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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: 2380
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 NiceTaps

New Jersey

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

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden-orange color, big off-white head, fluffy. ample amounts of all kinds of lacing. Bubbly.

S- Piney hop aroma, some citrus and malts.

T- It's malty paired with those piney hops and earthy floral flavor.

M- Big body, thick and resinous. Well carbonated. Long hope bite finish.

O- Big hop profile that is not overly bitter. Better tan I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 00:39:35 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Windigo


4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I manage a bar. We brought this in on rotation over three years ago to 'try it out' for a month. We haven't been able to take it off tap for love or money. I attempted one time just so I could bring in another craft from a local brewery....no go. I got PETITIONED by 76 of my regular clientele.
I love the stuff too.
Beautiful weight, color, head, lacing for an IPA. If you want to get technical about the bouquet I say it's pumelo. Amazing with seafood. Good job Heavy Seas!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 19:42:39 | More by Windigo
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at sams in Durham. into a heavy seas shaker

pours a darker golden color with not much head. smell is slight citrus hops, not too strong. taste though...is excellently balanced. bitterness up front with a good hop kick in the back. very drinkable. medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall an impressive, easy drinking IPA. I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 21:11:17 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas : Loose Cannon

Pours a deep clear copper color. Leaves plenty of lace on the pint glass. Looks great. Smells of orangey citrus hops and sweet sugary malts. In the taste, mild orangey citrus, leafy hop and clean English style malting with light caramel toffee touches. Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation giving a smooth, silky feel. Overall, a solid IPA that scores high in a few categories and drinks like a standard pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 21:03:13 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of imdsyd

4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap in Richmond, VA. My first review here! Loved this beer every time I have it. Looks and smells gorgeous. Excellent carbonation. Interestingly the hops, the malts and the grapefruit come up front and also stay on the palate too. Mouthfeel is classic bitter and bready. Had four of them last time and I'm not a big drinker, usually! Drinkable. This gotta rank higher than the current 91! Excellent brew, great job and thanks.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 07:02:04 | More by imdsyd
Photo of Kadonny


3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium to lighter amber orange color with a one finger white head. Nice full glass lacing lingers.

S: Loads of citrus in the nose with some slight pine notes. Some malt sweetness is picked up, but the hops steal the nose.

T: The citrus hops are very prominent in the flavor, with grapefruit, lemon and pineapple. Some slight pine notes, but the hops are not earthy per se. A slight floral note pokes through as the malt sweetness starts to take over. The finish is still hoppy, but the sweetness really builds to give almost a sugar quality on finish. Finish is sweet, but not real malty. This is a well balanced IPA., not overly hoppy nor overly sweet. Another reviewer compared it to DFH 60. This beer is sweeter for sure.

M: Medium mouthfeel, for the abv it should be stickier and more bitter IMO. Sweetness is where you pick up the abv. Nice carbonation, very drinkable.

O: A very good IPA that I would gladly drink any day, but not a top offering in the field. Let's be honest, when you put this up against the great ones, it falls short. Still, it is a solid IPA that everyone should try if they get a chance.

Like I said, solid but not spectacular. DFH 60 is far and away a better beer, as are a whole bunch of other IPAs. But as said too, it's a solid drinker and one I would drink any day.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 14:08:04 | More by Kadonny
Photo of BeerDude203


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- orangish amber color with a finger head and some lacing

S- nice citrus aroma with some grapefruit notes and some pine. A touch of the sweet mealtimes to balance

T- not as much citrus in the mouth as in the nose but still prominent. Nice malt sweetness to balance with some breadiness. Very drinkable with a fairly high abv, close to being an imperial in my opinion.

M- good full bodied American IPA with a nice carbonation

O- excellent American IPA with a beautiful citrus herbal hopiness and good malt balance. A new favorite of mine that I would highly recommend to anyone. Good job by Heavy Seas/ Clipper City

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 03:47:34 | More by BeerDude203
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a balance of earthy caramel malts and peppery hops.

The taste was likewise well balance but with a pleasant herbal hop bite. Clean toasted bread notes detected with a lingering bitter was at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA. Hearty and well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 22:34:14 | More by plaid75
Photo of kylehay2004


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a slightly hazy copper body.

S: Caramel malts, earthy hops with slight bitterness to the aroma.

T: malt forwards IPA with muted citrus, floral and earthy hop notes. They say this one is "hop cubed" but they must be using a third of the hops each time compared to your typical IPA!

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this beer seems a little overhyped. It is good and very drinkable but when I think of beers falling in the 4.5 or exceptional category IPA style, this one is comparably weak. Not a bad beer though overall.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 22:05:22 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Cannon_Loose

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Giving Loose Cannon an overall 5 is not an overstatement. Rare, indeed, when an American IPA goes down smooth, just the right combination of hops and spice, yet at 7.25% this is one outstanding, drinkable beer. By far this is my favorite American IPA. Heavy Seas nailed this one.. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 16:12:29 | More by Cannon_Loose
Photo of Mikecap


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a standard 16 oz. US pint glass.

Appearance: Goldish copper color with a very thin head that disappears quickly. Nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus fruits, and pine. Can definitely sense some sweetness as well.

Taste: More fruity than hoppy for sure, and the citrus fruit notes are at the forefront. A little more bitterness comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a very, very easy drinking IPA. There's some creaminess in there and this is refreshing and fairly light.

Overall: This is one of my favorite single IPAs that I can get fairly easily. It drinks easily and is not too heavy that you can't have two or three. Very well done interpretation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 14:58:57 | More by Mikecap
Photo of rarbring


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

An amber clear brew, an off-white firm head with good lacing and curtains.

Citric galore, grape-fruit, lemons, and orange blossoms.

Brown bread and toffee, grape-fruit juice, mango squash and lime peel.

Low carbonation, soft and refreshing, a smooth dry finish.

Nice refreshing and lively IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 20:57:38 | More by rarbring
Photo of nrs207


3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

A - Really nice appearance. A lot of lacing, pretty dark for an IPA, but the room isn't very bright. Looks like a golden orange.

S - Not really getting a lot on the nose. A little citrus hops. Not too interesting.

T - Nice citrus hop taste with a decent bitterness at the end. No alcohol at all. It's a slightly above average IPA in the taste department.

M - Pretty smooth. No alcohol burn, pretty drinkable. On the thinner end of medium bodied.

O - Not bad. Slightly above average, but nothing fantastic. I wouldn't seek this out. Nothing wrong with it, just not too interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 01:21:09 | More by nrs207
Photo of chilly460


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bit of burnt orange, somewhat cloudy. Light tan head sits nicely, and dissipates to a solid cap. Nice spiderweb of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Intersting, get a orange creamsicle type aroma on this one. Immediate aroma is bigtime oranges and citrusy hops, very straightforward. Switches gears to a creamy, vanilla sweet maltiness.

T - Very nice, get ton of sweet hops up front, big orange flavor and tangerine, very juicy. The sweeter malts come in as expected from the aroma, can't say they were "vanilla", but definite butterscotch type tone.

M - A light to medium body on this one, somewhat prickly carbonation. Solid, but not anything earth shattering.

O - I was impressed, nice flavor profile, and the citrusy hops I prefer. Good balance, drinks like a "big" IPA to me. Reminds me of Two Hearted, not as well executed but in the conversation and easy to find on tap locally.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 03:41:58 | More by chilly460
Photo of legalpete19340


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Came to the table with less than a finger of head that fell to nothing for the remainder of the drink. No lacing.

S: Nice aromas of orange and biscuit with pine punching through.

T: Starts of with a smack of citrusy hops then a sudden transition to malt with an almost baked spice bread taste. More citrusy hops wash away the bread and finish with a dry bitterness. It came across very straightforward and 1, 2, 3.

M: Medium with a slight heaviness and bit of fizz. Compliments the beverage.

O: A solid performer. The drink is quite straightforward but is well hoped and makes for an enjoyable drink. Going to try this again to clarify things.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 23:21:07 | More by legalpete19340
Photo of ExtraStout


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge creamy vanilla head sitting atop an orange body. Looks pretty good.

Intense hops in the nose, grapefruit and other sweet citrus with some light hints of pine in the background.

Wow, juiciest of juicy hops sting the tastebuds and white grapes and oranges round out the experience. Initially clean, then halfway through the hops hit you, then drive right into a dead end road of white grapes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. Little to no malt being tasted.

Carbonation is just right though.

The hops in this one are juicy and sweet with very little bitterness at all. Day in and day out this beer could keep me satisfied. This is a IPA that hardly gets the respect it deserves. A better choice than their black IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 00:48:10 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of 57md


3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in appearance with a finger of head that had some decent retention and lacing. There is a clean nose with a light and crisp taste. This offering has a good dose of hoppiness in the finish. A good effort here, but nothing extraordinary as IPAs go.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 07:42:44 | More by 57md
Photo of djbow


4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This weekend I stopped by the heavy seas brewery for a tour and beer tasting. One of the beers I enjoyed is Loose Cannon.

A: Pours amber / gold with an off white head.

S: Hello hops. After you get past the floral hop punch, bitter sweet citrus dominates.

T: Hopes, citrus and pine combined with a slight sweetness to create an easy drinking smooth finish. Though this beer clocks in at 7.25% the alcohol is wel tamed by the big flavor.

M: Smooth medium body and well balanced carbonation.

O: Though I have had this beer bottled many times, from the tap on the tour it is bursting with even more flavor. Even if you can't be in Baltimore fot the tour this beer is also great in the bottle. All-in-all, this is a good year-round brew. ENJOY!!!!

Glass: Pint Glass.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 03:35:18 | More by djbow
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, vibrant, honey-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation bubbles and a half inch of frothy, foamy, big bubbled, off-white head that clings to the glass and retains very well. Aromas of rich, fresh, green and spicy hops. Slight caramel malt highlights with the spicy and green hops, along with a citrus highlight. Flavors are very well blended, with a subtle grapefruit blending along with the smooth crystal malt sweetness and the grassy, bitter hops that bring a cleanness to the palate. Amazingly balanced. The aftertaste is slightly bitter from the hops, with a smooth citrus sweetness. The finish is slightly astringent, which helps clean up the smooth body and prepare the palate for another drink. A little high in ABV to session, but amazingly easy to drink. Very solid representation of the American IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 16:49:00 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of tresmonos

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This used to be my go-to beer at my local watering hole. I strayed away from it. Then I moved out of Heavy Seas distribution area.

'Traveling' regional breweries in the Midwest and up North made me appreciate this IPA. It's bold citrus and floral aroma and taste is unique. It's 'tropical' theme is unmistakable. Whenever reviewers say they taste 'grape fruit,' etc for other beer reviews, I have always thought, 'how in the heck is that freaking possible?' Well, in this beer, even my indiscriminate palette can detect the fruit.

There is a after taste that I cannot pin point if you stray and come back to this full bodied American IPA. You lose it with the tap. And it would come and go with where I would source bottles so I always attested this to distribution/storage quality and age.

I miss this beer and was tremendously happy to see it on tap when I visited friends in the South.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 23:26:07 | More by tresmonos
Photo of thecheapies


3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nonic glass. Pale straw honey color. Nice lacing.

Smells of floral, almost sour, hops and crackery pale malts.

Floral/citric hops are stale. Thin flavor profile and somewhat strange hop element. Some artificial tang in the finish, similar to rust/metal.

A little watery. Feels wet enough. Ok.

I used to like this so much more. My taste buds must have changed. I would rate it higher as an English IPA.

EDIT: Revisited recently on-tap at the Diamond Market in Pittsburgh.

Citrus flavors pulled themselves together with only a minor acrid metallic note. Orange and grapefruit and floral hops all play a big role. Looks like the same beer; but the smell, taste, and mouthfeel are all slightly plus this time around. Pretty easy to drink, for the most part.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 03:36:17 | More by thecheapies
Photo of CharmCityTerp


4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Living in Baltimore, Heavy Seas is a staple in the craft beer world here and Loose Cannon is the King. Have had on cask, tap and bottle and all are great, but on cask is like a little slice of heaven. This review is based on my recent bottle serving:

A: Pours a golden/amber color with 1 finger head. Great lacing.

S: Hops, hops and then citrus! Grapfruit dominates. Very plesent smell.

T: Amazing balance between citrus notes and pine hops with a smoth finish. Just great balance and easy to drink with 7.25% abv.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is one of my favorite American-IPA's and on casks may be my favorite beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 19:10:10 | More by CharmCityTerp
Photo of Brenden


4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes off the tap a dark polished gold color with a creamy head just over a finger tall that retains itself well and leaves patchy evidence of itself in good quantity. This is a pretty beer, just a bit opaque but very bright at the same time.
The aroms is fresh and citrusy bitter with an accompanying gentle sweetness to it. There's a lot of tropical fruit in here, and the sweetness is both a sort of juicy one as well as a bit "sugary" (though natural) for lack of a better descriptor. Malts make for a nice balance without taking much away. A bit of alcohol sneaks in underneath.
While the malts make for good balance in the aroma without taking much from the hops, in the flavor the balance is excellent and the hops shine even brighter. This is a great profile, lightly sweet, juicy and a little raw without being herbal, which I think wouldn't work as well in this one, though a bit of green rawness does work. This beer is plentifully bitter without being bracingly bitter.
The body is medium and carbonation is moderate. Crispness and smoothness both play a role here and mingle well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 19:21:35 | More by Brenden
Photo of Shinypoptart


4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer. I had it on tap at my local pub, The Royal Peasant in Athens, GA, and I was taken aback. It pours a nice, slightly hop hazed, orange. The aroma is a great mix of floral and citrus. The taste follows the aroma, it has a strong yet amazingly balanced hop character that makes you want to keep taking another sip. Loose Cannon is not the most intensely hoppy IPA out there but it is one of the most flavorful! An overall great choice for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 02:58:59 | More by Shinypoptart
Photo of pixieskid


3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Roswell Taco Mac location...been meaning to try it for some time and figured may as well give it a go since it was on tap (I don't believe they bottle date).

Typical Taco Mac pour into a pint that was slightly chilled, unfortunately. Minimal head, standard orange/copper IPA color.

Nose is minimal, floral hops.

Taste; loaded with floral hops! Finishes with a mild herbal hop note, touch of grains, and more floral hops.

Overall; one dimensional and a bit sweet, could have used some bittering hops to balance it out.

All in all, abv was well hidden, had a bit of malt character to it and was a nice surprise as it had it's own thing going on.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 05:27:44 | More by pixieskid
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