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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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Ratings: 2384
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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Honisbygonis

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Piggybacked this after having A. Valley Spring Hornin IPA ten minutes prior, so perhaps skewed (or not):

Head / Aroma: light amber, with minimal carbonation (dawned on me that this poured into chilled pint glass while Hornin was not); fruity / hoppy sweet smell

Taste: since not a hoppy beer lover, and this being my 3rd IPA taste test in 3 days (2nd in past half hour), must say that negative aftertaste I dislike only mildly apparent (again, either taste buds numb shattered by Hornin IPA or L. Cannon more tolerable to me than either Inversion IPA or Hornin IPA)--egads, I was about to write "perhaps even acceptable tasting". Acceptable tasting it is, but this may be beer buzz / taste bud numbness talking; anyhow, I may have to re-trial this one at a later, more sober time.

Drinkability: perhaps after 2nd one, a smooth medium bodied experience awaits you.

Please note: homebrewed this morning (WH honey ale) and smells / tastes may be impacted for the better--as in tolerate, or worse--masking my normal disdain for IPA flavors; suffice to say nicest taste / aftertaste of the bunch in my current condition.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 20:14:38 | More by Honisbygonis
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RoninVP

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into 16oz Ball Mason jar.

I recently tasted this against "Aprihop", "Raging Bitch", & "HopSlam". Each have their place and the Loose Cannon stood out as the great all around Ale. Great beer for most every occasion. It held up perfectly to grilled red meat and the cheese platter. I'm not shocked that this classic beer could universally stand with everything thrown at it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 17:53:07 | More by RoninVP
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this one at Target of all places. Only thing mildly interesting and I had never had it. No expectations and it surprised me. Very good beer, great appearance with outstanding smell and taste, very balanced from a typically non-IPA guy. Overall this is an excellent beer that is a step behind some of the very good IPAs I have. Would certainly buy this again as it was a great value due to cost.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:17:05 | More by JamieDuncan
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bythebeerofzeus

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Two finger head, clear golden color. Nose is citrusy (orange/grapefruit/pineapple) and hoppy - smells incredible.

Taste is similar to the smell, but the hops are more pronounced. Not overly carbonated. For a triple hopped IPA it isn't as aggressive in the hop flavors as it could be - not for drinking quickly, but definitely more drinkable than some similar beers. Could probably appeal to hopheads and those less enthusiastic about aggressive beers.

Overall a very good beer, one I'd like to keep around. Glad I picked it up on my way back from Baltimore.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:29:54 | More by bythebeerofzeus
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB June 2014

Beer is clear amber in colour. Small white head that fades almost immediately.

Nose is citrus focused. Orange sticks out, with some tangerine. Nice scent, but I don't get much past the citrus.

Taste is also good. Again, citrus is the focus, orange and tangerine. A bit of pine is there as well. Caramel malt is notable, but plays a supporting role to the hops. Moderately bitter. Nice.

Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation level. Oily. Nice.

Overall, quite a good IPA. Nothing super exciting, but good on all fronts. Better than I expected!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 01:19:14 | More by jrenihan
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silverking

Florida

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear deep golden honey with a fluffy off white head. Well defined rings of lacing and a slow stream of bubbles rising in the glass.

S- The aroma is lacking. There are some tropical notes with a touch of caramel.

T- Incredible! Vibrant notes of pineapple and mango marry gracefully with a resinous hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, a tad creamy, slightly astringent finish.

O- It's the best IPA I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:44:17 | More by silverking
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loose Cannon pours a dark copper color with a small lacing head. There is a noticeable floral aroma, but had a sweet nip. The taste has a nice hop flavor, but had a sweetness instead of a bitterness, lots of earthy herb like flavors as well. Easy to drink, and strong flavors. Overall it is unique, and a sweeter IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:31:40 | More by vette2006c5r
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus hop and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; with a great hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:55:19 | More by superspak
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kcrosson492

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had Loose Cannon a few times now thanks to a local brewery downtown. I have always had it on tap but to be fair I purchased a six pack to enjoy. I love just about everything about this beer from the name all the way down to the taste.

A-The bottle and pack have beautiful artwork that certainly makes it stand out in the fridge. I cannot review the color in a glass because I cannot remember.

S-It has a nice clean smell which exemplifies the triple hops in it.

T-The taste is one of the best I have had (I have had quite a few but have just started reviewing). It is smooth, hoppy, and packs an untouchable flavor. So far!

M-The mouthfeel is not as heavy as you would expect but floats over the tongue nicely and goes down quite easy.

O-The beer is delicious, if you are looking for a good beer to sip back and enjoy in the evening after work I would highly suggest. I like to sip one of these with my dinner. This would also be a good fireplace beer.

Drink on!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 00:00:46 | More by kcrosson492
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mastodonj

Colorado

3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Apparently, I'm in the minority on this ale. I bought a six of this and I'm on the fourth one. With so many great AIPAs out there, this comes in just average.
A- almost no lacing. Decent amber hue.
S- mostly it's the high alcohol content and maybe a little citrus
T- bitterness dominates. Not a surprise at 90 ABU but not much else. But it's a nice balance of hop and malt in the aftertaste. So, very bitter on the tongue but quickly fades after swallowing.
M- the best feature. Just the right carbonation, alcohol bite.
Overall, I guess if you live in the mid-atlantic states, it would be a good AIPA if you can't readily get any of the many great west coast AIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 22:46:14 | More by mastodonj
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Bladesman444

District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 1/10/13 into a glass seidel.

A: Pours a nice deep golden color with a thick head of foam. Fairly clear, It actually looks beautiful.

S: Smells like your sticking your nose straight into a grapefruit. Lots of the aroma hops are coming through in this one.

T: Strong citrus flavor, but not in an overwhelming way. Hops are definitely present, but again not overwhelming. Very well balanced.

M: Feels nice going down. Leaves a citrus note on the tongue.

Overall: My go to IPA. I would suggest this beer to anybody in almost any situation.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:33:52 | More by Bladesman444
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden color with active bubbles rising, head is one inch and slowly recedes

Smell: Tropical fruit, pine, and bread. Fairly subtle for an IPA.

Taste: While there certainly is some hoppiness, there's also malt flavors too, namely bread, and this makes this taste more like an APA for me. There's nothing wrong with some malt balance in an IPA, but the hops here don't bring anything special to the table.

Mouthfeel: The beer drinks as one that is heavy considering the fairly thin mouthfeel. This is also a bit too carbonated in my opinion.

Overall: While I concede that this is one of the better widely available beers out there (I purchased this at a gas station), there are far better IPAs if one looks a little harder. The mouthfeel is probably the weakest part of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 06:06:41 | More by DeFaz
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Act25

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Move over raging hop brands, and make way for Heavy Seas Hop3. This is a serious hop bomb well crafted. Kudos! must try! Reasonable price. Bought as a single at wfm for 1.99.

A: Pours a clear light amber body with a stiff, rolling, mounding, frothy white head that laces a sticky stained glass all the way down.

Smell: Hop forward, inviting, fresh. Grassy, a bit of scat, followed by grapefruit rind, orange marmalade and sugar cookies.

Taste: Follows the smell with with crisp multiple hop flavors of orange peel and grapefruit and backed up by a subtle malt base. Dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Good feel going to long tingly finish

Drinkability: A refreshing IPA, tasty and well-balanced, masks alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 02:07:19 | More by Act25
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MichaelRabdau

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At first pour immediately noticed the foam, creamy dense bubbles and mellow citrus aroma, the first sip, swirl and swallow is delightfully pleasing to the palate with a deceptive alcohol content that's virtually undetected. Herbal flavors are subtle and blend perfectly without tasting overbearing. So incredibly smooth. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:44:47 | More by MichaelRabdau
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark copper, with a hint of what looked like green during the poor. Didn't see the green afterwards, but the color was hazy and a little murky. The head retains extremely well aided by aggressive visible carbonation. Nice uniform lacing on the glass.

S - Mild. Not a lot going on here, but the two characteristics that I look for (pine and citrus) are notably absent for me. I get something of a pungent grainy smell.

T - Follows the nose, I guess. Not sure if my beer was a little old or not, but it was within the best by date. Very earthy with a little funk. Mild bitterness. Not really my bag.

M - Really nice actually. The carbonation gives nice texture to an already medium-full body. This one is a pleasure to roll around.

O - Nice components, but the whole is lacking for me. Some people like this so-called herbal hop business. To me it tastes musty and uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:49:17 | More by Andrew041180
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Never had Heavy Seas before. This will be a tough act to follow. Had a 6 pack with an expiry date in four months. I could pretend to say what color and lacing is but, I am too lazy to pour it into a glass. The smell is very faint but florally with a nice blend of wheat. The taste kills. A perfect portion of hops but it is the great malty kick and fruit that makes it great. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 22:33:45 | More by BradMacMullin
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barczar

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

As soon add the bottle is opened, floral hops jump forth. Aroma is heavily floral and nutty. Toffee and subtle citrus tartness add complexity. Notes is grapefruit and lemon surface.

Flavor reveals grapefruit underlying a nutty, toasted caramel malt backbone. The finish is slightly resiny and bitter, but there's a touch of malt sweetness that carries throughout. Floral, herbal, and catty hops are evident in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and creamy, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Unlike most American ipas, this actually has some nice malt character. Hops are more subtle, as well. Balance is towards floral, rather than resiny bittering hops. Very enjoyable to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 18:45:48 | More by barczar
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice cloudy orange with a small white head with lots of visible carbonation. Smells of floral and piney hops, with sight citrus. Tastes of earthy and citrus hops with a nice grain body. Beer is extremely drinkable, medium body good carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 18:05:35 | More by cyclonece09
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bgillespie

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light gold in color with about a one inch head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Hoppy smell, like any other IPA.

Taste: Taste of hops is apparent. Not too bitter, which appeals to my taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light.

Overall: One of the better IPAs that I have had. Easy to drink. My favorite beer from Heavy Seas

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 06:03:23 | More by bgillespie
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best Before Dec 2013

A: Pours a light amber color with a fingers worth of head that slowly recedes down to a cap

S: Earthy and piney hops up front with a touch of citrus and fruit in the back. Decent malt character

T: Follows the nose. Earthy and piney to start and then goes into a light candy-like hop sweetness including some citrus and fruit notes. The malt provides a nice backbone and provides the perfect amount of balance. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice IPA with great balance between the malts and hops. The hops aren't overdone and whatever varieties of hops are there mesh well. A sleeper that stays afloat for good reason

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 18:38:19 | More by BEERMILER12
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utopiajane

New York

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a light orange, mostly clear with a small head of off white foam that fell reasonably to a thin cap and ring. Left good wet lace. The nose on this is pretty shy and the best by date is november of this year. There's some sweet orange and tart grapefruit up front and a sweet caramel malt with plenty of bread underneath that. The hops are herbal with a soft spice in back. There isn't much pine on the nose but a few needles if you really get down in the glass and so I think it has faded a bit. The malt is developing a grainy sugary quality as it warms. Taste is mild and very good. Flows with the sweet and tart citrus up first to greet the palate and give a little pucker. Then the malt is full, flowing and breaddy with ample sweetness to carry all that to a nice finish with a bit of pine and hop oil for a gentle bitter at the back of the throat. Lingers clean and with a bit of spice.

I think this a an amenable IPA. It's not fantastic or tremendous in any way but it is refreshing and a solid example of the style. Body is smooth and has good balance although it leans toward the malt a bit and is therefore a touch heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 15:09:52 | More by utopiajane
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dar482

New York

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a deep reddish hued amber orange. A really lovely deeply red looking IPA.

The aroma has tons of caramel malt sweetness. There's some very sweet orange, ruby red grapefruit, but really taken over by that caramel breadiness.

The flavor follows with that breadiness and sweetness playing a big role in the beer. However, unlike the aroma, it's a very pine bitter beer. It's good that the sweetness isn't cloying, but still really has a bit much of the sweetness.

The finish is a lingering bittering spicy pine. It's green, floral, and fresh pine instead of more of than deep earthy resinous pine in some beers.

It's a pretty balanced IPA. It drinks okay, but really has a strong pine backbone. In the end, a very competent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:11:11 | More by dar482
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden hue great lacing

mix of pine grapefruit tropical fruits,  with heavy honey backbone

yum hops, pineapple grape fruit, pine comes, rich sweet malty backbone
. Really well balanced. Good piney floral bitterness.

Creamy high carbonation, balance makes it sessionable.

Great everyday ipa, semi complex, balanced and drinkable. Affordable to. Reminds me of Smuttynose. Great hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 13:25:03 | More by BigCheese
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to a darker golden hue the head was not quite brilliant white and retreated quickly.

I like the aromatic citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerines. More malt near the end and the citrus in the nose is very pleasant to smell.

The citrus notes seem to ring true to the taste. I get a tangy grapefruit and lemon rind with a citrusy punch. This then ends in a pine needle hoppiness. There is a light malt throughout the flavor.

I like the flavor and feel of this IPA and love the strong citrus hop character.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:54:13 | More by KYGunner
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The freshest taste notches are located at “JUL” and “13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is hazy, pale amber. A finger of thick, uneven, off-white head dissipated slowly.

Smell: Though it leans malty, it is a nice balance of IPA citrus and a sweet, bready foundation. Sweet caramel, toffee, bready malts, pine, tangerine, and touches of grapefruit. A hint of alcohol is also noticeable.

Taste: The hops are likely not as strong since this bottle is on the older side, but it is still a tasty brew. It has a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel, bready malts, tangerine, and a hint of grapefruit. Alcohol overpowers everything at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: Good stuff. I fresher bottle may provide stronger hops but I will take this. Very mellow and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 04:02:21 | More by TheQuietMan22
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