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RATINGS: 1377   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 4, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a super clear light gold, small white head. Citrusy hop nose, some sweet yeast and light floral notes. Flavor is yellow grapefruit, nicely hopped without being overbearingly hopped. Nice east coast style IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2007 pours a clear copper/ amber color with a decent sized fizzy white head, aromas of hops, citrus, spices, alcohol and sweet malt. flavor; citrus, carbonation, caramel, sweet, with a nice hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006
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 doesn’t show whatsoever. Medium body with very slight stickiness. I continue to maintain my disdain for the cliché overly hoppy beers, but this is finally an IPA that has more to it than just hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2006
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 don’t know which hop does it...but I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Bottle. Spicy, crisp grapefruit aroma that is quite inviting, though I’m getting accustomed to this same aroma on many decent IPAs and APAs and sometimes feel like I’m 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 isn’t the same as every IPA. It’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (2130) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Coppery brew with lots of white head, beautiful aroma of citrusy hops. Citrusy tea flavor consistent throughout, with very minimal bitterness. $1.80/12oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1949) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2006
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Bottle. Pretty good beer I must say. Copper, golden, amber color, slightly thick white head. Not bad flavor. nice finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
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.

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