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Dogs And Boats | The Beer'd Brewing Co.

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The Beer'd Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Utilizing some hard to come by hops (Citra & Mosaic) this big juicy DIPA yields loads of citrus, tropical fruit and even red berry notes.

Added by chadb on 03-07-2014

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 155
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Microbrew sample. I remembered this one being pretty good. The Citra & Mosaic hops bring on the juicy fruitiness, earth, and greens. Like a Hobbit Juice by these guys, it finishes a bit too sugary sweet and a bit too boozy to be really amazing but it is still a tasty hop bomb.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Near clear golden colored. Nice lace of blankets and abundant spots.

Freshly peeled grapefruit rind is the dominant smell.

This is a very hop forward beer. Borders on extreme. The aftertaste is lip puckeringly bitter. The body holds up with the strong carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Copper/amber color, nice clarity, and a one finger head.

aroma- Pungent aroma of onion, pine, and grapefruit.

taste- Grapefruit and citrus at first and pungent onion in the middle. Malt is slightly sweet bread/caramel at first, and dry in the finish. Definitely get some of that berry in the finish too. Some booze/warmth in the finish.

feel- Low/medium carbonation, medium/full bodied, a little resinous/sticky. and pretty easy to drink at 9%.

overall- A good dipa overall. Solid hop flavors, full body and a little resinous, and pretty good balance. Personally I get onion from this, which is ok, but I feel it can detract at times. Definitely would get this again.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Haywire in Westbrook, CT. Short review: It's pretty good, but not great.

It was enjoyable, but definitely not mindblowing, which of course is totally fine. Despite what some people on here are claiming, there's no sense in comparing this to any of the top tier NE IPAs. This is more on the level of Two Roads Road 2 Ruin, which is certainly far from a bad beer, but relatively generic tasting. Maybe it was an off batch? I'd definitely give it another whirl; it seemed promising.

Obviously straight 4s isn't a bad score, but for the amount of people raving about Beer'd IPAs, this one just doesn't deliver. I had their P^2 porter recently and was quite impressed by that one.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at High 5s: Pours a clear honey gold with half finger of head that quickly settles to a ring with layers of lacing throughout. Aroma of pine resin with trace of citrus. Taste follows nose, chrisp and refreshing feel. Excellent.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bought from brewery 2/14 and drank same day, poured from growler into tulip glass. great golden amber hue, little to no head. tropical notes of pineapple, passionfruit and raspberry are the aromas courtesy of the rich citra and mosaic hop content. Super drinkable DIPA, hides the alcohol (9.1% ABV) very well. Tropical hoppiness with a clean, oily finish with no bitterness on end. Top notch new England DIPA...on par with G-Bot as one of the best DIPAS from CT. It would be awesome if the start canning this delicious brew.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce pour into a tulip. Cask Republic, Norwalk, Ct.

a : Pllowing merangue shock white 2 finger head sits on a slightly hazy but brillant, golden apricot body. Nice lacing throughout the duration of the beer.

s: Huge wafts of of grapefruit, citrus rind. Pine resin follows.

t: Crisp malts balance out the the citrus rind and pine. The hops are certainly present but not overwhelming. Hints of mango and sweet oranges join in the mix with a bit of dankness to tie everything together, keeping this from being just another one dimentional hop bomb. Alcohol is well hidden and mixes in the finish with a gentle spiceyness.

mf: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A dry but nice finish. Drinkable. Enjoyable.Dangerous.

o: Not only the best Beer'd beer I have had but dare I say the best DIPA in Connecticut? Perhaps not but it is up there in my top three.

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Photo of dd43
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got into a double IPA from Beer'd and I was not disappointed. Big time grapefruit notes, orange rind, very fresh punchy and in your face. Pine resin as well, especially on the finish. More west coast in style than some of the top shelf east coast IPAs I've had from alchemist/tree house and the like. Crystal clear in the glass, nice fat two finger head with decent retention and excellent lacing. There was some alchool bite but I'm fine with that in an imperial. This is a big ass in your face beer and I only wish I had the rest of the day available to keep drinking more.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at The Beer'd Brewing company.
Look - pours an apricot gold color with a slight white head. Retention rather low. Lacing is moderate.
Smell - grapefruit and orange rind dominate the nose on this citrus-forward hop missile. Crackery malt aroma is there as well.
Taste - bitter orange peel is the first assault followed by a piney, boozy slam on the buds. I get a bit or pine as well. Mild bitterness.
Feel - medium and chewy. Carbed just right. Finish is slick
Overall - nice boozy hop assault with good balance. Not elite yet, but very good.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange color with a minimal white head. A small amount of lacing is left around the top of the glass.

The aroma is a citrus bomb, with a bit of alcohol on the end. I get plenty of notes of grapefruit and orange peel, as well as some more subtle notes from the bready malt character. Very floral and tropical, yet somewhat earthy.

The taste is extremely citrus forward. There are notes of tropical fruits, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The flavor is extremely juicy and surprisingly sweet, though there's a nice bitter aftertaste to balance things out.

The feel is medium-bodied with medium-carbonation. A bit on the dry side but not overly so. The alcohol is present but well-hidden given the ABV.

Overall, an outstanding DIPA. The taste is incredibly juicy and sweet, but has a nice balance of bitterness and malt. The citra and mosaic hops are easily detectable and are integrated into this beer fantastically.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

super clear dipa almost like syrup or nectar. nose is fairly sharply and aggressively hopped. both hops fight for dominance in the taste, super juicy...little boozy. real good.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into a tulip from a 32oz squealer
Pours a deep golden color with less than half an inch of rapidly receding head. Hazy but not opaque.
Smells of intense grapefruit, mango, a bit of pine and some faint malt sweetness.
Taste is much of the same, but with a stronger malt sweetness than in the noise. Grapefruit remains the most pronounced flavor. Some alcohol sweetness as well. Firmly bitter in the finish.
Feels a bit heavy, it doesn't taste boozy per se, but the abv isn't a surprise.
Wonderful smelling brew, quite tasty as well. Not something that I could do frequently due to the sweetness and booze, but as a nice representation of a bigger DIPA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at the brewery on June 26th. Casked on white peaches. Poured a super cloudy light gold with barely any head. Smelled so damn fruity and sweet. Taste is super sweet upfront with peaches in the middle. Finishes with a strong juicy hop note from the citra and mosaic that totally lingers. Ultra smooth mouthfeel and super easy to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Small white head and a chunky collar.

Smell - Citrus hops. A little boozy. Pale malt and some cracker.

Taste - Citrus. A little tropical. Pale malt sweetness. A touch astringent. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation, maybe a function of the growler. Medium to medium heavy.

Overall - Really nice. I'd prefer it be a little less sweet, but it's really good.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tropical fruit juicy hoppiness. Bit of a sweeter, thicker biscuit malt backbone. I would say, just a hait below the top teir dipas out there. Missing that flavor punch to push it further. Still, it's amazing.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Imperial IPA from another great Connecticut brewery. This beer seriously gives Ghandi Bot a run for its money as CT's best imperial ipa.

Fantastic aroma, Citra/Mosaic combo is awesome. Very well balanced with generous malt bill.

My 1st offering from this brewery. Being only 90 minutes away, will be the 1st of what I hope is many.

Great job guys

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

About a week old. Poured from a howler into a new Beerd snifter. Both courtesy of @homebrew

A - Pours a deep yellow, more golden color. Very hazy. Not much head even with a fairly hard pour. What is there is a very thin,tiny bubbled white foam.

S - Like a grapefruit bomb. Citrus and hemp. No shortage of very fresh, funky good smelling hops.

T - I didn't think it smelled bad at all, but the taste is far less one dimensional than I would have guessed. Still all citrus, but not all grapefruit. It is dominant, but also some pineapple, tangerine, and melon flavors. Very tropical and much sweeter than I would have predicted. Almost a candied sugar that reminds me of Great Lakes Chillwave and Deschutes Fresh Squeezed. Fairly dank finish with solid bitterness. Very well masked 9%.

F - Maybe slightly below avg on the carbonation. Not too dry. Not too slick. Very much right down the middle. Alcohol not noticeable at all.

O - I am a bit biased towards tropical hops, but this a very well done DIPA. It could probably use a tad more malt balance, but when it comes to taste - I still have this one in world class range. One of those deadly easy drinking beers.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Slightly hazy and golden amber; small head but somewhat creamy which creates noticeable lacing.

Smell: The smell is big, really big. It starts with a lot of citrus–mostly grapefruit. No mistaking the citra and mosaic hops.

Taste: The taste is dangerously good, and that's in the literal sense because it goes down way too easy for a DIPA weighing in at over 9%. The flavors don't deviate from the smell and I'm glad. You get the grapefruit you were promised in the aroma right up front and then it finishes with subtle herbal notes. There is a lot going on here, especially as the beer warms. And the hop balance is immaculate, both the citra and mosaic shine in different moments.

Feel: really soft feel for such a big beer. Could use a bit more carb but I like what it's got going on.

Overall: It's borderline world class for sure. If Beer'd continues to expand its output and begins canning this I expect it to become highly sought after by enthusiasts around New England and beyond.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 oz growler. Pours a hazey golden color with a thick tight white foamy head with nice lacing. Smell and taste is mostly like fruit basket of citrus with some light malts. Mouth feel is good with loads of taste. Beer'ds most highly brew and from what I've had so far from then I agree. Must try.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a grapefruit bomb, and I absolutely loved it. I'm not caught up in appearances, so the minimal head and lacing had no effect on my overall review. It smells and tastes delicious. Absolutely thrilled to have tried it. Beer'd is doing something magical with IPAs.

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Photo of frenchysdf
4.75/5  rDev +11%

I am biased, I used to live in Stonington, CT and got to have their beers fresh every Friday. I really enjoyed speaking with Aaren and Precious (the owners); I now live in PA and I have yet to find a beer that matches their quality!

Now Dogs And Boats where to start...? An amazing DIPA, fresh and crispy. Any beer coming from Beer'd is a bang in your mouth, the mix of hops is amazing. Aaren is truly a hop magician!

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Translucent amber, light carbonation (perhaps because of chip in glass in top) (3/3)
S: Passionfruit, floral with the typical marijuana in the background (11/12)
T: Very fruity and surprisingly sweet, grapefruity in middle, long but mellow bitter hang, could use a little more malty balance (17/20)
F: Very light bodied, dry somewhat numbing sensation on finish (4/5)
O: Very drinkable, dangerously so at 9.1% (8/10)

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy, pulpy orange brew. Huge fluffy white head with incredible retention.

Huge sweet citrus and tropical aroma with light biscuits. Green and hoppy.

Taste follows. Even fruiter than I'd guess for the hops. Juicy. Slightly dank finish.

Like drinking juice. No heat or sting. Slightly syrupy, but it doesn't detract.

Fantastic, juicy, drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler from Beer'd. Pours a translucent vibrant golden yellow color with very little head. Some lacing. The aroma is a big whiff of juicy tropical fruits. Grapefruit/citrus rind as well. The taste is more of the same. Bitter juicy tropical fruits upfront. Pineapple, sweet grapefruit, tangerine and a hint of lemon. Bitter citrus peel towards the end with some light toasty malts in the background. Tropical fruit finish with pineapple the most notable. Medium bodied. I feel like I'm repeating myself here, but it's another great Imperial IPA from Beer'd. Worth the trip

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Photo of Jwale73
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32oz. howler into a Beer'd Teku. Color is a straw-gold with a semi-hazy clarity and a frothy, 1.5 inch bright white head that eventually disperses into a soapy slick that coalesces around the shoulders. Some spots and swaths of lacing are present. The nose on this beer is nothing short of incredible! A tropical fruit bomb with a trace of rind. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of candied citrus and a slightly medicinal bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a crisp carbonation and a slight acidity. All and all, a pretty amazing DIPA that is so in my wheelhouse. The nose on this beer is quite amazing off the pop and the other aspects do not disappoint either. This operation sure seems to know what they're doing when it comes to IPAs.

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Dogs And Boats from The Beer'd Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.