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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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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 22
Gots: 23 | 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:
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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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

koutkid41, Apr 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

comradekyle, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is transparent ruby red with lots of tight tan head. Nose has a light malt presence up front, a hint of malt sweetness, a light dough. Hops are resinous and faint citrus. Nose is not bright. Taste is sweeter and malts and hops make it resiny and sweet. There is fusel alcohol in the finish and the body is syrupy.

cpetrone84, May 23, 2014
Photo of dasenebler
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Marshall Wharf Cant Dog
16oz can, packaged 11/26/13 (?)

Pours a nice deep amber, very good clarity. Nice one-finger head retains beautifully. (4.5)

Aroma is estery, with some fruity hops. Diacetyl lurking in the background. (3)

Flavor has a lot of booze, bitterness, caramel malt and hop resin. Notes of stressed fermentation include: acetaldehyde, mild diacetyl and light mercaptan. It's hoppy but too many flaws cloud the good flavors. Medium carbonation, slick feel. (2, 3.5)

Not very clean, and not a great example of the style, but drinkable if very cold. I've had this stuff in much better shape than this. I probably would have liked it more if I just drank it straight from the can. (3)

dasenebler, Dec 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27%

Mainelyhops, May 24, 2014
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a gorgeous copper-amber color with a very nice finger width head that fades to lots of good lacing.

This beer looks great, but it is really lacking in the nose in my opinion. I don't get much of a hop aroma at all, in fact, based upon nose alone, I would almost guess this was not an IPA (let alone a DIPA) but a brown ale.

This beer is very malt-forward in flavor, at first there is some hop bitterness, but this fades quickly to a strong malt-backbone. This is a fairly sweet beer, the initial hops are fruity and not piney in the least.

Overall this is a decent beer. I think it would be an interesting IPA, but as a DIPA it really falls flat in hop character both in the nose and body. If this were an IPA, I would rate it a bit higher. Decent, but not mind blowing.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Dec 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27%

s1ckboy, Jun 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

heerboth, Jul 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

ContentmentDIPA, Aug 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

The beer is bright golden with a thick, light tan head. Aromas of pine, sap, alcohol, malt, a touch of spice. Big hoppy flavor amid a robust malt body. Sticky on the palate with warming alcohol heat. Truly, a malt and hops monster, as described. Not my stylistic preference. Ok...

Huhzubendah, Aug 16, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Rifugium, May 14, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joe for bringing this by! Poured into a tulip. There is a nice light tan foamy head; lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma has a touch of pine and lots of melon.

The taste has a nice dose of graham cracker malt with a good piney melon hop backbone. The melon flavor really lingers in the finish.

This is medium bodied, with a nice crisp carbontion.

This is pretty good. I would prefer it if it was a bit lighter in body. This has a nice dose of hops for a quote, east coast, end quote IPA.

andrewinski1, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Dillonius, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Mmcdonald79, Jul 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

MaineMike, Mar 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

mdube0378, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

jwjon1, May 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

celeriac, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

MikeCactusGordon, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

TriageStat, Mar 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

drummermattie02, Mar 15, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. On tap at the brewery. Pours somewhere between golden and copper. 1 finger head recedes to film and leaves lacing. Very clear. Citrusy, floral hops hit first and lead. Not getting much of the huge malty base. Some heat. TASTE follows nose. Grapefruity and floral hops flavors, malty support is there and tries to balance, but the hops are in charge. Some sweetness is noticeable but dry sharp bitterness lingers past the finish. A bit out of balance toward the hops. FEEL is of moderate carbonation and slightly viscous. Medium/full body, dry bitter finish. OVERALL I wouldn't be disappointed if I made it, but it is out of balance with overly bitter lingering finish. Keep working on it, tweak it a bit and it could be outstanding.

sprucetip, Feb 20, 2009
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Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
90 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.