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

Cant Dog Imperial IPACant Dog Imperial IPA

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92
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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: warriorsoul on 11-25-2008)
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miclormic

Maine

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

like drinking a grapefruit that has been injected with alcohol . a complex fruity,piney,but over all grapefruit essence to me. awesome beer for it's type. I happen to like a powerful ,remarkable beer
when you finish a can you will either love it or hate it,I LOVE IT> Definitely a sipper,but, what a pint!

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 21:09:56 | More by miclormic
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This will be #500 (including hads, lame) for me.

Picked up a can of this on a trip to bar harbor, not thinking much about it, only knowing that MW makes pretty good beer. Cracked the can around the campfire in Acadia Nat Park - WHOA! Almost fell in the fire I was so blown away by the taste. I had had Heady Topper a month or so before and this was right on par. I had to go back the next day and buy a 4-pack I was so impressed. Anyway, what follows is a review of the second one, poured into a glass at home, but I'll factor both experiences in.

A - pours a copper amber colour, maybe seems a little on the darker side for a DIPA, but not off by any means. Pours a half finger or so of head, but it sticks around on top, which is really cool.

S - mmm, sweet hops, bright citrussy smells, some malt, and some sweet booze on the back. This might be my favorite part of the beer. I just remember smelling this at the campfire for the first time and then getting excited all of a sudden because I knew good things were to come.

T - lots of hops, a little burn from the 9.7% alcohol, but lots of citrusy fruits, pineapple, lemon, yumm. I think the fresher and the colder the better though, and it was even better out of the can than from the glass. When I first drank this I said aloud that this beer tops Heady (no pun).

M - a good medium body, solid carbonation and the warmth from the booze is actually quite nice.

Overall, I would say this beer's strong suits are its great balance (it is 10% after all) between being high alcohol and having great flavours. If this isn't better than Heady (I'm not saying if it is or isn't) it's probably the second best DIPA I've ever had. Drinking it from the can is key though, which I think is what I'll do with the rest of my pack. And fortunately, I'm only a 4-5 hour drive away from Marshall Wharf, which in Atlantic Canadian terms, is really not that bad.

Edit: I'm going to declare this better than Heady. This also ages much better than Heady.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 16:18:16 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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ClintBEERME

Maine

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-12-2013 22:39:49 | More by ClintBEERME
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 16:42:48 | More by Seanniek91
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GuyIncognito

Maine

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 17:06:24 | More by GuyIncognito
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cosmicevan

New York

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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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can on the most recent trip through Maine but unfortunately missed a new batch so my cans were a month old. Overall still a top notch imperial IPA with a bit more chewy malt backbone and creaniness than heady,Pliny.

Appearance deep golden brown with huge creamy head that takes years to dissipate leaving lacing down the glass

Smells floral, piney, malt/bread, caramel

Taste very drinkable with hidden alcohol despite nearly 10% ABV. Creamy/chewy but not in a bad way, slightly sweet and caramel but not overpowering

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 12:23:03 | More by alaimoa
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 21:26:06 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Resuin

Massachusetts

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
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours clear copper with 1+ finger of dense tan head. Very good retention, spectacular lacing (possibly the best I've seen)

S - citrusy hops, some pine and a decent malt backbone

T - initially quite bitter with tons of citrusy and resinous flavors, bitterness remains and a bit of an alcohol burn hits afterwards. Quite sweet with a spiced/bitter aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, decent carbonation. Thicker than Pliny probably similar to Heady. Fairly drinkable.

O - pretty hop/citrus forward. A pretty big beer, reminiscent of heady but not quite orgasmic, still delicious for sure!

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 02:24:40 | More by MacQ32
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint can with a canned on date of 11/9

A: Pours a nice golden amber color with 2 fingers worth of sticky white head that retains forever

S: A good dose of piney, floral, and resiny hops stand out, with a light malt background

T: Starts off with a huge wave of fruity and piney hops that eventually mellows out to a nice malt backbone that lends some sweetness that really helps to balance to initial onslaught of hops. Not too bitter on the finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: Glad to see that MW is finally getting their beers canned and distributed. This is one solid beer, especially when it's this fresh (8 days at the time of drinking). At $4.99 for a pint can it isn't too bad of a deal either. Recommended

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 01:12:45 | More by BEERMILER12
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mikeale

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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...

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2009 23:24:58 | More by mikeale
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Novare Res 6/27/09
This beer pours a deep amber color with a nice thick, creamy, 2 finger white head. Head retatins pretty well, receding to a film eventually leaving thick sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is a fantastic blend of floral and citrus hops, not much in the way of malt can be detected. Taste follows the nose. Incredibly blended floral and citrus hops to it. It has a good deal of bite to it, but here's where the malts come through to even out the finish. This is a medium body, light to medium carbonation. Very smooth body, the alcohol is hidden dangerously well, no aftertaste to it. This is the best offering from Marshall Wharf that I've tried thusfar.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 16:32:59 | More by Jayli
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to KalH for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Deep gold, a bit hazy with some floaters in suspension. Two finger's worth of white fluffy head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, resin, tropical fruit, and grassy hops, with some bready sweet malt. No caramel character.

T: Big citrus, tropical fruit, resin, grassy and floral hop flavors, all over some toasty biscuit sweet malt. Again, not much if any caramel notes. Moderately bitter with just a bit of malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and the hefty ABV is quite well-hidden.

O: This is a really solid DIPA and quite enjoyable. I don't know that it quite makes it to the lofty standards of the best in class. But, especially available in cans, this one would be a solid regular in my fridge if it were available around here.

Serving type: can

07-01-2013 23:59:30 | More by macrosmatic
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Casey10

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-22-2010 04:16:55 | More by Casey10
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured s two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the lacing. It is a copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Crazy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Malty and hoppy. Lots of citrus, but it's hard to distinguish hop aromas.

Taste: Tropical fruit heaven. Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, tangerine, and grapefruit all followed up by caramel malts. Mild hop tingly bitterness in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, tingly, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Super awesome DIPA from mid Maine. I need to get more.

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 03:39:23 | More by Flounder57
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 12/18/2012, extra received from BA trader KalH.

Amber colored elixir poured into SA Glass. Huge white head, copious lacing throughout the tasting.

Wonderful piney hops, Grass, earth and subtle citrus.

The citrus really comes out with the tasting. Orange, grapefruit. Nice bitter pine. Some malt at the back end.

Medium body, smooth, nice.

Well done IPA. The can is an extra bonus.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 22:06:01 | More by CaptCleveland
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-25-2008 03:07:36 | More by warriorsoul
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark color for an IPA, huge thick head, really nice.

Smells of dank juicy hops. Oranges and maybe bitter pine.

Wow, taste has a huge sweetness I didn't expect. Like puréed fruit. Also very hoppy, oranges and other citrus, some mild bitterness but this is not a very bitter DIPA overall. Delicious.

Extremely drinkar and mouthfeel is pretty unique--thick and syrupy but also nice carb and easy to drink.

Pretty unusual DIPA but I like it a lot!

8.5/10

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 04:54:20 | More by AlexFields
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap this beer was an amber color with a yellowish-beige head. The retention was good as a cap and the lacing also above-average. The aroma was complex with lots of floral hops, citrus hops, alcohol, light esters and a light musty maltiness. The flavors were big and bold. Starting sweet on a malty note I then tasted bitter orange rind, grapefruit, some herbal notes and alcohol before the pine-and-resin finish. For 10% the alcohol was rather well-hidden but they wisely limit customers to only two of these beers per visit. The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, the body medium/full and the carbonation medium. It is worth noting that the MW brewery really does 'big' beers well in general and this one was a fine example of that.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 21:28:36 | More by thekevlarkid
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Durge

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another find at Nosh in Portland Maine, this shows a copper edged mahogany color with a fairly decent white crop of bubbles on top and lots of lcing to spare. The aroma is woodsy lemon and skunky. I like it. The flavor brings a syrupy lemon grain with grassy malt. Near full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly cloying feel. Some brandy nuances with rootbeer background. Lots of malt and some alcohol. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 04:59:24 | More by Durge
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter:

A: clear hazy orange colored body, a one finger white foamy head lays very nicely around the sides of the snifter.

S: strong hop centered with nice doses of malts and caramel backing up a very nice aroma.

T: practically the same.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. A nice smoothness coats the tongue and makes it fairly drinkable.

O: a very good DIPA tha I would gladly come back to.

Serving type: can

12-28-2012 00:24:41 | More by BeerKangaroo
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

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
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my second bier of the night, a 1/2-pint, during a visit on 09DEC11 with Alewife.

The tall, slender glass was filled with a clear, copper-hued liquid. Carbo was steady, and the head was off-white, creamy and thin, with decent lacing left behind. The body is a bit more than medium, and the feel is smooth and graceful while going down. The aroma is quite inviting, if you're a hop-lover! Lots of citrus wafts about and draws you in for more.

Some toasty malt is first on the palate, leaving a smidge of sweetness behind. Fruitiness then appears, with some apricot melding in with the citrus. It was a touch pithy, with solid, puckery citrus lingering long and well. Very nice bier; quite enjoyable! Zum Wohl!!

4.03 rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1419

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 15:27:59 | More by Bierman9
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-18-2012 00:59:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
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