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Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Pumpkin AleSea Dog Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg make this fall brew a flavor sensation.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2004

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Photo of oriolesfan4
1.68/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow, this is a terrible pumpkin beer, and an even worse beer on its own. The pumpkin taste is so fake it's almost unbearable. I tried many pumpkin beers this season and Shipyards is barely ahead of this one, which isn't saying that much, but Sea Dog's is so atrocious. I wouldn't have one again if someone paid me. Maybe if they brewed with real pumpkins and revamped the whole recipe I would try it again but steer clear of it now.

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Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at northborough brewpub.

Light fizzy head as its filled to the brim over light semi clear golden pilsner yellow color.

Nose has quite a bit of pumpkin and spices, canned and slight fresh pumpkin, lots of spices nutmeg, allspice, ginger, clove, etc. hint of bready malts. Over spiced and light on overall beer.

Taste is loaded with spices, tons of cinnamon and nutmeg come out, ginger and allspice and bit of clove, typical pumpkin pie spices but overboard. Then pumpkin, not really any fresh pumpkin just pie filling and essence of pumpkin oil maybe. Light bready cracker malts. A bitterness comes through with the crazy spices and a hint of pine maybe hops, and a juniper like spice flavor. A bit fruity as well, hint if sweetness that turns slightly drier, not as sticky as I expected on the finish. A bitter definite earthy hop character comes through on the finish as well, dvds light lingering pumpkin essence and plenty of spices.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, not as bad as I was expecting but not very good either. Way too much spice, not the best pumpkin flavor, other weird flavors like the juniper and pine that don't mesh well.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, pumpkin, spices and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and barley followed by a mild pumpkin flavor and a touch of spice. Despite the breadiness, the malt character is kind of thin for the style. The hops presence is mild and there's not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very flavorful, does not go down easily, not too filling at least, mild kick, not a good representation of style, this one kind of seems like an adjunct lager with a slight touch of pumpkin flavor which is something you'd expect from the likes of BMC, but even their pumpkin ales have a little bit more to themthan this beer does. Overall, it's just not a good beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label. "Ale with pumpkin flavor added" ... don't tell me they added some sort of pumpkin essence.

A- No head at all after a kick fizzy foam, clarity is fine with a dull golden color.

S- Smells like a cold cup of that cheap mulled cider powder.

T&M- Very crisp with a watery body. Soda-like carbonation. Thin malt character, minimal hops ... very hard to pick out. Are there any hops in this beer at all ... I wonder. Cheap mulling spices and a faint grain middle to end. Very dry finish.

D- I have tasted a few non-alcoholic beers that have more flavor and character than this. A sorry excuse for beer IMO and there are far better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of smcolw
2.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear, golden yellow, very small head, no lace.

Smell-wise, I detect more citrus and apple cider than anything else. Reminds me of a white beer. I don't notice any pumpkin or pumpkin pie-like spice which is typical to this style. Still, the aroma is appealing.

Crisp and refreshing qualities in the flavor. Here, a little pumpkin shows up. There's also a touch of Juicy-Fruit to the taste. Thin bodied and highly carbonated.

This beer falls into the "eh?" category. It's perhaps the mildest of the pumpkin ales and resembles the classic lawn mower beers. In a flight of pumpkin ales, I imagine that this should go first and would likely be blown away by the richness and full flavors of the others.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

I am winnowing down the backlog of bottles so that I CAN return to The CANQuest (tm) and since I just had a pumpkin beer, I figured that I would have another while the first one was still fresh in my mind. Tomorrow night is looking like Oktoberfests/Marzens, but for now, it is pumpkin.

Another screw-top bottle! I had no idea, so I prised it open for the Pop! Once I realized that I had been duped, I initiated a heavy-handed pour that garnered three fingers of foamy eggnog-colored head with light retention. This had a weak nose, reminiscent of the worst: Shipyard Pumpkinhead. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. This called forth the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all of whom wanted a taste. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. Taste was slightly spicy, but that was all. Did they mail this one in or clone the aforementioned Pumpkinhead? Either way, it was not indicative of their capabilities. Finish was semi-dry, begging the question of where were the spices? Either do it wholeheartedly or give it a pass. I should have given this a wide pass.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle

A: Hazy orange with no head basically.

S: Slight hints of pumpkin and spice, better as it warms up.

T: Tastes like a weak amber ale with a bit of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Needs more heft.

M: Thin, smooth, nice carbonic acid feel at the end, but not much.

D: A run of the mill boring pumpkin ale. Nothing objectionable, just boring. I want my pumpkin ales to have a robust spicy pumpkin flavor; this just didn't do it for me. I should have heeded the pumpkin flavor added blurb at the bottom of the bottle. At least it was cheap, like 64 cents for the bottle at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.27/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Hardly any foam after the pour and no retention after the first sip of course. A very light haze in the overall medium amber hue. A little soapy and buttery in the first few wiffs. Got a little spicier as the beer warmed. the flavor was also buutery for a pumpkin beer. Liek watered down, yet still a little buttery sweet pumpkin pie. The palate was like a macro lager. Adjuncty and fake pumpkin flavors. Left a funny aftertaste.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.17/5  rDev +55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow gold with a decent white head and decent carbonation. LIght pumpkin aroma with a touch of the requisite spices. Tastes more spicy than it smells with a nice cinnamon and nutmeg flavor. Light-medium bodied and smooth with a nice spicy finish.

Fairly light pumpkin character for the style but easily drinkable and affordable from Trader Joe's...

Per label: Ale with Pumpkin Flavor Added

Enjoy By: Feb '05
Tasted: 12/03/04

($4.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of Viggo
2.03/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper, thin white head forms, goes fast, no lace. Smell is sweet, lagery, some spices, very bland and unappealing. Taste is worse, wheat, kind of lemony/citrus, little bit of spice, lager finish, very watery and near flavourless, unpleasant lingering flavour. Mouthfeel is light bodied, very thin, with high carbonation, very aggressive. Not so good.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A golden colored beer with a medium-sized head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of spice. Things go downhill from there. The taste is overwhelmingly spicy, mostly clove. A little bit of malt. This beer is way too spiced, and just doesn't feel good in the mouth, leaving a burning sensation. One and done.

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Photo of Treyliff
2.44/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A- Pours golden and clear with a small fizzy white head that retains after the pour, carbonation bubbles rising to the top

S- light aroma overall, picking up some clean notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, cola, fall potpourri & clean malt

T- very light flavors, artificial cinnamon candle, diet cola, seltzer water with a touch of crisp malt on the finish

M- Watery thin mouthfeel with medium biting carbonation, slightly foamy and crisp finish

O- This drinks like a light lager with some artificial pumpkin flavors added. This may appeal to the casual light beer drinking crowd, but there are much better options out there for a craft beer fan

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Photo of dsa7783
2.6/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Nikki's Liquors in Providence...
Appearance: Not-too-impressive... light, see-through, light-copper hue with no head nor lacing...
Smell: Unassertive, faint, slight malt and pumpkin aroma... Nothing much going on here nor in the overall flavor... Fake pumpkin, artificial-like aroma...
One of the worst pumpkin ales I've sampled...
Not recommended...

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Photo of misternebbie
1.75/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

gifted a six of this and, well its just ok, I'm righting this in mid winter and still have one in the fridge, hoping one of Mrs Nebbies Gf's stops over and gloom it of on them. more over a spiced beer than pumpkin ,not bad but no other fall beer is left in my fridge either.

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Photo of Floydster
3.49/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's that was part of a case I bought for ten bucks, which was a great deal

Poured into a pint glass with a deep orange color with a hint of light brown, the head was about half an inch and was quite foamy, did not leave much lacing

Smell was full of spices, particularly nutmeg and ginger, but also smelled like the peice of pumpkin pie I ate last night

Taste was a little sweeter than most pumpkin beers which was not necessarily a bad thing in this case, dry finish caused by an average amount of hops, sweet toffee also in the aftertaste that was full of malt, got hints of caramel as this one got warm, heated up like a winter warmer, had a nice balance of sweet malt and mild bitterness

Too much carbonation in my opinion and its body lacked any fullness

Could drink a six pack of these most likely, pretty light on the stomach and not very strong at all

Second Sea Dog brew I have tasted and I liked this one better than the porter, one of the better pumpkin beers I have had this year, but I have yet to crack open my Alpine Ichabod, recommended especially for the price

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Photo of mcallister
2.37/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Color is lacking. Pours like an American domestic that is slightly orange. A pure white head is whispy and thin and dosen't want to hang around.

Subtle pumpkin aromas with even subtler spices. I kind of like the balance of the aromas but everything is a tad too laid back.

Lots of honey with pumpkin and the slightest bit of nutmeg. A pretty lackluster attempt.

Dreadful mouthfeel. Thin and weak. Wouldn't recommend drinking more than 4 oz's

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Photo of far333
2.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Faint apple juice color with a very thin and low beige head. Aroma mostly of cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe a wisp of pumpkin, but I could be imagining it. Flavor is initially cinnamon, followed by light pumpkin, followed by nutmeg. Sort of perfumey. There's too much spice and not enough pumpkin. There's barely any pumpkin. Mouthfeel is initially watery but quickly gets fizzy in the mouth. Crisp and bubbly on the tongue. Too much carbonation. Not a great pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.18/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12-ounce twist-off into a Berkshire Brewing Co pint glass.

A: Poured a pale golden yellow color with a tinge of ruddy orange to it. The fizzy, one-finger head of foam actually retained pretty well but left no lacing.

S: A really deep whiff reveals some aromas of allspice and ginger, but otherwise the nose is clean.

T: Flavor is slightly sweet and grainy at first, then a bittering malt flavor rolls in alluding to an ESB-style ale. This is misleading, however. Subsequent sips reveal the thin, watery flavor nearly devoid of pumpkin with a sharp, bitter spiciness in the finish which leaves behind artificial pumpkin spice flavoring. Sorta nasty.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and watery for the most part. A little bit smooth near the finish, but spices ruin it.

D: I really didn't enjoy this brew enough to make it a session option for the fall. Give it a try, but there's not enough malt body and authentic aroma to mask the watery, slightly metallic flavors in the pumpkin ale. Wasn't impressed by this Sea Dog offering at all.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow with very little head.

Smell has a very slight hint of pumpkin spice, even a small cider aroma.

Taste is horrible though, from the moment it hits the tongue, especially on the sides. Taste is very light, similar to sparkling water in both taste and carbonation, thin on all accounts. Any hint of spice from the smell is lost on the taste.

Highly not recommended, far better pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear orange with a small, quickly disapating white head.
Aromas are faint but if you look you will find hints of cinamon, pumpkin pie spice, and unfortunately, soap.
Taste is also muted but after a light malt sweetness cinammon and nutmeg hit the tongue and then finish to a somewhat pleasant pumpkin flavor as you swallow.
Mouthfeel is typical of a light ale.
I've had few pumpkin ales....I love pumpkin and keep seeking out something good but have very few choices in Southern California apparently.
This was decent....but nothing to go nuts over.

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Photo of granger10
2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best before March '06, so this wasn't an old bottle.

Pours a dull golden color with no head whatsoever and no bubbles and no nothing. Aroma is very spicy, some pumpkin but mostly ginger and nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is same but with less pumpkin and more spice. Ridiculously spiced. No hops but still very dry. I need atleast some sweetness and some hop flavors. This might have been a bad bottle but it was a sad effort all in all.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium yellowish orange color. Short lived white foam head. Lower carbonation.

S: Pumpkin notes and malts. A touch of a sour odor as well.

T: Mildly pumkin-ish with an earthy wheat note. Some sweet malts. Lacks depth and substantial flavor.

M: Bubbly, light, decent. Nothing special.

D: A poor example of a pumpkin ale. Needs more flavor to really be enjoyable. Maybe a good brew for those who don't really like pumpkin.

Notes: I could take it or leave it.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a sixer at Trader Joe's in Cambridge, MA.

Poured a pale gold--almost adjunct lager color. Big fizzy head with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Spots of lace quickly slide down the inside of the glass.

Nose is pumpkin pie spices sans pumpkin.

Flavor is spicey but the pumpkin tastes rather filtered down. Malts are present but very light and just there to provide some balance to the spices.

Mouthfeel is incredibly light. Very thin. Not much body to this beer at all.

Easy enough to drink but hard to pick up another of these with so many better samples of the style on the market.

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Photo of Hibernator
2.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best enjoyed before March 2007 clearly notched on the side label
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light golden yellow with an orange tint. There is a mini head at first, but it vanshes in a matter of seconds to a thin lace. No sticky lace patterns are evident. Mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glass.

The nose is weak. Some faint whiffs of plastic, dairy and cinnamon.

As I take my first sip it becomes clear how thin and watery this beer is. Hints of sweet malts with a buttery quality. The finish provides some spice flavors, but the major taste is the Big Red cinnamon gum blast that I can't shake. Again, the mouthfeel is so friggin' thin.

Overall, I'm not impressed. An undesirable offering from Sea Dog. Not recommended. Pass on this one.

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Photo of erosier
3.04/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a yellow color with a medum sized but thin white colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Very pumpkin-pie-esque. It smells of spices mostly - nutmeg, cinnamon, and some vanilla with pumpkin and a bit of malt in the nose.
T: Kind of bland. Mostly nutmeg and cinnamon, not much else. I was expecting alot more from the nose but it just didn't deliver.
M: Nice and light on the tongue with a good amount of carbonation.
D: OK. If it had more flavor it would be more drinkable.

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