auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Interesting. I’m not sure how a 9% IPA is lighter, but it had a fruitier flavor and a markedly different profile from the Cant. There is something in terms of balance missing from some of their hopwork, either malt bitterness or flavor or both.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft @ Great Lost Bear) Served in a tulip. Lightly hazy but fairly bright amber. Small off-white head. Aroma of juicy citrus/grapefruit, touch of pine with some caramel underneath. Mouthfeel smooth, medium-full, pleasant. Very nice, thin, slightly droopy but well-sustained rings of lacing. Flavor of juicy citrus/grapefruit overlaying sweet caramel and touch of vanilla. Sweet, pleasant, easy-drinking, nicely-balanced and not a big tongue-scraper. Nice bitter hit in the finish.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: Draft from the Great Lost Bear
It pours a deep amber orange color with no head at all. This brew was under the IPA list, but I wonder if it is a IIPA. The nose is light with some rancid citrus notes and a little bit of odd fruitiness. A bit dank too from both herbal hops and a bit of chronic. The taste highlights the herbal, earthy hops which reminds me of a Brew Dog beer. There are notes of dirt, a little nuts from the malt, and something I can’t quite place. I won’t say this exactly blends together well as I am left a bit confused. It’s not bad, just kind of weird. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a medium to long, bitter finish. I would say it is certainly an odd IPA and lacking hops if it’s a IIPA.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: On-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Poured with no head... there’s not even really a film on here. Body is a dark amber color, and clear.
S: Mostly hoppy aroma, but not overly strong. Mild citrus notes as well.
T: There’s some citrus in the beginning, but then the hops come plowing through. It actually finishes more hoppy and bitter than I would have expected from the aroma. Quite impressive.
M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with soft carbonation.
D: A good IPA... the taste makes up for any shortcomings from the appearance and aroma, and works out well for people that like some hops in their beer.
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This nearly quenching (really!) Double IPA offers bountiful citrusy and floral hoppiness atop discreet malt crackers, ending in a resinous show of bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the lightly hazy dark shade of golden.
-Alcohol doesn’t really show in Marshall Wharf brews, it seems.
-The body is quite lean and the carbonation rather soft, making this dangerously drinkable for a 9% brew.
-The finishing bitterness is not as intense as the usual Double IPA’s, which is probably one of the reasons why he describes this one as being "lighter".
On tap at Three Tides.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler poured into my Dogfish Head snifter produced a good two fingers worth of off white head that settled to a thick lace. The lace follows the clear amber body slowly down the glass as you drink it.
The aroma is nice and piney with some floral hoppiness as well.
The flavor is very balanced between the malty sweetness and the hops. It did finish rather dry and bitter, but not a hop bomb in any way. The feel in my mouth is light to medium with good carbonation for your tongue.
Good drinkability on this brew, finishing the growler will be no problem.
jcwattsrugger (11284) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours a white head with some lacing and yellow/gold color. Aroma is orange-citrus/pine hops, some light malt. Tast is orange rind-citrus/pine hops with some bitter, secondary light/medium malt. OK effervescence.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Great Lost Beer in Portland,Me. Pours a hazy orange with a white 2 finger head. Citrus hop aroma. Nice balance of malt and hops. Overall a nice beer.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the GLB. Somewhere between a 60 and 90 minute in terms of bitterness. There’s a malt profile very similar to the DFH 90 minute at work here. There’s a big wallop of hops also. This stuff is very very promising. I’ve got to head to belfast next weekend and try the rest of these.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange with a tan ring. Nose is sweet and light. Taste is hoppy with a malty balanced tasty IPA. Not great by west coast standards but solid.