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RATINGS: 1318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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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 IPAóits 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a lovely copper, with an exceptionall hoppy nose and good head retention. While íofficiallyí listed as a Double IPA, it strikes me as a bit more of a cross between a Double and an APA. Perhaps Iím just spoiled by the Dogfish 90 and Three Floydís Dreadnaught. In any event, a nice beer indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2918) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Clear amber color. Very hoppy and very smooth with a sweet honey-like taste that compliments the hops. A fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Pours orangish-amber with a one-finger white head. Very balanced aroma--some big American hops, but a very present malt background. A hint of diacetyl. The flavor is nice and resinous, with a hint of honey and some soapiness. The malt is still there, but not as noticeable; it lets the hops do their job. Reminds me of an Alpha King, which can only be good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 Good stuff. Bright orange topped by a dense off-white head. The aroma is something to savor: grapoefruit, flowers, and some malt floating around in the back. Flavor-wise it drinks like a very strong APA the hops manage to not totally overwhelm everything else. A bit of soapiness finsihes things off. It never goes to the extreme resinous teeth coating syrupiness that some other super hop beers do. Nice tingly palate. Far and away one of Clipper Cityís best offerings.

This has become my new everyday drinking beer of choice. It is really really good. Try some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Nice slice of grapefruit sprinkled with sugar aroma and surrounded with additional herbal/floral hops - very strong hop presence. Taste was smooth and almost thick with the taste of clover honey and some caramel, followed by an assertive hop that finishes with a thick resin coating on the tongue. Will most likely drink more of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3097) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 Clear orange, foamy white head. Stiff, sticky resinous hoppy nose w/ lots of sweet malts. Almost a light barleywine on account of the sweet melon-like character. Well balanced though it sacrifices some drinkability due to the sweetness. Almost in IIPA territory in terms of heaviness if not hop aroma and bitterness. Score is the same as my original rating but Iíve changed up the category scores a bit.

Original rating 2005: Pours very clear orange despite some jostling on its journey home to my place--so itís definitely not bottle conditioned. The head is initially small and fizzles to a ring w/in a minute of pouring. Hop profile in the nose is nice, lots very heavy on the citrus and floral notes w/o any sort of rough edges. Also very smooth drinking. Indeed, it is very hoppy w/ a goodly amount of bittering but itís not overly aggressive. I might pin this as an APA if I didnít know the ABV of it. In addition to the same floral/citrus character in the nose some earthy, piny and spicy notes come out in the finish. Palate is decent enough but Iím wishing for a bit of sticky sweetness to play off the hops or more effervescence to add some spunk. Canít say itís not a good beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymow (857) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Extremely hoppy, both in aroma and flavor. There is also a slightly sweet aftertase which I like. Nice coppery-orange color, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Very very enjoyable! Clipper City has come out with another one I really like. As it states on the label, this one really tastes "Hop3". Pours beautifully, with a medium head and a cascade of aroma that is sure to warm you to the core. I found I liked it better when served around 60 degrees farenheit. Flavor is fantastic, full, rich and smooth, Iím glad this is now available year round, as I plan to get it a lot!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Clear golden color, nice softly creamy layer of foam above. Lovely hop aroma, fresh and vibrant, floral and fruity, hints of honey, but piney, moreover, ...dazzling. Bitter, but pleasing and smooth. Taste: ahhh! a hop ballet on the tongue, teasing and tantalizing, delivering deliciousness with every sip. Apples and pears meet the citric suspects, and the malt is sweet and sturdy, well matching the strong hop quotient. Hops last long on the palate, a fine, dragging finish that is well-loved. The more I near completion of this bottle, the more I wish I had another. This is an IPA Iíd like to return to again, very easy drinking, very smooth, very tasty. Very nice, Clipper City, keep up the good work!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Best before Mar 06, drank Nov 05: Clear orange with a thin white head. Big grapefruit nose with some resiny pine, full bodied with a thick feel and solid carbonation, starts and ends bitter. Thanks Aaron!

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