sfontain (813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber; medium moderatly frothy and moderately fizzy head. Very aromatic; floral, citrusy, and sharply hoppy. Flavor is floral with some breadiness; slightly piney; sharp but not-too-strong hop bitterness lingers extensively on the palate. 7.5% abv doesnít show whatsoever. Medium body with very slight stickiness. I continue to maintain my disdain for the clichť overly hoppy beers, but this is finally an IPA that has more to it than just hops.
thehinge (269) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange pour with a good white head. Doughy, yeasty aroma. Fruits and malts on the front end, with a spicey hop kick on the finish. I donít know which hop does it...but I like it.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Hop3 cask at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Pours clear copper, little head or carbonation. Aroma of floral hops and some alcohol. Flavor of peppery hops, sweet caramel malt, and some graininess. Finished dry with a hint of dishsoap and alcohol. Not bad, but I was expecting better. Worth a try, and by far the best offering from Clipper City that I have had.
RERATED BOTTLE 1-9-06. Bottled version has a cleaner finish, and I enjoyed better than the cask!!! If I had access to this, I would drink this on a regular basis. Priced ell too.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Spicy, crisp grapefruit aroma that is quite inviting, though Iím getting accustomed to this same aroma on many decent IPAs and APAs and sometimes feel like Iím about to drink basically the same beer, albeit good, starting to feel a little unadevnturous, although I always enjoy it and am refreshed by it...Know what? This isnít the same as every IPA. Itís major ruby red grapefruit, more fruity than any other IPA. The alcohol is a bit more prominent - note the high-ish abv - but contributes nicely to the flavor and adds a little booziness often missing from pale ale. Good stuff, decent finish.
Arayaga2 (1806) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coppery brew with lots of white head, beautiful aroma of citrusy hops. Citrusy tea flavor consistent throughout, with very minimal bitterness. $1.80/12oz
freekyp (1533) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The name of this beer is quite apt, as it explodes with a bang of sweet malt and leaves your tongue charred with a sharp hop finish. The strong flowery aroma belies the sweet chain shot of malt. Intense in every sense of the word, at 7.5% this is some dangerous artillery. Be warned and enjoy!
radagast83 (4943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pretty good beer I must say. Copper, golden, amber color, slightly thick white head. Not bad flavor. nice finish.
TheBeerLover (1025) - 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 (4962) - 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) - - 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? Iíve 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.