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

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Ratings: 2,723
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 81
Gots: 243 | 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 Burt
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Light amber orange with thick off white head that left thick clumpy lacing down the glass.

Grass and pine dominate the nose with some malt.

Pine and not fully ripe mango upfront, with some bitterness in the middle with a caramel and green grass resinous finish.

What a great beer, lucky enough to have it on cask that was dry hopped. This is a hop heads delight.

Burt, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of gc4hokies
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They sell this at the local Giant grocery here in NoVA.

A = Orange with a slight gold hue. Solid head with excellent lacing.
S = Citrus/Orange aroma. with faint pineapple
T = Excellent IPA flavor. Grapefruit notes. Slight sweetness but finishes with big Hop bitterness.
M = creamy. substantial beer

Overall, this is a very good IPA. Definitely will buy again. Cheers!

gc4hokies, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle review #300

A- Full three-fingered light cream colored head on top of a light orange hued beer. Great head retention and above average lacing.

S- Citrus, more specifically oranges.

T- Bitter(!) hops at the forefront. Again with the citrus, this time more grapefruit and lemons than oranges. Some sweetness...well hidden 7.25%abv

M- Light carbonation, somewhat creamy.

O- The taste was a minor left down after the initial appearance and smells were noted. It was almost too bitter...before this I didn't believe this could be possible for me. Overall, better than expected and would recommend to a IPA fan.

Duff27, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is a soft, hazy orange hue with a big white head...from a cask. Oh yeah. The aroma is quite pleasant, primarily offering hops and citrus, with just a hint of malt. The flavor is awesome. I've been fortunate to have this beer on cask a few times, and I much prefer it in this medium. Loose Cannon is a solid beer out of the bottle, but the attributes of this beer are beautifully accentuated when sampled from a cask. The feel on the palate is super creamy and smooth, with nary a hint of alcohol. Carbonation is extremely low, as to be expected. The hop character is just lovely. I could enjoy drinking several pints of this. If you see this on cask, go for it.

Huhzubendah, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #30
Served On: 8/12/2011
Glassware: Pint

This one was on tap at Hard Rock Café - Inner Harbor Baltimore.

Look: Served in a pint glass. It was more of a copper color with some typical IPA orange. Head was around 2 fingers of light tan foam.

Smell: Aroma had notes of grapefruit and light citrus. The malts were present and seemed to remain in the background. It smelled like a well balanced IPA.

Taste: I immediately got the grapefruit and floarl notes up front. It was nothing intense, but was certainly the dominating quality. Then a coating of sweetness moved over the palate. Aftertaste was more of that sweet maltiness with a touch of bitter dryness.

I really liked this offering from Heavy Seas. I always enjoy a well balanced IPA.

CraftBeerTastic, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange to golden with a hearty foam head. Visible carbonation and some lacing.

S - Scents of grapefruit and hops. There is also some yeasty smell as well.

T - A very hop forward beer. The contrast comes in the form of citrus from fresh grapefruit. Finishes with more hoppy bitterness.

M - Very well balanced and considering the ABV I think this is a great drinker.

O - Had this at Camden Yard and a year later on tap again at Good Life, Massapequa NY. This is a solid IPA for the summer months. You can taste the quality and care in making this fella.

socon67, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of STKPICR0720
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I throughly enjoyed this brew. Very hoppy upfront and hops lingered but did not make the brew unenjoyable. This brew from the moment I opened it and poured had a hop aroma like only a few I have tasted had. Sweet at times but always reminding you it was a very hoppy brew. I actually had this outside and my wife could smell the hops from about 15 feet away when then wind blew. Great brew a must for every hop head.


STKPICR0720, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of nubz77
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, orange-ish gold color.

S - Smells hoppy, about what you would expect from an IPA.

T - Very good taste; nice bitterness and extremely palatable at the same time. There's something in there I can't quite put my finger on, as well as the piney hop flavor.

M - Perfect texture, it seems somewhat oily and it slides over your tongue like a sweet hop blanket.

O - Overall an excellent IPA, Loose Cannon is one of the more unique IPA's I've had. I'm glad I got the chance to try some.

nubz77, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

golden color. very clear. thick, long lasting white head. excellent lacing.

intense smell of hops, both citrus and pine. definitely some dry hopping in this glass. a sweet malty backbone is also apparent.

taste upfront of hops. middle hops. finish hops. citrus, pine, grass. not as bitter as one would suspect, even sweet throughout. finishes bitter, but not intense. the flavor of the hops is stronger than the bitterness, all throughout, but especially in the finish, and the hop flavor lingers.

smooth. medium bodied.

this might be the greatest ipa the world has ever known.

spitInTheOcean, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loose Cannon brags that it has been "opulently hopped 3 times in the brewing process," and the care taken with hops is certainly present in the nose, which bears scads of grapefruit rind and pine notes, as well as the floral, sugary tones that can come with large amounts of hops. A nice malt background, filled with oranges, brown sugar, and lightly toasted grains completes the aromas.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately hoppy and bitter, washing over the tongue in waves of grapefruit and pine, with hints of eucalyptus, and leaving a stinging sensation on the tongue and soft palate. I haven't been able to find an IBU for this one, but at least one website says that Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade hops went into the brew, at a quantity of 3 lbs per barrel--so you know the bitterness is going to be high. This is quite well balanced by a strong malty backbone, contributing orange and lemon fruit esters, as well as brown sugar and light touches of toast. The aftertaste is mainly hops (no surprise there), and lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a good beer for hopheads, providing a strong, if slightly off-balance due to excessive bitterness, flavor profile. I would have preferred a little more flavor and a little less bitterness from the hops, or perhaps just a stronger sugary malt base, but I still recognize that this brew has been lovingly crafted and will appeal to most connoisseurs.

jondeelee, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of GrizzlyBehr
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pint glass

appearance- a light orange amber color, cloudy, very lightly off white head

smell- really nice complex smell. at first i was slammed with grass hops almost bud smelling, then it softened with lemon peel, and then finished with an orange citrus bite

taste- taste was way more mellow than the smell. you get a citrus taste at first then the hop bite comes in leaving a dryness behind, which eventually tastes like grassy freshness.

mouthfeel- definitely crisp, bitey at times, but it mellows, leaves a dryness behind for sure.

overall- a very solid beer. deff not what i'm used to, very fresh and hoppy with strong citrus. my first ipa!

GrizzlyBehr, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Rich copper color, 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly.
S: Very aromatic, with pine/citrus from the hops upfront but backed by caramel/toffee malt aromas.
T: Pine and grapefruit notes on the initial attack, then secondary toffee notes come through.
M: This has a nice bitter hop bite; overall its medium-bodied and crisp.
O: I really enjoy this. Well made, flavorful, great on a hot day.

ONUMello, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of robertmarsh
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a fantastic American IPA. The lace stuck to the glass nicely all the way down the glass. The aroma once poured was outstanding. A nice balance of citrus and grapefruit. Starts off smooth on the first sip then the hops hit the tongue to give you the IPA flavor I was waiting for. A classic must try for any IPA lover.

robertmarsh, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of MDDMD
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with ight tan head slow to dissipate

S-citrus, pine with malt and moderate hoppy flavor

T-citrus and caramel with bitter hop finish

M-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-very nice IPA with good hoppy flavor and nicely balanced

MDDMD, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with a notched "Purchase before" month of June.

appears orange-golden with 1/2" white head. light, flowery hop aroma. taste of pale malt and grassy and floral hops. thinner body, higher carbonation.

overall, could have had a stronger malt backbone. it's a bit thin.

jmdrpi, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark orange body with a creamy white two finger head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass tremendously.

S- Wonderful hop aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, a bit of mango and pineapple, and caramel malts. A lot going on here.

T- Citrus and pine-like hops immediately, followed by a sweet burst of pineapple/mango combined with a caramel malty backbone. The aftertaste is a bittersweet hop party. Very complex.

M- Perfectly creamy. Very full in body. Perfect Carbonation.

D- I'm on my way to grab another...need I say more?

Jishguy, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Antikythera
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this off a long beer list at Union Jack's in Columbia, MD. If I'd known it was an IPA I wouldn't have ordered it because I am generally not a fan. But it turned out to be one of the IPAs I really like.

A: warm dark gold colour.

S: hoppy!

T: hoppy and hoppy, but not offensively bitter like I find most IPAs. Fruity.

M: crisp, clean, refreshing.

O: I'd buy it again if I ran across it.

Antikythera, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of PollardsVision
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Best before August '11.

Nice barely hazy copper color. Great piney, citrus blend with flavors up front, with neither dominating the brew. Finishes with a strong rush of hoppy bitterness that lingers.

One of my favorite IPAs. It'll keep a regular spot in my IPA rotation.

PollardsVision, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Snazzinator7290
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this for the first time at the Ocean Mist in Matunuck, Rhode Island, and it was delicious. It is labeled as an IPA and I can definitely taste the hops, especially in the aftertaste, but it is certainly well balanced! When you take your first sip, it tastes like a cloudy hefeweizen, mellow and sweet with a hint of peach. Then comes the hop bitterness, which isn't overwhelming, which I am perfectly fine with. The fact that the hops aren't overwhelming speaks to its excellence balance, and I recommend this to anyone looking for an introduction to IPA's. If you are hop fanatic then you may find this a little weak, but if you're simply looking for a beer with great drinkability that's not bland and light and would like a nice introduction to the world of IPA's. For 7.25% it certainly went down well! No wonder I was feeling so swell after drinking this brew!

Snazzinator7290, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Buggies
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice nose... pine and grapefruit. Citrus too with floral notes. Maybe just a hint of malt there as well.

Tastes really good. Highly drinkable IPA. The pine and citrus really are dominant. Slightly sweet on the tongue mostly from the citrus. Bitterness is right on leaving it quite nicely balanced.

Nothing spectacular about this IPA. But what makes me give it a great score is that it tastes great, well balanced, and HIGHLY drinkable.

Buggies, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of ssimpson89
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey gold, on the lighter side. Small head, but leaves fine lacing down the glass. Smells awesome of citrusy grapefruit.

Tastes like the smell, which is great. Grapefruit, with a great bitter bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich and slick. This is exactly what an IPA should be.

I really like this beer, it's one of the top IPA's IMO. I wish I had access to it on a regular basis. Even though it's rated well, it flies a bit under the radar. I've you like IPA's it's a must have.

ssimpson89, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap for a little while at the Fogelsville Hotel, and I made sure to get as much of this as I could during that time. For $15 for a pitcher I wanted to take advantage of that.

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden copper color with a big thick white head on it. The lacing was very nice here. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, floral and citrusy. The taste was great, I love the hoppy flavor of this beer, lemony citrus with some pine in the back end. Tingling aftertaste. The mouthfeel is oily and slick, good carbonation, lots of cottonmouth on this too after each sip. Overall I really enjoy this IPA. I enjoy it every time I have it.

Knapp85, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mom & Dad for snagging this on drive through States.!

Cloudy golden appearance small quick to dissipate head and subtle lacing. Smells of hops and lemon, and some grassiness.

Strong hop taste--not overly bitter but nicely balanced. Lots of grapefruit and sweet citrus overtones. Medium carbonation. Mildly astringent and dry finish.

A perky summer IPA

Matt1516, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange in color with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates but leaves little lacing.

S: There are a lot of earthy hop aromas coming through the nose with some citrus scents.

T: Lots of hops upfront, very citrusy and earthy, some pine hops and grapefruit. The finish has a malty backbone.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. The feel is obviously hoppy and has a citric feel as well.

D: There is nothing to write home about with this beer, just an overall pretty good beer. It's got everything an IPA should but nothing above and beyond. Highly drinkable, a good summer beer indeed.

mavbrew, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of fank2788
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright coppery gold in the glass with a white head that settles quickly to a thin film of fine bubbles, lace follows the beer down the glass. The nose is all hop aroma. Most of the hops come through as citrusy fruit namely grapefruit, orange, lemon and tangerine. The taste too is good. I get a lot of the flavor of the hops, meaning what I smell comes through in the taste directly without it being ridiculously bitter. The balance is pretty tight despite the high apparent hoppiness the malt balances it well without ending overly sweet or cloying in any way. The mouthfeel is nice, the right level of carbonation supports the beer all the way through yet it is has enough body to fit the style. Overall a very good IPA, yet different in the way it blends so may hops to create such a pleasant citrus flavor without going overboard leading too something overly bitter.

fank2788, Jun 25, 2011
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 2,723 ratings.