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

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Ratings: 2,528
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 65
Gots: 159 | 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 Thorpe429


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

G: Pint glass with Black Bear (Morgantown, WV) pint glass.

A: Dark amber with a decent head. Head is single-fingered and a little bit bubbly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet hops and malt. More citrusy than piney, and smells absolutely delicious smelling.

T: Good malt backbone with a definite sweet hop presence. Slightly oily.

M: Smooth. Medium-bodied and quite creamy.

D: Quite drinkable. A "smaller" version of this style, but a good example nonetheless. Agree with other reviewers that this is potentially sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 01:20:09 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of

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

A - Poured a light amber color with about an inch of head. Extremely clear and clean look. This beer left lacing the entire length of the glass.

S - Smelled very citrusy, possibly grapefruit but heavy hop presence.

T - Strong hop flavor with some malt balance. The hop flavor doesn't slap you in the face quit like a Hopslam.

M - If you love IPAs, this one is a keeper. I loved it! A very tolerable bitter presence with plenty of citrus notes to accent.

D - Could be a session beer. The bitterness is what draws me to this beer yet it is not so overpowering that I only want one. It would be very easy to enjoy one after the next.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 23:33:08 | More by
Photo of mempath


4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poors thick and heady with immediate clear golden amber..head settles slowly, lacing in long strands. 4 minutes later, an almost half-inch head remains

smell is similar to nugget nectar or smutty's ipa, but not quite as blasting. grapefruit. hoppy hop. at least it smells like another hophead winner

taste...not as hoppy as imagined or expected...but not sweet either...nice (NICE) balance. again, unexpectedness is a hallmark of craft art. there's much depth in this. i will certainly return to this and attempt a session (if possible at 7%+....!)

mouthfeel is rich-crisp, thickish/creamy but quite (getting into drinkability territory) quaffable.

want an incredible hoppy drinkable brew? here it is. hop wimps and hop cthulhu's will be equally delighted. nothing like bipartisan hoppishness. worry not, left handers; the macro/right-hand intravenous scaredy cats will not even approach this due to their own fears. the loose cannon aims true...and further out, veers to the left as expected, thankfully. drink deep from this one.

as stellar and different as stoudt's dipa, nugget nectar, torpedo...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 15:59:03 | More by mempath
Photo of hoppyhobby


4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm definitely a hop lover and I have tried a lot of hoppy micro-brews, but I keep coming back to this one. It's definitely one of my favorites. It's hoppy flavor and aroma is perfectly balanced. Just right and not too overpowering or weak. Clipper City has a winner with this one.

It pours to an average off-white head and has a nice amber-orange color. The lacing is excellent as it leaves rings and spots of an off-white residue around the glass as you slowly sip and savor this nice brew.

Aroma has citrus and floral overtones.

The taste has a lasting hoppy flavor. I will still explore other micro- brews, but this one is definitely a benchmark that I use to measure other hoppy ales and I always have a couple of these on hand because it's just so good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 20:55:03 | More by hoppyhobby
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

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

I spied this bottle when a bartender was opening a cooler at the local watering hole...they used to have a high gravity selection as they called it, and it has since dwindled...but the loose cannon remains.
The beer poured a slight amber crystal clear, white head with excellent thickness and retention.
The beer smelled of mellow hops, they have tamed down since the beer is almost a year old. Very nice though, the scents, once extreme, have really mellowed into something quite delicate.
The taste was also surprisingly delicate. It was not a slap you in the face hop-bomb, this was a solid true to form american ipa...very nice.
The mouthfeel was good, nice carbonation, a bit oily still, with a medium body.
The drinkability was impressive, I could drink these quite often. I have had fresher examples of this brew, very nice, but I would prefer a couple months of age anyday...I realize that this is blasphemy when speaking ipa's, and for that I am not sorry.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 18:35:03 | More by grayburn
Photo of Chele1097


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

I have had this one before but I sit here reviewing as I partake this time. Poured into a pint glass.

A-light golden orange color with a small white lace head.

S-light citrus, pine, with a hint of sweet honey

T-citrus, pine, and a bitter taste, a bit thin but very warming in the mouth and as it goes down (I think a bit surprising for the 7.25%, something I would expect from a 10% or higher)

D- definitely a good upscale session beer at $35/case for me will drink a bit more quickly

I have to say I would be happy to put this on my rotation of session beers which include Lagunitas IPA, and DFH60.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 21:20:51 | More by Chele1097
Photo of goatgoat


3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy tangerine orange. A thin white head quickly disappears to a ring. Light sticky lace.
Aroma is strong pine, some citrus, earth and a little must. Slightly honey.
Taste continues the aroma. Malt is a little more apparent but hops are still strong. Pine, citrus, and earthy bitterness that carries into the finish.
Medium body.

Tried this at the tail end of it's best by: date. Might have fared better if it was fresher, but according to the brewer it's still game.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 02:14:05 | More by goatgoat
Photo of tittymcj


3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark, muted gold, with small head and light lacing. Very little carbonation is evident.

The smell is also very muted. Smells similar to Nugget Nectar, but not as much hop, and not much malt smell either. Mostly a light grassy smell.

Taste is very malty. Lots of biscuit taste, with a little bit of citrus hoppiness in the background. Also a little earthy grassy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Not crisp and biting, but rather very malty and thick feeling.

Moderately drinkable. Good taste, not outstanding, but not average. A little bit too much of a thick feeling to be outstandingly drinkable, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:22:42 | More by tittymcj
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a reddish-amber color with a decent two-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and pale malt. Subtle and appears to be balanced as well on the malt.

Taste is full of grassy hop flavor with a tinge of grapefruit and pale malt in the middle. Lots of flavor.

Hop bitterness focuses more on balance than an overload. Mouthfeel is full of the remnants of flavorful pale malt and hop bitterness. Carbonation is just right.

This is a nice example of an IPA and it doesn't go into overdrive on the hops. It's drinkable enough to impress even those who are afraid to drink hoppy beers. I enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 04:50:12 | More by Brad007
Photo of FatSean


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

Just short review. I picked up a mix pack from Heavy Seas and this was by far my favorite. Very well balanced. Definitely did not notice 7.25%! Hops were complex on the nose and tongue. The malts played their role and were there if one cared to peer behind the hops.

If you see this in a sixpack, pick it up. If you only see the mix pack...you could worse! I wish I could get a sixer of this beer...or even a 12-pack if the cost went down.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 00:56:20 | More by FatSean
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Jan 2009. Trade from jcb890, thanks for the opportunity.

Poured in a shaker pint glass. Two finger thick tan head. Cloudy washed out copper color. Light floral and perfumey aroma, some butter pastry and hint of bubble gum. Taste is quite floral, well balanced caramel and buttery sweetness. Finishes with a pleasant mild hop bitterness. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Slightly warming ethanol.

Nice, would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:10:44 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of wamu2000


4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very impressive. a friend brought the Cannon over as an after thought for a steak and potato meal. what a combination. Complimented the meal to the T. Became a great session beer despite ABV. To the nose a flawless American APA. A style that has become too wide ranging, Cannon knocks it out of the park. Have never heard of this beer prior to tonight and I review highly do to my surprise that a HOP HEAD like me had someone else find it out for me. Embarassed as I am, I could not give this a higher recomendation.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:16:10 | More by wamu2000
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

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

I bought a sample box of assorted beers from Clipper City, this was one of the four flavors.

Pours a medium golden brown with a solid half-hand of white head. Head retention is good, lacing is average.

Smell is fantastic. Very floral and fruity, notes of blueberry and raspberry, makes my mouth water. If I didn't know this was an IPA the smell wouldn't make me think it was. Easily one of the best beers I've ever smelled.

Taste is very solid and balanced. Both floral and earthy hops are detectable, and niether in strong enough proportions to unbalance the beer. Very mild malt profile mixes with fruity berry overtones.

Mouthfeel is very sharp and dry, light to medium bodied. Pleasant on the palate.

Drinkability is high. This beer would complement a number of dishes well, and because of the only moderate ABV you could definately have a few if you wanted. This beer is very well rounded, and is hands down the best IPA I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 00:23:57 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of sprucetip


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Cask at Stanton Public in NYC. Perhaps my first beer from Maryland.

Clear, copper/golden, modest head stays a while, leaves lacing.

Rich, complex, multi-faceted hop aroma. Long legs. Very floral and citrusy.

Very smooth, balanced. Complex citrusy hop profile blends nicely with strong malty base. Bitterness is restrained. Finishes pretty clean, just slight bitterness.

Mild carb, pleasant medium body and texture, clean finish.

smooth, balanced, tasty, clean easy drinker. Impressive.

Serving type: cask

02-17-2009 06:10:47 | More by sprucetip
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium golden color with a decent off-white head that fades slowly to a nice thin coating. Leaves a nice lace pattern on the glass.

Fresh grassy hops are there, but I was surprised to get a large amount of toasty malt in there. Hints of honey, caramel and whoppers candy in the nose as well.

Taste is mostly sweet light malts, floral and grassy hops, The lupulin is mostly discernable in the finish. Well balanced and leans a bit on the British IPA spectrum. Tastes pretty fresh with not really any off-putting flavors. Im enjoying this brewery more and more with each new brew I try from them.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 05:45:57 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of BierFan


3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Thin off-white head and a clear orange body.

Smell: Sweet and citric. I'm guessing that this uses cascade hops because it's mostly a grapefruit aroma.

Taste: The taste is of the hops, backed up by the malt sweetness. Grapefruit and citrus fruit peels.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 22:50:56 | More by BierFan
Photo of johlendorf

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twelve oz bottle in an American pint.

A = Thin bubbly head. Cloudy copper color.

S = Grapefruit. Grapefruit. Mild fresh pine. Hops.

T = The grapefruit is overwhelming. That's why
I love this IPA. Other hops flavors are present but not dominant.

M = Smooth, crisp.

D = Very easy for a 7.2.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 02:45:04 | More by johlendorf
Photo of cdrummer


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Murky, golden orange with a very bubbly head. Loads of lacing.

S: It doesn't have a strong presence of the sharp hop aroma, but it is still there. Somewhat herbal and sweet, the nose opens up a bit with the floral and hops as it warms.

T&M: Pleasantly hoppy and very heavy on the sweet malt backbone. There is an overall dense candy-like sweetness amidst the yeastiness and rich, spicy hop flavors. Medium viscosity and big carbonation with a warming alcohol finish.

D: While quite drinkable despite the higher abv, I did find this brew a bit sweeter than I like in an AIPA. I will give it credit for a nice blend of sweet and bitter, which makes it a good choice for spicier food.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 18:58:58 | More by cdrummer
Photo of jrhitchings


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clear amber color. Good finger of head of tight, white head, with very good lacing.

Smells great. There's a nice hop aroma, without being overpowering. Scents of the malt come through as well.

Taste is hoppy, definitely an IPA, but not an extreme one. The brewer says the hop this beer three times, then dry hop it some more, but it doesn't come through as strongly as some others. There is a lot of sweet malt flavor in this beer, which balances with the hop flavor well. The malt flavor becomes sweeter with more time in the glass.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy, almost syrupy. It feels thicker than others of the style. This could have to do with the stronger malt presence in this beer.

Overall a very good beer. I don't think I would choose it as a session beer, though, as the ABV is 7.25%. Also, after a couple the sweetness of the beer becomes a little offputting. For one or two, though, this beer is an excellent choice.


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 13:41:34 | More by jrhitchings
Photo of abents


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sebletitje for the 12oz bottle.

Pours out a light amber color with decent white head thats gone quickly. Nose rocks with the hops, pine trees, grass, floral, and tinge of lemon citrus. First taste is a bombardment. Very very hoppy beer, there's a bunch going on here definitely some cascade/centen in there (can't tell) along with that distinct amarillo taste. Very bitter IPA, starts crisp and fruity then turns the tables and bitters out until the finish. A definite hophead favorite that's for sure, kind of lacks the malt end though for my tastes. I like my ipa's balanaced, crazy I know, but this one is still very drinkable even for the bitterness, it has this refreshing quality due to the carbonation and lemony goodness. I need some malt or sugars in there, but I can see people liking this.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 05:20:02 | More by abents
Photo of drgonzo3705


5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful copper color with a nice fluffy off white head.

S: Huge grapefruit nose very citrusy.

T:Again grapefruits and hops meld together beutifully.
M: Nice medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess.
D: Amazing. I've loved Loose Cannon for a while but to finally try it on cask....Fuhgedaboutit!!

Serving type: cask

02-07-2009 19:37:34 | More by drgonzo3705
Photo of hdofu


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

An interesting tasting one starts off with an herbal, almost punchy flavor that quickly pounds you with a hopp sucker punch. Smell is citrusy and hopp like. Taste is alot of hopps and mango and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is crisp and mildly bubbly. Color is deep red with a white head. It has a pleasent taste I find refreshing and would mind indulging in again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 07:21:21 | More by hdofu
Photo of hopdog


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

On tap at the Kennett Square Brew Fest ('05). Also form 12oz bottles.

Poured a deep amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hopes, light oranges and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, grapefruit, floral and caramel.

Original notes from: 10/9/05

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2009 15:44:52 | More by hopdog
Photo of SteveO1231


3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a really nice, foamy off-white head. With some awesome lacing.

Smell is rather sweet, the first wiff hits me like a fruit roll-up as a matter of fact. Some citrus hops in there. Bready and husky.

Medium / full-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and slightly slick texture.

The beer has a large, fruity, caramel sweetness. Hops are much lighter than I expected. Finishes with a soapy sweetness and a light grassy hop bitterness.

Overall kinda bland. I probably won't revisit this one.


Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 02:26:17 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of RickS95


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slow forming, thin white head. Beer is copper/orange in color, opaque.

As the name would suggest ("Hop3 Ale), hops are prevalent in the nose. However, for a highly hopped, highly alcoholic beer, the mouthfeel was very subdued. I expected more bit, but was pleasantly surprised.

There may be a hint of cloves and orange peel. As I drank more and more, I kept thinking "cloves and orange peel" but it might have just been citrusy hops. Regardless, either they were very smooth hops or there was something to balance the bitterness, because this was a smooth hoppy beer, from beginning til the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 21:27:26 | More by RickS95
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