Sea Dog Pale Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An English-style classic pale ale brewed with all English grains including pale and crystal malts, the latter of which gives the beer a nice coppery hue and nutty flavor undertones. This pale ale is crafted with 4 different varieties of hops to give the beer a complex but well balanced hop character, finishing with a delightful but subtle Cascade hop nose.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by RIKIM:
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.2/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of David19457
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Topsham location. This was a cask conditioned ale at the time. This beer can sometimes be confusing as I've seen it as "Topsham Pale Ale" or "Bangor Pale Ale", and I've seen this at both locations, so they seem to get confused on the naming at times.

Pours a hazy yellow, lots of unfiltered specks, virtually no head (at least by the time it reached me).

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a slight hop aroma. Also something of interest was a strong whiff of orange.

The beer was served pretty much at room temperature (place is quite drafty though), close to 60 degrees I'd imagine. Very smooth taste though, light on the hop bitterness, the beer was quite buttery and slick. Carbonation was a bit low as a result of the cask conditioning. Went down very easy.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of berley31
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a pint glass, there really wasn't any head to speak of by the time it made it to the table... just a thin, white film on the beer. Body is a dark orange color, and slightly hazy.

S: A little weak for an APA... some hops and maybe very light traces of citrus.

T: Pretty decent; not the strongest-tasting APA out there, to be sure. Starts off with a bit of a lemon taste to it, then finishes bitter with the hops. But this is light bitterness here, making it easy to drink, but lacking in any real personality.

M: Slightly creamy and medium-bodied, with average carbonation.

D: Not a bad APA, but certainly not a great one. Definitely good enough to have one on a sunny day out on their deck in Bangor, as it's quite easy to drink.

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2.44/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At Seadog`s (South Portland):

A: hazy golden orange colored body leaving a thin white head that dissipated within a minute and left a small square bubbly looking head that lasted a good five minutes, didn't leave any lacing or rings around the glass. No carbonation was seen rising.

S: some light hops I thought they were more subdued than most APA's, but I'm no expert. There were some light traces of citrus in the smell.

T: mainly the malts with the hops and citrus mainly combined and subtly coming back in the taste.

M: medium, slightly creamy with average carbonation felt. This was mainly a drinkable beer.

O: this was a pretty good brew that I would have again.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sea Dog in Bangor, ME.

A: Leathery, coppery brown. One finger head.

S: Hops, bread.

T: This is definitely a Brit Pale Ale and not an APA, which is funny because it tastes like they use Cascade hops. It is not nearly as hoppy as an APA, and it has a surprising, earthy bitterness to it. A good style example for a Brit PA.

M: Good weight for a Pale Ale. Not too thick, not too thin.

D: True to its Pale Ale session roots, this is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of CaptainBob27
5/5  rDev +49.7%

Photo of italianstallion
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of albern
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Sea Dog Brewery, so it may vary a bit in the bottle. This was a malty, amber orange beer that was nicely carbonated, had a decent head and nice lacing. The smell was on the weaker side and didn't reveal much. There is some malty grainy notes here, but not much. This is by and large a dry, malty ale with a chewy taste, where you can almost taste the barley husks. There is a nice mouthfeel to this beer, it has a very mild aftertaste, and is overall quite refreshing. It is clean, filtered, not overly strong, and not a whole lot of hopiness balancing out the malts. It is a nice beer and well worth seeking out. L'Chaim

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2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Durge
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the South Portland location this pale ale is a clear dark amber color with a fair off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is a somewhat skunky malt with vague woodsy citrus hop. The flavor brings that cardboard toffee malt quality with a bitter oak overtone. There are some lemony hints and maybe a slight nutmeg idea. It is medium light bodied, slightly watery in feel with a dry edge that dominates the finish. Carbonation is true to the cask, minimal, but there’s a little tingle to it. Easy enough to drink and good bitterness. Seems to be more an English Pale Ale than an American.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Sea Dog Pale Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 38 ratings