TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden to light amber color with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. They are not kidding when they say they use 3lbs of hops per barrel on this beer. As soon as I popped the cap, intense hop aromas blasted out of the bottle like a cannon shot. The nose on this beer is very vibrant and pungent with big aromas of zesty and citrus hops. Some sweet malt and peppery alcohol aromas fight for your attention, but hops dominate here. The palate is firm, with good pale and biscuit malt, which acts as a spring board to outstanding, fresh, fruity/juicy citrus hop flavor. Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale finishes with more good citrus hop flavor up front, then ends with a vibrant, tangy, mouth puckering hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.
Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale is a fantastic AIPA. It has really great hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. Good malt character and soothing alcohol, round this beer out to perfection. A fantastic after work drink, or aperitif, Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale is well worth looking if Clipper City beers are in your market. Retailing for $6 a six pack, this beer has been on the market since October of 2005, and it looks like this one will be sticking around.
notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Long Island Real Ale Festival - clear golden with a slight cooper tint - very fresh hops in the aroma, as well as in the flavor - a decent amount of malt to back up the intense hop taste - a solid IPA, but nothing to write home about.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JAN 27, 2006
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Ughhh. Nasty. Just plain nasty. 12 oz. brown longneck bottle. Weak pfftt when opened. No freshness date noticed. Poured out a pedestrian shade of copper, with a soapy white head. Aromas are of soap, mostly. Some off aromas are present also. Oxidized severely. Wet cardboard in both the aromas & flavors. What the hell are "Munich" hops anyway? I’ve been homebrewing for 12 years now, & I never even heard of anything called "Munich" hops. Must be some crap they found in the back room & decided to use up. Go back to the drawing board, Clipper City. Your beers are getting worse by the day.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a great golden color with a small off-white head. Aroma was floral hops and citrus. Taste was outstanding, a real nice ruby red grapefruit flavor not too tart or bitter with a touch of sweetness.
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delivers the hop punch as advertised. Big floral fruity aroma, hops through and through. Spicy, nearly spritzy between the medium carbonation and spiciness. Well balanced and good mingling of hop varierties. Big flavors but finishes fairly clean. good.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale with a medium white head that fades to a cover. The aroma is citrus and caramel. The flavor is very well balanced with plenty of residual sweetness to go with the high hopping rate. Medium body, smooth texture. At $7.95 a six pack, this is one of the better buys around.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks ot jimbo wood. pours a nice golden colour. aroma is strong floral hops with a similar taste. very smooth mouthfeel. damn fine beer.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A rich, gold color and a thin, white head. Aroma is big, grassy, mentholated hops and some malt sweetness as a foundation. Flavor is grass clippings, citrusy hops, a good hit of long acidity, overly alcoholic (it has a strong alcoholic taste especially for something that is only 7.5%), and a sweet, nondescript malt that I like for the style. Good, but incredibly out of balance with those warming, higher alcohols.
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wonderfully aromatic hops at first. Fruity with notes of grapefruit and pineapple. Bitter resin and carbonic gaseousness come next, and a light metallic bite. Has a bit of sweet maltiness to it, too. Dark golden clear with thick foamy off-white lacing head. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking and no carbonic burn. Starts with some acidity and medium malt sweetness. Quickly, the hops take over and impart a fruity yet stark bitterness that precludes all else. Resin and grapefruit finish with dry and bitter after. Hoppy and good, just a bit watery.
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden yellow, nice head. Hoppy grapefruit aroma. Deep hop taste, not malted away as others I have had of this style. Lace, significant carbonation. A hophead fix, and a but tough on the palate. I favour regular IPAs myself. To be drunk slowly. Thanks Dr. Jay.