Cant Dog Imperial IPA | Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Cant Dog Imperial IPACant Dog Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States
marshallwharf.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by warriorsoul on 11-25-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
57
Avg:
4
pDev:
12%
 
 
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20
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38
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0
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Photo of meehandennis
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of mikeale
4.68/5  rDev +17%

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...

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pint can into a Smutty pint glass. Imperial Pale Ale 9.7%. Bottled 2/5/13

Appearance- Pretty clear amber with short head and plentiful lacing.

Smell- Sweet fruity hops, piney hops, fresh baked bread, smooth vanilla. Nice malt character. Great smell.

Taste- Big malt upfront, leading to piney hops, leading to peachy hop character, leading to caramel and vanilla for some reason. No booze detected.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. Lighter body of a pale ale. Smooth and crisp with no booze burn.

Overall- This beer really is incredible. The best from Marshall Wharf I've had.

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.64/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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Cant Dog Imperial IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
4 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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