Dogs & Boats | Beer'd Brewing Co.

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Beer'd Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American 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.

Added by chadb on 03-07-2014

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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by tim21983:
Photo of tim21983
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious beer, great brewery, with a friendly, personable staff and ownership. A real gem.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chippo33
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look out Southern New England, here is your competition for dipas

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 oz growler. Pours a hazey golden color with a thick tight white foamy head with nice lacing. Smell and taste is mostly like fruit basket of citrus with some light malts. Mouth feel is good with loads of taste. Beer'ds most highly brew and from what I've had so far from then I agree. Must try.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Onemoresolo
4/5  rDev -7%
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 richj1970
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can dated 9/15/2017

A: Clear orange with one finger white head that settles reasonably quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and tangerines mixed with floral hops notes.

T: Nice punch of tropical citrus with pineapple, mango, passion fruit with hints of grapefruit rind. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Soft texture and very easy drinking.

O: Citra and mosaic hops. What’s not to like? This is an outstanding DIPA and nicely executed.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal clear dark gold with a thin white head. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Sticky hops and sweet malt. Noted booze. Pine, grapefruit, and honey malt.

Taste: Sweet amber honey, bitter pine, grapefruit zest, and a boozy alcohol note.

Feel: Medium body. Sticky and boozy. Medium bitterness. Soft carbonation.

Overall: A good double IPA. Nothing pops out but nothing offends either.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
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 dd43
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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 SebastianOwl
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Sak3
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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 connecticutpoet
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Clear amber body with just a thin ring of head.

Aroma – Pineapples and mangoes, very fruity and bright.

Taste – Grapefruit and citrus pith, with some fruity hop resins. Very bitter but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel – Good viscosity, supported the flavors.

Overall – Pretty good, and the aromas were quite interesting.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First rated on 5/11/18; new rating w/ review based on 8/9/18 drink.

Canned on 7/18/18

Pours a murky copper-orange with a good finger and a half of soft, white head.

Aroma has big notes of raw herbaceousness, earthy hops with a blunt dank edge, mango, peach, guava, and pine compacted in a tight, bursting bouquet.

Taste brings out plenty of dank hops and bits of residual herbal notes; dank mango and peach join the fray among a bevy of earthy citrus.

Mouthfeel maintains an excellent balance between juiciness and well-bodied carbonation; these elements support one another incredibly well, and lead in to a smooth, dry finish.

Smooth dankness and nicely balanced 'green' notes make for a DIPA that hits the spot with its strong earthy tones.

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Photo of joltingjoe
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
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 sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer is a clear copper color with a large fluffy white head of 4 cm. The head fades to a sturdy surface layer and some clingy lattice on the sides of the glass. The aroma is hops from the moment the pop flips. I get pine sap and grapefruit notes with a bit of tropical fruit and some biscuity malt buried in the background.
First sip reveals a tingly carbonation and slightly sticky textured beer. The body is average and the beer is pretty easy to drink for 9%.
Flavor is some biscuit and light caramel malt but moves to hops right away with some grapefruit and also tropical fruit mixing and a little pine sap and rindy bitterness on the finish.
I still dont get any of the booze and find the beer almost too easy to drink for the booze level. Its a nice DIPA and Im enjoying it as I easily finish my can.
Check it out at the brewery.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 7.6.17

Can poured into a teku glass

Frothy two finger white foam cap, good lacings. CLEAR deep amber with streams of carbonation

Fragrant tropical fruits, mango, papaya, passionfruit

Taste is fruity and citrus hops

Very smooth , almost quaffable except for the high abv, alcohol is well hidden . Well constructed


Great beer

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Photo of Butznutz
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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 smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
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 WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

About a week old. Poured from a howler into a new Beerd snifter. Both courtesy of @homebrew

A - Pours a deep yellow, more golden color. Very hazy. Not much head even with a fairly hard pour. What is there is a very thin,tiny bubbled white foam.

S - Like a grapefruit bomb. Citrus and hemp. No shortage of very fresh, funky good smelling hops.

T - I didn't think it smelled bad at all, but the taste is far less one dimensional than I would have guessed. Still all citrus, but not all grapefruit. It is dominant, but also some pineapple, tangerine, and melon flavors. Very tropical and much sweeter than I would have predicted. Almost a candied sugar that reminds me of Great Lakes Chillwave and Deschutes Fresh Squeezed. Fairly dank finish with solid bitterness. Very well masked 9%.

F - Maybe slightly below avg on the carbonation. Not too dry. Not too slick. Very much right down the middle. Alcohol not noticeable at all.

O - I am a bit biased towards tropical hops, but this a very well done DIPA. It could probably use a tad more malt balance, but when it comes to taste - I still have this one in world class range. One of those deadly easy drinking beers.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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 jcflorian
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Imperial IPA from another great Connecticut brewery. This beer seriously gives Ghandi Bot a run for its money as CT's best imperial ipa.

Fantastic aroma, Citra/Mosaic combo is awesome. Very well balanced with generous malt bill.

My 1st offering from this brewery. Being only 90 minutes away, will be the 1st of what I hope is many.

Great job guys

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Photo of lic217
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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 PatrickCT
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Dogs & Boats from Beer'd Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 249 ratings