Un-Human Cannonball - Magic Rock Brewing
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
A 1/3 pint from a keg at Pivni in York. Reviewed from notes. This bar received one of the six kegs to make it into distribution. An unexpected surprise - I'd hoped to try it but thought the opportunity had passed. Triple IPAs don't turn up every day....
Poured into a narrow tulip. A translucent amber hue with plentiful carbonation. Yields a small head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of intense, pine-laden hops with notes of resin and dank weed. Underpinned by rich, sweet caramel malt with hints of barley sugar and stewed hops. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Boom!
Tastes of very sweet caramel malt with a powerful hoppy character and a stunningly bitter finish. The malt borders on cloying. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, barley sugar, caramel and stewed hops. A hint of faint earthy yeast in the background, along with a major whiff of warming alcohol. Highly astringent, with a consuming hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and an unctuous, velvety body. The hop oils tantalise the palate and dry it thoroughly. A lingering aftertaste of pine resin, bitter stewed hops, sweet malt and alcoholic heat.
A huge beast of a brew - takes no prisoners. No half-measures here; a tsunami of sweet malt, pine and warming booze assault the senses. It looks great and the body is satisfyingly substantial. The hop character is vibrant but rather one-dimensional - more citrus/fruity notes would have added depth. However, given the strength I can see how pine does a better job of balancing the alcohol. Lighter and subtler hop notes would have left this beer hotter and lop-sided. A stiking effort; not something I'd want to drink every day but I'm glad to have tried it while it was fresh. Worth sampling if you have the chance.
06-04-2013 00:15:02 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
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"Definitely my favorite Magic Rock Brewing beer thus far - reminds me of a perfect mix between an IPA and a barley wine. Very fruity, almost syrupy, although it doesn't taste as though it is 11 - 12%. "
There's not much that I dislike about this beer. Perhaps the only downside is that it is dangerously drinkable!
06-24-2014 15:02:01 | More by merzbeer
4.26/5 rDev +2.7%
Sampled from a 660ml bottle while in London. Date is best by Sep 2013.
A - Golden with a slight haze and a small white head. Some lacing.
S - Wow! So much tropical fruit and citrus! It must have taken a boatload of American hops to make this brew.
T - Rich hop oils, moderate tropical fruit hop flavors and a firm yet balanced kick of alcohol. But the 12% is well hidden. I tend to like smaller IPAs but this one has my attention. This is a big, complex beer yet everything comes together and works as a whole. If anything, it could use a bit more bitterness to help with the finish. But I like this one a lot.
M - Creamy and smooth with a nice low carbonation. The perfect delivery for the flavors.
O - As a terminal hop head, I'm tough on IPAs but this is a great beer that would sell well in CA or any other part of the US.
08-10-2013 20:56:59 | More by GJ40
Un-Human Cannonball from Magic Rock Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.