Tonight I'm starting with Pangaea brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. Pangaea is a flavored malt beverage brewed with crystallized ginger... and this one comes in a wine-sized bottle. This beer is named after the super continent that existed before it started to split a kajillion years ago. Serve cool not cold. Check. "Think globally. Drink globally." No problem. This beer ages with the best of 'em, and it's a good thing because after scouring the bottle for a date, I found a light yellow stamp BOTTLED IN: 2009-2. So this has indeed aged a year and 2 or so months. The label illustration also depicts the one continent of Pangea.
Spicy aroma, mostly ginger, generically fruity as well, and sweet. Lots of ginger flavors up front. They are very much mixed with candy and sugar flavors, very sweet. Fruity orange and pear flavors are also play a big part of the initial experience. Bubble gum, bubble gum in a dish, how many boozin' apricots do you wish to join you in the next phase of this beer. Yep, the measly 7% alcohol is a fruit and flavor antagonizer, not a total asshole, but a bully. Wait. More ginger, but you know what? It is starting to grow on me. I feel like I'm eating a meal that has plenty of ginger in it, not in a bad way, but there is no food here. Good carbonation, medium body, refreshing, smooth, complex, very interesting as usual with these guys. By the end I've had enough of the sweet candy-on-a-stick and ginger, too, but this was a pretty good beer. Try it no doubt!
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