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

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Ratings: 2,703
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 80
Gots: 236 | 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 Intimidtor
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up as a single at The Wine Strore in Avon Ohio, just off Chester Rd. I must admit that I was really impressed.
A-Pours a nice golden/amber mixture with about 1/2 finger off head. Nice lacing on glass.
S-Very inviting, sweet, with hops, kind of what you would expect from an IPA, alcohol is spot on with mild hop bitterness at finish
T-Very good flavor, slight pine, with grapefruit
M- Kind off watery, would prefer a little more thickness.
D-Very solid IPA, easy drinkability

Summary: A must try if you enjoy IPAs

Intimidtor, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My IPA journey continues with the local brewery Clipper City and their Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA. I had this beer on cask at a local beer bar. I know I am in the minority, but I do not always prefer a beer on cask. I think they have their place and time but not all beers are improved by cask.

Beer is yellow and has high haze. A surprisingly big white head and a lot of lacing on the glass as the head falls away. Medium carbonation.

The aroma is dominated by citrus flavors and hops. Like sweet orange candy with a bite of bitter. Not a whole lot else.

Beer is super sweet, really sweet, lots of orange flavor. Lots of back of the mouth bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin, drinkability is medium. The sweetness and the hops do no exactly mesh together as well as I've seen in other beers. Its a decent IPA, just not my favorite.

drabmuh, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Kitt
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors a rich, deep, golden amber. Little head. Despite this, head maintained just enough froth to cover the surface for an amazing length of time. Good wrap-around lacing. Froth color a deep ivory-straw.

Aroma is a very pleasing and penetrating hoppy flavor with a background hinting of honey-almond malt. Of my recent IPA kick, I'd say the aroma here is among the best so far.

Taste is a penetrating and rich hop-flavor. Not too bitter and hop does not linger quite long enough for my liking. But the background honey almond flavor -- revealed first in the beer's aroma --is enhanced with an added dash of pine. That flavor is presented as unusually dense and weighted for a background addition. An unusual and exciting sensation I'm not sure I can quite place in a comparable IPA.

Mouthfeel smooth but slightly light for a beer with such a weighted flavor. Drinkability excellent.

I know this as a good IPA for a crisp, clear, sunny autumn Saturday afternoon. A fine piece of work!

Kitt, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with a little less than a one finger near white head. Head dissipates a little, but then maintains a half finger fluffy head until the beer was finished. Left some nice lacing down the glass.

Smells hoppy, with grapefruit and pine notes very noticeable. nice aroma.

Tastes of citrus hops up front, with some grapefruit and pines towards the back of the notes. Finishes with a tad bit of malts. Leaves the taste of grapefruit and piney hops in the mouth. Nice IPA.

medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. This beer left me wanting more. Extremely drinkable considering the alctohol content.

HURTemHIZZY, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Lunch
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD (11/06/09) in a 20oz. nonic pint glass at a desired temperature.

A: Pours a hazy, golden, orange with one finger of an off-white head which sticks around and leaves some nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: A citrus and piney hop scent with a bouquet of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pine, and flowers. A slight malt sneaks through as well.

T: Citrus and piney hops hit the palate first with a wonderful mix of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, and pine wrapped in a floral blanket. A nice slightly sweet malt helps to balance out this IPA while still leaving a solid degree of pine bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full-bodied with creamy and smooth carbonation.

D: The flavors are so nice and refreshing that this beer seems quite sessionable even with its 7.25%abv.

Overall I find this beer to be a quality east coast IPA that retains many of the great qualities of its west coast counterparts. Recommended.

Lunch, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass:

A - Dark gold color with a fairly weak head that dissipates leaving plenty of lacing.

S - Citrus smells are dominant here.

T - Great balance here, it has the hoppiness you would expect in an IPA but the sweet maltiness is evident as well.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D - Exceptionally smooth for an IPA. You dont even notice the alcohol. Very drinkable. This will be a regular for me.

BeerisfoodLLC, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Purchase before January 2010 notched on the label. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a loose, quarter inch off-white head that dissipates into a thin soapy skim that coalesced around the edges. Some clustered, thin delicate strands of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose is sweet grapefruit. Taste consistent with nose with a little bittering hops revealed in the middle which continues to the finish and lightly lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium - a little oily upfront with a pleasant background carbonation that gently pricks at the roof of the month. Excellent IPA that falls somewhere between an American IPA and a IIPA. Lots of flavor without the alcohol bite. This may be one that enters my regular rotation.

Jwale73, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a bright clear copper color with a slight reddish hue and with a ½" light tan head that soon begins to recede. There are lots of tiny streams of carbonation throughout the beer. Before long there is a ragged ring of foam with a patchy cover over the liquid. Sipping leaves some rings that turn into long leggy strands for lacing. Throughout most of the beer sipping leaves behind those long leggy strands of lacing siding down from the ring traces on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean smelling with grapefruit, orange zest, a trace of floral sweetness and scent of fresh pine. I don't really pick up any alcohol but there does some to be a bit of malt in there as well.

Taste: The flavor is clean and crisp and, as predicted from the nose, filled with lots of grapefruit, orange zest and some nice piney character. The malt and its light sweetness stay in the background to play back up and to provide a counterpoint to the flavors of the hops while leaving the leading role to the hops

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and smooth with light soft carbonation. The finish is long and begins in sweet pine and citrus before trailing off into dry bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: This is quite drinkable and tasty, and it would be very easy to have a second. As I sip the beer I'm looking forward to each sip and I'll certainly look forward to having more of this beer in the future. Part of what I like most about this beer is that the bitterness is restrained while there are still loads of flavors from the hops.

drtth, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A golden that was clear until the sediment was agitated. Rich, white, foamy head with exceptional lacing and moderate head retention.

S: A hoppy citrus-pine perfume with yeasty and malty tones.

T: Similar to the nose: nothing subtle about this intense piney-floral hops with bready-malty body that forms a great balance. Some sweetness complimented with the alcohol. Strong and resinous bitter flavor that lingers on the tongue and in the back of the mouth, with some sweetness.

M: The hoppy floral nature of the IPA softens the medium-rich body.

D: A delicious IPA that leaves that desired bitter residual in the back of the mouth.

Overall: Perhaps it goes down too easily to be 7%+ABV. An enjoyable IPA.

kevinjosephlee, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this sweet bottle as an extra from BA beandip. Thanks a ton Adam!

Poured into a tulip glass, this is a hazy vivid orange color with a nice light tan head with pretty good retention. Leaves some nice lacing around the outside of the glass.

The nose is citrus and floral hops, with a surprisingly stong malt backbone. Leaning towards the sweet side. Very appealing...can't wait to take a drink.

The taste doesn't let down the lofty expectations the nose game me. Citrus and tropical fruits come out from the hop character, with a nice earthy finish. Again, a strong malt backbone gives it a very nice balance. Very impressive brew.

Mouthfeel is light with an appropriate carbonation level. Nice lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is great. I had this pegged for a nice session brew, at about 5%, and was kinda shocked to see it topped out over 7%! Very nice brew.

Overall, I don't think I could have had a better brew from Clipper City as my first. Very impressive. I want more! Thanks Adam!

Mistofminn, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of badesign
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I didn't think much of this at first but it's grown on me big time.

Pours lightish gold, not quite amber, with moderate clarity. Smells like a handful of hops; citrus, pine, flowers and cut grass. Taste is about like the nose, equal parts sweet and bitter with a crisp, refreshing finish. Solid hop flavors but no lasting bitterness, much more balanced than I expected, and maybe even on the malty side. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, would like something a bit more slick and chewy at this ABV but it remains highly drinkable. I'm on number 3 as I write this and could keep going, but I don't think I will.

badesign, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

cheapxceptbeer, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Ezone024, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rfgetz, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hibernator, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of thesyko56
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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/

thesyko56, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

KickbacksSteve, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rapidsequence, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Goldopelgt
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Goldopelgt, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Soonami, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

09-11-2009
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...

emerge077, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of biker30x
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biker30x, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jeffthecheff, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

corby112, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kegger22, Aug 31, 2009
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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