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Ratings: 3,148
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 112
Gots: 517 | 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 unclederby
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this copper colored ale into my La Fin Du Monde tulip...
nice bit of frothiness up top there with good lacing as i drank it down. Inviting aroma featuring plenty of sweetness and citrusy/piney hops. Plenty of malty sweetness in the flavors too, complimented by an equal amount of sappy hops with estery qualities (even cherries). Flavorful and nicely balanced, with a dry, slightly alcoholic finish that lingered just a bit. Moutfeel is medium/heavy with some grainy carbonation.

I like this beer and find it to be highly sessionable, yet it is closer to an IPA than a DIPA. But so what, distinct defintions of style can be a blurry mess anyways...

Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= orange-copper, with modest fuzzy white head

S= nice hoppy-floral mix, sweet malts, caramel.

T= nicely blended hops and more hops. Citrus, rich bready malts, light caramel sweetness. Very nice. Grassy notes and belch, and as the beer sets and warms a little the grassy traits become more evident but not dominant.

M= rich blend of malts, floral notes and plentiful hops, grassy finish.

D= if you're an uber-hops-fan then I'm sure you'll enjoy it and session on it. Great when I'm in that ultra-hops mood but also want some nice malt body.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color, bottle conditioned??? This beer is clear as the light of day. Good half inch of off white head, frothy and mouth watering form. Aromas of raw, grassy hops flows out with little malt to back it. Candy sweetness at first followed by waves of hop flavor, all kinds in there as described by CCB. Bitterness is not quite up to par with other IIPA, a main drawback. This one has the potential with all the hop flavor and good malt background, but bitterness is where these bigger beers can shine. Recommended as "the best IPA in the store" by some clerk at Corral Liquors in IL, but I think I'll stick to some HopDevil or 60 min, thank you.

Photo of granger10
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a semi hazy copper color with a solid off white head. Fairly solid lacing.

Smells strong in the hop dept. Lots of pine and hop resins. Not too much else but I really do like that intense resiny aroma. There's some citrus too but I get more pine in the aroma.

Taste begins with the hops. Very floral at first. Some earthy character is there but the floweryness is prevalent. A honey like sweetness emerges along with a soft bready base. Hops are still in complete control. Stronger resiny green hops come towards the back and don't let go. Slight orange like acidity in the end but more of a drying character takes effect. Finish is really dry and I really need another sip right when I'm done taking the previous sip.

It's a good beer but I really found myself craving another sip continuously. Odd. Reminds me in ways of Alpha King but its been a couple months since I had that so maybe I'm wrong with that comparison. Funny how Alpha King is listed as an APA and this is supposedly a DIPA. This is a straightforward IPA in my book, but there's nothing wrong with that. A nice middle of the day libation.

Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a nice, solid, tasty beer, here. Decent lacing, some smell of pine woods, some maltiness...but not as much as other IPA's I've had and not quite as hoppy...but..very easy to drink. Hard to believe it's 7.5% as I am drinking it. I highly recommend this one, especially to those just getting into hoppy brews. I will get this one again.

Photo of Daehpoh
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden amber color with just a slight haze.
Minimal white head retained throughout.
Piney, orange citrus aroma. Didn't get much floral hop aroma from this one.
Slightly heavy feel. Sweet with a lingering hop bitterness.
The taste is a melange of different hop flavors backed mildly by malty sweetness. I enjoyed the variety of flavors, but felt as though the balance leaned a little too heavily toward the hop end. Earthy undertones in both the smell and taste.
Overall, this is a very smooth drinking, refreshing beverage that I would certainly try again.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber colour wi tha big off-white head that makes its way down to a thin lace but leaves plenty of residue on the glass along the way.

The aroma is a very nice burst of piney hop notes, some caramel sweeteness, and touches of eathry malt. Very well done overall.

The flavour is piney and juicy up fron tand toward the middle, where it then mixes with a bit of earthiness and other sweetness (some citrus even?) for a well balanced flavour throughout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

I enjoyed this one. It's hoppy but not overly hoppy, and is certainly nice and balanced, or at least complimented nice with some malt flavouring. Certainly worth a try if you see it.

Photo of bruachan
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

filtered bottle with a fun purple label depicting a cannon crashing loose from its moorings and careening through the opposite railing. the oh-so-appreciated freshness indicator suggests i drink this by november 2006. no problem

bright copper color. the head is modest but attractive—a little sticky

very hoppy aroma—citrus and florals. the website cites a litany of Pac NW hops—magnum, centennial, amarillo, chinook, palisade (not too familiar with this one). it's a smooth aroma; a little sweet

very malty flavor. the hops are distinct, and perhaps dominant, but not in the authoritarian or despotic fashion of other DIPAs' hop aristocrats

Photo of beerinator
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of hoppedup

Appearance: Very light orange. Decent off-white head with adequate retention against the edge of the glass.

Aroma: This one could leave a mark. The citrusy grapefruit hops are begging to be consumed here. They overpower any of the sweet caramel that might be lingering behind the smells.

Taste: The taste here matches up fairly well with the smell. The hops, while not quite as overpowering in the taste (as they are in the aroma), are very citrusy and they blend well with the toasty caramel malt. The balance here is nice and the beer has a good solid IPA-ish mouthfeel.

Notes: Very drinkable. The bitterness while lingering is not overwhelming, yet it seems to beg for more and more sips. A very drinkable product.

Photo of oelergud
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent copper body with lots of carbonation. Off-white head with low retention and ok lace.
Pleasant dry hop scent with floral and grassy notes mingled with soft bread. Caramel, spice and a hint of almond.
Sweet caramel flavor and dry hops up front and well balanced. Honey pushes through as the brew warms. Very intense and complex yet simple in it's makeup. Aftertaste is dry hop flavors that last well.
Full body with a dry finish. Slick and coating well.
Highly drinkable. The alcohol is well controlled.


Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear body, light orange color, approaches apple juice. Nearly white head, little formed on the pour but stayed in a thin layer once reducing a bit.

Somewhat light aroma. Citrus and floral hops mainly but some pine undertones come through. Overall sweet but is nicely balanced with some caramel and biscuit malts.

Taste is okay, not much to it really and doesn't qualify as a double to me. That being said I find this one pretty well balanced. Earthy, biscuit malty bakbone. Hops are floral with a resin bitter finish. No hints of alcohol.

Thinnish mouthfeel for the style. Fairly crisp on the tongue. Coats well and the flavor lingers for a while.

Drinkability is good. Quite refreshing. sits light but still has flavor to make it seem like I'm actually drinking something.

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of murrayswine
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of gbarron
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of rokoch27
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Gritsak
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of jmz62565
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Photo of iubball
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of jockstrappy
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of Vancer
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of benzy
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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).

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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