Sea Dog Sunfish

When Val and I went to Maine, we visited one of Sea Dog’s brewery restaurants so we could get the stamp from them on the Maine Beer Trail. It was empty. We didn’t try the food and I had a sampler beer there and it was decent. I’ve also reviewed some of their other fruit beers, which used to be a staple for me 8 years ago. Let’s see how this was.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: This is a Summer seasonal from Sea Dog (I tried this in June).

Random: The dog on the label is named “Barney.”

The beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head that was quite fluffy. It took awhile to go away, but didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was an orange-yellow that had some cloudiness to it and moderate carbonation. The aroma was very fruity. It had peaches and lemons and oranges. It had some honey sweetness as well with white bread. The taste was also fruity. It had the same notes of peaches, lemons and oranges along with pineapple. The honey note was more pronounced in the flavor. It had a bready note at the end of the sip. The beer was light and crisp with medium amounts of carbonation. The finish was quick and clean with a touch of honey. A bottle of this was $1.67, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. I thought this beer made for a great drinker at a barbecue. I would have this again, although it won’t blow your mind.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sea Dog Pumpkin Ale

When I first got into beer, I really liked Sea Dog beers. This was one that I never saw distributed in Jersey. It figures that I finally found it while I was down in Delaware and bought a sixer of it and had a few while I was at the Dogfish Inn. I saved a few and brought one home so I could give it a proper review. Let’s see how this beer was.


ABV: 4.8%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg make this fall brew a flavor sensation.”

Random: We got a new pine tree candle from Target that smells amazing. It’s the same one that we got last year. Our apartment smells like Christmas.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A white crown was left on top of the clear, amber body with high carbonation. The nose was very light for the style. There was some pumpkin and cinnamon and crisp malt. The taste reminded me of a light beer with old pumpkin spices. There wasn’t much actual pumpkin, but watered down cinnamon and nutmeg. It had a bit of straw as well. The body was overly thin with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick with crisp malt. This beer was a big failure to me. It was like a macro light lager with a touch of fall spice. I wouldn’t have this one again or recommend it to anyone.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer

I used to prepare some of my reviews in advance with the trivia and style notations before I reviewed them. This review was one that I prepared in 2011, but my sister drank the beer because there was nothing else in the fridge that she wanted. Fast forward to now, and the other half picked up one of these for me to review, mainly because she wanted to try it too. So, let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 4.6%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sea Dog Apricot Wheat Beer is a crisp and quenching wheat ale with a subtle essence of fresh apricots.”

Random: I still haven’t managed to find the meow a hat like the dog on the label has. Despite the fact that the meow would hate it, I still want one.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated almost instantly. It left no lacing on the pint glass. The body was a straw yellow color with very little carbonation visible. The nose was filled with apricot and wheat. It was really nice and fragrant. The taste was a notch below the nose. It had a lot of apricot notes with wheat as well, but there was a touch of a medicinal flavor directly after. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It could have used more, but I think this bottle is on the old. The finish was quick with some apricot. The beer was pretty much a one-trick pony, but it went down easy. If you like apricots, it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale

The other half made a beer run for me last week since work was so busy. At our local beer store, there are two coolers of cold single bottles, which are usually leftovers from when four or six-packs are broken up. This one has been sitting in the cooler for at least a few weeks, because every time I make a beer run, I consider buying this one, but then second guess myself and think that I’ve reviewed it, so it never makes it home. The other half wanted to try this one too, so let’s see how it went.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sea Dog Raspberry Wheat Ale is a dry, crisp refreshing ale with the added essence of raspberries.”

Random: I still think this label is one of the more simple, but exceptionally cute despite its simplicity.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left absolutely no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with high carbonation visible. The nose had some wheat and raspberry extract to it. No surprises so far. The taste was light and bordered on watery. It had notes of artificial raspberry with wheat and a touch of grain. There wasn’t much else to this and it was really one-dimensional. As mentioned before, it had a thin body and moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with artificial raspberry that was apparent in the taste. This wasn’t a bad beer, but it really didn’t have any depth. If you are looking for a really light fruit beer that a macro drinker would enjoy, this one would be it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sea Dog Blue Paw Wheat Ale

Second review of the night…my sister and I watched this crappy romantic comedy while we ate Chinese food. After wasting an hour and a half on that, it’s time for another brew. Now, this beer has a special place in my heart. This was one of the first beers that I tried when I got into craft beer. I was into fruit beers and I saw this one at Stuff Yer Face and tried it and loved it. I have since given this beer to a few other people who aren’t into beer (including my girlfriend) and most people enjoy it. That and…the dog on the label kinda looks like my girlfriend’s dog if she put a hat on him. So…onto the review.

ABV: 4.6%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our unique contribution to the fruit ale category features the nutty quench of wheat ale combined with the delightful aromatics and subtle fruit flavor contributed by Maine wild blueberries.”

Random: I can’t believe that the Detroit Lions are doing so well. This is definitely going to be a different type of football season this year.

The brew poured with a one finger white head, that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear straw yellow with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was all blueberry with some sweetness to it. The nose was probably one of the most fragrant that I’ve had from a brew in awhile. The taste had…big shock…lots of blueberries and not much else. The more that I sipped it, the more sweetness that I got from the brew. The body was highly carbonation and pretty thin. The finish was relatively quick with a hint of blueberries. Although I think that I still enjoy this beer because of the nostalgia, this was not the best blueberry brew I’ve ever had, but it’s definitely solid and worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0