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Pangaea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 49
Gots: 103 | 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: 972 | Reviews: 567
Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy orange color with a thick 2" fluffy head. The aroma was floral and ginger was easily detectable. The flavor was of malt, ginger, and honey. Light bitterness and a light fruity tone appeared while swallowing. Sweeter than expected.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, and ginger lasts on your tongue after swallowing. The drinkability is down a bit as the ginger tones seem to become overbearing as you make your way through the bottle. When I was done I did not want to smell or taste ginger anytime soon !

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 Bachus
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle caged and corked. Lable says that it was brewed in 2004 and it is rumored that in it, is an ingredient from every continent. Poured into a burgundy glass.

Appearance is that of golden honey. Not much of a head and what there is dwindles down to a small ring. Sporadic lacing on the glass and with each sip.

Smells of honey notes and ginger.

Tastes of honey, pear, ginger, apple, clove--fruity sweet, not cloying. Nice carbonation in this bottle that cuts the sweetness well. Mouthfeel is light--zippy.

Overall, not a bad offering--but hardly as complex as described on the label.

Long love beer!

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 ark57
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is amber colored with little head and a slight haze. The aroma is picy with notes of ginger and citrus. There is little carbonation in this particular bottle, which is something that I was afraid would happen. The body is thin to medium and is quite sweet. There isn't much hop character to the beer, but the ginger provides some spiciness to help round out the malts. The ginger stands out as the dominant flavor and it tastes good, but it lacks depth to be a great beer.

Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt, 9.6 oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked and caged, with a wide top to the cork allowing hand-removal, how convenient.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, formed a large-bubbled off-white head on top of an orangey-amber colored brew. Small effervescentish bubbles continue to propagate for a long time from the liquid. Aroma is split between ginger and yeast, with a not huge intensity, but noticeable. Taste seems to be defined by the ginger which is touted on the label, almost replacing any notice of hops bitterness in the mouthfeel. Actually makes the beer a bit smoother, in my opinion. As the drinking experience continues and the liquid grows somewhat warmer, a buttery flavor seems to emerge, and a little shot of spices happens in as well. Overall, a very interesting brew, but not one that would probably be revisited over and over, except at tastings or gatherings or what have you.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the menacing 750ml bottle poured out this fragrant brew. This one was going to be interesting, to be sure. It almost oozed from the bottle an appealing amber color. The aroma had hints of citrus and ginger, not to mention a few other notes that I simply could not place. This is about as far off the beaten path as I have gone in quite some time, and I have to tell you, I enjoyed it. Much like the Festina Lente, I will let my second bottle sit for a couple of months to see how it improves.

Zum wohl!

Photo of xgrigorix
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 750 ml size, corked & caged.

Pours a clear honey amber colour, topped by a big pillowy white head that retains very well, & leaves pently of lace behind. Thin streams of carbonation climb swiftly to the surface. Head eventually thins to 1/4" that lasts all the way to the bottom.

Nose is predominately light brown sugar, and a hint of ginger.

Sweet, a bit of fruit, brown sugar, basmati rice flavour actually comes through, & a spicy hit of ginger to finish it off. The yeast pour makes it spicier & adds a somewhat citrusy flavour. Medium body, soft, with prickly carbonation.

Pretty unique & exotic. Strangely drinkable, but it definitely belongs with food.

Photo of beergeek279
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 750 mL bottle, into a stemmed glass. The color was copper, with a foamy white head. The smell was ginger sweet. The taste starts almost honey-like, then the ginger takes over in the middle, and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have a couple bottles.

A good Belgian-style beer. Despite the gimmick of an ingredient from every continent (I really didn't notice the fresh Antarctic water!), it still seems worthwhile as a beer, and I'd probably have it again.

Photo of WesWes
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with lots of floaties and a thin lace head. The aroma is good. It is full of pale malts and ginger. The taste is average. It is a pale beer with ginger and some other spices. It goes down easy, but I'm not so sure I like the flavor. It has an average mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. It drinks decent I guess. Look, I love the fact that these guys are brewing beers that break the boundaries of normal styles, but they seem to bottle any damn thing and charge a high price for it. I love trying new brews, but some of these are too high priced for what they are.

Photo of Bierguy5
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange-copper color. Thin white head that disappears rather quickly. Not much lacing at all.Smells a hint of ginger, some sweetness, no hops. Tastes just slightly sweet followed by a smooth ginger note. The finish seemed to remind me of some type of fruit, or even closer to squash. I thought that it was a bit thin, especially compaired to other DFH brews. I guess that it was somewhat drinkable, but I don't think I would want to. I suppose that this was a good experiment, but not one that I would like to replicate.

Photo of Foxman
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a somewhat hazy golden amber, an iced-tea tone. There's a very sparse white head that barely leaves the ground before it virtually disappears. There's little real lacing.

There's a light, understated malt aroma along with a rock-candy sweetnes that flits cloyingly at the periphery. A distant hops aura teases, the effect indistinct.

There's a considerable malt sweetness in the first taste, bolstered by a poignant ginger component. The rock-candy sweetness is even more present and cloying in the flavor than in the aroma, like a Jolly Rancher without the tartness. Hops are never really any more than hinted at. Ginger is the strongest presence at the finish, leaving a passable sushi-bar floral memory.

It's medium bodied, which combined with the sweetness comes off as a floral syrup. There's little left at the finish after the sweetness fades.

It's mellow and different, with a unique ginger presence and substantial sweetness that dances perilously close to being a distraction. The ABV is moderate enough to be no true hindrance, and that fact along with some interesting elements make it more drinkable overall than one might expect. However, I can't get past the idea that this is a kind of novelty, an almost frivolous departure, and it's not likely that I'll be buying it again any time soon.

Photo of benmiliron
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking wine-size bottle with synth cork (good choice DFH!) Paid 8 bucks or so.

Slightly hazy, heavy on the ginger scent, but honey, cloves and a boatload of other stuff as well. DFH rules. Lighter than most DFH stuff, but the spiciness makes up for it.

Drinkability: Right price, right taste, right size... you bet your ass it's drinkable! Grab a bottle or two and weather this winter.

CRJMellor: my bottle says to drink cool, NOT cold. This got better as it warmed for me too.

Photo of beernut7
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had read somewhere that this ale was brewed with an ingredient from each continent. Or maybe that was just a drunken fantasy. 750 ml bottle pours out a deep copper liquid with a slight head. The aroma of ginger and honey predominate. The smooth, heavy body meets the palate up front and ushers in flavors of ginger melded with a gentle malt presence. A mild bitterness pairs with and earthy hop character and a bit of alcoholic burn to finish the brew off. You can really taste the goat.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy brown amber with no head. Very fruity malty nose with a hint of spices on the background. almost got a white grape aroma from it. Very sweet syrupy taste with some mild but dry bitterness on back end. Beer is almost too complex IMHO. The tastes are so subtle that they are hard to pinpoint and appreciate. Bottle said to serve cold but I swear it seemed to open up more and become more flavorful as it warmed significantly. I think the idea behind the beer is fantastic and I'll probably give this another try at some point.

Photo of sideshowrob
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Located this one in a standard DFH magnum, complete with cork and wire-tie. Great label. It's not often that a beer appeals to the geographer in me!

The pour was a memorable one. It came out an unusual red/orangeish golden hue. Almost seemed to glow. Lots of yeast in the last bit of the pour (at $10 a bottle, I'm not wasting any of it). Interesting smell - sort of like a good Anchor X-mas beer, wihout the nutmeg or cinnamon. The ginger was noticable on the first taste, though it took me several more sips to isolate and realize that it was the dominant taste - very well integrated. Slight hoppiness as well, very little sweet about this beer (nice change from the 120 minute!). Very pleasing on the palate, an unusual combination of tastes for a beer. Easy to drink, though I wouldn't want more than one every great while.

Not the outstanting beer I was hoping for, but a worthwhile bottle non-the-less. You have to give DFH credit for bottling and marketing this unusual beer.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an almost "dirty" orange color-like a muddy amber.No noticeable head.Really no aroma that I can comeup with-Im looking for ginger after reading the label but there is none.Has a pleasant flavor-a nice sweetness,somewhat bready or biscuity.Nice malt flavor as well.Wheres the ginger?Ok mouthfeel-I think the maltiness saves the body a little it would be quite thin without it.A decent enough beer I could drink it all night if need be but it doesnt live up to the hype or the label and the ginger in it.

Photo of jahred
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

After noticing this beer in Sam's and taking it home, I was quite intruigued. Ginger, eh? Never tasted much giner in my beer before, except for the occasional hint in my spiced beer. But never in a pale ale before.

Pours a murky pale color with very little head. I guess I'm used to much darker offering from DFH, so I had to remember that this is a pale ale, not 120 min. IPA.

Smell? Well, this was the first sign that things were not going to be good. It smelled like a generic, macro ale (that sort of tasteless, skanky beer smell, for lack of a better description) - with a hint of ginger.

At first it tasted completely like a generic light ale. Perhaps Coors light? Bud light? I don't know - I can never tell the difference. As it warmed, a sickly sweet, malty gingery aftertaste started coming around. And then the crystalized sugar taste made an appearance too. I have no clue how this was all supposed to fit together, but it was bland and thin and not too tasty. And the giner almost made it worse.

Wow - I'm disappointed in DFH. Then again, maybe the ginger was never meant to be.

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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a somewhat experienced beer taster and lover, I have to assume that what they served on cask, was not yet ready to be consumed by the general public. As this beer was pretty tasty IMO. This comes in a 750ml brown glass bottle, that is corked and caged. The aromas are heavy on the ginger, and spices, but a bit of yeastiness and hops come through in the aroma as well. The taste is a nice blend of sweet ginger flavors, contradicting malt flavors, and subtle, floral hops. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is great. This may not be a very complex beer, or one of DFH's best, but this does have a nice full aroma, and it is quite easy to drink. The concept behind this beer is also very impressive, and the fact that this beer turned out so well is only another reason why DFH is one of the most adventurous breweries in the US!

Photo of cokes
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The term "Ale" is crossed out in the description on the side, but not on the central label. Maybe the sharpie ran out of ink.

A very rough pour results in a smogged pumpkin-amber fluid topped with a fading off-white cap. Lesser pours are Ichabod's horse-riding nemesis: sans head.
Yeast pour turns this to a glass full of confetti-laden honey and results in some short-lived benefits in the head dept.
Sickly white yeast globs collect at the bottom and form what looks like a cobblestone path. Either that or cottage cheese. Pretty damn ugly, either way.
It brags about caramelized ginger on the label. I hate to use stock descriptions verbatim, but it reeks of caramelized ginger. That and dilute Captain Morgans.
Taste begins fruity, but not explicitly sweet. Mangoes, I think. Maybe apricots, star fruit and/or bananas too. Everything remains cloaked in a crunchy brown sugar coating. Loads of unrefined honey. Bready too, accentuated by the yeast. Doughy with ginger (what else?) and allspice. Cinnamon appears, but only because it seems as though it should be present. This is very similar to the typical Pumpkin beer, only without the swollen orange gourd flavors.
Yeast is strange and seems to impart a near salty quality.
Ends with more ginger. Spicy but wet and weak. Alcohol makes little impact. Hopping makes none.
Medium bodied with repressed carbonation.
Supremely unimpressive. Fans of their Punkin Ale (or the general style) may find something redeeming here. I find nothing.

A bland ginger-filled brew of above-average strength and remote I-paid-good-coin-for-this-so-I'm-gonna-finish-the-friggin-thing drinkability.

$10 gone.

Photo of Denali
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City.

Appearance: Looks like mango juice with a small but very creamy nitro-like head that was very persistent.

Smell: No matter how many times I smelled it, I could not detect any aroma.

Taste: Almost no taste. Whatever tastes that were there were very faint. Slight peach flavor and grassy flavor. Very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy but also very watery. No carbonation.

Drinkability: No bad flavors or strong alcohol flavor but the watery texture was annoying.

Comments: I was really looking forward to this beacuse of the idea of having an ingredient from every continent. Disappointing.

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