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

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Ratings: 2,662
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 76
Gots: 210 | 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 ash111


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Seems like this summer I've become hooked on IPAs. I picked up the Loose Cannon at the local beer store because of the little ratings sheet and because I'd never had it before. Overall it's a good beer. Refreshing and easy to drink after a hot day, which is exactly what I think an IPA should be.

It keeps a thin head and has an attractive golden red color. Good smell, nice taste. My only knock against this beer (why I gave it a 4 instead of 5) is that it's a little sweet for my liking. Not that this is a sweet beer, but compared to other IPAs I've had recently like the 21st Amendment IPA or Bell's Two Hearted the Loose Cannon has a little sweetness that I find less attractive. As the beer warms, it becomes more pronounced, so I guess I should drink faster.

05-31-2011 00:38:21 | More by ash111
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

The label is not notched so I cannot tell when the best by date is.

Pours a copper color with plenty of carbonation, decent white to off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. A bit of lacing on the glass but not much. Orange/citrus aroma, flowery and planty as well. Some caramel malt mixed in. Nicely sweet flavor, fruity, citrusy, caramel malt. Medium body, not too bitter and pretty well balanced. Not a bad beer but it's about as generic as an IPA can get I think. Nothing stands out in it really.

05-27-2011 20:24:32 | More by goldbot
Photo of OhYesILoveBeer


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Clipper City's Loose Cannon, 12oz's into pint. Pours a deep gold hue with 1/2" off white head. Smells of standard pale & crystal, with a good dose from Simcoe's and Cascades. Citrus resinous hop aroma dominates. Tastes rather sweet for me, but the dose of hops are very present doing their thing. Mouthfeel is medium, with a coating thickness across the tongue. Overall I think this beer is pretty good, with multiple AIPA quality's. On the other hand, I think the (Hop3) thing is just a marketing ploy. I usually make IIPA's & AIPA's with seven or eight hop additions, plus 2-3 dry additions in the secondary, so I look at the whole thing like Miller's stupid triple hop bs. Anyhow, I would recommend this beer with spicy bhut jolokia burgers, like the one I just had =).

05-26-2011 23:02:26 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
Photo of danmouer


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Okay, let's just get it out there: i am not a fan of huge Ameican IPAs. As a rule they arre unbalanced, outlandishly bitter and alcoholic. They are studies in purely boorish power, with no hint of finesse. Which brings me to why I am such a fan of Loose Cannon!

This beer pours with the somewhat translucent orange-amber I expect from the breed, with a constrained but persistent head. Then one applies his nose and wham! Wow! Beautifully rich fresh-baked-cookies malty toasty-sweetness beautifully entwinted with equally fresh, orange-and-pineapple fruit. Balanced and seductive.

The flavor meets heightened expectations. Fruit and sweet play off against juicy-tangy and tongue-scouring bitter,but all resolve into a clean, enduring finish.

Body is medium full. With a dry bitter finish that doesn't pucker or deaden the tongue. Carbomation is moderately high, adding lots of tongue ticklimg prickles without drowming out the chorus of malt wnd hops.

This is a big beer, but y o means ovrwhelming. Very nicely balanced, ith a flavorful focus on freshness. Delicious!

And just when I thought I had finally found my ideal American IPA, I got handed a glass of cask-comditioned, dry-hopped Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale. Be still my heart!

05-26-2011 22:29:59 | More by danmouer
Photo of dhartogs


4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

On draft, plastic cup Orioles Park at Camden Yards. After walking around, I found this on tap at the Pickled Pub on Eutaw Street, by far the best beer in the stadium. Nice orange color, little head due to serving vessel, but nice crisp clean mouth feel.

Nice use of hops, they hit you up front then mellow out, very nice balance. I could have had these all day, but I was in a suite where all they have was Bud LIght, so I stuck to water, until I found a Flying Dog IPA on the councourse. Flying Dog was not nearly as good.

05-23-2011 17:14:41 | More by dhartogs
Photo of Pete0714


3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

A- Pour this 12oz bootle into a pint glass, and it produced a 1 and half finger head of foam that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Coppery orange color

S-hops for sure, piney/citrus.

T- some of that bitterness from the hops, some toasted quality

M- light and smooth, perhaps a bit light for the strength of the hops than I was expecting.

O- A good IPA, though almost a bit too hoppy for balance than I would like, personally.

05-23-2011 00:42:44 | More by Pete0714
Photo of drathbone


4.7/5  rDev +16.9%

A 4 - Golden-orange pour from bottle with a creamy off white 1/2 finger head that leaves a nice bubbly lace on the glass.

S 4.5 - pleasant citrus hoppy aroma, not too powerful.

T 5 - Great citrus up front with light bitterness on the finish that balances smoothly with the maltiness. Does a good job hiding the 7.25% abv

m 4.5 - Full but smooth mouthfeel on the way down, good carbonation.

Overall 4.5 - I am really fickle with my IPA's and most I tend to steer away from. This beer is a good gateway IPA and made me have a new appreciation for the style. One of my favorite beers to date.

05-21-2011 21:53:59 | More by drathbone
Photo of OddNotion

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%

Part of the Heavy Seas mix 12 pack.
Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Best By: July 2011

Appearance: Golden body with a one half finger head that recedes quickly.

Smell: Nice citrusy and bitter hops. Smell doesnt jump out at me but it is a pleasing scent.

Taste: Nice and juicy, maybe a little too much malt in the end of the sip. Good but not great.

Mouthfeel: To style mediumj bodied and good carbonation.

Overall: I wouldnt go out of my way to purchase this. When I first started getting into IPAs I really liked this a lot more. Not to say it is not good now but I have found plenty of IPAs in the same price range I would prefer to this. Worth getting if you see it!

05-21-2011 05:05:05 | More by OddNotion
Photo of KYBrewgrass


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

A- 4 Nice looking clear golden color with a bit of an orange tint. There's a big creamy off-white head on the pour that settles to a fine, uniform layer through the drink. Ultra smooth tiny bubbles lace the walls and leave spotty sticky remains all over. The carbonation is visible as bubbles dance inside the glass.

S- 4.5 The big hop combo in this brew combines to form a hoppy, citrusy scent that lasts but a few seconds. This turns to a sweeter floral aroma. Very nice blended smell shooting from the Cannon.

T- 4.5 Much like the aroma, the Loose Cannon tastes nicely balanced, with a hoppy grapefruit right up front that is followed by a moderate malt sweetness that keeps the hops just in check.

M- 4 This brew feels crisp going down and smooth on the finish. It is just a little sticky and not as creamy as I'd like, but the carbonation is sufficient. Leaves a dryness behind.

D- 4.5 A great IPA is what I think I'll call the Loose Cannon. Intrigued by its name and label, and being a fan of the style, I thought I should give this a shot. I'm sure glad I did; I will definitely buy this again. Although its color could be more exciting, it has a wonderful bubbly action and ultra smooth, sticky head. It really packs a punch with its floral and citrus aroma that had me wanting to dive right in, and the flavor doesn't disappoint. It was tasty and balanced. Although slightly dry, I could put down several of these bad boys. The dryness just makes me want more! I will definitely get this brew's name out there to my friends.

05-19-2011 15:23:24 | More by KYBrewgrass
Photo of chodinheaven


3.9/5  rDev -3%

Nice orange hue out of a the bottle, small head but nice lacing down the glass. Strong citrusy hops on the nose with a light, but present, backbone of malts.

Strong, bitter hops with a great citrus and piney flavor. Really not much else going on with it, but the bitterness is pleasant and leaves a bitter feel to the mouth. Very easy to drink too, even though its on the acidic side. Carbonation is average, working well with the beer. Decent beer, a solid IPA, even if it isn't anything crazy.

I've enjoyed most of what I've had from these guys so far. Good local brewery.

05-18-2011 23:48:50 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of Thads324


3.9/5  rDev -3%

A : pours a honey gold with a huge white head, little lacing.

S : lots of vibrant citrus hops on the first sniff. An underbelly of freshly baked bread and a grassy hop ending.

T : Starts sweet and smooth then hits with an immediate hop flavor of slight citrus mixed with earthy mustiness. The sweetness follows again, same as before, then ends quickly with a good tingly hop that lingers. Only a bit of bitterness despite the loads of ranged hop flavors.

M : easy going and nicely carbed.

Pretty good beer. Very little alcohol present for a near imperial and the bitterness (what little there is) is well blended. The hop lingers with a bit of bitterness and the sweetness is very enjoyable because it blends throughout with the different hop flavors. I like it and would certainly buy it again.

05-18-2011 20:57:04 | More by Thads324
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

appearance: pours a deep golden color, clear with dense bits of sediment floating throughout; carbonation is more-than-moderate, with white foam that says just about as thick as the lacing.

smell: hops are light and piney, undertones of citrus are also present.

taste: begins mellow and fresh, leading into a well-hopped taste that is on the more piney side, finishing just as mellow as it begins with a light hop bitter lingering.

drinkability: an IPA on the lighter side, definitely a beer you can enjoy a few of, could stand to have a bit higher abv and hop characteristics, but still very drinkable despite.

05-16-2011 00:58:24 | More by weller1js
Photo of edfish


4.63/5  rDev +15.2%

Poured in a perfect pint glass.
Thin head reduces quickly.
- good lacing throught the experience.
- has a decent pine light hop prescense
taste - very good- starts with the citrus hop lite pine, a rich taste with a full mouthfeel!
-mouthfeel- rich and full
- overall- one of the best full flavored AIPA's it's not super hoppy but very well balenced great tasting and leaves you wanting more!
Careful the 7.25% will get ya!
This is one of my favorite AIPA's !!!!

05-14-2011 23:05:14 | More by edfish
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Am in the mood for a new IPA so I snagged a 6-pack of this at Harrington's today ($10.95). Fresh-dated for purchase by Aug of 2011. Here goes...

Poured the first bottle into a nonic, and the result was a clear, medium-golden liquid possessing a steady stream of carbo. The head was off-white and thin, though a lasting layer remains and laces up the glass well. Aroma is on the citrussy side with suggestions of piney/resiny action. Medium-bodied, the feel on the tongue is fairly smooth, with some light, airiness lessening the load.

A bit of toasty malt is present, lending some mild sweetness to the mix. Hops are dominant and lay heavily on the palate. Citrus is most notable, with some grapefruit, a little pineapple, and some tangerine present. The expected resiny, piney action follows closely behind. A pithy character with hints of apricot lasts long and hard after the bier has settled into the stomach. The hopping hitting the tastebuds starts slowly and builds towards the finish. The 7.25% ABV is well-hidden, also. Quite flavorful and pleasing; a bier I'd consider buying more of.


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


05-14-2011 18:31:22 | More by Bierman9
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.38/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to brees6221 for this bottle.

12oz poured into a pint glass.

A- Bright clear orange with a nice 1 finger cream colored head. Amazing lacing.

S- Just Pine scents.

T- Pine, and citrus - Lemons.

D- Smooth and no bitterness.

O- Solid IPA, glad I got two of them.

05-14-2011 03:15:55 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of nickshep7


3.48/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a pale(r) honey golden color with 2 fingers of off white head & nice retention. Initial smell is a bit weak with some dry pine and yeast characters coming through. Taste comes off as initially sweet/tame, but the hops come through as the beer sits on the palate. Nice hops on the finish though it finishes a bit thin and watery w/ some distinct alcohol flavors lingering around.

05-12-2011 23:38:15 | More by nickshep7
Photo of keeganfrank


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

Orange-brown beer with a finger of foamy head that retains well and leaves lots of lacing. Very herbal aroma accompanied by tart citrus. Very herbal taste as well, with some citrus, raisin and sugary breadiness. Quite a unique flavor. Tart and hoppy at first, but finishes creamy and sugary. This is a real quality IPA.

05-10-2011 20:08:42 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of engagechad


4.1/5  rDev +2%

Purchased as a single from Whole Foods in Shortpump - Glen Allen, VA - poured into DFH snifter - drink by august of 2011

Pours a high yellow amber with a perfect dense head that easily returns upon agitation. Smells of cascade I think, very good and sharp on the nose. Just a spot on IPA bouquet. Taste follows, nothing that knocks it out of the park but it is a dern good IPA. Feels great too.

Overall I would definitely buy this again and I would have it over the Smuttynose IPA in my opinion, there is a bit more body to this one and for local options, Baltimore is close to Richmond so .. yeah homer!

05-10-2011 14:09:07 | More by engagechad
Photo of dball


4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

This is a very good IPA. I score a lot of IPA's high but I think they are all reliable brews and this one is no exception. It also doesn't hurt that you can get a pint of it off the tap at Camden Yards for the same price as a Bud. It laces very nicely in the glass and has a happy cloudy rich golden color but the real strength of this beer is the nose. The nose also carries nicely into the flavor. It has a georgeous aroma that is earthy, fruity and flowering. It tastes very nice and has a good bitter feel in the mouth but does not have a too overwhelmingly bitter citrus sip. GO FOR IT AND GO ORIOLES!

05-09-2011 03:10:03 | More by dball
Photo of OatmattStout


4.1/5  rDev +2%

nice head with good retention and clear burnt orange color

very fresh nose of fruity and floral hops with some grassiness thrown in.

solid citrus hop smack without an overly bitter linger. this one is nice and fresh with a best b date of august. Has a very pronounced grainy malt side that really balances out this IPA. very easily could drink a number of these.

mouthfeel was spot on for an IPA of this stature and very surprised to see this one at 7.25%.

overall a very quenching and satisfying IPA.

05-07-2011 02:44:36 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of Hopfenpeter


4.22/5  rDev +5%

After drinking the black cannon, I had to try the loose cannon!
The beer pours a beautiful cloudy medium gold with an amber hue. A white head builds about two fingers high and dissipates fast leaving nice lacing.
Smelling the beer , a nice floral hop aroma with citrus notes as well some peach and orange notes will announce the taste.
The taste up front is filled with those citrus flavors, changing to peach and orange notes with some more bread tastes. At the end the floral hops will give you a nice bittersweet finish. Great balance in this very drinkable brew. For the price a really good deal. I really start to enjoy Clipper City Brewing Company!

05-04-2011 03:15:43 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of pburland23


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a cloudy golden orange amber with a thin finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some, not much, lacing.

Aroma is strong on rich citrusy aromas (grapefruit with touches of lemon and oranges). Also there was a touch of dry bready malt aroma adding some balance to a very nice smelling pint.

For a beer that advertises its hoppiness, I found the taste to be slighly disappointing. The citrus aroma doesn't equate to a large citrusy, hoppy taste. The bitterness was also almost non-existent. No components of the flavor stood out to me.

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and well balanced. This was a smooth and easy drinking pint despite its 7.25% abv.

Overall, this was my first experience with Heavy Seas and I was looking forward to releasing my inner pirate. However, I was disappointed with Loose Cannon. In a crowded market of American IPA, Loose Cannon doesn't stand out for me.

05-01-2011 23:37:20 | More by pburland23
Photo of generallee

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has very short description, freshness date and a 7.25% abv.

Appearance: It has beautiful light to medium amber hues with a tall and sticky off white head on top. The body also has a light haze and some nice visible carbonation flowing up to the head. As I drink the slow settling leaves lots of sticky lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: Right from the pop of the cap I get citrusy hop notes right up in my nose. Getting it into the glass it opens up with big citrusy grapefruit, sweet orange, peach and floral notes over light bready and pale biscuity maltiness.

Taste/Palate: Right up front there are nice sweet citrusy notes. Grapefruit and sweet orange marmalade notes flow across the tongue and over a mild bready malt base. This all thins out towards the finish and there is a very mild citrusy/floral hop bitterness in the end. The overall mouth feel is a light medium with a well balanced carbonation.

Notes: To start, this is one heck of a beautiful IPA. Its aroma is very pleasing as well as the juicy hops up front. It finishes a bit on the light side but overall I feel it’s still a very solid beer.

05-01-2011 23:11:26 | More by generallee
Photo of Genghis22


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Best Before August 2011

A - Pours a clear golden yellow. Not quite the color of honey, a little more pale than that. Nice foamy white head.

S - Sweet citrus hops with a biscuity bready malt backbone. Lemongrass and ripe grapefruit.

T - Very balanced. At first it is sweet, slightly medicinal. The sweetness morphs into a sweet citrus hop flavor. There is a huge malt backbone that comes in and balances things out very quickly. The aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter. Lots of biscuit.

M - Medium body, with nice prickly carbonation. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, but nothing to go crazy about.

O - A decent beer. Nothing too crazy going on here. A well balanced IPA, which is not usually what I'm looking for in an IPA, but this is well done. If you're looking for an IPA with lots of malt, and not so much bitter hops, this one is worth a shot.

04-28-2011 23:19:35 | More by Genghis22
Photo of gabedivision

New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a golden orange with a 1 finger head that slowly laces to the sides of the glass. Big strong sweet malts hit the nose, high citrus hops, cut grass, fruits sugars, sexy. Sweet metallic malt, with a spicy hop flavors with a light aspriny finish. Very floral and herbal in also. The feel is very light crisp and refreshing, sweet in taste and bitter on the finish. This is a fine IPA, very drinkable and balanced quite well, i say, go for it!

04-28-2011 03:31:34 | More by gabedivision
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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