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Pangaea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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960 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 48
Gots: 104 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2003)
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Photo of benmiliron


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 01:24:19 | More by benmiliron
Photo of beernut7


2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 15:57:00 | More by beernut7
Photo of CRJMellor


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 15:49:46 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of sideshowrob


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 00:10:35 | More by sideshowrob
Photo of lackenhauser


3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 02:11:16 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of jahred


2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2003 23:31:35 | More by jahred
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 01:07:28 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of francisweizen


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 18:26:33 | More by francisweizen
Photo of cokes


2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 06:23:09 | More by cokes
Photo of Denali


1.98/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-30-2003 09:05:51 | More by Denali
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