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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
outstanding

184 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | 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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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

01-24-2014 11:01:25 | More by jmsedgwick
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koutkid41

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

04-12-2014 19:30:02 | More by koutkid41
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comradekyle

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

12-27-2013 00:12:04 | More by comradekyle
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

05-23-2014 01:34:40 | More by cpetrone84
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dasenebler

Maine

2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/19/13
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)

Serving type: can

12-19-2013 23:57:59 | More by dasenebler
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Mainelyhops

Maine

3/5  rDev -27%

05-24-2014 16:23:30 | More by Mainelyhops
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

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.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 23:23:50 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -27%

06-05-2014 00:51:51 | More by s1ckboy
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

07-08-2014 02:11:45 | More by heerboth
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 20:02:37 | More by Rifugium
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: can

11-16-2012 05:06:35 | More by andrewinski1
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-23-2014 01:24:41 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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Dillonius


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

06-23-2014 15:48:51 | More by Dillonius
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Mmcdonald79

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-11-2014 00:36:00 | More by Mmcdonald79
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MaineMike

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-24-2012 13:28:23 | More by MaineMike
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mdube0378

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

06-11-2014 17:12:42 | More by mdube0378
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jwjon1

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

05-27-2013 22:59:42 | More by jwjon1
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celeriac

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

06-27-2013 01:55:27 | More by celeriac
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TriageStat

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-20-2013 02:22:49 | More by TriageStat
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

06-25-2014 01:08:00 | More by JAHMUR
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-15-2013 14:01:40 | More by drummermattie02
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sprucetip

Alaska

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 05:21:29 | More by sprucetip
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Amgarnier

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 22:56:42 | More by Amgarnier
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-09-2012 18:58:31 | More by smakawhat
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 23:42:00 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
91 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.