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

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2,707 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,707
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 80
Gots: 236 | FT: 2
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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
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Sammy, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

metter98, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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

brentk56, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Texasfan549, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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!

mikesgroove, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

womencantsail, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

ygtbsm94, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

oberon, Mar 22, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

09-11-2009
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...

emerge077, Sep 11, 2009
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Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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