Friday, 13 January 2012

Magic Rock Brewing Human Cannonball

Good evening all. It's Friday, and whilst that would normally bring feelings of relaxation, the atmosphere is decidedly more tense as revision has not exactly been fructuous this week. Regardless, I'm still committed to the cause of reviewing good beer, and frankly I will take any opportunity to not have to stare blankly at a computer screen hoping for an epiphany. Tonight's beer is from a brewery that had a fantastic year in 2011, and will no doubt continue their meteoric rise during 2012 with their recent inclusion in BrewDog bars across the country. This is Human Cannonball from Magic Rock Brewing. Review after the pic....

Human Cannonball (9.2% ABV) is a double IPA billed as an amplified take on Cannonball, their flagship IPA. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a decent white head that dissolves to a patchy covering on the surface of the beer. The aroma is fantastic, with resinous hops, citrus fruits and an underlying sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable but not offensive, and the malt character is in the background and only just detectable. The taste is piney and incredibly fruity, with a dry bitter finish that reveals biscuit malt flavours once the initial hop blast has diminshed. The mouthfeel is quite thick and relatively carbonated, which supports the hop flavours brilliantly. I remember being quite disappointed with Cannonball when I first tried it, as I was expecting so much after reading the bottle description and felt it didn't completely deliver. This beer, in comparison, delivers everything it claims to and more! This is what a good imperial IPA should be like, and I'm very glad a UK brewery managed to pull it off. It is very similar to Hardcore IPA (BrewDog), but there's a sweetness to this beer that produces a better balanced experience in comparison to BrewDog's offering. A great beer from a great brewery- don't hesitate to try this and all of their offerings if you get the chance.

Until next time....

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