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Cannon Dragger - Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Burnt Hickory Brewery visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chefmikeanderson on 05-07-2012

The soldiers that dragged the 100 cannons up the side of Little Kennessaw Mountain knew something about fortitude. This ale would not let them down. A piney/citrusy/ danky IPA, Cannon Dragger is aggressively dosed with “C” hops all threw itʼs journey from the grain to the glass. Itʼs pays off, Itʼs a feat of amazing beer strength!
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaswilson2
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear dark reddish amber.

The aroma has lots of caramel sweetness, sweet citrus, slightly lacking on the aroma. Some dank on the back end.

The flavor falls flat on hop character. In general, it is a malty and sweet "DIPA." However, very clean despite that malt driving body and falls back on the finish with medium plus bitterness. Grapefruit and resinous pine, from the slight hop character that exists.

Photo of GTJayG
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Greels
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ethanmc12
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cobrito
4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Jan 29, bomber.

A beautiful murky orange with pillowy head.

Smells dank--high on the Columbus?--with sweet shortbread in background.

Taste follows nose but is more intense. An incredibly flavorful brew.

Feel and overall reminds me of port brewing, but far from an imitation.

Overall: maybe I benefit from getting the fresh goods here in Atlanta, but this is easily the best commercially available ipa from Georgia. Great use of contrast between dank, luscious hops and somewhat sweet malts that fool people into thinking this is "east coast" style. No, this strikes me as a fabulous riff off port brewing masterpieces like mongo but it is still its own Georgia thang. Fantastic.

Photo of Armando_Perez
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MitchRogers
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cannon Dragger is a fresh, local IPA by Burnt Hickory Brewery, located in Kennesaw, GA, about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta. Burnt Hickory is named after the road that goes through Kennesaw Mountain, which happens to be the very same road that was used by Confederate troops going into battle during the Civil War. The IPA, called Cannon Dragger, refers to the Confederate soldiers that were forced to drag their cannons up the side of Kennesaw Mountain so they could hold back Union forces. Cannon Dragger, along with the Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout, are the brewery’s first bottled beers. The brewery is really starting to create a following as witnessed by my visit on Friday evening; Tower Liquors had received several cases of Cannon Dragger and Big Shanty Graham Cracker on Thursday, and by the time I arrived they were down to a single case of Cannon Dragger (the Graham Cracker Stout was sold out)!

Appearance – 85: Bottled on 01/09/15. Poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. This beer exhibits a cloudy, brownish, amber color, with an impressive one inch head of foam.

Aroma – 88: The scent of dank, resiny hops are not mind-blowing, but still very noticeable nonetheless. Upfront there are notes of grapefruit and orange, and even a hint of caramel.

Body and Texture – 85: Light medium mouthfeel. Smooth finish, with a nice caramel, malty backbone.

Taste – 82: Citrus, piney, and dank, followed by caramel and then a bitter, dry finish. Definitely a little boozy and heavy, especially for an IPA. I would definitely label this as more of a double IPA. Unfortunately, it doesn’t pack the “hoppy” punch that I expected, and is not as balanced because of the overwhelming presence of citrusy hops.

Overall – 85 (Good): For a local IPA that was canned only a week ago and from the hype on Twitter and Beer Advocate, I was a little disappointed with the outcome of this ale. I was more impressed by the label artwork and the story behind the beer’s name than the beer itself. With that being said, it is still a solid IPA, and I would try this beer again. I hope to visit their brewery someday and try their other brews, including the Big Shanty Graham Cracker Stout.

Purchase Value – 89: Reasonably priced, as I bought this as a 22-ounce bomber for $8.69 at Tower Liquors in Doraville.

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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber capped by a nice head; good stickage and quite a few dots/dashes of lace

Smell: Smells like a pine forest; biscuity undertones

Taste: The biscuity flavors emerge first, with just a hint of caramel in the mix; by mid-palate the hops take over, bringing a pine blast; the finish is very bitter though there is some residual balancing sweetness that lingers on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More of a traditional East Coast IPA and quite good when you think of it in that context

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of quang_dam
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of burtybeer
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with eee.
Pours a clean copper with a robust, dense off-white head. Terrific lacing and a head that lasts for days. Aroma of sweet caramel, honey, baked biscuits, some pine hope notes and resins. Flavor comes thru with straight forward bitterness, earthy tones, and a touch of cracked pepper spice on the finish as if it were a rye IPA. Finish is quite bitter and dry with a lingering astringency. Body sits a little heavy for the style.
Overall, it is quite good, but probably doesn't blow me away.

Photo of woogidyboogidy
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mschantz
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled on trap at Brickstore ATL. Pours a beautiful clear burnt orange with a finger of head. Piney slightly orangey nose. Taste highlights the hops with a bit of citrus to balance things out a bit. Finish is quite bitter. All in all a very good IPA highlighting the hop profile.

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprised at how highly this beer is rated. A big departure from all the rave IPAs of the day. This is in the more traditional east coast style- and done very well- just not in the class of sculpin, jai alai, etc.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear honey. Big white swath of a head with messy lacing.
smell: Grapefruit and piney notes. Some floral. Big nose.
Taste: mostly dry, with a bit of sweetness that is wiped out in a bitter, pithy finish. Some of the same floral notes as the nose but not as rich.
overall: Another nice IPA. Not top tier imo but nice.

Photo of nabit
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SplitsAtoms
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably overscoring this but its just too far ahead of anything available in the ATL area. Got a bottle dated just a few days ago and damn it tastes fresh. Have not had anything this fresh from a bomber around these parts before. As the label says the taste is nice and hoppy with citrus and mellow pine. Damn bitter. Good malt backbone but the malt is not as present as most IPAs you find around Maltlanta. Price is a bit steep for regular consumption (assuming i could even find more of these) but a nice treat for hopheads looking for a local hop bomb that actually delivers.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is seriously hoppy - boing boing boing! Pours a nice, somewhat hazy amber with a thick off-white head. Flavor has strong hoppy note with hints of honey and fruit. Texture is firm and smooth with lots of fizz and liveliness. If you like hoppy beers, look for this one next time you are in the Atlanta area.

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Cannon Dragger from Burnt Hickory Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.