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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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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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Expiring May 06.Golden yellow, nice head. Hoppy grapefruit aroma. Deep hop taste, not malted away as others I have had of this style. Lace, significant carbonation. A hophead fix, and a but tough on the palate. I favour regular IPAs myself. To be drunk slowly. Thanks Dr. Jay.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 05:14:04 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent tangerine beneath a lemon-accented ivory crown that is the best part of the appearance. The foam is firm and sticky rather than creamy and persists for quite a while. Small splotches and flecks of sea foam lace end up on the glass.

It's impossible for a brewer that has any amount of talent (and those at Clipper City have a great deal) to create an IPA with a hop bill like this one that doesn't smell freakin' incredible. For the record: Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade (at least 3 of which are on my 'all time greats' list). The nose is bursting with grapefruit, orange, pineapple and all manner of tropical fruity hop esters.

When the first gulp hit my taste buds, I thought the flavor was easily the equal of the nose. However, rather than rise to a mind-blowing crescendo of hoptastic goodness like the best DIPAs do, the flavor began a steady decline all the way to and through the finish. Loose Cannon is still mighty tasty beer, it just isn't exceptional beer.

It's fairly well-malted for the style, with no caramel malt to muddy things up flavor-wise. That leaves the door open for that murderer's row of hops to rush through and make one hell of a memorable entrance... except they don't. Again, I'm being somewhat nitpicky, but I require a certain hoppy explosiveness in my DIPAs that I'm just not getting here.

The flavor profile abounds in grapefruit, orange and assorted tropical fruit fruitiness (just like the nose) as well as a fresh, 'pine forest at dawn' spruciness is appealing. The amount of bitterness wasn't noteworthy during the top half of the bottle, but I'm finding it more so in the bottom half. This is another one of those cumulatively bitter beers that'll sneak up on your tongue if you're not careful. The 7.5% ABV should be completely buried, but isn't quite.

The mouthfeel (like the rest of the beer) is somewhere between an IPA and a true DIPA. It's medium-full with some expansiveness in the mouth, but stops short of being heavily creamy or chewy.

After the Peg Leg Imperial Stout misstep, Loose Cannon gets me excited again about the Heavy Seas line from Clipper City. It isn't the best version of the style that I've had, even in the past few weeks, but it is a tasty, drinkable beer that I have no trouble recommending to those whose hop itch needs a good scratch.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 19:40:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

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

Wow had this on tap for the first time at Barleys. Poured a deep amber with a nice white head that gaded leaving a ring of lace around the top. Smell was big time piney hops with lots of resin. Slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol were present. First impression was hop bomb, a little slick due to not being overly carbonated, but not a detriment at all. Really strong hop presence with nothing balancing this at all. Slight alcohol presence but nothing distracing at all. Overall this was a phenomanal beer, I would love to have this anyday of the week, and with it now available in my area, will see a steady station in my fridge!

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2007 17:53:29 | More by mikesgroove
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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a thin white head and some mild lacing.

S: Smells surprisingly good. I get a bunch of tropical fruit such as pineapple, quite a bit of tangerine and grapefruit juice as well. Some mild fish food aromas on the back end.

T: The flavor starts off with the same grapefruit and tangerine flavors, but a bit more toward the peel side of things. A fairly substantial malt character, pretty bready and a bit of biscuit.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not a terrible IPA, but not really my style. Too much malt and not enough intense hoppy character.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 06:15:01 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Displays a hazy copper color with a frothy head that leaves great lacing on the way down

Smell: Some citrus fruit aroma

Taste: Fruity hop flavors abound from the start; after the swallow a perfumy citrus flavor appears

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very refreshing and fruity, nicely hopped IPA

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 11:59:16 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with slightly better then average retention. Aroma consists of medium bitter hops with some very subtle citrus flavour. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some medium bitter and citrus hops. Body is about average with some medium carbonation. I was expecting a hop bomb based on the description of the beer which mentions triple hops IPA and it seems I got a light IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 17:08:41 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Thanks to kmpitz2 for hookin' a brother up! Always a sucker for a good IPA, I can't fault this on too much. A bold straw color with a copper tint, head retention that folds into a nice lacing. Smells like sweet grapefruit and spicy pine. Tastes more with the citrus: grapefruit and oranges. A pine, mint, woody flavor rides above the malt sweetness. Sweetness is moderate but shadowed by hops and a mild grain flavor. Medium, creamy body that swallows easy. Finishes fresh and clean with a mild alcoholic numbing and warmth. Not overly complex, but a solid choice for any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 00:28:44 | More by BEERchitect
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: Pint glass with Black Bear (Morgantown, WV) pint glass.

A: Dark amber with a decent head. Head is single-fingered and a little bit bubbly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet hops and malt. More citrusy than piney, and smells absolutely delicious smelling.

T: Good malt backbone with a definite sweet hop presence. Slightly oily.

M: Smooth. Medium-bodied and quite creamy.

D: Quite drinkable. A "smaller" version of this style, but a good example nonetheless. Agree with other reviewers that this is potentially sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:20:09 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

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

A: The beer is clear copper in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense head that took a long time to die down and left lacy patterns covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the smell.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy—grapefruit stands out in particular—and also has some hints of bready malts. There is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly crisp and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer does taste strong but isn’t difficult to drink because the taste is well balanced and the alcohol is mostly masked from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 12:02:02 | More by metter98
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light gold body with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Scads of grapefruit in the aroma together with orange marmalade and homemade sugar cookies.

Taste: Laden with crisp hop flavors of orange peel and grapefruit and backed up by a sweet malt base. Light, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Slightly fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A refreshing IPA (I wouldn't consider this a Double-IPA) teeming with fruitiness. Fairy tasty and well-balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 22:41:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures a lighter golden with a thinner white head thatwas gone pretty fast leaving no lace behind,seemed a bit spritzy.Big pine filled aromas and herbal mint really seemed to stick out with a touch of caramel underneath.Obviously hop driven but not over the top,lingering resiny pine flavors over top of biscuity lightly sweet caramel malt,the citrus is there more in the finish the pine profile is a little bigger.A solid offering the alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors meld well,nice job here.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 01:34:08 | More by oberon
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle fresh from the brewery.

Holy smokes, this is loaded with pungent hop aroma!!!! It smells like rubbing a whole flower hop between your fingers. Floral, spicy, piney, citrusy, fruity - it's like an ad for Pacific Northwest hops!

The malt base isn't nearly as full-throttle, however, and it's superbly balanced - unlike some other examples that can tend to become cloying with heavy, dull malt, or just straight-out sweet against the bitterness. Which brings us to... bitterness. It's restrained in that arena as well, with what I'd consider a perfect balance. Now, maybe I'm a hop-head and not a very good judge of things, but this seems like a beer that almost any beer drinker could enjoy. I don't see it as a "double" or "Imperial" IPA, but more of an incredibly aromatic IPA. Superb!

The small print: There is a mild plant-like (chlorophyll) character to it that can appear from time to time because of the massive quantity of hops used; and the brilliant nose might not carry over into bottles that have a little more age on them.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 03:11:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color, nice softly creamy layer of foam above.

Lovely hop aroma, fresh and vibrant, floral and fruity, hints of honey, but piney, moreover, ...dazzling. Bitter, but pleasing and smooth.

Taste: ahhh! a hop ballet on the tongue, teasing and tantalizing, delivering deliciousness with every sip. Apples and pears meet the citric suspects, and the malt is sweet and sturdy, well matching the strong hop quotient. Hops last long on the palate, a fine, dragging finish that is well-loved.

The more I near completion of this bottle, the more I wish I had another. This is an IPA I'd like to return to again, very easy drinking, very smooth, very tasty.

Very nice, Clipper City, keep up the good work!

(and thanks, Raj!)

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 21:47:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves just a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: Floral hops aroma is a bit mild for the style and is accompanied by a heavy citrus sweetness smell.

T: The bitter hops taste isn’t as intense as most beers in the style, but that same bitter hops taste is also nowhere near as good as most beers in the style. As sweet citrus malt is the smell, you don’t get much of that in the taste either.

M: Crisp, but not as smooth as it should be, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry finish. It was also kind of watery which I’ve never experienced in this style.

D: It kind of lacks in taste. It’s not that easy to drink. The only thing good about it that I can say in this category is that it’s not that filling. I certainly wouldn’t drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 05:54:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/10: Finally arrived in Chicago, thanks to wilwfu for sharing!
Bright and bittersweet grapefruit rind aroma and taste, nice and hoppy, reminds me of fresh DFH 90 min. a little bit. Going to raise scores for this one, and seek it out fresh.

BBD: 11/09

Sticky halo of lacing, glowing orange body. Slight haze, but pretty nice clarity overall. Caramel aroma not much else at this point. It foams up with the slightest swirl, with good retention.

Dried apricot flavor, spice and caramel malts. Pretty tasty, i'll have to look for this fresh next year. It's full bodied and verging on double IPA i'd say. Dry and spicy finish. Lingering dry citrus fruit from the hops. ABV is hidden well enough, but it renders this a sipper anyway.

Still good, if you have some left drink it now...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:34:48 | More by emerge077
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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in NC, review based on notes.

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of ivory shaded lacing. Good head retention & great lacing

S: Leafy hops & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plus lemon up front, along with hints of grapefruit & biscuitty malt. Honey malt & dryness are there as this warms along with pineapple. Finishes fruitty, piney 7 with much caramel

MF: Medium bodied, semi-creamy carbonation, great balance

Great drinakbility, easily the best beer I've had from these guys

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 04:49:23 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, bisquit, and light crystal malts as well as a powerful hop aroma. The taste is great also. It's smooth and crisp with lovely hop flavor that blends well with the malt base. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. It's loaded with both malts and hops. It's well balanced and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 01:38:55 | More by WesWes
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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
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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It poured out an orange/amber color with a small, white head. It left long soapy lines of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grasses and pine with a hint of citrus.

T - It tasted very hoppy. There was a nice citrus (orange) flavor and it had a slight bitter bite.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Nice hop character.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 02:05:16 | More by zeff80
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Prezo in Milford, MA.

A: Light fluffy 1 finger head over a pale amber orange color with haze.

N: Mostly chewy hops with a little malt, some spicy and fresh earthy hop aromas as well.

T: Starts with a musty earthy spicy hop taste. Right out front, and dominates the beer. Some pine and a touch of citrus help on the hop side. It has a chewy hop flavor, but isn't very bitter at first. A little juicy fruit flavors, and almost no malt to be found.

M: Has a good body with decent carbonation, a little oily from the hop oils.

F: Slightly bitter again, it gets a little more bitter as it goes, but not as bitter as I expected. It also dries off quite a bit which does tend to make the bitterness a bit more. A little lingering spicy hop and fresh hop oil flavors, as well as that earthy musty fresh wet hop flavor, which I expected to fade and it never really did.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 14:06:45 | More by jlindros
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4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best before date of May, 2006; Sampled December 2005
Pours with a brilliantly clear, copper color that is topped by a frothy light tan colored head. The aroma is just plain sticky with hoppy fat lupulin glands. The aroma is redolent of ruby-red grapefruits that have that mix of sweet citrus notes, tart citric acid, and sharp, floral grapefruit peel oils. The aroma is definitely hop-city, and is quite sublime for any lover of in-your-face American hop-levels. Is there anything else in the aroma? Maybe there is a hint of alcohol at the end, a bit of herbal hop character, and perhaps some accentuating notes of sweet malt, but all of these are quite secondary to the overwhelming grapefruit hoppiness that is found in the aroma.

The taste is soft and creamy up front, with just enough malt/ caramel sweetness to accentuate the citrus-like hop flavor. The finish has a solid, though not overwhelming, hop bitterness to it, which is in perfect balance with the malt sweetness. This beer screams American C-type hop flavors though; everything else is secondary, including the bitterness in the finish. What a fantastic hop character this beer has. It is just so fat and flavorful, it really is like sucking on the nectar from a mythic citrus/hop flower.

I don't know what it is, but this beer seems to have awoken the inner hop-head in me, this beer is just really hitting the spot right now. Everything is working to accentuates all of the hop notes that I like to see in a beer. As my palate gets used to it a resinous pine-like note begins to become noticeable, and the bitterness in the finish begins to take on astringent mouth puckering proportions that just beg for another sip of this hopaliscious brew. I am pretty sure that I never want to have this beer again, because there is no way it will live up to this singular experience of right here, right now. The quirks of beer drinkery, have delivered me the perfect convergence of time, place & beer; definitely one of the top beer experiences of my life. This is definitely one of those things you can't explain, you just have to experience it, the beer itself, objectively does not add up to it, but, regardless it happens. Here is to the journey, and the next beer that satisfies the soul.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 01:08:43 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap for a little while at the Fogelsville Hotel, and I made sure to get as much of this as I could during that time. For $15 for a pitcher I wanted to take advantage of that.

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden copper color with a big thick white head on it. The lacing was very nice here. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, floral and citrusy. The taste was great, I love the hoppy flavor of this beer, lemony citrus with some pine in the back end. Tingling aftertaste. The mouthfeel is oily and slick, good carbonation, lots of cottonmouth on this too after each sip. Overall I really enjoy this IPA. I enjoy it every time I have it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 18:09:16 | More by Knapp85
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3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before Aug. '07:

Pours slightly hazed orangish/amber with a thin, lasting, creamy, off-white head that leaves broken rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is herbal and citric. Some resiny notes.

The taste is of citric fruits and medicinal herbs. It's followed by a juicy sweetness that lingers. Resiny notes break through as it progresses. Finishes with a bitterness and a detached sweetness.

Medium-bodied and fairly coating, it has okay carbonation.

It's not quite the hop-bomb that is in the description, and that's fine. If I have an issue with it, it is that the juicy sweetness just doesn't go well here. Still, it's drinkable and has enough to be enjoyable for one or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 03:51:49 | More by jwc215
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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded brown amber. No head. Nose is so ridiculously pine. It's like getting a whiff of one of those tar bags they have in baseball. Flavor is bringing some of the same. There's also a bit of an apricot edge there. Vibrant and a bit high in flavor, but it's working. There is an unusual tangy bitter edge on the backside though. Liquid feel is slick and sticky. Carbonation is low, as you'd expect. It helps this beer out by allowing some of the more subtle characters to pop out. Overall this is a pretty nice brew on cask. It takes it about two minutes to warm up and open up a bit more, so it gets more interesting quickly. A good one.

Serving type: cask

08-23-2008 22:40:30 | More by RblWthACoz
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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper golden orange off white cream colored head sparse lacing forms around my pint at D's Six Pack. Aroma: Citrus rinds grapefruit touch of alcohol and sugary sweetness come to my senses. Taste: Floral and citrus hop bursts dominate with a sturdy malt base that gives a candy sweetness to the hop profile. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated slightly sticky very smooth hoppy ale. Drinkability: Marketed as a triple IPA let me say it's hoppy but still just an Imperial not shocking enough to travel into a triple IPA category for me suprisingly easy drinking solid DIPA, nice not trailblazing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2006 17:54:59 | More by WVbeergeek
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