Cutter Imperial IPA
Rising Tide Brewing Company

Cutter Imperial IPACutter Imperial IPA
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Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #674
Ranked #3,099
4.2 | pDev: 8.1%
Sep 25, 2022
Apr 26, 2013
Cutter Imperial IPACutter Imperial IPA
Notes: Formerly Calcutta Cutter

In a sea of IPAs, Cutter stands tall. This imperial IPA sails with citrus and tropical fruit aromas and a balanced hoppy finish. Big, bold, and beautiful.
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: After a bubble show, the light amber colored liquid is capped by a two finger white head; good retention and webby lacing

Smell: Caramel malt backbone supports peach tones and a resinous, piney element

Taste: Resinous from the outset bringing a piney element; underneath are both notes of the caramel malts, melon and peach; after the swallow, some onion and garlic tones emerge; the finish has some residual sweetness but a bold hoppy character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Leans to the left coast with some distinctive flavors that set it apart; I'm impressed
Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 12, 2021
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a skim cap; OK lacing;

S: pineapple;

T: floral form start to finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good, but not very interesting;
May 06, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Mar 22, 2020
Rated: 4.71 by BaxterQ from Maine

Jan 17, 2020
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Can dated 8-20-19 into pint glass. Pours a clear amber with a persistent eggshell-white head. Initial impression is orange, grapefruit, pine, and caramel. Mouthfeel is quite smooth - no hard edges. Slightly sticky. Finish is hoppy but with an underlying sweetness. I would put this nearer the West Coast end of the IPA spectrum. Very enjoyable.
Nov 05, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Sep 03, 2019
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - Pours a lightly hazed amber with a two finger creamy white head. Tons of lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, grapefruit, tangerine and caramel malts.

T - The taste is orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit rind, caramel malts and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Super solid traditional IPA.
May 23, 2019
Rated: 3.33 by coombski from Maine

Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by Hurl4bru from Massachusetts

Mar 31, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Marklaker from Florida

Mar 10, 2019
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a good-sized, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, pine and a mild citrus aroma. Very malty and sweet with toasted caramel and a piney bitterness.
Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
16oz. can served in a tulip. Pours a lovely burnished copper with a creamy, half-inch, bright white head that disperses into a tight band around the shoulders and a dollop across the center. Nose expresses big bursts of old school hops - resiny, piney and citrusy. Taste consistent with, but less assertive than the nose. Malty backbone mellows out the hops presence and I also get a slightly smokey character in the flavor profile and finishes with a bit of ethanol at the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation. A solid brew; however, nose was more promising than the overall impression.
Feb 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had from can dated 11.11- approx 2 months old ... absolutely fantastic DIPA, so smooth and creamy, minimal malt backbone but yet not overly bitter, so much flavor and so smooth. Certianly not a new school NE style but also not an old school west coast take. It just works - highly recommend
Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by Monkeyknife from Missouri

Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by BeerBeast from Florida

Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by alexsergio from New York

Jan 11, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by loganburgh from Michigan

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by bcuz7 from Michigan

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that has very good retention properties and left lots of lacing on the surface, a wide collar around the edge, and a coating of bubbles clinging to the bottom sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of piney hops with strong notes of caramel malts and hints of citrus. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is somewhat like an old school West Coast IPA so I found this to be a refreshing change of pace in this day and age of IPAs. It's quite drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: can
Dec 20, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/7/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, blueberry, gooseberry, guava, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, light peppercorn, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, blueberry, gooseberry, guava, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, light peppercorn, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, blueberry, gooseberry, guava, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Amazing Citra, Columbus, El Dorado, Mosaic profile. Extremely juicy and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; with a great bready malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding west coast style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.
Dec 18, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by Pippuri from New Hampshire

Sep 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Boto from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can: This one pours a cloudy orangish-amber color. Wisp of a white head and some lacing. A subtle blend, but lots of hops. Resinous pine, tropical, orange, maybe a touch of honey. The taste is very good. Some resinous pine leads to an initial bitterness. Lots of malts in the background but no real underlying sweetness. Fainter orange and tropical flavors.
Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

May 05, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by JeffGuilly from Massachusetts

Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by edcarrjr25 from Maine

Jan 25, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by Klister from Maine

Dec 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by LXMRTN from New Hampshire

Nov 27, 2017
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Cabbed 11.16.17

Poured into a chalice, frothy, pencil thin white foam layer , some lacings, translucent amber liquid

Aroma of citrus, orange, tangerine

Bitter orange and pine hops over a malt base

Good sudsing

Good beer
Nov 27, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by Jlabs from New York

Nov 08, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The appearance has a somewhat of a hazy dark brown colored body with a one fingered white foamy head that leaves some adequate clingy lacing that seems to be going all over the place. The smell has resinous hops with a nice citrusy aspect to it and also some nice spicy connotations to it as well. The taste has a bittersweet hoppy to sweet flavoring and combined all of the way through in the flavoring to leave a decent resinous aftertaste with a slight dry spicy finish. The palate sits about a medium on the body, not as sessionable as I had hoped for but did notice the 8.7% on the bottle so I guess I should have noticed that. Carbonation is good for the DIPA style and good for me. Overall, I would definitely take this one again.
Jun 11, 2017
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Reviewed by eleimbach from Maine

4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This beer pours a beautiful dusty orange-gold color. Nice head. Then the scent hits you- loads of tropical fruit, primarily mango and pineapple. Taste is similar, only juicier with hints of pine, orange, even honey. Taste and mouthfeel definitely top notch for a DIPA. I don't think it's going overboard to say this is as close to the supremely revered Pliny the Elder as you can get in New England. But judge for yourself.
May 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a medium gold with a slight a haze, an off-white head and a little bit of lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, pineapple, and caramel malts. Taste is of caramel malts and pine. Some citrus too, but the caramel does dominate this one. Feel is average for the style. Overall, this is a very good DIPA, not my style, but good nonetheless.
Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by crotharagain from Rhode Island

Mar 19, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by dflo32 from North Carolina

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by Happyyb from New Hampshire

Feb 25, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

Feb 11, 2017
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