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