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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
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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber topped by a prodigious amount of foam that leaves a drizzling pattern of lace behind

Smell: Caramel and piney, resinous aromatics

Taste: Opens with a brown sugar and caramel flavor that is subsumed by the piney hops, in the middle; still, after the swallow, the sweet malts stand tall and just edge out the hop flavors through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A tad too sweet for my type of DIPA, this is still a well-brewed example of the style for those who like a lot of malt balance

Thanks, wildcats10, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 01:05:05 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: can

03-22-2013 05:03:58 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

12-22-2013 04:30:15 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

12-22-2013 04:38:24 | More by Texasfan549
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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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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-21-2011 01:04:14 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

08-29-2012 18:32:23 | More by mendvicdog
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

06-28-2013 19:00:18 | More by duceswild
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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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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-05-2013 18:12:56 | More by sendbeer
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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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 03:44:56 | More by johnnnniee
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 02:02:48 | More by GarthDanielson
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-28-2013 14:11:37 | More by ShanePB
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Durge

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-22-2012 19:36:01 | More by Reagan1984
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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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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Florida9

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Medium caramel-orange in color. Clear. Forms a large, very stable, off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma. Lightly sweet, slightly spicy, with lots of citrus. Candied citrus rind, orange, and, oddly, a hint of vanilla.

T: The taste is fairly sweet and malt forward. Sweet caramel malts. Again, quite citrus dominant - mostly orange - with some fruity notes. Doughy fruit cake. Some light earthy qualities on the back end.

M: On the fuller side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Medium carbonation. Mild spiciness on the back end.

O: A decent beer. Very "East Coast" style IPA with a more balanced approach to the malts and hops. Sweeter than I typically care for.

Serving type: can

04-20-2014 00:03:18 | More by Florida9
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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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cosmicevan

New York

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

12-30-2013 02:13:29 | More by williamjbauer
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

11-14-2011 16:28:15 | More by Jspriest
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Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
91 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.