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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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Photo of IrishJames


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber. 1/2" pillow of foam about a minute after the pour. Monumental lacing throughout. Great looking beer.

Smell: Roasted malt more prevalent than hops, with subtle citrus breaking through.

Taste: Smooth malt dominates and yet the taste remains light enough to be extremely pleasant for summer. Moderate bite of bitterness at the end which foils the malt nicely. Lingering flavors which seemingly fluctuate with each passing sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with very little evidence of carbonation. Very slight stickiness.

Overall: Very happy to have a 64oz growler of this brew, which will quickly meet its demise through the course of this fine Friday evening. Highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2013 23:13:56 | More by IrishJames
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is clear coppery amber with a fluffy, 1.5-finger soapy white head. Carbonation appears pretty faint. Some splotchy lace on the glass.

S: Citrusy hops dominant, but foundation of sweet malt is noted as well.

T: Follows the nose: sweet malt (brown sugar and caramel malt) is followed by citrusy (oranges) hops. Lingering hop bitterness on the aftertaste, but sugary malt is still noted underneath.

M: Slight slickness to the feel; kind of flat despite the big head. Heft is medium in weight.

O: Good stuff. Malt is more forward than I remembered.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2012 00:25:19 | More by Kendo
Photo of dederer

New York

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time reviewing on this site.

Poured in a pint glass from a growler which produced a huge fluffy white head. Lacing is sticky and prevalent throughout. Aroma is light and fresh and color is a beautiful medium golden yellow. Taste on the front end is an immediate rush of hoppy, fruity explosion with a bit of malt bite on the end. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with just the right touch of gentle carbonation. This is an outstanding American IPA. One of the best of this style.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2011 02:07:13 | More by dederer
Photo of beerman207


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on Growler at a local craft brew store and thought "Loose Cannon on Growler?" - hell yes - exactly what the Dr. ordered for a crazy week.

A: doesn't get much better - great fluffy white head sticks around forever, leaving lace, clear orange with no hint of cloudiness, bubbles rumble forever while I'm drinking it. Great looking IPA

S: Hops, Citrus, Pine, A bit earthy in smell as well possibly even some pepper in there. nice.

T: Bitter, malty, citrus, pepper, Sweet backbone that has a bitterness that lingers.

M: A bit dry and sticky for the finish - very crisp, medium carbonation.

D; All night long - at 7.2% I'm going to feel it but that Growler is going to be empty before I go to bed tonight.

I loved this in a bottle but really love it on draft - so smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2010 00:37:08 | More by beerman207
Photo of cavedave

New York

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

First Heavy Seas brew for me.

Pours a clear gold, one finger beige head, some nice lace.

Smell is quintessential AIPA, but not the strongest, nor best balanced. All the neutral sweet and light bread of pale malt and ale yeast, some citrus, pine, and floral hop, hints of an earthy scent.

Rated for taste in America 2010 is tough for an IPA. So many really fine ones against which to compare. It starts a bit sweeter than many in style, picks up a bit of lemon, some light breadiness, joins the citrus pith brigade into a lemon, earth, drying pine, and citrus bitter finish. As it warms more floral joins the mix.

Perhaps a bit thin, but the low carb. in this growler fill is perfect. Nice finish, not the cleanest or longest, just... nice.

Drinkability is quite good. Wife and I are putting this 64 down pretty easily.

Impression: Not in my top ten of AIPA, but a very nice beer I am sure to revisit.

Serving type: growler

06-15-2010 00:32:43 | More by cavedave
Photo of Tilley4


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a recent growler fill at Roof Brothers in Paducah...

Poured into a Yazoo tulip pint...

Pours with a slowly building creamy white head atop a light golden brew which laces the glass well and looks really refreshing... Here we go..

Aromas of sharp citrusy hops right off the bat and they're pungent too... Much like the bottled version in fact. I thought this might have lost a little pizzazz but it hasn't. Still very fresh and hoppy smelling... I'm excited about this...

Sweet lightly toasted malts which are immediately drowned out by a huge wave of citrusy piney hops that dominate throughout... Nice bitte finish that lingers for a while until the next sip... This one is scary good...

I'm the only one drinking this growler so I'm guessing by the end I'll be toast but I'm going to enjoy myself... This is a delicious beer all the way through... Its juicy and hoppy amd smooth and I'm not sure I'd share it even if I had the chance... Ok, I would but only with someone who could truly appreciate it...

Serving type: growler

04-11-2010 20:21:57 | More by Tilley4
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice hazy golden color with an off white head that fades slowly leaving thick sticky lace on the side of the glass. the aroma presents a nice bit of floral hops and crystal malt. the taste backs that up with a nice hop flavor and a clean smooth finish. A very good IPA but I'm not sure it should be in the extreme beer series. Tara says it goes well with fiddle-faddle.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2009 03:12:55 | More by almychristopher
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

Fresh filled growler, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange amber color with a fluffy white head that settled to a layer, leaving a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - sweet, citrus hop aroma.

T - yummy, very good, very well balanced brew.

M - light/medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - goes down nice and easy.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2007 23:59:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of 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
Photo of RoninVP


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
Photo of JamieDuncan


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
Photo of 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
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
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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
Photo of silverking


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
Photo of vette2006c5r


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
Photo of superspak


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
Photo of kcrosson492


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
Photo of elNopalero


4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured from the hand pump a caramel-color with pleasing foaming.
There’s a mellow orange and tangerine aroma that is present. The flavor reminds me of toasted bread with tangerines. It’s characteristic of candied orange with a bready malt finish.

Serving type: cask

02-06-2014 18:30:35 | More by elNopalero
Photo of mastodonj


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
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Date on the can says best before 11/19/13 so its about 2 months out of date.

A: Pours a murky orange with lots of sediment. 2 finger off white head with medium lacing and retention.

S: Very tropical smelling lots of pineapple and citrus. Some yeasty scents as well.

T: Taste follows the nose along with a little bit of pine flavors.

M: Good crisp carbonation with a big juicy mouthfeel. This one is dangerous due to the ABV being a little out of session range. This is an incredibly refreshing beer. I almost with it was an ABV point lower so I could drink it all day. Not a lot of alcohol warmth.

O: Definitely pick up if you get the chance. I had mine 2 months out of date and it was still fantastic. Picking up some when I see it fresh is definitely on the to-do list. This is one of the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 04:59:18 | More by watermelon
Photo of 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
Photo of DeFaz


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
Photo of figgyfigg5218


3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer is the perfect amount of bitter and smooth. It had a strong bold taste of pine with hints of grapefruit in it. The bitterness is bold and then it smooths out because of the fruity notes the beer has in it. It has a beautiful golden color to it.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 20:14:12 | More by figgyfigg5218
Photo of 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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