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The Cannibal | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
ironhillbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Golden Ale brewed in tribute to one of the world’s greatest cyclists, Eddy “The Cannibal” Merckx. Light in color and medium -bodiedy but complex in flavor. Unique Belgian yeast imparts notes of spice and tropical fruit.

30 IBU

Added by NeroFiddled on 07-22-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,779
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
58
pDev:
7.85%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Photo of GreenMind
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeers
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold with a finger of white head that settles into a crown. Banana, Belgian yeast and a hint of pepper in the nose. Slightly sweet tasting, with more banana, a touch of hop bitterness, some more Belgian yeast and a heavier hit of the pepper in the backend. Medium bodied with a syrupy feel. It's not bad.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-clear, golden can pour with a thin foam cap. Sweet aroma. Flavor is dominated by Belgian yeast and honey. The flavors are pleasant and strong. There is a bit of initial slickness but the finish is dry.

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3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/21...pours very cloudy and murky. Pale white/pink gold. Heavy white foam, quite sticky. Fruity esters, bubblegum notes. Yeasty. Fruity flavors. Some citrus. Bright & floral. Subtle peppery background. Complex Belgian flavors, quite good.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a long time, the only way to get Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant beers for takeaway were to fill growlers or buy their massive corked & caged bottles, neither of which were CANducive to my purposes. I am glad to see them beginning to make the CANsition over to CANs & it will be even better if they get a Crowler machine in there.

From the CAN: "A golden Belgian-style ale. Its complex flavors and dry finish are accented by a nose of tropical fruit and dry spice." The label seems inCANgruous since the beer is named for Eddie "The Cannibal" Merycx, a Belgian bicyclist and has nothing to do with scuba diving.

The Crack! produced a light spray across my fingertips and since it came in a pounder 16-fl. oz. CAN, I did not feel like CANducting anything more than a gentle Glug. Once I had acCANplished this, I gave it a swirl to raise a finger of foamy, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas. Nose was both fruity and musty. It smelled of bananas, tangerines and toasted coconut along with a bundle of old newspapers found up in the attic after many years. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, but the low carbonation made it seem kind of thick and full on the tongue. The taste was an odd admixture of banana, pineapple, tangerine & coconut along with that yeast-driven mustiness that I caught on the nose. It wasn't bad, per se, just very different from what I both expected & remembered. I am sure that I had it on-tap at one point over the years. Finish was very dry, thanks to the yeast having really done its job. Phew! That may be my last for the evening.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-09-23 in Lancaster, PA at the brew pub.

Very tasty. Somewhat like La Fin Du Monde with less alcohol. Worth seeking out.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the reigning champion of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of yeast, light fruits. Taste is malts, alcohol, mild fruits. Feels medium bodied in mouth and overall is a decent beer, but a bit on the boozy side for my liking.

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3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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The Cannibal from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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