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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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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 21
Gots: 21 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

meehandennis, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Seanniek91, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of GuyIncognito
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

GuyIncognito, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

cosmicevan, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of alaimoa
4.59/5  rDev +12%
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

alaimoa, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

heystevec, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

nickdago, Jul 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

jrh9696, Jun 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

sdm9465, May 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

pgrow, Aug 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

erlenmeyer, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

sendbeer, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

mkeene78, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

thomasmpowell, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

ILiveOffHops, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

brewsclues, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Skwalk47, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

DRBiser, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

marcdalke, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

CurtFromHershey, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Resuin
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Resuin, Mar 16, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

MacQ32, Jun 11, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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

BEERMILER12, Nov 18, 2012
Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
91 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.