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

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Ratings: 2,972
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 96
Gots: 391 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Light brown-orange transparent color. One finger white head which dies quickly, leaves a nice lacing.

S - Very floral and sweet with noticeable hops. Sweet and malty with balance.

T - Follows the nose. Well balanced and easy drinking. The ABV is teetering on the verge of a double IPA but the taste suggests a single, which I consider a good quality.

M - Medium carbonation and low-medium bodied.

O - Overall this is a good beer. Easy drinking, hoppy enough, floral, unique taste, and balanced. During college I would drink this beer on "off nights" aka weeknights because it was relatively cheap (~$7-8/6 pk in VA), high ABV, and always available. Now that I appreciate beer I really enjoy it on occasion. Heavy Seas was one of my original favorite breweries and their flagship beer never disappoints.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear liquid gold! A touch yellow with an amber hue. Fat, sticky, brilliant white head that trails down the glass gripping and holding on all the way down.

S- Mango, pineapple, pink grapefruit, subtle pine, and wonderful sweet malts. WOW! This is unreal! Sweeter and less piney than alot of IPA's.

T- Tons of tropical fruit right up front! Pineapple, peaches, mango, honey, sweet pineiness and a wonderful malt bill. Has a touch of wet hay and grass. This is really wonderful and not a plain jane IPA.

M- Lots of honey and citrus sweetness. Nice bitter pine aftertaste that doesn't overwhelm, but adds to the experiance.

O- I will definately be picking up some more of this fantastic IPA! So very well rounded in taste. Fantastic balance that you just don't get in most IPA's. LOVE IT!

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

This weekend I stopped by the heavy seas brewery for a tour and beer tasting. One of the beers I enjoyed is Loose Cannon.

A: Pours amber / gold with an off white head.

S: Hello hops. After you get past the floral hop punch, bitter sweet citrus dominates.

T: Hopes, citrus and pine combined with a slight sweetness to create an easy drinking smooth finish. Though this beer clocks in at 7.25% the alcohol is wel tamed by the big flavor.

M: Smooth medium body and well balanced carbonation.

O: Though I have had this beer bottled many times, from the tap on the tour it is bursting with even more flavor. Even if you can't be in Baltimore fot the tour this beer is also great in the bottle. All-in-all, this is a good year-round brew. ENJOY!!!!

Glass: Pint Glass.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper penny with sunny overtones, a finger off offwhite head...
Smells of citrus fruits, grapefruit, and blood orange. Large fruity presence in the front and back. Sweet pomagranite and orange juice on the front and hop bitterness in the middle, soft grapefruit skin in the back. I like it. Medium bodied, a hint sticky and medium carbonation round out the mouthfeel.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: honey colored body, nice spotty lacing left rings, small white head

S: sweet and floral, balanced between malts and hops, light pine and faint grapefruit in the background

T: sweet and floral through previously mentioned flavors

M: medium, decent amount of harshness on the tongue, sessionable, sweet floral aftertaste, sticky finish

O: good for the style and good for me

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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

This IPA poured a cloudy, peach hue, what little head showed did not last very long. For me the best part about this brew was the scent. It consisted of a fruity mix of grapefruit and ripe melon. Hops was present in the scent but not a big player. Taste was not bad, just not to par with the strength of the scent. Mouthfeel was bitter. but drinkable. Overall, a passable IPA, drinkable and enjoyable, just not top tier, no knocks, very few are.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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