Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Pumpkin AleSea Dog Pumpkin Ale
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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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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of BDIMike
3.44/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark golden color. The beer is incredibly fizzy with a tons of bubbles creating a thin white head.
Smell has a strong pumpkin smell to it. A bit of a wheat smell, but mainly dominated by the pumpkin.
Taste falls a little flat on the smell. There isa bit of a wheat taste that is taken over by a very strong pumpkin with a spice tinge also.
Mouthfeel is very smooth with a good amount of thickness.
Drinkability is fairly good for a pumpkin beer. I wasn't expecting much after seeing the reviews on this page, but this beer is not as awful as the reviews. Most people probably just read the bros. review and had no opinion themselves, so they bagged it. If you like pumpkin beers, I would give this one a try...

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Photo of Goregazm
1.93/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2


Appearance: Amber color, dark enough that I couldn't see through it. Had a thick little head which bubbled, then went away quickly.

Smell: Heavy on the pumpkin with a fruity scent. All sweetness, with no trace of bitterness whatsoever.

Taste: WATERY. Not very sweet but not bitter either. Has only a hint of pumpkin and spice, and most of it is in the aftertaste. All in all, it doesn't taste of much of anything.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with only a slight aftertaste (which is bad, being that the aftertaste has more "taste" then the beer itself). Leaves nothing on the palate, pretty much "goes without a trace."

Drinkability: Really nothing any good here. Barely any taste, thin as water, and there are plenty of better pumpkin beers out there. Do yourself a favor and buy one of those instead.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
1.68/5  rDev -38.2%
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 dsa7783
2.6/5  rDev -4.4%
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 erosier
3.04/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of SnowGoon99
3.38/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've been drinking this beer for about 3-4 years now since i've been living in the Bangor area. Personally, i find when you open it, the smell is what hits you. The aroma of it is amazing, almost a pumpkin cider type smell.

But that's about where it ends. From there the appearance comes out average. The taste is slightly above average but you can only have 2-3 max at a time otherwise it becomes too much for you.

I like to have it to start a night off right especially before moving to a Pumpkinhead or Harpoon Oktoberfest. But usually only one. So that's what i'd recommend for others to do as well.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.04/5  rDev -25%
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 Floydster
3.49/5  rDev +28.3%
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 lordofthewiens
3/5  rDev +10.3%
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 barleywinebrewer
3.15/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

seems pumpkin ales are the rage right now in the Bangor area. Dropped by the Dog for dinner and a couple of brews and thought I'd give this a try.

A - auburn brown in color, whisp of an off white head.
S - pumpkin pie - nutmeg, ginger and allspice
T - the spices dominate with a light sweet underlying malts supporting the brew.
M - light to medium bodied, mildy carbonated with a lingering spice aftertaste.
D - One was enough for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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 TheBeerWolf
1.7/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got it from trader joes here in vegas. Never had a pumpkin ale was eager to try.

A = Pours a yellowish copper with a a very slight fizzy head that I could never get too much of even pouring it very violently. The very little head fizzes away quickly and does not really lace at all. Gave it a 2.0 because it is clear.

S = Not much of a smell at all really, faint hint of spice

T = Its like they mixed a packet of "pumpkin pie" spice powder into some watery beer. According to the box these were not expired and yet it had an unpleasant sourness to it. Not very good and the flavors did not meld well at all.

M = Pretty standard for some watery beer.

D = Its really light but because of the taste I knock them back really fast but don't really enjoy it or anything.

I hope I find a better example of pumpkin ale somewhere.

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Photo of montageman
2.07/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured aggresively into a pint glass. Pale orange (pumpkin-like?) clear appearance that has a bit of foam to start but it quickly disappears leaving no remnants. Smells like pumpkin pie spice - cinnamon & clove, but it also smells wet. A nice attempt, but if this were pie, I wouldn't eat it. Taste is weak - the spice is there, but it is totally watered down. Basically this is flavored water. Mouthfeel is nothing special at all - this is over carbonated and under flavored. I'm not going to pour this down the drain, but I wouldn't have another one. That said, this might be decent over some ice cream or as a glaze base for bread pudding. Recommendation to avoid.

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Photo of olegv40
2.2/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No head to speak of and rather light in color. The aroma was distinctly apple and spice, cinnamon and clove to be specific. Could benefit from more carbonation, as it is, its rather weak in flavor. The spices were more pronounced than the pumpkin flavor, and I tasted the same apple that i smelled. Perhaps this is actually apple pie beer and no one told me.

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Photo of JimFalzone
2.8/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It was sort of a bummer drinking this pumpkin ale because I have liked other breweries' offerings. Boston Beer Works & Shipyard do an especially fine job. I should mention that I had this bottle in my basement for nearly three months, and a relatively constant 60 degrees. I then refrigerated it for three days at 40 degrees and poured into a pint glass. (Not sure if the cellaring had any negative effects.)

It looked OK in the glass with an acceptable but not exceptional head. It smelled like pumpkin but it was heavy on nutmeg or someother spice that almost smelled "chemically".

The taste was disappointing. When other pumpkin ales give a full robust flavor or beer and pumpkin pie - the Sea Dog tasted relatively thin.

I'm sure joe shmoe, who thinks Sam Adams is an import, would be fine with this pumpkin ale. But people with higher expectations, will likely be disappointed.

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Photo of stephendr
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of golden honey thick short lasting white head - nose of creamy pumpkin , nutmeg , cloves , and spices – taste of creamy pumpkin , nutmeg , cloves , and spices - body is smooth , and slightly carbonated – aftertaste of candy and acidic

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Photo of jhammerly
1.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Trader Joe's in Columbus, OH. Best enjoyed before June 07.

The body is a pale golden color with a white head that had no retention and shrunk to a thin ring atop the body. Smell was sweet with some hints of spice. Taste is semi-sweet, some pumpkin and spice, but it doesn't taste natural. Mouthfeel is very thin, almost flat and a bit watery. Not very drinkable. I'm not even sure that I can finish this one.

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Photo of Viggo
2.03/5  rDev -25.4%
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 Dewey0603
2.05/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a pale yellow gold with a small white head. Not an impressive looking beer. The smell is a weak sweet malt and veggie aroma thats not too pleasant. The taste is a thin sweet malt, cinnamon, and pumpkin flavor that's not too strong or good. A poor excuse of a pumpkin beer. The m/f is light ,thin, weak with the flavors mixing poorly. This is a beer that I would rather forget and so should you.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looking for a pumpkin beer as good as the one I had at a defunct microbrew here in Cleveland. Everything in bottles so far has been marginal at best. This one was at least a pumpkiny tasting beverage, but there wasn't much else. The smell was bad, cheap ale with "pumpkin spice" and the appearence was a little better than average, with good foam, good head, a little darker that cheap ales. Mouth was below average with an odd sour twinge at the end and taste...

Beer or something with cinnamon in it Very unwelcome wash that was like a sour soda pop. There really isn't anything else.

So, no buy again. Still looking.

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Photo of quasimoto
2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a dep gold/light amber color. Crystal clear and no carbonation bubbles. The off white head, or lack there of, quickly dissipated and left no lace.

S - Some aromas of pumpkin spices, cracker notes, vinous aromas, and some paper.

T - No pumkin flavor to be found. Spices are there and the paper comes across. Has a slight saltine cracker flavor to it.

M - Light, thin, and Highly carbonated. Very has on the palette.

D - I wont go looking for this again.

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Photo of hungryghost
2.58/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber on the orange side with not much of a head.
Smell is a little odd, spicey, nutmeg, but not specifically pumpkin.
Taste has more spices, cinnamon and pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor is an artificial pumpkin. Like bad candy, plus sweetly, carbonated and metallic. This may not be a great description but it is by no means a great beer. I would not suggest it to others looking for a good seasonal. I wonder if I can give away the remaining four to trick or treaters...

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Photo of uberabr
3.01/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass. A surprisingly light, gold amber with little head.

S: Very spicey. Like pumkin pie with a slight cinnamon and orangy quality that complements the pie aroma.

T: Tastes as it smells, although not as spicey. I'm not sure if I'm tasting pumpkin or pumkin spice, but there's a subtle pie feel. Slightly bitter with a mild pumpkin and buttery, biscuit aftertase. A little watery. Also a slight citrus maltyness. It could be a litte sweeter.

M: Decent body and adequate carbonation.

D: This is a good beer but it lacks confidence. The pie taste is really quite understated. That'd be ok, but there aren't any other flavors to take center stage. It leaves a kind of bland macro-lager, watery quality. Definitely a drinkable beer, and the understated pumpkin quality is a creative start, but it leaves much to be desired.

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Photo of far333
2.82/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Jason
2.2/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale from Sea Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.8% out of 100 with 105 ratings
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