Pangaea - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
02-09-2004 03:00:51 | More by WesWes
2.78/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
02-09-2004 01:49:37 | More by Bierguy5
3.15/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
01-28-2004 16:57:30 | More by Foxman
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
01-24-2004 01:24:19 | More by benmiliron
2.98/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
01-03-2004 15:57:00 | More by beernut7
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
12-30-2003 15:49:46 | More by CRJMellor
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
12-30-2003 00:10:35 | More by sideshowrob
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
12-21-2003 02:11:16 | More by lackenhauser
2.28/5 rDev -39.4%
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.
12-14-2003 23:31:35 | More by jahred
4.1/5 rDev +9%
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.
12-12-2003 01:07:28 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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!
12-09-2003 18:26:33 | More by francisweizen
2.9/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
12-06-2003 06:23:09 | More by cokes
1.98/5 rDev -47.3%
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.
03-30-2003 09:05:51 | More by Denali
Pangaea from Dogfish Head Brewery
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