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Cant Dog Imperial IPA - Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Cant Dog Imperial IPACant Dog Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
91
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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 23
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: warriorsoul on 11-25-2008

This beer is the one beer that our brewers and I would take to that mythical deserted island if we could only bring one Marshall Wharf beer. Huge malt backbone matched with huge amounts of hops.
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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 1/22 according to bright orange sticker taped to the side of the can.

The beer pours a clear, rusty orange/amber with an inch of a dense, creamy, off-white head that laces. The nose is potently bitter with notes of pine wood, caramel, grain, and a subtle hint of citrus and alcohol. This beer smells more of a fresh barleywine than a DIPA. It definitely drinks like a barleywine as well with a huge boozy, malty backbone and resiny, lingering, hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is quite sweet and chewy upfront, although well carbonated, and finishes with caramel and hoppy bitterness. This isn't really my type of DIPA with a masked/obscure hop profile, far too much malt and alcohol, and even fresh...drinks like it's 6 months old. Although it's a relatively enjoyable beer, I wouldn't recommend this to others, nor would I seek out more cans. A local beer that drinks similarly to this would be Good Nature's 1 year anniversary DIPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug at novare res.

A nice amber color withh a sticky head.

The aroma is very hopped citrus with a full nose. The nose is full of flowers and a wonderful fresh hop

The taste matches the nose full of citrus hops up front, the hops continue mellowing any sweet malts to finish bitter but not offensive at all veryh nice.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled at the brewery 11/22/08
Light copper in color, slightly hazed with a pillow soft head, bright white in color and 1" thick w/ a gentle pour. Beautiful lacing and incredible head retention.
Spicy hops up front, partially floral and some citrus with a lingering nose.
Taste is where this one wins you over...a boatload of citrus hops, with that spiciness adding some balance. A bittering finish with the malt backbone adding some serious depth to this double.
Mouthfeel is thick...slightly sweet w/out being cloying.
Finishes fairly clean, with just a hint of citrus lingering on the pallet.
Alcohol is very well masked, making this one a dangerously drinkable brew.
Word has it there is a 2 beer limit on this one at the restaurant...I say good call.
Proceed with caution.

Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, high carbonation, brownish-gold in color, clear

Smell: pithy citrus rind

Taste: very citrusy: peaches, tangerines, and other tropical fruit hops

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with a bitter end, high carbonation

Overall: An enjoyable, fruity IPA. Many layers of citrus flavors make this a pleasure to drink. If it were not for the high ABV, I could have several.

Photo of 05Harley
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on 5/6/12 @ Marshall Wharf Brewery, Belfast Maine.
(300 calories)

The appearance is a beautiful shade of deep amber with a layer of off white thick creamy suds. Speckled lacing covers the glass from head to toe after a short stay from the creamy covering.

Aroma is sweet with fruity tones from start to finish. Citrus fruit hops and caramel malts dominate with maybe a slight hint of pine, very faint but is buried in there.

The flavor is sweet fruity hops draped over a caramel backbone and dragging along some booze. Very sweet, bordering cloying and unbalanced.

Body is medium with a slick feel. Aftertaste is pleasent due to the sweetness. After several glasses a good amount of bitterness and dry feel bring closure.

Overall this is a decent beer, however I do prefer the BA version over this example which is weird in itself (a barrel aged IPA), but it was f_ck_ng good.

Photo of Amgarnier
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: Beautiful thick two finger foam that sticks to the glass as you drink. Very clear amber.

s: Extremely powerful hop aroma. Citrus with hints of pine.

t: Lots and lots of hops, only after the beer warms up you can start tasting some malts. Not much caramel more biscuit notes. Pine taste but it fades to a buttery/diacetyl taste.

m: Very bitter, the big alcohol warms your mouth. Medium to High body with medium to low carbonation.

o: Big beer with lots of flavor. A little too many which takes away from the beer. The flavor is not as clean as I would like. It is an average imperial IPA

Photo of mikeale
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%

On tap at the source...6/18/09

A. Dark copper, thin white head nice lacing.

S. Very sweet, honey soaked biscuits, citrus, grapefruit,

T. Sweet citrus, pine, some malt..

M. Smooth, rich, malty finish...

D. Well I'm siting here and the limit is only two... I could drink a few of these... The alcohol is hidden at 10% it's sneakin up on me...

Photo of mjstacker
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a can dated 12/30/13 (25 days old) into a tulip glass.

Very pretty, darker in color reminds me of a West Coast IPA.

Smell is a bit sweet, not getting any fruit. Sweet in a candy kind of way.

Mouthfeel is fine, good carbonation.

Overall, the local hype around this beer might have made my expectations a little too high. I'm not a huge fan of malty beers and i think this is more malty then hoppy. Still very good overall, just not exactly what I expected.

Photo of GuyIncognito
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We have been waiting for Marshall Wharf to start canning for a long time now. Their first release, Cant Dog, was worth the wait. It lived up to all the hype, and delivers an imperial punch. Beautiful light mahogany color, and amazing hop balance. Reminded me of a Resin, but with more caramel overtones. This beer just plain makes me happy.

Photo of puboflyons
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 1 pint can dated 12/22/14. Sampled on December 29, 2014 so it is pretty darn fresh.

Attractive appealing copper-amber pour with long lasting, foamy cream colored head. Lots of lacing.

The aroma is all at once resiny and floral with a sweet caramel malt note. No booze for a 7 day old 9.7% beer.

Medium to full, creamy body.

The taste is a fabulous malt-hopped balance with a hoppy bite finishing off the rear. Short-lived but delightful.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a snifter.
9.7% ABV, no date.

Thanks Rochefort10NH!

A - Deep caramel cube colored, this amber-ish beer is lightly hazed and produces a nice plump ivory head that drops to a skim, leaving rings of lace on the snifter.

S - Strong hops play a big role in this beer but this double IPA is malty as all get-out. Bold caramel, honey, and toffee with a candy corn sugar aroma break through the moderate citrus nose. This one has potential for big bitterness but it certainly doesn't seem heavily dry hopped. Passion fruit, over ripe pineapple, and a powerfully hopped burnt rubber nose finish out with a hint at faint solvent alcohol.

T - Despite indications hops might be stronger in flavor, the malt still blasts through with big sweetness without breaking the trend; caramel, honey, and candy corn all show up again. Exotic tropical fruits enter, forsaking the rubber quality.

M - Cant Dog is medium-full bodied with a lingering sweetness that tops hop bitterness which still remains in play, just underwhelming. Alcohol keeps surprisingly quiet, remaining nearly invisible behind the big sweetness.

O - Cant Dog labels itself as an Imperial Pale Ale. It's much more true than a double IPA as this beer has a good hop profile in aroma, flavor, and bitterness but it's not the dominating aspect. The balance still leans towards deep malty sweetness for a nice finishing beer.

Photo of Suzu
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Great IPA!!

Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my Dogfish Ale House glass. Thanks Toasterchef!

Real nice amber body, hinting to red but mostly a nice burnt orange. Real nice three finger head forms with pinhead bubbles, off white. Clumps nicely also very nice looking brew.

Nose is subtle airy hop, light malts and whisps of herbal notes. Nothing quite impressive but perfectly fine, doesn't hint of large hop dipa territory.

This is real interesting flavor on the palate. Hits with lots of sweet honey and malt cinnamon. Afterfinish has some oily presence, and an odd aftertaste. Hints at medicine. A good malty palate feel, hints with juice hop tastes. A little noticeable bit of citrus orange and honey toast bread.

This is quite nice not too bad, but the sweetness angle on it is a bit much for me, with nice honey, but slightly unpleasant medicinal bitterness. Worth trying.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Novare Res.

Pours a light copper/golden color, slightly hazy, small head with minimal lacing.

Smell is a nice arrangement of floral hops, light grapefruit aroma, some citrus and a dash of malt to balance things a bit, but it certainly leans more towards the hop side as it should.

Taste is a rush of hops and citrus, the grapefruit comes through more but not so much that its intolerable, good carbonation level, the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

First beer I've had from Marshall Wharf and I'm already looking forward to trying more from them. Good to see more quality DIPA's coming from Maine now.

Photo of BMFR1811
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super malty, a little bit too boozy for my tastes. Wish it was a little bit more aggressively hopped so the bitterness could temper the sweetness. It's not bad- not my favorite, I'd drink it again but wouldn't seek this one out

Photo of Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had a bunch of DIPA's this one is so different and while I can't give it the highest marks it was a great time having and blew me and my friends away with how dank this really was like.

Got a growler and took it back to my friends place near Belfast drank with fresh clams steamed(all from the same place)

A - A little dark didn't have the best glassware but poured a impressive head.

S - wow strong, citrus, flowers, pungent different from the norm.

T - So good somewhat strong and bitter again different.

M - Left you with a impression lingering bitter aftertaste and not in a bad way.

D - A must have I think a lot of people will either love or hate this but everyone should at least try it for themselves I really liked it.

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Three Tides, Belfast, ME
Limited to 2 per person.

Good, but a little flat taste-wise I thought. This was listed as their "biggest IPA," but honestly, I liked the the Big Twitch IPA a lot better in most regards.

Poured a clear copper-brown with a nice off-white head that retained well. Floral aroma with citrus hops apparent. Not much maltiness in the aroma, but definitely a malt presence in the taste, balanced nicely with the floral and citrus hops. However, the taste was overall a bit thin and subdued. Some alcohol bite. Medium mouthfeel, and generally drinkable, but the Big Twitch is better.

Photo of ClintBEERME
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BEST WHEN LESS THAN 3 DAYS OLD. When fresh this beer is floral, citrusy, crisp, fresh, piny and balanced. It can't really be compared to other DIPA's like Heady Topper and Hill Farmstead's Abner, it is more like Stone's Ruination on steroids. A unique IPA experience. Glad to have Marshall Wharf in Maine.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Three Tides, the beer was served in a tulip glass. It pours a bright, pale, orange-amber color with a thin, filmy head. Malty and scotchy smell, with roasted characters. Flavors remain light, with a lemon-lime zest sweetness and a light hopping. Good lacing, and the aftertaste is tangy caramel and light citrus. The finish is dry and slick, but always light. Very refreshing beer despite the flavor bursts and booze content. Very tasty!

Photo of WanderingFool
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cant Dog pours a clear amber with a medium size, creamy head. Lots of lace coat the glass.

The aroma is buttery with some orange citrus mixed in. I get a little paint aroma too. Weird.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth and creamy with light carbonation. The flavor begins with sweet caramel malt, followed by orange citrus, pine and tropical fruit. It finishes moderately bitter and buttery. Once gone the pine and butter lingers on the palate.

The beer tastes good and has a terrific mouthfeel, however the buttery notes are a turn off. Also, I didn't get a bad can. I had the beer on tap recently and got the same flavors. Perhaps it was the same batch of beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a huge fluffy beige head that takes forever to recede. The aroma holds a fair amount of sweet malty backbone with bready and caramel being fairly evident to my nose. Garlic green onions grapefruit pith and dankness along with a hint of ethanol round out the nose. The flavor is sweet and malty but has plenty of hop and alcohol to keep it from cloying. Green onions and garlic scape with hints of alcohol countering bread and caramel. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous just shy of syrupy mouthfeel. This is a big beer and it shows. I liked it but felt it a little sweet for my tastes.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pint can into a Smutty pint glass. Imperial Pale Ale 9.7%. Bottled 2/5/13

Appearance- Pretty clear amber with short head and plentiful lacing.

Smell- Sweet fruity hops, piney hops, fresh baked bread, smooth vanilla. Nice malt character. Great smell.

Taste- Big malt upfront, leading to piney hops, leading to peachy hop character, leading to caramel and vanilla for some reason. No booze detected.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. Lighter body of a pale ale. Smooth and crisp with no booze burn.

Overall- This beer really is incredible. The best from Marshall Wharf I've had.

Photo of sitarist
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last can into my Coolship glass...

Pours a clear amber, about a finger of eggshell white head, the head falls to a ring & dusting that leaves webs of lacing. (4.25)

Its aromas are complex, yet subdued... Pine resin, caramel, dog shampoo, apricot, rock candy, and herbs. There is a slight off scent that I cant explain. (3.75)

The flavor has a nice balance of herbs, sweet malts, and bitter hoppiness. As I first sip I taste caramel, and apricot which fade to a bitter soapiness, that leads to a long piney, resinous finish. (4.0)

Low carbonation, medium body, it is slightly sticky, with a dry bitter finish, (4.0)

This is one fine IPA. I could only drink one or two in a sitting. It does have a few problems that held its score back: first being the soapy scents, and flavors; 2nd being the lack of carbonation. If not for those two quirks Id score this one much higher. (4.0)

Im guessing it's an IPA that I have never had... The reveal is a Marshall Wharf Cant Dog Imperial Pale Ale. So it is an IPA, not an IPA though? Never heard of it, or them, but Im glad to have enjoyed it.

Thanks Brez07, I love getting to try beers under my radar. This is why I love this BIF; you never know whats next. Could be a whale, could be a diamond in the rough.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its with the strength of an Imperial IPA, but with the balance of Pale Ale that sets this beer apart. Its a testament to everything that's appreciated about even-keel malt and hops, and does it all on a hotbed of near 10% abv. and the power in taste to boot. Marshall Wharf has done something special with this strong ale.

Mid-amber in color, the honeyish tone takes hold with the crystal-clear brilliancy that makes American Pale Ales so attractive. A dense, creamy, and almost rocky, almond-stained head builds upon the beer and retains like meringue on key lime pie. Every sip yields a buildup of another ring of lace that trails with decorative lace. This is one nice looking ale!

Creamy malt, caramel, light toffee, and mild underlying peanut notes sculpt the beer's aromatic value. But lying just below the grain surface lies an undercurrent of hops that display citrusy oranges, grapefruit, and even pine that peaks through ever so often. Light spice of alcohol tingles the senses like ginger as I dive into taste.

Where the scent may seem malt-balanced, the taste shows no favoritism. Toffee malt sweetness may strike the front of the mouth first, but a quick rebuttal of citrus takes the shape of grapefruit juice and dried orange peel at middle palate and morphs into a piney, sappy bitterness to close its taste. There's still something in the deeply caramelized malts and alcohol that reminds me of gingersnaps to go along with the barley/hop balance.

Dangerously smooth, the effects of nearly ten percent alcohol never registers in taste nor texture. As the beer starts creamy, frothy, and semi-sweet- the beer fades nicely and slowly toward a malty-dry finish of alcohol warmth, resinous hop bitterness, and receding sweetness. The dialogue of hops and malt remain balanced even in lingering aftertaste... ok, maybe the hop bitterness outlasts the barley, but briefly so.

I really don't see this beer as an Imperial IPA. It really does capture the essence of the classic American Pale Ale, but the flavors are all elevated as the ingredients have to be ramped up to create the high alcohol levels. But the beer retains a remarkable balance and lures me in with its high rate of drinkability- A dangerous proposition for my naive taste buds.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a sample of this at the rosso release (generously shared by BlessedBeBeer) and then Gary (and his wife) tossed me bottle number 624 after saying how much I enjoyed it (a true advocate). Shared today with family...

a - Beer poured a nice amber orangish with minimal head (but nice lacing) and steady and even carbonation.

s - Very nicely balanced hops with sweet malty backbone. The bourbon blend in this beer is VERY subtle (perhaps this is what I'm calling the malty backbone?). The bottle calls it an imperial pale ale and not an IPA, and for a pale ale double...this one smells fantastic. The booze adds another level of complexity to the smell...subtle wood and bourbon sweetness gives it a really nice smell. Fantastic for a pale ale.

t - Flavor is also rather complex. A thick pale ale with a touch of woody bourbon sweetness rounds it out. This is a fantastic tasting beer. The extra layer of complexity is a really nice touch, but adds a bit of booziness to the flavor.

m - Pretty thick and syrupy. Good carbonation and coating in my mouth. Alcohol tingle, but no bitterness.

o - Overall, I'm surprised by the amazing beer coming out of Maine that folks just aren't talking about. This beer is a huge surprise and somewhat barleywine like. To call it an IPA or an imperial pale ale doesn't do it justice since it doesn't fall to any of those styles, really in a class of it's own. This is a unique beer and the blend works fantastically. I would love to get ahold of additional bottles of this beer and I hope that other brewers explore barrel aging other beers aside from stouts. Bourbon barrels work with much more than big stouts as evidenced by this beer.

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Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
91 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.