Pangaea | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's. Interesting combination. Bannana, clove, chocolate, and spicey sweetness. Very lacey, a tad above medium mouthfeel. Orange body but tastes like somewhat of a dark beer. Worth a try. Good drinkability. Vanilla, smooth, a bit like a top notch saki.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking amber color, the head was big at first but subsided quickly and left some light bubbles on the glass. The smell is spicy, hints of herbs and some citrus in there too. The taste had some interesting ginger flavors along with plenty of other spices. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and had a good body to it. Overall I enjoyed the Pangaea a lot, looking forward to having it again one day.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of ginger in the nose along with notes of fruit, sweetness and yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of sweetness; flavors of ginger stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink but is one that needs to be sipped.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Expecting great things here. The beer poured a strong straw to golden color with a promising viscuous thickness. Typical belgian carbonation (heavy) with terrific retention, but not so much on the lacing. Smells very malty sweet (Eisbock-like) with a pungent Belgian character and earthy hoppiness. Tastes very sweet and rich, so much that it overwhelms the belgian and hop characters, religating them to backup flavors. Feels quite heavy and nearly syrupy, with a spicy heat and moderately bitter character. Finishes sweet and a bit sticky on top of a hop dryness. Again, Thanks Clvand0.

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared by Arbitrator. Thanks, Arbi. Crystal clear pale gold with a small white cap that quickly dissipates. Reeks of signature Dogfish Head cloying sweetness. Caramel, green apples and ham-handed ginger make up the rest of the aroma; it's reminiscent of braggot. Similarly cloying on the palate, heavy ginger flavor, syrupy sweetness, honey, caramel. Syrupy and difficult to drink, this is quite terrible. Yet another gimmicky DFH beer with excessive sweetness and not enough complexity or balance.

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey colored body with a modest head that declines quickly and leaves very little lacing (My version was capped if that makes any difference.)

Smell: Grainy nose with wafts of candied ginger

Taste: Rather grainy flavor with a strong ginger aspect; sweetens after the swallow; rough on the finish

Mouthfeel: Rather light with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just not very interesting, unfortunately; not objectionable, so I will finish the bottle but I doubt I'll buy it again

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Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, opened after Christmas dinner, as an alternative to more sweet turkey-friendly white wine...

This beer pours a clear golden orange hue, with one finger of bubbly, creamy off-white head, which leaves an uneven web of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of spicy, peppery yeast, ginger, citrus, and wheat. The taste is very strong yeast and ginger, husky grain, cloves, citrus pith, and somewhat acrid alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body seemingly full, but kind of airy as well, and sporting a metallic boozy edge. It finishes dry and yeasty.

I'm getting Australia, Belgium, and America in the flavour - I'd have to do some research to see where the other continents are represented. Too astringent (and pricey) to enjoy as anything other than a curiosity.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a light amber color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of spices is intriguing and hard to pinpoint the exact spices used in this beer. Taste comprised a nice mix of spices which may include some ginger as well as orange peel but there is not as much spices as I was expecting. There some malt presence with some sweetness which may be due to the use of honey. Overall, I was expecting something a bit more radical or at least different and instead it seems I got an average spice beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Wally's Wine.

A: Pours a five finger head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Ginger and lactic notes. A mild strength aroma.

T: The ginger is thankfully restrained, but welcome. The clean barley body is supplemented by a healthy amount of candied sugar, which really pays off well on the finish. It's simple but nicely balanced and built.

Mf: Crisp on the open and fizzly on the finish on account of the candied sugar. Suits the flavour quite well. Smooth and wet.

Dr: Very drinkable. The above-average ABV doesn't come through hardly at all. The ginger suits the beer, and even helps settle me stomach a bit. I like it, but the price is too high (this doesn't affect me rating). I'd have it again if I saw it on draught, but otherwise it isn't interesting enough to bother with.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Falls Church Alehouse.

Pours a yellow color, just a bit darker than a pilsner, I'd say. A bit of a white head. The nose brings some nice spice and pepper plus some mild sweetness. The taste is mildly spicy with some yeast notes coming through. A tad bit of malt in the background. Pretty good feel and body. A really nice beer and aside from being kind of cool and gimmicky, puts together a nice package.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy orange with a huge blooming fluffy head that leaves a nice amount of lacing,aroma of honey comes thru and some sweet malt.Taste is fresh and lightly sweet I pick up a hint of the ginger in the finish also some light medicinal notes.I like this brew fresh tasting bursting with flavors.I see I like it more than most.

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Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Vigorous pour yields one finger of dense, creamy white foam. The body is pale copper with excellent clarity. As the head settles it leaves just a hint of lace.

S - Clean malt with herbal hops and a hint of ginger. Some mild, fruity yeast character as well.

T - Spicy, herbal hop note up front. Grassy and earthy with a peppery yeast note. Spiciness fades towards the finish and is complemented by a slight alcohol note while black pepper and ginger linger.

M - High carbonation, medium body and a reasonably dry finish (especially for DFH).

D - Highly drinkable. This is an enjoyable Strong Golden ale with a nice addition from the ginger, especially in the finish. The only real flaw is the slightly anemic head. One of DFH's better seasonals.

I didn't really pair it with a meal, but it went quite well with the spicy chicken wings I had.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much more can be said about this beer than what's already been written here. What I can add is that it appears a bit of aging works wonders in rounding the beer. The ginger still dominates the aroma and flavor, but it falls in tune better with the fruitiness of the yeast and the lightly caramelized sweetness of the malt, essentially adding more depth. It seems brighter, more varied, and a little bit more exciting. Also, I tend to disagree with the serving recommendation on the label. I enjoy it best served cold to bring out its crispness and spice alongside sushi, grilled vegetables, or pasta with lemon, garlic, and shrimp. It's enjoyable a bit warmer on it's own in a snifter, don't get me wrong, but I just don't think there's enough complexity there to warrant it. Enjoy it with food... you'll be much happier!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ripe kumquat with a Belgianesque amount of carbonation. I enjoyed the loud popgun POP! on cork removal. The orange-tinted bone white cap is a good color match for the beer on which it sits. However, it doesn't compare to the beautiful crowns on most Belgian beer. The foam is stiff and utterly unsticky, making a clean glass a foregone conclusion. I love the rich color of the liquid too much to let the appearance score dip too low.

The nose is authentically Belgian, thanks to a true Belgian yeast strain. Other than crystallized ginger from Australia, water from Anarctica and basmati rice from Asia, I couldn't find a listing of the rest of the ingredients (one each from the seven continents of the world). The aroma is primarily earthy, woody and spicy. In fact, it smells a little like some of the Fantome saisons to me.

Pangaea tastes like something that Brasserie Fantome might brew... only a hell of a lot less complex. I'm surprised at how spicy and how dominated by crystallized ginger it is. I like ginger, but I would have preferred to taste something else as well. The result is a flavor profile that is needlessly simple and one-dimensional. That doesn't mean that the beer isn't good, but it could have been so much more.

I'm not sure that BSPA is the proper style. I would have chosen saison, as alluded to above. Alongside the spiciness is a woody, balsam and sandlewood, autumn potpourri flavor that isn't entirely successful in giving the beer a distinctive personality. An underlying sweetness helps rather than hinders. Finally, I don't mind the hint of unmasked alcohol since it gives the beer a strength of purpose that it otherwise lacks.

The mouthfeel is Belgian in personality even if it isn't the equal of the best from that country. I'm impressed by the way in which it manages to incorporate all those bubbles without being overly fizzy. Having said that, I can't pull the trigger on expansively silky smooth, which is my preferred mouthfeel for a Belgian-style ale.

Pangaea is another Dogfish Head concept beer that sounds better on paper than it tastes. Inspiration at the conception stage is all well and good. However, inspiration at the execution stage is infinitely more important. While I'm glad for the experience, I won't be buying another bottle. Especially not at $10.99.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.21/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, tan-colored body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of subdued, sweet malts. I'm struggling to find the ginger purported to be in this brew.

Taste: Quite bland! Muted, light maltiness with some vague notes of ginger.

Let's try it again!

Yeast and some graininess. Maybe some medicinal apple notes towards the end.

I would pay $20 extra to have this beer provide some real flavor. Paypal. Cash. Check. Immediately upon having some taste show up in my glass I will cut that check.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Seriously. I am upping my offer to $22. That's twenty-two dollars American.

Drinkability: Man. What a gripping experiment! Ingredients from all over the world came together to make a bad beer. How often can you say you poured water straight from Antarctic down your sink?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled on date of 10/30/06, into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, light malts, ginger and some hops.

T: The taste is spicy and full of yeast and malt, but not a lot of sweetness. There’s a very mild hops presence, which allows the taste to end with a mild, dry bitterness.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, nice kick, decent representation of style, it’s not the type of beer that you can pound down, it’s more of a sipper even though it isn’t too powerful. I appreciate the concept and the craftsmanship of this beer, but it’s not one that I would choose to drink regularly.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle up in Brawleys a while back but never got around to trying it until last night. 750 ml bottle, served chilled and poured into a goblet. Consumed on 08/15/2008.

Poured a nice golden color, lots of haze and cloudiness here. Nice white fluffy head kept up pretty good for the first few minutes then settled down gracefully with a light side glass lacing. Nice carbonation was also apparent.

The aroma was dominated by the ginger, so much so that it pretty much drown everything else out. Letting it warm let out some light citrus notes and a touch of grain, but pretty average and ginger dominated. Muc more of the same in the flavor, especially the finish which was totally ginger driven. Lots of light hops and a touch of grain and some light vinous notes. Light body and well hidden alcohol. Certainly a bit more then a sipper.

Overall, ehh. This was kinda avergae for me, nothing really big going on and the ginger was light but yet still dominant as the rest of it was pretty darn boring. Not another one for me here.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

FINALLY got this, and on tap too. Stronger than I expected, but very tasty, pleasantly spicy, and definitely worth the wait. A very good fall beer. The catch on this one is that is uses one ingredient from every continent on Earth:

Crystallized ginger from Australia
Water from Antarctica
Basmati rice from Asia
Muscavado sugar from Africa
South American quinoa
European yeast
North American maize

Poured a golden yellow with a slight haze and a small white head that didn't last too long. Aroma of sugar and some breadiness, floral highlights. Strong taste of ginger and spice, with sugar notes and sweet malts. Lots of complexity. Light to medium mouthfeel and surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed sharing this ale at the Gaithersburg, Md Alehouse. Poured into a snifter.

A - A magnificent amber honey hue with golden highlights. Poured a decent two fingered head that subsided into a thin white head with tighly grouped bubbles.

S - Malt, yeast and floral scents emerge with subtle hibiscus notes.

T - Sugary and slightly medicinal with hints of anise, pale malts and yeasty fruitiness at the forefront. Malt and yeast dominate the taste as a hint of rye dryness appears

M - Full and fresh, malty with moderate acidity

D - I had to give this a 5 it just struck me as something of a universal ale. It has balance and stands out with layers of subtle flavors. I would call it a session beer with oomph if pressed. The spicy qualities are not overpowering and the alcohol is restrained.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy orange with a very thick, chunky head, which dissolved to a layer of foam on the top of the beer quickly. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Definitely get some ginger on the aroma. It is also spicy with some cinnamon. There is also a fruit presence, but overall the ginger dominates.

T: Very sweet with the ginger. There is a spicy/pepper flavor and some coriander as well. The sweet malts at the end balance it nicely.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall its pretty good. Not something I would probably go back to often, but nice for a change of pace.

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Photo of smcolw
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden color, clear enough to read through the glass. Initial pour creates a solid, two-finger head of very large bubbles. These go away within 20 seconds--no lace.

The aroma is close to a pilsner with very light hop...Clean smell, malty but very light.

The taste starts off sweet. The swallow is very dry with a notable hop bite. Very full body with a high level of carbonation. The aftertaste malty but dry.

There are some strong similarities to a Belgian Saison. Although there is some complexity, this beer misses the potential particularly before the first sip.

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Photo of billab914
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. The color was a lot like ginger ale, maybe a little darker and also hazy. It started with a thin and scattered head which was concentrated around the edges of the glass. What it had for a head nearly all disappeared after a minute or so and not much for lacing was left on the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of ginger to it and it definitely has more of a sweet candy or crystallized sort of thing going on. It has a bit of citrus coming through as well as some floral notes. The ginger is the dominating flavor though, and too much so for me.

The taste is definitely on the sweet side with more of that crystallized ginger coming through. The sweetness seems to have some honey like flavors to it as well. The spices come through more in the finish. It's interesting but a little too much ginger and sweetness for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is a little below average. Drinkability is average at best for me, the ginger was a bit too strong and it was a little too far on the sweet side. Another cool and interesting beer from Dogfish but one that will probably be a one time purchase for me.

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