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Brewed by Magic Rock
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Huddersfield, England
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Meet Cannonball’s big brother; we used more malt, more hops and more magical conjuring to crank up the flavour of our explosive IPA ‘Cannonball’. Get your taste buds ready for massive pine and candied orange aromas combined with bitter/sweet grapefruit and mango flavours all complemented by a deeply composed, satisfyingly malty base. Ever wondered what it feels like to be shot out of a cannon? Here’s what it tastes like…


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, - JUL 22, 2011
On tap (keykeg) Sheffield Tap 20/07/11. There’s something about a pint of Double IPA at the arse-end of an evening. A statement of no return. A declaration that I now give my tastebuds over to a beer so it can have its wicked way with them and damn the consequences. And it’s... dense. Not chewy - none of that overtly-crystal sweetness that makes beers like this seem like hard work to drink for me. Just concentrated, slabs of pine and spice, aromas of steeped fruits with the occasional whiff of a well-matured mango chutney. The great thing about ordering a pint was allowing the flavours to uncurl. The keg temperature doesn’t help the beer, but flavours that started out as distinct country cousins at the beginning eventually intermarried into something refreshingly incestuous. Or is that just the bollocks I write having downed a pint of it? I’ll have to wait til it gets bottled, get the banjo out and try it all over again...


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StueyD (1233) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
A mid amber beer with a frothy white head. A really grassy, almost earthy aroma with just a hint of citrus. Dry mouthfeel. The taste is a little more forgiving, yes the grassy element is there, but the lemon and lime citrus fruit comes through more, also bringing a piney resinous flavour. The finish is long a grassy. Tasted at BierCaB, Barcelona. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (7353) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Draught at the Biercab, Barcelona, Catalonia. Clear golden colour with a small white head. Very nice fruity hoppy aroma with moderate bitterness, mild sourness and maltiness. Quite perfect aroma. The flavour is resiny and fruity hops, mild bitterness, sweetness and malt. Nice and tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Tap at Volo. Hazy golden pour with a thin head. The nose is awesome. Really bright and tropical. Notes of mango, pineapple and some really juicy notes. It’s got a lot of lean crackery malt along with a very soft fruitiness. Really quite juicy and delicious. Bright and well-balanced. Could drink a lot of this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Great balance on this beer. Golden pour with good head and lacing. Not too sweet or boozy tasting. Medium bitter finish. Average carbonation. Well-balanced and super well done. A great example of a beer that’s perfected balance over anything else. Great taste. Tap at Churchkey.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BRW (1135) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 6, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Golden-orange colour with white head. Fruity, pineapple, grape, citric and resin aroma. Sweet, juicy, pineapple and grape taste, bitter. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (2375) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2014
Tap@Beavertown Brewery taproom - fuzzy amber golden pour with white head. Powerful hoppy fruity and sweet malty aroma and taste, mix of juicy citrus and tropical fruits, prominent mango, pine, lemon, caramel malts, good bitter finish. Lovely stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
s_hartshorne (1746) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Keg tapped Leeds. Golden thin head. Aroma lots of sweet mango grapefruit taste same great malty backbone lots of pine long hoppy bitters alchol well hidden. Ok body slight carbonated. Amazing taste aroma great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1448) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle from BeerRitz courtesy of the parents. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. Nice big resinous pine aroma. Juicy tropical fruit taste at first in grapefruit and bitter pine in the finish. A decent bit of caramel malt in the background and a good full mouth feel. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerd16 (219) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Pours hazy orange with ringed white head. Candied orange is front and centre. Contributing notes of pine, grapefruit and some tropical hues. Taste is initially very sweet tropical fruit, before some orange-marmalade and a whiff of pine. Bitterness is light and soft. Balance not quite there for me, needs a little more malt character...oh and a little more hop character in the bitterness. Nevertheless, a strapping beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beese (2550) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle at BrewDog Shepherd’s Bush on 1 Nov. Poured a lightly hazy, deep golden colour, with a thin white head. Aroma of grapefruit, herbs and butterscotch. Very smooth palate. Caramel and biscuit flavour, with some tinned fruit. Finish was resin, raisins and dates.


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