Cant Dog Imperial IPA - Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
4.63/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2011 22:17:09 | More by cosmicevan
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4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pint can poured into a snifter. This was canned on 03/06/14 so 10 days ago.
Appearance: Pours a deep translucent amber and leaves a finger of slightly off-white head. Carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the surface, but this is a very dark ipa.
Smell: Big dank, musty, resinous hops. Also caramel, malts, citrus, mango. A nice floral hint behind it all as well. Pleasant, interesting aroma.
Taste: Resin, some pine, mango, malts, caramel, some biscuit; pretty dank. Surprisingly smooth for the ABV.
Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium to thick velvetty feel. Finishes surprisingly smooth.
Overall: Really impressive beer. Very different for an IPA, lots of flavor and a really nice feel to it. A great, big IPA.
Serving type: can
03-16-2014 21:59:32 | More by Resuin
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Into a Sam Adams glass.
Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with fluffy beige head that settles to one finger and hangs out for awhile.
Aroma is caramel, orange marmalade, big bread dough, and fruitcake. Smells very malt forward for an IPA.
On the palate you get that malt presence with sweet dough, caramel, and rye bread with the hops taking on more of a side kick role with orange pith, faint pine, and lemon peel. Finishes pretty sweet.
Mouthfeel is pretty spot on.
Overall a very malt forward, "east coast" style IPA. Pretty good but I'd put Dogfish 90 ahead of this.
Serving type: can
01-28-2014 23:34:38 | More by MarcWP
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | 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.
Serving type: can
01-24-2014 23:56:41 | More by mjstacker
Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
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