Cannonball | Magic Rock Brewing

CannonballCannonball
BA SCORE
83.5%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 91 ratings
CannonballCannonball
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Rock Brewing
England, United Kingdom
magicrockbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jazzyjeff13 on 01-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,273
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
91
Liked:
76
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
10.61%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
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 olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +13.6%
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 atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Jwale73
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in my Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a dull, burnished orange with a hazy clarity and a rocky, one inch, cream-colored head. Nose is piney and resinous with toasted malts and a trace of ethanol a tinge of something metallic in the background. Taste follows - quite malt forward with an almost cloyingly sweet quality in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an oily texture and an even carbonation. Overall, a decent IPA; however a bit too malty for my preferences.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +1%
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 samEBC
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled and bottle conditioned
Cannonball is an India Pale Ale in the true tradition, high in alcohol and massively hopped to survive a long sea voyage. We don’ t want you to wait though, crack the cap and let the flavour explode on your palate. Tropically fruity, resinous hops compete against a sweet malty backbone, while a rasping bitterness builds to a mouth puckering crescendo. Our hop bomb might just blow you away

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of leitmotif
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 32GP. 1 month after bb date (my fault) At Barcelo Mar, in toothbrushes glass. After dinner. Hops are missing punch but its still pleasant, with a sweet and thin highly drinkable body. Will repeat fresh soon.

7 May 2017. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 6x19. Grassy and herbal, with a highly drinkable light body that hides perfectly well its abv. Leaves a nice and refreshing aftertaste

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Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +1%
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 ckollias
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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 ehammond1
1.94/5  rDev -51%
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 flyingpig
4/5  rDev +1%
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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Cannonball from Magic Rock Brewing
Beer rating: 83.5% out of 100 with 91 ratings
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