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

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Ratings: 2,581
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 72
Gots: 178 | 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.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and date of bottling on the label.
Little to no head on this IPA. Aroma was surprisingly anything but hoppy. Predominantly malty with hints of fruity esters and caramel coming through.
Taste too was all malts with hints of sweetness in the finish. Absolutely no hop flavors or bitterness whatsoever. Not sure if the bottle is from a bad batch, but this serving was quite flat and lackluster.
Decent lacing along the insides of the glass.
Drinkability was good, but taste-wise this IPA was nowhere near what I was expecting. Maybe a fresher bottle might help change my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 03:32:33 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of ferrari29


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Mug

A - Beer had a good amount of lacing; two finger head formed that held very well; clear gold body; plenty of carbonation

S - Beer has a floral yeast smell; earthy and pine notes; plenty of hops pack into this aroma laced beer

T - Needs more punch for a hop bomb; citrus and floral flavors accompany the yeast and malt backbone; washes out with a nice finish; some bitterness in retro-olfaction; bitter on the back-end

M - Thin and smooth consistency; effervescent and light with some foaminess

D - Like I mentioned this beer is light in taste for a three hopped beer, but since it's not that overwhelming it makes for a pleasant drink

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 20:56:17 | More by ferrari29
Photo of birchstick


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a nice bright copper color with a one finger head that stays around for a while

S - rather weak nose for the triple hopped IPA. Lot of sweet citrus and spicy hops with some nice caramel and a little bit of earth/grainy malt.

T - starts off strong with a really nice lemon and citrus hops flavor. Hidden beneath the hops are some grainy and caramel malts. The caramel malt base is present throughout and adds a nice balance to lemony hops. The finish is lemony hops again this time complemented by a bit of grassy character. Solid IPA!

M - nice smooth mouthfeel

D - this is a really nice IPA. Lighter flavor profile that still has plenty of hops without being a tongue bruiser. I really enjoyed this offering. Thanks to apollokim for sending this beer my way as an extra!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:49:22 | More by birchstick
Photo of telecomz


3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

I like this beer but as it is billed as a triple hopped beer I expected something a bit different.

A pleasing copper as one would expect from a 3x IPA.

The nose presents none of the qualities expected in terms of citrus aromas. Some citrus but it smells like....an ale.

the taste is more consistent with with expectation. nice hop profile, slight sweetness at the beginning and more profound at the end. the mouthfeel is light and crisp.

at 7 percent abv, the alcohol is very very well hidden. i could definitely drink this all night.

good, but not great. a solid offering from a very good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 21:30:17 | More by telecomz
Photo of jashall99


4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First off I am not an expert but I have had many different IPA's and I have to say this beer is by far the best I have had.

It poured a clear bright orange with a small but clingy head. Great lacing all of the way down the glass.

Smelled of grafefruit and pineapple with a citrusy backbone.

The taste was bitter at first with a sweet finish, very ballanced in my opinion.

It had a full body but was incredibly drinkable even though it was 7.25% ABV. I bought a six pack but could only bring myself to drink three because I wanted to save the others for later. This beer should be on everyone's list.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 04:47:50 | More by jashall99
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice cloudy orange color, about a finger of head at the top that leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of sweet fruit, pineapple and bananas as well as a hint of peach.

T - The hops on this beer is perfect, lots of pineapple up front,fruity for an ipa, and a bit of bitterness on the tail end.

M - Perfect carbonation, goes down smoothly, refreshing as well

D - I am impressed with clipper city on this IPA, definitely will have another. Great taste and a good IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 17:16:07 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of theboozecruise


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours an orange color, small white head but good lacing and retention.

The aroma is strong with hops, very piney but also some grapefruit in there.

The flavor is more grapefruit hoppy up front, sweeter on the end of the sip. Pretty good, I think, slight piney bitterness when you swish it around.

Great mouthfeel, full and creamy, easy to drink for such a strong IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:34:18 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of Stockfan42


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

Pours a amber orange body, chunky white head that hold it's own pretty well above the glass.

Malt and hops is all I can really smell here. Can also smell a bit of the alchahol as it warms.

Taste is very hoppy which immidiatly gives it a nice bitter bite. Not overly bitter, can also taste ripe grapefruits and sweet malt and lots of citrus. Very good to say the least.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Nice and creamy, well carbonated and is very drinkable.

Had this beer a year or two back and remember not being too impressed with it. This 6er i'm having now has deffinatly changed my mind. This is a very good ipa. Also goes to show you should never settle on a first impression....unless its sam adams cherry wheat.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 22:45:39 | More by Stockfan42
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light amber color with tall white head that lasts and laces. Aroma is mostly hoppy with citrus blossom perfume, mild alcohol, light spruce/resin. Light bodied but sticky with a bitter hops smack. Biscuit and lightly grainy malts up front give way to mostly resin and catty hops on the finish. Tastes a little syrupy and watery somehow. Not quite dry or astringent. Decent, quaffable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:31:01 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of inlimbo77


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

Poured from bottle into a simple pint glass. No bottle date, but consume by 3/2011 is clipped on the label tap.

A: Hazy, orange color. Unfiltered. No head retention, but that might be from age in fridge. White head that fades quickly. Some sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nice earthy hop nose. Might barn yard smell? I've had this before and didn't get this nose...surprised me. Still got some citrus hops. Mild malts.

T: Good hoppy flavor. Nice bite at the end. Mild pucker, but not overpowering.

M: Mild. Some mouth coating. Nothing major.

D: Having this on tap and in bottle, a very easy drinking brew. I enjoy it dispite the average rating. Nice summer IPA...

Overall, this being a local brew it's easy to find and I will enjoy again and again. Compared to other West Coast IPAs....I doesn't hold a candle.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 16:48:00 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of rdilauro


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was happy with this beer even though I didnt know what to really expect.
It has a very pleasant nose and the first couple of sips gave me a sense of balanced hops and body.
What I really liked the most was that it was so easy to drink. I could easily sit down on a summer afternoon and down a couple of these and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 05:23:47 | More by rdilauro
Photo of mbuzzard


4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't mean to come off as over-enthusiastic but this beer is just absolutely phenominal. When I first poured it, the first thing I noticed was not only the beatiful color but also the thick creamy head. We were off to a good start. The aromas were strong and sweet, plenty of citrus and a bit of floral from the hops. Upon first taste, to be honest, I was a little put off by it. It was not what I was expecting from an IPA, definitely more citrus tones than I was used to. With each following sip, however, I began to expect, and then soon enjoy the citrus flavors. To say this beer grew on me would be an understatement. It's been cycled into my regular purchases now. I would definitely recommend picking up a six-pack if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 22:48:35 | More by mbuzzard
Photo of DrDemento456


4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was able to find a (sort of) fresh bottle expires in March 2011

A - Nice clear light copper, typical IPA with a nice half inch of head that sticks around but should form a nice ring of lace.

S - Upon first whiff, wow that some nice dry hop goodness! From the glass nice fruity hops mostly citrus and bitter pine. Smells awesome!

T - Ow man that's good. Being on a hop fest from all the Hop slam may have made this easier to drink but it is very nice and bitter with strong grapefruit and citrus hop goodness with a nice malty backbone rounding the flavor.

M - I found this one to have a light to medium body.

D - It's hard to really give this one a high rating since it's at least a month old but it had plenty of hops and flavor with a non existent ABV bite so overall something I could enjoy multiples in one sitting. Great brew guys!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 23:53:52 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Casey10


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice brew I have seen this kicking around finally figured I would try this and review as well.

A - Light copper color nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S - slight pine, grassy nice smell.

T - really nice fresh taste close to a dfh 60 min some malt in the background.

M - Leaves a nice feel in the tounge not biting but nice nonetheless.

D - Nice price, nice Ipa goes down easy could see drinking this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 23:44:11 | More by Casey10
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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep golden color. Decent foamy white head. Adequate lacing.

S - Smells of fresh cut citrus and pine. Nose is not as bountiful or complex as other top-shelf IPAs but still a joy to sniff.

T & M - Lots of grapefruit, peach, and assorted citrus fruit. Hop bitterness is right where i like it for this style. The maltiness leaks through a bit more than other IPAs which makes the mouthfeel fall into the higher end of the moderate range.

Overall/Drinkability - Back when I first had this IPA, it made me believe in the style. It was a glimpse of hope in a sea of mediocrity. Since my first encounter with Loose Cannon, I've had others that surpass it in complexity and flavor, but it is a top shelf IPA for sure. It's a great go-to. I always seem to have this around on my IPA kicks.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 14:09:41 | More by PreacherBrewer
Photo of Reaper16


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle -- best by March 2011 -- served into a tulip

Pours a somewhat hazy Golden Poppy color. It reminds me of the yellow used by the Golden State Warriors. About one finger of buttermilk colored head doesn't stick around for very long. Lacing manages to be more than adequate considering the lack of head retention. I can't really fault the beer's appearance; it looks pretty good.

The hop flavors are quite strong, actually (never having had a Heavy Seas beer and a little wary of their cartoony labels and font that reminds me of the underrated PS1 RPG/Dating sim, "Thousand Arms," I was worried that this IPA wouldn't bring the thunder). It's heavy on the stonefruit and non-tropical citrus. Lots of peach & nectarine aromas, with some clementine opening up. Ghosts of ruby red grapefruit grow more tangible with warmth. Some hop resin. The caramel malt is not insubstantial; it's a little maltier smelling than I'd prefer, but I'm not complaining. Good stuff.

Lots of Ocean Spray Ruby Red Grapefruit juice on the palate. Lots. Just a bit of the clementine that the nose hinted at. Surprisingly, the stonefruit all but disappears. It's soapy, which is unfortunate. The caramel malts are gentler than I figured they'd be. Really nice flavor profile, but not varied enough to earn a 4.0 score. I imagine this would have been revolutionary to my palate four years ago.

I greatly prefer my IPAs to be very thin. This is on the thickest side of medium-bodied, sitting heavy in your mouth. Totally an East Coast IPA in terms of mouthfeel. Yet the flavors are not typical at all for the East Coast. Because of the tasty (but limited) flavors, this beer becomes quite drinkable for me in spite of the heavy mouthfeel.

This is an IPA that I enjoy more than the score indicates (though it certainly earned a good score). I might be being too stingy on the taste score. I'd love to have this fresh & on-tap. I'm glad that this beer is available to me in Alabama, and I'm going to try other Heavy Seas beers for sure based on how tasty this one is. If you like ruby red grapefruit then seek this IPA out.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 02:18:33 | More by Reaper16
Photo of secondtooth


4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Decent if unassuming transparent gold in color, with a rich head of foam and more than a finger of lace.
Scent is wonderful -- floral, sweet, delicate. Fresh and intoxicating from the start.
Flavor is a mouthful of malty sweet, followed by a biting hoppy bitterness. Finishes creamy and bitter. Absolutely a refreshing beer, and a top-notch IPA that I will be returning to!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 03:20:58 | More by secondtooth
Photo of boudreaux


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Medium dark golden color, clear as a bell, with only light
carbonation noticed; head was thick, off-white in color, and t

S: Strong; very hoppy; some citrus, peach, can vaguely be detected; very spicy, heavily hopped; piney nose with coriander and some woody elements; after the major hoppiness subsides, perhaps a touch of malt

T: Light hops detected early with a light malt taste and citrus sweetness; silky with a clear hop spice bite; citrus and a zest of
orange and lemon; hints of pineapple are also present

M: crisp and smooth; acidic on the tongue, even with its creamy texture

D: The bitterness overwhelms everything; it's silky smooth, but the aftertaste of bitter hops almost makes me pucker; can't drink more than a one or two

This is definitely a top-notch IPA. Although I couldn't drink many at once, it definitely represents its beer style well. A great brew, overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 00:47:20 | More by boudreaux
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru light amber with a finger of off-white foam on top. Decent retention and some scattered sticky lacing.

Nose like a tropical fruit salad- tart grapefruit, sweet orange and tangerine, in-between notes of pineapple and mango. It stumbles out of the gate with a brief flash of soapiness, but the ship is soon righted and we're on our fruity voyage again. An impressive amount of tropical fruit to be sure, although oddly there isn't a lot of juiciness to the mouthfeel. The resiny lingering bitterness is more along the lines of what you'd see in a more piney/gritty IPA than a fruity one. Lightly sweet malt aftertaste. Kudos on the distinct lack of caramel.

Overall impression: Noteworthy as being one of the solid east coast IPAs, quite the elusive creature. Pretty tasty stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 19:22:17 | More by PDXHops
Photo of stonermouse


4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kinsale in Boston, and separately, a bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Based on numerous samplings, both on tap and poured.

Pours a light yellow/near golden color. At home in light, it actually has a hint of red as well.

Smell is fairly potent, primarily with a generic citrus hop aroma. Some buttery yeast as well.

Taste here is a just superb. The flavor profile matches my likes almost perfectly, which perhaps makes this review slightly biased (aren't all, though?). The hop profile is sweet and citrusy, a touch of grass, but not at all dry. The malt adds some sweetness as well, with a bit of a rye-like bite. The aftertaste is even phenomenal, as the hops are slightly bitter and sticky there.

Mouthfeel is great. The head always seems just about right, and each sip really explodes into smooth flavors.

Drinkability is just great. This may be to sweet and citrusy for many hop heads, and certainly I appreciate the drier and/or more floral hop profiles. But the sweetness and slight spice from the malt matches the hops here just perfectly, creating an amazingly drinkable beer for all occasions.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 04:34:43 | More by stonermouse
Photo of birderbeerer


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

Yellow beer, slight golden tint, nearly transparent. White head, with sticky lace.

Aroma is sweet hops. The hops don't overpower and there's no bitterness in the scent. Grapefruit. Floral (gardenia?). Slight pine.

Taste is big, sweet hops. Delicious. So smooth. The kind of hops that you want to guzzle they're so sweet. Grapefruit and pineapple. Some buttery, light biscuit malt in the back.

Light sticky residue lingers and that sweet hop taste stays with you. Very hop forward but brewed in a way to accent the fruit and floral natures of the hops. Malt is subtle and hops aren't overbitter. Very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 05:59:25 | More by birderbeerer
Photo of iGulp


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

Smooth with deep hop taste. Rich flavor, slight maltiness. Beer sets up nicely in a glass.

Copper color. Nice head that dissipated slowly. Slightly bitter as temperature dropped slightly with deep hop tones which overtook the balanced flavor.

Good beer for a cold night and your favorite comfort food!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:09:10 | More by iGulp
Photo of happy4hoppybeer


4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= Slightly hazy but mostly clear orange with moderate head,leaving thin lacing that sticks to the glass for a good several moments worth of time.

Nice citrus,hoppy aroma with barley in the background as well.

Upon sip, hops do come through very impressively, with a nice malt backbone that balances it out very well.

Body is maybe a little thinner than expected, but this is an exceptional textbook example of an East Coast American IPA. Very well done, I hope to acquire more soon or whenever.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:17:16 | More by happy4hoppybeer
Photo of beerprovedwright


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

Good, bold one finger head crowning a hazy beer with color matching a 9 on the SRM beer color chart. Lace looks like snow drifts and has bunches of cling. Smell is hops, barley, oh did I mention hops. Taste is citrus, pine, lime, grapefruit, malt. Well built and hits you like a brick right out the door. Cream and soda body in my mouth, good amount of pop. I have one more of these, and I will not waste much time before I drink it. Good refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 22:38:06 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of GimmeAGuinness


4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured quickly into a pint glass, this beer has a nice foam that lasts a long time, and good lacing. I would describe the color as a light burnt-orange. Looks very nice, but I like a little darker orange IPA (I don't mean this to be a point against the beer, however). The abundant hops come through in the aroma very nicely, as well as a malty undertone. Mouthfeel is what one would expect from an IPA. Maybe just a shade toward the watery side, but that's what makes this one so easy to drink. It is hoppy, but not ridiculously so. The hops are well balanced by the malt, and the beer has a very pleasant, slightly bitter aftertaste. I had a glass with dinner and it was a very good complement to the food. I didn't know the ABV until after I was done with the glass, and was surprised to see it at 7%+! The alcohol doesn't make its presence known till you're done with it :-) I'll be buying Loose Cannon frequently.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 00:27:18 | More by GimmeAGuinness
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