Big Twitch IPA
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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American Imperial IPA
3.85 | pDev: 10.65%
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by psdriscoll:
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3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of twelvsies
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange, very light lacing on the tulip glass, no carbonation. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Not alot of flavor going on, big hop bitterness at the end that lingers, somewhat dry finish. A little earthy, faint malts, decent amount of hops in the flavor. I would definitely order this again, don't let my low rating taint this beer, it's a good one for a hop head - that I am.

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Photo of plaid75
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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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of lordofthewiens
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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BretSikkink
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a dark amber suspension in the middle of the glass. Whitish head retains nicely and leaves splotches of lace in the pint glass. Nose is balanced, with sweet caramel malt melding with the herbal hopping. Doughy biscuits and citric zest are also appreciable.

The flavor hits pretty sweet, with caramel and toffee notes. Hops are fairly strong, but don't quite win out they way I'd look for in a top double IPA. Very herbal, with menthol and pine mixed in amongst the peppercorn, grapefruit, and orange. Mouthfeel is middle of the road, with medium body and reasonable carbonation. Finishes bitter and leafy, with just a touch of alcohol left on the palate.

Overall: not bad. A little earthy for me; I like my hops brighter and more zesty, and there might not quite be enough for me in this example of the style. But it was a drinkable hop delivery vehicle served from the taps at the Great Lost Bear.

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Photo of mixylplik3
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Walken
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine last night. It was a dark amber color, slightly brown with a nice light tan-ish head and good lacing. The aroma hinted at some piney hops and fair malt, but it was not very strong as I was told it should be a pretty hoppy option. The flavor did bring a little more bitterness than the aroma suggested. Earthy hops and malt blend with a peppery harshness (nothing extreme). It was well carbonated an a fairly easy drinker with solid constitution but I don't recall any subtleties in the flavor beyond this, although i did pick up on an unusual sort of saltiness that actually wasn't too bad a quality in this case. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't a bit "bigger" but it followed a glass of red wine as well as one of Big Foot Barleywine, so maybe it needs another chance on it's own some time. Not bad at all really, definitely deserving a try.

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Photo of joepais
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into my Dogfish Head snifter produced a good two fingers worth of off white head that settled to a thick lace. The lace follows the clear amber body slowly down the glass as you drink it.

The aroma is nice and piney with some floral hoppiness as well.
The flavor is very balanced between the malty sweetness and the hops. It did finish rather dry and bitter, but not a hop bomb in any way. The feel in my mouth is light to medium with good carbonation for your tongue.

Good drinkability on this brew, finishing the growler will be no problem.

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Photo of jlindros
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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Photo of 05Harley
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Jayli
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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Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a tulip glass at the Great Lost Bear. The beer has a copper/orange hue and an off-white foam head. There is not much carbonation rising within the glass. It has a good malty sweet aroma with warm hops behind it. For an IPA, there is a lot of malt to this beer (perhaps that is why it is Marshall Wharf's full-bodied lighter IPA?). There is a lot of bitterness--most of which lingers on after I swallow. The hops taste dry and the malts are bready. It's body is a bit heavier than what I call medium (thanks to all of that malt). There isn't much carbonation. There isn't much stickiness or coating, which surprises me. I like it. It is very drinkable. It's not as hoppy as this brewery's Cant Dog IPA, so I consider it an easier drinking IPA. I could easily polish off a growler of this over a long afternoon. It's a beer worthy trying if you get a chance.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So... the brewery describes this as their 'lighter' IPA, but it clocks in at 8.2%! Off the tap it was a hazy, banana-yellow color. The head was beige, retained well and left excellent lacing. The aroma was unusual, lots of doughy malt with a understated hop profile of citrus. The flavors were much more apropos for the style. At first sweet with some malt notes and citrus hops I then tasted lots of bitter hops in the middle. Rooty and leafy elements clearly reflected the dry-hopping and the bitter finish lingered on my tongue. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation good for the style. A solid, albeit notably bitter, IPA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Big Twitch IPA from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 73 ratings