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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Lots of nice hop aromatics and flavor, but somewhat lacking in the intense bitterness that this hophead craves. It pours a clear golden orange with a cream colored head. The aroma is indeed hoppy, floral atop grapefruit atop pine atop a hint of caramel. Fairly balanced to taste, caramel and bread with those aforementioned hops now in the flavor. But the bitterness seemed rather moderate, although it did linger quite awhile into the finish.

Mayhaps it was the bottle? I’ll have to obtain another and try again.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Pours a crystal clear copper. Vibrant color in the body. Thin ivory head. Citrusy hops in the nose. Taste is dominated by hops, herbal and citrusy. Strident bitterness, orange rind and grapefruit. Nice bready malt to support the hops. Lightly sticky, nary a hint of alcohol. Lingering bitterness in the finish. It’s nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2006 This is a fantastic beer. The aroma contains wonderful sweet bready malts and cascade hops (or a similar variety of northwestern american hop - lots of citrus/grapefruit). The aroma also includes a lot of other fruit aromas from the esters. The beer pours wonderfully with lots of head and the mouthfeel is quite pleasant. The flavor is a complicated mix of citrus, bitter hops, sweet malts (hints of caramel). The malt profile tastes quite fine and is wonderfully balanced. It is a very bitter beer, but the malts hold up. The flavor is amazing for the strength - very little to give away the beer’s strength other than the thicker than average mouthfeel and the intense flavor (only a ton of malt could provide the sweetness to balance all of those hops). It isn’t nearly as big in hops as some american barley wines, but rather has the balance of other amazing hoppy pale ales (like Three Floyds Alpha King or Victory Hop Devil - though come to think of it not quite as bitter as Hop Devil).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8499) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Draft at RFD night. Clear peache/orange hue. Sweet cannibus and basil hop nose. A bit thin, pasty, watery, but finish is good, spicy, almost saison like with a slight dryness. A good IPA, though off style a little bit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2006
On tap at RFD’s prior to RBSG ’06. Clear orange/amber color with a small off white head. Big spicy,citrus hop aroma that made it hard to detect anything else. Bitter C-hop flavor with a bit of sweet caramel malt in the background. A bit one dimensional, but very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
can8ianben (1392) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Deliciously hoppy and sweet, just enough malt, just enough balence, just enough colour and head, to make it the ideal IPA. Bravo!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
On tap, 2006 RBSG RFD tasting. Pours a crystal clear copper body under a thin film of off-white head. Aroma is of floral hoppiness, lightly fruity, and some sweet malts. Flavor has alot of apricot and some light malt with moderately bitter hoppiness. Finish is lightly bitter. Palate is very creamy with very soft carbonation, making for a great mouthfeel. The mouthfeel on this really ups the overall, just a nicely done session IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5159) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2006
This poured with a medium orange body and a slightly khaki head. The aroma has some light grapefruit and a bit of almonds. There is also some decent bread crust. The taste has some fairly surprising gapefruit and some hitns of toffee. There is also some tree bark in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin and slick. The alcohol is well hidden in this one. This is a very solid IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Caramel pour with aroma dominated by hops. Taste has a lot of citrus and spice. Nicely balanced. A slight acidic aftertaste but a great double IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Huge grapefruit/mango/lemon hop aroma and taste. Very well balanced. Another entry in a crowded group of excellent IPAs.


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