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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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87
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.97%
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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Gatordaddy, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ale207
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ale207, Aug 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

mater, Jul 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Dbrag, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ColForbinBC, Jun 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jjcote, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Snellgg5, May 16, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

jlindros, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

TMath524, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mixylplik3, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jlogan7, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my Father-In-Law for bringing me a growler of this beer back from Maine.

Pint pours with a scant finger of off white head. The beer is a lightly hazy amber color. No lacing.

Aroma is of toasted malt with some fruit. In fact, rather fruity with lots of berry notes.

Definitely an East Coast IPA. Lots of toasted malt and as much fruit in the flavor as the aroma. Some grape and also other berry. Very toasty with a slight yeast note at the end. Really drinks more like an APA vs. IPA

Carbonation a bit subdued, but it might be because I waited 2 days to open the growler. Still fine.

A decent local IPA, but frankly doesn't break through the clutter.

Reagan1984, Sep 14, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

GarthDanielson, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another solid offering tapped at the Great Lost Bear in Portland. Perhaps I need to move there...

Pretty, non-polished copper body with a medium creamy white head.
I can smell some hops without even trying. Piney with a bit of resin. Some malt thrown in there to provide a short round of sweetness

A fairly heavy does of bite for this one. Alcohol and pine give the resin more clinging power, something that doesn't go too well with meals. But I was done eating, so I drank this one happily. Caramel and sweetbread didn't stand a chance with the hop bill. This one bites

Mebuzzard, Aug 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into The Great Lost Bear on 05Aug11 with Artied2 and his buddy Al for some grub and grog. I went for this new offering to satisfy my hop craving.

Served in a tulip, perhaps 10oz or so, it was a clear, deep copper color. Head was thin and wispy, off-white, and left just some light lacing. Aroma had lots of rindy, pithy character; quite enticing. Smooth on the tongue with very light prickle, it was medium bodied all the way.

Lead off with a touch of toasty malt, though that didn't last long at all. Loads of hops came next, bringing piney, resiny, pithy citrus to the palate. Quite puckery, and the hoppage lingered quite well. A solid accompaniment to my jerk chicken sammich. Prosit!!

4 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bierman9, Aug 08, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

05Harley, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Rifugium, May 14, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

ggilman, May 08, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

twelvsies, Feb 06, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company: Big Twitch (Filled: 08/07/10) (Tasted: 08/10/10)
64 oz. growler, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Growler opens with a hiss, lightly hazed golden amber beer fills my glass (all in one fluid motion, if you can believe it!) topped with a big, meringue-like, eggshell white head. Ever so slight haze in this beer. The head dies down into a cap.
Odor: Rich citric aroma, tangerine, slightly lemony, floral backbone, some red fruit in there as well, pleasant and mellow.
Consistency: Big carbonation, too much for my taste at least, it is straddling the line between gentle and tingly, no doubt that it gets in the way of the flavor a bit.
Flavor: Complete 180 as far as hop flavor goes, some of the citrus is there as expected from the flavor, with a complimentary dose of bitter pine needle flavor, which lingers long into the finish. Alcohol throws some fruity character into the mix, malt whispers with a bit of sweetness that is overbalanced by bitterness.

Not bad, could use some refinement, but I really like the direction in which the hop character is leaning.

Walken, Aug 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

plaid75, Jul 20, 2010
Big Twitch IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.