Sunfish
Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #477
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
80
Ranked #45,858
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 15.43%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
165
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Sea Dog Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
80
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Notes: Formerly Sea Dog Sunfish Wheat
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VoxRationis from New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap in a 16 oz (473 ml) conical pint glass at Sea Dog Brewery in Topsham, Maine.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden with a slightly rose hue, a less than quarter inch head, low retention, no appreciable lacing.
S: Aromas of peach, pink grapefruit, and honey.
T: Semisweet with peach flavor predominant up front. Citrus and cherry/cranberry notes maybe appreciable. Little bitterness.
M: Light bodied with only very light carbonation.
O: This is classified as a American Pale Wheat Ale, but I really did not appreciate too many elements of that style. This would appear to be a Fruit Beer with the peach flavor so strong, it basically tastes like a peach soda. How that flavor was arrived at it is of interest.

Apr 30, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Brew City: This one pours a clear golden color. There is a small white head and no lacing. Lighter aroma. Some malts and grapefruit. Somewhat lighter body. Tastes include wheat and some sweet grapefruit, but not from hops. Refreshing.

Aug 05, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow amber color with white head and moderate carbonation evident. Nose is a bit Muted, taste has more citrus, oranges, and grapefruit juice. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

An ok beer; decent for the summer in lieu of a shandy.

Jul 02, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper color with a finger of white head that recedes very quickly, leaving little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is extremely fruit-forward, bringing notes of peaches, lemon, and orange with a back end of freshly baked bread.

The flavor brings a ton of peach notes, as well as some candied orange, honey, and pineapple. Finishes lightly bready. Very sweet, but not cloying.

The feel is light bodied with fairly hefty carbonation. Crisp and dry on the finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer for what it is. It's very sweet and fruit-forward, but doesn't ever feel cloying. Definitely refreshing and drinkable.

Jun 27, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sea Dog Brewing Co. "Sunfish"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2 @ Weos Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Sunfish? I wonder what that refers to. And the label reads "ale with natural peach & grapefruit flavors added"... I can't help but feel this is Sea Dog's jump onto the tropical fruit bandwagon. Let's see... clear deep golden, almost orange, beneath a short head of white. Unfortunately the head retention and lacing seem to be limited right off the bat. Oh well. It smell like peach, that's good. Peach gummie candies. Just a little bit of grapefruit in there. It's nice, a bit candyish, but pleasant and welcoming. As long as the flavor isn't the same we're OK... uuhhhhh, but we're not, it's actually very much like the aroma. There's a malt component to it as well, but the peach comes on pretty strong, and it's not very authentic tasting, it retains that sugary candy character. Again, the grapefruit is at the back. It's not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests though, so at least there's that, and in fact I think it's fairly well balanced. Light-medium in body, or medium-light, however you want to take it, somewhere right in between. Moderately carbed. Delicately tingling. The grapefruit mainly shows in the finish with a light touch of acidity that helps to balance it. Eh, overall it's not a bad beer for the hot summer weather but there are other beers that have done the peach better; I won't rate it against those though, I'll let it stand on its own.

Jun 01, 2017
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear amber with a thin cap of head that quickly recedes to a collar leaving no lace. Fresh stone fruit & orange aroma. Taste mostly orange. Very crisp and refreshing.

Jul 19, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the Copper Door. Brilliantly clear deep golden with a tiny white head. Huge peach on the aroma with some faint bready wheat maltiness. Feels a bit thin in the mouth could use a hint more sweetness, but it didn’t suck.

Jul 01, 2016
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BrokenEdge from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If I want fruity beer, Sea Dog is usually my go-to. This is a very sweet, but still refreshing summery beer. Body is golden caramel in color, absolutely no head (light fizziness at best) and no lacing. Smells very fruity with a hint of bready wheatness underneath. It's easier to dissect the fruit flavors when tasting it: peaches, apricots, pears, apples...some citrusy fruits also coming through, mostly grapefruit and lemon. There's a honey sweetness to it, and some bready/crackery maltiness. This is overall a pretty sweet beer, with some mild tartness like you'd find in fruit, not bitter at all. Feel is coming off somewhat syrupy, despite the light body and medium carbonation. I think it's just from all the sweet fruit flavors, although the citrus flavors help cut that down some. It's a pretty sweet, easy drinking, summer beer that I overall found tasty and refreshing. Not the most complex beer in the world, but it's enjoyable if you like fruit in your beer.

Jun 08, 2016
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunfish is a nice refreshing fruit beer. It's not too sweet and not too tart, and it tastes like a beer with fruity notes more than it does a carbonated fruit drink. It's definitely worth having a couple of while sitting outside on a hot day and it's better than Sea Dog's blueberry, raspberry, or apricot beers.

May 31, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Found in a restaurant at Epcot. Weird name, OKish beer. Not much head, citrus nose, lemon flavor, moderate bitter close. Good mouthfeel, and overall very good.

May 26, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/14/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Good appearance. Aromas of peach, grapefruit, lemon, mango, pineapple, pear, honey, wheat, cracker, lighty toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of fruit, pale malt, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big peach, grapefruit, lemon, mango, pineapple, pear, honey, wheat, cracker, lighty toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, grapefruit, lemon, mango, pineapple, pear, honey, wheat, lighty toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness and balance of fruit, pale malt, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderate crisp, and lightly creamy/grainy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a very good fruited wheat beer. All around good robustness and balance of fruit, pale malt, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 23, 2016
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

It looks like a shot of American whiskey. Caramel colored, no head or lacing or bubbles.

Pleasant aromas of fruits and floral esters. Peaches and wheat.

Toasty wheat bread with more fruit and floral notes.

Light bodied. Not bad, but not much else.

Feb 02, 2016
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed on 12/24/2015 at Garbo's Grill in Key West.

Very strong aroma and flavor of peach & grapefruit, but it seems like it's from a syrup instead of the fruit's themselves.

Dec 24, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Creature Comforts slim pint glass. Notches on label indicate Best Enjoyed Before November 2015.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S- Very peachy wheat aroma. Also some honey and booze. There's also a Vitamin C-like quality that comes out as it warms.

T- Different in the flavor with more of an herbal note plus some more wheat. Black pepper and other spices I can't put my finger on come forth. Minimal bitterness.

M- Tangy and bright with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Quite drinkable and the peach/spice character is pretty nice. While it's not something I would drink all the time, in the right setting, I could see myself knocking back a few of these.

Sep 15, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of peaches. Caramel and tea scents but mostly this is peaches.

Starts out mild with the taste of toasted grain and peaches. Mild tartness to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty wheat beer.

Aug 30, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, a beer called 'sunfish', but with a picture of a dog on the label. Ok.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with four flabby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and yet fizzy off-white head, which leaves some layered streaky lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of dried peaches, sugary, but still zippy grapefruit, semi-sweet pale and wheat malt, and a faint earthy, leafy bitterness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a bit of spicy wheat, chewing-gum level grapefruit and peach fruitiness, a weak stoniness, and ethereal weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite hollow in its low-key frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee pithy character (origins hard to determine) poking away at my palate. It finishes trending dry, the bottom having dropped out from under the fruit, and the stark graininess of the wheat ascending.

Not a bad summery tipple, the choice of fruit combination a good one. Maybe not all that complex or heady, but that's not the point - when the weather outside is (a different, and opposite kind of) frightful, stuff like this really hits the spot.

Jul 13, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

another under appreciated beer from sea dog, one heck of a nice refreshing with some serious grapefruit going on in here. its a wheat beer, and its immediately evident in the pale slightly hazy yellow look, and the sturdy cereal base it has in the nose. the citrus zest cuts what might otherwise feel a little heavy, but the beer is actually real light and summery on the palate due to the acidity of the citrus and the sparkling carbonation. again, like the blueberry, not a beer i need ten of, but one i could easily drink that many of, and in the right context, its awfully good. clean enough to cut greasy or spicy foods, and since the fruit is so authentic in this, it never gets sweet at all. pulpy almost it seems like, morning beer for sure. in seafood settings i like these beers from sea dog, very very refreshing, definitely under rated.

Feb 23, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into shaker pint on tap

A: lightly hazy dark straw color nice head dissipates to a film 

S: nice grapefruit zest smell 

T: nice grapefruit and citrus taste then that light bready wheat taste very refreshing 

M: light crisp clean finish

O: this is a refreshing beer and I really enjoy the citrus notes from the hops I'd buy this on tap if I saw it again it's very underrated I think this is what FFF Gumbalhead was trying to do but failed

Dec 22, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Aroma- Great citrus and wheat mix.
Appearance- It looks like summer! Awesome looking murky golden hue.
Taste- I think this is one of the best American Pale Wheat Ale's I have had, love the citrus and wheat mix, well balanced.
Palate- a light bodied beer with moderate carbonation, has a nice citrus zestiness and is semi-dry.
Overall- I gave it a perfect "5" for its beer style category. This is a great summertime session beer and it is refreshing.

Sep 26, 2014
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gunnerlincoln from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -15.7%

Pour into a pint glass.

Golden color with very little, to no head. The smell of fruit hits you soon as you open the bottle. The first sip has my mouth trying to figure out how many different flavors I put in it. The peach is clearly dominant, with hints of apricot and pear...I believe. It's refreshing in a weird way. It's very dry, which is good for a summer beer. I have to stop after just one....way to sweet to drink all night.

Aug 15, 2014
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TWStandley from Massachusetts

3.32/5  rDev -5.1%

Enjoyed from the bottle.

Unable to comment on appearance.

Smells of grapefruit and other citrus fruits - sliight tang.

Tastes like a wheat beer mixed with some citrus fruits. Not too bitter. Refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall, a solid and refreshing summer drink.

Aug 13, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very fruity, little else. Taste is big on fruits, some lemon, a bit sweet, some wheat zing as well. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and different beer, but not something I could drink all night.

Aug 02, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. I had purcahsed this at The Friendly Greek's Bottle Shop, but when I got home and started to review it, I realized that it was without an existing pic and I had to await approval before proceeding. The backlog is not entirely my fault. Lest ye think that am exaggerating or making this up, right now there are 297 Beer pics awaiting approval. The process needs to be streamlined and sped up!

I was overanxious for a beer, having run some errands, and so I used my heavy hand to get it started. As usual, I got a pseudo-cascade which turned into two fizzy fingers of eggshell-white head with limited retention. Color was a very pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like Juicyfruit chewing gum! Sweet, mixed fruit with a light tang from the wheat. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but very spritzy. The taste reminded me of berry-flavored seltzer water. It was very pleasant and quite refreshing on this hot, hazy, humid day. Finish was semi-dry with the wheat adding a little tang at the end. This was truly a Summer beer and quite welcome on a day like today.

Jul 22, 2014
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Zachior from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of Sea Dogs various outstanding flavored beers and "Sunfish" was an odd flavor choice... Not much to say that hasn't been noted already. The second it enters your mouth it gives that classic full flavored style I love from Sea Dog Beer, from peaches to a sweeter grapefruit flavor. An amazing drink-ability to be noted even though I wasn't a huge fan of how this beer finished into a curious blend of malty, metal flavored finish I don't typically ever expect from a bottled beer. The standing flavors were acceptable though yet hard to ignore the powerful change from fruity to almost metallic matliness. I would almost consider it more of a Kolsch style beer.

Jun 28, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 14 ouncer on tap at Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Sea Dogs (seemed appropriate).

Appearance: Pours a hazy, rusty golden color with a one-inch white head. Carbonation is heavy.

Smell: Peaches! And lots of 'em. Also some apricots, some faint hops, a little malt. Almost surprised this isn't marketed as a peach beer. There's also some nice wheat aroma going on.

Taste: Follows the nose, with peaches and apricots leading the way. It's very refreshing and sweet. There's some sugar in the background, too. The sugar taste doesn't show up in the nose and didn't strike me as cloying or off-putting, as sweet beers sometimes are. This is a fun summery beer. Paired well with a veggie burger and fries at a ballgame.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall: This might not be for everyone, but I liked it. The peach and wheat flavors combine for a nice summer treat. One of the better offerings I've had from the Dog.

Jun 22, 2014
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