Cutter Imperial IPA | Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Cutter Imperial IPACutter Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Calcutta Cutter

Cutter (n)—a single-masted sailing vessel with the mast set about two-fifths of the way aft along the waterline

Imperial IPA. Double IPA. XIPA. IIPA. Whatever you want to call it, Cutter is our homage to hops. Lots of hops. Early hops. Late hops. Very late hops. Dry hops. Then we condition the bottles in a bed of hops. Well, maybe not that last bit, but you get the idea. With just enough malt body and alcohol to balance the beer out, we let the lupulin shine.

Added by Jason on 04-26-2013

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Reviews by jlindros:
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an interesting beer, thanks to Tim for getting this for me in Maine.

Pours a rich creamy 1 finger head that has some bubbles that start to pop quickly, but fades at a med pace, leaves wafts of small lacing but less than I expected, very hazy reddish orange slight copper carrot colored.

NOse starts quite nice, a big hop aroma, nice citrus, light tropical fruit, bit spicy and chewy hop, hint of pine, etc. Some guava, hint of passion fruit, some orange and rind, the sweet malts bring an orange marmalade character, little tangerine and mild candy hops. Malts are strong too, big sweet malts start to take over as the hops become normalized to my nose, candy malts with light caramel, toasty reddish malts, light syrupy, little biscuit, etc, and the sweet malts carry with a mild yeast aroma, some esters, typical Rising Tide yeast characteristics, and some warming booze with all that. Hops then turn a little earthy, herbal, spicy and vegetal, with some slight cooked oil, for a somewhat unpleasant finish.

Taste starts with the malts this time, a nice candy malt character, toasty reddish malts with some caramel, little toffee even, syrupy flavors, again candied characters that lead into citrus hops for again a little orange marmalade like character. Fairly sweet overall, not overly sweet, little warming booze and some esters, hint of phenols and again typical heavy Rising Tide beer style yeast. Then finally hops, fairly bitter but not overly, not a huge hop flavor profile but enough. Spicy chewy hops lead off but not too big on either, into a mild herbal and vegetal like hop character, a cooked hop oil flavor too like the nose had. Citrus in there, not a ton, and not a lot of fruit either, although there is a generic fruit character like those blended fruit cocktail cups with syrup. A little zest in there, and just a hint of a tropical style fruit. Hops seem mostly overpowered by the malts here. Finish is drier but not a ton, little sticky, little sweet, more candy malts and warming booze, as well as long spicy chewy earthy hops lingering with plenty of bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice carb, some warming booze, spicy bitter hop mouth feel and a little oil too.

Overall not bad, nose starts nice but ends less so, taste profile isn't bad but the hops are drowned out by the malts but plenty of bitterness, a big beer overall with lots of hops and malts blended, but maybe a bit too malty overall as the hops can't shine through as well as they should.

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Photo of AshlandNacho
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcorn
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guess2814
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thought it would be better.. Not to bad.. Piney taste.. Grapefruit hint of taste.. Could be an acquired taste?

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Photo of mhbach97
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into 8 oz water glass. Bottle date of 02/02/15

A: good clarity light amber use color with a soapy viscous looking small head

S: lots of bready and crackery malts upfront with some light citrus smells on the end

T: wow very light and juicy chasing the fruit flavors though they are here there but gone mango, melon, sweet oranges

M: Nice fuller bodied DIPA you know what you drank and some of the crackery fruit after tastes are great

O: Wow....I thought maybe because of the nose I got an end of it's rope DIPA but the taste still explodes this one fresh must have been mindbending. Well done Rising Tide, if you see it check the bottle date which I didn't think they did and then buy it if it's even 2 months old because damn it's good.

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Photo of chavinparty
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of benbazi
4.68/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjstacker
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a perfect copper color that you can almost see through, minimal haze.

The smell is fantastic, juniper and evergreen. Very fragrant and enjoyable.

The taste is near-prfect for me as a moderate hop-lover. Clean and dry, mildly fruity with lots of "Pine" (I think people mis-construe Pine with Juniper, so i'll say Pine but i mean Juniper).

The mouthfeel is good but as a fan of carbonation I could stand it to be a bit more bubbly.

Overall, I think this is a fantastic Extra IPA, I've had a few of their other beers and think this is the best by-far. Seems to be less available then their others but absolutely worth looking for. Cheers.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of dbkdev
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mmorris15
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mriley1984
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of heystevec
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Cutter Imperial IPA from Rising Tide Brewing Company
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