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

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Ratings: 2,560
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 72
Gots: 171 | 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 TheBigBoy


3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good Drinking Beer, had on draft will enjoy again. Crisp Hoppy Beer with clean taste, not to much body. Definitley not overpowering and could drink a few of these. Best of the Heavy Seas Beers that I have tried thus far. Will look to local distributor for case purchase options.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 15:07:02 | More by TheBigBoy
Photo of mbusster88

New York

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle data Jan '11 into pint glass.

A: Orange in color with white head. Very small head with medium bubbles. Good lacing here and a decent amount of carbonation.

S: Wonderful hop aromas of grapefruit, pine and some astringent notes.

T/M: Great flavor here, very robust and defined. Good hop bite and the freshness of the hops is very nice. Enjoy the refreshing nature of this beer and its good body makes it stand up well. Texture is good, not to drying but still very good hop characters.

D: Very nice beer to sit down to, but could also be drank well with most foods.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 00:13:32 | More by mbusster88
Photo of TheBierBand


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

A good American IPA... ABOVE average. Average appearance ...tough to get any head from any of these Heavy Seas beers.... nice hop aroma. Taste is enhanced by the hoppy flavor. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy and watery for my taste... another very "safe" offering from Heavy Seas....

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:41:03 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hearty orange and amber color. Not much aroma going on.

Taste, kinda the quinetessential East coast ipa (sorry had to go there, I love ST), very well balanced, a fraction of a hop mouthfeel, restrained in every way. I did notice the beer developed a nice mouthfeel with food, had it with london broil and some chicken with both white and red pasta sauce.

Was somewhat disappointed given the hop cubed label, in that it had below even an average single ipa hopmouthfeel. Very East coast/UK in style despite the advertising coming across anything but.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:29:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

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

Served in a pint glass
Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: Pours a nice amber/brown color that is quite hazy. Pours with a little amount of head that quickly disappates

S: Beautiful hop and strong citrus notes

T: Really great citrus taste, not too strong to where it overpowers but its absolutly there

D/M: real strong carbonation tingle, really drinks very smooth, nice citrus notes. The taste is superb and really makes u want to go for the next drink. Overall a wonderful brew

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:23:07 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of kirkpjr


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

Was pleasantly surprised with this beer.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with 1 finger of head. Very small spots of lacing.

S: Juicy oranges and tropical fruits. Very impressed with the nose on this one, even though it wasn't overpowering.

T: Sweet citrus hops flavor. Pungent, but a little watery in the taste. Nice bitterness, with little to no malt backbone.

M: Medium in body and moderate carbonation. A little thin.

D: Great easy drinking IPA. Will probably seek this one again now that it is available here.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 03:19:50 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of Keffa


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a red solo cup at McGuffy's in Dayton, Ohio. Shitty glass choice, but you can understand the reasoning (no need to clean hundreds of glasses per night).

A: Well, from what I can see, it's a thin cap of foam that just will not go away. There is even a little lacing on the inside of the plastic cup, which is kind of cool for what it is.

S: Holy hops, Batman! Citrus and pine right off the bat with a nice doughy malt right behind it. But man, the hops dominate this aroma. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, resin. Very nice.

T: Wow, very nice on flavor as well. Off the bat the hops make their presence known, grapefruit and pine sap, with a slightly sweet malt coming up to meet the hops. Orange comes in after the malt with a very slight hop bitterness. The bitterness never asserts itself to the point that some IPA's do, allowing the hop flavors to come out quite well.

M: Nicely carbonated, almost creamy on the palate with a nice, slightly hoppy finish that doesn't overwhelm.

D: Very. Alcohol is hidden, and the hops aren't bitter enough to hurt the palate to the point of recking it.

This is a fantastic beer. I had a 12oz bottle of it before, but didn't get to drink it because my cat decided she wanted to drink it and when I caught her, she spilled it. I am glad I got a chance to try it again, as I will seek this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 00:52:25 | More by Keffa
Photo of legatovibrato24


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great appearance from the pour, golden amber in color also a cloudy foggy look that I love to see in an IPA. Solid head that fades to a minimum that seems to last.

Smell is not as strong as other IPA's I've tried, however what is there is much more fruity than any other IPA, second to Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA. Grapefruit comes through strong on the nose.

The taste is a bit different than my norm, being stone ipa and dogfish 60 minute. Luckily the different in this case is a good thing. Slightly more fruity in taste than most IPA's and much less bitter than average. The result is a highly drinkable, yet very flavorful IPA that is great to have on hand as an IPA cherry popper.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 01:37:51 | More by legatovibrato24
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from firkin into a Red Brick shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of bitter malt and bitter hop. The flavor was of bitter malt, bitter citrus hop, and fruit on the followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. Nicely balanced with a good aroma. Wish I had a cask of this sitting at home in my fridge, but alas, I do not. This one is a must try for any hop head out there.

Serving type: cask

11-08-2010 14:59:56 | More by thagr81us
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a crystal clear amberish - golden color. Bright white heading. Lacing is in full force. Bubbles drift slowly upward in a massive force struggling for air.

Smell is very aromatic. Very floral hoppy notes with a strong backing of medicinal one's. Crisp malt backbone.

Taste is very rich in malts and hoppy as hell. Crisp cracker malt chracter sets you hop for a very intriguing bitter finish. Very green and earthy but not overly bitter on the palate more medicinal.

Mouth is medium bodied with excellent carbonation.

Now this is a TRUE triple hops brewed beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 22:30:23 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of prdstmnky


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

*review from notes on 8/7/10*

Best before date: October '10

Pours with a golden body, a finger of white head and little retention or lacing. Grapefruit citrus scents in the nose, as well as some caramel malts. I get some hops initially in the taste, but quickly fades to the sweet malt profile (unfortunately). Medium bodied, nicely carbed, hint of heat the warmer it gets. I dont know, this tastes like it could be slightly outdated, but is still well within the best before dating - perhaps I'll give this another go if i can find it on tap. A decent IPA, but several others available that I enjoy much more.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 02:46:25 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of bucklemyshoe


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

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: It pours a bright orange color with a half-finger of head with zero retention.

S: The nose is lovely: floral and citrus notes to start with some pine in the background.

T: Similar to smell: It is quite citrus heavy with coriander. The piney hops are noticeable but never leave the typical bittering aftertaste.

M: It's medium-light with rather low carbonation.

D: This is a decent brew from a brewery that I'm not too fond of.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 03:28:37 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like sweet malt and a nice pine hop. In the taste, gingerbread malt, big pine hops and a dry end. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt and hints of pine in the aftertaste. English to east coast big IPA, really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 12:07:54 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Bitterbill


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

Notched as best by Feb 2011 with what must be a newer label.

It pours a slightly hazy 24K gold with a 2 finger head of foam. Good head retention and the lacing isn't half bad.

A big aroma of grapefruit greets my nose buds. A hint of tropical fruits and a very light hint of malt. Something smells sweet in there. ;^)

The taste is bi grapefruit and yes, some tastes of tropical fruits. There's not much of a malt presence but it must be there as I don't find it all that bitter. So...I swirl the beer in my mouth and that's where I find it easy to taste the malty side of this IPA. Yum! I'm digging what came out of the bottle.

Good medium mouth feel with lightish carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. With the lowish carbonation, the brew slides down my throat effortlessly. Man, this is one heck of an IPA. I'd like another...please!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 22:52:08 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of BB1313


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

Best by February 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I always loved this one. Pours a beautiful see-through orangish-yellow; very clear w/ decent head a lacing. This is a great smelling beer! The hops are in your face, very fruity. I'm picking up citrus notes, lots of orange. The taste matches. This isn't really a piney IPA w/ tons of resin. The mouthfeel is superior as well. They didn't go overboard w/ the carbonation, making this one very very smooth. Drinkability is really good. The aromas will have you coming back for more and more, but be careful bc this one can definitely sneak up on you after more than one. Heavy Seas, well done!

I've always felt this IPA doesn't get enough love. This is the real deal! This is one of the best IPAs brewed on the eastcoast.. I say that considering the large distribution. Recommended to anyone who loves a tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 21:03:32 | More by BB1313
Photo of smakawhat


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance, cloudy multi colored from bottom orange/yellow to a deep copper on top. Little head also opaque and cloudy, appearance isn't actually very charming.

Smell, contains a large fruit orange to barely hint grapefruit, no hops to instantly detected, but more orange than grapefruit.

Taste highly citrus, of mostly orange falling to grapefruit, some more hop than on the nose but not harsh. Easy drinking, good solid, perhaps could have a little more body.

Aside from appearance a good IPA. This IPA is more fruity than hoppy, so if you like that you'll love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 18:03:31 | More by smakawhat
Photo of paulkramer


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Appearance and mouthfeel are not exceptional, but the overall taste, hoppiness and drinkability make this my favorite IPA.

As far as I'm concerned, taste and drinkability are most important.

Just wish it were easier to find here in MI.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 03:40:17 | More by paulkramer
Photo of micromaniac129


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with good head formation. Desent carbo's can be seen throught a slightly hazy beer.
A nice hoppy aroma of citrus and pine.
A rich malt taste balances the hops nicly finishing with a warming alcohol dryness.
Smooth feeling but a bit thin body.
Good lacing can be seen. As beer warms it mellows out to a nice flavorable brew with a decrease in the alcohol taste.
Pretty good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 22:57:55 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nice thing about this IPA, for me, is that while it is quite hoppy, it's not exceedingly bitter. The hops really add a pretty strong citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit, but not too bitter. The hops have a nice presence in the nose too.

It's a fine looking beer, it's not really anything special, but it's got a nice look to it, with some nice lacing, a good sign of a well-hopped beer.

This one really is a good drinker, being rather tasty, and not too high in alcohol, this might become my go-to IPA if it ends up being pretty easy to find.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 18:29:54 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of yobeerman


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an orange copper in color. It has a strong hoppy nose and notes of pine and citus. The taste is slightly bitter, strong with hops, pine, and citus (orange). This is a light to medium bodied beer with the right level of carbonation. This is one of my favorite and easiest to find fine IPA's. They go down very easy!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 13:58:01 | More by yobeerman
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This IPA is true to its name: very hoppy indeed. The aroma is quite intense.

Sweet taste, almost citrus flavor, and again very intense.

Smells very hoppy, with a hint of that citrus.

Drinkability is average for me due to the fairly high ABV at 7.5 and the intense hops. One or two max. But those one or two beers are well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 22:09:57 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of JDH2000


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

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a generic pint glass.

A- pours clear gold with slightly less than a finger of head. Nice lacing around the glass.

S- Nice fresh, hoppy scent followed by faint malts.

T- Again, fresh citrus (grapefruit) hops. There's a nice bitterness that perfectly balances the malt.

M- Nicely carbonated and medium bodied.

D- I could definitely keep drinking these!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:25:44 | More by JDH2000
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

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

A - dense bubbly off white head sits on top of a clear bright golden beer. Webs of lacing on the glass.

S - a fairly simple aroma. Piney grapefruit hops and bready malts.

T - incredibly balanced. Great hop profile. The citrusy bitterness seems to sit on top of the sweet bready malts. Smooth dry finish.

M - medium bodied, smooth and creamy. lightly carbonated.

D - easy drinking. Great ipa. I need more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 03:08:40 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of bernardus1212


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

At the WOB in Tampa. I have to thank my buddy Kent for showing me this guy. poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle. Nice light cooper orange visual. Supper cloudy. The nose was off the charts spice and citrus and hops. I wish they made this for aroma therapy. The taste was dynamite. I saw the Hop3 on the bottle and though it was going to be rediculous Hop action, but it was actually incredibly well balanced. The Hop Citrus Spice blended into one complete harmony. My top 5 favorite IPA so far. Highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 04:07:50 | More by bernardus1212
Photo of mirish72


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

Finally picked one of these up on a recent Julio's run, didn't know what to expect, but was really pleased. Poured into a goblet, pours a nice copper color. Really hoppy aroma, lots of piney grapefruit goodness going on here. Real crisp taste, real bite, a solid IPA. I will definitely try this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 02:38:40 | More by mirish72
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