Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
3.78 | pDev: 13.49%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Brewed with ingredients from each and every continent, Pangaea is a slightly spicy ale with a mouthful of rich flavors. It's a great food beer.

Our list of worldly ingredients includes: Crystallized ginger from Australia, Water from Antarctica, Basmati rice from Asia, Muscavado sugar from Africa, Quinoa from South America, European yeast, North American maize.

28 IBU
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almostjay from Virginia

3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cool gimmick, but a beer that I will only buy one time. I support DFH's approach to creative brewing, but it often leads to disappointing brews. This beer isn't bad, but it's not something I would want to drink for anything other than novelty.

Feb 01, 2015
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Geegmasta from New York

4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2011
Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours smooth and vibrant orange as fine particulates swirl in the current. Bubbles rise swiftly to create a white head about 0.75’’ thick which recedes back to the body, leaving no lacing. Held up to a light you can see the body evolved into a deep orange color.

Smell- This beer comes on citrusy, malty with a small hint of caramel; a reminder of warmer days. There is a lingering undertone of burnt sugar. The scent is almost invigorating.

Taste- Complex instantly comes to mind. Low carbonation allows for instant taste penetration of citrus and coriander with some other (as of now) unidentifiable spices. It finishes light and grassy and continues to linger on with a certain mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel- A fast carbonation sizzles on the roof of the mouth then disappears without a trace. Smooth and surprisingly light bodied.

Overall- Fantastic. Smells refreshing, tastes refreshing, finishes refreshing. I’m honestly surprised they would retire such a great brew. Definitely has a complex palette but really no negatives – everything blends very well. Great in winter and I imagine it is even more amazing in summer. 7.0% ABV keeps me content and makes the price point right on ($10.99 USD per bottle). Recommend for anyone beer-curious. Will buy more bottles to store for later use.

Feb 13, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Pours a clear golden yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Lots of indistinguishable spicing on the nose, I guess I can identify some ginger? A bit earthy and spicy.

The taste is similar. The ginger dominates. Some fruity Belgian yeast esters, slightly woody. Slightly bitter, can't tell if from hops (don't really notice them much) or the various spices.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, not that drinkable due to the heavy ginger.

This is ok if you like ginger, and certainly better than Urkontinent, but is still a little bit of a miss.

Jan 18, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Thanks to charlzm for sharing this one.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, herb, spice, and ginger aromas. Taste is much the same with ginger and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has an interesting concept but is fairly boring in my opinion.

Sep 23, 2013
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AgentMunky from New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter at a DFH dinner. From notes. Reviewed 16 January 2012. Paired with beer-braised rabbit with mustard and Pangaea sauce.

A: Cloudy transparent. Very little head by its arrival. Yellow-amber in color.

S: Quite sweet. Sweet tarts and candied ginger.

T: Lots of stuff going on here -- it's sweetish, lightly spiced, and the flavors are not long-lived. Nutty fruit in the middle and a malty/grainy finish. A little bit of Jolly Rancher.

M: I don't like it. Under-carbonated, un-beerlike, and not very good. Bah.

O: Not my favourite beer, but it's definitely enjoyable and/or drinkable. Not recommended, per se, but worth trying. I will not have again.

Sep 15, 2013
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Brenden from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I just found these notes and, while I doubt there are plans to, I kind of hope they bring it back.

It's a thick pale to medium yellow. A white head has very good retention, just under one finger tall, and it leaves mostly patchy lacing behind.
Big, sweet malts are in the nose. There's lots of fruit and some soft spices, a sort of metallic thing going on too.It's also earthy and there's a bite from something a little spicier along with the soft spices. It's a little strange when the bubble gum notes comes out, and some solvent on the end.
There's a lot going on here. It's sweet, spicy and hoppy, kitchen spices mixing with ginger for more bite, with a good malt base. There's lots of earthiness to go with the sweetness that comes out. it kind of goes back and forth between sweet and dry.
The feel is a little too thick, holding down the crispness, though it is smooth. Something keeps it from creamy, and it tends toward syrupy.

Sep 04, 2013
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml served in a St Bernardus chalice
Bottled in 2010

A - Clear burnt golden body with a finger of creamy head that banks a nice collar. Speckled lacing.

S - Old fruit bread, peaches, apricots, applesauce, raisins, syrupy sweet malt, candied ginger, mint tea, spicy, oxidized bready character.

T - Odd flavors going on here, peppermint, various unknown spices, like the entire spice rack all mixed in. Belgian yeast, hefty candied malt with some toasted evergreen/herbal hops. The malt is very sweet with tangy over ripened fruit (peaches, pears, apricots) wrapped around a moderate vitamin/mineral character. Oxidized ginger bread comes to mind.

M - Dense and full bodied, low creamy carbonation, viscous feel.

I like the experimentation of this beer but there is alot going on. It's fun to drink but it's A.D.D. in nature and doesn't have much focus. There's no telling what all Sam put i this beer. And it's quite sweet. A fun beer to talk about and review.

Aug 13, 2013
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4 fluid ounces
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. I got a few inches of large bubbled, off-white head. It did not stick around long. There are also small chunks of yeast suspended.

S - I get some apricot. It is pretty sweet smelling reminding me of caramelized sugar.

T - The apricot comes through on the taste. The ginger is noticeable, as well. Some Belgian spices in the taste.

M - It is smooth with little carbonation. It tastes borderline flat.

O - I would say that this is more of a novelty than a great example of a Belgian pale ale.

Feb 01, 2013
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Hopswagger from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P: A murky speckled dark orange to light orange body topped with a tan layer of creamy froth. Creamy top dwindles to a layer similar to melted vanilla ice cream. Wet slippery lacing climbing the sides.

S: Crystalized ginger, herbal hops, creamed corn, orange oil, cinnamon, clove, allspice, Chinese 5 spice, hidden toasted toffee, and Belgian yeast. Aroma is similar to a aromatherapy room with ginger added to the mix.

T/M: Mentholated halls, numerous spices and crystalized ginger upfront followed by pungent green tea tannins that encompass my entire mouth. Lemon grass and honey linger on the dry finish. Mouthfeel is kinda light-medium but nice and creamy with a touch of prickly carbonation at the start.

O: An explosion of herbs, spices and sweetness. I really think this is more of a herb/spice beer than a BSPA. The execution if this was great and the flavors really worked well with each other. I'm excited to see it so cheap at the store and I will for sure get more. Cheers!

Jan 27, 2013
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this in the archives. I think DFH is still brewing this beer. This bottle is only 5 months old.

This is a funky looking beer. The coloring is like any belgian: light orange. There is a decent amount of foam, but it is really thin. In this beer you do get a lot of floaters... even on the initial pour.

The aroma includes a lot of ginseng. I enjoy ginseng... it does lots of good things. It doesn't really play well with the beer. Without the ginseng I smell a decent belgian, but the ginseng hits me in the jaw.

The flavor of the belgian is pretty good on its own as well. The ginseng doesn't really put as much of a fight at this point, but it still hurts the balance.

Overall this is just a very unusual brew. I recommend it for novelty, but I didn't care for it very much. I appreciate the effort, though.

Dec 08, 2012
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kingmaker from Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface this by saying this is my first online review and this bottle was bottle-aged for almost a year.

A: Golden hue, off a standard pour there was half inch head colored in a gold/white mix

S: Some ginger, very malty

T: Ginger, a good deal of it. Looking at the other reviews, it isn't overly gingered but maintains that taste until the swallow. Sweet malts and almost a tripel flavor on the follow-through. Slight hop flavor is left sitting on the palate. I enjoyed the very interesting swing of flavors here.

M: Crisp. Very good carbonation. Quite full and enjoyable.

O: I can see why the demand for this was so underwhelming DFH dropped it from the 2013 schedule but I did enjoy it. The ginger overwhelms the unprepared and, at the price, leaves much to be desired. As I said, I did enjoy it but unless you really are hunting down a ginger beer and/or the novelty of an ingredient from each continent (I must admit Sam Cagalione and I are consistently on the same page as to what defines a novelty so exquisite it must be tried at least once), I would recommend avoiding this beer.

Dec 01, 2012
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bum732 from Lesotho

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Slight belgian phenolics, pils malt, slight ginger, slightly floral

L: Fairly clear amber with floaties. White dense head that dissipates slightly.

T: Herbal malt sweetness with some clove phenolics. Low bitterness with some ginger. Slight graininess throughout finishing semi-dry and slightly spicy. Slight molassess.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation.

Solid, one of DFH's better beers. Not too sweet with some nice subtle flavors.

Nov 13, 2012
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DrinkSlurm from New York

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ppoured from bottle into tulip. pours a brownish haze with nice head. Smells of nice belgian yeast and malts with lots of spices...cinnamon and clove. Taste is similar...belgian yeasts and malts with a wallop of cinnamon...way overly spiced. I love DFH...but this was a miss for me. Its just way to over-spiced to really enjoy. I was really pumped about this brew...great idea and really great story behind it, but it just didnt translate. At least I can say I had water from antarctica now! So, still worth a try if you see it.
Maybe a bit of aging would mellow it out...

Sep 20, 2012
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mhaugo from California

3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounce bottle. Decanted into a 0.47l oversized snifter.
Appearance: Deep copper, semi-opaque. Head dies quickly.
Smell: Ginger and cloves.
Taste: The bottle says “crystallized ginger”. That descriptor pin-points the overall flavor profile. There’s malts and hops, but it’s a whole lot of ginger. Ginger all the way through to the finish.
Mouthfeel: Nice
Overall: For a “concept beer”, this is really nice. It’s pretty hot outside, and this may be the near-perfect beer for the season. It’s clean with a bit of a bite on the end. Dry and refreshing. Very nice.

Sep 09, 2012
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dfillius from Iowa

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint
A: Moderate pour yields 1 finger of off-white head with good retention. Crystal clear golden liquid is beautiful.
S: Malt forward with light ginger. A tad vegetal and delicate overall.
T: Slightly Tripel-esque in a good way showing from the yeast at the end. Ginger is up front, followed by a sweetness that rides on a ginger wave. Finishes with a light American hop flavor - Centennial? Some vegetality also, which is a negative. Nice, but not great.
M: Sweet, full, ginger balance is nice - prickly/spicy. Flat, vegetal finish is the only negative.
O: Nice, but not great. Another pint would be nice (yay for big bottles!) but probably wouldn't buy this regularly.

Sep 05, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a hazy golden body. Aroma is excellent with grains, corn, fruits, spices, ginger and floral notes. The flavor is very unique As the ginger is well represented and perfectly applied. Additional notes of floral, candy sugar, grains and breads. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very complex and unique brew with many flavor transitions, definitely a must try.

Aug 21, 2012
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden brown pour. Head disappates over time. The frontside has less carbonation than the backside. Candy and othermspicesmare present on the nose, slight alcohol aroma despite the relatively middle old the road ABV. Unique beer flavor - sweet almost pear flavor, yet spicey. Full body and light enough for a hot day.

Aug 18, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a orange-gold amber with one finger off-whet head with good retention and lacing. Citrus, light malt and ginger aroma. Pleasant spicy start, dry vinous middle and ginger finish. The ginger is nice at first, but outlasts its welcome. A decent Belgian pale ale and the ginger is a nice change, but hard to drink a 750ml of this. Perhaps smaller bottles would be a good idea for this one.

Aug 07, 2012
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of ginger, Belgian yeast, spices, bready malts, citrus and light dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has ginger, some spices, bready malts, some nice citrus, and Belgian yeast. Not as flavorful as the aroma led me to believe but still very good for what it is.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel. Not that complex but nice.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. I love how it's flavorful but mellow at the same time, I could drink this all night.

Jul 23, 2012
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Phelps from Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Tops, poured into a snifter. A very worldly brew, Pangaea was crafted using ingredients from all seven continents. To wit: crystallized ginger from Australia, water from Antarctica, basmati rice from Asia, muscavado sugar from Africa, quinoa from South America, maize from North America and European yeast.

The color of pale wheat in the sunshine, with a very, very slight haze. One finger of fizzy, sticky white head becomes a soapy top layer.

Ginger is the first and foremost aroma, but is soon met with a breadiness. Together, it’s like flatbread drizzled with honey and ginger. Graininess in the back.

Ginger, red apple slices and wheat blend in the flavor. Very mild, earthy hops. Quick flash of honey before a clean, crackery finish.

Pillow-soft medium body is like licking goose down, and is the best part of this beer. Gentle tingles of carbonation pepper the tongue, breaking into just a little fizz. Alcohol is bigger than expected, flaming through the nose.

For all the ingredients in here, this isn’t nearly complex enough. A good idea from Dogfish Head, but something’s missing in the execution.

Jul 03, 2012
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a translucent deep honey / medium amber tone while yielding a nice finger of frothy off-white head. decent retention and some patchy lacing evident. nice looking beer. nose is a bit more subdued than i was expecting... i do get the ginger, some grainy elements, and and indistinct fruitiness. decent but sort of underwhelming.

taste is 'meh'... not the complex, flavorful beer i was hoping for... ginger pulls through in fine form, but after that i get a muted mishmash of of spice, grain, and, to an even lesser extend, fruit. medium-full mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

overall it's ok, drinkable enough, but far from the best i've had from a brewery i generally dig. i'd drink it again if offered for free but will not seek out.

(originally reviewed: 09-27-2011)

Jun 20, 2012
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet lightly bready malts, with some ginger, some Belgian yeast and spices, and some grains.

T - Starts off with some sweet bready malts with some ginger and a touch of citrus. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast and spices come through alongside some grains. The finish is a mix of bready caramel malts, grains, Belgian yeast, and some ginger and other spices.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly spicy and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The ginger is a nice addition on top of the BSPA base. And the grains give the beer a really nice smoothness.

May 25, 2012
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dananabanana from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange with 1-finger of bright off-white foam.

S: Spicy, like pumpkin pie spice, emphasis on the ginger. Sweet and alcoholic.

T: First sip is lighter on the tongue than I expected. With the alcohol scent, I expected a burn, but none is there. Wheaty flavor comes through after a few more sips. This is surprisingly light and refreshing. The spices are definitely present, but don't overwhelm. Slight lemony flavor.

M: My mouth puckers a little bit from the tartness. Some bubbles, but not overly carbonated.

O: A refreshing beer for the summer. Another solid offering from Dogfish Head.

May 17, 2012
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jsanford from Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with a dense cream-colored head that settles to a solid cap. Nice aromas of spicy ginger, bubblegum, banana, and light grain. More spicy ginger on the palate, along with more doughy grain, banana and coriander yeast, and sweet bubblegum. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a touch-over-medium body and good carbonation. A nice DFH offering for sure, but not something I'm likely to remember.

May 15, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2011. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap. Some bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of grape, pear, ginger, apricot, clove, pepper, biscuit, honey, citrus peel, and herbal spiciness. Some nice and interesting aromas; with good balance and complexity. Taste of grape, ginger, apple, pear, clove, apricot, pepper, banana, biscuit, honey, and herbal spices. Lingering notes of apricot, pear, pepper, clove, biscuit, ginger, and herbal spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity; and no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol presence noted other than a faint warming after the finish. Overall this is a really nice Belgian style ale. Very unique flavor profile with nice complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

May 10, 2012
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