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

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Ratings: 2,532
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 66
Gots: 162 | 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 hero27


4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
7.25% abv

Bottle graciously acquired via IBUnit63 in LNBA BIF, thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy amber with some orange tint..unassuming off-white head.
Grapefruit & banana aroma..very fruity, oily hops tinged with a strong butterscotch malt.
Flavor gets your attention real quick..an enormous dose of citrus-laced hops...plenty of orange, grapefruit, pine resin, and hearty bitterness..delicious. Slightly syrupy texture blends things together nicely..the malt is strong enough to keep this beer somewhat balanced, even though it's pretty obvious this brew is hop-driven in every aspect.
I could have a few more of these for sure..very drinkable considering it's tongue-numbing bitterness.

This is one IPA you may not have heard much about, but it's one well-worth tracking down. A bold and tremendous brew from Clipper City.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 22:41:03 | More by hero27
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden body with a fluffy head that holds up pretty well - lacing everywhere. Juicy hoppiness that has plenty of presence, but doesn't have a biting one-dimensional bitterness that a lot of west coast IPAs do. Hops contribute more than bitterness...they add really juicy tropical fruit flavors, pineapple standing out the most. Very pleasant. Honey-like sweetness contributes perfect balance, and works wonderfully with the fruity hoppiness. Kind of reminds me of Hopslam. Delicious, smooth/creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 02:57:30 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper color with a decent size head and a bubbly lace that retains well.
The aroma jumps at you with herbal hops and fruit notes.
The taste is hops,malts and fruit hints. There is a bit of alcohol warmth.
The feel is light heavy,mild bitterness in the finish and well balanced.

Notes: A well balanced beer,good taste,aroma and feel. Maybe it could have been more complex?,anyway it was better than average and I will go for a sixer any time. I would really love to try this in cask.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:40:48 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of redmagik99


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting deep orange color, minimal head. Smells like bitter, citrusy hops, with a touch of caramel. bready, caramel malts come through in the case though obviously overpowered by the hops. Amarillo? They're citrusy, maybe limey, pineapple, a little of that medicinalness. Mouthfeel is creamy - I remember it being more creamy, but creamy as far as IPAs usually go. Well crafted but doesn't wow me. I think I'm losing my love for hops a bit so don't take my word on all this - if you love IPAs you can't really go wrong here.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 02:19:51 | More by redmagik99
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Reagan1984!

Appearance: Hazy pale copper with two-finger rocky head. Head leaves chunky lacing and has great retention.

Smell: Citric hops and pine. Toasted malts. Overall, pretty mild but smells good.

Taste: Biscuity malts, caramel, and a light pine-hop kick. Citrus (grapefruit, lime) come through as well as some alcohol. Maybe some almonds in there as well. Decent, but I haven't been to impressed by these east coast IPAs thus far.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy with a low(er) carbonation. Really smooth for an IPA.

Drinkability: I could knock back several more of these. Pretty mild, yet pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 04:48:55 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of Herrbrokt


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange amber brown with bubbly soap like head that fades fast. leaves a nice ring though.

Smells of orange peel and cedar. malt sweetness in the back.

Flavor is similar to smell. Rather smooth in comparison to many I've had recently. not overly harsh with hops flavor. no lack either. the malt comes through a little more.

smooth but finishes dry as it should. not over carbonated.

I would pick up some of these again. Certainly something nice to throw in to an IPA tasting. sessional.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 02:49:49 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of jneiswender


3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--golden rod yellow, quite cloudy

S--floral, sugary

T--very light hop flavor, sweet malt front

M--light and quenching

D--drinkable but not really something if you were expecting strong hop flavor. it just doesn't have that here.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:22:48 | More by jneiswender
Photo of shroompod


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a s cloudy copper color. Good head , some lacing.

Smell is faintly hoppy, floral.

Not really the hop monster I was expecting, fairly balanced. Decent citrusy hop flavor up front with a decent malty sweet backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation.

Overall a nice beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 00:17:55 | More by shroompod
Photo of Jayli


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at a local package store. Only six pack they had of this beer.
Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy foamy head that leaves nice thick lacing on the glass. Smell is very hoppy, floral and sweet notes with just a slight malt character. Taste is very good with a nice hop bitterness, sweet and bitter just how a good ipa shold be, nice over balance of the taste. Overall this is a fine brew from Heavy Seas and the first I've tried from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 20:14:51 | More by Jayli
Photo of bhalter8


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

Pours a light, golden color, fairly heavy carbonization. Definitely a nice hoppy aroma, a strong one in fact. A nice light fruity taste, with those hops once again very apparent. A bit lighter feel in the mouth than I am used to for an IPA, but not bad at all. For the ABV, this is a very drinkable beer. Not a standout, but a quality representation.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 12:15:57 | More by bhalter8
Photo of kevinglin


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

Poured light golden-copper with a solid off-white head of tightly formed bubbles. Very clear beer.

Huge citrus nose hits you right up front - something you'd expect from an IPA and this one doesn't disappoint. Some caramel malt sweetness is also present in the aroma, but definitely dominated by the hops.

Great taste! Aggressive hops, but not overpowering bitterness, just a huge dose of hop flavor. Nicely balanced with the malt - there is enough backbone to survive the hop onslaught. The bitterness and carbonation levels combine to give somewhat of a "bite" but again, not overpowering, just makes it feel lively on the tongue. Finishes somewhat sweet, but not cloying or thick.

Overall, a very good beer. A true showcase of hop aroma and flavor, but not overly bitter. I enjoyed this offering from Clipper City and would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 19:36:06 | More by kevinglin
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Cary, NC.

A - Golden with some haze. A small to moderate beige head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S - Nice floral and fruity aroma with a little malt showing through.

T - A huge floral hop flavor to start followed by an alcohol and sweet malt presence. This is a rich and complex beer that reminds me a bit of DFH 90 Minute or Green Flash West Coast IPA. I picked it up based on the "Hop 3" reference on the bottle and I was pleasantly surprised that it did follow through.

M - Quite thick and chewy for an IPA. Good carbonation.

D - A good and flavorful beer. The alcohol is a bit prominent for me but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 12:25:03 | More by GJ40
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at Twain's in Atlanta.

Pours a semi-opaque copper color with a two-finger white head. The head dissipates slowly into a pocky layer of bubbles on top with a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is phenomenal, it sticks around the whole time, leaving great looking webbing on the glass.

Smells great as well. A very nice raw hop smell. Lots of citrus, floral and bitter notes along with a mild sweet malt smell. I remember having this a long time ago and the smell is just as I remembered it.

Tastes almost as good as it smells. A nice citrus and floral taste up front accompanied by a sweet malt taste, followed by a good mild bitterness to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. It could stand to be a little thicker, and the carbonation is a bit much. Nothing that stands out as good or bad.

Drinkability is good. The smell alone sets this beer up for things to come, but the taste brings it down just a bit.

Overall I remembered this as one of my favorite IPA's, but the taste and mouthfeel leave a bit to be desired. If this tasted as good as it smelled it would be in the top tier. Worth a shot whether you're really into IPA's or not.

EDIT: Tried this again and it was phenomenal - best tried fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2008 03:34:42 | More by glid02
Photo of mbrasi


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

Nice aroma of hops fills the air as I pour this one. Pours a clear golden with a head that dissipates to a lacing. Aroma is nice and intense with hops. Citrus dominates with some spice. Flavor is good but not good enough to be in the upper echelon of IPAs. Its not as balanced as I would like and it just doesn't finish as clean as I would like. Other than that this is a realy solid IPA those are my only two gripes.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 22:51:34 | More by mbrasi
Photo of sleazo

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a copper/bronze ue with a soapy looking head. This dimishes fairly quickly but leaves proficient lacing to keep the score up.

S_The smell here is tangerine and orange hops. Fairly potent.

T_On the sweeter end of the spectrum with a good deal of hops to back it up. The sweet caramel malt blends with those citric hops to create a very orange dessert like feel. The finish reminds you that hops are not sweet and gives you a full bitter twang.

M_Medium bodied, mild carbonation. It lacks the oil that I like from my IPAs.

D_I have had this a number times in the past and truly enjoy it. A well made IPA whose only fault is that it might veer a little too much into the sweet side as I like mine a little bit dryer. Still, variety is the spice of life.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 01:52:46 | More by sleazo
Photo of summerlightning


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass

Nice pine and citrus aroma.

Citrus taste. Not too bitter. The mouthfeel has a nice creaminess and the aftertaste leaves a bit of the citrusy/piney feel behind, but overall pretty clean finish.

Quite enjoyable drink.

(If you can't tell, this is my first review. I hope to get better with time.)

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 00:11:11 | More by summerlightning
Photo of brewmudgeon


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

dark and brooding for an ipa, the sweetness greets your nose and never lets up. lots more hop flavor and aroma than bitterness--given the level of sticky sweetness i would have preferred more offsetting alphas. this is good in its way but too heavy and unbalanced for an ipa imo.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 22:21:05 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of changeup45


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

Pours a dirty orange color with slight carbonation and a moderate sized head that does taper away somewhat quickly. Floral, citrus hoppy aroma that is not crazy powerful but you know it's there. Hops dominate the flavor and while they are slightly bitter, they are more citrusy sweet with a touch of honey thrown in there. A very good beer that isn't far from being a great one.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 02:52:00 | More by changeup45
Photo of kinger


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well done by Clipper City, this is a thoroughly enjoyable IPA. Hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit not as powerful as it should be compared to the flavor. Great pour rich deep copper color, a swirl of the yeast on the bottom makes it denser. Huge puffy head and sticky sweet lacing, one of the best looking IPA's I've poured. Easy on the palate this is extremely drinkable and the finish is clean with an aftertaste that quickly fades. Well hopped flavor, medium malt presence that is well balanced for this style. Similar to the other great IPA's I've had, but this one is easier going down yet powerful with a well masked alcohol content. Very good drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 12:22:21 | More by kinger
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours a clouded brown amber. No head. Nose is so ridiculously pine. It's like getting a whiff of one of those tar bags they have in baseball. Flavor is bringing some of the same. There's also a bit of an apricot edge there. Vibrant and a bit high in flavor, but it's working. There is an unusual tangy bitter edge on the backside though. Liquid feel is slick and sticky. Carbonation is low, as you'd expect. It helps this beer out by allowing some of the more subtle characters to pop out. Overall this is a pretty nice brew on cask. It takes it about two minutes to warm up and open up a bit more, so it gets more interesting quickly. A good one.

Serving type: cask

08-23-2008 22:40:30 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of techdiver


4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost clear golden amber pour with minimal head and little lacing.

Typical citrus pine hops nose for this style.

Taste is surprisingly balanced, but of course with a heavier hop profile. Very smooth, but with little carbonation lending a slightly heavier mouthfeel.

Very good drinkability, a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 18:55:51 | More by techdiver
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I'll admit that I'm very excited to engage in this beer in front of me, which is surprising since the only other Heavy Seas brand beer I've had disappointed. Nonetheless, the bottle is pretty and the description is enticing. Nice and fresh, this beer is well before the purchase-by date of January 2009.

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Apparently this beer is bottle-conditioned as it says to expect "a fine layer of yeast at the bottom", but I see no sign of any debris. In fact, this is one of the most crystal clear beers I've ever seen. An over-zealous pour left a plentiful head that consisted of strangely large bubbles. Never have I seen that before. Lacing is plentiful, but patchy.

3.0 S: Pleasant aroma, but very very weak. From what I can decipher, there is grass, floral, and sweet scents.

3.0 T: First of all, I would like to scold Clipper City for false advertising. There is very little hop character to this beer, yet it is called "Hop3 (cubed) Ale". Who do they think they're fooling. As for the taste, I was very much disappointed, but mainly because I expected a lot. The taste is alright, but a lot calmer than the marketing suggests. This beer is much sweeter than it should be. Citrus and sugar with floral hops.

5.0 M: Wow, I wish more beers felt like this one. It's really impressive how it's perfectly creamy and the carbonation balances out the feel.

2.5 D: Toward the end of the beer, the sweetness got to me. I wouldn't (or couldn't) drink another one. I've never had a beer that both impressed and disappointed so much all in one bottle.

I have one more Heavy Seas variety waiting in the refrigerator. Can it redeem itself?

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 02:52:37 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of hooliganlife


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into proper pint glass. drink by date is august 08. pours a deep orange, little head that disappears quickly. foam retention on the sides of the glass though.

smell is rather subtle actually, for the hop taste i would would expect more however I would never hold it against this beer.

taste is loaded with grapefruit and citrus. very mellow and smooth finish. slight hop bitterness that smooths out.

not very carbonated but in a great way

I could easily session these. they are the perfect summer ipa an a great east coast offering. I always considered this the sleeper IPA most do not know about.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 17:19:50 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of superdedooperboy


4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a thick, pillowy off-white head that slowly settles to a half-finger thickness that lingers for the remainder of the drink, leaving a thick layer of lacing the entire way down the glass.

Aroma is floral, with a hint of berry (blueberry, perhaps?). An amazing smell that should be sold as a perfume. I was expecting the typical grassy hop aroma, but this is far better.

Medium-bodied with just enough carbonation. Flavor is a giant hit of hops, herbal and spicy. As the drink warms, a bit of sweet malt character shines through to balance the brew nicely. Finish is dry, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Drinkiability is somewhat limited due to the alcohol content, though I could easily down another of these and feel very content.

Overall, an exceptional brew from a brewery who has yet to disappoint me with its "extreme" offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 04:10:27 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of Murchmac


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im hot sticky sweet, from my head to my feet yeah...

Pours with no head, golden amber color.

Smells piney, sweet, sticky.

Tastes citrus hoppy. Like alcoholic tang.

Resiny aftertaste.

What a great beer, I was lucky the spirit shop in my hometown just got it in for me to poop on.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 23:02:28 | More by Murchmac
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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