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Cannonball | Magic Rock Brewing

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Ratings:
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Avg:
3.9
pDev:
22.31%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Rock Brewing
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jazzyjeff13 on 01-15-2012

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 64
Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from London.

White head with lace. Color is a golden orange. Tons of tropical fruits. Mango and papaya. Grassy with some floral and dankness.

Solid IPA. Very nice. Very Americanized.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weird how this got such low grades.
Rich tropical and mushy green onion aroma, just a whiff of sweet malt.
Tons of rich juicy citrus, pineapple and mixed canned tropical fruit, with a sweet malt backbone that's a perfect fit, and a rich hoppy finish (tons of pine resin, even some spicy weedy dank notes).
And still, not a steamroller bitterness, there's quite a nice fruitiness left behind (+thick grapefruit pith). Perfect prickly carbonation. Nice hoppy burps (hehe).
I don't get it. It's really on par with a lot of other US heavyweights. Just my two cents.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really hazy yellow color with creamy white head and lots of yeast sediment on the bottom of the glass. Aroma is really dank and grassy but also with nice pineapple and papaya notes. Taste starts juicy and slightly sweet, continues with grassy/dank hop notes and finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Medium to full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall this is one of the best IPAs from Europe. It pretty much goes the same direction as the New England style IPAs.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/6/2012

A: Pale yellow and slightly hazy with a small bubbly white head.

S: Dank and slightly skunky with notes of spicy grapefruit. Light orange and tangerine notes waft from the glass, blending with restrained tropical characteristics. Malt is faint and crackery.

T: Upper moderate bitterness with lots of grapefruit rind and orange pith notes. Light skunky notes with an herbal edge and restrained earth and pine. The finish has a little astringency and alcohol is well hidden. Malt is far in the background.

M: Upper light in body with medium low carbonation.

Overall: A better than expected IPA from across the pond.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CAN
Hazy dirty blonde with lumpy clingy parchment froth. 4
Lemon, hop leaf, flower, and pine needle. 4
Thread of flake pastry, then lemon barley water, white pine, a touch of dank, slight pineapple and grapefruit. 4
Halfway to medium, some cling, salty. 4

Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, Columbus, Magnum, Simcoe

Smells all Cascade and look attractively unrefined. The taste, though, is decidedly less complex. The hit on this is that it’s a Punk clone but even that’s being generous - it’s all 2009 Citra grapefruit without the fruit Nelson edge that BrewDog brings. This is not to say it’s not a hop bomb - there’s especially a nice little dirty hop sack edge to all the pure fruit. But it’s nothing you haven’t tasted before. 4

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Photo of ehammond1
1.94/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

Thanks for waiting for me to open this, Tony!

Clear copper and dull orange with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves irregular lines of lace down the glass.

Sweet aroma of stale, sweet malts, bread crusts, celery and onion, and mild citrus.

The flavor is very vegetal, mimicking a mirepoix: onion, celery, and carrot. The celery and onion components are strongest along with a mild bitterness. Not very good.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This is a very poor, flawed IPA.

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured an bright amber colour. Slightly off white head poured thick and meringue like then faded slowly to good thick coating... very faint carbonation drifts slowly to surface... some decent patchy lacing...

Aroma - Lots of grassy and peppery hops, lightly toasted bready malts, slightl caramel notes, some fig and orange fruitiness (marmalade hints), some woody traces, light ginger and peppery spiciness, toasted nuts...

Taste - Again peppery and citrus hop bitterness followed by light spicy fruits (bitter oranges, pears), some butterscotch notes, toasted bready malts, light caramel sweetness, light metallic traces, some saltiness...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... light bodied... Extremely drinkable although a bit on the strong side to be sessionable..

Overall - A very good IPA and up with the best of the Americans... recommended

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of June 2012 (batch 2781). Picked up recently from the Bottle, York.

Poured into a Delirium tulip. A hazy orange-amber hue with low carbonation. Almost no head; a brief foamy effervescence occurs while pouring but disappears within seconds. An intense hoppy aroma of resinous pine with hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Notes of sweet malt and dry yeast in the background.

Tastes of overwhelming aromatic hops, culminating in a bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, citrus and tropical fruit. Hints of malt and dry yeast. Intensely bitter upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, prickly and spicy. Highly astringent - dries the palate thoroughly. Good body. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops; plenty of pine in evidence.

Impressive - a fantastic IPA. Defiantly American in style, and intensely hoppy in aroma and flavour. These had only just arrived at the shop after a period of absence, so I believe they were pretty fresh. I reckon this could give a few US-brewed IPAs a run for their money. If you like hoppy IPAs, then this is the brew for you.

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Photo of flyingpig
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half pint on-tap at Euston Tap, London (£3.30):
Really nice, strong & hoppy with a good bitterness & nice balance. Refreshing & drinkable with the floral & pine flavours working well with the sweetness towards the end; a good beer & one that I'd have again.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from realale.com. Hazy pale orange, thin white head. Hint of resin and a big blast of citrus. Lots of grapefruit, orange, bit of lemon. Crisp, biscuity malts finish with some laid-back soft malts propping up the big, big hops. Medium-full texture with just a hint if crisp carbonation. Love it.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold colour. Smells crisp, hoppy, and a bit of citrus. Tastes crisp hoppy, citrus, refreshing. A nice, light crisp beer. perfect for hot, sunny days.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle ( best by end Oct 13) into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a nice white head that lingers leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: very citrus aroma, orange, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, fruit salad, outstanding

T: grapefruit peel, lemon, sweetens in middle, finish is dry and pine

M: heavier and slightly oily, higher carbonation, slight alcohol

O: the smell of this beer is near perfection for an American style IPA, other characteristic are good but overshadowed by the excellent nose, awesome that a UK brewery nailed a West Coast IPA

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Photo of aleigator
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazed, orange-golden color, with a huge, fluffy white head.

Smells of mango, ripe orange, papaya and a note of sappy lemon peel, balanced by white bread malts. From its citraic quality, a pleasant, grass defined dankness comes up, enriched by prickly kiwi and water melon shell. The aromas in this are very well nuanced, creating a multi layered, refreshing fruitiness.

Has a medium carbonation, while its mouthfeel isn't overly creamy, due to a crystal characteristic cutting through, distracting from the beers soda pop effervescence, by adding harsher stony minerals. It is not very refreshing too, as the malts create a heavier bodied, almost boozy finish, producing a couterproductive interplay.

Tastes of profound, cakey malts and citraic hops, while a bubbly carbonation grinds over the tongue. Out of the omnipresent malt sweetness slowly develops a slick, part herbal, part fruity bitterness, almost numbing my tongue, as both reach their peak. No harmony between those ingredients is to be found in this, while there is a subtle layer of orange and papaya underneath the omnipresent malt coating. Finishes with a metallic carbonation, painfully transforming into a slick, rusty bitterness, slayed by sweet malts in the end.

While the nose comes well together, the beers actual taste is a huge let down. I don't got no problem with a malt defined ipa, for as long as the hops are used in a genuine way, opening up the beers potential. In this case, almost the opposite is happening, since both major players try to outclass each other, resulting in an unbalanced, sweet mess.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half pint at The Lyric. Pours a hazy gold with small dense head and some lacing. Smell is muted compared to my expectations. Some tropical notes which are nice, but I would have liked to get a stronger nose-full. Initial taste is fruity, but it fades almost immediately and leaves just the bitterness and some pine-grassy notes. Overall, it is okay, but I was honestly hoping for more.
Edit...had again and felt it was sufficiently better to re-look at scores. More lacing, fuller nose of classic C hops, solid overall IPA.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost perfection, there are no weak links in this beer's chain. Drunk between the Rutland Arms and Dada in Sheffield, this beer's golden orangy glow and complex white lacing are a treat for the eyes. In the mouth its almost perfection with a muscular but supple body which supports the flavour profile of tight juniper and resiny intensity. But its the body's full silky lusciousness which really wins this over for me.

Undoubtedly my favourite UK brewed IPA for the minute. A pile driver in the face of the 'cask or nothing else' movement.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an ugly cloudy copper, small head. Aroma is excellent, peachy tropical fruits. Taste follows on with a grapefruity bitterness. Little malt. Dryness and some mineral quality on the finish.Light body for sstrength. Good carb.

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Photo of Martine
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours semi-clear amber into a tulip from a can. Head is 3 fingers high, offwhite, sparse, and foamy; it leaves light-moderate sudsy lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of light tropicana; pineapple, mango, clementine, and papaya. It isn't a heady smell, nor does it have a particularly strong pine presense, falling mainly on grass, and aromatic hops. There is a floral character but it lies just below the surface along with a slight vegetative aroma.

The flavour follows on from this hoppy side giving this beer a very aromatic bitter presence. There is the tropical fruit there, particularly ripe mango and some dank pineapple, but it's rather a side show compared to the hop addition. There is plenty of that grassy flavour coming through on the draw with a definate vegetative bitterness and the appearance of the pine that was missing. All in all, only slightly unbalanced.

In the mouth it feels light-medium bodied, slighty resinous, and tangy on the sip from that zippy carbonation. It's light in the front and heavy on the back giving me some mixed signals, but otherwise quite thirst quenching.

This is a good beer, a nice representation of a standard West Coast IPA. For the sake of £1.90 which I paid for this can, I'm certainly not complaining.

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Cannonball from Magic Rock Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.