Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pangaea Ale

Enjoyed with Jen, following a run into East Moline with a couple Augies. We took the bus back to avoid the frigid wind and snowy conditions. Beer was served at a recommended cool condition in our new Merrill Lynch beer glasses courtesy of Mr. Tony Singh.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber with a white bubbly head. Carbonation sparkles as it gravitates to the surface. Lacing present.
Aroma: Caramel malt sweetness with a spicy hint to the nose. Some fruitiness common to a lot of the Dogfish Head line-up with some grapes and esters mixed in. Perhaps some pungent earthy smells and citrus.
Taste: Toasted caramel malt flavor is founded upon a distinct nuttiness followed by dark grain breadiness. The spicy ginger taste reminds me of a basic ginger ale with a bit of coriander and orange peel. The taste is quite dry. There is some corn starch-ness taste to the beer along with an alcohol. Cloves and yeast take an interspersed flavor throughout. Finally the clean sugar taste is characterized by a honey flavor but more crisp and fermented candied sugar.
Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy and very refreshing and crisp texture. Carbonation grazes the tongue in a manner to lightly expose a unique underlying flavor profile. Very drinkable.
Overall Impression: A really good ale to be paired with both dessert of a hardy thanksgiving/Christmas dinner I’d assume. I like the crispness, but also the wealth of flavor and complexity that goes into this beer. Kind of cool knowing the water comes from Antarctica…
Probably a good conversation starter given the background behind this (and most) Dogfish Head beer.

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