Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by jondeelee:
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
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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
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 2,532 ratings.