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

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
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:
Beer added by: Durge on 04-03-2009

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.
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 26
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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this one at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, in a snifter.

For an IPA, this was considerably malty, which I like. It still had the presence of hops, but without the bitterness.

This is one that I'll seek out and enjoy in the future! In fact, I'll probably head up the coast of Maine to Belfast this summer, and enjoy it straight from the barrel!!

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4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Great Lost Bear in Portland 5/25/09
Beer pours a deep, clear, amber color with one finger white head to it. Head recedes pretty quickly leaving spotty wispy lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose is huge on hops, I mean pull you in and grab you hops - floral hops dominate with a touch of earthiness to it. Taste is far more mellow than the nose would indicate. There is a floral hop bite at first sip, then some pine, and the end blends more in to some sweet malts. Mouthfeel is some what lighter bodied, decent carbonation, slightly creamy but finishes dry. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would order it again.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at the Great Lost Bear in Portland

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a caramel color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemony and floral hops followed by caramel and crystal and a little alcohol in the rear too.

Taste: Same as above. Balanced with light bitterness in the rear. Very clean and straightforward flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, light bitterness, medium carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall: Second time around with this one and enjoying it quite a bit. Will be looking for these in cans some day.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Big Twitch IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.