Vancouver Island Sea Dog Amber Ale

Formerly brewed at Vancouver Island Brewing
Style: Altbier
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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.

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Tessic (1206) - 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.

cfrancis (3574) - 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.

bunget (1024) - 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.

bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2013
Clear dark reddish amber colour with a thin, rapidly disappearing head and minimal lacing. Aroma is pretty much just caramel and nutty malt with only a tiny hint of hops. Medium bodied, quite smooth and slightly syrupy. the taste is as expected from the aroma, caramel malts with a hint of toasted nuts, very little indistinct hop character or bitterness to balance the sweet. Not bad, just a little on the bland side.

pootzboy (1803) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle - Puts a clear copper ale in the glass with a 1 finger cap that goes to a surface lace, but does modestly lace the glass. Aroma has a bit of burnt caramel and some grassy tones. Silky mouth feel, medium bodied. Flavour has some nice maltiness in front the hopping is in a support role here so there are some pleasant malt-hop combination tastes, toasty caramel, hints of licorice, boiled apple butter - goes to a clean malt forward finish with the hops giving a light tang in the end. Great choice of malts , important in an amber. Quite drinkable and flavourful for a commercial craft ale, I was surprised."

kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Tap, brewery. Pours a clear dark amber body with a small frothy beige head, nice retention. Smells of caramel and crystal malt, light floral hops. Nice toasty malt, moderate bitterness, not overly sweet. Finishes with some decent bitey hops. Medium bodied, a touch sticky, fizzy carbonation. Above average for the style.

Spab (4081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2013
341 ml bottle from LCBO (part of BC Craft Brewers Sampler). Pours a clear mahogany colour with smallish light tan head that quickly recedes. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, nuts and fruit. Flavour is modestly sweet caramel and chocolate with gentle nuttiness and hints of fruit and spice. Average body. Ok.

rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2013
Pours dark gold coloured with almost no head from bottle. Aroma is bready and doughy. Taste is mild and taste strongly of yeasty malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

TheJester (2543) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
341 mL box. Dark amber with a medium, sticky, beige head. Nice looking beer. Aroma is mild but appealing - spicy/malty. The flavour is all nutty/ bready malt, but a little on the sweet side. Some earthy hops at the end - more Brit than continental. Not bad; just too sweet.

Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle 341 ml
Aroma: clean, straight but wit too much of chocolate for Alt beer. Backing is better but still too fruity for style.6+
Look: proper., actually very good. Nice shade of amber-brown. Medium off white top. Sparse lace. 4-
Taste: medium bodied. Mineral feel with Schwartz bier like elements. Dark roast with sweet cola. hint of chocolate.
Other: it does have some alt character but it is not one.

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