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RATINGS: 1357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lsymms (3) - Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2006 does not count
Home keg. Over a month of sampling with lots of enthusiats enjoying it. Perfect balance. Puts most other double IPS to shame. Certianly the best in it’s price range. Incredibly drinkable. On first taste I couldn’t believe it was 7.5%. Great amber color. Thin citrusy aroma. Head dissapeard quickly with little lacing. Quick hop bite with grapefruit undertones. Excellent finish. Not too malty. Could drink them all day (and I did). Very likable. In my top 5 for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Huge thanks to Slob for sending me this one out of the blue! Pours a "glowing" clear light amber color. Decent sized white head. Aroma is simply fantastic. HUGE hop prescense, big pine and grapefruit notes. Spicy and floral, some peach gummies too! FLavor is sweet and citrusy, hop juice baby! Body is a sweet hop bite, lots of pine, grapefruit malt lends its role as well. But knows its place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4429) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 Draught pint at Sunset Grill on 3/23/06 and samples at Kennet Square Fest Summer ’05.
Copper-golden, tending more towards golden, with pale lemon-lime tints. Head is large and fluffy, a well-retained off-white, with fair lacing. Lightly hazy, with plenty of bubbles rising vigorously
The nose has plenty of dry citrus fruits (lemons, limes, white grapefruits) opening up the receptors as smooth carapils notes sneak in and lightly sweetne things. Munich hops are reserved in the nose, thankfully (who needs sourness/biscuity astringency in an IPA?) while light herbal spices, white pepper even and just an all out fade to floral. Warming allows more caramel and lightly spicy chinook hops to emerge, with some bare resin on the end.
The flavor is probably its strongpoint, though I must admit to being more in to the more balanced nature of the samples I had at Kennett. Seems on the verge of being too dry and citrusy now. But a lush wintergreenish-note extracted from the heavy floral and even mildly nectarine or tangerine-like hoppiness, mixes with a perfectly honeyish (in flavor and texture) carapils maltiness. I think I want to be carapils malt when I grow up. I think I might be a little bit biased to that one, but it is just so smooth in texture, supple and sweet without being heavy. Pillowy, you might say and a great balance to floral hops (though heavy pine or citrus overwhelms it). This nearly overwhelms it, but still remains drinkable and near balanced, with no alcohol notes. Low carbonation keeps things creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2660) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3991) - - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13601) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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