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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: 2386
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.

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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 Gatch


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

On cask at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

Big floral, fruity character. Smooth as a cask should be. Tons of fresh hop oils. Definitely dry hopped further in the cask. A bit cloying and sweet. Overall a pretty solid beer. Not as great as I expected and I'm not sure if it's better than the bottled version. Much more one-side hoppiness but not nearly as complete.

Serving type: cask

12-16-2012 17:56:22 | More by Gatch
Photo of Flounder57


4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Stoddards in Boston.

Appearance: it poured a one finger head that has retained to a puffy level. It is a copper amber color with great clarity and random signs of bubbles.

Smell: very citrusy up front and followed by a nice malty back bone. Pineapples, mangos, and grapefruit are most noticeable.

Taste: Delicious!!! This is very tropical tasting from the super dose of hops at all levels. This beer is very tasty and Tass slight hint of booze too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, low to medium bodied, low carbonation, and easy to drink too.

Overall: bottle, draft, and now cask. Love them all. Cask to me was the best out of all three.

Serving type: cask

08-16-2012 02:07:23 | More by Flounder57
Photo of david18

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a recent review I wrote of this beer on draft:

I've been curious about the Heavy Seas line of beers for a while and finally saw this at one of my local stores. I had to buy a sixpack but it ended up being well worth it. Very good ipa, typical of a east coast style it's a little dark and a little maltier in flavor than the east coast west coast versions. Very good color, aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Worth getting if you see it.


I recently had it on cask at my local bar, who have been serving a lot of cask ales lately. It was good, like above, but not as good as some of the other cask ales I've had recently. Worth trying though.

Serving type: cask

04-24-2012 19:16:49 | More by david18
Photo of jwhawkins81


4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - A light citrus hop aroma.

Appearance - Well it was served in a ceramic mug so the head looked good and creamy.

Taste - A nice hop presence that is dominant enough to get your attention but not overpowering. A tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel - A nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel thanks to the cask.

Serving type: cask

10-30-2011 16:10:12 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have been fortunate enough to try 5 different casks of this fantastic beer and it always meets my expectations. Firstly, it pours a nice cloudy orangish papaya color aith a nice measure of off-white colored head. The beers aroma is of tropical fruit coupled with some slight bitterness from the hops. When you taste this beer you must fight the urge to think that you are drinking a blended fruit juice. The hops impart so much fantastic flavor to give this beer the flavor of a passionfruitpinapplemango. It is really some true mastery on part of the brewers to bring this unique flavor out and giving you such an effortless drinking experience. The beer tends to lack a robust carbonation but overall is very silky and smooth which really brings out the flavors.

Serving type: cask

09-29-2011 00:55:04 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have reviewed this beer before, I have also had numerous six-packs of this. I have had it on-tap too, but never on cask...

A-Looks quite like the traditional version of the beer. Looks light it is actually glowing. Awesome looking head. Creamy and fluffy but not too much head. Hazy.

S-Also like the bottle or tap. Perfumey hops. Light yet incredibly inviting. Juicy fruits, and a delectable malt. The cask has not altered the nose much.

T-Displays the same flavors as if I had drank it on tap or from a bottle. This IPA is light enough to crush a six-pack, but it also has a great taste that is hard to stop sipping.

M-This is where things change. As expected from the cask, there is nearly no carbonation. The brew is slightly warmer than usual too. But the warmth and lack of carbonation allows me to completely enjoy the silk satin feel that is spawned from the cask. Lord this felt good going down.

O/D-I thought this would be a great cask beer. I have virtually no cask experience, but I was very excited to see this available cask conditioned. The super-delectable feel complements the light yet vibrant flavors perfectly. Awesome.

Serving type: cask

09-06-2011 05:06:42 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Burt

Rhode Island

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

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Light amber orange with thick off white head that left thick clumpy lacing down the glass.

Grass and pine dominate the nose with some malt.

Pine and not fully ripe mango upfront, with some bitterness in the middle with a caramel and green grass resinous finish.

What a great beer, lucky enough to have it on cask that was dry hopped. This is a hop heads delight.

Serving type: cask

08-18-2011 10:48:42 | More by Burt
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is a soft, hazy orange hue with a big white head...from a cask. Oh yeah. The aroma is quite pleasant, primarily offering hops and citrus, with just a hint of malt. The flavor is awesome. I've been fortunate to have this beer on cask a few times, and I much prefer it in this medium. Loose Cannon is a solid beer out of the bottle, but the attributes of this beer are beautifully accentuated when sampled from a cask. The feel on the palate is super creamy and smooth, with nary a hint of alcohol. Carbonation is extremely low, as to be expected. The hop character is just lovely. I could enjoy drinking several pints of this. If you see this on cask, go for it.

Serving type: cask

08-15-2011 21:31:48 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of BranfordBound


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Mikro in Hamden.

Served in a 16 oz pint, pours a fairly good amber color with a light cloudiness to it. Fluffy white two finger head sticks around and leaves moderate lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and tropical fruit, some hops lingering around. Not too impressed until...

The flavor! Oh so very sweet with orange and pineapple, some grapefruit notes linger with the herbal hops. Malts aren't too present but contribute some sweetness as well. No pine notes and not really bitter. The girlfriend loves this.

Medium bodied, alcohol obviously concealed.

Easy drinker, very sweet and fruity with some nice hop notes, I'll have another!

Serving type: cask

03-12-2011 21:20:58 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pizza plant was running this on cask, had heard good things so I got a pint

Golden hazy yellow with an inch of dense, fluffy living beer foam. some yeast settlement at the bottom of my glass. The beer was served a bit too cold so I let it warm for a few minutes in my hand

Fruity grapefruit hops with a candy sweetness. A delicious smelling beer, very active nose with all the additionally produced co2 from the second ferm. There is a slight funk from the yeast, I would say that the yeast contributes the most to the intense fruit this beer delivers.

delicious IPA that is balanced and not too overpowering. I was able to compare this side by side to a stone IPA and was impressed by the additional level of fruit/yeast this beer had over the stone, although the stone was still regular draft. Citrus dominates the flavor profile but doesn't leave a rindy aftertaste.

Excellent at warmer temperatures, the bouquet this beer offers is quite unique. I'm certain the cask worked some magic on this beer, but I know you can't turn trash into gold just by conditioning/a second fermentation. I enjoyed the hops a lot, not too overpoweringly bitter for my palate, even from the first sip.

Formidable IPA opponent, especially for it's price. I enjoyed this beer as my first from the brewery and will be seeking out more in the future. Highly drinkable at cool and warm temperatures, no complaints.

Serving type: cask

02-17-2011 16:57:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from firkin into a Red Brick shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of bitter malt and bitter hop. The flavor was of bitter malt, bitter citrus hop, and fruit on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. Nicely balanced with a good aroma. Wish I had a cask of this sitting at home in my fridge, but alas, I do not. This one is a must try for any hop head out there.

Serving type: cask

11-08-2010 14:59:56 | More by thagr81us
Photo of deereless


4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown to orange in color, there is a thin layer of spume over the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass - 4.25, S: The nose is absolutely overloaded with citrus and pine, lots of nice pungent hops including tons of tangerine and orange, fresh and vibrant aroma, all around the smell of a fresh Loose Cannon on cask can't be beat - 5.00, T: Like the nose there is a boatload of citrus and more prominently pine, qutie a bit of bitterness but it refrains from being abusive, loosely reminds me of biting into an orange peel, fruity sweetness - 4.50, M: Smooth and velvety, medium mouth feel - 4.50, D: Yet another amazing experience from a cask ale, I'm a big fan of Loose Cannon in bottle and when fresh and on cask I think it well exceeds the same beer out of a bottle, extremely drinkable - 4.50 Sampled at RFD in DC

Serving type: cask

09-01-2010 11:05:07 | More by deereless
Photo of jstilwell


4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well I finally had a religious cask experience! IT seems not a lot of bars in my area offer the firkin and those that do seem to choose poor beer or butcher the process! This IPA is suited for cask conditioning and we had the first glasses from a proper tapping.

This was served a bit cooler than other cask conditioned brews that I've tried, and it definitely had just the right amount of carbonation to make it smooth, without being flat.

Hazy orange with a hint of yellow. Serious white long lasting lacing. Unbelievable citrus notes fill the nose with the full alottment of Lime, grapefruit, orange and lemon. Ahh, this is what "real ale" tastes like! This is flavorful, smooth creamy citrusy hop juice for sure! There is a subtle malt background that helps round out the finish. There is very little bitterness to be found. I guess the only knock on this near perfect beer would be a slightly thin feel. It is definitely a tad bit watery. Drinkability is through the roof! I can't wait to try this from the bottle and seek out other cask beers! Loved it!

Serving type: cask

06-11-2010 12:20:57 | More by jstilwell
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Buffalo.

Orange pour with a finger of bubbly white head. Good retention and lace. Caramel malts dominate the aroma with a nice smattering of pine and grapefruit to reming you that this is an IPA. A quick glance at the bottle indicates its around its purchase by date, which probably explains the lack of hop intensity in the nose.

The same can be said of the flavour. A decent IPA, though the hops have started to die a little, and its becoming a touch too unbalanced on the malt side. Big honey and caramel malts provide the backdrop with a pleasant grapefruit and pine resin overlay. Moderate bitterness is short lived and cut by the sweetness and bready body. Alcohol is well concealed. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation works well.

Overall, a decent beer, and one I'd like to try fresher. Even with a few months on it, I'm surprised at how well I like it, which is a testimony to the quality of the malt backbone in this brew. With a heightened hoppiness I think it could be really special.

Edit: Had a cask pint of this in November 2010, and it was phenomenal. Beefed up flavour and superior drinkability - I've adjusted those scores upwards slightly to reflect this.

Serving type: cask

05-31-2010 19:32:44 | More by bobsy
Photo of woosterbill


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

On cask at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear orange-amber body under a 3/4" head of creamy off-white foam. Excellent retention (especially for a cask beer) and good lacing throughout. Great looking brew.

S: Pure, fresh, floral hops. Maybe a hint of citrus (grapefruit). Light spice and just a hint of sweet crystal malt. Very nice.

T: Same flavors as the nose, but with less emphasis on the hops and more on the spice and malt. Very rich and smooth, ending with a cleanly bitter finish. Balanced and delicious, but I'd like to taste a bit more hop presence at the outset.

M: Pleasantly smooth medium body, but with even less carbonation than I expect from a cask ale.

D: This highly balanced beer with a great bitter finish keeps me thirsty for more, plus the smoothness of the cask makes it go down very quickly indeed. Maybe even a bit dangerous.

Notes: This is a solid IPA on tap, and it's a great on on cask. The hops are far fresher on the nose, and the smooth body can't be beat. Thanks to the folks at Clipper City for choosing this beer to fill Prime 16's firkin. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing it on cask again.


Serving type: cask

01-30-2010 23:29:03 | More by woosterbill
Photo of biophiliadude


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

Firkin to a pint!

A: Honey yellow, 1/2 head. Patch layers of lacing.

S: Cake, flowers.

T: Flowers, cake, caramel.

M: Smooth.

D: Medium-bodied. A solid IPA. The firkin made it really smooth and enjoyable. Would have it again in a second. If you get a chance have this beer!

Serving type: cask

12-08-2009 22:20:44 | More by biophiliadude
Photo of BrewitYerself


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

1 finger loose white head. Moderately hazy gold-copper. Lacing on top 1/3 of glass.

Aroma is a burst of incredibly fresh hops, herbal and citrusy. Some licorice and mint on the nose after the hops fade. No malt aroma to speak of.

Citrusy and sweet upfront, a bit watery. Decent toasted, bready malt. Somewhat too much bitterness for the malt. Pithiness throughout is accentuated on the finish. Moderate astringency and minerality. Very sweet mid-palate. A lot of the fresh hop character persists all the way through the finish.

Good mouthfeel, smooth, nice light carbonation. Decent chewiness, too watery overall.

Pretty drinkable, although at the end of the pint I did want something different.

Serving type: cask

12-05-2009 21:16:32 | More by BrewitYerself
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the East Village Tavern, NYC.

Pours pale orange with a loose white head that leaves cathedral lace. Cannibus and twig nose. Apple, toasty, and sherbert malts followed by leaf, grass, and hop flower. Cascade pine linger. Light body with a bit of stickiness. Can't find the ABV.

Light and lively, maybe a bit thin. But so fresh!

Serving type: cask

11-30-2009 17:16:21 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of drabmuh


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My IPA journey continues with the local brewery Clipper City and their Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA. I had this beer on cask at a local beer bar. I know I am in the minority, but I do not always prefer a beer on cask. I think they have their place and time but not all beers are improved by cask.

Beer is yellow and has high haze. A surprisingly big white head and a lot of lacing on the glass as the head falls away. Medium carbonation.

The aroma is dominated by citrus flavors and hops. Like sweet orange candy with a bite of bitter. Not a whole lot else.

Beer is super sweet, really sweet, lots of orange flavor. Lots of back of the mouth bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin, drinkability is medium. The sweetness and the hops do no exactly mesh together as well as I've seen in other beers. Its a decent IPA, just not my favorite.

Serving type: cask

11-16-2009 19:06:12 | More by drabmuh
Photo of ImusBeer


4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper color and hazy with an off white head. Nice lace

Smell: pine hops, not as in your face as non-cask

Taste: earth flavors, pine, citrus. The alcohol is not very evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel: tang, lite and mellow, smooth even with the hops.

Drinkability: very nice smooth drink, a little bitter on the tongue

Cask Ale is darker than regular also much smoother IPA bitterness

Watched the Firkin get tapped and the whole thing was gone in 1.5 hours, they tapped a Lagunitas IPA right after, pity I couldn't stay.

Serving type: cask

07-15-2009 14:42:38 | More by ImusBeer
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Flying Saucer Raleigh in a standard pint glass a nice murky yellow with murky brown towards the top. The beer sports a nice somewhat frothy head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is a nice amount of crisp citrus hops with a nice backing of sweet malts. The taste is a wonderful plethora of smooth bitter hops that dance nicely with the sweet malts. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence. This one is quite enjoyable and flavorful on cask!

Serving type: cask

05-19-2009 22:12:00 | More by atsprings
Photo of neenerzig


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes as I enjoyed this on cask back at the Buckeye Beer Engine awhile ago now. Drawn into a pint glass. This beer draws a clear, medium golden copper color with a white head about an inch thick. Settles to a nice surface coating with good lacing. Has a nice citrus grapefruit, floral hopped aroma. Has a bitter grapefruit hop flavor upfront followed by a nice caramel malty sweetness. The flavors balance out a bit as the beer warms, as the hop bitterness does to tend to dominat a bit at first. Has a crisp, smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer needs to be. Excellent!


Serving type: cask

04-15-2009 20:48:20 | More by neenerzig
Photo of sprucetip


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

On Cask at Stanton Public in NYC. Perhaps my first beer from Maryland.

Clear, copper/golden, modest head stays a while, leaves lacing.

Rich, complex, multi-faceted hop aroma. Long legs. Very floral and citrusy.

Very smooth, balanced. Complex citrusy hop profile blends nicely with strong malty base. Bitterness is restrained. Finishes pretty clean, just slight bitterness.

Mild carb, pleasant medium body and texture, clean finish.

smooth, balanced, tasty, clean easy drinker. Impressive.

Serving type: cask

02-17-2009 06:10:47 | More by sprucetip
Photo of drgonzo3705


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

A: Beautiful copper color with a nice fluffy off white head.

S: Huge grapefruit nose very citrusy.

T:Again grapefruits and hops meld together beutifully.
M: Nice medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess.
D: Amazing. I've loved Loose Cannon for a while but to finally try it on cask....Fuhgedaboutit!!

Serving type: cask

02-07-2009 19:37:34 | More by drgonzo3705
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