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

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Ratings: 2,667
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 77
Gots: 213 | 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 womencantsail


3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a thin white head and some mild lacing.

S: Smells surprisingly good. I get a bunch of tropical fruit such as pineapple, quite a bit of tangerine and grapefruit juice as well. Some mild fish food aromas on the back end.

T: The flavor starts off with the same grapefruit and tangerine flavors, but a bit more toward the peel side of things. A fairly substantial malt character, pretty bready and a bit of biscuit.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not a terrible IPA, but not really my style. Too much malt and not enough intense hoppy character.

12-15-2010 06:15:01 | More by womencantsail
Photo of PicoPapa


4.1/5  rDev +2%

12oz bottle with a Best Before Date notched at Feb 2011. Pours a cloudy light amber color. Thin head. Nice amount of lacing. Great hoppy aroma. Citrus and pine but I'm also picking up on some pineapple. Taste has more of that pineapple and citrus flavor to it. Very little bitterness. Wow, this beer came out of nowhere. Not sure how I missed this one. Great tropical fruit hop flavors to this IPA. This was a beer I didn't have much in way of expectations going in and was certainly shocked. Worth seeking out for sure.

12-15-2010 05:59:30 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of jrallen34


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Mike for having these at his reception...Light orangey gold, a bright tope head, great retention and lacing...The aroma is nice wet hops, caramel and hint of acid...The taste is pretty good, not as nice as the aroma. Same flavors come through but the hops are not super smooth and makes it a little hard to drink.

Above average ipa, worth drinking a few but don't go out of the way.

12-14-2010 03:16:49 | More by jrallen34
Photo of larryi86


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper/orange color with a one finger white head.

S- Citrus and pine hops, with hint of floral and spice notes.

T- Nice bitter hop flavors, more pine/earthy hops up front, finish has a lot of citrus hops. Very little malt sweetness...

M- Smooth, refreshing and crisp.

D- Easy to drink and enjoy. This is a solid IPA that is worth trying and buying again. I had better IPAs, but this is a good one. All I feel that this is really missing is a nice solid malt backbone.

12-14-2010 01:51:30 | More by larryi86
Photo of mountsnow1010


4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

On tap at market cross pub in carlisle pa.

A - nice golden color with a frothy white head. Sweet lacing
S - grapefruit and pine.
T - Grapefruit, piney and a nice caramel-y malt backbone
M - thick and sticky - coats lips/mouth
D - Could drink 3-4 pints of this easily

This is one of my favorite beers of all time - it's so delicious.

12-13-2010 00:25:31 | More by mountsnow1010
Photo of politicsandbeer


4.3/5  rDev +7%

Heavy Seas is a creature of the Clipper City Brewery in Maryland. They break their beers up into three categories based on alcohol content: Clipper Fleet, Pyrate Fleet and Mutiny Fleet. Loose Cannon Hop 3 IPA is in their Pyrate Fleet because of it's 7.25% alcohol content.

There was tons of pine sap in the aroma, so much so it brought to mind Christmas wreaths and shedding evergreen needles. Such a great earthy scent had me eager for that first taste. The initial sip was overwhelmingly fresh and green, full of wet hops. There was little or no sweetness to back it up, at least that this paddy's pub-palette could discern. A slight bitter bite rose up but receded very quickly leaving a tangy orange peel flavor on the palette.

There was minimal carbonation in this sexy brew but decent body gave it a creamy feel. There wasn't any serious bitterness to the aftertaste like many IPAs which would normally bug me but Loose Cannon had enough character without needing it. The alcohol was well camouflaged among the subtle flavors.

I can see why someone (like me) might get confused by title of the beer being Hop3. I'm no mathematician but I understand that cubing increases a value exponentially. That makes me think this is going to be a crazy palette destroying hop bomb, which it's really not. Apparently it was a 2nd Place CAMRA award winner at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival. It's mildness puts it a little closer to the English style of IPA but it certainly holds it's own as an assertive yet drinkable ale. I definitely want to try their Double IPA!


12-09-2010 17:29:14 | More by politicsandbeer
Photo of tbrown4


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottle -> Weyerbacher tulip

Pours hazy straw with a one finger white head. Immediate floral hop aroma and is light and sweet. Strong complex hop flavors throughout. Right behind the hop smack is smooth malt back. Sweet finish. Light alcohol hints.

I much prefer this one as fresh as possible. Best I've had was at the brewery, as fresh as it gets.

This is a standard around my house. Great IPA flavor without a deep hit on the wallet. Love to support the local brewers too.

12-05-2010 22:43:44 | More by tbrown4
Photo of TheBigBoy


3.28/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

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....

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


2.94/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

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

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

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

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


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +4%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

*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.

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


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -6%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

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!

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


4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

10-24-2010 22:57:55 | More by micromaniac129
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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