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

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Reviews: 1,210
Hads: 3,303
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 127
Gots: 626 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Higravity on 09-09-2005

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 maximum12
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Lucular for this bottle, 12 oz, as I recover from doing absolutely nothing all day.

The pour is lightly misted orange with minimal carbonation that fades faster than a Pretty Little Liars’ career. The nose is very nice, a citrus grove in harvest with pulp all over the ground. The look & nose sync. I dig.

Loose Cannon Hop3 is earthier than a meeting of The Vegan Society. Hops dragged through good dark earth dominate the profile, mixed in the bitterness. Mid-palate brings peaches, citrus, & other light fruits, all tainted with a layer of silt. Finish is half sweet caramel, half fall leaves. Six ounces were enough (my wife drank the other half & enjoyed it more).

Dank earthiness just isn’t my thing & unfortunately, this is super dank, super earthy. I can drink it, but just don’t appreciate it.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice cloudy amber with a generous head. Smells like lavender, herbs and hops. A nice mild bitter taste with hints of herbs from start to finish. Thin to medium in feel with a medium to light carbonation.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy bronzed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing slid into the beer.
The smell started off with a light grassy to earthy hop and allowing a gentle caramel malt base to flow up into my nose.
The taste was moderately bitter with the sweetness of the malts sharpening on my taste buds. There's a light aftertaste of caramel malts.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation hits like an EIPA - not too harsh just enough to allow an ample amount of bitterness to hit in the "English" sort of fashion.
Overall, not sure if that was Heavy Seas' intention, as I see this is labeled as an American styled one on here. I don't mind it so much for me, but I can see how people might not like this as other IPA's. As if this was labeled an "English" IPA on here and the style reviewers on BA might rate this accordingly. Just saying, but whatever, next beer please.

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Photo of objektwerks
1.24/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Is this beer an IPA? It's not even in the same universe as Dogfish Head 60' IPA. It's a pretender of the worst kind. Frankly I can't even classify it. It's that neutral. Sorry, based on the glowing reviews, most typically accurate, I had very high expectations. Yet on a scale of 1 to 10, my disappointment is a 10, and this beer is a 1 as an IPA. Hopefully, I can pawn this beer off on an unsuspecting friend.;)

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale - Heavy Seas Beer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is one finger thick and off-white, with spottier lacing, and a clear deeper amber body.

Smells like a fair blend of citrus and pine notes from the hops, with just a dash of malt in there.

I taste a bright, clear blend of the elements described above with an overall earthiness. Very interesting for an American IPA, and enjoyed by yours truly.

Mouthfeel is lighter, with mild carbonation and a mid-palate bite per this style.

Overall, I'll award Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale - Heavy Seas Beer with a 4.25.

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint. Nice thick long lasting head with great lacing, very nice! Piney smell, but not pungent. Nice pine flavor with a grapefruit finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DSWeller
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a 16 oz glass can. Pours a light copper with a creamy white head. Smell is light citrus with brown sugar. I taste slight citrus (oranges) with low bitterness. Easily drinkable. I am also tasting small hints of caramel. Solid beer. It's nothing memorial but I would gladly drink it.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can - thanks to my friend, Derek, for picking this up while in Ohio
A - nearly opaque amber colored body with a foamy ivory colored head
S - earthy, herbal, pine, grapefruit, bready malt, caramel
T - very earthy and herbal again here; pungent grapefruit and pine add bitterness, caramel and bread crust for malt
M - fuller body, sharp bitterness prickles the tongue with hop oils sticking to the palate, grapefruit and pine linger
O - pretty good American IPA with old school flavors, which I always enjoy. Glad to try this one.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber, persistent head. Citrusy aroma, medium dense mouthfeel. Has a crisp hoppy citrus taste, slightly malty, well balanced. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

-brownish orange, a tad cloudy, of white head sticks around
-Brown sugar, orange peel, cooked dough
-Orange, orange peel, very subtle grassyness, molasses, brown sugar
-A bit heavy, carbonation has a bite tho. Easy to drink.

-honestly not a fan. Picked it up fresh but not my thing. Cant get over a molasses thing i taste to rate it higher.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quality local md beer. Had on tap in a pint glass. Pours with a light golden amber and thin head with a light sea foam feel to it.
Light hops that is a great beer when you want to have a few at your local dive...like Davis's pub in Annapolis

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Photo of username
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Canned version. 5 07 08 A 5 B B printed. Assuming this translates to July/August of 2015.

Poured very aggressively (just inverted can and let flow into glass freely).

Appears as one would expect; golden, clear. Initial 3-finger head eventually recedes to a nice surface layer, which, while thin, seems to have good enough retention.

Smell was fantastic immediately post-pour. Could smell a citrus hop flavor 3-5ft. away from glass. After settling, aroma became less pronounced. Still fairly citrus-laden, backed with some spice and a little bit of grassiness. Nothing seems to stand out prominently however.

Taste is moderately hoppy with a citrus note. Some more floral characteristics than the aroma would lead one to believe.

Feel seems pretty perfect for the style. Very smooth, minimal carbonation, minimal hop astringency.

Overall, might just be getting burnt-out on IPAs, but kind of expected more out of this brew. By no means is anything wrong with it; most certainly a solid IPA. However it isn't making a lot of other 'high-ranking' IPAs I've had appear as jabronies as I would've hoped.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ordered at local pretend Irish bar/restaurant. It was not cold, but still I could tell this is of high quality. I will seek it out at more fridgid temperatures.

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Photo of car2052
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep golden, with a small amount of head at the top.
S: Peach, honey, grapefruit, little bit of pine, and some sweet bread.
T: Front of the tongue is pine, peach, and other mild citrus. Back of the tongue is more malty sweetness.
M: Light-medium.
O: Not bad. Nice hop flavors. Will try again.

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Photo of VikingBeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Brothers' BBQ in Danville, KY. Very fresh and surprisingly good. Nice, hazy orange color, rather akin to darker orange juice, and a pretty hrad that recedes to 1/3" after a coupe of minutes and leaves a a decent bit of lacing. Smells of rich, citric and tropical hops, and honey. Hops flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, kumquats, mangoes, pine, and grass compete with a sturdy malt backbone, with notes of crackers and honey. Finish is dry and quenching, with spicy, grapefruity hop flavors and a hint of honey persisting for a good few minutes. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a smooth, refreshing moutufeel.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Best by 12/17/15

Pours honey gold with almost no head and lots of little floaties even after the trying to keep some in the bottle.

Smell is of typical IPA with citrus rind and a mix of spice and white bread

Taste is really spice forward rather than hop forward. First thing I though of was basil maybe? Minimal citrus character and some bready malt. The herbs and spice are definitely the forefront. Not sure about this.

Feel is light to medium body. I'd say on the lower side of carbonation. Very little bitterness and not much aftertaste. Maybe some sweetness lingers?

This beer seems confused, or maybe I am. The nose gives promise of a solid IPA but the taste puts the spice in front and the feel just isn't defined. Carbonation doesn't go well with the gravity and the lack of bitterness is a bit odd. The beer just has no kick.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Orange amber in color and very hazy. Pours a thin one finger head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma- Citrus hop aroma, pine, and some malt sweetness.

Taste- Fruity citrus and mango are present at first with some pine that adds some mild bitterness. The malt adds some caramel sweetness at first along with a little bit of dry bready malts towards the end.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and mainly sweet in the finish.

Overall- Solid IPA with no major flaws but has nothing that really makes it stand out. Toes the line of being a little too sweet, but generally there is enough pale malt to add dryness and cripsness in the finish. Worth getting again on tap, but not a whole 6/12 pack.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is nice, grainy.
The taste is a solid malt caramel flavor with balanced lemon and grapefruit bitterness.
The texture is medium.
A great IPA showcasing malt and hop balance.

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Photo of SFNC
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very flat orange, very little head, moderate lacing. The smell is a nice, strong hop presence, pine, tropical fruit and some dankness. Taste is good, following the nose and presenting a solid malt base. A slightly thick, sticky mouthfeel and a pleasant bittersweet aftertaste. A good IPA, one I've passed over numerous times for lesser beers.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had the pleasure of driving to their brewery (which is located easily accessible from I-95) several times to have a pint.

It is very tasty and well recommended!

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Photo of brewjitsu316
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First look - the pour is a nice golden amber color, with a slightly off-white head, good lacing. Medium carbonation. The "Hop3" moniker given to this beer by Heavy Seas is extremely well-deserved, because it's immediately evident in the aroma. Medium bodied - grapefruit and citrus notes were well-integrated; slight notes of pine noted as well. Beautifully balanced.

This is a brew that does everything well, but nothing earthshakingly different. It's an IPA that any hophead will love, but don't expect it to descend from heaven in a silvery chariot and lead you to the promised land.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting hop profile. I get a strong basil flavor, which I've never had in an IPA before. Little bit of other herbs and spices coming through as well. A little heavier and darker malt than most IPAs I've had, which makes for a bit of a smoother mouthfeel and tips the balance away from being a hop bomb. Almost no bitterness to speak of. The basil flavor is really pronounced and really good. There's a little bit of orange in there too, I'd say.

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Photo of Phillip13
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very hoppy IPA. If you like hops this beer is for you.It has a great citrus and pine taste that just explodes in your mouth. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and smooth at the same time. Heavy Seas best beer.

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Photo of Futbol15
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really surprised how smooth this was even with the Hop3. Looked good, smelled good and tasted great. It's a good thing I only bought two today for my overnight!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that takes a moderate while to dissipate. The beer itself is a pale amber color and clear with some nice chill haze.

The beer smell is very nice with a strong hop and malt presence. The hop notes are orange and light citrus with a nice pine smell at the end. The smell also has a good and sweet malt backbone balancing out the hop smell. Although, the smell is probably hoppier than it is balanced.

The taste is fairly good but the smell is better. The taste has a strong hop presence that comes in the form of an orange taste that ends in a pine note. The malt note isn't as strong or as heavy as the smell but still makes itself known.

The feel is rather refreshing for an IPA. The beer still has a medium body but is made lighter by the carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA and a personal favorite of mine. It's a nice IPA that isn't over the top and accessible to the public. I definitely recommend this one.

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