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552. Marshall Wharf Tug Pale Ale

TugI’m a big fan of Marshall Wharf beer but I don’t get to review many of them as I spend more time in Vermont than I do in Belfast but I do enjoy their beer at brewfests and restaurants whenever I see it. Fortunately they are canning some of their beer now starting with Can’t Dog then Ace Hole and I think I missed some cans of Sexy Chaos..

Tug is a low ABV beer for Marshall Wharf as many of their offerings are in the 8-11% range. This one clocks in at a very reasonable 5% and is a much more manageable four pack than Can’t Dog. The beer is a nice orange color with a fluffy white head full of big bubbles. Aroma is light with only a hint of hops. Taste follows the smell but does add a little extra kick of grassy hops.

Overall a nice pale ale and what I like most about their beer is the freshness even though it is coming from a can I know it has not been in there long. 
Pros: 

Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: 
Brewers Description: Our classic pale ale. Named for the Tugboats that share our part of Belfast Harbor.

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483. Marshall Wharf Ace Hole

Marshall Wharf Ace HoleWhen Marshall Wharf announced they were going to can their beer they said it would start with Can’t Dog and then rotate through some of their many other beers. For the first 6+ months Can’t Dog was the only beer being canned and I can’t blame them as it was very well received and most beer stores had problems even keeping it on the shelf.

Recently they decided to switch things up and started canning Ace Hole, a pale ale using a combination of Sorachi Ace and Citra hops. I have not had many beers that use Sorachi Ace so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Appearance is a bit darker than I expected with a thick tan head. There were a fair amount of floaties in the beer which I don’t mind but some people might. Aroma was ok with some lemon and pine.

Taste is where this one lost me. I was expecting a fairly hoppy pale ale and I am not sure what I would call it. Odd mix of flavors possibly from the combination of the Citra and Sorachi Ace? Not only that but it had a substantial alcohol taste to it which I did not expect from a 6.4% pale ale.

I have had quite a few beers from Marshall Wharf both on tap and in growlers and this is the first one that I did not care for. Normally even their high ABV beers mask the alcohol well (almost too well with Can’t Dog) but this one did not. Maybe I simply got a can from the end of the line but I am not sure I will give it another try to find out. 
Pros: 

Cons: Odd flavor
Alcohol Content: 6.4% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf
Brewers Description: Our newest regular member of the pale ale lineup. Hopped with Sorachi Ace and Citra hops.

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470. Marshall Wharf Brewing Weisse Grip Hefeweizen

Marshall Wharf Weisse GripThis summer I have been trying to drink any hefeweizen I can as it is a style that I truly enjoy. Rising Tide’s Spinnaker is a stand out so far but this one from Marshall Wharf is also a great option for hot summer days.

Appearance is slightly darker than other hefeweizens I have tried but still has the nice cloudy look and a very thin white head. This might have had more head if I poured it into a hefeweizen style glass instead of my Marshall Wharf pint glass. Aroma has the banana, clove and yeast you would expect.

Taste is a very smooth spicy, yeast and fruit. This is a beer than most beer drinkers would enjoy and would go well with a meal or all on its own.
Pros: Solid taste
Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf
Brewers Description: We use a great Munich style Hefeweizen yeast for this beer. Bananas, clove and of course the yeast. Brewed in late Spring and Summer only.

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429. Marshall Wharf Brewing Big Twitch IPA

Marshall Wharf Big TwitchMany more people have tried Marshall Wharf beer since they started canning Can’t Dog but some people may not realize Marshall Wharf has at least 40 different beers in their line up. Many are seasonal or only available occasionally throughout the year but there are many great options here. They also have a knack for brewing high ABV beer that pack a big punch.

Big Twitch is their slightly lower ABV IPA clocking in at only 9% ABV verses Can’t Dog’s 10%. While they are both big IPAs this is an entirely different beer. Pours a deep hazy orange with a perfect white head. Aroma is a nice mix of sweet malts and pine / fruity hops.

Taste has plenty of malt character, a fair amount of bitterness from the hops and plenty of alcohol taste. The alcohol softens a bit as it warms but is still present. Another very nice IPA from Marshall Wharf, if all you have tried it Can’t Dog take a trip to Belfast and grab a growler of something. I am certain you will enjoy. 
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Cons: 
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf Brewing
Brewers Description: Our 2nd place IPA. Only the Cant Dog is stonger, although arguments abound as to who is hoppier. A session IPA? NO! But you can try if you want. One of our personal favorites around the bar.

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365. Marshall Wharf Brewing Cant Dog Imperial IPA

I originally reviewed this one from a growler a few months ago and when I heard it was coming out in cans I knew I had to try it again. The growler had almost no hop character with huge malt flavors and seemed much closer to a barley wine than a double IPA. Read the original review here. The 16 oz cans are sold individually not in 4 or 6-packs as most people expect and you can plan on at least $5 per can. This may seem like a lot but when you compare it to some of the bombers and even the smaller 16.9 oz bottles from other brewers it is in line.

This beer was an entirely different experience out of can. Super fresh, lots of hop aroma and a very nice deep orange color make this a very appealing double IPA. If you like Maine Beer Company’s Lunch, Full Throttle from Sebago Brewing or any of the other big IPAs out there you should definitely give this one a try. 
Pros:
Huge hop character, very fresh
Cons: 

Alcohol Content: 10.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: 
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf
Brewers Description: This beer is the one beer that our brewers and I would take to that mythical deserted island if we could only bring one Marshall Wharf beer. Huge malt backbone matched with huge amounts of hops.

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248. Marshall Wharf Weisse Grip Hefeweizen

Had back to back growlers of Hefeweizen from Black Bear and this one from Marshall Wharf. Same style of beer but significantly different tastes.

This one is a bit darker than most and had a nice head. Aroma has plenty of cloves and some wheat. Taste was good but; lots of clove, very little banana smooth and easy to drink. Very enjoyable and different than other Hefeweizens I have tried. Really enjoying the beers from Marshall Wharf and looking forward to their 16 oz cans coming this Summer.
Pros: Unique
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 5.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★★☆
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf
Brewers Description: We use a great Munich style Hefeweizen yeast for this beer. Bananas, clove and of course the yeast. Brewed in late Spring and Summer only.

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229. Marshall Wharf Cant Dog Imperial IPA

I tried a beer from Marshall Wharf a few weeks ago at Frontier in Brunswick and since then I have been trying to find a way to get to brewery for a growler. I had a meeting in Camden last week and took the extra few minutes to get to Belfast. Fortunately my timing was good and I caught someone in the brewery as they are not usually open on Wednesday. I decided to get a growler of Cant Dog Imperial IPA as I like big IPAs.
The growler is one of the nicest I have purchased with the logo on the front and an About the Brewery on the back. The beer was a bit disappointing. Actually I should be more specific the beer was not bad but it certainly did not look, smell or taste like a double IPA.
Color is very dark for an IPA and certainly not the normal bright orange you see in most. Aroma was minimal but had some sweet malts but almost no hop aroma which was a bit surprising. Taste followed with lots of malt, a fair amount of alcohol and a slight bite towards the end. Again no citrus, pine or floral tastes you typically get with IPAs. The first day I tried this I thought maybe something I ate was throwing off my palate so I tried again the next day and the next and it was the same.
Overall this was not a bad beer but I had to give it a fairly low rating as it does not compare well with the other double IPAs I have reviewed. Marshall Wharf will be canning their beers this summer and I look forward to trying more from them.
Pros: Strong

Cons: Lack of hops
Alcohol Content: 10% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf

Brewers Description: This beer is the one beer that our brewers and I would take to that mythical deserted island if we could only bring one Marshall Wharf beer. Huge malt backbone matched with huge amounts of hops.
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208. Marshall Wharf Illegal Ale-Ien

Thursday night I went to the first Maine Beer Series event at Frontier in Brunswick. I had never been to Frontier so had no idea what to expect. They have a great space in an old mill building right on the river. Small bar area, lots of seats and tables and then a separate theater area where they held the event, more on that in my next post. I got there a little early and decided to have a drink before the presentation. They had 6-8 Maine based beers on tap including 2 from Oxbow, Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom, Allagash White and this offering from Marshall Wharf. Since this was the only beer of the bunch I had not tried before I decided on it.

The beer pours a pale yellow with almost no head. Aroma of wheat/grass and taste was very smooth with minimal hop bitterness and only slightly sweet. Very easy to drink and I had no idea it was 8% ABV until I checked the brewers website today. Marshall Wharf has a long list of beer on their site so I will be sure to try more in the coming months.
Pros: Easy to drink
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating:★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Marshall Wharf
Brewers Description: A hybrid kolsch/wheat beer brewed with organic blue agave nectar. Light in color and finish.

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