Tug Pale Ale
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.93 | pDev: 10.94%
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Our classic pale ale. Named for the Tugboats that share our part of Belfast Harbor.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 33 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by psdriscoll:
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3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of twelvsies
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap several times at Duckfat in Portland. Not a beer destination per se, but go simply for the outrageously good fries, and Tug Pale Ale. Anyway, about the beer... Served up in a hippie jar, nice strong golden color with ample healthy head. Fresh grain and hop aromas. Excellent hop flavor to this beer, really top notch. Big juicy leafy citrus hops yet with very little bitterness. Gentle backing of malt. Smooth and light on the palate, really refreshing and a perfect session beer at only 4.2%. Really amazing how much flavor comes through in this beer. I've had a couple other Marshall Wharf beers and have been impressed by all so far. A trip to Belfast is in order for sure, but until then I will try to keep up when it's on tap in Portland.

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Photo of plaid75
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Duckfat, Portland, Maine.

Poured a medium copper hue into a mason jar with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured piney hop notes and a moderately grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a soft, yet assertive hop, with elements of pine and citrus. The malt was moderate and grainy with a clean finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty APA.

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of pburland23
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I spent some time sampling Marshall Wharf beers at the brewery over the weekend and came home with a growler of Tug.

Poured from said growler into a standard chalice.

Appearance: Beer pours a brilliant coppery amber color with a finger of bright white head. Head quickly dissipated to a thin, soapy layer leaving some sticky lacing in its wake.

Smell: Spectacular, bright, fresh citrusy hops notes. Some grains but the hops are the star here. It's a little more aggressive in the nose than many pale ales. Great smelling beer.

Taste: Hoppy but not overwhelming.
Citrus hops flavor is backed by a pleasingly noticeable malt backbone. Finish is mildly bitter but very palate friendly.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and incredibly drinkable. At 5.0% abv, this is a beer that packs a ton of flavor into a small package. Carbonation is a little light but that could be a byproduct of being in a growler.

Overall: This is a great pale ale. Marshall Wharf really does a great job and they are worth a visit if you find yourself in mid coast Maine.

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4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the pub.
Light fizzy head covering as its filled to the brim of the pint glass and pushed out all the goodness of a head, slight hazy amber orange color. After some finagling I can see a nice lacing on the sides.

Nose light grassy floral hops, light amber malts, great noble and cascade like hop,

Taste nice fresh grassy spicy hops, little citrus, almost chewy with a light amber malt base, great bitterness, nice spicy grassy centennial like hop. Long dry bitter spicy grassy hop finish, touch of grapefruit like.

Mouth is med bodied, dec carb.

Overall quite nice, how an apa should be done, almost perfected.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Novare Res.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow color, decent sized head with some lacing.

Smell has a nice hoppy aroma, stronger than the average pale ale, can definitely tell it is a dry hopped ale.

Taste has a slight raw hop taste but isn't overwhelming, tastes much stronger than the 4.2% would let on, drinks like an easy going big beer but isn't. I can see this being one my of session beers if it wasn't only occasionally on-tap in the Portland area.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BeerTwigs
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrpunan
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had it on tap at Three Tides in Belfast, ME. I gotta say, this has what i long for in a beer: lots and lots of hops flavor and smell from the dry hopping, a decent body, a nice maltiness and great color and lacing, all with only 4.2% ABV. I wish i could find more beers like this, it has an IPA taste without the alcohol level. A hop lover's ideal session beer. I only wish it were available in bottles in the rest of the country, but i suppose it would lose the intensity of the hops. Great stuff.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Marshall Wharf outside on the pier.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass to the brim a copper crystal clear hue with a almost nonexistent head due to a bad pour.

S - Aromas are rather light in the hops gentle and light malt sweetness. Very light and enjoyable.

T - Taste is similar, super light grassy hops with gentle malt sweetness. Super light citrus with subtle malt sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is nice though slightly thin, very enjoyable and refreshing.

O - Overall this beer was the most enjoyable of Marshall Wharf beers, excluding this a chaos varieties.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a light copper-tan coloring with a filmy head. Aromas of light, grassy, resiny hops with a toasted backbone. Flavors are green and hoppy on the forward tongue, with a light, overpowered malt backbone. Hoppy and green aftertaste, both bitter and drying. Clean, dry finish. This beer is very drinkable, and very tasty.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of illpass78
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at Acadia National Bar in Portland.

Appearance: Clear copper with a one-finger eggshell head.

Aroma: Grains, grass, floral hops, herbaceous character.

Taste: Grains and citrus with noticeable hops. Some caramel. Maybe lemon.

Mouthfeel: Very easy drinker. Perfect session depth.

Overall: Very good pale ale. All-purpose type beer that should please everyone except for weirdos who hate flavor.

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Tug Pale Ale from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 33 ratings