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Big Twitch IPA - Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Big Twitch IPA
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our 2nd place IPA. Only the Cant Dog is stonger, although arguments abound as to who is hoppier. A session IPA? NO! But you can try if you want. One of our personal favorites around the bar.

(Beer added by: Durge on 04-03-2009)
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Reviews by craft_shannie:
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

09-12-2013 19:16:45 | More by craft_shannie
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

On tap at The Great Lost Bear. In a tulip glass, the beer was a dark amber color with a big white head and decent lacing. It had a mostly floral aroma, as well as a little bit of citrus. Roles were reversed in the taste. Primarily grapefruit, a little bit of pine, and some malt taste to balance things out. Nice beer, would drink this anytime.

04-19-2009 22:36:49 | More by lordofthewiens
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New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Purchased @ Marhall Wharf Belfast, Maine

Price: $25.00/growler

Pours medium amber with a soapy white two inch cap covering the top. The head dissipates after a few minutes leaving behind a creamy film. The beer is hazey with very little clarity. Heavy lacing decorates the flared tulip glass and shows off it's stickiness. Fresh, hell ya..

The nose is pretty much pine hops, lemon peels and malt.

The flavor is pine and doughy malt followed by pepper and alcohol. Where's the citrus flavor? I'm getting just a faint taste which is disappointing.

Medium body with a zesty feel. Crisp and clean with a fair amount of sweetness in the beginning followed by a bitter dry finish.

Overall a pretty good beer. I prefer the "Cant Dog" over this if I had my druthers. A little more variation of hops would add some excitement to this brew.

08-06-2011 21:06:04 | More by 05Harley
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-21-2014 20:04:27 | More by Iparedman
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-23-2014 00:14:19 | More by mdaschaf
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

Neutral aroma, on tap at Great Lost Bear. Golden coloured body with a white head and very lacey. Above average mouthfeel and good malt backbone. Some hoppyness,a little fruit, but rather below what I would expect from an IPA these days, and certainly not a DIPA as marketed.

08-20-2012 01:19:01 | More by Sammy
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-16-2012 21:15:43 | More by Snellgg5
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-12-2013 15:23:18 | More by Cheld
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-02-2014 18:46:49 | More by hockeypuck
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

a: tulip style glass, amber in color with a head that shows average retention and some lace

s: tropical hop aromas on a sweet, lightly caramelized malt body, fruity esters prominent, on the malty side for the style

m: carbonation low and smooth, medium bodied

t: sweet body of lightly caramelized malts, estery, hop flavors within the tropical fruit range moving towards some piney bitterness in the finish, the bitter comes in quite late and is just enough to give some balance though things still tend towards the malt side, warms well with more character coming out, light alcohol

d: a decent ipa but very much unrefined, drinks well enough

draft at Great Lost Bear, Portland, ME

07-19-2010 04:15:21 | More by blackie
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-09-2013 01:17:55 | More by NickBeery
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

On draft at The Great Lost Bear, Portland, Maine.

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured crystal malt, fruity esters, some dark fruit and a piney hop.

The taste consisted of balmy malts, some caramel and a secondary hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty malt driven DIPA.

07-20-2010 16:15:28 | More by plaid75
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

05-24-2014 23:02:11 | More by Massbmx
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-22-2014 03:03:22 | More by jrh9696
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

On tap at a Novare Res. Nice orange color, great head and lacing. Aroma and flavor are both balanced and well rounded. Lots of hops - citrus, mango, leafy. Strong malt presence as well, though never getting in the way of the hops. This stays crisp and bitter with a nice hefty texture. Had no idea it was above 8% - very quaffable brew. Another great beer from Marshall Wharf.

02-06-2011 06:55:17 | More by twelvsies
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

03-27-2012 03:05:48 | More by TMath524
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Digging through my notes, had this at the brewery during the Pemaquid Mussel Festival.

Pours a hazy reddish orange color with light head.

Nose light malty, citrus, bit of pine, light floral hops, bit of reddish malt.

Taste brings piney hops, apricot, tangerine, chewy and spicy hops, fairly bitter, some sweet malts that get a bit chewy. Finish has a long bitter earthy grassy hop finish.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice IPA, pretty much defines an east coast style, and almost DIPA like but not quite.

03-31-2012 16:14:52 | More by jlindros
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-21-2014 23:42:22 | More by CSeavey64
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

First had: on tap at Three Tides, Belfast, ME

A nice flavorful IPA that isn't overbearingly hoppy. Poured a clear amber with a finger of off-white head that receded to a thin film. Piney hops and mild citrus in the aroma. Sweet toasted malts up front in the taste--which always throws me off in an IPA, even though it is more characteristic for American-style IPAs--piney hops following, with an alcohol bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very drinkable.

05-14-2011 19:19:50 | More by Rifugium
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-19-2012 23:57:32 | More by ale207
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

A: On-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Poured with no head... there's not even really a film on here. Body is a dark amber color, and clear.

S: Mostly hoppy aroma, but not overly strong. Mild citrus notes as well.

T: There's some citrus in the beginning, but then the hops come plowing through. It actually finishes more hoppy and bitter than I would have expected from the aroma. Quite impressive.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: A good IPA... the taste makes up for any shortcomings from the appearance and aroma, and works out well for people that like some hops in their beer.

11-24-2009 22:19:04 | More by berley31
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured on-tap at Three Tides and served in a pint glass, the beer pours a deep copper coloring, with amber highlights, and a filmy head. Aromas of light caramel and heavy orange citrus, with fresh, green, spicy hops. The flavor is crisp, with peppery green spiced hops and a burst of lemon zest. Very light, but smooth in mouth. The aftertaste keeps the caramel sweetness, with a quick, foamy finish. Tasty brew, and it goes well with rich foods.

08-25-2011 01:52:48 | More by GarthDanielson
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-20-2011 01:03:34 | More by jlogan7
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

On tap at the Great Lost Bear. The big twitch pours an amber orange color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose, I can't say I was hugely impressed. There is some light hoppiness, but it's overwhelmed by the sweet malty aroma. Flavors on the palate exactly replicate the nose, with this beer tasting more like an amber ale, with a touch of extra hops. It's still mostly on the dry side, but I really wish this beer had a bit more flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and alcohol appears to be pretty low. It's not intrusive, but frankly I could really care less. This beer is not interesting enough to be particularly drinkable.

There are just too many good IPA's out there for me to ever want to order this beer again.

05-25-2009 01:16:30 | More by John_M
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Picked up a growler at the brewery store yesterday along with one of Sexy Chaos, which was amazing!

I couldn't rightly review this after having the Chaos last night. That's one robust palate buster! Day two for this growler, kept on ice the whole time, but opened yesterday. Definitely lost some of it's carbonation, but the MW growlers do a great job of keeping the beers fresh. Pouring from the wide mouthed growler into my Sebago tulip glass didn't produce much head, I'll chalk this up to having opened it last night. My first pour did have one finger of white foam. Produces some nice sticky lace patterns. Hazy reddish orange. Nose is fruity, spicey, sweet and malty. Clean & fresh, this big twitch has a bunch of bitterness up front, settles into a caramel malty finish. Very clean crisp mouthfeel. They claim it's not sessionable at 8.2%, which is probably a sound suggestion, however, I could see ignoring their advice and taking a growler out on the deck for a nice sunny spring day. I'll give this one another review hopefully in the near future on tap somewhere. I missed Cant Dog this time around, can't wait til next time. Very glad I stopped in to the Marshall Wharf brewery store. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

05-08-2011 19:47:49 | More by ggilman
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Big Twitch IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
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