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RATINGS: 1377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
Style: American IPA
Hops: Warrior, Simcoe, Palisade, Centennial, Cascade, Citra
Malts: 2-Row, Caramalt, Munich

Our flagship beer, Loose Cannon wins people over at first smell. The carefully cultivated interplay of Simcoe, Palisade, and Centennial creates a most fragrant IPA—its nose bursts with notes of grapefruit, herbs, and pine. Bitterness is somewhat subdued by the floral quality that pervades the taste. The color is burnished gold, and the mouthfeel is creamy. A strong malt backbone balances out the triple-hopped beer. Its nickname, Hop3, comes from the brewing process: our brewers hop Loose Cannon in the boil, the hopback, and the fermenter. It won a second place CAMRA award at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7619) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2006
12-oz.; thanks, BeachBum25! Pours a hazy-to-cloudy medium amber with a good mousse of white goop on top. Very fruity. The nose is orange pith and a little bit of spicy leaf. On the attack there’s sharp citric acid, and the medium body is very tingly with carb. Long but very mild bitter finish. Fruity throughout, though not overbearing or even especially huge--it’s just always there. Great stuff! Thanks again, Jim!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Clear golden color with minimal off white head. Aroma of hops and grapefruit with a grapefruit and bitter taste. Very good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Amber with pinkish-scarlet highlights. Sudsy head leaves massive lace cobwebs. Lush, juicy hop aromas... floral, herbal, Fuggle-y hot grass, juniper, pineapple, muscato, mango, cherry koolaid, grapefruit... all integrated with butterscotch malt. On the tongue, lipsmacking fruity-orangey, lemon gumdrop, caramel, honey, and pecan flavors abound. Dry, minerally finish with a somewhat jagged bitterness. Medium bodied; the carbonation is an unusual dichotomy of fluffy and gritty. Clean herbal-bitter aftertaste tempered by cool ethanol. Excellent American IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
via trade with beerdrenched and TBC2 - Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a good size off white head. Light clumpy lacing. Has a citrus and toasted malt aroma. Has a clean bitter flavor. Medium body. Good beer. Thanks guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Bottle shared at acertain’s gathering.

Pours a light gold with a fine frothy white head. This beer provides an enjoyable fruity (Amarillo coming out nicely) hop aroma and a matching flavor, laid out atop a very light-on-the-malt body. Overall the hop intensity is more in the East coast vein, and the cascade flavors are conspicuously absent. There’s some pepper here, an interesting interplay of floral and fruit notes, leaving a beer that is extremely drinkable at 7.5% or at any percentage for that matter.

The same absence of strong malt (and strong hop resins) makes it a potentially very good hot-day IPA, but such also prevents it from quite reaching up into the top tier of IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 12 OZ Bottle via trade with Decaturstevo (thanks!). Pours a clear light amber color with a large white head. Aroma is a straight forward grapefruit and nothing else (maybe a little pine). Taste starts out a nice caramel maltiness, then some grapefruit and orange, and finishes with a strong maltiness. Not overly sweet per say, but the malts definately win the battle, 60/40 i would say. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This seems more like an Amber Ale than an IPA, but whatever, it is a very drinkable beer. Very refreshing.*****hehe, just read the description above..Triple hopped? They are joking right?This is mellow for a normal IPA, let alone a TRIPLE IPA?? Hmmm...anyway it is a good beer. I give it a 4 for a good beer, a 3 for an ipa, so will split the difference and call it a 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Clear amber body with a moderate white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer of soapy foam. The aroma is super hoppy and chuck-full of pine and grapefruit, floral perfume and some light lemon zest. Caramel, fresh bread and mild nuts round out the malt side of the nose. The body is thick and smooth, really creamy and quite enjoyable on the tongue. Sweet and malty up front, this elegantly transitions into a moderate hop bitterness. I was expecting this to be stronger, more IIPA and was qutie pleased to be wrong. The easy drinking and quasi-sessionableness of this beer is superb. My one gripe, if you will, is that the "triple hopped IPA" seems to be hopped to the equivalent of several regularly hopped IPAs I enjoy. That shouldn’t detract from this beer, but it is a bit odd. Thanks a bunch Ken: quite the treat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2006
Thanks to kmweaver for sending this for free! Clear amber, fairly large head, decent lacing. Aroma is a blast of hops... tons of grapefruit and other tropical fruits with citrus notes. The bitterness dances on the tongue with a slightly syrupy body. Even now with the beer long gone the flavor is lingering. I love it. Very one dimensional, but very good. Damn I wish this was a local beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Amber with a nice head that slowly faded away. Grapefruit, citrus and pine needles in the aroma. More of the same in the flavor with a sweet maltiness coming through for some nice balance. Lingering finish is very well balanced as well. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2006
bottle. Clipper City is one of those breweries with a large variance in quality of their offerings. I wasn’t expecting much out of such a precarious style. The pour is nice: a light amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is even better. There is a very fine balance of citrus, forest, caramel and other floral, spicy intricacies. Really the only thing the nose lacks is over-the-top potency, but this is certainly aromatic enough. The hop punch is reasonably strong and very well done. There are tasty citrus notes, the hop blast isn’t as intense as some, but it is very well rounded. The malt profile is interesting, they have that burned-caramel-peat type flavor that may be found in a Scotch ale or perhaps an ESB. The mouthfeel is just a notch on the light side with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish doesn’t linger too long, but does provide a tasty afterthought of juicy, fruity sweetness. I might be slightly let down if it were intended to be an IIPA, but that isn’t the case. I’m impressed with this offering. Good stuff.

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