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RATINGS: 1297   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ch3wy (9) - Delmar, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
quite possibly one of my favorites in this category. Readily available at my local beverage center and very potent. A thoroughly enjoyable beverage. I am a fan of fresh obnoxious slap you in the face hops. And in this case, you have it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Luvystypotables (655) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Aroma of apricots, dried fruit, and citrus. Pale golden color no head. Taste of hops, dried fruit and citrus. Bitter palate.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElCapitan22 (71) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Pours a cloudy gold with minimal lacing. Tastes flat, despite it being on cask. I was expecting more from the description. For a hop heavy beer, it almost lacks hops. Tastes of pronounced lemon with background notes of pine.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scouser (238) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Pours a cloudy yellow golden colour withe white head and lacing. Very nice aroma of malts and lavender. Tastes flat, but this was on cask. Tastes of lemon with a faint pine background. Not a bad beer, maybe better not on cask

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1330) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 4 oz draft pour at Heavy Seas Alehouse in Baltimore. Clear golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of floral notes, citrus, lemon lime. Tastes of citrus, floral notes, light tropical fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Nice and smooth IPA, light amber with thin soapy of-white head. Just enough hops for flavor without taking away from the malt. Malt and hops blend well in the aroma and taste, mild astringent finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus hop and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; with a great hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
12 oz. single from Big Red Liquors in Carmel, Indiana. Strangely for an IPA, the only aroma I got off this was a bubblegum (but not estery) scent. Slightly hazy with a light/medium yellow color. I was a bit worried by the smell and that I got some a very slight flavor of bubblegum quickly, but it soon resolved into a good blend of sweet caramel malt and nicely balancing earthy and citrus bitterness. It’s more like an English IPA with some American hops thrown in (which is a good thing). I had this past the "purchase before month" on the bottle (October and it’s February now), so the hops may have been a bit muted, but they’re still quite nice. The hops really hang around on the tongue though and get spicy! This one grows on you as you drink it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sturmthis (444) - Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
On draft. Amber color. A floral aroma. A toffee taste with alcohol. I’m not a huge fan of it.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (2009) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 5, 2014
@ Party Town / Florence KY Clear medium dark amber, generous 1" head, mottled bands of lace. Taste is caramel malt, challenged almost immediately by firm floral and citrus hops. Both are mouth filling while remaining light on the stomach. No subtlety or other flavors in the palate, just malt and hops. Decent IPA.


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