Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by Zraly:
4.65/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
I've had Loose Cannon several times, both in bottles and on tap. It is a consistently good American-style IPA that delivers high marks in terms of interpretation and in taste.
Bottle being reviewed has a consume by date, with notches for June 2008.
Appearance is a nice copper-color, with a pocky head that laces nicely. Carbonation is appropriate and lends to a crisp mouthfeel. Solid show on that front.
What is totally exceptional about Loose Cannon is its wonderful smell. Big, piney-floral hop heaven. I'm half-tempted to dab this at my pulse points and become a marketing ploy for Clipper City. I can't emphasize how good this smells and how it sets up one's palette to enjoy the other components of this ale.
The overall taste is a nice sweet, toasty malt backbone paired with huge citrusy, earthy, "alpine" hops. I say alpine because it seems to cross a huge piney note with a floral note; a wonderful mix of tree and flower notes; a compliment to the Pacific NW hop scene. Medium to medium-heavy body with a smooth, dry finish.
In my mind, this is perfect for someone who enjoys hops, but isn't necessarily a hop head. Balanced and approachable. If you can find it on tap, the experience is even better in terms of smell and mouthfeel. I can, however, recommend that if you purchase in bottles, you will not be disappointed.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2008 23:40:51 | More by Zraly
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