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RATINGS: 1382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 IPAits 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.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1264) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Poured from bottle. Aroma of hops and dried fruit. Very nosy as you drink. Hops and grapefruit dominate flavor, with a creamy feel. A bit harsh in the aftertaste - might be the 7.5% alc. Overall well made IPA with its own unique character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Slightly hazy, bright copper body, thin off-white head. Rindy citrus and pine hops aroma backed by toast and alcohol. The body is a sweet bouquet of grapefruit, pine, and perfumey hops in a matrix of light, sweet breads. Grassy finish, bitter but not palate-devouring, with touches of clover honey lingering on the palate. Nice, soft body. Well-done. Thanks xproudfoot!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 Re-Rate. Pours slightly hazy, amber orange with small creamy off-white head. Strong floral and citric hops aromas, lots of grapefruit, with a nice solid malty undertone. Flavors of floral and grapefruit bitterness upfront, with nice hints of spice, pine ,and nicely balanced malts that arent too sweet. Bitterness and spice carry onto the palate nicely smoothed out by the malts. Best offering Ive had from Clipper City. Previous 8 3 8 3 18

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Just got back from the gym and guess what? Yup, its time for a beer. A big ol IPA at that. I liked their uber pils, so we will see what this delightful little moppet has in store for us this evening. Yes, that is an all inclusive third-person pronoun so get used to it. Golden hues with a smallish frothed cap. Good lacing though. Aroma is a little thin, but carries with it an appetizing, subtle maltiness. Good hop confrontation in the begining of the sip, but is quickly laid low by a powerful uppercut from the hefty malt bouncer at the door. Strangely though, the big fellow proceeds to pick up his stunned companion, dust him off, and then the two of them do a wonderful tango. Lupulin nicely counter-balances the clumsy steps of mashman while adding a delicious tropical fruit character to the moving expession now underway. Notes of pineapple, mango, honey and apricot all glide around like a lighter, yet still refined, cousin of Dogfishs 90-minute. They trapse into the night leaving a satisfyingly viscous reminder of what just transpired. I am really starting to like the Heavy Seas extension of Clipper City. Cheers.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
RBSG 06 DC @ RFDs Special Tasting Copper color, white head, nice lacing. Nose of musky hops, rich pungent earthy citrusy resinous hops. Simcoe?!! The flavor is catty, nice bitterness and pleasant underlying malt sweetness. Finishes toasty and sweet and fruity. Good IPA, full of life.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7736) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2006
12-oz.; thanks, BeachBum25! Pours a hazy-to-cloudy medium amber with a good mousse of white goop on top. Very fruity. The nose is orange pith and a little bit of spicy leaf. On the attack theres sharp citric acid, and the medium body is very tingly with carb. Long but very mild bitter finish. Fruity throughout, though not overbearing or even especially huge--its just always there. Great stuff! Thanks again, Jim!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Clear golden color with minimal off white head. Aroma of hops and grapefruit with a grapefruit and bitter taste. Very good IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Amber with pinkish-scarlet highlights. Sudsy head leaves massive lace cobwebs. Lush, juicy hop aromas... floral, herbal, Fuggle-y hot grass, juniper, pineapple, muscato, mango, cherry koolaid, grapefruit... all integrated with butterscotch malt. On the tongue, lipsmacking fruity-orangey, lemon gumdrop, caramel, honey, and pecan flavors abound. Dry, minerally finish with a somewhat jagged bitterness. Medium bodied; the carbonation is an unusual dichotomy of fluffy and gritty. Clean herbal-bitter aftertaste tempered by cool ethanol. Excellent American IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
via trade with beerdrenched and TBC2 - Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a good size off white head. Light clumpy lacing. Has a citrus and toasted malt aroma. Has a clean bitter flavor. Medium body. Good beer. Thanks guys.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Bottle shared at acertains gathering.

Pours a light gold with a fine frothy white head. This beer provides an enjoyable fruity (Amarillo coming out nicely) hop aroma and a matching flavor, laid out atop a very light-on-the-malt body. Overall the hop intensity is more in the East coast vein, and the cascade flavors are conspicuously absent. Theres some pepper here, an interesting interplay of floral and fruit notes, leaving a beer that is extremely drinkable at 7.5% or at any percentage for that matter.

The same absence of strong malt (and strong hop resins) makes it a potentially very good hot-day IPA, but such also prevents it from quite reaching up into the top tier of IPAs.


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