Magic Rock’s Human Cannonball

My previous encounter with Human Cannonball (9.2%abv) was on the way out of Mr Foley’s IPA Day celebrations. Having finished the ‘live blog’ I did, I was about ready to pack up and go home when Dean reminded me that I had yet to taste the kegged Human Cannonball that was gracing the bar.

Already on the way to being tipsy (Hey – IPA day was not a day for weak beers!), I thought ‘Of course. Can’t miss it.’ Away I went, goblet brim-full of souped – up, Gonzo Cannonball. Something More Human Than Human, to paraphrase Rob Zombie and The Tyrell Corporation. A mutant beer, a freak.

Whilst drinking it, you really don’t get what’s coming. The flavour is exactly that same as Cannonball; A lush, marmalade-hued IPA, tongue-coatingly sweet in the body, of the American persuasion as are all of Magic Rock’s beers. Lift your glass up to your nose and take in those tropical-fruit aromas wafting up; Mango, Strawberry, Lemon and Tangerine. It’s glorious – really, it is –  and deserves to stand side by side with Kernel’s best in the aroma stakes.

So you drain your glass, put it on the bar, and set off. About half an hour later  – possibly when you’re on your next beer – you hear a quiet, yet creepy sound in the distance. A boom. A rumble. Hear that? It’s coming for you – and there’s no point running, because it will catch up with you. That’s the alcohol; somewhere, somehow hidden in the original sip like a bandit. It hits you and hits you hard. Welcome, dear drinker, to the true Human Cannonball Experience. It’s at this point you realise that the Human Cannonball is you. Frazzled, hot-to-the-touch, and very, very happy.

Obviously, this is only a cautionary tale. I strongly urge all who have not yet tried to outrun the Human Cannonball to try and do so, as soon as they can.


About leighgoodstuff

Blog: I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 16/10/2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. You Leeds guys are so godamn lucky to have places like North Bar, Mr Foleys and the like, I’m on a mission to get someone brave enough locally to embrace beers like this and at least give us a shot at raising their popularity in the Stoke area.

    Had a first success this weekend when Magic Rock Curious graced the bar of The Duke in Burslem, on straight after a Port Vale home game and it was going away from the bar like it was free!! A gave the bar manager a ten minute excited run down of all the range, I may even sneak him a bottle or two up from my next order…painful as that will be, hopefully it will pay dividends 😉

    That aside, bloody good write up mate, I want this and soon…


    • Mate, Magic Rock’s beers fly out wherever they are, so grab ’em while you can (although that’s no great hardship)! Thanks, phil!

  2. beerbirrabier

    I think I’ve tried all the other MR beers, except for this one. And this is the one I want to try most! 😛


  3. Nice post, I’ve got to try this beer now.

  4. Glad you liked this one Leigh. Yet to have a bad or even indifferent pint from these. Don’t forget Magic Rock are a permanent fixture at The Grove in Hudders if you’re passing, and their Key-Keg beers are regular. Cheers.

%d bloggers like this: