1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 AleHeavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,532 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,532
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 66
Gots: 162 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Higravity on 09-09-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,532 | Reviews: 1,142 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jondeelee:
Photo of jondeelee
jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loose Cannon brags that it has been "opulently hopped 3 times in the brewing process," and the care taken with hops is certainly present in the nose, which bears scads of grapefruit rind and pine notes, as well as the floral, sugary tones that can come with large amounts of hops. A nice malt background, filled with oranges, brown sugar, and lightly toasted grains completes the aromas.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately hoppy and bitter, washing over the tongue in waves of grapefruit and pine, with hints of eucalyptus, and leaving a stinging sensation on the tongue and soft palate. I haven't been able to find an IBU for this one, but at least one website says that Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade hops went into the brew, at a quantity of 3 lbs per barrel--so you know the bitterness is going to be high. This is quite well balanced by a strong malty backbone, contributing orange and lemon fruit esters, as well as brown sugar and light touches of toast. The aftertaste is mainly hops (no surprise there), and lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a good beer for hopheads, providing a strong, if slightly off-balance due to excessive bitterness, flavor profile. I would have preferred a little more flavor and a little less bitterness from the hops, or perhaps just a stronger sugary malt base, but I still recognize that this brew has been lovingly crafted and will appeal to most connoisseurs.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:30:54 | More by jondeelee
More User Reviews:
Photo of RFL8
RFL8


3/5  rDev -25.4%

07-13-2014 17:34:24 | More by RFL8
Photo of A-Sox
A-Sox

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-13-2014 12:32:05 | More by A-Sox
Photo of Rod_J
Rod_J

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-13-2014 01:32:15 | More by Rod_J
Photo of REAL_Harrison
REAL_Harrison

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-12-2014 15:50:54 | More by REAL_Harrison
Photo of bkwhoppa66
bkwhoppa66

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-12-2014 00:51:06 | More by bkwhoppa66
Photo of Imacul8drm
Imacul8drm

Georgia

5/5  rDev +24.4%

07-11-2014 03:52:57 | More by Imacul8drm
Photo of webweb2
webweb2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-11-2014 03:48:49 | More by webweb2
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-10-2014 21:23:11 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
Photo of drwatson32
drwatson32

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-10-2014 16:31:53 | More by drwatson32
Photo of Leiermann
Leiermann

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-10-2014 12:30:11 | More by Leiermann
Photo of Aubassbone
Aubassbone


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-10-2014 04:51:32 | More by Aubassbone
Photo of Iparedman
Iparedman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-09-2014 22:31:34 | More by Iparedman
Photo of tvstevey
tvstevey

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-09-2014 21:19:45 | More by tvstevey
Photo of ScottDep
ScottDep

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -62.7%

07-08-2014 19:32:09 | More by ScottDep
Photo of BigEZ_VZ
BigEZ_VZ

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-08-2014 16:30:14 | More by BigEZ_VZ
Photo of RichIron883
RichIron883

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-08-2014 16:07:16 | More by RichIron883
Photo of wcu80
wcu80

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-08-2014 12:19:12 | More by wcu80
Photo of jodybrutal
jodybrutal

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-07-2014 17:54:15 | More by jodybrutal
Photo of kbuzz
kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-07-2014 16:34:48 | More by kbuzz
Photo of chrismorebeer
chrismorebeer

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it and it was a bit over chilled. First sip is in your face Citra hops with an astringent aftertaste as one would expect with this much hops. Mouthfeel grew as I downed the hopped up elixir. Seemed a bit out of balance malt vs hops. A little more malt would balance this brew. Would order again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2014 20:29:32 | More by chrismorebeer
Photo of Keene
Keene

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-06-2014 03:21:27 | More by Keene
Photo of lzepplin01
lzepplin01

Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-06-2014 02:14:02 | More by lzepplin01
Photo of dnuhn91
dnuhn91


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

07-05-2014 17:20:16 | More by dnuhn91
Photo of BuckeyePA
BuckeyePA


4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-05-2014 16:43:16 | More by BuckeyePA
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 2,532 ratings.