ClarkVV (5210) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ah Cant Dog...I’ve held off trying this one for the 7 years I’ve been going to 3Tides/MW but for whatever reason, on 8/1/15, at the brewery, it was time. Dark copper-golden body is topped by a well-retained white head. High clarity. Certainly looks the part.
Some light candied cherry-like alcohol/esters a la Big Twitch, but a robust, pine-laced citrus. Some resin, inevitably, but it’s not bad especially given the high abv. I guess all that malt certainly helps cut things and while sweet is not obnoxiously so.
Very supple texture from all the malt, made even creamier by the tight carbonation. Pine and citrus do not wow with innovation or anything, but are pretty passable and the beer is pretty shockingly drinkable for its size. If you’re going this high in abv, though, I feel like you’ve got to have ALOT more going on, otherwise why drink a 10%abv beer when you can get this kind of hop flavor from a 5 or 6% beer (even here at the brewpub, Ace Hole provides almost as much hop flavor at half the liver damage). Clean, though quite estery. Bit of pine sap and chewy malt lingering...
perpetuitas (29) - Scarborough, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My favorite Imperial IPA from my favorite Maine Brewer.
The complexity in this glass is amazing. You get grassy, resin, and slight citrus notes.
The mouthfeel is creamy with mellow yet upstanding carbonation.
The taste is piney dough with just the right balance of bitterness at the end. The finish lingers with citrus zest.
I just love this beer.
puboflyons (2903) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 1 pint can dated 12/22/14. It pours copper-amber with a foamy cream colored, lingering head. Nice lacing. The aroma has a very sweet malty character that is echoed quickly but a resiny and floral hop note. No booze in sight. The mouthfeel is in the medium to better than medium range but also quite smooth and creamy. The hops are predominant in the taste but you cannot escape the sweet malty character that lies underneath. Very nice overall.
Huhzubendah (3337) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer is bright golden with a thick, light tan head. Aromas of pine, sap, alcohol, malt, a touch of spice. Big hoppy flavor amid a robust malt body. Sticky on the palate with warming alcohol heat. Truly, a malt and hops monster, as described. Not my stylistic preference. Ok...
Bulk_Carrier (3407) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy orange with a nice glossy golden yellow color. The head was about a finger and a half of white foaminess. It died down after about a minute leaving some nice gentle lacing sticking for a little bit and then sliding into the beer.
The smell had a vast amount of grapefruit notes up front with a nice allocation of mango, lemon, and light lime to be the bittersweet part and then after a bit of warming, there’s some nice sweet caramel to balance just a bit.
The taste was fully bittersweet all around taking in both sides of the bitter to the sweet and making it slightly sticky in the aftertaste and yet leading to a slightly refreshing finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation was good for the DIPA style as it was just harsh enough but still smooth enough all around.
Overall, I once put this with an open faced tuna melt with melted pepperjack on top and it was absolutely awesome. Recommend with or without food despite high ABV.
Homer321 (3831) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tall can via trade. drank from can. Can is boring looking with just letters and words, that’s gonna cost a point. Aroma is oranges and lemons with some tropical fruit notes. kinda low for a DIPA. Taste is malty up front and low on the bitterness. Hop flavor is kind of muted. This can is relatively fresh, under a month old and was cold the whole time. no indication of the 10% abv. overall decent, but seems low on the hops.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is transparent ruby red with lots of tight tan head. Nose has a light malt presence up front, a hint of malt sweetness, a light dough. Hops are resinous and faint citrus. Nose is not bright. Taste is sweeter and malts and hops make it resiny and sweet. There is fusel alcohol in the finish and the body is syrupy.
jkwood04 (5191) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big can in a tulip. Pours brown/amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of floral and citrusy and piney hops, caramel and pale malts, and dough. Flavor the same with a nice hoppiness, but a lot of malts. Average texture. Not bad at all, but not the best for the style.
Berard (570) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 29, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can. Mild hop aroma over nice white head that lingers. Pours Rex with mild carbonation. No complexity over a hop flavor that is cherry sweet.
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Ernesto987 (5299) - Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tall boy, these huge ipas just to be in style. I like it sweet malty boozy with a ridiculous amount of hops