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Vancouver Island Sea Dog Amber Ale

Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Altbier
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Sea Dog is an amber ale fashioned after the German Altbier style. Like a true Altbier, it is fermented with ale yeast, but at a colder lager temperature. This gives it a clean finish with no esters like a lager, but retaining the malty quality of an ale. Its deep copper colour comes from a heavy addition of dark crystal malt, and a touch of chocolate malt. Sea Dog is lightly bittered, so as to not mask it’s intense maltyness. Most of its hop character comes from a heavy dose of Willamette and Hallertauer hops at the very end of the boil.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
341ml bottle
5.2% ABV
Royal Bank Plaza LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
September 24, 2013
The beer pours a translucent dark amber colour with a thin tad head. Aroma is sweet malt, molasses, and grains. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. The flavour is on the sweet malt with dark fruit, molasses, and grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkoNm (2161) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 26, 2014
Pours a clear amber color, topped with a tan colored head. There is a very pleasant biscuity aroma, some caramel and malts. The taste is creamy, with easily noted caramel and chocolate notes. A lingering caramel aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and ejoyable. One of the best lately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2014
The Great BrewDad Victoria Pub Crawl 2014 - Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice easy drinking Alt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
houblonchien (89) - CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Pleasant sipper for a warm afternoon. Amber in the glass with a white head. Nose is slightly yeasty with a touch of citrus. Some malt on the tongue with a touch of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thorongil2 (2161) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
(bottle) clear amber colour with a medium tall tan head; aromas of noble hops, watery palate; clean and refreshing if not bland flavour with no finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
[Bottle (341ml).] Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size diminishing frothy off-white head. Aroma is lightly sweet, malty and fruity along with some grain and nuts. Flavour of caramel malt, notes of fruit and nuts and no hops to speak of. Average bodied. Too mild and average for me, it’s clean and inoffensive at least.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagerboy (1836) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
341 ml bottle. Clear copper, mostly lasting small tan head. Muted sweet malt aroma. Clean sweet caramel malt taste and not much else. Soft carbonation, light bodied, low hopped. Nice enough amber ale. MLF (More Lagerboy Friendly)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (1027) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2013
This lager poured a deep amber colour with a big, creamy, light tan coloured head. Scents include light caramel, dough, bread and old books? First sip was very smooth to almost the point of watery. Flavours of light smoke, caramel and roasted malt most predominant. Finish was malty and thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cfrancis (2985) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
Middle of the road amber ale. By the book nothing special. Pours dark copper with a quick disappearing white head. Taste is caramel and light earthy hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (769) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
341ml bottle. Clear amber body, big creamy head with good retention. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, floral hops, some cheese, rye bread and a little bit of metallic notes. Taste is light and on the sweet side: caramel, sweet malt, mineral water, dried apricots, a touch of herbal hops. Good.

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