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!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 heybrewtiful
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a fan of IPAs. I pretty much avoid them, but I really enjoy this brew. Smells like orange zest and pine mulch. Somewhat citrusy flavor and has a mild, slightly bitter hop that is very drinkable for someone who generally dislikes IPAs as a rule. I would drink this one all year, but seems especially suited for summer drinking given the tart nose and dry flavor.

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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 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 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a well-hazed, medium amber-hued body with a medium-small, creamyish, off-white head.

Smell: Initially, a sniff of caramel squares, then, inviting citrus hop notes, florals, some stern-looking resins, and, then, another closing hint of caramel.

Taste: Sweetish, malty caramel flavor propped up by toasted grains joined by resinous floral tones and pithy citrus accents hinting at times of lemon, at times of grapefruit. Moderate bitterness. Mild alcohol presence. A bit more caramel prior to the bittersweet, citrus-hinted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth.

Overall: Good stuff! There are some shades of DFH 90 Minute here, I feel.

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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 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 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 ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz pour at Wild Wing Cafe (Marietta, GA) 3.95. Served in a boring 12oz cylinder glass.

Pours deep red orange with a soft clingy half finger of pale head. Sheets of lacing throughout.

Smells of robust citrus and pine with some sweet malts in the background.

Taste delivers on those big citrusy hops. Grapefruit, orange zest, pine resin and slight mango with sweet biscuit and peppery in the finish. The booze is well integrated, being noticeable but never distracting.

Oily slick medium full feel with average carbonation. Long bitter pepper grapefruit aftertaste.

Another outstanding brew from Burnt Hickory. With an IPA this robust I'm really looking forward to trying their imperial IPA. Highly recommended.

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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 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 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 chefmikeanderson
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium clear amber honey. Starts with a nice head and leaves some nice lacing. good start

S: Not an overwhelming aroma like some of the greats but what I'm expecting to smell is still there. Nice grapefruit and pine notes with a spring floral aroma

T: Taste has a clean hop flavor that makes it quite refreshing. A little more on the bitter side than Dijits but theres enough of a backbone to keep it drinkable.

M: Nice carbonation throughout the experience with a creamy silky feel that doesn't give me hop burn on the throat

O: Like the other beers ive had from the Burnt Hickory, they all have been really drinkable. The clean hop flavor is something I wouldn't mind having everynight and I'm glad beers like these are coming from georgia.

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Photo of Hopprof
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat understated for a double IPA. To me it's more representative of a Belgian IPA. Hence, I poured it from the growler to a Duvel shifter. Nonetheless, this is a nice offering from Burnt Hickory. It smells of piney, citrusy and I am even picking up a hint of tangerine. Very smooth mouthfeel, the bitterness is quite understated. Overall, I would say this is a good beer for introducing one of your friends to the IPA style, especially if they notoriously poo-poo this style. It's great to have so many high quality craft brewers in the Atlanta area. The beer landscape is vastly changing before our very eyes!

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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 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 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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Cannon Dragger from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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