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

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Reviews: 1,201
Hads: 3,262
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 126
Gots: 603 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Higravity on 09-09-2005

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.
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Photo of Urk1127
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

-brownish orange, a tad cloudy, of white head sticks around
-Brown sugar, orange peel, cooked dough
-Orange, orange peel, very subtle grassyness, molasses, brown sugar
-A bit heavy, carbonation has a bite tho. Easy to drink.

-honestly not a fan. Picked it up fresh but not my thing. Cant get over a molasses thing i taste to rate it higher.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quality local md beer. Had on tap in a pint glass. Pours with a light golden amber and thin head with a light sea foam feel to it.
Light hops that is a great beer when you want to have a few at your local dive...like Davis's pub in Annapolis

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Photo of username
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Canned version. 5 07 08 A 5 B B printed. Assuming this translates to July/August of 2015.

Poured very aggressively (just inverted can and let flow into glass freely).

Appears as one would expect; golden, clear. Initial 3-finger head eventually recedes to a nice surface layer, which, while thin, seems to have good enough retention.

Smell was fantastic immediately post-pour. Could smell a citrus hop flavor 3-5ft. away from glass. After settling, aroma became less pronounced. Still fairly citrus-laden, backed with some spice and a little bit of grassiness. Nothing seems to stand out prominently however.

Taste is moderately hoppy with a citrus note. Some more floral characteristics than the aroma would lead one to believe.

Feel seems pretty perfect for the style. Very smooth, minimal carbonation, minimal hop astringency.

Overall, might just be getting burnt-out on IPAs, but kind of expected more out of this brew. By no means is anything wrong with it; most certainly a solid IPA. However it isn't making a lot of other 'high-ranking' IPAs I've had appear as jabronies as I would've hoped.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ordered at local pretend Irish bar/restaurant. It was not cold, but still I could tell this is of high quality. I will seek it out at more fridgid temperatures.

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Photo of car2052
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep golden, with a small amount of head at the top.
S: Peach, honey, grapefruit, little bit of pine, and some sweet bread.
T: Front of the tongue is pine, peach, and other mild citrus. Back of the tongue is more malty sweetness.
M: Light-medium.
O: Not bad. Nice hop flavors. Will try again.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Brothers' BBQ in Danville, KY. Very fresh and surprisingly good. Nice, hazy orange color, rather akin to darker orange juice, and a pretty hrad that recedes to 1/3" after a coupe of minutes and leaves a a decent bit of lacing. Smells of rich, citric and tropical hops, and honey. Hops flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, kumquats, mangoes, pine, and grass compete with a sturdy malt backbone, with notes of crackers and honey. Finish is dry and quenching, with spicy, grapefruity hop flavors and a hint of honey persisting for a good few minutes. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a smooth, refreshing moutufeel.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Best by 12/17/15

Pours honey gold with almost no head and lots of little floaties even after the trying to keep some in the bottle.

Smell is of typical IPA with citrus rind and a mix of spice and white bread

Taste is really spice forward rather than hop forward. First thing I though of was basil maybe? Minimal citrus character and some bready malt. The herbs and spice are definitely the forefront. Not sure about this.

Feel is light to medium body. I'd say on the lower side of carbonation. Very little bitterness and not much aftertaste. Maybe some sweetness lingers?

This beer seems confused, or maybe I am. The nose gives promise of a solid IPA but the taste puts the spice in front and the feel just isn't defined. Carbonation doesn't go well with the gravity and the lack of bitterness is a bit odd. The beer just has no kick.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Orange amber in color and very hazy. Pours a thin one finger head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma- Citrus hop aroma, pine, and some malt sweetness.

Taste- Fruity citrus and mango are present at first with some pine that adds some mild bitterness. The malt adds some caramel sweetness at first along with a little bit of dry bready malts towards the end.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and mainly sweet in the finish.

Overall- Solid IPA with no major flaws but has nothing that really makes it stand out. Toes the line of being a little too sweet, but generally there is enough pale malt to add dryness and cripsness in the finish. Worth getting again on tap, but not a whole 6/12 pack.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is nice, grainy.
The taste is a solid malt caramel flavor with balanced lemon and grapefruit bitterness.
The texture is medium.
A great IPA showcasing malt and hop balance.

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Photo of SFNC
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very flat orange, very little head, moderate lacing. The smell is a nice, strong hop presence, pine, tropical fruit and some dankness. Taste is good, following the nose and presenting a solid malt base. A slightly thick, sticky mouthfeel and a pleasant bittersweet aftertaste. A good IPA, one I've passed over numerous times for lesser beers.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had the pleasure of driving to their brewery (which is located easily accessible from I-95) several times to have a pint.

It is very tasty and well recommended!

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Photo of brewjitsu316
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First look - the pour is a nice golden amber color, with a slightly off-white head, good lacing. Medium carbonation. The "Hop3" moniker given to this beer by Heavy Seas is extremely well-deserved, because it's immediately evident in the aroma. Medium bodied - grapefruit and citrus notes were well-integrated; slight notes of pine noted as well. Beautifully balanced.

This is a brew that does everything well, but nothing earthshakingly different. It's an IPA that any hophead will love, but don't expect it to descend from heaven in a silvery chariot and lead you to the promised land.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting hop profile. I get a strong basil flavor, which I've never had in an IPA before. Little bit of other herbs and spices coming through as well. A little heavier and darker malt than most IPAs I've had, which makes for a bit of a smoother mouthfeel and tips the balance away from being a hop bomb. Almost no bitterness to speak of. The basil flavor is really pronounced and really good. There's a little bit of orange in there too, I'd say.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very hoppy IPA. If you like hops this beer is for you.It has a great citrus and pine taste that just explodes in your mouth. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and smooth at the same time. Heavy Seas best beer.

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Photo of Futbol15
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really surprised how smooth this was even with the Hop3. Looked good, smelled good and tasted great. It's a good thing I only bought two today for my overnight!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that takes a moderate while to dissipate. The beer itself is a pale amber color and clear with some nice chill haze.

The beer smell is very nice with a strong hop and malt presence. The hop notes are orange and light citrus with a nice pine smell at the end. The smell also has a good and sweet malt backbone balancing out the hop smell. Although, the smell is probably hoppier than it is balanced.

The taste is fairly good but the smell is better. The taste has a strong hop presence that comes in the form of an orange taste that ends in a pine note. The malt note isn't as strong or as heavy as the smell but still makes itself known.

The feel is rather refreshing for an IPA. The beer still has a medium body but is made lighter by the carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA and a personal favorite of mine. It's a nice IPA that isn't over the top and accessible to the public. I definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber pour with a slight off white head. Nice, compact lacing. Smells of fruity orange, lime(?), and a bit of pineyness. Tastes follows the nose with the addition of a dose of caramel malt flavor. Some biscuity/bready taste as well. Not much on the bitter side. Feel is medium as well as the carbonation. A slight bitterness on the back end of the sip balances the sweetness. Overall, a nice sipper.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange colored pour with a small white head. Taste has a good bit of juicy citrus bitterness. Medium bodied. Very nice lingering bitterness.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a wine tumbler.

A: Clear gold/copper with 1/2" white head that recedes quickly. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Pretty big citrus, some dank notes, bread dough, definitely some pine, fig, brown sugar.

T: Fairly resinous hop profile. Some lemon peel & faint grapefruit. Bready malt. A skootch of melon. Less complex than expected, but not bad. Hops are really flavoring this brew, not bittering it very much.

M: Solid. This IPA has a big malt body & is generously carbed, which helps to keep it away from syrup-city. Pretty dry actually with a velvety quality on the palate. Quite quaffable.

O: I'd say it does the job. I might have liked some more bitterness, but beyond that it's pretty impressive.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a really great IPA that lived up to it's name. I see why they call it Hop Cubed. The hops were extremely floral and pronounced with layers of varieties washing over each other as you took a sip. It was very pleasant with a nice background fruitiness that helped accentuate the hops and keep them in the forefront.

Would absolutely purchase again.

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Photo of gatornation
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ Tortuga Lie in Nags Head Pours a glowing amber color with a fresh head and streaking lacing , tropical smells along with some pine resin citrus and sweet caramel malt, taste is very good with a juicy hop profile with just the right amount of malts , medium carbonation with sweet juicy hops ABV is well hidden very little bitterness on the finish, a great IPA that i wish i had access to

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing golden amber with a thin, creamy white mousse that lingers far longer than one would expect.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, grass, herbs, bitter orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime fill the nose.

T: Robust notes of lemon, lime, grapefruit, bitter orange, grass, herbs, biscuits, crackers, and caramel are underscored by subtler than expected flavors of pine and spruce. The finish is bitter and only mildly sticky, emphasizing the commendable interplay of citrus, caramel, and biscuit flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and somewhat sticky, though compared to many American IPAs, this one is rather dry. Carbonation is firm and somewhat prickly. The alcohol is totally undetectable. This ale is easy to drink, but if you are not careful, it can creep up on you quickly.

O: A really good American IPA. I cannot believe I waited this long to try this one. I can definitely see it becoming a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at an amusement park believe it or not! Insanely hot day - 96 degrees and very humid. This golden IPA looks clean and crisp. Smells of citrus hops. First taste is quite hoppy but not as bad as one might think. Easy to drink. Clean and crisp on the palate. Little bitter on the front end and maybe a little more on the back end. Solid IPA.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep golden with some burnt orange hue, thick white head and ropey lacing. Aroma is soft, citrus predominately but too soft to pick up anything else in the aroma profile. Had to pull back the scoring a bit due to the lack of aroma. Orange, grapefruit, slightly resinous and somehow zero bitterness. Very clean and citrusy IPA which I love. Nice medium body, coating and slightly sticky. This is a straight forward, clean, and easy drinking IPA that's well done.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this beer reviewed in a blind taste-test tournament as a finalist and had to give it a try.

A - Very nice light amber color. Fluffy, fine bubbled white head with very good lacing. Just a little haze from the dry hops but still very appetizing.

S - Very good hop nose with Pacific NW hops. Citrus and grapefruit hop character outstanding. Slight malt character but the fresh citrus, herbal, and resin hop character shines true.

T - Has a great hop flavor that holds the beer nicely on the tongue. It's a pretty big hitting IPA with that resin, citrus, and grapefruit. More malt sweetness than in the smell that balances nicely. Moderate bitter finish that is accompanied by some sweetness that makes this a good drinker.

M - Moderate mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. This one is quite balanced and easy going down. Still sweet on the front and bitter on the finish leaving it balanced on the palate. A great summer IPA.

Overall, a tremendous American IPA. I really enjoyed this IPA with the serious American hops and the great balance over the tongue making this beer supremely drinkable. Not the best IPA that I've ever had but I can understand the respect this beer draws. If you like IPAs no doubt you should get this one.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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