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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
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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 20
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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GuyIncognito

Maine

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 17:06:24 | More by GuyIncognito
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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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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 12:23:03 | More by alaimoa
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nickdago

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

07-08-2013 20:10:33 | More by nickdago
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jrh9696


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

06-21-2014 11:51:12 | More by jrh9696
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sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-20-2013 13:18:26 | More by sdm9465
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pgrow

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-30-2013 11:04:02 | More by pgrow
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

11-21-2012 01:37:04 | More by erlenmeyer
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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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DreamsOfMarshallWharf

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

06-07-2013 02:17:48 | More by DreamsOfMarshallWharf
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mkeene78


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

11-24-2012 01:49:08 | More by mkeene78
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thomasmpowell

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

05-26-2013 00:27:38 | More by thomasmpowell
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-08-2013 03:56:04 | More by ILiveOffHops
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brewsclues

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-25-2014 16:51:54 | More by brewsclues
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Skwalk47

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-24-2014 17:19:16 | More by Skwalk47
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

06-24-2013 18:43:50 | More by DRBiser
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marcdalke

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

08-23-2013 10:07:41 | More by marcdalke
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

04-20-2014 16:46:49 | More by CurtFromHershey
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 21:26:06 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 21:59:32 | More by Resuin
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 02:24:40 | More by MacQ32
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 01:12:45 | More by BEERMILER12
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mikeale

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source...6/18/09

A. Dark copper, thin white head nice lacing.

S. Very sweet, honey soaked biscuits, citrus, grapefruit,

T. Sweet citrus, pine, some malt..

M. Smooth, rich, malty finish...

D. Well I'm siting here and the limit is only two... I could drink a few of these... The alcohol is hidden at 10% it's sneakin up on me...

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2009 23:24:58 | More by mikeale
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Novare Res 6/27/09
This beer pours a deep amber color with a nice thick, creamy, 2 finger white head. Head retatins pretty well, receding to a film eventually leaving thick sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is a fantastic blend of floral and citrus hops, not much in the way of malt can be detected. Taste follows the nose. Incredibly blended floral and citrus hops to it. It has a good deal of bite to it, but here's where the malts come through to even out the finish. This is a medium body, light to medium carbonation. Very smooth body, the alcohol is hidden dangerously well, no aftertaste to it. This is the best offering from Marshall Wharf that I've tried thusfar.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 16:32:59 | More by Jayli
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to KalH for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Deep gold, a bit hazy with some floaters in suspension. Two finger's worth of white fluffy head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Citrus, resin, tropical fruit, and grassy hops, with some bready sweet malt. No caramel character.

T: Big citrus, tropical fruit, resin, grassy and floral hop flavors, all over some toasty biscuit sweet malt. Again, not much if any caramel notes. Moderately bitter with just a bit of malt sweetness in the hang.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and the hefty ABV is quite well-hidden.

O: This is a really solid DIPA and quite enjoyable. I don't know that it quite makes it to the lofty standards of the best in class. But, especially available in cans, this one would be a solid regular in my fridge if it were available around here.

Serving type: can

07-01-2013 23:59:30 | More by macrosmatic
Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
91 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.