falls Church Alehouse.

Pours a yellow color, just a bit darker than a pilsner, I'd say. A bit of a white head. The nose brings some nice spice and pepper plus some mild sweetness. The taste is mildly spicy with some yeast notes coming through. A tad bit of malt in the background. Pretty good feel and body. A really nice beer and aside from being kind of cool and gimmicky, puts together a nice package.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of ginger in the nose along with notes of fruit, sweetness and yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of sweetness; flavors of ginger stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but is one that needs to be sipped.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a hazy golden body. Aroma is excellent with grains, corn, fruits, spices, ginger and floral notes. The flavor is very unique As the ginger is well represented and perfectly applied. Additional notes of floral, candy sugar, grains and breads. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very complex and unique brew with many flavor transitions, definitely a must try.

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey colored body with a modest head that declines quickly and leaves very little lacing (My version was capped if that makes any difference.)

Smell: Grainy nose with wafts of candied ginger

Taste: Rather grainy flavor with a strong ginger aspect; sweetens after the swallow; rough on the finish

Mouthfeel: Rather light with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just not very interesting, unfortunately; not objectionable, so I will finish the bottle but I doubt I'll buy it again

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Expecting great things here. The beer poured a strong straw to golden color with a promising viscuous thickness. Typical belgian carbonation (heavy) with terrific retention, but not so much on the lacing. Smells very malty sweet (Eisbock-like) with a pungent Belgian character and earthy hoppiness. Tastes very sweet and rich, so much that it overwhelms the belgian and hop characters, religating them to backup flavors. Feels quite heavy and nearly syrupy, with a spicy heat and moderately bitter character. Finishes sweet and a bit sticky on top of a hop dryness. Again, Thanks Clvand0.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a light amber color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of spices is intriguing and hard to pinpoint the exact spices used in this beer. Taste comprised a nice mix of spices which may include some ginger as well as orange peel but there is not as much spices as I was expecting. There some malt presence with some sweetness which may be due to the use of honey. Overall, I was expecting something a bit more radical or at least different and instead it seems I got an average spice beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking amber color, the head was big at first but subsided quickly and left some light bubbles on the glass. The smell is spicy, hints of herbs and some citrus in there too. The taste had some interesting ginger flavors along with plenty of other spices. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and had a good body to it. Overall I enjoyed the Pangaea a lot, looking forward to having it again one day.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ripe kumquat with a Belgianesque amount of carbonation. I enjoyed the loud popgun POP! on cork removal. The orange-tinted bone white cap is a good color match for the beer on which it sits. However, it doesn't compare to the beautiful crowns on most Belgian beer. The foam is stiff and utterly unsticky, making a clean glass a foregone conclusion. I love the rich color of the liquid too much to let the appearance score dip too low.

The nose is authentically Belgian, thanks to a true Belgian yeast strain. Other than crystallized ginger from Australia, water from Anarctica and basmati rice from Asia, I couldn't find a listing of the rest of the ingredients (one each from the seven continents of the world). The aroma is primarily earthy, woody and spicy. In fact, it smells a little like some of the Fantome saisons to me.

Pangaea tastes like something that Brasserie Fantome might brew... only a hell of a lot less complex. I'm surprised at how spicy and how dominated by crystallized ginger it is. I like ginger, but I would have preferred to taste something else as well. The result is a flavor profile that is needlessly simple and one-dimensional. That doesn't mean that the beer isn't good, but it could have been so much more.

I'm not sure that BSPA is the proper style. I would have chosen saison, as alluded to above. Alongside the spiciness is a woody, balsam and sandlewood, autumn potpourri flavor that isn't entirely successful in giving the beer a distinctive personality. An underlying sweetness helps rather than hinders. Finally, I don't mind the hint of unmasked alcohol since it gives the beer a strength of purpose that it otherwise lacks.

The mouthfeel is Belgian in personality even if it isn't the equal of the best from that country. I'm impressed by the way in which it manages to incorporate all those bubbles without being overly fizzy. Having said that, I can't pull the trigger on expansively silky smooth, which is my preferred mouthfeel for a Belgian-style ale.

Pangaea is another Dogfish Head concept beer that sounds better on paper than it tastes. Inspiration at the conception stage is all well and good. However, inspiration at the execution stage is infinitely more important. While I'm glad for the experience, I won't be buying another bottle. Especially not at $10.99.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle up in Brawleys a while back but never got around to trying it until last night. 750 ml bottle, served chilled and poured into a goblet. Consumed on 08/15/2008.

Poured a nice golden color, lots of haze and cloudiness here. Nice white fluffy head kept up pretty good for the first few minutes then settled down gracefully with a light side glass lacing. Nice carbonation was also apparent.

The aroma was dominated by the ginger, so much so that it pretty much drown everything else out. Letting it warm let out some light citrus notes and a touch of grain, but pretty average and ginger dominated. Muc more of the same in the flavor, especially the finish which was totally ginger driven. Lots of light hops and a touch of grain and some light vinous notes. Light body and well hidden alcohol. Certainly a bit more then a sipper.

Overall, ehh. This was kinda avergae for me, nothing really big going on and the ginger was light but yet still dominant as the rest of it was pretty darn boring. Not another one for me here.

Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared by Arbitrator. Thanks, Arbi. Crystal clear pale gold with a small white cap that quickly dissipates. Reeks of signature Dogfish Head cloying sweetness. Caramel, green apples and ham-handed ginger make up the rest of the aroma; it's reminiscent of braggot. Similarly cloying on the palate, heavy ginger flavor, syrupy sweetness, honey, caramel. Syrupy and difficult to drink, this is quite terrible. Yet another gimmicky DFH beer with excessive sweetness and not enough complexity or balance.

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.

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Pangaea from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 972 ratings.