Sea Dog Sunfish

Reviewed by on July 15, 2015 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Sea Dog Brewing Company

  • Origin: Bangor, ME, US

  • Rated On: July 15, 2015

  • Best Before: March 13, 2016

  • ABV: 4.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Wheat Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Sea Dog Brewing originated in Bangor, Maine, and now has a number of brewpubs in the far Northeast, as well as in Florida.  This, one of their summer seasonals, is called ‘Sunfish’, but with a picture of the brewery mascot, a dog named Barney, on the label. Ok.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with four flabby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and yet fizzy off-white head, which leaves some layered streaky lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of dried peaches, sugary, but still zippy grapefruit, semi-sweet pale and wheat malt, and a faint earthy, leafy bitterness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a bit of spicy wheat, chewing-gum level grapefruit and peach fruitiness, a weak stoniness, and ethereal weedy hops. The carbonation is quite hollow in its low-key frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee pithy character (origins hard to determine) needling away at my palate. It finishes trending dry, the bottom having dropped out from under the fruit, and the stark graininess of the wheat ascending.

Not a bad summery tipple, the choice of fruit combination generally a good one. Maybe not all that complex or heady, but that’s not the point – when the weather outside is (a different, and opposite kind of) frightful, an offering like this really hits the spot.

Brady White

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