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

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Ratings: 2,527
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 65
Gots: 159 | 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 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
Photo of beerman207


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on Growler at a local craft brew store and thought "Loose Cannon on Growler?" - hell yes - exactly what the Dr. ordered for a crazy week.

A: doesn't get much better - great fluffy white head sticks around forever, leaving lace, clear orange with no hint of cloudiness, bubbles rumble forever while I'm drinking it. Great looking IPA

S: Hops, Citrus, Pine, A bit earthy in smell as well possibly even some pepper in there. nice.

T: Bitter, malty, citrus, pepper, Sweet backbone that has a bitterness that lingers.

M: A bit dry and sticky for the finish - very crisp, medium carbonation.

D; All night long - at 7.2% I'm going to feel it but that Growler is going to be empty before I go to bed tonight.

I loved this in a bottle but really love it on draft - so smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2010 00:37:08 | More by beerman207
Photo of Brent


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deft use of both aroma and bittering hops. Poured a vibrant copper/gold. Floral, lemony aroma. Up front herbal tea hops notes, giving way to firm bittering. A bit of sweetness pops up toward the end, and for just a second seems as if it will launch the beer into a too-sweet realm, but then the sweetness folds back into the hops for a surpisingly light finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 16:20:00 | More by Brent
Photo of PurpleCloud


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best IPA I've had. It's got a perfect blend of hops with a faint aftertaste of citrus. For an IPA, it goes down very well and isn't dry. Very pleasant nose and pretty golden yellow color as well. Summer's coming to an end, but give this ale a shot before it gets cold!

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 02:11:22 | More by PurpleCloud
Photo of jporf911


4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle indicating December 2010 as the best-by date.

Appearance- 4.5 out of 5. This beer appears to be straight out a pirate's chest-- bright burnished gold with bubbles streaming up from the bottom to form a creamy two-finger head that sticks around for quite a while. It becomes a little orange as it warms.

Smell- 4.5 out of 5. The smell of grapefruit overcame my nose as soon as I cracked open the bottle; after pouring it, more scents became apparent, such as bitter pine, lemon rind, and a hint of sea salt, which is fitting considering the brand. There is also a touch of sweet malt in the nose, which is incredible considering the strength of the other scents. This is the kind of smell that makes me want to dive into the glass as fast as possible.

Taste- 4.5 out of 5. At 7.25% alcohol and such a heavy-handed amount of hops, I expected the kind of intense American IPA that could strip the varnish off my hardwood floors, yet Loose Cannon has a surprisingly mild taste. Well, no IPA is mild by its very definition, but it's a lot less aggressive than I thought it would be, which isn't necessarily a negative quality. The initial taste is one of citrus and pine, so no surprise there; however, the sweet light malt does an admirable job of showing through. I don't usually expect much malt in my IPAs, so it's an added bonus to an already great beer. This is the kind of beer that stimulates your entire tongue-- sweet malt on the front, sea salt on the sides, and wonderfully bitter hops on the back of the tongue. The aftertaste is made of grapefruit and win.

Mouthfeel- 4.5 out of 5. Tangy, crisp, and dry with a fairly full body and tons of tingles from the bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability- 5 out of 5. Loose Cannon gets a full five stars for being so easily imbibed for such an ostensibly strong beer. This one officially made it onto my "dangerous" list since the above-average alcohol content is almost entirely disguised. It should definitely be left out of the fridge for about ten to fifteen minutes before opening and pouring to let the warmth develop its full flavor profile. This is the kind of beer that would go great with a strong cheese; much better than some of those paltry half-assed wine and cheese pairings out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:49:25 | More by jporf911
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz into snifter. Special thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Slight cloudy orange/amber pour. One finger white head quickly collapese to a faint white ring. lacing is wonderful.

S- Bitter pine, slight citrus notes of grapefruit, and lemon rind. Leaning towards west coast bitter up front IPA. Good stuff!

T- Bitter pine and that's about it. Faint grapefruit and mandarin orange tweak to the taste. Enamel stripping goodness!

M- Juicy and bitter. Great carbonation bite adds to the bitter bite of the hops!

Wonderful IPA, excellent bitterness. Really wish i had more than just the one!!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 20:29:32 | More by korguy123
Photo of scoobybrew


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - clear golden color with a thick head that is well retained, leaves a nice lacing in the glass

S - resin and citrus hop aroma with slight sweet malt scents

T - sweet malt at first followed by a nice blend of American hop flavors (resin, citrus, pine) moderately strong hop bitterness on finish

M - medium to full body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is quite a nice, easy-drinking, but flavorful IPA. It's perhaps not as complex in the malt character as some IPAs, but the simplicity works well with the blend of hops used - which is well done. The alcohol is well hidden, which could make it somewhat dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 23:07:34 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Vonerichs


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-orange clear body with minimal light head. Not much lacing.

Nice notes of orange peel, light pine, and perfume florals.

Taste is what was expected from the nose, but the pine contributes more in the taste along with the orange citrus. Very fresh tasting.

Medium body with crisp carbonation. Clean mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

This is a good sessionable beer. Fresh tasting with no detection of alcohol. This is one I'll certainly revisit.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:10:00 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange amber with an offwhite, rocky, creamy head with some slight lacing. Smells of some nice citrusy hops, and some meaty malts. The taste is a little hot up-front, followed by some chewy graininess, some citrus, some sweet malt, and a bitter finish. A bit grainy and thin in the mouth. Not bad, but I seem to remember liking this a little better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 03:19:37 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of tone77


3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit on the hoppy side, a touch of citrus, no real malt balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 15:13:26 | More by tone77
Photo of xnicknj


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Clear yellow-orange color with a white foamy head less than one finger high which fades to a light film and splotchy lacing.

S - Grainy malt sweetness along with some floral hops.

T - Begins with crisp citrus hops with plenty of orange and rind. A decent malt backbone balances out the juicy hops with some notes of caramel and a touch of breadyness. Finishes dry and bitter with a lingering feel, but not overwhelming by any means.

M - Carbonated, medium body, lingering feel of sticky and dryness.

D - Goes down fairly smooth, with little to no detection of the 7.25% abv.

Pretty decent IPA here from Clipper City and definitely worth a try. The bubbly feel is a little much but the flavors are pretty on point.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 05:30:53 | More by xnicknj
Photo of DJED69

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real solid IPA. Upon pouring it, there is a real nice hoppy aroma. Color is typical amber-orange with little haze and a thin lasting head. Taste is first a touch sweet with tropical fruit and some pine. Definitely get a nice bit of malt and then a dry, bitter finish. There is a touch of that West Coast juiciness in this brew as well. Would love to try on tap. Overall a beer I can certainly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:13:32 | More by DJED69
Photo of adam42381


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Best before December 2010.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden amber with a thick 3 finger frothy white head which lingers nicely. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, pineapple and a hint of pine. Smells wonderful.

Taste: Florals and citrus up front followed by malt in the middle and pine and grapefruit hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter hops. The flavor is very good but a little bit disappointing after the great aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. The elevated ABV is very well hidden. You could knock back a few without much trouble.

Overall: Very solid IPA. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up but it is worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 21:07:49 | More by adam42381
Photo of Jimboozle


4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Nice head and clarity. Rich caramel color. Aroma is divine, strong hops, mild malt. Taste is perfect semi-malty start moving to a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is good. Overall drinkability is very high. I love to session this beer, but be weary, it can sneak up on you.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 15:10:33 | More by Jimboozle
Photo of mdaschaf


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a nice golden color with a thick one finger head. This one has some great lacing.

S: Extremely floral hops and grapefruit on the nose here. Really nice.

T: Nice hop/citrus flavor. There is a good transition to slightly malty finish. Leaves a nice bitter taste I look for in an IPA.

M/D: It is a little on the thinner side, but it is refreshing and pretty easy drinking. The higher abv is not obvious, a nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 14:01:00 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of deereless


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

A: Light brown to orange in color, there is a thin layer of spume over the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass - 4.25, S: The nose is absolutely overloaded with citrus and pine, lots of nice pungent hops including tons of tangerine and orange, fresh and vibrant aroma, all around the smell of a fresh Loose Cannon on cask can't be beat - 5.00, T: Like the nose there is a boatload of citrus and more prominently pine, qutie a bit of bitterness but it refrains from being abusive, loosely reminds me of biting into an orange peel, fruity sweetness - 4.50, M: Smooth and velvety, medium mouth feel - 4.50, D: Yet another amazing experience from a cask ale, I'm a big fan of Loose Cannon in bottle and when fresh and on cask I think it well exceeds the same beer out of a bottle, extremely drinkable - 4.50 Sampled at RFD in DC

Serving type: cask

09-01-2010 11:05:07 | More by deereless
Photo of droomyster


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper with a barely any head to speak of. Aromas of orange and lemon zest hit me right up front, with caramel malts playing second fiddle. The flavors are consistent with the aromas, and overall the taste is actually far more balanced than most IPAs, making this beer very easy to drink on its own. Not particularly noteworthy, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 03:29:14 | More by droomyster
Photo of rembrant


3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Looks...Slightly hazy yellow gold with a 1 finger head that dissipates. Good lacing but not long lasting.

Aroma was less than expected. Hops. Not very upfront or defined I'd had some very aromatic brews lately,and this, by comparison,makes no promises.

Taste, not bad,but the malts hover in the back,while the hops, supposedly in the spotlight,seem a bit bashful about being the feature. It mentions hopping at 3 stages and yet the hops signature,especially for a mid priced IPA is neither a sharp snap or a lingering complexity. The Hops just deliver a rather average performance,at best. Rather an ordainary flavored hops,and not enough malt to help carry it.

In this part of Ohio, the Pale Ale/IPA/IIPA field features some heavy hitters from Bell's,Dogfish,Founders,Great Lakes, Sierra Nevada,Victory and Stone. Loose Cannon is not cheaper or as distributed as those...and each of those offers an option I'd certainly prefer.

Were this priced as a budget craft beer....I'd be fine with it. If a friend hands me one, I'd drink up. it beats Becks.

Mouth....a bit more full body than I'd expect. The Malt side delivers something there though too little otherwise.. Normal carbonation,dry finish.

Drinkable. No hint of "boozy" and no negative tastes,but seems a bit to conservative and limited. i'd be fine with drinking a few if it's there but won't hunt for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 17:28:26 | More by rembrant
Photo of BrewCrew2010


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a gold clear body with a 1 finger frothy head.

S: Hops! Hops! Hops! But seriously floral & citrus hops with some malt notes.

T: A delicious and refreshing beer with a playful balance of sweet citrus hops and malts.

M: Medium body & carbonation. Mouthcoating & juicy with a long lasting aftertaste.

D: Love this beer and see myself drinking a lot of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 11:45:20 | More by BrewCrew2010
Photo of emmasdad


3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured a clear gold with a small lasting off white head. Aromas of biscuit, gapefruit, pine and earthiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, pine, grapefruit and light earthiness with a smooth dry moderatly bitter finish. Thought you'd appreciate this one, Ratman :)

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 03:27:22 | More by emmasdad
Photo of BikeChef

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very fresh bottle (had an older one recently that paled in comparison)....

Nice piney hop aroma and taste. The malt is present in the finish, but doesn't get in the way of the hops (which is as it should be). Great mouthfeel, good head, and the carbonation is dialed in just right. This is one of my go-to east coast IPAs. Very high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:27:11 | More by BikeChef
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a golden orange color with a medium bodied and medium sized off-white colored head that takes some time to fade and laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, then a nice big piney, citrus-y, earthy, and floral hop aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted and toasted malts followed, like the nose, by a big citrus-y, piney, earthy, and floral hop taste that is more refreshing than bittering. The citrus hops are the most predominant of them but the rest of the flavors are still there.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, light-medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, nice crisp refreshing flavors and feel make it quite drinkable and really do a good job masking the higher abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 11:13:28 | More by erosier
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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