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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-21-2001

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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 138
Reviews by orcasteve:
Photo of orcasteve
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this looked great in coler and smelled nice but as an ipa this one is lacking thunder, it starts out great and finishes well but is a bit off in the middle. thiss one isend as bitterb as i like my ipa's, all and all bthis is better than any macro brew, thiss one i will drink agan if it crosses my path

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Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In cask at the pub in Topsham. Dark amber color with a thick white head that was fairly sticky. Mostly a floral/pine aroma, with a little malt in the background. Citrus flavor, again the slight taste of pine. Not overly hopped. I think this would be a good session beer.

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Photo of Todd
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle from their mixed 12pak. Freshness date on the side.

Appearance: Pours a slight chill-hazed dark amber beer with orange hues and a settled, tight, creamy, white lace.

Smell: Bready malts, fruit esters, leafy / floral hops.

Taste: The carbonation creams up on the palate immediately, providing a smooth and full mouthfeel. Malty, near chewy, with a distinct bready character and light buttery/caramel backbone. Notes of wood. Bit of spice and alcohol presence. A sharp rind twang prevails over the malts, for a bit, but then smooths into a pretty and sweet fruity (berry-like) ester character, splash of cordial. Some bitter flower characters in the hops. More bready malts towards the finish, with nutty overtones. Dry biscuit finish with a lingering sweetness and coarse, dirty, earth feel and taste.

Notes: Not as hoppy as I expected from this IPA. Big on the malts and fruity flavours, and in comparison the hops played little more than a balancing role. Interesting, but it stops there.

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Photo of Duster72
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper color pour from bottle into pint glass. Finger and a half head dissipates quickly. Aroma is mild, but primarily carmel malts. Where are the hops? Bottle shows this as being a fresh batch, but the hops are nonexistant. More like a abbey ale than an IPA. Very sweet flavor carmel malts with very little bitters. Mouthfeel is a little too cloying. More sweet than anything. Not a bad beer, especially at $.92 (yes, less than a dollar!) at Trader Joe's, but nothing I would ever seek out.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a best enjoyed before date clearly notched.

Appearance: Orange-amber with a very faint haze, the light tan head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Juicy grapefruit and oranges with the Ringwood trait buttery diacetyl followed by more fruit of ripe pear.

Taste: The hop bitterness and alcohol spice it up a bit by tingling the tongue. A pearish fruitiness floats around in the middle with a good dose of malt sweetness, light butter, citrus rind and a nutty biscuity malt flavour. The leafy hop flavour tires to dry all the way yet the residual sugars take a while to linger out. The alcohol start to warm up the body a bit also.

Notes: Not a bad IPA at all ... knock down the malt a bit or hop it a bit more and this could make for a great IPA.

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Photo of merlin48
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a sampler box called a "Motley Crew". This pours a clear, golden amber, body with a huge, three finger head that is ivory in color, and rocky in character. The head has excellent longevity, before depositing immense sheets of lace all over the glass. Very stunning appearance.

Aroma is dominated by caramel malt, with a prominent, grapefruity, hops background.

Mouthfeel is very nice, medium bodied with a coating, dry hops presence.

The taste is Hoppy! Pine and grapefruit hops really jar your palate around, first off. Caramel malt becomes more prominent as this ale warms up. I found the finish to be pleasantly bittersweet, like chewing a caramel candy and a piece of grapefruit rind, simultaneously.

This is an excellent IPA that I found to be more in the American style. The label states that this is "Hand Brewed and Bottled by Pugsley Brewing LLC in Portland, Me". I saw several of the "Motley Crew" sampler boxes in groceries on the Maine, coast the week of 7/19/04, so it seems that Sea Dog is alive and well.

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Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: small 1/4 inch head big carbonation, clear, orange-brown

The smell and taste follow close together. They both contain mild hops, malt, and grass.

Mouthfeel: light body, moderate carbonation, smooth, with a slightly bitter end.

Drinkability: This is a very average IPA that almost drinks more like a regular pale ale. I do not get the hoppy bite that I am accustomed to with this style. It is not overly distinguishable. One is enough.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz from Trader Joe's. Pours light amber with a short off-white head. Floral, citrus aroma of hops and some strawberries with caramel. Light mouthfeel. Hops are on the sweet side. Slightly soapy. Decent malt back, but adds to the sweetness that ends up taking away from the overall taste.

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Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper colored with an orangey beige head that rises up a half inch, but runs away quickly. Aroma is not very hoppy, mostly sweet malts, ripe fruit, and some flowery esters. Flavor is initially malty, sort of sweet but doughey as well. This is followed by sweet fruits and some toffee. Also a bit of that alcohol metallic thing, but it doesn't detract, just let's you know it's there. But I must ask - where are the hops? I'm enjoying this beer, but it tastes like a really malty pale ale, a style I happen to enjoy. I also enjoy a good IPA, but I would never guess that this was one.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a fat two finger head. Moderate retention and a nice bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells weakly of hops and slighty piney.

The taste is, suprisingly, quite nice. A small bit of toasted malt gives way to a nice bite of hops. Little bits of citrus and grass intertwine to make for a pleasent experience. Nothing earth-shattering here, but it works for me.

Mouthfeel is moderate with nothing to offend.

Drinkability is good. This one should carry over well to the general drinking public.

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Photo of 2cansam
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber brown, nice head retention

S - surprisingly fruity, I pick up grapefruit and green apple. maybe a bit of malt too

T - follows the nose, grapefruit and green apple with a sugary finish. I had to do a double take at this point to make sure I was drinking an IPA

M - Smooth, just the right amount of carbonation

O - Not at all what I was expecting, but Id say Im pleasantly surprised. The next time I hear someone say " I dont like IPAs" I know what beer Im handing them, this is a very easy IPA to drink.

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Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Shlongadongdong
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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

Pours amber/orange good lacey head. Aroma is faint earthy floral hops with a touch of sweet malt, bready. More malt flavor than hops, bread,biscuit and caramel notes. Bitterness is to balance and nothing more, could use a little more IBU's. Medium body nothing great or over the top. Over all not bad fairly drinkable and for $4.99 for a six pack a great deal!

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Photo of breedsimpsonville
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of anders36
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a deep amber colour with a tan coloured head that disappear quickly.
It has a little fruity smell of oranges and apricots. You can also smell the alcohol. The taste is bitter with alot of hops and alcohol with a hint of oranges and apricots. Not a bad beer, it has a good bitter taste but the alcohol taste is a little to intense for me.

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Photo of Amgarnier
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of QXSTER1
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish orange appearance with a dense, creamy white head that lasts forever and sticks to the glass with a beautiful lace.
Doesn't have the citric hop blast that the West Coast versions have, but a more balanced, maltier English style with plenty of noble hops bitterness. Crisp, smooth mouthfeel with caramel and toasted grain vying with the hops for your attention.
One of my favorite IPA's, right up there with Hop Devil.

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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of ElGordo
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber hue with a creamy, off-white half-inch head that sticks around for a while. Lightly carbonated. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and dry yeast, without any hops to speak of. More caramel malt on the palate, accented by a light fruitiness and a bit of a bready character. A touch of hop bitterness emerges on the finish. Nice medium body. Not the tastiest beer around, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of Damian74
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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