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Magic Rock Cannonball

Rating: 4.05

Amazingly this beer will be only my third from the Magic Rock brewery despite first trying and enjoying a bottle of their High Wire pale ale over two years ago. This particular offering is one of the breweries most popular and is also one that I’ve wanted to try since reviewing that first bottle of High Wire here in early 2013 so I’m surprised it has taken me this long to get round to it. I managed to find it on-tap at the Euston Tap bar in London just before heading home from a recent trip to the city and it follows on from Magic Rock’s Ringmaster pale ale that I reviewed here earlier this year after finding that one on-tap as well, in Edinburgh that time around. The beer is a well rated one online and it also appears in the updated edition of the 1001 Beers To Try Before You Die book so that’s another one off the list should I ever complete the first list and update my copy.

Magic Rock Cannonball

Appearance (4/5): Light golden in colour to amber with a thin, quarter centimetre head that is full of fine white bubbles and looks partially foamy. There is some lacing on the sides of the glass and the beer as decent retention as well.
Aroma (8/10): Floral hops and a lot of bitterness to start, this one has some orange notes and lemon zest coming through alongside tonnes of grapefruit. It’s a bitter but quite fresh beer on the nose with some tropical fruits making an appearance, most notably some pineapple and touches of mango but a few others sit in the background too.
Taste (8/10): This taste starts off matching the nose quite well, there is again a lot of floral flavours and plenty of bitterness coming from some strong hops and grapefruit early on. There was some pine to a lesser extent but still noticeable before some good citrus flavours and touches of pepper and spice started to come through as well with a touch of sweetness from some malts towards the end.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and really quite bitter, the beer had quite a strong citrus tang to it and came across as quite fresh with a good balance. There was a fair amount of sweetness too with a crisp, dry finish that had a nice bite to it.

Overall (17/20): This one was a really nice offering from Magic Rock, it was strong and hoppy with a good amount of bitterness from the start yet still remaining well balanced throughout. I found the beer to be refreshing and highly drinkable with the floral and pine flavours working well with the sweetness towards the end; a good beer and definitely one that I’d have again.

Brewed In: Huddersfield, England
Brewery: Magic Rock Brewing
First Brewed: 2011
Type: American IPA
Abv: 7.4%
Serving: Draught (Half Pint)
Purchased: Euston Tap, London, England
Price: £3.30

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  1. June 19, 2017 at 22:48

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