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

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

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Reviews: 1135
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%

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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)
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Photo of teromous


2.33/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Medium copper color with a fluffy white head. Good retention, but low carbonation visible through the transparent beer.

S: Earthy smelling hops, slightly dank. It has a Simcoe-like smell to it. Low on citrus smells. It has a nice scent to it, but it is below what I'd consider average for an American IPA.

T: Very light on bitterness and hop flavor. I get a lot of biscuity malt flavor and some yeast flavor, but the hops take a back seat. The malt flavor is good, though.

M: The mouthfeel is very weak. It feels too wet, as if the beer was watered down. There's not enough bitterness in the mouth, not enough carbonation, it doesn't fill or tease my palate...it's just underwhelming on all accounts.

O: Overall I was highly unimpressed with the beer. It tastes watered down and incomplete. I thought that a beer company themed in pirates and ships, with a name like High Seas, I would get some bold and full flavors. Instead I got a dingy full of landlubbers. Obviously somebody doesn't run a tight ship, because this cannon is very...very loose.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 21:07:14 | More by teromous
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

The beer has a dark amber/orange look with a thick white head. As the head settles it leaves a decent amount of lacing and the beer looks like it will be a nice IPA.

The smell is a sweet floral hops with a little pine and some fresh orange peel. A very nice smelling beer.

The taste is not nearly as good as the smell of this beer. There is a strange acidic sweetness that is inexplicable and a boozy heat that persists over all the flavors. For a beer that is only 7% abv that is just strange.

The beer is nicely carbonated but the strange alcohol presence and sweetness make it undesirable. Not something I will pursue in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 05:06:11 | More by rpstevens
Photo of GreenWBush


2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiny pumpkin. Placid, near-nothing ring of white bubbles. Freckles of lace.

Nose is rather dirty hops which seem to be filtered through a grainy metal screen...Husked grain, citrus PacNW hop again. Gives the impression of a grainy, hop-infused orange juice.

Dirty hop-juice comes back in the flavor with an intensity that reminds me of poorly used Chinook hops. Fortunately, the slight maltiness does pick up the proverbial pieces. Ragged harshness of hops hits on the intial quaff, while the second-half and finsh of this beer is much fuller and taste and eventually presents a pleasant grapefruitiness.

This beer would be a turn-off for the unitiated for sure, and actually takes some patient drinking to become enjoyable. A bit thin for almost 8%, too!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 20:37:10 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves just a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: Floral hops aroma is a bit mild for the style and is accompanied by a heavy citrus sweetness smell.

T: The bitter hops taste isn’t as intense as most beers in the style, but that same bitter hops taste is also nowhere near as good as most beers in the style. As sweet citrus malt is the smell, you don’t get much of that in the taste either.

M: Crisp, but not as smooth as it should be, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry finish. It was also kind of watery which I’ve never experienced in this style.

D: It kind of lacks in taste. It’s not that easy to drink. The only thing good about it that I can say in this category is that it’s not that filling. I certainly wouldn’t drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 05:54:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of jdanoff


2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

- $11.99 for the 6 pack in Meadville, PA
- "fresh-by" date on bottle (best by 06/2011), small blurb about beer on neck
- medium head from pour, thin white lace stays around edge and clings to side walls as beer was being consumed
- very faint aroma, hoppy but not floral, not strong
- okay overall taste, not too bitter and very little carbonation. not much malt
- easy drinking IPA, contrary to what the name implies--hop^3 and heavy seas
- higher abv of 7.25% but does not have an alcohol taste which is nice.
- bottle conditioned, small amount of sediment throughout glass
- strong traditional amber hue, almost that of a lager (yuengling)
- I do not like the label or label art, too childish and cartoon like
- run of the mill and not very impressed, would probably not buy again

Ashley's notes:

- very straight forward taste, not necessarily a good thing, too plain
- no background flavors, not floral or citrus-like in smell or taste
could use some malt

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 00:36:45 | More by jdanoff
Photo of Cresant


2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated best by: 11/06 into an IPA glass. Body was clear and honey/orange colored. Barely one finger of head, which receded like the wind. Neck label states the beer has yeast in the bottle but I could see no evidence (body was crystal clear and the bottle had no discernable reside). Label also called this bottle a "pounder"?

Smell was all citrus hops. Sweet grapefruit. Later, as it warmed alcohol became much more apparent.

Taste was pithy grapefruit. Scraping bitterness (not unpleasant). Sweet and drying. More sweetness than I like in an IPA.

Mouthfeel was medium carbonation and medium carbonation with some slickness in the texture. This beer is not one I will seek again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 22:49:11 | More by Cresant
Photo of HopNelius

New York

2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-two finger head, golden color, some carbonation.
Smell-Hints of floral and malt. Nice smell.
Taste-Floral hops, wierd finish, mixed in with some malt in there, not impressed with the balance at all.
Overall-I have to say I was not really impressed with this beer. I have been drinking a lot of IPA's lately and this on pales in comparison. The problem for me lye's with the balance, not sure what type of hops are used but it produces heavy floral notes with almost a metallic finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 13:58:57 | More by HopNelius
Photo of MoreThanWine


2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a half inch custard head of medium life. The body is a hazy sienna yellow color. It smells of piney hops and caramel. Taste is actually milder than the smell and comes across a little soapy to me. Plus the body seems much thinner than other IPAs. Either I got a lame bottle or this beer doesn't live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 08:51:14 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of cheapxceptbeer


2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing this beer completely off memory, the flavor was a tropical fruit/citrus hops with a resinous quality that I expect came from the ridiculous amount of hops used. While the hop flavor was interesting I don't find the "fruity," hops to be the most exciting, and I remember thinking I was drinking some sort of beer with tropical starburst. This brings me to the malt, way too sweet, no balance with bittter specialty grains that could have made this beer more drinkable. The smell was amazing, and if you like the "pineapple," hop flavor in beer then this is for you, however I can't stop thinking that the malt choices were seriously overlooked by the brewer when formulating this recipe. This is one of those times I wish american brewers were a bit more formulaic like our european counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 14:57:59 | More by cheapxceptbeer
Photo of HarrySTruman


2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice, big, fluffy white head that maintained for quite a while. Heavy lacing.

Smells of caramel malts, yeast and resin.

I've read a few reviews that said this tasted more of a APA than an IPA and I disagree. The flavor profile leaned more towards malts than hops, and the sweetness of the malts were a bit over powering. This beer was a curve ball for most IPA's. I wouldn't even call it balanced, I would say it was more malt than hops. Not much bitterness or citrus flavors at all, more sweet and grassy, with a bit of resin than anything.

Easy to drink with the ABV.

I'd say this is a good beer if you aren't expecting the normal IPA. Sweeter than normal, but still good tasting and easy to drink, I just don't think it does much for the style, which is why some of the scores I gave it were a bit low. I would drink it again, but I won't be in any rush to get more of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 05:38:24 | More by HarrySTruman
Photo of DarrellK


2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but I don't get the high rating for this brew. If you assess the IPA qualities, the beer touches all of the respects but is clearly not special in any one, let alone in totality. The nose is not at all flowert for the style. The color is OK and the head is typical. The mouch is below avereage and the finish, while a little hppoy, just is to subdued to be an IPA, let alone a pale ale.
Clipper City usually does better than this. A secondary note; I tried it at a cool room temp and a bit cooler and while some IPAs change character it didn't make much difference.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 21:21:47 | More by DarrellK
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hearty orange and amber color. Not much aroma going on.

Taste, kinda the quinetessential East coast ipa (sorry had to go there, I love ST), very well balanced, a fraction of a hop mouthfeel, restrained in every way. I did notice the beer developed a nice mouthfeel with food, had it with london broil and some chicken with both white and red pasta sauce.

Was somewhat disappointed given the hop cubed label, in that it had below even an average single ipa hopmouthfeel. Very East coast/UK in style despite the advertising coming across anything but.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:29:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with slightly better then average retention. Aroma consists of medium bitter hops with some very subtle citrus flavour. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some medium bitter and citrus hops. Body is about average with some medium carbonation. I was expecting a hop bomb based on the description of the beer which mentions triple hops IPA and it seems I got a light IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 17:08:41 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a pretty orange copper color with a small head but nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is earthy, piney and incredibly floral. The beer is oddly sweet and dry at the same time. While fairly hoppy this isn't a hop bomb. It is however a attack of flowers and pine trees. The earthiness is kind of odd in this beer. This brew tastes dirty! The feel is smooth and oily. I am kind of confused by this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 03:36:50 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from a make your own sixer at Total Wine. Pours a nice deep orange with a large foamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smells like I just stepped into a pine forest filled with lemons.

Mouthfeel is lacking. Pretty weak with no crispness at all. Taste a little bit of the alcohol, but pretty tamed down. Nice slight bitter aftertaste. This really is not as hoppy as it claimed to be. I'm a little disappointed. Overall, ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 04:28:29 | More by Onenote81
Photo of jneiswender


3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--golden rod yellow, quite cloudy

S--floral, sugary

T--very light hop flavor, sweet malt front

M--light and quenching

D--drinkable but not really something if you were expecting strong hop flavor. it just doesn't have that here.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:22:48 | More by jneiswender
Photo of mcann2pu


3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle
Appearance: Pours into pint glass a golden/orange color with about a finger's worth of eggshell colored head.

Smell: primarily a citrus-like hop aroma

Taste: a hoppy taste that goes with the smell, fairly good.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: pretty good overall drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 23:45:20 | More by mcann2pu
Photo of Kisejohn

3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma:  Subdued woody, with some pine aroma.

Appearance:  Amber color.  One finger of head with good lacing. 

Taste:  Some caramel malt character.  Little to no hop flavor.  Some bitterness in the finish.  Does not appear to be brewed to style.

Mouthfeel:  Medium body, light oily sensation.  Carbonation good.

Overall:  Sadly this beer does not compare well to other IPAs.  It drinks like a pale ale, with little hop flavor and more alcohol.  In comparison to leading west coast IPAs, this beer is a definite pass for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 22:03:06 | More by Kisejohn
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Found the bottle at a Fresh Market mix a six offering.

Pours light to medium amber, grades light to dark bottom to top. Light layer of foam on top. Mild hop aroma, very light & subtle. Sweetness evolves into a mixed bitter. Floral notes with a kind of raisin-y mouthfeel.

Odd blend. Unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 14:34:16 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Jwaks


3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving 12oz bottle

A meager half finger thick head of fine honey tinted froth quickly settles into a thin collar with little to no lacing just above a pellucid copper tinted golden yellow body housing scant carbonation.

Grapefruit, orange, a bit of must and and peppery alcohol are present on the muted nose with a bit of spicy malt and diacetyls.

Tame and reticent upfront, this offers meager hop bitters throughout with a bit of ripe melon and hints of pale malts on a short clean finish. Hops flavors offer just a bit of bitter, acidic citrus upfront and meld into a very restrained mid palate and finish. Grip on the finish is minimal and dissapointing.

Smooth with a short. mildy bitter and insipid finish, this suffers from a heavy hitting alcohol and a bit of leafy hops that come through lound and clear on the finish compromising both the flavor and mouthfeel. Balance isn't a consideration with little malt prescense soaked in lots of raw bitter hops.

Perhaps it is better fresh but I was not impressed by this brew, it was a bit overdone and too boozy for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 01:40:00 | More by Jwaks
Photo of Jimmys


3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. best if bought before may 2013.

A: a slight amount of haze in an otherwise brilliant light copper body. head is bubbly and solid. slightly off-white. retention is good, and there is some spotted lacing.

S: nose has a lot of butterscotch/diacetyl aroma. otherwise there is some earthy/pine hop aroma. meh.

T: a citrus presence is notable in the middle of the drink. a bit oxidized, in addition to diacetyl, makes for an overall slightly moderate/unpleasant flavor. bitterness is there throughout and some hop flavor makes its way towards the finish. lemons and pine trees.

M: moderate carb on a medium body. doesn't drink as big as the abv says.

D: this thing definitely tastes like it has lost some quality due to time. however, I am surprised that this is still well before the best by date. wonder how long ago it was bottled....regardless I feel like I have been happy and sad about this brew quite a few times, that inconsistency alone is enough to pass. get your shit together Heavy Seas.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:48:44 | More by Jimmys
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was excited to find this beer at a local pub, amongst the BCM they had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised by its taste, although I thought the appearance, smell, and mouthfeel were all average. There was a definite earthy/hay taste to it.. along with a fair amount of hops. Very drinkable, I would have this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 01:36:20 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Pencible


3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy copper with no head, and it smelled strongly of apricot and hops. The flavor was dominated by apricot and citrus hops with a bit of yeast and alcohol. The aftertaste continued the strong apricot taste (sweet) and bitterness. It was moderately thick and slightly carbonated, which wasn't quite what I was expecting from a cask ale (too thin and bubbly). Overall it tasted more like a barlyewine than anything else, which didn't quench my thirst like I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 22:37:02 | More by Pencible
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass it had a light amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. A fairly small amount of head, but long-lasting.

S: The aroma was mainly dominated by hops, but there was also a pleasant citrus element as well.

T: When you drink this, you get a big blast of hops, no doubt about that. After that, there's little else of note. Not much of the citrus element you get in the smell, or anything else. Very mediocre taste.

M: A average amount of carbonation, as well as a slick, oily finish.

D: This beer didn't really impress me, though I have had worse. It has its good points, but it isn't complex or full-bodied enough for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 13:36:25 | More by avalon07
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Copper orange color with white head.

S - Sweet hops.

T - Hops and hops. A little bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not a fan. It has a really bitter finish that stays with you a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 03:48:49 | More by jeffmonarch
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