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RATINGS: 1354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2653) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2006
A very nice IPA! It combines a nice med-light body and refreshing drinkability with a full hop blast. Primarily the hops seem resiny, with some citrus in there somewhere. Some bready malts. Flavor is intensely resiny and tingly. Medium bitter finish, clean caramelly malts. Nothing amazing here, just a good hoppy ale. Appealing amber color with fluffy head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3970) - - MAR 19, 2006
copper color and a quickly diminishing small white greenish head. floral hop and grape gum aroma. very crisp and clean palate. hoppy but not overly bitter. a grainy and spicy kick in the finish. not so much citrusy as it has a flowery hop character. nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
Slightly hazy golden-amber colour. Massive, bright lychee and mango hop aroma with syrupy malts underneath. Well-balanced. The hops are strong, peachy, fruity, with a bit of mandarin. The malts are grain-crunchingly fresh pale and take the edge off the hop bitterness in beautiful fashion. Drinks bigger than it is, but that’s okay because it drinks well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
Merci Ruth! Robe cuivrée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui s’estompe. Arômes amères de conifères. Saveurs de conifère, de malt caramélisé, d’alcool et d’agrumes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
intouch (15) - Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2006
I don’t know about all of these descriptive adjectives that folks use for beer. I do, however, know what I like and this is a damn fine beer. It’s not over hopped (I’ve had much hoppier) and not overly bitter for an IPA. It’s just a good solid drinkable beer. I would certainly server it to company and recommend it to friends.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Poured a reddish orange with decent off-white head. Floral hop aroma. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Orange, lemon, pine, spice, and a dash of earth. The alcohol hits you after a while, and in more ways than one. Nice finish. A good IPA.
I did drink this beer while I watched Billy Wilder’s "The Lost Weekend". The movie kind of zapped me out of the mood for beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap, this is a very solid IPA. Hazy golden with a thick white head. Grassy aroma with some yeast and sweetness to it. Tastes is a blend of floral hops and english style malts almost like a hoppy ESB or an Imperial ESB. Quick dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (5621) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2006
First taste I found here was bitter hops. The bitterness never left but some malts soon became evident. Typically IPAs are quite sour tasting but this one was not. The malts gave it a sweetness which I found appealing. IPAs are not my favorite style of beer but this one was exceptional.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bottle. Golden pour, fairly clear, decent head. Hoppy citrus and floral/grassy aroma. Medium sweet caramel malt body with copious amounts of citrus and a touch peppery hops. Maybe a tad thin, but very good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Golden straw pour with a medium white head. Nice grassy-spicy hoppy aroma. That’s it, that’s the dominant aroma…hops! Spicy, hoppy taste too (surprise). VERY light malt in the background. Spicy alcohol greats you at the finish. This is hop forward and dominant. Body is adequate. Not bad, but very bitter.

It is possible that I rated the wrong beer in this catagory before. I’ve had this a couple of times since this old rating and I just don’t understand it (a bad bottle perhaps). I increased points on the aroma as I thought you could smell the delicious grapefruit and oragne aroma across the room. Notes on the taste included a solid malt presence with caramel and roasted grain/buscuit. Ruby red grapefruit hops frits followed by passion fruit and orange. 2 more points there. And up on for the palate. All and all, something I enjoy.


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