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Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 3,013
Reviews: 1,185
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 97
Gots: 419 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Higravity on 09-09-2005

Burnished gold with a rich citrus hop aroma, it is wonderfully drinkable with a big hop flavor. We’ve knicknamed it Hop3 (hop cubed) ale to reflect the enormous amount of hops in this beer: over 3 pounds per barrel! It is hopped 3 ways: in the kettle, in the hop back, and dry hopped.
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Ratings: 3,013 | Reviews: 1,185
Reviews by MaineBrewing:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures a lighter golden with a thinner white head thatwas gone pretty fast leaving no lace behind,seemed a bit spritzy.Big pine filled aromas and herbal mint really seemed to stick out with a touch of caramel underneath.Obviously hop driven but not over the top,lingering resiny pine flavors over top of biscuity lightly sweet caramel malt,the citrus is there more in the finish the pine profile is a little bigger.A solid offering the alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors meld well,nice job here.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense head that took a long time to die down and left lacy patterns covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the smell.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy—grapefruit stands out in particular—and also has some hints of bready malts. There is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly crisp and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer does taste strong but isn’t difficult to drink because the taste is well balanced and the alcohol is mostly masked from the taste.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: Pint glass with Black Bear (Morgantown, WV) pint glass.

A: Dark amber with a decent head. Head is single-fingered and a little bit bubbly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet hops and malt. More citrusy than piney, and smells absolutely delicious smelling.

T: Good malt backbone with a definite sweet hop presence. Slightly oily.

M: Smooth. Medium-bodied and quite creamy.

D: Quite drinkable. A "smaller" version of this style, but a good example nonetheless. Agree with other reviewers that this is potentially sessionable.

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Displays a hazy copper color with a frothy head that leaves great lacing on the way down

Smell: Some citrus fruit aroma

Taste: Fruity hop flavors abound from the start; after the swallow a perfumy citrus flavor appears

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very refreshing and fruity, nicely hopped IPA

Photo of Alextricity
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dad got a growler from the brewery and brought it back home... basically as fresh as it gets right here.

Appearance: Slow pour from the growler didn't give too much of a head at all -- a small white ring, but that's about it. The beer is a slightly hazy orange. Minimal lacing left behind.

Smell: A whole bunch going on -- Hop^3 is right. There's a pure dank hop smell, then plenty of citrus, herbal notes, floral aromas, and malt... a lot of IPAs tend to have a focus in their hops, this beer really is a Loose Cannon -- it shoots pretty much every hop aroma you can imagine at you and it does it quite well.

Taste/feel: Herbal and floral with citrus, a little dank pine that's a bit more in the background, and a nice malt finish. This is a fantastic IPA... has some great, quite different flavors. Very, very clean bittersweet finish on this that makes it pretty damn thirst quenching. Very well crafted. The bitterness is moderate if not low for the style, which aids in making this drink so easily. Seriously refreshing IPA that drinks too easily for the 7.25%. The mouthfeel is moderate all around with a decent body and middle-of-the-road carbonation that works pretty much perfectly. Strange thing about this beer is that it seems to go in feeling a little "Uh-oh, I don't think this'll be very good..." but the mid-drink and finish changes all of that.

Color me impressed. My rating's no doubt likely slightly inflated compared to others because I was able to get it fresh from the tap from the brewery, but I'll definitely be looking for bottles of this around me. One of the best year-round IPAs I've had for quite awhile.

Photo of Roser
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

A- clear honey gold. Decent medium bone white head that lasted a good bit. A little lacing, not much. Very pleasing/inviting to the eye.

S- clean, piney, floral, hoppy, citrus (grapefruit).

T- bitter hops up front. Malty, biscuity on the end. Big citrus wallop (grapefruit on the nose carries to the taste, big time).

M- medium body. Well balanced. A good bit going on here but very consistent throughout.

O- excellent! An outstanding IPA. Was a gateway beer for me several years ago when first getting used to this style, and has remained a "Big 4" for me over time (the other 3? Lagunitas Lil Sumpin', Bells Two Hearted, 21st Ammendment Brew Free or Die). Also, very reasonably priced ($7.99 at Total Wine). An additional note, visit the brewery if you have the opportunity. A great tour and tasting room.


Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shroud0f doom for this one from NBS BIF #1. Best by date of 5/17/15. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow amber color, with about 1/4 inch of light khaki head that had low-moderate retention and left sheets of lacing.

The aroma was very hoppy, mostly pine and floral, with a bit of citrus in the background, and had a low malt presence. On the tongue the flavors were similar, but bolder. The citrus hop flavors dominated the finish.

The body was medium, pretty much what you expect for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone smoothly and quickly. Overall, a very nice, solid IPA, one that anyone would be happy to have as a reliable, local go-to brew. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out light orange in color with a big, beautiful white head.

Smell – The hops here are huge and raunchy. The giant pine resin and pure, unadulterated orange aroma was just rank. It was the kind of smell that causes people to make a funny face. It was almost perfumey in a sense; it was such a concentrated smell.

Taste – This was just hop harsh in the mouth. If you don’t like hops you will definitely hate this beer. The hops aren’t even smooth, they are just raw in your face pine and rindy orange. Not to be outdone, the malts were big with some powdery spiciness.

Mouthfeel – This was medium-bodied with some sharp citrusy notes on the sides of the tongue. This felt very heavy going down. The ABV is a bit light to be called an “ADIPA” but it sure felt like a Double in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is an amazing ale with a huge, monster presence that you’ll either love or hate. I loved it!

Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge creamy vanilla head sitting atop an orange body. Looks pretty good.

Intense hops in the nose, grapefruit and other sweet citrus with some light hints of pine in the background.

Wow, juiciest of juicy hops sting the tastebuds and white grapes and oranges round out the experience. Initially clean, then halfway through the hops hit you, then drive right into a dead end road of white grapes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. Little to no malt being tasted.

Carbonation is just right though.

The hops in this one are juicy and sweet with very little bitterness at all. Day in and day out this beer could keep me satisfied. This is a IPA that hardly gets the respect it deserves. A better choice than their black IPA.

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Iamjlopez12
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a clear pale copper color with a plentiful fluffy white head. Great head retention and very good lacing.

S: Magnificent bouquet of hops; very floral! If you can get past the flowers, there is a little bit of pale malt undertone as well.

T&M: There is a creamy flood of malts and moderate hop flavor that immediately gush over the tongue. As the brew settles in there is more of a release of the bittering side of the hops that carries through the finish, leaving you with a quick clean hoppy linger. The carbonation on this is perfect; it's fine and moderate and helps create a creamy texture on the tongue.

D: Very enjoyable if you are a hop head and at the very least, respectable if you are not. I love IPAs and this is a fantastic representation. I enjoyed it a bunch and highly recommend it.

Photo of steelerguy
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep gold, approaching amber. Nice size off white head that sticks around. Low carbonation, but that is due to tap I'm sure, regardless the head retention was very good.

S - Extreme hop aroma and it is all good. Nice floral and citrus hops really come through on the nose. There is also a sweet caramel malt note, but it is hop dominated.

T - Hops again take center stage here. Although the bitterness is not extreme there is a lot of hop flavor. Very balanced with the caramel malt profile.

M - Has some sweetness, but some is perceived due to the hops and is not left over sugars. Not too heavy at all, nice clean profile.

D - This is a great session IPA. It has a good ABV, but is not harsh in any way, very enjoyable taste and the bitterness does not get tiring.

Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with one finger of pale yellow head that dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing down the glass.

I don't even need to bring my nose to the glass to smell the hops. Very nice, very strong citrus, floral, and herbal smells.

Very good flavors, though a touch drier than I expected. Nice malt flavors come through, so the lack of sweetness may be just as much due to the higher alcohol content and hop bitterness as to a lower sugar content. Lingering bitterness at the finish with some warm drying of the palette due to the alcohol. Its strength and staying power border on overkill, but I like a good bitter taste. Also, bringing this one up to temperature is an absolute must. Don't even think about drinking it straight out of the fridge if you want to get the full flavor profile.

A very satisfying mouthful; nice and creamy with a good amount of carbonation (any more would be overkill for me).

Definitely a sipping beer for those with a strong taste for hops. I will definitely get this again; it could become a standby if Saranac ever wises up and raises the price of their Imperial IPA.

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent orangish amber with a decent white foamy head that sticks around for a small amount of time.

S: Fresh floral smell with some citrusy hops and sweet malt tones. Mild but a good smell.

T: Mainly citrus and piney hops but not a strong hoppy taste. Some random spice is also present. As well as some nice balancing malt.

M: Moderate spice and bitterness but little heat. Ok carbonation and a light but medium body.

D: Very drinkable for anyone who likes hops and still pretty drinkable for those who don't.

Overall it's a nice balanced beer that leans towards a daily drinker for those who prefer hops.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Loose Cannon pours from the bottle a wonderful bright clear peachy color with a nice two fingers worth of creamy bubbly white head on top. Really awesome clarity on this brew. Aromas of fresh, bountiful citic, grapefruity hops that also have a big floral element to them as well. A sweet pale, light caramel malt lurks underneath. Peach and pineapple show up as well in the fruity hop onslaught...maybe there are some Amarillo's in here?? Either way it's a lovely aroma.

First sip brings a rush of sweet, pale, caramelly maltiness that almost instantly segues into a wall of bitter, fruity, citric hoppiness. Notes of peach, grapefruit and pineapple all make an appearance with a floral, green undertone. Fairly brash and a bit abrasive, however the malt still manages to pull everything together here. Vibrant, wonderful hop juice makes for a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. This one goes down really easily. A really tasty Double IPA that hits the nail on the head for me. Big, awesome hop flavors all around. I wish this was available locally as I'd be drinkin it regularly. Thanks to blitheringidiot for another fine east coast brew.

Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear body, light orange color, approaches apple juice. Nearly white head, little formed on the pour but stayed in a thin layer once reducing a bit.

Somewhat light aroma. Citrus and floral hops mainly but some pine undertones come through. Overall sweet but is nicely balanced with some caramel and biscuit malts.

Taste is okay, not much to it really and doesn't qualify as a double to me. That being said I find this one pretty well balanced. Earthy, biscuit malty bakbone. Hops are floral with a resin bitter finish. No hints of alcohol.

Thinnish mouthfeel for the style. Fairly crisp on the tongue. Coats well and the flavor lingers for a while.

Drinkability is good. Quite refreshing. sits light but still has flavor to make it seem like I'm actually drinking something.

Photo of Outchillen
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a heavy seas variety pack

A: little hazy, copper, with a think white head

S: Citrus hops, a little pine, maybe had cascade and simcoe hops

T/M: Full of balanced hops, not harsh but a little mellow and tart, light to medium body, better carbination than other heavy seas,

Overall it is a great IPA, not a hophead, it wasnt harsh, so I could def drink this again

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a delicious dark golden that would make me think this beer is loaded with hops, even if I didnt already know the name of it was "Hop3 Ale."

The scent is amazing. Floral, extremely hoppy, and thick.

Taste is a little odd after inhaling that wonderful scent. I expected much more of a kick than I got. This is actually rather mild for what is supposed to be a hop ale. It is not overpoweringly bitter, which is what I expected. I dont know that I'm disappointed, though. This is rather tasty.

The mouthfeel is also kind of mild. Very interesting. Flows smoothly over my tongue. Can't sense a whole lot of carbonation. Kind of a bit funky aftertaste.

I would like to try this beer again. Very interesting experience. I'm not totally sure what to think of it overall.

Photo of markmo
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of kevrob802
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a best by date of August 2007. Poured into a pint glass, it was orange with a thin head and an oily film. Nice floral aroma. A hoppy taste, but somewhat muted. Not the hops bomb I was expecting. Still, a smooth beer, one that you could drink more than one of.

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