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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: 628 | 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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Reviews: 1,210 | Hads: 3,303
Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a sixpack of 12 oz bottles at the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. Freshness date plainly scored on the label.
Pours a clear, golden amber body with a one finger head that is offwhite. Retention is decent and scruffy patch lacing generously clings to the sides of the pint glass.

Aroma begins with pine and grapefruit, but quickly gains complexity. Pleasant notes of orange and tangerine contribute a citrusy dominance.

Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated, with a light medium body.

Taste features some big malts to match the tasty hops bill. Citrusy orange hops dance happily with a prominent toffee/caramel maltiness. Some grapefruit bitterness keeps the sweetness in check. No hint of alcohol in the taste. Some floral hop sweetness reminds me of Bells Two Hearted Ale, at times. Very well executed, and very tasty.

A very pleasant surprise here. Far, and away, the best of the Heavy Seas series from Clipper City that I've tried. Very well balanced and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Warriorsoul for this brew!

Pours a flaxen gold with a minimal head.

Smell is dry and hoppy with a strong essence of lemon.

The taste is dynamic, it's a lot maltier than I expected, but it's like a slight nutty malt like toffee. It has a good citrus sense to it and a certain sweetness tha tis quite nice.
It has no finish, though, and the malt is becoming buttery and cloying.

Nice IPA. not the best, but certainly above average.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle.

A - light golden, perfectly clear. Head a bright white and retreating to a ring after a few minutes. Leaves adequate lacing.

S - mixture of pine, grass, sweet malt, toffee. Notes of higher alcohols as well. Nice balanced nose of fresh hops and sweet toasty malt.

T - initial malt sugary sweetness, caramel, toffee. Followed by well balanced attack of citrus, pine hop flavor and assertive bitterness. Aftertaste of burnt sugar, tangy citrus. Surprisingly balanced for its size, not an over-the-top beer like so many today. Fresh hop aftertaste as well with each belch. Slight warming after each swallow.

M - medium bodied ale, carbonation is average. Sweet, sticky finish, but not cloying.

D - this is a fairly large beer with decent alcohol content and staunch bitterness, which would prevent it from being a regular session beer. But very tasty and well balanced. Highly recommended.

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Photo of rokoch27
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the pleasure of trying this beer at the brewery and I remember the same kind of hop dominance, but this bottle isn't as aggressively overpowering. Certainly would be a nice one to try for all the hopheads out there! Grass, pine with some nice lingering malt behind the hops. The Heavy Seas beers are continuing to mature and get more refined and this is no exception.

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

A- slightly hazy pale orange color with a decent offwhite head.

S- lots of grapefruit but also hints of apricot and orange peel.

T- initial taste is a light grassy hop bitterness, theres is a slight malty sweetnes. the finish is a fairly short lived spicey citrus and grapefruit bite.

M- pretty decent feel, medium body, doesnt have the chewy character of some DIPA's. pretty decent carbonation.

D- about as refreshing as a DIPA can be, so its not difficult to put a few of these back.

overall- ive come across the type of hops used in this beer before, and im honestly not to fond of them. They dont really provide the strong, lingering grassy finish that i seek out. overall not bad, just a little middle road for the style.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear amber with an average sized white head. The smell is a strong grapefruit citrus and hops. The aroma is almost a creamy hoppiness, if you can believe that. The taste is a hoppy citrus flavor with a creaminess to it. This is a very drinkable double IPA with very little bitterness and a light m/f. For a high octane beer this was very mellow and drinkable. A damn good beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this ale pours a pale coppery color, moderate carbonation rises from the bottom, a thin lacy white head sits atop

S - hoppy smell of course, with slight fruity esthers coming up, almost similar to strawberries, maybe im crazy

T - the hoppiness is well done, to a piney degree, but not overpowering, a nice ultrahoppy balance, sounds oxymoronic, buts it not

M - very smooth, not an overly dry finish, very nice

D - high if you like the bitterness of hops

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Photo of iubball
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review, so please be gentle. I am a hop-head, so I am surprised that I am rating this beer so high. While it probably doesn't rank as high as many beers on the IBU scale, it manages to mix the hop flavor into the beer without over-doing it. Seems to me to be a perfect summer-time Pale Ale, with it's slightly fruity aftertaste. This beer is hard to find on tap. Other than MOB, Olney Ale House, and Frisco Burrito, haven't seen it anywhere else. This is definitely the best of the best for the Clipper City beers. Their other beers aren't bad, but this one is way above. If someone could send me a message to my Beer Mail account on how to post a review for the Clipper City Brewery Tour, that would be appreciated. The tour was one of the best that I have been on. Informative, yet entertaining.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap from Sunset G&T in Allston, Ma. Presented in their basic pint the beer had no head when given to me and was almost filled to the brim. The beer was a dirty penny color brown with no other outright signs of carbonation and no lacing throughout the sample.

The nose had a soft hop aroma with slight floral hints and some flowery esters. A slight malt presence in the back of the aroma and very soft hints of "bitterness" in the nose.

The tatse has an innitial hoppiness to it but not an overly assertive bitterness. A more subtle bitterness comes through on the back of the tounge and some maltiness is also clearly present. An actual subtle sweetness can be detected and this created an interesting balance almost never seen in most IPA's. A slight floral fruittiness is on the palate but mild and not over the top. Slightly dry in the finish and not all that carbonated.

Mouthfeel is slightly crisp with a medium body and not overly carbonated.

Not a bad IPA but nothing super memorable. Somwhat bland as IPA's go with the bitterness and hoppiness somewhat lackluster. I will probably not seek this out again anytime soon.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a golden amber with lively streams of carbonation quickly coming up to the top. A fluffy 2 finger ivory head slowly fades into a mild cap and hearty collar. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of hearty pine and citrusy hops with a plum, vanilla cream, and biscuit aroma resonating. Smells like I've got my face over the hop boil.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice hoppy, yet balanced flavor that is in no doubt a double IPA. This could pass for a DIPA from the West Coast. Sweet up front with a tender citrus hop kick that compliments the mild caramel and biscuit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some lively carbonation pockets. A nice balance of super hops and crisp malt. A nice brew. I wish I could brew one like this.
This is in the winner's column. I'd recommend this fine bottle from our friends in Baltimore anytime.

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

On-tap at Draft Zone in Frostburg, MD....

Arrived a clear orange color, with a creamy white head, leaving a nice collar the rest of the way. Aroma...this beer doesn't piss around!!! Evergreen and citrus hop aromas all the way. Taste follows...very piney and floral, not much malt (if any) to speak of, but still very smooth. Medium body, and moderate carbonation provide an enjoyable m/f, and the only thing holding it's drinkability back is it's ABV.

Hop heads should be all over this!

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Photo of Vancer
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

These <Heavy Seas> brews HAVE to be tried! My first, Loose Cannon is off on the right foot with the cool label also stating BB 8/06. A surprising clear golden yellow pour with foamy white head greeted me – even though it’s bottle conditioned.

Very hoppy, citrusy lemon in the aroma, and a STRONG lemon piney taste – I can’t recall a taste like this one before. Just hop loaded.

Foamy and highly carbonated, and the hops just keep biting all the way though. It’s not very refreshing, but sipable for a duration of several bottles.

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Photo of benzy
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice citrus floral taste, doesn't slam you with bitterness like some other American IPA's. Carbonation is a bit less than I prefer. This with the 7.5% abv is why I rate it only 4.0 on drinkability. It is also a bit green.

If you like this one, try Avery (and vice versa).

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light body, Caramel color, clear, with a rather substantial head. Aroma is well... sweet and flowery because there's a BUNCH of hops in it! The taste is clearly dominated by a floral hoppy taste that really isn't as bitter as some of the hoppiest IPA's I've had, it mellows really well on the palate, one of the top HOPPY's I've had.

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Photo of trep
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Half of a 12 oz bottle split with my lovely girlfriend.

Huge creamy vanilla head sitting atop crystal clear orange body. Looks pretty good.

Intense hops in the nose, grapefruit and other sweet citrus with some light hints of pine in the background.

Wow, juiciest of juicy hops sting the tastebuds and white grapes and oranges round out the experience. Initially clean, then halfway through the hops hit you, then drive right into a dead end road of white grapes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. Little to no malt being tasted.

A little thinner than I like for the style. Carbonation is just right though.

The hops in this one are juicy and sweet with very little bitterness at all. Day in and day out this beer could keep me satisfied. This is a world class IIPA that hardly gets the respect it deserves.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden/copper with a nice sized white head. Left good lacing.
A citrussy hop aroma with a little malt behind.
Verry mellow & nice. Has a great hop flavor with minimal bitterness at least for a DIPA. Whatever bitterness there is doesn't linger. A slight malt presence shows itself a little as the beer warms a bit. Good.
Lighter side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Very Drinkable. all the hop flavor you could want without the overpowering bitterness.

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Photo of MarineHokie
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright clear orange. Ample head fades to a fairly thick ring, leaveing large islands of foam and lite lacing.

S - Fresh sweet fainty tropical fruitiness, trend to grapefruit and alcohol as it warms.

T - Juicy hops lead to a fairly this malt backbone followed by farily non descript hop bitterness. Finish slowly fades into nothing. Enjoyed with a steak, mashed sweet potatos, and grilled asparagus. Tasted great with the veggies and OK with the steak.

M - On the light side of medium bodied.

D - Interesting enough and not too hoppy or alcoholic for more than one, but probably not more than two at a session.

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Photo of jslot38
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber, sticky frothy head, white, good size and retention.

Smell: Pine, floral hops. Touch of grass, touch of biscuit aroma. Dash of flowery spice.

Taste: Hops baby... grass, pine, touch of citrus zest. Backed up with toasted malts. Tasted way too green though... maybe some aging would do this beer some good, the potential is certainly there.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average.

Drinkability and Notes: This just tasted average and green, needs something more to it, but I can't put my finger on it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out light orange in color with a big, beautiful white head.

Smell – The hops here are huge and raunchy. The giant pine resin and pure, unadulterated orange aroma was just rank. It was the kind of smell that causes people to make a funny face. It was almost perfumey in a sense; it was such a concentrated smell.

Taste – This was just hop harsh in the mouth. If you don’t like hops you will definitely hate this beer. The hops aren’t even smooth, they are just raw in your face pine and rindy orange. Not to be outdone, the malts were big with some powdery spiciness.

Mouthfeel – This was medium-bodied with some sharp citrusy notes on the sides of the tongue. This felt very heavy going down. The ABV is a bit light to be called an “ADIPA” but it sure felt like a Double in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is an amazing ale with a huge, monster presence that you’ll either love or hate. I loved it!

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Photo of soultrain
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-Clear orange, 1/4" white foam head, larger bubbles look like they have hop chunks stuck to them. Decent lacing. Extra 1/2 point for freshness date.
S-Grapefruit and lots of it. Serious hop smell is this beer's strongpoint. Is this dryhopped?
T-This doesn't taste like a Double IPA to me, but it does taste like a very good east coast ipa, heavy on the citrus, heavy on the hops, no alcohol to be found anywhere. I only bought 2 to try: that was dumb.
M-A bit oily, which is o.k. (who doesn't like hop oil?) by me, carbonation is a little lacking for my taste...still, this is a good beer if you like hops...
D-....wicked drinkable.

CRUX: GOOD IPA FROM BALTIMORE MARYLAND. East coast IPAs are "behind" the IPA action coming outta California, but beers like this give me hope...I'd get this again, no prob. I wish they really did make a Hop to the 3rd IPA...maybe they will in the future....

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerBeing from this beer from Beer it Forward 25**

Appearance: Very clear medium copper color. Medium head. Doesn't look differently from many PA's, but I took a whiff already, and wow.

Smell: Citrus hops. Oranges, lots of oranges, lemon, lime, grapefruit. Very fruity smelling to say the least. Very nice.

Taste: The first part is a murky and sweet malt and hop, kind of disjointed, but not bad. The last half of the taste is pure hops, drying the flavor, leading up to a huge hop bitterness. The hops are right on, but the first part of the flavor is kind of messy. Very good, if not complete.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable DIPA, lots of hops to sate your craving. Not my favorite of the style, but a very good beer.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Summit's in Sandy Springs, GA. Poured from a bottle into a barrel mug.
A: Pours an orange-amber color with a white 1/3" head. Head fades 1/2 way through the session and leaves some lacing. Lots of carbonation in this beer.
S: The smell is of grapefruit and piney resin. Strong and fizzy scent.
T: Tastes of pine and grapefruit and a swift kick of hops. Wow, this is unique and I'm surprised that the high amount of hops doesn't turn me off.
M: A light, crisp, and fizzy mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable for a non IPA person as well.

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Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with some orange highlights. 1" inch head slowly falls to a surface foam. Low carbonation levels.

Smell: tons of piney hops and citrus.

Taste: the piney bitterness and grapefruits really come through up front, while the malt sweetness balances this brew out nicely.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and lightly crisp / smooth finish. The aftertaste is long on the pine and grapefruits tones. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is an easy drinking beer. Alcohol levels are not noticeable, and it is bit lighter than some other double IPAs. Must try this one.

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Photo of WaffleSauce
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Px2GrafX for the special hookup on this little guy!

Bottled June 06. A very fun looking brown 12oz bottle. Pouring in to my trusty stone pint glass.

Pours a rather transparent burnt orange leaning towards yellow. Very small head is fading somewhat quickly, despite the flurry of bubble action. Lacing is there, but doesn't stay long. It's kind of strange, I've never seen lacing like this.

Nose is floral hops with a hint of tropical fruity hops. Very, very inviting. This is arguably one of the best smelling IPAs I’ve ever had the pleasure of lifting to my nose.

A pretty quick burst of floral hops, quickly rushing into a faint lemony tropical hop. Not much else to it, it doesn’t stick around long. It’s quite pleasing despite its lack of complexity, and its got an absolutely wonderful mouth feel.

I could easily drink this all night. Quite frankly, I think I’d rather drink this all night than 90 minute (please don’t hit me!)

Thanks again, Px2!!

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one from a trade a while back with maltygoodness.

Pours a copper color with a nice big head. The head maintains very well considering the higher hop levels and alcohol. Very active carbonation level. A nice looking beer. Smell gives a nice burst of piney hops. Smells like a winner. Taste follows suit, a nice blast of piney hops but it is quickly controlled by the malt sweetness. My problem with many double ipa's is that that sweetness becomes too much as you drink more of the beer but in this case the level is just right. Just enough of a warming finish to let you know that the alcohol is present. Overall a nice beer, i may have to go get myself some more of this. Would definately suggest you grab one of these.

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Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.