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

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Cannonball Double IPACannonball Double IPA

Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by 5thOhio:
Photo of 5thOhio
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stoked along with the AK that Natty's is bringing in a beer engine from time to time for certain beers.This one poured a deep copper with clean white head on top,big pine jumped out at ya along with some hrb and citrus but the pine stood out most to me.Typical DIPA flavors big citrusy hop with pine and resin notes as well there is a noticable slightly sweet malt presence underneath the huge dose of hops though.Iam looking forward to pints on cask at the brewpub.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz. Natty Greene growler from AKSmokedPorter. He keeps me hooked up with good beer.

Cloudy copper in color with a thick and creamy off-white head that leaves patches of sticky-soapy lace on my glass. Aromas shake it up with pine oils and rind of citrus fruits. Up-front sweet bread followed by a rising current of pine cones and fruit juice. Finishes with a sugary bitterness. I need to scrape my tongue! Low levels of carbonation and very slick mouthfeel. It's very tough to tell this one weighs in at 8.5% on the ABV scale. Rapidly drained was my glass (twice). Anoter winner from Natty's and one I'd love to have again.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the growler and into the glass it goes. A nice creamy head is received, sitting on top of a slightly hazy reddish-orange color.

Smells largely of grapefruit. Nice, enjoyable, but not much else coming through.

Flavor is an explosion of big sour grapefruit, and a grassy astringency is noted, especially in the bitter finish. Almost reaches the medicinal-tasting levels of some barley wines. Some malt is detected, and good thing, as its succulent sweetness helps balance the wild hops on offer. There might be a balance problem (ie. the giant hops almost eclipse the malt flavor), but it's generally a mighty enjoyable brew for hop-crazy beer fans. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and not overly carbonated.

Another solid offering from this excellent Greensboro brewpub. While not on a Dogfish Head or Stone level, Natty's is good enough to bottle and would appeal to any fan of US micros--Cannonball makes me certain of that. For now, we're just glad they're close enough to be our favorite growler filling station. [Note-to-self a couple years later: Found the bottled version to be too thin and much less impressive overall than the tap version.]

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Photo of hyoung41
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Dduquette
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Hop-o-saurus
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of n2185
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of nc41
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had my 1st one last night. Pours like a double, smells like a double, surprisingly thin head maybe a 1/8 in to start with, but what was there basically stayed. Crisp hoppy nose that follows thru to the taste buds. It's a very decent drinkable DIPA, not outstanding, but it certainly wont disappointment either. I like a lot of Natty's stuff, but 'm not sure they can handle the brewing load of so many different styles and do an exceptional job in such a small place.

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Photo of Cheld
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of cantfindme
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mattsmith413
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of wedge
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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...

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Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of cwguy5
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RedNeckGurl
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SteveStein
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Natty Greenes has VERY recently been putting this brew into bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

My bottle lists the ABV at 8.0%.

A - Cloudy orangish/brown with about a half finger of head. Retention is moderate, but the head falls to almost nothing with very minimal lacing.

S - Very sweet aromas at first, much like pear and apple with a hint of peach. There's a hint of grapefruit in there as well and a very leafy/grassy aroma similar to lettuce and celery with a touch of chive.

T - Sweet fruity flavor, again similar to pears and peaches. There is a lingering vegetal flavor behind the scenes as well, the best description is a mild mix of onion, celery, and carrots. Mid to late palate a very citrus snap pulls through; mostly reminiscent of grapefruit but some orange peel flavors are present as well. Finish is very garlic-like and grassy, with a persistant citric bitterness. Unfortunately there is very little malt backbone.

M - Somewhere on the border of medium and light bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D - An OK example of the style. This brew reminds me more of a supercharged IPA that hasn't quite gotten to DIPA status yet. Bitterness is detracting, and overall the body is too thin and effervesent for a solid DIPA.

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Cannonball Double IPA from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 73 ratings