Dogs & Boats | The Beer'd Brewing Co.

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The Beer'd Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Utilizing some hard to come by hops (Citra & Mosaic) this big juicy DIPA yields loads of citrus, tropical fruit and even red berry notes.

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Photo of h0wdy
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: This pours a somewhat decent orange beer that you can see through it clearly.
Smell: Hops as the main smell with lesser notes of fruits, primarily oranges.
Taste: Try and guess following the consistency... Oranges! A mouthful of this beer leaves me with not much other then that.
Feeling: A fair amount of carbonation without much of a bite from the liquor. This is a pretty enjoyable experience.
Overall: Wasn't my favorite beer but is a solid good beer.

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Photo of GQonDraft
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer'd is on top of their game with this deliciously crafted malt bomb surging with Mosiac and Citra hops that are a marriage of flavor constructed in heaven. Another smooth high percentage DIPA from a brewery that stands tall and proud in the state of CT. Keep doing what you're doing because it's working really really well.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber copper color, filtered with a one finger head with minimal lacing. Smells of sweet sticky hops, berry, floral with some booze on the nose. Taste is citrusy with lots of juicy character, big drying bitterness on the very back end. Crisp, and clear. This beer sets out to be a big hitting citra and mosaic IPA, and that's what it is. Tasty.

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Photo of joltingjoe
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So lucky to have Bee'rd and Grey Sail close by. Grey Sail's Captain's Daughter dipa is one of my favorite beers. Dogs and Boats is even better. Purchased from the brewery in 4-pack 16 oz. cans.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the Foundry in Northampton, MA. The beer had a clear, orange appearance with some thick lacing on the sides. Aromas were balanced in terms of its hop characteristics making it very approachable. I found the beer to be sweet thanks to a fruity citrus. The mouthfeel to this beer was actually quite creamy. Overall, I enjoyed this beer's appearance the most.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.

S- Interesting aroma has floral hop quality but also a somewhat vinegary essence that wasn't expected.

T- Fruity hop flavor with some moderate bitterness. Pretty well-balanced especially for the ABV. Has a bit of a metallic finish which I attribute to the water quality not being quite up to par. Tangy, bright and slightly sweet.

M- Lingering hop bite with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- My first beer from them and it's pretty good. Certainly has its minor flaws but is quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 11/11/2016 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some fruity citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong well-disguised kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on draft at the Rail Trail in Hudson, MA; I had never heard about this beer or brewery but ordered it based on a description I read online; the very high ABV is completely hidden, you would never know it was above 7%; excellent beer, will have to seek out this brewery more

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Photo of lic217
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: A little hazy, great lacing, yellow
Aroma: tropical hops, maybe a little citrus
Taste:starts sweet, ends bitter, mainly tropical hops with a little citrus, a little resin/pine in the finish
Feel: Smoth,thick, resiny
Overall: A good beer and enjoyable.

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Photo of EMH73
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a well retained one and a half inch head that left little lacing. Sweet citrus aromas with a little pine. Tastes of orange, orange rind and a hint of mango, piney element balanced by a nice malt presence, minimal bitterness. Lightly carbonated and bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a very good DIPA.

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Photo of sandsonik
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

canned a few days prior to tasting, served in a tulip glass

L - a clear New England DIPA? Shocking! A long time since I've seen a DIPA around here with no haziness at all. Clear, gold colored, really minimal head, a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - a bit of orange rind, a very, very little bit of onion - is that the Mosaic?. Generally, just Citra hoppiness and there's nothing wrong with that, though I noticed as it warmed the smell became sweeter.

T- This is subtle for a 9.1 ABV hop forward beer. Very balanced and refined - nothing jumps out, but overall a really nice beer that's got just the right bitter dry finish that makes you want more, but isn't a chore to drink at all. I'm crap at describing it but I quite like it.

F - nothing remarkable, really. feels very thin, could stand a bit more carbonation.

O - This would be my go to DIPA if I lived near the brewery. Hey, I sort of do. I will definitely be back for more. Though a 9.1 that drinks this smoothly should probably be illegal!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Microbrew sample. I remembered this one being pretty good. The Citra & Mosaic hops bring on the juicy fruitiness, earth, and greens. Like a Hobbit Juice by these guys, it finishes a bit too sugary sweet and a bit too boozy to be really amazing but it is still a tasty hop bomb.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Near clear golden colored. Nice lace of blankets and abundant spots.

Freshly peeled grapefruit rind is the dominant smell.

This is a very hop forward beer. Borders on extreme. The aftertaste is lip puckeringly bitter. The body holds up with the strong carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Copper/amber color, nice clarity, and a one finger head.

aroma- Pungent aroma of onion, pine, and grapefruit.

taste- Grapefruit and citrus at first and pungent onion in the middle. Malt is slightly sweet bread/caramel at first, and dry in the finish. Definitely get some of that berry in the finish too. Some booze/warmth in the finish.

feel- Low/medium carbonation, medium/full bodied, a little resinous/sticky. and pretty easy to drink at 9%.

overall- A good dipa overall. Solid hop flavors, full body and a little resinous, and pretty good balance. Personally I get onion from this, which is ok, but I feel it can detract at times. Definitely would get this again.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Haywire in Westbrook, CT. Short review: It's pretty good, but not great.

It was enjoyable, but definitely not mindblowing, which of course is totally fine. Despite what some people on here are claiming, there's no sense in comparing this to any of the top tier NE IPAs. This is more on the level of Two Roads Road 2 Ruin, which is certainly far from a bad beer, but relatively generic tasting. Maybe it was an off batch? I'd definitely give it another whirl; it seemed promising.

Obviously straight 4s isn't a bad score, but for the amount of people raving about Beer'd IPAs, this one just doesn't deliver. I had their P^2 porter recently and was quite impressed by that one.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at High 5s: Pours a clear honey gold with half finger of head that quickly settles to a ring with layers of lacing throughout. Aroma of pine resin with trace of citrus. Taste follows nose, chrisp and refreshing feel. Excellent.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bought from brewery 2/14 and drank same day, poured from growler into tulip glass. great golden amber hue, little to no head. tropical notes of pineapple, passionfruit and raspberry are the aromas courtesy of the rich citra and mosaic hop content. Super drinkable DIPA, hides the alcohol (9.1% ABV) very well. Tropical hoppiness with a clean, oily finish with no bitterness on end. Top notch new England DIPA...on par with G-Bot as one of the best DIPAS from CT. It would be awesome if the start canning this delicious brew.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce pour into a tulip. Cask Republic, Norwalk, Ct.

a : Pllowing merangue shock white 2 finger head sits on a slightly hazy but brillant, golden apricot body. Nice lacing throughout the duration of the beer.

s: Huge wafts of of grapefruit, citrus rind. Pine resin follows.

t: Crisp malts balance out the the citrus rind and pine. The hops are certainly present but not overwhelming. Hints of mango and sweet oranges join in the mix with a bit of dankness to tie everything together, keeping this from being just another one dimentional hop bomb. Alcohol is well hidden and mixes in the finish with a gentle spiceyness.

mf: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A dry but nice finish. Drinkable. Enjoyable.Dangerous.

o: Not only the best Beer'd beer I have had but dare I say the best DIPA in Connecticut? Perhaps not but it is up there in my top three.

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Photo of dd43
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got into a double IPA from Beer'd and I was not disappointed. Big time grapefruit notes, orange rind, very fresh punchy and in your face. Pine resin as well, especially on the finish. More west coast in style than some of the top shelf east coast IPAs I've had from alchemist/tree house and the like. Crystal clear in the glass, nice fat two finger head with decent retention and excellent lacing. There was some alchool bite but I'm fine with that in an imperial. This is a big ass in your face beer and I only wish I had the rest of the day available to keep drinking more.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at The Beer'd Brewing company.
Look - pours an apricot gold color with a slight white head. Retention rather low. Lacing is moderate.
Smell - grapefruit and orange rind dominate the nose on this citrus-forward hop missile. Crackery malt aroma is there as well.
Taste - bitter orange peel is the first assault followed by a piney, boozy slam on the buds. I get a bit or pine as well. Mild bitterness.
Feel - medium and chewy. Carbed just right. Finish is slick
Overall - nice boozy hop assault with good balance. Not elite yet, but very good.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange color with a minimal white head. A small amount of lacing is left around the top of the glass.

The aroma is a citrus bomb, with a bit of alcohol on the end. I get plenty of notes of grapefruit and orange peel, as well as some more subtle notes from the bready malt character. Very floral and tropical, yet somewhat earthy.

The taste is extremely citrus forward. There are notes of tropical fruits, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The flavor is extremely juicy and surprisingly sweet, though there's a nice bitter aftertaste to balance things out.

The feel is medium-bodied with medium-carbonation. A bit on the dry side but not overly so. The alcohol is present but well-hidden given the ABV.

Overall, an outstanding DIPA. The taste is incredibly juicy and sweet, but has a nice balance of bitterness and malt. The citra and mosaic hops are easily detectable and are integrated into this beer fantastically.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

super clear dipa almost like syrup or nectar. nose is fairly sharply and aggressively hopped. both hops fight for dominance in the taste, super juicy...little boozy. real good.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into a tulip from a 32oz squealer
Pours a deep golden color with less than half an inch of rapidly receding head. Hazy but not opaque.
Smells of intense grapefruit, mango, a bit of pine and some faint malt sweetness.
Taste is much of the same, but with a stronger malt sweetness than in the noise. Grapefruit remains the most pronounced flavor. Some alcohol sweetness as well. Firmly bitter in the finish.
Feels a bit heavy, it doesn't taste boozy per se, but the abv isn't a surprise.
Wonderful smelling brew, quite tasty as well. Not something that I could do frequently due to the sweetness and booze, but as a nice representation of a bigger DIPA.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - no haze? Not use to not seeing that these days! A mature, golden color with respectable head. Fluffy, but sticky lacy. I'm sure that's the booze I'm seeing.

S - floral spices. Earthy and grassy. Stone fruit with lemon zest. Some distinct Mosaic sweetness. Crisp and fresh.

T - pungent pith of all varieties! Commanding sweetness: candied grapefruit, spicy Citra tropicalia. Pretty much beer candy. I mean, they make beer cheese and then there's beer battered haddock, so if they made a beer candy, this is what we'd get! Crisp malts balance out the sweet piney fruit hops. All Beer'd beers taste like Nelson/Mosaic, so I'm getting mild white grape flavors and a mature spice finish. I know I already used those descriptors in the aroma category, but there's something about Beer'd beers that screams "I've been around the block a few times. I understand you're on my lawn and I'd like you to get off, but those days of yelling at young'ins are behind me. You get a pass today, mostly because my shotgun's inside and I'm outside enjoying this fine brew."

F - medium carbonation with a smooth creaminess, probably from the booze I can't quite detect. Oh dear, it seems I've drank this far too quickly.

O - Boots and cats.

Full disclosure: I know beer cheese is made with beer, but beer battered breading? Not so sure. But beer is in the name so case closed.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at the brewery on June 26th. Casked on white peaches. Poured a super cloudy light gold with barely any head. Smelled so damn fruity and sweet. Taste is super sweet upfront with peaches in the middle. Finishes with a strong juicy hop note from the citra and mosaic that totally lingers. Ultra smooth mouthfeel and super easy to drink.

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