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

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Ratings: 2,523
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 65
Gots: 158 | 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 OWSLEY069


3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like sweet malt and a nice pine hop. In the taste, gingerbread malt, big pine hops and a dry end. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt and hints of pine in the aftertaste. English to east coast big IPA, really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 12:07:54 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Bitterbill


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notched as best by Feb 2011 with what must be a newer label.

It pours a slightly hazy 24K gold with a 2 finger head of foam. Good head retention and the lacing isn't half bad.

A big aroma of grapefruit greets my nose buds. A hint of tropical fruits and a very light hint of malt. Something smells sweet in there. ;^)

The taste is bi grapefruit and yes, some tastes of tropical fruits. There's not much of a malt presence but it must be there as I don't find it all that bitter. So...I swirl the beer in my mouth and that's where I find it easy to taste the malty side of this IPA. Yum! I'm digging what came out of the bottle.

Good medium mouth feel with lightish carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. With the lowish carbonation, the brew slides down my throat effortlessly. Man, this is one heck of an IPA. I'd like another...please!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 22:52:08 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of BB1313


4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by February 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I always loved this one. Pours a beautiful see-through orangish-yellow; very clear w/ decent head a lacing. This is a great smelling beer! The hops are in your face, very fruity. I'm picking up citrus notes, lots of orange. The taste matches. This isn't really a piney IPA w/ tons of resin. The mouthfeel is superior as well. They didn't go overboard w/ the carbonation, making this one very very smooth. Drinkability is really good. The aromas will have you coming back for more and more, but be careful bc this one can definitely sneak up on you after more than one. Heavy Seas, well done!

I've always felt this IPA doesn't get enough love. This is the real deal! This is one of the best IPAs brewed on the eastcoast.. I say that considering the large distribution. Recommended to anyone who loves a tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 21:03:32 | More by BB1313
Photo of smakawhat


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance, cloudy multi colored from bottom orange/yellow to a deep copper on top. Little head also opaque and cloudy, appearance isn't actually very charming.

Smell, contains a large fruit orange to barely hint grapefruit, no hops to instantly detected, but more orange than grapefruit.

Taste highly citrus, of mostly orange falling to grapefruit, some more hop than on the nose but not harsh. Easy drinking, good solid, perhaps could have a little more body.

Aside from appearance a good IPA. This IPA is more fruity than hoppy, so if you like that you'll love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 18:03:31 | More by smakawhat
Photo of paulkramer


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Appearance and mouthfeel are not exceptional, but the overall taste, hoppiness and drinkability make this my favorite IPA.

As far as I'm concerned, taste and drinkability are most important.

Just wish it were easier to find here in MI.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 03:40:17 | More by paulkramer
Photo of micromaniac129


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

Golden color with good head formation. Desent carbo's can be seen throught a slightly hazy beer.
A nice hoppy aroma of citrus and pine.
A rich malt taste balances the hops nicly finishing with a warming alcohol dryness.
Smooth feeling but a bit thin body.
Good lacing can be seen. As beer warms it mellows out to a nice flavorable brew with a decrease in the alcohol taste.
Pretty good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 22:57:55 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nice thing about this IPA, for me, is that while it is quite hoppy, it's not exceedingly bitter. The hops really add a pretty strong citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit, but not too bitter. The hops have a nice presence in the nose too.

It's a fine looking beer, it's not really anything special, but it's got a nice look to it, with some nice lacing, a good sign of a well-hopped beer.

This one really is a good drinker, being rather tasty, and not too high in alcohol, this might become my go-to IPA if it ends up being pretty easy to find.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 18:29:54 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of yobeerman


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an orange copper in color. It has a strong hoppy nose and notes of pine and citus. The taste is slightly bitter, strong with hops, pine, and citus (orange). This is a light to medium bodied beer with the right level of carbonation. This is one of my favorite and easiest to find fine IPA's. They go down very easy!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 13:58:01 | More by yobeerman
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA is true to its name: very hoppy indeed. The aroma is quite intense.

Sweet taste, almost citrus flavor, and again very intense.

Smells very hoppy, with a hint of that citrus.

Drinkability is average for me due to the fairly high ABV at 7.5 and the intense hops. One or two max. But those one or two beers are well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 22:09:57 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of JDH2000


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a generic pint glass.

A- pours clear gold with slightly less than a finger of head. Nice lacing around the glass.

S- Nice fresh, hoppy scent followed by faint malts.

T- Again, fresh citrus (grapefruit) hops. There's a nice bitterness that perfectly balances the malt.

M- Nicely carbonated and medium bodied.

D- I could definitely keep drinking these!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:25:44 | More by JDH2000
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dense bubbly off white head sits on top of a clear bright golden beer. Webs of lacing on the glass.

S - a fairly simple aroma. Piney grapefruit hops and bready malts.

T - incredibly balanced. Great hop profile. The citrusy bitterness seems to sit on top of the sweet bready malts. Smooth dry finish.

M - medium bodied, smooth and creamy. lightly carbonated.

D - easy drinking. Great ipa. I need more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 03:08:40 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of bernardus1212


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the WOB in Tampa. I have to thank my buddy Kent for showing me this guy. poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle. Nice light cooper orange visual. Supper cloudy. The nose was off the charts spice and citrus and hops. I wish they made this for aroma therapy. The taste was dynamite. I saw the Hop3 on the bottle and though it was going to be rediculous Hop action, but it was actually incredibly well balanced. The Hop Citrus Spice blended into one complete harmony. My top 5 favorite IPA so far. Highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 04:07:50 | More by bernardus1212
Photo of mirish72


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked one of these up on a recent Julio's run, didn't know what to expect, but was really pleased. Poured into a goblet, pours a nice copper color. Really hoppy aroma, lots of piney grapefruit goodness going on here. Real crisp taste, real bite, a solid IPA. I will definitely try this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 02:38:40 | More by mirish72
Photo of LuthersMug


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange hue with slight hints of brown. Clear and crisp. Nice white thin foamy head. Excellent thin lacing. Looks delicious.

S - Excellent sweet and fresh nectar aroma.

T - Well balanced. Sweet nectar up front followed up by a clean and crisp herbal hop. A bit of malt is also noticeable.

M - Carbonation was excellent.

D - Excellent beer and at over 7% this one leaves you feeling good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 03:18:44 | More by LuthersMug
Photo of bayinghound


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

This is a great beer, its my first choice if I go into a pub that serves it. When I have that in hand and the restaurant offers burgers, I get mine with blue cheese. Loose Cannon goes really well with stinky cheeses and red meat. It's great on its own too.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 12:50:19 | More by bayinghound
Photo of hopjuicer


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in an imperial pint glass. Bottle dated best before Dec. '10. Brought it back from a trip to Indiana.

Pours a yellow gold, with a small head that doesn't linger quite long enough.

The smell is delicious. Dry hops galore. Mostly piney, but slightly citrusy.

A strong bitter presence is well balanced with the other flavors. Pine and a touch of lemon. The malt and grain taste is just strong enough to balance the bitterness while still letting the hops shine through.

Solid IPA. A true triple hops brewed beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 02:19:55 | More by hopjuicer
Photo of SnowGoon99


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a golden or straw color with a definite haze more than likely from the large hop additions. Smell was a mixture of grassy, piney and earthy aromas from the hops.

Definitely a tasty beer. Hop bitterness was there but not overwhelming. Aromas stayed in line with the tastes. Also a touch of alcohol but not overly apparent. Mouthfeel was awesome but to be fair was obviously helped by the high alcohol content. Still i wouldn't change it. It did make it hard to drink a lot of it. Definitely a nice sipping beer or a beer to do for a tasting but i couldn't sit at the bar and have a couple of these.

Overall a very nice beer. Would definitely try it again if i got the chance and would recommend it to others and especially if you're a fan of hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 00:35:37 | More by SnowGoon99
Photo of Bogforce


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly golden color, with a small head that went away shortly

S: Not a strong smell, but slight hop smelll

T: Great taste, very smooth but hoppy flavor with a fruity back end

M: Great, smooth and very good aftertaste

D: Definitely could drink a lot of this, and will be buying it again

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 12:18:21 | More by Bogforce
Photo of nickthegun12


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

outstanding beer>>>>very smooth ipa>>>>not too bitter>>very pleasant smell and taste>>>>way drinkable for 7.25% abv>>>the smell is a very pleasant hop can't quite put my finger on it>>>mouthfeel is awesome you can hold it in your mouth like its liquid gold>>>>i would love to try this beer oak aged

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:08:43 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced some lacing with a short lived head that receded to the beer leaving swirls of foam.

A slight nose with a hint of alcohol.

Flavor is an unmistakable IPA- a fruity start with emerging tart hops bitterness and a hint of malt.

A long clean finish.

Mouthfeel is cordial.

Drinkability is good as the ABV isn't so high that a pint takes its toll on my metabolism and my equilibrium.

A fine IPA wroth one's time and effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 01:03:41 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice IPA, pretty reliable and pleasing.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Purple tone label with the illustration of the pirate and parrot firing a cannon. Neck label offers a small narrative including style and ingredient notes. Notes notched freshness date (JAN 11) Shows Alc. by Vol. 7.25%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Gold pour with a fair frothy head, average to low retention and a couple of touches of lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose, fairly fresh, plenty of grapefruit and citrus, a tad grassy.

T - Nicely balance range of hops, grapefruit again, a touch of sweet malt in the background.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation and a nice small bite in the finish.

D - Pleasing IPA, quite reliable and with enough character to grab it with pleasure.

Notes: Long overdue review of a brew I have had many times over the years both in bottled and draft form. In fact, quite a few years back this one may have got me interested into hoppy brews. Right now, this is not one that I actively look out for, but it is always nice to have it around as an option and in particular when one is going out. One of the best, if not the best, regular offerings from Clipper City.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 17:15:50 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of johncampbell


4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Holy shit, that's good" is what I said just over a year ago when I had this for the first time and "Holy shit, that's good" is what I've said every time since, including a few weeks ago when I ordered a bottle at a local sushi restaurant.

It poured into the glass with a rich, golden-copper color, but cloudy. The head was light-colored, thick and creamy and left firm lace in the glass.

Big aroma of citrus/pine hoppiness and sweet malt. mmmm...

It's definitely a well-hopped beer, but surprisingly smooth and mellow with a solid malt backbone and sweetness. Not as bitter as you might expect from the nose. I think this beer has great balance. The citrus aroma lead to flavors of grapefruit and a hint of orange which melded nicely with the pine. Malt has a big presence here and lends a sweetness to the flavor.

Medium to full-bodied with a big, creamy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Overall, one of the best American IPAs that I've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 17:25:11 | More by johncampbell
Photo of sweemzander


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color that produced a good white fluffy head with decent retention. Some tiny specks of lacing.

(S)- Light pine with lime and pineapple citrus with a subtle sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. Light pine with mellow citrus. Light pine with mellow citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth, with minimal bitterness; crisp.

(D)- A nice crisp, refreshing brew; simple as that. Enjoyable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 14:07:03 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- hazy golden color with a half inch of head that quickly turns into a thin scum of foam, lots of lacing.

S- smelling pineapple right away, sweet malt, and some pine.

T- same as smell, sweet malts, pineapple, nice hoppy finish.

M- medium body, crisp finish.

D- one of the better new to me IPA's that I have had recently, will enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 18:27:15 | More by Lukecook
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. 1 inch cream-colored head appeared, then settled quickly to a thin ring. Color is of hay with a 50% hazy appearance and small amount of carbonation on display.

Smell is bready with nice hop notes: hydrangea, cedar, slight malt notes.

Taste is cheery, with a hop-forward/malt backward balance that is quite enjoyable. The bitterness is not overly pronounced, but it hits you right on the front of the tongue. The hop notes are dry, slightly piney with some flowers present on the tongue. The swallow leaves a sweet caramel coating in your mouth that neutralizes the hoppiness of the beer. One can taste the alcohol in this beer on the swallow, but it's not overt.

Mouthfeel is nice and full with a creamy smoothness to it. This beer has a good balance in the mouth.

Drinkability is quite high for a beer of this nature. It is smooth, not overwhelming in its character, and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 21:22:26 | More by TangTKE402
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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