Vancouver Island Sea Dog Amber Ale

Formerly brewed at Vancouver Island Brewing
Style: Altbier
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Klsch/Altbier


on tap

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   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 its 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (20284) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
Draught at Malones Urban Drinkery, Vancouver
Dark amber to brown color, clean, with persistent beige creamy head. The aroma is mild, and strangely its fruity (peach and apricots), followed by the idea of caramel. It has a very light caramel flavor with some more peachy fruitiness; the bitterness is very low, and there is a very light dusty impression too.
Peculiar, drinkable, easy, not bad. But Altbier is a different thing; in any case, apart from the peachy character, there is not much else going on here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mcberko (16956) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle, sampled at Firefly Fine Wines and Ales, pours dark amber. Flavour is more caramel malty than the Pipers and Honey Brown, though still quite thin and uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (14832) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2016
Draft - Caramel. Clear Amber with a decent beige head. Light caramel, Apple and a light finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (14284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Tap. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt and soft hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (10148) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
GCBF 2010. Dark amber, clear. More caramel and less toast than the Pipers Pale. Still quite thin in the body. I was surprised to see this listed as an alt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (8643) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2013
A very forgettable beer. Only remarkable thing here is a little tin, maybe iron - not sure as I have difficulty distinguishing my metals. A little hops at the end, but finishes generally sour. Pours maroon with ok head and lacing. On tap at brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7637) - 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, its clean and inoffensive at least.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonas (7471) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2010
Tap at Christies. Light honey roasted nose. Light brown, fine carbonation, creamy white head. Has a bit of the alt roastiness but not much body to back it up, could also do with a slightly spicier finish. Ok easy drinking beer though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (7301) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (6658) - 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.

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