Sea Dog Old East India Pale Ale | Sea Dog Brewing Company

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Sea Dog Old East India Pale AleSea Dog Old East India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Sea Dog Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fashioned after the famous ales from Burton-On-Trent which took on such bold character after surviving the long, rolling voyage from London to Calcutta in the days of the Empire. This is an amber colored masterpiece in the world of beer styles.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is citrus/fruit, caramel and mild tea. The flavor is citrus, English malts, fruit, tea, hops and a mix of mild bitterness and slight heat in the finish.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Served on tap at Seadog, Brunswick.

Didn't really taste like an IPA to me. Barely any hoppiness. It's all sweet prunes and caramel, which as it happens, I enjoyed.

I ordered an IPA, though, and at $5.50 a pint, I was expecting it to at least taste like an IPA.
My negative score reflects that.
However, if you're looking for a herbally sweet English style beer, it might be worth picking this up.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of light hops, some floral notes. Taste is lightly hopped, a strong malt backbone, some mild citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit light on hops for the style, but highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: very clear; copper colored; with a conservative pour, got a 2 finger loose head that dissipated unevenly to a thin white film; minimal lacing;

S: caramel malt; resin hop bitterness; orange rind;

T: pear; pine resin at mid-palate; dry, moderately bitter finish with no real flavor;

M; medium bodied; a little over carbonated;

O: reminded me of some of my early home brews; very drinkable, but carbonation wasn't quite right and taste needed something;

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Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber copper color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Nice citrusy aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit, caramel and toasted malts.
Bitter flavor well balanced with slightly toasted malts, spices, caramels, pine, resin, some English earthy and perfumy hops but predominantly grapefruit citrus, and tea leaves. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.2% abv is very well hidden.
Although it doesn’t necessarily have a character of its own, it is a well-executed IPA, kind of mixing English and American styles. I am under the impression they boosted its hops compared to older versions.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

KBC IPA has a thin, cream-colored head, a clear, bubbly, orange-copper appearance, and a slight lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, fruity, toffee candy. Taste is of caramel candy, citrus pith, English hop bitterness, and sugar, with a background of bread crust. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and KBC IPA finishes crisp and semi-wet. It is certainly an unusual IPA and most definitely NOT of the West Coast style. Overall, this oddity is interesting and enjoyable. Its mouthfeel and finish are lager like.


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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Decent looking label and graphics with a very nice color scheme. Label has a bit of brewery info and ABV info. Neck label looks the same as main label.

Appearance: Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz snifter. Pours a hazy copper orange color with a 2 finger light and airy off white foam head. Retention was 2min 37sec before fading into a bubbly foam head.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of floral hops with an earthy tone along with slight hints of orange and caramel malts.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of floral and resin hop bitterness on the front-end with a slight caramel malt sweetness that finishes with an earthy resin hop bite. Very good.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the light side of medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Overall I thought this was a very good offering that was very well balanced and while not spectacular I thought this represented the style admirably. Classified as an English IPA @ 6,2%. Consumed 5/8/2013.

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Photo of kneeland
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looked more like a lager than an IPA, but still looked good with a copper orange color, with a good head. Not too foamy, pretty much just right. Good carbonation.

Smells like any IPA out there. Has a slightly crisper taste. Citrus, malt, lots of hops. It has a much better mouthfeel than other IPAs. I think it has a better taste than other IPAs too.

I typically don't go for IPAs, but I'll try this one again. If it ever comes in my beer of the month box again.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I do not know why this is being labeled retired unless I got a really old beer from my Beer of the Month Club... anyway, the beer poured a light amber color with a tan head. Did not look like an IPA. It smelled like an IPA. The taste was not IPA either but more of a heavy lager. It was very unIPA'ish, but I liked it and would buy again of course if it is still available that is.

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Photo of Gavage
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: caramel and orange citrus are soft on the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, a hint of grapefruit, some pear, soft buttery tones, and a moderate bitterness makes up a decent IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at this finish. Aftertaste is short lasting.

Overall: this IPA leans towards the citrus end, and is not as refreshing as some others out there. Decent beer but nothing overwhelming.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
1.97/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pristinely clear amber with a frothy sand colored head. Expires 1/13 so I'm assuming this is pretty fresh.

Smells like..toasted malt with a little sweetness. Hops, hops anyone?

At 6.2% this doesn't have a lot of malty depth. Or hoppy depth for that matter either. I shouldn't have to try too hard, or try at all, to find flavor in an IPA. There's some toasted malt up front with some cloying sweet, wet grass for a finish but this couldn't even pass for a hoppy pale.

Don't know that I've ever met a Sea Dog I liked.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Il Mulino (Disney) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a clear copper in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a couple of slightly thicker patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts combined with a slightly more intense hop aroma made up of earthy and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with a slightly earthy flavor that is then overtaken by light amounts of caramel malt sweetness. Then the earthy and floral hops really take over, a little more aggressively than I expected, and leaves you with a moderate lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: This beer wsa quite enjoyable and easy to drink but I would not likely think of it as a sessionable beer - slightly too intense in the hoppiness to have more than one of these at a sitting.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
1.67/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There wasn't a date on the side of the bottle.

In a pint glass:

A: tan colored body with a small tan head was a half a finger that died within thirty seconds. No carbonation was seen rising. No lacing or rings were left.

S: bland, some caramel perhaps.

T: bland caramel again with some hops lightly in the background.

M: light and kinda sticky, dull finish

O: I doubt if I ever have this again, as there was barely anything good about this beer.

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Photo of bier_uber_alles
2.27/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber. Not much foam, and what foam there was receded quickly.
For an IPA, the smell is on the weak side. More earthy than hoppy. Very slight frutiness with a touch of cardboard.
Not much bitterness and a bit on the watery side. Lacks complexity.
Again, the mouthfeel was watery. Low in carbonation.
Overall, i'm not impressed. a mediocre offering which I would not seek out.

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Photo of rangerred
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a one finger head that fades to a thin cap over the beer.

Smells of earthy, piny hops along with a slight amount of caramel malt.

Piny hops dominate the flavor up front leading to bit of sweet bready malt. A touch of caramel later on and a moderately bitter, drying finish.

An ok beer all around but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.16/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm posting this here for now, but the bottle says "brewed and bottled by Pugsley Brewing llc, Portland Maine", so it may eventually find a new home.

Color is tarnished gold, good clarity, topped by four level fingers of off-white level foam. Very little lacing.

Very low key sweet aroma, indistinct, almost like Budweiser.

Light sweet taste begins and follows throughout. Mild bitterness at the swallow. Not much here at all.

Light mouthfeel quickly passes by.

More like a light golden ale than ipa. Years ago I was a fan of Sea Dog's Old East IPA, but I think the Shipyard folks have wrecked havoc here. Major disappointment. Avoid.

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Photo of Jammies
2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pirs a deep orangish red. Not much foam, no retention and no lacing

S- sweet with a slightly nutty odor. Also a hint of citrus

T- nutty and hoppy. Not really a great taste.

M- slightly hot. leaves an aftertaste in my mouth that makes me wish I never took a sip

O- I did not enjoy this beer at all. In fact, I couldnt even finish it. I had to pour half of it out...what a waste.

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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tap at brewpub in northborough.

Pours a creamy 1 finger head fades ay a med pace with nice lacing, mostly clear darker amber orange colored beer.

Nose has decent hops, but earthy, light fruity hops, hint of malt, light grainy malt, most of the hops seem to be bittering and much less aromas.

Taste brings some earthy hops, light spicy and chewy, semi bitter at first, some semi sweet malts also come out with a light grainy quality and some caramel malts. very light grassy floral hops come through later as it starts to get quite bitter. Finishes with long spicy bitter hops, bit sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall average pale ale, barely ipa, almost all bittering hops, no real floral, citrus or tropical fruit, some malt balance but this is more like a best bitter than ipa.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger thick head. Clear amber.

S: a little musty hop aroma

T: there is a buttery thickness to this one. The hops are mild with some grassy and floral notes and minimal bitterness.

M: casked. Thicker body than a standard ipa.

Overall: This beer does very well on the cask. A decent IPA and very drinkable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Sea Dog in South Portland. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it presents a caramel brown color that is crisp and vibrant. No head on this beer. The aromas are a blend of coffee, nut, and caramel, overall rich and sweet. The flavors are rich, sweet caramel malt with a strong, deep hop presence in the foundation. Very smooth and round. The aftertaste is rich and sweet, with a heavier hop presence, both moist green and slightly spiced. The beer has a dry, clean finish. Not too shabby.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very clear, copper body with a big, white head of foam. Excellent retention and lace.

S - Fruity yeast and toasted malt with a hint of caramel.

T - Bready malt up front with some red apple. Moderate bitterness and a bit of musty hop flavor.

M - Medium thick body, low carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Nicely done and appropriate to the style, the cask conditioning was a nice touch.

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Photo of TJBurgess
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Topsham brewpub.

A: golden amber. Transparent, but not clear. A bit darker than expected.

S: not much here. At all. The English aspect is there, but its just barely a smell at all.

T: ehh. Simple and not much to it. More like an English lager, and a light one at that.

M: ok. Smooth. Carbonation is there, but not really well balanced with the creamy-ness.

O: blah. Skip.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six from Al's of Hampden, poured chilled from the 12oz into a double walled tumbler.

The color is hazed orange with translucent clarity overall and 1/4 inch rocky ecru cap tops it, the lace clings well. The smell is very malty with some caramel odor and slight creaminess in the aroma with a slight pine accent, the scent is pleasant even if not overly hoppy. The feel has some smooth malt qualities up front with a subtle bitter edge and moderate carbonation throughout. The semi sweet finish is what doesn't appeal to me, the bitterness is moderately low for the style and sweetness seems out of place at this level even for an English version.

The taste is mildly hoppy no big deal, it has some hops up front with a slight caramel-like flavor which starts to take over with a slight cloying effect which makes it pretty average as far as flavor, almost as if the yeast gave up 3/4 of the way and left the residual sugar there and this doesn't bother that much because it tastes ok, but it does distract from the hops that are apparently there, just muted by the malt. Overall bottom line is this is a pretty poor IPA English or otherwise, it just lacks an assertive hop flavor and the bitterness it does have is negated by the overtly sweet malt finish, caramel is too high. I recommend trying anything else but this if you are looking for a decent IPA, the hops take a backseat which is dissapointing.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored brew, largely clear but with a bit of haze. Small white head proves fleeting. Scent has a lot of caramel malts and some nice bitter hop. Nice caramel maltiness, a fair amount of bitter hop, kinda has a unique taste to the water too. Not to say that its watery, just that its a individually noticed ingredient for some reason. Mouth is pretty full and smooth. Kind of a unique brew in its own regard, not too bad.

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Photo of therica
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= rich light amber, decent active slushy off-white head (massive if poured "normally"), nice lacing and plentiful rimming, some pooling.

S= first nose: apricot; second nose: rich hops florals and citrus; third nose: rich sweet malts.

T= grassy, tart and dry hops-bitter, some light grapefruit, a distant note of cherry or raspberry or both. Decent malts but not the richness that were in the nose. I appreciate the effort at not-overly-hophead IPA but there's just something missing in the flavor overall, and the "whatever" flavors get a bit in the way of being a highly satisfying offering.

M= grassy dryness with a light honey sweetness on the tongue. The sweetness has hints of the fruity berry taste that lingers and gets a bit annoying after a few sips.

O= great nose but just not quite balanced in the drinking. Grassy belches. Still a worthy beer, probably great with burgers and similar, doing fine with some hot-pepper chili and crackers at the moment. [That was last night-- tonight it's doing not too badly with peanut butter on soda crackers]

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