Pangaea | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 UnionMade
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happyhour and I split a bottle of this out of his collection. Thanks, bro.
The beer pours forth a bleary copper flecked gold, a massive plume of ivory froth blossoming, threatening to escape the tulip glass that encapsules it. Begrudgingly it settles into a fine coating, icebergs of heaped, clumpy suds managing to remain. Impressive chunks of foam stick to the glass, leaving rings of belgian lace in the brews wake.
Taking a sniff, the aroma doesn't offer much willingly. Pretty Milquetoast, ginger and a limp peachiness offering some semblance of a nose. A modest stir of the glass creates some activity, releasing distant malt sweetness and lemony notes.
The first sip displays a surprising, instant sweetness. It's certainly not bold, the beer actually feeling quite airy throught, yet also sweet and sugary in it's lightness. An odd flavor up front, perhaps something like beet sugar? The malt is fairly neutral. I'm guessing wheat, maybe rice as well, with that soft "nothingness" it seems to have. Plenty of fruity esters intermingling with the sweetness, expressing white grape and peach, along with an omnipresent ginger glow. A spot of yeasty sourness into the finish, without much else to break up the sweet flavor throughout. Balanced, the sweetness never getting out of hand, but nothing really seems to jump out at you at different points in the sip. No interchange between flavors, the ginger seems to reign in much of the brew's subtleties. The aftertaste is as ephemeral as the beer, a fading ginger spiciness, dissipating after a few seconds. If pale ale was ice cream, than this would be something more towards sherbet. Very nice carbonation, full and firm, with a bouyant, bouncy mouthfeel.
An interesting, inventively styled belgian styled ale with some complexity, but most the flavors are piled up on the sweet end of the palate, with hardly any deviation. Decent enough, but for the price, I wouldn't go out and get another bottle. Probably best suited for a lighter, summery quaff when you're not in the mood for a beer with a lot of body. As a special occasion drink, it'll leave you wanting. Good, but not as great as I wanted to believe it could be.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

As many have expressed, if nothing else, you must respect their experimental nature, and this is a perfect example.

I think this may have been better w/ some food, but I prefer reviewing in the raw, as it were. Pours a bright, solid coppers, creamy, frothy head that takes some to dissapates. The sweet and spicy odor is very enticing, and, and interesting aspect of this beer. in a way, it reminds me of spiced bread

The taste is overwhelmingly ginger, infact, I think that takes away from it in some ways. To make it simple, it almost takes like liquid french toast (w/ ginger). The ginger overshadows the malts and hops, and, cuts down on it's drinkablity. I think that it may be best for a desert beer

Very good beer, but IMO, not highhly drinkable, it will be consumed sparingly

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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 taez555
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Caged and Corked 750ml. I aged this beer for about 6 months before it went in my fridge.

This beer poured a HUGE uncontrollable white head with a clear orange body. I shared this beer with 3 other people and all 4 of the glasses had heads to the top even after slowly pouring the beer down the side of the glass. Basically a gigantic head.

The nose had some soft malt, some phenolic character. I could smell maybe some hints of spice. It had a very odd yeasty character too it as well.

The taste was rather soft actually. An odd mix of malt, yeast, ginger, spice, and some fruit. An earthy and fruity but very soft hop taste with an even bitterness that compliments the malt. A slight grainy touch as it warmed. Smooth and medium bodied. Reminds me a lot of an odd belgian farmhouse with some subtle american ipa touches.

I really wasn’t impressed by this beer at all. The head was such a distraction and the flavors never really did much for me. They were very subtle and the flavors that did come through just didn’t seem right. Not worth the $15. Needs more dog.

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Photo of cbl2
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004. Sampled 6/3/4


The cork almost ripped off this one. Extreme amounts of carbonation lead to 3 inches of head, and the liquid in the glass (hazy golden brown) is fizzing like mad.


This is supposed to contain an ingredient from each of the 7 continents, though ginger wins the aroma battle. Smells like a ginger ale with hops tossed in at the end.


Nice and smooth. A carmelized sweetness strikes the palate first, that has a sharp pang of flavor from the ginger. This is followed by a smooth hoppy finish. Very refreshing and easily drinkable even though it is 7% ABV.

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Photo of Truh
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quaffed on 3/19/04 from bomber, poured into shaker glass. Apparently made with an ingredient from each of the seven continents? What the hell did they use from Antarctica?! Visions of John Carpenter's "The Thing" come to mind.

Poured with a thin initial head, settled to a light layer with little attenuation. Clear, light caramel in tone. Sedate aroma with a somewhat sweet or treacly tint. Ginger jumps out at initial taste. There is an up-front flavor crescendo, followed by a mellowing secondary response. Tough to identify much beyond the ginger, although there are clearly flowery notes.

I found this much more drinkable than the pour-down-the-drain worthy Fiesta Lente, which was just too fruity. On the whole, I found the Pangaea had a clean mouthfeel, which turned quite sweet later, and thus can be recommended.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2004

Odd nose of banana esters, faint ginger, and something akin to Belgium but not quite -- lambic w/out the Brett; something deep and earthy, but not necessarily pleasant.

The taste is offensive in its blandness. It's what Gertrude Stein meant when she said "there's no there there." This isn't the ginger and exotica of DeuS or Nora. Instead, it's a bland pale ale that I would balk at calling Belgian (I think we've misclassified it) hit with some phony ginger. It's confused and entirely unsatisfying. The rice thins it out. If there are aromatics coming from the Basmati or moscavado sugar, I sure don't notice them. There's something related to ginger in this beer, but in the end it's a mess of stuff with no rhyme or reason.

The flavors need to be more distinct. As it is, Pangaea is ho-hum and mute.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange tone. Very slight dirty white head. The light collar leaves little lace. Nose is pretty subtle. Light doughiness. Some yeastiness. Maybe a little cinnamon. Nice nose, just subdued. Nice little spritzy mouthfeel. Checks in at about medium for body. Overall taste is really pretty nice. Subtle, as the nose was, but nice. The cookie dough flavors combine with some sweet spiciness and yeast accents to form a textured flavor profile. Some light fruit tones enter the picture as well. Pear and apple come to mind. This is pretty refreshing...and enjoyable.

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Photo of Todd
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked champagne bottle, and I allowed it to condition for a while before chilling. "This beer ages with the best of em." states the label, but I'm drinking this one fresh.

Pours a bright peachy amber with a massive 3-4 finger frothy foam head. Slight haze from the yeast. Excellent head retention and wispy tentacle stick to the glass. Soft fruity aroma with plenty of steel (smells like my wok), esters, alcohol, notes of peach, strawberry and bubblegum. Odd combo of aromas. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit creamy, full. Moderate carbonation with a brief seltzer-like fizz on the palate. Even malt sweetness of peaches with pears on the edge. Sugary sweetness in the middle, touch of floral honey. Plenty of defining ginger character, though not as spicy as I expected (like a can of warm ginger ale), followed by a berry / gum character (like when you've chewed some juicy berry gum until almost all of the flavor is gone). Yeah, berry. Maybe even some of that sweetness you get from roasted carrots or parsnips, too. Bone dry in the finish, with some residual ginger, but for the most part it's clean.

A wonderful beer with some interesting Saison / farmhouse ale similarities. Very quaffable and refreshing. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy orange color with a thick 2" fluffy head. The aroma was floral and ginger was easily detectable. The flavor was of malt, ginger, and honey. Light bitterness and a light fruity tone appeared while swallowing. Sweeter than expected.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, and ginger lasts on your tongue after swallowing. The drinkability is down a bit as the ginger tones seem to become overbearing as you make your way through the bottle. When I was done I did not want to smell or taste ginger anytime soon !

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Bachus
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle caged and corked. Lable says that it was brewed in 2004 and it is rumored that in it, is an ingredient from every continent. Poured into a burgundy glass.

Appearance is that of golden honey. Not much of a head and what there is dwindles down to a small ring. Sporadic lacing on the glass and with each sip.

Smells of honey notes and ginger.

Tastes of honey, pear, ginger, apple, clove--fruity sweet, not cloying. Nice carbonation in this bottle that cuts the sweetness well. Mouthfeel is light--zippy.

Overall, not a bad offering--but hardly as complex as described on the label.

Long love beer!

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Photo of far333
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a balloon red wine glass, as the "directions" on the label suggest. Hazy apricot color with a foamy beige/orange head that settles slowly. Nose of ginger and honey, with hints of sweet apple. Flavor seems to start off with pear, a little doughey and yeasty, with some understated ginger, and a finish of orange peel. I must say though, that I'm picking up some band-aid in the lingering aftertaste. Spotty bits of lace dot the glass. Aftertaste morphs into a medicinal thing. Mouthfeel is tingly upfront, but smooths out in the finish. Interesting brew, but not sure if I'll pick it up again.

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Photo of ark57
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is amber colored with little head and a slight haze. The aroma is picy with notes of ginger and citrus. There is little carbonation in this particular bottle, which is something that I was afraid would happen. The body is thin to medium and is quite sweet. There isn't much hop character to the beer, but the ginger provides some spiciness to help round out the malts. The ginger stands out as the dominant flavor and it tastes good, but it lacks depth to be a great beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pt, 9.6 oz bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked and caged, with a wide top to the cork allowing hand-removal, how convenient.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, formed a large-bubbled off-white head on top of an orangey-amber colored brew. Small effervescentish bubbles continue to propagate for a long time from the liquid. Aroma is split between ginger and yeast, with a not huge intensity, but noticeable. Taste seems to be defined by the ginger which is touted on the label, almost replacing any notice of hops bitterness in the mouthfeel. Actually makes the beer a bit smoother, in my opinion. As the drinking experience continues and the liquid grows somewhat warmer, a buttery flavor seems to emerge, and a little shot of spices happens in as well. Overall, a very interesting brew, but not one that would probably be revisited over and over, except at tastings or gatherings or what have you.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the menacing 750ml bottle poured out this fragrant brew. This one was going to be interesting, to be sure. It almost oozed from the bottle an appealing amber color. The aroma had hints of citrus and ginger, not to mention a few other notes that I simply could not place. This is about as far off the beaten path as I have gone in quite some time, and I have to tell you, I enjoyed it. Much like the Festina Lente, I will let my second bottle sit for a couple of months to see how it improves.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 750 ml size, corked & caged.

Pours a clear honey amber colour, topped by a big pillowy white head that retains very well, & leaves pently of lace behind. Thin streams of carbonation climb swiftly to the surface. Head eventually thins to 1/4" that lasts all the way to the bottom.

Nose is predominately light brown sugar, and a hint of ginger.

Sweet, a bit of fruit, brown sugar, basmati rice flavour actually comes through, & a spicy hit of ginger to finish it off. The yeast pour makes it spicier & adds a somewhat citrusy flavour. Medium body, soft, with prickly carbonation.

Pretty unique & exotic. Strangely drinkable, but it definitely belongs with food.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 750 mL bottle, into a stemmed glass. The color was copper, with a foamy white head. The smell was ginger sweet. The taste starts almost honey-like, then the ginger takes over in the middle, and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have a couple bottles.

A good Belgian-style beer. Despite the gimmick of an ingredient from every continent (I really didn't notice the fresh Antarctic water!), it still seems worthwhile as a beer, and I'd probably have it again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with lots of floaties and a thin lace head. The aroma is good. It is full of pale malts and ginger. The taste is average. It is a pale beer with ginger and some other spices. It goes down easy, but I'm not so sure I like the flavor. It has an average mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. It drinks decent I guess. Look, I love the fact that these guys are brewing beers that break the boundaries of normal styles, but they seem to bottle any damn thing and charge a high price for it. I love trying new brews, but some of these are too high priced for what they are.

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange-copper color. Thin white head that disappears rather quickly. Not much lacing at all.Smells a hint of ginger, some sweetness, no hops. Tastes just slightly sweet followed by a smooth ginger note. The finish seemed to remind me of some type of fruit, or even closer to squash. I thought that it was a bit thin, especially compaired to other DFH brews. I guess that it was somewhat drinkable, but I don't think I would want to. I suppose that this was a good experiment, but not one that I would like to replicate.

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Photo of Foxman
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a somewhat hazy golden amber, an iced-tea tone. There's a very sparse white head that barely leaves the ground before it virtually disappears. There's little real lacing.

There's a light, understated malt aroma along with a rock-candy sweetnes that flits cloyingly at the periphery. A distant hops aura teases, the effect indistinct.

There's a considerable malt sweetness in the first taste, bolstered by a poignant ginger component. The rock-candy sweetness is even more present and cloying in the flavor than in the aroma, like a Jolly Rancher without the tartness. Hops are never really any more than hinted at. Ginger is the strongest presence at the finish, leaving a passable sushi-bar floral memory.

It's medium bodied, which combined with the sweetness comes off as a floral syrup. There's little left at the finish after the sweetness fades.

It's mellow and different, with a unique ginger presence and substantial sweetness that dances perilously close to being a distraction. The ABV is moderate enough to be no true hindrance, and that fact along with some interesting elements make it more drinkable overall than one might expect. However, I can't get past the idea that this is a kind of novelty, an almost frivolous departure, and it's not likely that I'll be buying it again any time soon.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking wine-size bottle with synth cork (good choice DFH!) Paid 8 bucks or so.

Slightly hazy, heavy on the ginger scent, but honey, cloves and a boatload of other stuff as well. DFH rules. Lighter than most DFH stuff, but the spiciness makes up for it.

Drinkability: Right price, right taste, right size... you bet your ass it's drinkable! Grab a bottle or two and weather this winter.

CRJMellor: my bottle says to drink cool, NOT cold. This got better as it warmed for me too.

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Photo of beernut7
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had read somewhere that this ale was brewed with an ingredient from each continent. Or maybe that was just a drunken fantasy. 750 ml bottle pours out a deep copper liquid with a slight head. The aroma of ginger and honey predominate. The smooth, heavy body meets the palate up front and ushers in flavors of ginger melded with a gentle malt presence. A mild bitterness pairs with and earthy hop character and a bit of alcoholic burn to finish the brew off. You can really taste the goat.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy brown amber with no head. Very fruity malty nose with a hint of spices on the background. almost got a white grape aroma from it. Very sweet syrupy taste with some mild but dry bitterness on back end. Beer is almost too complex IMHO. The tastes are so subtle that they are hard to pinpoint and appreciate. Bottle said to serve cold but I swear it seemed to open up more and become more flavorful as it warmed significantly. I think the idea behind the beer is fantastic and I'll probably give this another try at some point.

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Photo of sideshowrob
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Located this one in a standard DFH magnum, complete with cork and wire-tie. Great label. It's not often that a beer appeals to the geographer in me!

The pour was a memorable one. It came out an unusual red/orangeish golden hue. Almost seemed to glow. Lots of yeast in the last bit of the pour (at $10 a bottle, I'm not wasting any of it). Interesting smell - sort of like a good Anchor X-mas beer, wihout the nutmeg or cinnamon. The ginger was noticable on the first taste, though it took me several more sips to isolate and realize that it was the dominant taste - very well integrated. Slight hoppiness as well, very little sweet about this beer (nice change from the 120 minute!). Very pleasing on the palate, an unusual combination of tastes for a beer. Easy to drink, though I wouldn't want more than one every great while.

Not the outstanting beer I was hoping for, but a worthwhile bottle non-the-less. You have to give DFH credit for bottling and marketing this unusual beer.

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