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

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Ratings: 2,709
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 80
Gots: 237 | 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 JustinJTisdale
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.

JustinJTisdale, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of RppIII
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.

RppIII, Feb 04, 2010
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.

tigg924, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear orange-amber body under a 3/4" head of creamy off-white foam. Excellent retention (especially for a cask beer) and good lacing throughout. Great looking brew.

S: Pure, fresh, floral hops. Maybe a hint of citrus (grapefruit). Light spice and just a hint of sweet crystal malt. Very nice.

T: Same flavors as the nose, but with less emphasis on the hops and more on the spice and malt. Very rich and smooth, ending with a cleanly bitter finish. Balanced and delicious, but I'd like to taste a bit more hop presence at the outset.

M: Pleasantly smooth medium body, but with even less carbonation than I expect from a cask ale.

D: This highly balanced beer with a great bitter finish keeps me thirsty for more, plus the smoothness of the cask makes it go down very quickly indeed. Maybe even a bit dangerous.

Notes: This is a solid IPA on tap, and it's a great on on cask. The hops are far fresher on the nose, and the smooth body can't be beat. Thanks to the folks at Clipper City for choosing this beer to fill Prime 16's firkin. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing it on cask again.


woosterbill, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber but slim head. Not much lacing either.

S: Citrusy pine, with a tad sugary maltyness. Strong hop presence.

T: Big time pine hops. Fairly bitter finish. Citrus notes float around. A sweet, but faint, malt backbone hidden in there.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation. Kind of creamy.

D: It's a solid IPA. Not the best, but worth trying. A pretty strong East Coast offering.

I've edited my review a year after my first Loose Cannon. I'm not a Heavy Seas fan, but this is by far their best beer.

mostpoetsdo, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear orange amber color with a small offwhite head , leaving some spotty lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma of citrus,pine and floral hops with some bready malt and a hint of cereal grain . Flavor is spicy , floral and piny , nice malty backbone for some balance , a little bit of yeasty esters and a hint of peaches . Full body with a smooth mouthfeel and a long hoppy finish , nice bitterness throughout . This was a good drinker and something I would buy again, quite sessionable and or drinkable . A nice beer .

WakeandBake, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours amber with a small off-white head, retains a whispy cap with a touch of spotty lacing.

Aroma is hoppy, citrus, then resinous and earthy hops a little bit of bread .

Flavor is more pine and earthy hops, some caramel malt. medium bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium to high carbonation.

Pretty good, but not spectacular.

elgiacomo, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of cnjohn19
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

have to say thanks to my buddy gus for introducing me to this jewel...enjoyed this one on a thursday night and been saving for a while...

pours a light orange with a thick cotton head...fluff stays around for a good while...slight carbonation, very clear and crisp...

smells are of sweet orange juice, sharp alcohol, and surprisingly a little malty caramel...

whoa, quite delish!...hops dominate but don't take over...the high alcohol content is warming and crisp...a malted backbone is apparent...great balance, thickness, and richness on this one...

you'll absolutely enjoy this beer...one of the best ipas i've had lately...

cnjohn19, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, revealing a hazy golden amber body with very thin head but attractive lacing. Smells a little floral and hoppy and malty, but not too much of any.

Tastes great, though, with a nice hop punch of citrus (orange rind and grapefruit zest predominantly) and some wheat character. It's sweet, but well-bitter and balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth but interspersed by very small and tingly carbonation. Medium-bodied. Great drinkability for an IPA, possibly because it's nicely balanced.

If this one were more available up by me, I'd get more of it for sure.

abuliarose, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head that fades to an uneven layer of lace, a ring around the glass, and lots of head clinging to the glass, hazy honey coloring.

s- sharp hops, good bit of caramelly malt upfront, light grapefruit, some biscuit.

t- bitter hops, nice and earthy, grapefruit pith, melty caramel upfront, bitterness that lingers a bit - i wasn't expecting this ipa to be as balanced as it is.

m- light to medium bodied with some coating.

d- very drinkable, i think i was just expecting a little bit better with this one, my bottle is nearing it's drink by date so i'm sure it's much better very fresh, i was just hoping for a super hop bomb and this wasn't that for me, very drinkable but could be hoppier, maybe i just need the hop^4..

thecarster1, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden color with a small white covering on top. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a decent amount of citrus and pine but is also very sweet and bready. Notes of caramel and honey are also present in the nose.

Taste is slightly citrusy with a decent amount of pine, but as in the nose there is a good amount of sweetness. caramel also plays a pretty big part in the taste for me along with the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was enjoyable to drink and pretty easy drinking as well.

Overall a decent DIPA. Not one that would win me over enough to purchase this often with some of the other great choices out there, but one I would gladly drink it again if offered.

billab914, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Brez07
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle in an imperial pint glass

A: An amber pour with a 1/2 finger white head. Head disappeared pretty quickly. Didn't get much lacing in the glass

S: Lots of hops at first along with pine. I also detect some biscuit/bread, caramel and maybe even a bit of honey

T: This ended up being one of the sweeter IPAs I've had. Pine taste from the hops along with sweet fruit.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. However, finishes dry. Well carbonated

D: I found this very easy to drink. Could have drank a few more if bought them. Certainly a beer to try, but really nothing amazing in my book

Brez07, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of mullenite
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In an effort of full disclosure, this beer was best by 12/09 but I don't think it will deteriorate that fast.

Glassware - Allagash Tulip

Appearance - A nice hazy orange color with a finger and a half of white head. The head didn't last very long and it receded in to a broken up cap which leaves some sticky lacing.

Nose - Pretty hoppy with lots of pine and citrus coming through. Some caramel and tobacco(?) round it out. Not a whole lot going on with the nose but what is there is pretty nice and it smells pretty damn good.

Taste - Taste surpasses the nose in hops, very bitter with lots of citrus and pine bite. There is a little bit of biscuit and caramel in the background with the tobacco note in the finish. The bitterness is not dominating the other background flavors which is nice. Could be a little drier but I do really like it how it is.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with lots of tingly carbonation. Nice finish that leaves a good taste in the mouth.

Overall - I'm really enjoying this beer, I have seen this pretty much everywhere and am glad I finally picked one up, now I know I can add it to my current rotation.

mullenite, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, is an amber orange color. Had a creamy head in the beginning of the pour and quickly subsided to a mild, faint head accross the top. Doesn't stick to the glass, not much head after a few minutes, mild carbonation.

Smells of piney resins, oily herbal citrusy floral hops. The taste starts out sweet, mildly tart, and lingers throughout the taste while the oily hop resins rest on the side of the tongue from the middle of the sip until the end. The citrus character exhibits a mildly orange flavor. Has a medium/light body, finishes wet, the hops linger for a few minutes before subsiding.

Mouthfeel is mildly prickly, bnut overall, pretty smooth. This is a beer I can sit and have more than one with no problem, it's very drinkable, hoppy (but not too hoppy), and has just the right balance for a hop head like myself. I've had friends who aren't hop-minded complain about the bitterness in this beer but I can't quite figure it out, it's more like a sweetly hopped type of IPA.

jzeilinger, Dec 31, 2009
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From a firkin into a pint glass.

A: Large, off-white, frothy and billowing head. Sticky lacing in the form of rings. Very slight cloudiness in the body. (Chill haze?) Predominantly golden in color with hazy copper highlights.

S: Heavy hop aroma. Citrusy grapefruit in the front with grassy, floral and light piney hop notes to add complexity. Truly amazing hop profile. Hops are clearly wearing the pants here but a balance is achieved through the sweet bready, caramel malt character. Quite memorable.

T & M: Average duration of flavors, lightly sweet and perfectly bitter. The body is medium and the carbonation level is above average making the Hop3 a really smooth and well-balanced IPA.

D: Not many reasons to *stop* drinking this beer. Goes down so easy its scary.

FeDUBBELFIST, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Bulkman
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul (Lunch) for this one; sent to me as an extra in our trade.

12 oz. bottle ---

Aggressive pour into my pint glass produced a decent 1 finger head with good lacing, light amber color.

Strong citrus aroma, with a hint of peach & some florals as well.

Slightly sweet honey-orange flavor, but very crisp & good.

Light - medium body adds to overall drinkability. Good carbonation, just right. Could easily drink this all day or night, though the alcohol would limit that some.

I really enjoyed this beer, it's a very good IPA. Thanks again Paul!

Bulkman, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Chevy Chase in DC. Described as a "pounder" on the label, but I didn't pound it. Why go to the trouble of brewing a good beer if you just want people to pound it like a can of Natty Light?

Pours a clear copper color with a nice white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma is not as intense as I'd like but good. Sweet malt along with citrus and pine hops.

Flavor is great - mildly sweet pale malt and caramel with a nice punch of bitter citrus and piney hops, along with mild resin.

Palate is pretty rough, almost like sucking on a fresh hop cone, which I have actually done on several occasions, so I know how it is. Not recommended. Medium body with lingering hop bitterness.

Drinkability is pretty high. Overall this is a surprisingly good IPA from a brewery that has not always impressed me in the past.

nickd717, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick in appearance, a murky orange-amber color with a thin cap of white head.

The nose picks up sweet malt, licorice, and a pined hop.

Sweeter than expected. The hop bite and aroma are present but the sweetness are what dominates the mouth, a bready and licorice sweet.

A decent drink but not one of my favorite IPAs.

donteatpoop, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of biophiliadude
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firkin to a pint!

A: Honey yellow, 1/2 head. Patch layers of lacing.

S: Cake, flowers.

T: Flowers, cake, caramel.

M: Smooth.

D: Medium-bodied. A solid IPA. The firkin made it really smooth and enjoyable. Would have it again in a second. If you get a chance have this beer!

biophiliadude, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of feelmefoam
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a clear rust color with beautiful ruby highlights. The carbonation pushed up a yellow-tinted white head filled with bubbly boulders that left a nice amount of sticky lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

A very fragrant beer, Loose Cannon's nose boasts a cornucopia of citrus and fruity hops. Some floral hoppiness also makes a cameo; there are five types of hops in this beer and they all blend together to craft a truly amazing aroma.

On the tongue, Loose Cannon does a good job of providing a lot of hop flavor, then balancing with a pretty decent caramel malt background. Still, with the insane amount of hops that gushed forth from the nose, I wanted a bit more in the finish of this beer. After the early hoppiness is balanced out by a mild maltiness, the hops don't really come back with a lot of fervor as I wish they would. Still has a solid flavor, though.

Nice medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that masks any kind of alcohol warmth that might be present in the beer. Smooth with a clean finish.

Loose Cannon is an awesomely hopped IPA that provides one of the best noses I've smelled on a beer yet. Though the taste is lacking just a bit, it is still a very good IPA that is also very drinkable. I'll probably purchase again.

feelmefoam, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of BrewitYerself
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 finger loose white head. Moderately hazy gold-copper. Lacing on top 1/3 of glass.

Aroma is a burst of incredibly fresh hops, herbal and citrusy. Some licorice and mint on the nose after the hops fade. No malt aroma to speak of.

Citrusy and sweet upfront, a bit watery. Decent toasted, bready malt. Somewhat too much bitterness for the malt. Pithiness throughout is accentuated on the finish. Moderate astringency and minerality. Very sweet mid-palate. A lot of the fresh hop character persists all the way through the finish.

Good mouthfeel, smooth, nice light carbonation. Decent chewiness, too watery overall.

Pretty drinkable, although at the end of the pint I did want something different.

BrewitYerself, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, clear golden color with a small white head that leaves behind heavy acing.

Smell: Herbal and floral hops with some nutty and earthy notes.

Taste: Begins bready and slightly sweet, finishing bitter and nutty with slight hints of yeast. This is the kind of IPA I like- lots of hops, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: A well-rounded and tasty IPA. Definitely one of the more enjoyable ones I've had, and I recommend it.

Mosstrooper, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy translucent orange-ish/gold color. The head is tight and foamy and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells strongly of herbal and aromatic hops. Has a slightly citrus-y smell as well.

Taste: Pretty hoppy, but not as hoppy as I was expecting. Hits you strong up front with hoppy bitterness but finishes kind of weak. Leaves an earthy, piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: A decent IPA. Not the best, but you could do much, much worse. Also surprisingly drinkable for the high alcohol content.

wahhmaster, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of phantomwyse
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderately hazy honey body, lollygagging carbonation. Very slim head yields patchy remnants. Decent icicle patterned lacing.

S: Hops dominate, very piney with some muted grapefruit in the back. There are some bready malts restraining the hops somewhat.

T: Hops and malts counterbalance nicely here. Hops are fairly piney and rather one dimensional. The malts hold the hops at bay, pretty full and bready.

M: Medium bodied with a quick and refreshing bite of carbonation.

D: Not the worlds finest IPA, but respectable. Pairs well with food, in my experience.

phantomwyse, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden orange in color and a big bubble head. Laces well around the glass, beer is one month passed it experation date.

Nice citrus (orange) smell, with a tinge of grapefruit. A good sugary sweetness along with some alcohol smells.

Nice smooth citrus hoppy flavor. Oranges mainly, some mild pine notes. Very sweet backbone to the brew.

Medium body, somewhat smooth due to lack of carb. Crisp with hardly a linger in the aftertaste. Very drinkable even passed it experation date!

Blitzstyle, Nov 30, 2009
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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