Cannonball Double IPA
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

Cannonball Double IPACannonball Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,906
Ranked #27,073
3.81 | pDev: 11.81%
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Cannonball Double IPACannonball Double IPA
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some apricot + honey highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with a moderate amount of sweetness underneath moderate to strong aromas of pine, herbal, and citrus grapefruit pith hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready and caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel + honey sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of pine, herbal, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable DIPA though a touch sweeter than I prefer - very typical hops flavors and aromas. This is a big beer with well hidden alcohol but I do not think that I could have more than one of these in a session.

Feb 18, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Hazy gold orange one finger white fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Sweet candied orange, lemon peel, grapefruit, big caramel malt.
T - Very sweet, lots of candied fruit flavor, tons of caramel malt.
M - Cloyingly sweet, mildly bitter.
O - Tastes like a more intense version of NG's American IPA, which still isnt good.

Nov 28, 2013
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5thOhio from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a bright white head that settles to a skim of foam. Nice scattered lacing as the level settles.

Aroma is fresh, fruity and citrusy.

Mouthfeel is good for a DIPA, not too thick like some can be. Carbonation is solid.

Taste is unusual compared to other DIPAs I've had, due to the predominant flavor of overripe oranges as opposed to the more standard grapefruit or pine. Strong hop bite with enough malt base to give some balance. Slightly boozy alcohol heat at the back end. I like the taste but I can imagine it would be off-putting to many who expect a more traditional DIPA.

Oct 16, 2013
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EJ6759 from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this Natty's in Greensboro. Poured from the tap into a pint glass. Nice rich appearance with a frothy head. Smell screams hops. Wonderful balanced taste. The mouthfeel is on point with good carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, I would give this around a 4.25-4.30. Solid offering if you pull up for a pint.

Mar 22, 2012
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cwguy5 from North Carolina

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

Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Black & Blue. Thanks brawleys!

A - clear, deep copper color with white, bubbly ring of head; not much lacing that i noticed

S - tropical and floral hops, peach, bit of fresh roadside skunk or weed

T - mild, tropical, hoppy base with some honey-like sweetness throughout; finishes with a Juicy Fruit lightness

M - medium bodied with light-medium carbonation; slightest bitter, coating mouthfeel

O - light-ish and clean for a DIPA. solid overall. would try again.

Mar 18, 2012
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HopHead84 from California

3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Extra courtesy of funhog, thanks! Snifter.

A: A gentle pour yields me two ounces of liquid and four fingers of beige sea foam. This is absurd, I've never had an IPA do that. I don't know what to make of it. The head looks very nice and the retention is very good, but the head is just so damn large. Soapy lacing forms a sheet all over the glass as the head slowly recedes. The body is a very dark orange and pretty hazy.

S: The hop profile is dank pine and citrus flesh: orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. Floral notes are evident but restrained, and there's a light spiciness. Malt is balancing but not overdone. It brings to mind caramel and bread. I'm really enjoying the citrus profile. There's a little melon in there.

T: Upper moderate bitterness with a bready malt backbone and a little caramel. Orange and grapefruit meld with a light herbal character. The finish is somewhat astringent and there's a little alcohol as well as an increase in pithy bitterness. The beer is well balanced.

M: The body is medium and carbonation is very high.

Overall: I thought this was solid at first, but the astringency and overall harshness of the bitterness became unpleasant and tiresome. Add that to a lackluster hop flavor and you get a subpar Double IPA, even as malty ones go.

Jan 07, 2012
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy orange with a finger of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with decent lacing.

S: Some pineapple and grapefruit citrus notes at first followed by lots of earthy and grassy hop aromas. It also smells faintly of weed.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some citrus notes at first followed by lots of earthy flavors. Grass and pine hops with some cannabis notes as well. The finish is fairly clean with only a light bitterness and is also slightly floral.

M: Medium body and carbonation with a slightly oily feel to it.

O: A pretty decent DIPA. It's definitely unique, but works fairly well. I tend to like brighter, more citrusy DIPAs but this at least avoids being a bitter bomb.

Sep 29, 2011
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Trilogy31 from California

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blood orange, with golden orange hues at the rim, with a thin collar of foam leaving a thin sheet of lacing. The nose and taste are pretty similar - im guessing i dont have the freshest bottle as it drank closer to a barleywine - a nice one at that. Juicy booze soaked figs, rich caramel malts, an almost herbal pollen, light citrus along with burnt sugar raisins make up a very nice profile on the nose and taste. The beer is even very pleasant to drink it just doesnt really bring too much hoppy bitterness. Would love to try this fresh and assuming i had an aged bottled it still made for a beautiful lower abv barleywine.

Sep 14, 2011
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wcudwight from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with golden hues in color. 1/4" white head with good retention. Lots a sticky lacing.
Smells more floral than most DIPAs I've had. There's some citrus and herbal scents as well.
The first thing that strikes me with Cannonball is the balance. Natty manages to give this beer incredible hop flavor and complexity with out going over the top with the hops. Grapefruit rind and pine cones with a good dose of spiciness all with a sweet bready malt backing. Mouthfeel is good with some crispness from the hops. This one goes down easy. Too easy. Before you realize it the glass will be empty and you'll be feeling it.

Nov 30, 2010
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SteveStein from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Expected a lot of "bitter" from a double IPA, but the first impression is sweet caramel. Another surprise - hops do not predominate. The bitter comes on in the aftertaste, but the sweetness lingers as well. Very enjoyable beer, but watch it - the alcohol creeps up on you!

Nov 25, 2010
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Haybeerman from Colorado

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

A: Deep copper color. Poured a one finger off-white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Florala hops, pine and sitrus. Plenty of crytal malt. Piney notes intensify as it warms.

T: Ditto the smell with more of the caramel flavor up front. Resiny hop character in the middle. Sharlpy bitter finish for a nice balance with some the floral hop character lingering.

M: Light-to-moderate body. Moderate carbonation. Resiny, dry and slightly warm.

D: Easily drinkable. Well balanced. Disguises the alcohol well.

Jul 18, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with 2 fingers of off-white frothy head. Retains with a near finger of robust foam, leaving behind a sticky smattering of spotty lace behind. The aroma is thick with pine and sticky tropical fruits but this is almost overtaken by a dense wall of roasted grains, which also has a bit of a smoky meaty texture to it. I'm also getting some of the ABV coming out, which warms the insides of the nostrils a tad.

The taste lays the pine and spice on thick, with the tang of the those citric fruits pulling up the middle, while those deeply toasted malts from the nose linger strongly with plenty of leftover resins and spice. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a massive creamy feel to the carbonation that fills the mouth up but still stays silky from the slickness of the hop oils.

I really dug the hop profile here but that roasted assertive from the malts was almost too much at times. I'd definitely like to try this one fresh on draft, as I think that may make a huge difference with this one.

Jan 17, 2010
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glid02 from Georgia

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

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sticky caramel malts with good amounts of pine and citrus aromas. As the beer warms the pine aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by loads of citrus and pine flavors. The flavors from the hops carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a very drinkable DIPA and one that didn't try and go over the top with ABV. Worth a shot.

Jan 06, 2010
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kwakwhore from North Carolina

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

Purchased during a recent trip to Greensboro.
Copper amber pour with a two finger cream/off white head. Retention is not spectacular, but there is some nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of citrus and hop nectar.
Nice hop pucker is the first thing I taste. I expected more of a malt profile than I got. Malt is in there, but the hops seem to carry more weight here.
Mouthfeel is on the light side for a DIPA but not bad at all.
This beer is disappearing pretty quickly so that says something good about the drinkability factor here. Alcohol is not very evident either.
Pretty decent double IPA. I'll pick this up whenever I'm in Greensboro, but I wouldn't make a special trip to get it.

Dec 08, 2009
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MrStark from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a hazy orange/amber with a light of white head that went away somewhat quick leaving a thin cap.

Smell is quite rich with grapefruit, citrus , floral and pine. A sweet aroma with a bit of hops in there as well. A quite inviting aroma.

Taste is a nice citrus and malt sweetness followed by a light hop bitterness. Surprisingly not as bitter as I'd expect. The alcohol is present as it warms but not particularly strong. The sweetness of the brew seams to overpower the bitterness but overall not bad.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with minimal carbonation. pretty pleasant on the tongue.

Drinkability is great! It is quite easy to drink and goes down smooth. Its certainly light in terms of the imperial IPA's so I think it might be a good one to try if your new to style. Overall i think its quite good and i plan to have a few more.

Oct 26, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral hops, and pine. Tastes of citrus, pine, and caramel. Nice hoppiness with a nice malt balance in the tastes.

Notes from and tasted on: 5/21/09

May 22, 2009
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wedge from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy reddened amber with a small creamy white head. Juicy, fruity hops in the aroma...pineapple, orange, and apple juice. Sugary malts add some balance. The hops are more subdued in the flavor. Gritty, sweet malts make this a balanced IPA. Citrus oils and a little bit of pine needles, but not very bitter. Medium bodied, semi-slick, with light carbonation.

Pretty balanced, as far as IPAs go. This does have more of a regular IPA profile, despite the 8% ABV. Not bad...

May 18, 2009
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, evenly hazy body with a bone white tightly bubbled head above. Head is an inch high initially and fades promptly to a bubbly edged thin layer. Aroma is of orange rind and pine, apples spliced with mangoes, grassy hay, tree roots, earthy floral, caramel malt and phenols. Smell is like that of a regular American IPA. The first thing I notice with the taste is that the bitter to flavor + smell hop ratio is off balance. Its more on the bitter side and though this is not uncommon I prefer more flavor hops, or at least a stronger balance. Flavors are pine, citrus, bubble gum, woody caramel. Pretty basic, though not bad. Mouthfeel is slick, a tad resiny, and body is medium approaching light. There's nothing weird about this to slow down my drinking and it is also going down quicker than other double IPAs I've had. On the other hand, I wouldn't call this a double.

Not bad overall. I bet its superior on tap.

May 13, 2009
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy deep gold with a nice frothy white head on top. Great retention and nice sticky lacing rings. Smells of deep pine scents and flowers. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is alot thinner than I would like. Pretty watery. Flavor is very muted hop bitterness. Some citrus in there. This is more like an IPA in my mind. The only thing that makes this a double is ABV, and even that is fairly absent. Not bad, but have had better.

Apr 26, 2009
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges slightly hazy orange golden in color. Small white head tops the beer with some decent lacing as well.

Aroma is somewhat hoppy but the malts seem to be a little more dominant than the hop aspect in this one. This seems typical, however not my preference.

A decent amount of bitterness. Well balanced with the caramel malts. A touch of honey sweetness. Overall, more sweet and malty than hoppy.

Decent beer all around. I am glad to see a local (atleast for the Triad) brewer/brewpub bottling their beers. Easy to find and easy to drink. A solid standby beer for the fridge.

Apr 23, 2009
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Zorro from California

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a smallish white colored head.

Smell is herbal and malty with a strong bitter orange aroma. Bit of eucalyptus and mint here with fainter pine. Little bit of leather and wood scent here, that is what is making me think "English Pale Ale" from the scent.

Starts out sweet and woody with a toasted bread flavor. Lots of caramel, vanilla and oak in this one suspect Oak was involved. Mildly bitter but not really Double IPA class to me.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not bad a little on the light side but plenty of oak flavor without the bourbon burn.

Sampled through the efforts of Bentkentk56 and Secret Bunny 09 BIF.

Apr 22, 2009
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

Thanks to kkipple for including this an an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a hazy yet brilliant crimson-orange color with a creamy, off-white, one-finger head. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was rich, sweet, smooth and, overall, quite interesting. Fruity (tropical fruits including mango and papaya came through strong) and hoppy with a stiff, caramel malt backbone. Notes of toffee were also quite apparent. Candy-like. Some booziness appeared as the beer warmed.

The taste was weak and disappointing initially. A hop presence was noticeable but it was heavily overshadowed by the sweet caramel malts. Somewhat fruity in the center with a crisp, dry, piney finish. As the beer warmed however, the flavor profile really opened up. Citrus (orange peel) and tropical fruit notes (mago and pineapple) appeared out of nowhere. Brown sugar was noticeable as well. The alcohol presence also became quite pronounced by the drink's end.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, smooth and a slightly creamy with a fine, mild carbonation.

At a mere 8% ABV, this DIPA was well balanced and quite drinkable. Toward the end of my glass however, the alcohol became somewhat harsh and astringent (in both the aroma and the flavor).

Though Cannonball Double IPA may not be one of the "bigger" DIPAs out there, it is quite impressive nevertheless. Definitely worth a try, if you can find it.

Apr 18, 2009
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mbrasi from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a BIF. Pours a standard DIPA cloudy golden with a light white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit with some pine resin. Flavor is good, this isn't top tier good, but I think it's in the next level down (hard to beat fresh dreadnaught, pliny or hopslam). Medium to full body with a subdued carbonation. FIavor is good, with some pine, citrus and an underlying bitterness. I just think it doesn't finish as clean as the top tier DIPAs also the flavor isn't as addictive. Still a very enjoyable brew.

Mar 13, 2009
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CrellMoset from Virginia

3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Split w/ dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a filtered orange amber, radiant, slightly pale-looking when held up to the light, with average-speed, surprisingly large-bubbled carbonation. The fizzy, offwhite head fades relatively quickly, leaving a thin collar of lace and not much else.

Aroma: Perhaps this beer's best quality. Just a straightforward, sweet, east-coast sort of hop array. Citrus - though less grapefruit and more orange zest - and a handful of leafy, slightly minty notes, coupled with a sweet, strong, faintly roasted malty backbone. Solid.

Taste: A step down from the nose. The hops here are - as I've noticed in a few of Natty Greene's brews - slightly soapy, chemical-ish in a way. The flavors are also a little pedestrian, sort of muted, or perhaps just buried under the unpleasant aforementioned note - sweet malts, a little too sweet, a moderate bitterness, and a citrus-heavy hop profile. Average.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant mouthfeel, perhaps a little on the thick side, though largely just a heavy bodied, mildly carbonated brew. Decent enough.

Drinkability: Wasn't a huge fan of this, despite it being my favorite style. I found the "off" hop presence to be very distracting, almost acrid and astringent, and it detracted greatly from the enjoyability of this brew. I'd be willing to give it a second shot, but won't go out of my way to seek it out. Despite that, it is a pretty low abv% DIPA, so if you don't get the off note, go for it - otherwise, it's fairly solid.

Mar 13, 2009
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CWiggins from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 4-pack from Natty Greene's last week for $12.50.

ABV: 8.0%

Pours a dark amber, with a very short head of beige bubbles. After a few minutes the head was gone, but some perimeter lacing remained for a long time. Aromas of bright citrus and piney hops waft up from the brew with every sniff. The style is betrayed by the rather chewy texture (typical of the Imperial IPA style), and the flavors are pretty much spot-on as well: sweet, toasted-malt front edge that is quickly supplanted by a grapefruit-like center and finished off with that familiar hop character. The bitterness lingers for some time, which satiates enough to slow down the drinking experience, at least for me!

Feb 24, 2009
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