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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: 214 | 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 cheapxceptbeer


2.88/5  rDev -28.4%

Reviewing this beer completely off memory, the flavor was a tropical fruit/citrus hops with a resinous quality that I expect came from the ridiculous amount of hops used. While the hop flavor was interesting I don't find the "fruity," hops to be the most exciting, and I remember thinking I was drinking some sort of beer with tropical starburst. This brings me to the malt, way too sweet, no balance with bittter specialty grains that could have made this beer more drinkable. The smell was amazing, and if you like the "pineapple," hop flavor in beer then this is for you, however I can't stop thinking that the malt choices were seriously overlooked by the brewer when formulating this recipe. This is one of those times I wish american brewers were a bit more formulaic like our european counterparts.

10-13-2009 14:57:59 | More by cheapxceptbeer
Photo of Ezone024


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

A: poured out with no head then formed about a centimeter and disappeared quickly.
very clear with carbonation and a great golden amber color.

D: drinks alot like the lagunitas i mention before. but less grapefruit and more sweet citrus. with a nice sweetness to it.

T: it has a bitter bite but is finished of with a sweet aftertaste. this is a delightful brew.

i've never had anything by clipper city until now but i am very impressed.

could be too drinkable for it's 7 % abv

10-13-2009 00:07:18 | More by Ezone024
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1%

Bright, clear golden orange color. Minimal head, sticky and oily lacing. Fresh floral hops on the nose, hints of pine, grass and spice. Faint fruity sweetness, peachy or apricot whiffs. Taste is sweet and floral hops with a mild background of pine, grass, spice and mild fruit. Medium bodied, good carbonatation, sticky yet refreshing. Very good brew from CC.

10-09-2009 19:29:18 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Hibernator


4.22/5  rDev +5%

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
12 oz brown bottle
Purchase by date notched on the side label for Nov 09
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a burnt and hazy orange with a nice head top. The head leaves some pretty cool trails of sticky lacings on the glassware.

Gotta love the nose on the beer - hops!! Whiffs of tropical fruits and fresh citrus like lemon and orange.

First off, I like the English malt backbone. Slightly toasted with a biscuit flavor. The rest is a major hop punch with a sweet pineapple flavor. We're talking oranges, limes, lemons and some pine mixed in too. Simply put, expect a wonderful profile of hoppy goodness.

A solid IPA where the 7+ABV% is dangerously well hidden. I had this beer on tap at Union Brew House in Weymouth, MA a couple of months ago and it was even better fresh.

10-01-2009 23:06:37 | More by Hibernator
Photo of thesyko56


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Slightly dark yellow with a one and a half finger head.

S: Very floral hop smell. Citrus and pine also present.

T: Very hoppy and bitter in the best possible way but with a sweet malty under town.

M: Heavy but good. The perfect amount of carbonation.

D: very drinkable for the style/

09-27-2009 07:46:27 | More by thesyko56
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.83/5  rDev +20.1%

An amazing hop schedule with a sweet malt backbone. This is probably as close to a double ipa as you can get without being considered one. Flavors really start popping as the beer warms...a sign of a great beer. I think the beer should be served with one of those "grapefruit spoons" in the glass as some sort homage to it's beautiful florally/piney greatness. A real treat.

09-23-2009 03:02:14 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of rapidsequence


4/5  rDev -0.5%

12 bottle.

Appearance: A clear orange with a foamy little head that doesnt last too long, but leaves some really nice lacing. Lots of bubbles, partly due to the etching in my perfect pint glass.

Smell: Big juicy citrus hops. Candied orange and apricot. A little flowery too.

Taste: Nice bitter hoppiness. The citrus tastes more grapefruity than it smells, and theres also nice piney taste in there. Its pretty balanced, not overly bitter, with a clean malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: The good carbonation contributes to a good mouthfeel that is on the full side for an IPA, but not syrupy yet.

Drinkability: This is a pleasant surprise. This just became available in my area, and I'm pleased about it. This is a good quality IPA.

09-16-2009 01:02:00 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of Goldopelgt


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a somewhat thick whitish head with decent retention and sticky lacing...

S: Hoppy...but not overbearing...somewhat grassy with a tinge of citrus...

T: similar to the smell...not too hoppy which is kind of disappointing, but still good...

M: Medium bodied, but surprisingly thick on the palate, in a good way....

D: Not really what I was expecting but still pretty damn good...worth a try if you haven't had it. Worth a re-visit if you have...cheers!

09-14-2009 22:42:13 | More by Goldopelgt
Photo of Soonami


3.9/5  rDev -3%

A- hazy orange-tinged brown with speckles of yeast and sediment. A chunky head, 2 inches in height with a fair bit of lacing

S-- Grapefruit, grassy, and tropical fruit

T- Sweet malt with juicy pineapple and papaya flavor. Herbal bitterness follows as does a harsh alcohol spice. Finishes with a hint of yeasty bread

M- Chewy with proper carbonation and stickiness

D- Boozy and a bit harsh from alcohol and a little too sweet

I've had this a few times and each time I seem to like it less than the last. Probably would not buy this again

09-13-2009 06:34:52 | More by Soonami
Photo of emerge077


4.1/5  rDev +2%

11/10: Finally arrived in Chicago, thanks to wilwfu for sharing!
Bright and bittersweet grapefruit rind aroma and taste, nice and hoppy, reminds me of fresh DFH 90 min. a little bit. Going to raise scores for this one, and seek it out fresh.

BBD: 11/09

Sticky halo of lacing, glowing orange body. Slight haze, but pretty nice clarity overall. Caramel aroma not much else at this point. It foams up with the slightest swirl, with good retention.

Dried apricot flavor, spice and caramel malts. Pretty tasty, i'll have to look for this fresh next year. It's full bodied and verging on double IPA i'd say. Dry and spicy finish. Lingering dry citrus fruit from the hops. ABV is hidden well enough, but it renders this a sipper anyway.

Still good, if you have some left drink it now...

09-11-2009 02:34:48 | More by emerge077
Photo of biker30x


3.38/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured golden haze with a wispy but persistent head and lace. The smell was citrus and flowers with a hint of spice. Carbonation hits the mouth first followed by an assault of hop spice but with little pine or malt to smooth or round the flavor. A one note pony (is there such a thing) that at least plays its one note very well. Mouth feel is dominated by carbonation but shows of a viscous and smooth feel that leaves the mouth with a slight burn and a memory of hops. Well worth the next sip.

Not a stand out in a crowded field of hop-forward IPAs, but a worthy member of the pack.

09-10-2009 00:36:38 | More by biker30x
Photo of jeffthecheff


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured into a widmer weizen glass, (interesting choice) it's gold amber with a great, lasting head and bubbles streaming up the middle of the glass until the last sip.

The aroma is a nice, east coast style hoppy. Some sappy pine and orange citrus. Very juicy and fresh, this tap was tapped within weeks.

The nice thing about the flavor here is the big, hoppy citrus note in the middle. Bitterness is low enough to not get in the way of hop flavor. The malt character is light bodied, probably some light lovibond specialty malts. Alcohol is hidden very nicely. Bitterness is welcoming and not too ever the top. It's pretty tight, but it's not blowing me away.

Mouthfeel is quite light for the size, which is nice. Carbonation is in the medium range, but perhaps a little high for my tastes. I would welcome another pint of this. It didn't surprise me but it was worth a try and enjoyable throughout.

09-06-2009 17:29:57 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of corby112


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a clear golden orange color with light amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger foamy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Massive hop aroma fills the room once the bottle is opened. Lots of earthy and floral hops, resinous hop oil, citrus notes with a caramel malt backbone and a slight hint of grass.

Once again the earthy/floral hops dominate the flavor. Resinous chewy mouthfeel with a huge hop blast of bitterness that lasts throughout, lingering over the caramel malt backbone into a bitter dry finish. Medium bodied with a nice balance from the malt profile. Slightly sweet from the citrus notes and the alcohol is very well masked.

09-03-2009 22:27:56 | More by corby112
Photo of kegger22


3.98/5  rDev -1%

Poured a light amber with a reasonable head that faded to a collar. The aroma was typically citrus. The taste is nice, a lemon-grapefruit, but a little malty. No bitter aftertaste. Feel is medium bodied with little carbonation. The drinkability is good, I'd like several.

08-31-2009 22:06:45 | More by kegger22
Photo of schmitter


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured a light bronze, amber with basically no head whatsoever.

Smells hoppy, somewhat bitter citrus.

Taste is malty hops, crisp with a slight hint of lime.

The higher alcohol content is not readily detectable, making the beer fairly drinkable.

Overall an underwhelming beer.

08-28-2009 01:10:58 | More by schmitter
Photo of MDekker


3.43/5  rDev -14.7%

A: Pours out just slightly hazy in a dark orange-bronze hue. Not much head, unfortunately, but there's some retention of what's there.

S: Hops, definitely, but not as potent as I expected. Some sweet notes stand out too. I smell apple juice a bit.

T: More hops than anything else - an uninspiring beginning, and then the finish, which is accompanied by sour flavors too - blah.

M: Pretty average. Nothing much to say.

D: It's coming off a little weird, I must say, and the sourness is turning off. It's OK, but that's about it.

08-25-2009 02:11:34 | More by MDekker
Photo of lownote

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1%

On tap pint. Nice golden color with about a thumb's thickness head. Smelled mostly of hops but not too strong. The taste was a perfect blend of hops, citrus and spice. None of the tastes were out of balance, which is a problem I encounter with lots of ipas. Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Easy, good beer to drink.

08-17-2009 23:39:18 | More by lownote
Photo of friesfox5


4.1/5  rDev +2%

A- Light orange, nice lacing.
S- Hops, pine needles, sweet.
M- Good body.
T- Great taste. Balanced sweetness and hoppiness in the front. What's great about this brew is how the hops play with the sweetness on your tongue after you take a drink.
D- Superb drinkability. This one goes down easy for such a complex brew.

08-17-2009 19:23:12 | More by friesfox5
Photo of Liverpool08


4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a nice golden orange, nice big white head that fades. Leaves nice sticky lacing down the glass. Nice aroma of pine, grapefruit, good hoppy scent. Taste is very nice. Not a big hop explosion, but more of a gentle smooth hop taste.
Blend of grapefruit, a little sour apple and nice piney hops. This is a great IPA for those who don't want that hard kick in the head of hops that some IPAs give off. This is more a smooth crisp hop experience. A great IPA to enjoy
one after another.

08-12-2009 23:54:19 | More by Liverpool08


4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

Bright golden orange. Thick chunky white head that sits. Gives way to a hop oily foam. Thick sticky shoestring laces.

MMM...Hops! Citrus, Sour Grapefruit, Floral, Pine, Herbal Resinous and more. toasted biscuit. Small hint of yeast.

Citrus twang. Big grapefruit and orange, herbal and floral with a mild spiciness. Mild toasted biscuit malts. Bitter resinous grapefruit/pine finish.

Smooth, medium to lighter bodied, average carbonation. resinous sticky.

Hopalicious. big hop forward IPA^3. mild biscuit malts showcase the amazing hop profile. Great Aromatics. Great in warm weather, i could drink this one all the time, and do.

08-12-2009 00:07:45 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of scooter231

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a bright rusty color with golden hues, very similar to a sunset. A wee bit hazy, with a lovely poofy off white head, and some lacing around the glass. This is a very pretty beer.

Smells quite sweet- apricot, apple juice, and lavender come to mind. The grassy hops smell doesn't overpower the sweetness, but rather evens it out. There's also a bit of a citrus zing to finish up one good sniff.

Taste is... not what I expected. It's a bit less sweet than the nose is, though the apple juice is still coming through. Not nearly as bitter as I anticipated. After the burst of sweetness is a light grassy hops taste, a bit of bready malt backbone, and that's it. It just kind of falls flat. Nothing to round it off and really grab you. Still, it's not at all unpleasant tasting.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for my tastes, but it's very slick, and has enough of a sudsy feel to it. Kinda filmy.

Overall- not a bad beer at all. I'd prefer some more oomph in the flavor department, and a bit of a thicker chewier bite to it, but at 7%, and on a hot day, especially? A very good choice.

08-10-2009 00:06:07 | More by scooter231
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Pours a nice golden amber with a pretty impressive head. Good lacing and retention, this head is light and sits nicely on the beer.

S- Hops (duh). A spice, like coriander or cinnamon.. interesting. Hops are sweet and unoffensive, very floral.

T- Folows the nose, fruity citrus hops and piney hops battle, with piney hops winning.

M- Slightly sweeter than expected. Good body, though... works perfectly with the flavors.

D- Pretty high.. I will buy a 6er of this next time!

08-05-2009 22:33:45 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap at Track 84. This sits right on the line between IPA and Double/Imperial. Aroma and taste are delightfully fruity and piney. Considering the abv is north of 7%, it is very very drinkable. Really a great balance in the hops. Obviously they're in your face and come on strong, but not so much that you couldn't enjoy a second glass. Overall this is one of my new favorites.

07-31-2009 17:53:18 | More by coachdonovan
Photo of rtepiak


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

a very bright summer IPA. simple and a tad sweet but malty sweet without being doughy. pour is a bit towards the golden. a nice lacy head of white. nose of sweet malt and citrus fruit. not particularly yeast. palate is that but with a sweet honey finish. very mild bitter. great with indian food or any type of spice summer meal.

07-29-2009 21:33:23 | More by rtepiak
Photo of MetalHopHead6


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon poured cloudy gold-to-light amber with a massive thick head that left thick sticky lace.

The smell and taste were crisp, light, and citric. The feel was also light. It was refreshing and enjoyable on a hot day--very easy to drink for an IPA; however, it was passive with little impact on the palate.

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon is a light easy IPA, that's a bit too easy for an IPA.

07-27-2009 01:04:06 | More by MetalHopHead6
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