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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
92
outstanding

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of NeverNude
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
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.

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of AlexFields
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

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of divineaudio
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can courtesy of valdieu2 into a wine glass.

a - pours a hazy, reddish amber color and forms an inch thick, dense, creamy, tan head right away. foam takes its time calming, but eventually winds up as a thin film with an island of bubbles in the middle and sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

s - grapefruit, toasty, grassy, faint honey. standard ipa aroma.

t - light citrus over a sweeter, toasty malt base. hops shine through as notes of grapefruit, grass, and light pine. bitterness is on the mild side. very well balanced, all the flavors seem to blend together in a nice, delicate way.

m - medium in body with just enough carbonation and a finer co2 profile. smooth and creamy.

o - solid all around and quite enjoyable. given the many ipa's that are out there, this one stands out for it's delicacy. it's not a hop bomb, or a malt bomb, and doesn't have anything odd or unusual going on. just a well crafted, well balanced double ipa.

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.

Photo of stunna
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of smakawhat
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
92 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.