Cannon Dragger | Burnt Hickory Brewery

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Cannon DraggerCannon Dragger

Brewed by:
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 twistwrist
2.2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I wanted to like this local beer more, but I just don't. Lol. It was too....just too...

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Photo of avalonbrewing
2.45/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Raziel313
2.72/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Photo of MarBex
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of jriggins6
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.04/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not spectacular. Little aroma. Bitter.

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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 helios7
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GTJayG
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 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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Photo of HearneHoppers
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of randomjazzr
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of UGA45211
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PEIhop
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 markgugs
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bisonfort
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had draft at chesters. Could be better.

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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 kmanjohnson
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lorihall1
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrelsfo
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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Cannon Dragger from Burnt Hickory Brewery
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