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RATINGS: 1374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2006
Medium amber orange, decent head fades slowly. Aroma a mix of floral and citric hops, pleasant but restrained. Flavor, once warm, was a balanced mix of caramel and biscuit malts with an overlay of grapefruit, pine, nectarine, and floral accented hops. Well done. Should note that while cooler, the flavors in this beer were quite closed, and the carbonation biting. Dramatically better as it neared room temperature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2006
This is clearly the brewery’s best beer yet, loaded with hops. No new ground is broken with this beer, it is just another example of a big fruity, piney American IPA. Still, it is welcome, a good inexpensive go-to hop fix. I like it a lot and buy it frequently, but it is so easy to over-rate these. Aroma? Mmmm smells like a lot of hops! Flavor? Mmmmmm tastes like a lot of hops! etc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 15, 2006
Apparent amarillo nose with tangerine and c-hops. Light amber in color with a flicker of a white head. Nicely bitter flavor with lemons and oranges doing battle. Pleasantly balanced with sugary malts, this beer is fairly decent. Thanks to beeryum for the opportunity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2006
12oz bottle. Clear and golden ruby hue. Spotty white head. Floral hop nose. Smooth sweet body. Good bitter finish. Nice mild toffee and caramel malt flavor. Crisp hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2006 Pleasant grapefruit/citrus nose rises up and out of the glass. A doughy bread note balances the sour grapefruit nicely. The body is rather warming - the high ABV really shows in the finish. Drinks easy though, showing notes of fresh juices, rose petals and grassiness along the way. I’d buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2650) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
Dull orange. White ring of very buoyant bubbles. Fairly bright nose of grapefruit, crushed aspirin, and pinesap. Soft honeysuckle, woody hop, and toasted malt whispers. Clean and airy. Loose, bubbly carbonation. Big, tacky body. Early thrust of resin contributes substantial weight, though the lusciousness succumbs to a significant amount of airiness. Supple mango squelches much of the acidity, though bits of harsh aspirin remain. Bitterness is rather unsubstantial, unfortunately, which makes this less than captivating. And it’s not like it possesses an inordinately high level of brightness to make up for it. Extremely nimble malt structure fails to soften any of the harsh aspirin notes or hard carbonic residue. Finishes faintly husky, with nectarine and pulpy blood-orange flavors laced with an abundance of oily citrus lupulins which coat and numb the palate long after the swallow. Amarillo is likely the culprit for all the aspirin notes, but at least they’ve kept them to a minimum. Okay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3488) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2006
Clipper City’s "big beers" always seem much smaller in person. Pours a clear amber with a beautiful grapefruit and apricot nose from the hops. The flavor is thinner than expected but very drinkable. This makes great apa, but you wouldn’t guess it was supposed to be an IIPA. At least the actual product here is a really good beer as opposed to that lousy "imperial stout" they make.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowe1983 (1483) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2006
Pours a clear light amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is of orange and other citrus flavor with some hops, pine, and floral hops. Flavor strong with floral hops and citrus. Finishes slight bitter but I was expecting more then what I got. An ok IPA but definately not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2006
some lemon and grapefruit, citrus notes on the aroma, along with some nice hops and a touch of spice. nice tall, kind of rocky white head and nice dark orange-ness. nice sweet flavor with some orange blossom flavors. bitterness on the end, it’s pretty tastey. not grat, but decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 12oz. Bottle: Smells hoppy. Floral, spruce, citrus scents topped of with Amarillo hops. Poured a amber color. Large, frothy, rocky slightly off-white head. Clear. Looks thin and oily though. Slight floral hop flavor. Flavor is very weak, and does not have much complexity to it. Just citrus and some spice from the Amarillo. Slightly sweet. Slightly bitter. Light bodied. Flat carbonation. Almost no finish. Beer does not live up to its scent. Overall, it’s thin and flavor is weak, so it’s a mediocre but drinkable IPA. Cask at TJ’s on 12/5/09: Hoppy aroma. Amber in color. Bitter, hoppy flavor.

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