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

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

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Ratings: 2382
Reviews: 1135
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%

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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 Windigo


4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I manage a bar. We brought this in on rotation over three years ago to 'try it out' for a month. We haven't been able to take it off tap for love or money. I attempted one time just so I could bring in another craft from a local brewery....no go. I got PETITIONED by 76 of my regular clientele.
I love the stuff too.
Beautiful weight, color, head, lacing for an IPA. If you want to get technical about the bouquet I say it's pumelo. Amazing with seafood. Good job Heavy Seas!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 19:42:39 | More by Windigo
Photo of barczar


3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

As soon add the bottle is opened, floral hops jump forth. Aroma is heavily floral and nutty. Toffee and subtle citrus tartness add complexity. Notes is grapefruit and lemon surface.

Flavor reveals grapefruit underlying a nutty, toasted caramel malt backbone. The finish is slightly resiny and bitter, but there's a touch of malt sweetness that carries throughout. Floral, herbal, and catty hops are evident in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and creamy, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Unlike most American ipas, this actually has some nice malt character. Hops are more subtle, as well. Balance is towards floral, rather than resiny bittering hops. Very enjoyable to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 18:45:48 | More by barczar
Photo of cyclonece09


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice cloudy orange with a small white head with lots of visible carbonation. Smells of floral and piney hops, with sight citrus. Tastes of earthy and citrus hops with a nice grain body. Beer is extremely drinkable, medium body good carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 18:05:35 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of Huffs

New York

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a frothy, white head which moderate retention and some lacing. Had a golden straw color with a light haze. Aroma was very fruity and hoppy with some floral notes. Nice hop taste with fruit and some caramel up front with some spice on the back. Mouthfeel was medium with a tangy lasting aftertaste.

Serving type: can

09-13-2013 01:31:56 | More by Huffs
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light gold in color with about a one inch head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Hoppy smell, like any other IPA.

Taste: Taste of hops is apparent. Not too bitter, which appeals to my taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light.

Overall: One of the better IPAs that I have had. Easy to drink. My favorite beer from Heavy Seas

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 06:03:23 | More by bgillespie
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best Before Dec 2013

A: Pours a light amber color with a fingers worth of head that slowly recedes down to a cap

S: Earthy and piney hops up front with a touch of citrus and fruit in the back. Decent malt character

T: Follows the nose. Earthy and piney to start and then goes into a light candy-like hop sweetness including some citrus and fruit notes. The malt provides a nice backbone and provides the perfect amount of balance. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice IPA with great balance between the malts and hops. The hops aren't overdone and whatever varieties of hops are there mesh well. A sleeper that stays afloat for good reason

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 18:38:19 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this loose CANnon from a can out of my 12 pack. I've never seen this in a can before so I had to buy it.

A- Pours a hazy orange body with a nice, thick, frothy white head that reduces ever so slowly to uneven chunks of foam and leaves some sticky lacing. Very nice, I like the unfiltered appearance.

S- Tropical with heavy citrus, grapefruit, mango, some pine in there.

T- I'd have to say this is so much better out of the can. Follows the nose with big tropical grapefruit and citrus notes followed by a resinous bite. The malt produces a creamy balance which is really nice

M- Medium body, but very nice for almost 8% alcohol. Easy drinker. Medium-high carbonation.

If you can find this in the can, purchase it. I was very impressed and honestly believe that this widely-available IPA can compete with the big boys.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 01:48:03 | More by gcamparone
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a light orange, mostly clear with a small head of off white foam that fell reasonably to a thin cap and ring. Left good wet lace. The nose on this is pretty shy and the best by date is november of this year. There's some sweet orange and tart grapefruit up front and a sweet caramel malt with plenty of bread underneath that. The hops are herbal with a soft spice in back. There isn't much pine on the nose but a few needles if you really get down in the glass and so I think it has faded a bit. The malt is developing a grainy sugary quality as it warms. Taste is mild and very good. Flows with the sweet and tart citrus up first to greet the palate and give a little pucker. Then the malt is full, flowing and breaddy with ample sweetness to carry all that to a nice finish with a bit of pine and hop oil for a gentle bitter at the back of the throat. Lingers clean and with a bit of spice.

I think this a an amenable IPA. It's not fantastic or tremendous in any way but it is refreshing and a solid example of the style. Body is smooth and has good balance although it leans toward the malt a bit and is therefore a touch heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 15:09:52 | More by utopiajane
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a clean light orange pour with 2 fingers of frothy white head leaving behind great lacing as it dissipated slowly. a huge grapefruit citrus aroma, caramel, and lots of sweet citrus notes. the flavor is mostly grapefruit sweetness up front, a bit of an alcohol bite, a nice grassy taste, caramel, bready malt, and again grapefruit hits you with a lingering bitter/sweetness citrus feel.
medium in body with high carbonation, a very easy to drink refreshing and strong ipa.
this was leftover from my brother in law's bachelor party - i bought a 12pk in cans for our fishing trip, and let me tell you, it was a hit amongst shitty beer drinkers (i brought 6 cans with me since we were going to CARTON BREWERY afterwards and i didn't want to overdo it, but all the guys who normally drink miller lites were fighting over the few cans)

Serving type: can

08-05-2013 00:54:45 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of dar482

New York

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a deep reddish hued amber orange. A really lovely deeply red looking IPA.

The aroma has tons of caramel malt sweetness. There's some very sweet orange, ruby red grapefruit, but really taken over by that caramel breadiness.

The flavor follows with that breadiness and sweetness playing a big role in the beer. However, unlike the aroma, it's a very pine bitter beer. It's good that the sweetness isn't cloying, but still really has a bit much of the sweetness.

The finish is a lingering bittering spicy pine. It's green, floral, and fresh pine instead of more of than deep earthy resinous pine in some beers.

It's a pretty balanced IPA. It drinks okay, but really has a strong pine backbone. In the end, a very competent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:11:11 | More by dar482
Photo of IrishJames


3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber. 1/2" pillow of foam about a minute after the pour. Monumental lacing throughout. Great looking beer.

Smell: Roasted malt more prevalent than hops, with subtle citrus breaking through.

Taste: Smooth malt dominates and yet the taste remains light enough to be extremely pleasant for summer. Moderate bite of bitterness at the end which foils the malt nicely. Lingering flavors which seemingly fluctuate with each passing sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with very little evidence of carbonation. Very slight stickiness.

Overall: Very happy to have a 64oz growler of this brew, which will quickly meet its demise through the course of this fine Friday evening. Highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2013 23:13:56 | More by IrishJames
Photo of BigCheese


3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden hue great lacing

mix of pine grapefruit tropical fruits,  with heavy honey backbone

yum hops, pineapple grape fruit, pine comes, rich sweet malty backbone
. Really well balanced. Good piney floral bitterness.

Creamy high carbonation, balance makes it sessionable.

Great everyday ipa, semi complex, balanced and drinkable. Affordable to. Reminds me of Smuttynose. Great hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 13:25:03 | More by BigCheese
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at sams in Durham. into a heavy seas shaker

pours a darker golden color with not much head. smell is slight citrus hops, not too strong. taste though...is excellently balanced. bitterness up front with a good hop kick in the back. very drinkable. medium bodied with low carbonation.

overall an impressive, easy drinking IPA. I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 21:11:17 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of JimKal

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a tulip, it produced a two finger white head. It was amber-gold in color. The head dissipated leaving some nice lacing behind.

S: a light citrus aroma

T: This was very balanced in the hop - malt continuum with an alcohol presence perceived as warming. This one will not overpower your tastebuds nor your food.

M: medium bodied

O: I haven't quite made up my mind about this one. There are other balanced IPAs that deliver this taste experience at a lower ABV. At this ABV I'm looking for something more hop forward.

Serving type: can

06-30-2013 13:12:35 | More by JimKal
Photo of KYGunner


3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to a darker golden hue the head was not quite brilliant white and retreated quickly.

I like the aromatic citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerines. More malt near the end and the citrus in the nose is very pleasant to smell.

The citrus notes seem to ring true to the taste. I get a tangy grapefruit and lemon rind with a citrusy punch. This then ends in a pine needle hoppiness. There is a light malt throughout the flavor.

I like the flavor and feel of this IPA and love the strong citrus hop character.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 21:54:13 | More by KYGunner
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The freshest taste notches are located at “JUL” and “13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is hazy, pale amber. A finger of thick, uneven, off-white head dissipated slowly.

Smell: Though it leans malty, it is a nice balance of IPA citrus and a sweet, bready foundation. Sweet caramel, toffee, bready malts, pine, tangerine, and touches of grapefruit. A hint of alcohol is also noticeable.

Taste: The hops are likely not as strong since this bottle is on the older side, but it is still a tasty brew. It has a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel, bready malts, tangerine, and a hint of grapefruit. Alcohol overpowers everything at the end of each sip.

Drinkability: Good stuff. I fresher bottle may provide stronger hops but I will take this. Very mellow and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 04:02:21 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Purchase Before SEP 13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam.

S- Strong, musty hop aroma with some caramel-like malt in the back. There's a considerable alcohol fume making the overall aroma somewhat astringent.

T- Moderate hop attack in the front that turns to the bready malts and leads to a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. Very drinkable for the ABV and quite balanced for an IPA.

M- Somewhat sharp and oily but very smooth. Medium carbonation and a sturdy body.

O- Probably the best beer Heavy Seas does. If you like this, see also: Dubbel Cannon and Black Cannon.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:11:20 | More by Immortale25
Photo of hoppytobehere


4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, best by October 2013.

A: Dull copper color with some haze to it. 1 finger of head that disappears after a short while. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Some breadiness, malt, little bit of orange peel.

T: A nicely balanced brew. Bright citrus from the hops with a nice caramel malt backbone. Great hop flavor without being too bitter.

M: Carbonation is nice. A little creamy and soft.

O: Great IPA from the East Coast. Reminds me a little of Two Hearted, which is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 19:51:26 | More by hoppytobehere
Photo of IchLiebeBier


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish/gold; small frothy head, long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Malty, slightly bready; piney; citrusy hops

Taste: Juicy malty quickly going to big hops; finishes with a lot of citrus hop flavor; well balanced and smooth hop profile with the thick malt; very tasty

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 15:28:19 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Oakenator


4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber brown color. Some head initially lingers well. Streaked lacing.

S: Sweet hops - piney with some caramel on the nose. Really hoppy and nice.

T: Definite hop flavor from front to back. Bitter throughout.

M: Carbonation quickly runs away on the tongue.

O: Well done for a single IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:11:46 | More by Oakenator
Photo of ElderBeagle


4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint

A: slightly hazy yellowish amber. Very lively with bubbles and one finger white head

S: oh man great aroma! Lots of tropical scents, pineapple, citrus, and even banana. Also get a slight bready smell of the malts. Even my wife loved the smell and she's not a beer fan.

T: great flavor to match the aroma, citrus, semi sweetness, and then the bitter hops. Not an extremely hoppy IPA but the flavor is nice and complex.

M: nice full body almost creamy. I like that the carbonation doesn't overpower.

O: great IPA from this brewery, now I see why it has a good reputation. Will definitely drink again!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 01:36:05 | More by ElderBeagle
Photo of Altrurian

New York

3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small but lingering head, good lacing, encouraging color. Mild aroma. Flavor not bad, with some respectable grapefruity volatiles, but not memorable. Rather agressive, thirst quenching carbonation. Serviceable, but doesn't quite merit a special effort.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 17:07:50 | More by Altrurian
Photo of delta490


4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Pours a lovely deep gold with big creamy white head that lingers in and leaves some nice lacing. Big citrus and pine hop aroma with same flavors in the taste but perfectly balanced against the malt backbone of caramel and biscuit. Mild carbonation with a great mouthfeel. An excellent IPA. Also have had on draft and it goes to 11.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 21:51:03 | More by delta490
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber orange with a two-finger, slowly receding off-white head. Loads of sediment in the glass float aimlessly. Left a small amount of lacing.

S - Tropical grapefruit and pineapple, followed by some kiwi and a very small amount of malt.

T - Malty and tropical all at once. Tropical pineapple up front followed by malt. A bit bitter and slightly piney in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It's a good DIPA, but nothing astounding.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 04:58:31 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of BaltimoreBeerLover


3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into wine glass. Spent a few months in the fridge.

Appearance: Orange-amber. Dark honey. Some lacing and a slight head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Sweet, malty, citrusy, floral, fruity. The floral and maltiness come through the most but all scents aren't too strong overall.

Taste: Pretty good. Floral and tasty malts are definitely the most pervasive. Not as hoppy as I was anticipating/hoping for considering they say that it is triple hopped and has the nickname of hop cubed.

Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Slight sweetness lingers along with a very slight hoppiness in the back of the throat.

Overall: Had I rated this earlier before I had gotten to some of the more outstanding IPAs such as Lagunitas Sucks and Stone Ruination IPA, I would have rated this much higher. Looking back this isn't nearly as great as I once thought. Overall though this is still a good beer that I enjoy especially because it's from Baltimore. A fruity, sweet hoppy flavor that's very smooth. 3.6/5

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 05:02:15 | More by BaltimoreBeerLover
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