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

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Ratings: 2,531
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 65
Gots: 160 | 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 Espenoza


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a slightly hazy gold, not much of a head but very pretty to look at.

S - Love the smell, strong citrusy hops and then followed by something sweet, almost like honey.

T - First thing that registered were the malts, oddly enough for an IPA but then the glorious hops took over. Very nicely balanced citrus and piney hops.

M - Very good mouth feel, not too light, not too heavy, there's a refreshing crispness about it.

D - If it wasn't a 7% (Which I couldn't tell at all) I would have no problem drinking this all afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 18:32:51 | More by Espenoza
Photo of berpwillie


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

pours a hazy copper-orangish color with a little bit of lite fluffy head, with lite lacing that covers the glass as the beer recedes. to my surprise this beer was extremely hoppy and had great flavor. very lite to drink not filling at all and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 12:05:38 | More by berpwillie
Photo of BeerGodz

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Light amber color, nice fluffy head, light lacing

Smell: Light notes of citrus, bread and honey

Taste: Up Front: Grapefruit, malt, caramel, spice. Finish: Bread, pepper, maple syrup

Mouthfeel: Clean and sweet

Drinkability: Good quaffer on a hot summer day! I would love to try this one on tap one day!

Overall Impression: This is the beer that turned Crazy Gurl into a little "Hop Head"! It's not as hoppy as a west coast IPA, but it's a good starter beer for people new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 12:01:12 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of silentjay


3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a pretty light copper with a one-finger white head that dissipates rather quickly but laces well.

lots of pungent citrusy hops. grapefruit. some pine. lemon and orange rind.

starts with grapefruit, a bit of pine and some medicinal herbs. sweetened up by the malt a lot, but that medicinal quality added to an alcohol heat lingers throughout.

medium bodied and creamy with decent carbonation.

eh. i could take it or leave it. falls into the "me too" category, but with an alcohol harshness that is not too pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 01:22:15 | More by silentjay
Photo of Tilley4


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

From a recent growler fill at Roof Brothers in Paducah...

Poured into a Yazoo tulip pint...

Pours with a slowly building creamy white head atop a light golden brew which laces the glass well and looks really refreshing... Here we go..

Aromas of sharp citrusy hops right off the bat and they're pungent too... Much like the bottled version in fact. I thought this might have lost a little pizzazz but it hasn't. Still very fresh and hoppy smelling... I'm excited about this...

Sweet lightly toasted malts which are immediately drowned out by a huge wave of citrusy piney hops that dominate throughout... Nice bitte finish that lingers for a while until the next sip... This one is scary good...

I'm the only one drinking this growler so I'm guessing by the end I'll be toast but I'm going to enjoy myself... This is a delicious beer all the way through... Its juicy and hoppy amd smooth and I'm not sure I'd share it even if I had the chance... Ok, I would but only with someone who could truly appreciate it...

Serving type: growler

04-11-2010 20:21:57 | More by Tilley4
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

FRESHER IS BETTER. I can't stress enough about fresh IPA's over the bottle versions. THIS STUFF IS GREAT compared to the bottle!

A: Slightly hazy amber/copper. Pours with off white head, leaving some lacing.

S: Slight malt sweetness with lots of hoppiness. Definitely some pine/citrus odor as well.

T&M: Well-balanced. Definite citrus/grapefruit taste and very mild hop bitterness. So very smooth and not overpowering as the "hop cubed ale" would suggest. Very nice dry smooth aftertaste with medium body and carbonation.

Very good ale. Definitely BEST on tap, probably due to its freshness factor. I can't stress the importance of freshness when it comes ot IPA's. Keep this in mind when rating the beers as I have found 1/2 to almost 1 point increases in draught IPA or DIPA's versus the bottle versions.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 00:49:29 | More by cdizinno
Photo of eporter66

New York

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

On tap in a pint glass

A - Amber color with 1/2 finger head and decent retention

S - I had asked for suggestions on IPA's awhile back with a lot of citrus and this one has it on the nose and in the taste.

T - It smacks you right on the tongue immediately with grapefruit and other citrus notes (orange). I saw it on tap at a new local pub (called the Local) and remembered a few had highly recommended this. From what I have tried, this one so far has the most upfront grapefruit citrus flavors. Very impressed. The hops did not overwhelm me at all, and the ABV does not come across as this high

M - light to medium mouthfeel

D - I had two pints and could have sat out with a few more for the rest of the afternoon. This one goes to the top of my IPA list, I will have to pick up a six pack to see if the bottles hold up as well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 02:58:52 | More by eporter66
Photo of steelerguy

New York

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

A - Deep gold, approaching amber. Nice size off white head that sticks around. Low carbonation, but that is due to tap I'm sure, regardless the head retention was very good.

S - Extreme hop aroma and it is all good. Nice floral and citrus hops really come through on the nose. There is also a sweet caramel malt note, but it is hop dominated.

T - Hops again take center stage here. Although the bitterness is not extreme there is a lot of hop flavor. Very balanced with the caramel malt profile.

M - Has some sweetness, but some is perceived due to the hops and is not left over sugars. Not too heavy at all, nice clean profile.

D - This is a great session IPA. It has a good ABV, but is not harsh in any way, very enjoyable taste and the bitterness does not get tiring.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 01:39:28 | More by steelerguy
Photo of kylehayworth


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Really good dark orange in color. It pours well with a nice head.

S: It is there, although moderate, citrus notes.

T: This is very clean. It has a great build while you drink. It has your citrus, lemon, grapefruit. It isn't all rushing forward though.

M/D: I really enjoy this beer, easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 14:25:19 | More by kylehayworth
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours with a bright orange body and a fluffy, mountainous off-white head that rose two+ fingers and left loads of lacing while it diminished to a thin layer of foam.

Loads of tropical fruit in the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango and tangerine with lightly toasted doughy biscuit malt underneath. A very appealing nose, that jumps out of the glass and makes me want to dive in. Extremely inviting.

I found the flavor profile to be a little lacking. The hop assault hits you with the first sip, but rather than continually attacking, it retreated. The biscuity malt holds strong and the bitterness is worthwhile. The flavors are similar to the nose, tangerines and grapefruit.

Medium to full body falling short of chewy. Creaminess is a little lacking too.

The bitterness builds nicely over time and the abv is nearly buried. Easy drinking with an enjoyable hope profile. This is a good everyday IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 21:57:29 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of Magpie14


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

A: light reddish yellow hangs amongst the dominant golden peach colors. A few splashes of lace with no head retention leaves me disenchanted. Things look good, color wise that is, otherwise nothing really stands out. My pour was vibrant enough that it should have resulted in some more icing

S: yummy. The nose is full of bitter aromatic hops with bushels of floral and fruit whiffs. Paring with these hops is a growingly strong toasted malt vibe. Overall it is fairly pungent in the nose and seems the interplay between malts and hops should be good

T: I am wondering the freshness of this beer. I am tempted to say that this bottle has been on the shelf a while. The nose lead me to believe that a strong dose of hops should attack my tongue. In this instance, my tongue is gathering a large bitter basket of stale green crusty hops. I can pull some specifics out: floral, lemony, earthy, and bitter without much definition or vibrance...like things have been overstored. Maltiness bides most of the time without a ton of caramel within. Also, this beer is pretty lifeless and has the feel of a malt and hop cold syrup

M: not very expansive and mild in feel. This brew is just a touch sticky and finishes bitter

D: man, it felt like the hops were ready to take charge but just never casted off shore. I will have to get a hold of this one again. Other BA's really seem to dig this one, if you're a hop head!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 19:43:20 | More by Magpie14
Photo of tdmillerjr


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: good appearance with a thin off-white head. medium caramel copper color.

S: excellent smell of strong citrus hops. lots of hops!

T: very nice balance of an ipa with a slight maltiness followed by a nice bite of bitterness at the end.

M: fairly light and crisp for a 7.25% abv. nice amount of carbonation.

D: nice drinkable ipa. strong hop bitterness limits the amount but I'd say 3-4 would go down pretty easy.

Overall: very good beer. nice from start to finish. great spring-time or summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 02:40:00 | More by tdmillerjr
Photo of nickfl


3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of just slightly off-white head on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - A nice aroma of grapefruit hops with a hint of orange. Some sweet toffee malt in the background along with a bit of toasted grain.

T - Lightly sweet toasted malt up front with a bit of orange hop flavor. Moderate bitterness appears in the middle with some pine notes. Finishes with more dry toasted malt character, moderately high bitterness and a bit of light citrus flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is quite nice, with a good dose of pungent, citrus hops and some rich malt backing it up. The flavor, however, is not so great. It is surprisingly flat after the richness of the aroma with weak hop flavor and very anemic malt. The lack of depth in the flavor is only highlighted by the very dry finish that leaves a surprisingly thin aftertaste on the palate, one I can't help but compare to soda water. Definitely a letdown; if anything I was expecting this beer to be too sweet, but it was quite the opposite. Not worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:53:33 | More by nickfl
Photo of BackwoodBrewer82

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange/Honey color curiously darker in the center and light around the edges. Sticky head about one finger thick.

S- Sweet Floral hints of grapefruit, lemon peel citrus and a slight malt backbone not a particularly strong nose.

T- Crisp citrusy hops slight bitterness finishing with a sweet maltiness

M- Full bodied light oily mouthfeel very drinkable.

D- Great drinkable beer for a hop 3 ale very balanced. Nose and taste develop quite a bit as the beer reaches room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 21:22:35 | More by BackwoodBrewer82
Photo of CampusCrew


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

appearance: golden amber hues, some reddish tint

smell: nice herbal pine and subtle citrus

taste: tastes like a standard IPA, sublte citrus-herbal hop flavor. Not the extra power I was expecting.

mouthfeel: decently balanced, medium bodied

drinkability: solid IPA, would drink again

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 23:25:21 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

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

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white foam.

Aroma is of citrus, hops. Some malt backing also coming through

Taste is hoppy (good) balanced well with the sweet toasty malts.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation

Drinkability is high...its a good IPA, but doesn't stand out among other good ones like Hopslam, etc. The balance is well done, adding to drinkability, though

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 05:08:13 | More by kshankar
Photo of jlindros


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

Had on tap at Prezo in Milford, MA.

A: Light fluffy 1 finger head over a pale amber orange color with haze.

N: Mostly chewy hops with a little malt, some spicy and fresh earthy hop aromas as well.

T: Starts with a musty earthy spicy hop taste. Right out front, and dominates the beer. Some pine and a touch of citrus help on the hop side. It has a chewy hop flavor, but isn't very bitter at first. A little juicy fruit flavors, and almost no malt to be found.

M: Has a good body with decent carbonation, a little oily from the hop oils.

F: Slightly bitter again, it gets a little more bitter as it goes, but not as bitter as I expected. It also dries off quite a bit which does tend to make the bitterness a bit more. A little lingering spicy hop and fresh hop oil flavors, as well as that earthy musty fresh wet hop flavor, which I expected to fade and it never really did.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 14:06:45 | More by jlindros
Photo of tuckevalastin


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

A: Translucent orangish amber with a decent white foamy head that sticks around for a small amount of time.

S: Fresh floral smell with some citrusy hops and sweet malt tones. Mild but a good smell.

T: Mainly citrus and piney hops but not a strong hoppy taste. Some random spice is also present. As well as some nice balancing malt.

M: Moderate spice and bitterness but little heat. Ok carbonation and a light but medium body.

D: Very drinkable for anyone who likes hops and still pretty drinkable for those who don't.

Overall it's a nice balanced beer that leans towards a daily drinker for those who prefer hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 01:35:24 | More by tuckevalastin
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

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

Best before April 2010 date

Pours a pale orange-honey color, with a sticky white head on top. Lacing is apparent.

Some hops on the nose and light citrus in the background. Malt backbone comes out a bit. Aroma could be a little stronger.

Crisp, citrusy, bitter hops over light, sweet malts. For a regular IPA the hops seem pretty good, but could be a little stronger. The bottle only has a best by date, so its hard to tell how old it is and if the hops have faded much. Clementines, passion fruit and a slice of lemon make up the fruit flavor. Malts are sweet and somewhat biscuity.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Malts outweigh the bitterness from the hops and carbonation is low. Body is heavier than most regular IPAs, but this does weigh in at 7.25% ABV, so it makes sense.

Drinkability is good. You get some hops, some smooth malts and light citrus. Everything goes down easy. The alcohol is unnoticeable, but it would be nice to see it move towards the 5% range to make this beer more sessionable.

Overall, Loose Cannon is a fairly solid IPA. Wouldn't be my go to IPA, but if I saw it on tap I would be tempted to get a pint. Looking forward to trying some of the other Heavy Seas beers from Clipper City.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:19:09 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of wesl56


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

pours a clear golden and retains a medium white head that laces pretty well

smells very floral, and tastes heavily floral too... has a pleasant bitterness that isnt overwhelming, full of hops flavors, and thats about all there is

has sort of a watery mouthfeel, but leaves a light hop aftertaste, almost feels a little too light, so definitely a drinkable beer

the taste is excellent, but the body of this beer seems a little watery, but that can be a good thing as it isnt too filling and leaves you wanting another round... looking forward to the rest of the 6'er and would recommend this as a flavorful, friendly IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:15:55 | More by wesl56
Photo of wescj


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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Color is dull orange, a bit hazy. Nice white head; good lacing but poor retention.

Smell isn't as big as I've experienced with other DIPAs, but it holds its own. Malt shines through very well, despite the solid and complex hop aroma.

Taste is about average for a DIPA, nothing too special. That's not to say it isn't pretty good, though. The only problem, and it is a slight one at that, is that the sweetness of the malt may be a bit medicinal. Just barely, though.

Good drinkability and mouthfeel. OK, overall. This one came in the Heavy seas mixer with all high gravity brews. I was suprised to find a collection of big beers at such a good price, but, as I expected, you get what you pay for.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:37:20 | More by wescj
Photo of JMD


4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light auburn color with frothy white head that slowly dissipates. Leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Nice citrusy hop aroma that finishes with a carmel sweetness. Some floral notes as well.

T: Great citrus flavor, ruby red grapefruit, mandarin oranges and hints of lemon. Some pine and earthy hop oil. Light peppery spice. Balanced out by a nice malt backbone. Carmel and honey add a nice sweetness.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

D: This is an excellent IPA. Great hop flavor and just enough malt to balance everything out.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 00:38:43 | More by JMD
Photo of JustinJTisdale

New York

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

This beer is excellent! Really nice and heavy on the hops which give a heavy grapefruit sweet smell and flavor.

The taste starts off slightly sweet accompanied with a floral citrus smell that fades off into a bitter hoppy finish.

The pour was great and left a hefty head offering a few solid smells and aromatic tastes before fading off and leaving great lacing.

The color was a darker yellowish gold which was ever so slightly hazy but in a good way.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 01:32:26 | More by JustinJTisdale
Photo of RppIII

District of Columbia

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Pint Glass (best by date on bottle)

Appearance: Pours a golden caramel with a darker hue of mahogany encompassing the center. Rays of golden light make it through the outer limits of this beer creating an aesthetically pleasing contrast of color. The head is a good finger, alive and constantly churning, a living white mass atop a honey colored liquid. Sadly this white mass quickly subsides to a small coating allowing but one or two (if one is lucky) beer mustaches.

Smell: Brown sugar surfaces like a wisp of cloud floating atop a heavy sea of hop aroma. The hops are overwhelming and beautiful, in perfect contrast, in perfect symphony with the sweet malt present. IPA's are known for their alluring floral smell and this one definitely takes the cake, I am excited for what a taste of this beer will yield.

Taste: A very well balanced beer, the hops don't seem to overtake the malt and the malt doesn't seem to take over the hop flavour. The hops give way to grapefruit, various citrus, and pine. A perplexing spicy note is present but is not un-enjoyable. I love the balance of this beer, while I tend to think of myself as a "hop head" the hop profile in this beer, while not overwhelming in the least, is quite enjoyable.

Mouthful: A creamy mouthful with a bit of chewiness leads to a medium bodied beer. Carbonation and body is very much like the beer, well balanced against the flavours, and aromas not too much and not too little.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer for the style, and 7%+ alcohol content, very balanced in every way. The beer does seem to become more floral and hoppy as it begins to approach room temperature. I wouldn't consider this an Imperial IPA simply just a fairly large IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 02:58:32 | More by RppIII
Photo of tigg924


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

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: citrus hops and a touch of malt

Taste: citrus and piney hops mixed with some toasted malt and sugar

Mouthfeel: semi-bitter with a sweeter backbone, moderate carbonation, medium light bodied

Drinkability: This is a nicely balanced IPA that I could have several of. The hops show up more as this one warms. A beer to sit with, I could have a couple spread out over time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 14:52:43 | More by tigg924
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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