Pangaea | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

980 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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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A few months ago, this was the last bottle at Spec’s, and I now notice BA lists Pangaea as retired although it is still on the DFH website. In any case, this was a great find.

Poured into a snifter. Beautiful orange color with little foam. Persistent carbonation.

Smells sugary sweet.

Ingredients on the bottle are listed as follows: Crystallized ginger from Australia, Water from Antarctica, Basmati rice from Asia, Muscavado sugar from Africa, Quinoa from South America, European yeast, North American maize.

I can taste ginger in the aftertaste, but not so much up front. It is subtle. If I didn't know it had ginger, then I would not have recognized it. Or, maybe it really doesn’t taste like ginger, but I think it does because I read the bottle. I cannot pick up on the rice or quinoa, but I imagine the corn adds to the sweet flavor. It had a honey-toast aftertaste. I did not pick up on any hops.

This made me want to investigate other Belgian strong pale ales. Subsequently, I have found that Pangaea is much more complex than others, which I attribute to the 7 continent brewing methodology.

Pangaea, if you are truly retired, you will be missed.

Sadly, I may not have another.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of bread with some ginger notes. There is also some fruit in the aroma but I can't put my finger on exactly what fruit it is. The flavor is similar. The predominant flavor I get is ginger, but there is also some sweetness from the bread and toffee malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty good, but I was hoping the beer would be more complex.

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Photo of Duke
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From a hollow-stemmed chalice)

Appearance: Pangaea pours a misty nacarat with plenty of tiny sediments. The head is white, one thumb thick, and it quickly collapses into a stoic filmy cap, leaving behind a tad of lacing.

Smell: Here is a bold scent of dark fruits, especially plum, apricot, with a load of honey, a healthy dose of coriander spice and a touch of ginger.

Taste: The ginger steps forward, particularly as the beer finishes. The beer is quite sweet, but the fruits prevent it from being too much so. The flavours are bold, but still quite complex.

Mouthfeel: The beer is smooth and quite light, and the carbonation feels very bubbly - almost champagne-like. The rindy finish, the spice from the ginger and the coriander are holding onto my tongue.

Overall: I'm thoroughly enjoying this. I think the beer is very well balanced, yet it manages to be sweet and interesting.

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Photo of JonnyVendetta
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a ginger focused brew, I excepted a harsher ginger bite closer to ginger beer. The ale poured out as a golden yellow that quickly added to a light and cloudy amber. The slight citrus aroma is pleasing, and presents subtle hints of sweetness. This is surprising due to how sugary the beer is. The taste is not overwhelmingly sweet, but the lingering presence of this unique sugar are noticeable.

At first taste the beer was crisp with an edge and very complex. Each flavor rises and falls, but the ginger almost fails to appear.

If you enjoy candied ginger, I would highly suggest this limited ale.

Design: Dogfish Head always gives an luxurious label to its fine quality beers. A simple vintage map depicting the super continent Pangea. The choice of printing Pangea in Papyrus font representes the beer itself - An appealing unique concept at first glance, a little off the mark.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Light yellowish-orange, very lightly cloudy, minimal internal carbonation, small foamy head that quickly evolves into some decent lacing

S: Sweet, nice citrus, some coriander, ever so slight hints of alcohol, decently fragrant

T: Very sweet (almost a bit too much so), light citrus and tropical fruits, sugar cane, finishes very clean, not as intense in flavor as I would have liked

M: Quite smooth, light and crisp, a bit too sweet on the palate as previously mentioned, but aftertaste is sweet and non-lingering

O: A light and sweet brew, its story seems to have left me expecting more but certainly not a complete disappointment

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

A - Semi-translucent honey colored amber with noticeable particulates in the mix. Yeast, ginger, not sure?

S - Very light smell, though hints of honey, citrus rind, dried pit fruit -- peach, apricot -- surprisingly no noticeable ginger aroma.

T - Definitely has a Belgian Farmhouse ale quality to it, almost like a holiday ale. Spicy, chewy sweetness, though again, surprisingly little ginger which caught me off guard. It's there a little on the finish though. Faint biscuity vanilla, as well.

M - Light to medium body, easy drinking on a brisk sunny afternoon outside. This could almost pass for a holiday ale if it had a little more spice, but goes equally well in early spring.

O - Not bad, though a little disappointed by the lack of ginger, could have definitely had more.

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Photo of marikoangel
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip glass at Amsterdam in San Francisco, this beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange with steady streams of soft small carbonation running up the glass. It pours with a small creamy white head that dissipated quickly leaving no real lacing.

S: The nose of this beer is really interesting. I get some nice sweet malts, notes of basil, some spice, some fruit notes, and I think that I'm getting some candied ginger. There is a Iot going on and I can't quite place my finger on what everything is.

T: The nice sweet malts make an appearance in the flavors again along with a light amount of spice, yeasts, some bready notes. I definitely get the ginger more in the flavors than in the nose. This beer ends with a light hop and a slight tartness.

M&O: the mouthfeel is a little creamy, smooth, but still light with a medium body. It has med low carbonation. Overall it's ok. It's not the most amazing beer by Dogfish Head - especially with all the hype around it; but it is still a nicely done and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –Served a yellow-orange color with a little bit of haze. Upon serving there was a nice billowy white head that faded slowly. Upon fading the head leaves a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – Initially the aroma begins with some nice citrus hop; mainly orange and grapefruit in nature. These aromas then begin to mix with aromas of ginger, bready malt, and some brown sugar/molasses aromas as well. At the very end there is a very light floral hop aroma which mixes with the other rounding out the aroma nicely. It’s quite unique, and rather inviting.

Taste – The taste is interesting as well. A maltiness is most pertinent up front. The taste then sweetens a bit with some caramel and brown sugar flavors mixing in. These are also mixed in with some spiciness – mainly ginger and cinnamon. Some bitterness works its way in from the hoppiness of the citrus. All these flavors, as they did in the aroma, make a unique drinking beer with a rather oddly refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel - While the taste and aroma were rather unique, the mouthfeel was rather normal. It was slightly above normal thickness and its carbonation was very standard.

Overall – This was an interesting beer. It had some very unique aspects to it making it a very nice one to sit back and test out.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a medium orange brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that reduced itself within a few minutes to a small amount of residue that left a little puddling and a nice foamy collar creating some great sticky sheeting of lace.

The aroma was a tad funky and had a strong scent of a straw and grain malts, a flowery hop and a moldy yeast with notes of caramel, ginger, pepper, clove and a bit of dust.

The taste was lightly acidic and bitter, yet good and malty with a hint of caramel and ginger early on and then became a bit bitterer and tad maltier with a hint of tea and a strong dose of spices ant the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with the taste of the spices hanging on the longest.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body with a dry watery texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a nice bold and satisfying beer with a very good blending of all the different flavors that make up this tasty brew.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Light and hazy honey yellow with rich bone white foamy head, a couple fingers lacing.

Smell: Ginger, fermented sugars. lots of malts, rice. Big tropical passionfruit.

Taste: Ginger, toasty biscuit malt, cinmammon.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light and fizzy. Bubbly and soda like, slightly dry with a warming finish.

Overall: A unique alternative to the normally hop heavy beers I drink. I would purchase a bottle to share with friends. Will pear well with food.

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Photo of harrymel
2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 2009, Reviewed 07FEB12
Pours hazy apricot with little foam formation. Smells like ginger and ketchup. the flavor doesn't follow through with as much intensity. The ginger is toned down and the malts are sweet and have a slight toffee and metallic flavor. thin and lower carb. Meh, not likely to have this beer again unless it is randalled through sumatran tangerines candied with organic brazilian sugarcane or something else fancy. 3/3/2/2/2.5

Bottled 2009, Reviewed 06/22/10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.
A: Bottle looked like a lowfill. To my surprise, large 'pop' on opening. Apricot color with high clarity. Consistent bubbles from bottom to top. 1/8" top head broken sporadically with color of ground orange rind. 3.5
S: No real herbal qualities to this ale, as expected. Pretty much smells grainy with hoppy resins. Reminds me of a pilsner. 2
T: Maltier than expected, the caramel malt shines. Slightly sour. Ginger emerges towards the swallow at the rear of palate. Finishes with exhalation of ginger. 3.5
M: Light, refreshing. Low carbonation toward end of beer. 3.5
D: Fun beer, but for the price point I think you can get much better beers with more playful flavor profiles. This being said, I have another bottle which I plan to age for an additional year. 3.5

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Photo of grittybrews
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear yellow-amber with a small finger of off-white head. Subtle aroma of ginger and some yeasty spice.

Moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Plenty of ginger mixed with bright lemon and a trace of yeasty grass on the tail end.

Crisp and light but doesn't have a huge flavor impact. Refreshing and enjoyable, though.

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Photo of mptorpey
2.81/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A strong golden yellow with a medium to hight amount of carbonation. Head is a bright white that lines the glass.

S: A soft musty smell with loads of ginger. Some honey and yeast.

T: Starts off musty and then finishes quick with ginger.

O: A average beer but for dogfish I expected more. This beer would be better with food.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a few carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of off white fine bubbled head that dissipates rapidly and leaves spotty lacing
S: honey, ginger, sweetness and brightness
T: its an interesting taste, ginger is definitely detectable, leaves a bit of an odd taste on the palate
M: medium carbonation, slightly thick, leaves the palate feeling slightly funky
O: an interesting brew, just kind of has an odd taste to me that i might attribute to my lack of fondness for ginger in beer, i appreciate the uniqueness but most likely would not buy this one again

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a half an inch of soft, foamy head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of grapes, clove spice, yeast, ginger. The flavor is fruity up front with notes of grapes and faint apples followed by a decent amount of spice mostly clove and maybe coriander. The finish is a little sweet with some sugary notes. The ginger comes through in each stage and it seems the ginger lends balance to all the other components. The mouthfeel is warm and smooth with some crispness on the tongue.

I really like this beer. It's a solid Belgian. The flavors mesh well and the flavor profile is solid. I also like the concept of pangea, an ingredient from each continent. As far as Belgian beers go, I really enjoyed this one.

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

Pours a light orange with a big white head that lasts.

Smells of pilsner malt, honey, small notes of ginger and not much else. Really clean smell and nice smell if not subdued.

Taste is ginger up front with pale malt that fades into a spicy hop, honeyish middle, and ends on a slightly bready and ginger note. Nice, refreshing, and interesting enough.

Lighter to medium body with medium carbonation and smooth throughout.

A nice, refreshing ginger-ish beer that has some other spicy/peppery/almost Belgian notes. Interesting and easy to drink so no complaints here.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look – strong amber color, clear, with about two fingers’ worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – very fruity in general, it seems like I can almost pick out the ginger in the aroma. But the hops certainly make a presence as well.

Taste – the ginger comes out a lot more in the taste, but it’s still not overbearing. A very complex taste, it starts with the ginger feel, but morphs into a musky feeling that’s brighter than you normally feel. The finish is slightly bitter, but not oppressively so.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but seems to lean every so slightly more on the watery side.

Overall – a very good tasting and interesting brew!

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy copper color. Not much head lingers but what is there is an eggshell hue and fizzy.

S: Aroma is floral like potpourri and spicy with...curry? Sweet watermelon and peach help to balance it out.

T/M: Low carbonation approaches the tongue at first, giving way to a soft bitterness, likely from a long hop boil. Orange peel and citric acidity perforate and lead to something sweet from a darker Belgian.

It's ubiquitously complex and decent, but more artistic than delicious.

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Photo of brendanmdeegan
4.74/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into frosted pilsner glass.

Really, really good stuff.

Appearance: golden, decent lacing throughout.

Smell:oak, ginger, mild hoppiness.

Taste- a real personal favorite. Sweetness and malt on the front end, followed by a strong ginger flavor, and finally a kick at the end from mild hops.

Mouthfeel- proper thickness for a beer of this style.

Overall- a dependable bomber (and even better on draft at DFH draft houses). Terrific beer.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared amongst friends for Christmas dinner (should have brought 3 bottles). Dated 2011 101.

A: light yellow with amazing clarity and some orange hues. Thin white head with a small lacing ability.

S: my nose is not good enough to pick this one apart as everything is very subtle. I get a small amount of malty sweetness, and hint of citrus.

T: very nice, well-balanced, sweet malty caramel, definitely get the ginger, not overly hoppy.

M: nice light bodied, refreshing, good carbonation.

O: a very good ale, excellent with dinner and liked by all. Would highly recommend and personally wish I had several more bottles.

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Photo of Rojopunk
4.84/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle

Appearance - golden amber

Smell - Full of cinommon

Taste - Full of sweet spice and cinomon

Mouth feel - light body and bubbly

I love This beer ! defiantly in my Top 5 . Amazing. Every sip is full of flavor and spice . Also its pretty cool drinking a beer that was made with something from every contentnet . Wow ! i love this beer

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Lost Abbey snifter

Pours a golden color with an off white head that leaves excellent lacing.

Smell is on the sweet side, with bready malt, honey, and grapefruit. The ginger is also slightly noticeable.

Taste follows the nose. It is quite complex.

Body is medium, and it has a prickly, rich carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer, but had a tough time picking out the ingredients that are listed, other than the ginger. Nonetheless, its a cool concept, and I'd recommend it.

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

Pours a hazy golden copper with a one finger ivory head, good retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma of bready malts, spice, citrus and ginger.

Taste starts a little sweet of honey, brown sugar, balanced with grapefruit,ginger, bready malt and a slight bitter ending.

Mouth Feel was medium body, high carbonation and slightly oily.

Overall this was a unique BPA, the ginger did not dominate which is good. It is enjoyable but pricy.

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

Kind of like a mix of ginger beer and IPA, only less crisp and bubbly. Reddish-amber-blonde in predominant color really...little head. It is about like it sounds, an ale brewed with ginger. I was not crazy about Juju but I may now give it a try for comparison. Refreshing beverage.

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

Dark orange body, slightly opaque and with a creamy off white head. Smell is pale malt, a little bit of sweet toastiness, hops that are both mildly herbal and earthy, some estery yeast characteristics and the faintest hint of ginger. Medium-strong bitterness up front and in the back with a pleasant, fresh mineral taste (similar to home brew in the, well, subsequent burp that follows a big swig. A mild ginger taste is in the finish, though that could be from hops. Mouth is crisp and a little dry, though not too dry compared to other BSPAs. Overall, a decent beer that, while doesn't seem too special for the price, has a very fresh taste and aftertaste that I usually only find in great homebrew.

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Pangaea from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 980 ratings.
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