Cannon Dragger | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Cannon DraggerCannon Dragger

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Burnt Hickory Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by chefmikeanderson on 05-07-2012

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Photo of SuperBrewThru
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Danky as hell. I just started getting into burnt hickory a few weeks ago and have been going to the brewery everyweek. There beers do not dissappoint at all!

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Photo of BigGold
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had at The Burnt Hickory Brewery tour, on draft into clear plastic disposable beer cup. Although I am regularly disappointed by DIPAs, this one does not.

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Photo of AdamAlway
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, brown with a thick, half inch off-white head. A very mild, hop smell that is a little too sweet. The taste is mildly hoppy with strong burnt, earthy tones becoming more prominent at the end. The aftertaste is very slightly spicy. Very smooth, but full body that lingers perfectly. Although light on hops, a very good IPA. An exceptional extra I received as part of a trade.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The reddish amber color was much darker than a typical IPA. The body was hazy, and the head was one finger thick. The aroma much milder than most IPAs (or DIPAs, which this beer was approaching in ABV). The smell was woody, earthy, and spicy, with some malt coming through as well. The taste was even milder than the aroma, as there was very little bitterness. There was a lot of earthy, chalky hop flavors, that reminded me a lot of English old ales. There was some hints of spice in the dry aftertaste. The body of the beer was its best quality, as it was soft, smooth, and soothing. The beer was had place to show a bottled on date, but the date had not been printed, but I do believe I had a fresh sample.

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Photo of ladyslipper
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into IPA glass. Love this IPA from one of my favorite local breweries! Dank, piney, resinous with a strong flavorful malt character. Thanks Chester for sharing!

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Photo of Jadorko
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color comes out looking like a very well brewed sweet tea. The smell is exceptionally good and it holds every sweet note of citrus and pine and hops you could want in an IPA. The taste honestly matches the smell in quality, especially if you are a fan of IPAs. It tastes exactly like the electric feel you would imagine in a heavier beer with this color. It is simply delicious. The feel in the finish is equal to the taste and lingers with the full flavor on the tongue very well. Overall, I think this is a truly exceptional IPA and would reccomend it to all fans of IPAs.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle hand dated 3-26 (2015). Pokal.

Appearance: pours dark amber w/ 1.5 fingers bubbly, sandy head. Lots of small-bubble carbonation. Decent lacing.

Aroma: whoa, sweet & fruity. Mango. Pineapple, chocolate; a touch of alcohol. Malty.

Taste: Dry, bitter arrival, turning quickly sweet and malty, piney and resinous, mid palate tapers into a tropical fruit blend. Noticeable alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, low carbonation. Slick.

Overall: Huge beer with big fruit, resin, and a sweet malty core. Like Sixpoint Resin, but more alcohol on the palate and heavier. If I lived in the area this would be an occasional purchase.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn color with off white head. Good lacing. Sugar beets, caramel and earthy fresh hop nose. Sweet malt, caramel and pine up front; woody, dry hop finish. Medium mouthfeel with dry resinous tongue coating. Excellent balance of dry earthy hop flavors and malt undertone. Very flavorful.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy with a bottled on date of 1.9.15 hand written on the label

L - I pored it too fast, so 3 fingers of head! Burnt orange, with no clarity. Looks about like a perfect IPA

S - Dank fresh hops, Bitter and citrus

T - Bitter and citrus. Does not have that bite that a good IPA has. Good, not great

F - Medium bodied, well carbonated

O - Its a worthy IPA

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Photo of dar482
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of TheCraftBrewReview
3.29/5  rDev -19.2%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of mschantz
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of SplitsAtoms
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of Divo366
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An incredible IPA! This is in a league all its own; a perfect hop balance. The up front aroma matches the taste on the tongue, and finishes with delight!

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Photo of Brewser_Lewser
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got it at local growler store. WOW. Heard a ton of hype about this beer. It's all true. Amazing IPA! Borders on DIPA status. A ton of hops and malt backbone.
a Red tawny color with a huge hops aroma smell that really hits you as it warm!

Great new brewery in my state!!

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Photo of bobtoddler
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With hop tastes of simcoe centenial columbus and chinook, this IPA is danky resinous with a beautiful bouquet. Nice malt backbone and an abv that almost makes this a DIPA. I love this beer, probably one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Joined BA just to review this beer because it was so good.

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Photo of GameFreac
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the open house on 2/16.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells of fresh hops, grapefruit, pine and some grass.

Taste - Taste is very good and very fresh. Mirrors the nose with a sweet bready backbone. Not very bitter at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. You don't taste the 8% at all.

Overall: Overall very good IPA.

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Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/9/15 reviewed 1/30/15

Appearance: Pours crystal clear orange with a 1.5 finger off white rocky head and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: Intense orange and tropical fruit hop aroma.

Flavor: Same fruity character as the nose, with extra layers of grass/pine. Bitterness is very in check. Super smooth IPA.

Mouthfeel: Dry and refreshing for 8%, with a moderately lingering bitterness.

Overall: A world class IPA Georgia's are lucky to be able to call their own. So stoked to be able to get this on the reg.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

16oz growler, served at around 45F. Kegged in November 2012 if memory serves.

Pours cloudy amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves nice rings of lacing and recedes to a light cap.

Aroma is oranges, orange marmalade, citrusy hops, melon, caramel malt, a hint belgian-y. Good strength.

Flavor is orange marmalade, melon, fruity hops, decent bit of caramel malt with some sweetness, average bitterness, light alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, oily, good carbonation.

Strikingly similar to the Ezekiel’s Wheel...almost makes me wonder if it is Ezekiel’s, but the keg is marked as Cannon Dragger. Lots of fruity hops and almost a Belgian character. Pretty good, but awfully expensive for what it is. I know they’re an upstart, but their pricing is pretty extreme.

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