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

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Reviews: 1,193
Hads: 3,226
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 125
Gots: 577 | 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 jslot38
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (946 characters)

Photo of soultrain
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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.... (935 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of WaffleSauce
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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!! (990 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours an very viscous amber with great carbonation but little head and little notable lacing.

The smell of this beer is spectacular. Dry hops, grapefruit, extremely citrusy, with pine and flower accents too round out the brew.

This beer tastes of it's smell. Very hoppy yet very smooth and drinkable. Excellent grapefruit qualities. Just a great IPA all together. Could drink this masterpiece all night. Job well done by Clipper City!!! (447 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orangey amber color with a cream colored one finger frothy head. Streams of bubbles coming from the bottom as if my beer were full of scuba divers. Great lace.
S: Aromas of orange, grapefruit, and piney hops hit the nose first. Ever so slight malt presence also. Definately a great smelling IIpa.
T: Tastes of pine and grapefruit hit the mouth with a burst of hoppyness. Slight bitterness followed by a wonderful grapefruity aftertaste. A great tasting IIpa. Good malt presence that blend well with the initial hop burst.
M & D: Mouthfeel is really good on this offering from Clipper City--my first one from them. Im definately impressed. Good level of carbonation and bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, well balanced with a medium body. Light enough to drink a few, but watch that abv, because it's not too noticeable. Drinkable? Damn right it is. Wish I could get this more often. (892 characters)

Photo of bignick
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ TPH in Brookline for $4.75 on 4/13/06. Served in it a pint glass.

This beer defies definition. It isn't a classic American IPA or a classic American DIPA. The hop profile is also unconventional. It isn't a complete kick in the mouth, but the hops are very strong. The taste in front and the smell are of hop oil, but it finishes very clean. I like this beer, and I definitely reccomend it. (401 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck brown bottle, BBD of May 2006 notched on the label, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appaearance: Poured a clear copper color. Head formed about 2 fingers worth and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Piney hops abound.

Taste: Sweet malty flavors up front, which give way to hops almost immediately. There si a lsight warming from the alcohol here as well. The finish is bitter hops, leaving the drinker with the desire for more.

Mouthfeel: A little too thick for my liking, but still decent. The carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: If you're going for this one make sure you like hoppy beers, particularly varieties from the Pacific Northwest. (697 characters)

Photo of kdmorse
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper color with a single finger of white, fluffy head. Head fades quickly as carbonation sneaks to the top.

S: Piney and fruity hops. Mostly citrus fruit (ruby red grapefruit?). That’s it.

T: Tart hop flavor. The same hops that I smelled. Grapefruity and slightly piney. Reminds me of Mountain Dew, and as a MD addict, it scratches me where I itch. Malt brings up the end without being pronounced. Balanced with a good amount of generic maltiness, but I can’t pick out any specific flavors through the hops.

M: Light mouthfeel for an IIPA. Not too syrupy or sweet. A little heavy on the carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking for the style. Low ABV for the style which makes it easy to throw several back. (726 characters)

Photo of far333
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, dark apricot colored with a thick faintly-orange head of meringue. Streams of bubbles rise up from bottom to top. Aroma is semisweet and citrusy, heavy on the tangerine, just a touch of pine. Rich and full mouthfeel leads to great tangerine hops flavors, not too bitter, not over the top but fairly hopped up. Just a bit of pine essence in the lingering aftertaste. Finishes crisp and dry. ABV is well-hidden. Very drinkable selection, and an enjoyable beer, but seems a little tame for a DIPA. (509 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is decent..gotta pour hard to get some head and it ain't sticking around long. Smell is nice floral hops and pine. Taste is clean toasty malts and big piney hops with a little citrus flavor mixed in. Hops are really good and flavorful and there is just enough of a malt backbone. Mouthfeel is right in line for the style. Drinkability is really high and even at 7.% ABV, I feel it's a great session beer. Pretty much my favorite DIPAs and cannot be beat for the price. (526 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  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. (2,355 characters)

Photo of stodbrew
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear copper color with a nice, long lasting white head. Left very nice lacing.

Aroma is all hops. citrusy, piney, and slightly earthy.

Flavor is quite malty up front, giving way to more citrus hoppiness and ends with a bit of sweetness. Not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is really quite full. Nice carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good beer. (362 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper. Vibrant color in the body. Thin ivory head. Citrusy hops in the nose.

Taste is dominated by hops, herbal and citrusy. Strident bitterness, orange rind and grapefruit. Nice bready malt to support the hops. Lightly sticky, nary a hint of alcohol. Lingering bitterness in the finish. It's nice. (324 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiny pumpkin. Placid, near-nothing ring of white bubbles. Freckles of lace.

Nose is rather dirty hops which seem to be filtered through a grainy metal screen...Husked grain, citrus PacNW hop again. Gives the impression of a grainy, hop-infused orange juice.

Dirty hop-juice comes back in the flavor with an intensity that reminds me of poorly used Chinook hops. Fortunately, the slight maltiness does pick up the proverbial pieces. Ragged harshness of hops hits on the intial quaff, while the second-half and finsh of this beer is much fuller and taste and eventually presents a pleasant grapefruitiness.

This beer would be a turn-off for the unitiated for sure, and actually takes some patient drinking to become enjoyable. A bit thin for almost 8%, too! (766 characters)

Photo of KyleVick4
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent IPA. Not a big fan of citrusy hops so I am probally a little biased

A: Looks to be a nice copper color with touches of red. Very clear no sediment pours with an allright head that has just a little cling.

S: Citrus hops maybe a little piney. Not much else.

T: Again pretty citrusy. Not a bad beer at all, but I personally would have used different hops. Just me.

M: Surprisingly light bodied and does not feel like the 7.5% abv it boasts. A little too carbonated for my taste, but not bad.

D: pretty good. Once again, superb drinkability for its abv. I could see myself tossing 2 or 3 of these back without tiring. (636 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice. The ale is chilled, but I am sipping slowly, allowing it to warm slightly.

Appearance: The ale is a beautiful copper-red color. It pours clear with no evidence of sediment. It appears to be reasonably carbonated, giving a nice head and bits of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a citrusy hop aroma the dominates any other notes. The hop aroma is not harsh, however it seems to lack a little more oomph, a little more hop character. That's not to say the aroma is horrible, because it is not. I just think that it could be amped up a bit more.

Taste: The hop taste is somewhat muted, despite the aroma. As it stands, the hops are muted and mellow, not in-your-face. They range from citrus to pine, leading me to assume that US varietals are the predominant ingredients.

Mouthfeel: The hops do not overpower, giving the ale a nice sharpness that keeps the taste buds firing.

Drinkability: A winner. If not for the 7.5% abv, this would be a solid 5, as the ale has a wonderful hop presence and finish. (1,093 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from hoppedup as part of BIF 25*. Thanks for the opportunity. Label notes best before Jul06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the clear coppery amber brew. Head fades steadily, but lasts better than some, with plentiful delicate lacing. Aroma is fresh fruity hops, with some malt sweetness present upon further reflection. It's clear what the focus is here. Taste is fruity hops upfront, with a light pine character as well, and little to no aftertaste, just the memory of those yummy hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite approachable for a style that is almost defined by being over the top. This one is a reasonable session DIPA. (700 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label says best before Jun 06. Slightly hazy golden color, with a slight amber tint. Quite a few bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Thick fluffy head dies down leaving a good 1/2 inch ring. Nice patches of lace remain coated on the glass. Big floral, citrusy hop aroma. Good malt backbone combined with citrusy, floral and piney hop flavors. For as much hop aroma and flavor as this has, it is not overly bitter. Medium body. Balanced, maybe even tame for a Double IPA. Still, very tasty. (504 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (504 characters)

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