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RATINGS: 1300   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 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Poured a clear copper color with a small off-white head. Big hoppy aroma that is floral and piney. Slight sulfur smell that is probably from the hops. Piney hop flavor riding over sweet malt. Semi-dry moderately bitter finish. Big aromas and flavors but still a nice balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Very bright, clear copper with a thick off-white head. Very sharp, pungent piney hop aroma; Amarillo and Simcoe perhaps. Similar flavor to that of DFH 90 Minute IPA. Taste has slight caramel/toastyness but mainly pale malt to showcase the hops. Pleasantly sweet, not nearly as bitter as you would expect, in fact it’s only moderately bitter. It appears that there was a ton of flavor and aroma hopping done on the back end - has a very strong pine, citrusy and grapefruit presence. The body has recently improved; very full, round and creamy with the perfect level of carbonation. Good head retention. Overall, very very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1060) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Nice orange pour with a pretty long lasting fluffy head, even from the bottle. Very strong hop aroma... but not overpowering like other strong IPA’s... mostly grapefruit and some orange. Very fruity, citrusy hoppy taste... the malt is there just to hold it together I think, not really a strong factor. Slightly sticky, bitter finish. Pretty darn drinkable, and well made. I like it a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
The aroma is juicy with citrus- the flavor the same. Citrusy hops blend with sweetness- I like this, it is very drinkable but... Like too many IPA’s lately it is heavy with the flavor and aroma hops but too sweet and not bitter enough. I like black coffee I don’t need my beer too sweet. Hops are wonderful and to many IPA’s shortchange the bitterness in favor of flavor and aroma hopping. That said, I still could drink plenty, which is good ’cause I’ve got 5 more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 5, 2005
There is a strong grapefruit aroma and taste to Loose Cannon. The head is white and the color is brownish oarnge. The hop prescence clearly dominates and provides a mouthful for the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Just came in at the distributor last week. Nice floral hoppy IPA, (2xIPA to me). Bought a case for $30, and dist. also has 1/6 kegs. A definite "must have" for the serious IPA drinker!!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hershiser2 (1228) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
BOTTLE. Very pretty orangey-amber in color with a nice off-white head. Looks clean and crisp. I hate to reuse a word the brewer used, but the aroma is INTENSE. Lovely flowers, some fruitiness (citrus, mango, and passionfruit almost). Oh my god, it smells so good that I don’t even need to taste it (who am I kidding?). Holy cow, that flavor is amazing as well... it sure doesn’t get much better than this in an IPA for me (I only wish I had a sample of my favorite IPA by Southern Tier to compare this beast to). Anyway, a sip... lotsa flavors worked in there. Heavy sweetish hoppiness- starts with an island fruit flavor, followed by bitterness of grapefruits, followed by a nice pine... aftertaste intertwines the grapefruit and pine. This is near perfect, in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Copper color with a small white head. Strong floral hop aroma, almost smells like a flower shop. Sweet hoppy grapefruit flavor. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
Diminishing off-white head covers the hazy orange hue. Highly aromatic nose boasting full-on lemon and even moreso herbal/grassy hops that overtake the grainy, bready well contained honeyed maltiness. Light-medium bodied, big bubbled carbonation. Even for an IPA, this remains highly attenuated, yet managing to heave cerealic and hayish malts among those bitter hops. Mineral, dry and well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2005
(draft) Crystal clear light amber body with off-white head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, grapefruit, some caramel, metallic. Taste is medium sweet, pine, some grapefruit, caramel. Light-medium body that is surprisingly light for the ABV.

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