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Ratings: 2,895
Reviews: 1,160
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 88
Gots: 309 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours that same beautiful golden color as the pale ale but with a touch of haziness. Bigger and stickier white head is present as well. Nose is very floral with a detectable malt sweetness.

Quite an elegant drinker. Like the pale ale the body is well held together but a bit bigger. Some faint malt sweetness up front followed by a very floral and minty finish. Detectable notes of citrus and grapefruit as well. Very nice drinker. Flavors aren't as in your face as other IPA's but like I said, it makes for one extremely elegant sip. On the drier side of things. This beer also exhibits a buttery-ness as well.

To some this beer up in two words, floral and fruity.

I like it a lot.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CharmCityTerp
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Living in Baltimore, Heavy Seas is a staple in the craft beer world here and Loose Cannon is the King. Have had on cask, tap and bottle and all are great, but on cask is like a little slice of heaven. This review is based on my recent bottle serving:

A: Pours a golden/amber color with 1 finger head. Great lacing.

S: Hops, hops and then citrus! Grapfruit dominates. Very plesent smell.

T: Amazing balance between citrus notes and pine hops with a smoth finish. Just great balance and easy to drink with 7.25% abv.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This is one of my favorite American-IPA's and on casks may be my favorite beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Pours out a healthy two finger fluffy white head with good lacing. The head retention is nice as it settles down to thick blanket of foam over the top from start to finish. The color is a slightly hazy light amber with some carbonation bubbles racing to the top!

The aroma is full of citrus, pine, and floral notes from the hops. Has a nice malty back bone to bring balance.

The hops hit the palate at first. Similar to the aroma with floral, pine, and grapefruit notes. Has a wonderful malty backbone to bring a little bread to the table. As far as the alcohol, it is well hidden! At least in taste.

light to medium bodied with a little carbonation. Easy to drink but the ABV would not make it a session beer. Such a well balanced American IPA. As the bottle states "An amazingly graceful American IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy copper with a think off white head. Thick lace head remains and nice sticky lacing remains and rims the glass throughout the drink. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of citrus, grapefruit, floral and oily resin and barley malts, yeasts. Good nose.

Brew is crisp and peppery initially and then smooth and mellow s out in the middle. Good citrus hops here in the flavors; sweet and not overly done. A bit of floral oily resin as well in the dry finish. Good malts mellow and smooth things out. Very easy drinking and very good feel and taste here. Great.

Wow - One of the best IPAs around, and at 7.25% abv you can pound this one all night and not realize the alcohol your are taking in. A tremendous brew form Clipper City - maybe their best. Top notch stuff here - case worthy.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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

Aroma here is pretty heavy on the tropical and citrus hops, with a small biscuit undercurrent. All in all though, it isn't all that pungeant or overbearing.

The taste has a definite taste of tropical and citric hops to it immediately from the get go. There isn't any question which direction this beer's hops lean. That said, it isn't very bitter at all, which surprised me a little bit. After the initial tropic and citrus hop hit, there is a note of spicy biscuit and a sweetness as well that shows through. A small bitterness hits at the end to round out the swallow, but it's very tame compared to most IPA's that one might think it'd be compared to.

Considering the beer saying it's hopped 3 times, I was a little surprised at the tameness of the beer's bitterness. That said, I do really enjoy its flavors and can really appreciate the tropical and grapefruit notes, and balance.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pub glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a white1-½ finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Hoppy aroma dominates this brew. Hints of citrus in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma the flavor is dominated by the hops as it should be. More bitter than sweet with hints of zesty citrus.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was a solid IPA – just as good in the bottle as it was on tap.

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