Pangaea | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

979 Ratings

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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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3.3/5  rDev -12%
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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3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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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3.45/5  rDev -8%
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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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2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Pangaea from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 979 ratings
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