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

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 88
Gots: 354 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Higravity on 09-09-2005

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.
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Photo of mirish72
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally picked one of these up on a recent Julio's run, didn't know what to expect, but was really pleased. Poured into a goblet, pours a nice copper color. Really hoppy aroma, lots of piney grapefruit goodness going on here. Real crisp taste, real bite, a solid IPA. I will definitely try this again.

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

A - Orange hue with slight hints of brown. Clear and crisp. Nice white thin foamy head. Excellent thin lacing. Looks delicious.

S - Excellent sweet and fresh nectar aroma.

T - Well balanced. Sweet nectar up front followed up by a clean and crisp herbal hop. A bit of malt is also noticeable.

M - Carbonation was excellent.

D - Excellent beer and at over 7% this one leaves you feeling good.

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

This is a great beer, its my first choice if I go into a pub that serves it. When I have that in hand and the restaurant offers burgers, I get mine with blue cheese. Loose Cannon goes really well with stinky cheeses and red meat. It's great on its own too.

Photo of hopjuicer
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in an imperial pint glass. Bottle dated best before Dec. '10. Brought it back from a trip to Indiana.

Pours a yellow gold, with a small head that doesn't linger quite long enough.

The smell is delicious. Dry hops galore. Mostly piney, but slightly citrusy.

A strong bitter presence is well balanced with the other flavors. Pine and a touch of lemon. The malt and grain taste is just strong enough to balance the bitterness while still letting the hops shine through.

Solid IPA. A true triple hops brewed beer.

Photo of SnowGoon99
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a golden or straw color with a definite haze more than likely from the large hop additions. Smell was a mixture of grassy, piney and earthy aromas from the hops.

Definitely a tasty beer. Hop bitterness was there but not overwhelming. Aromas stayed in line with the tastes. Also a touch of alcohol but not overly apparent. Mouthfeel was awesome but to be fair was obviously helped by the high alcohol content. Still i wouldn't change it. It did make it hard to drink a lot of it. Definitely a nice sipping beer or a beer to do for a tasting but i couldn't sit at the bar and have a couple of these.

Overall a very nice beer. Would definitely try it again if i got the chance and would recommend it to others and especially if you're a fan of hoppy beers.

Photo of Bogforce
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly golden color, with a small head that went away shortly

S: Not a strong smell, but slight hop smelll

T: Great taste, very smooth but hoppy flavor with a fruity back end

M: Great, smooth and very good aftertaste

D: Definitely could drink a lot of this, and will be buying it again

Photo of nickthegun12
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

outstanding beer>>>>very smooth ipa>>>>not too bitter>>very pleasant smell and taste>>>>way drinkable for 7.25% abv>>>the smell is a very pleasant hop can't quite put my finger on it>>>mouthfeel is awesome you can hold it in your mouth like its liquid gold>>>>i would love to try this beer oak aged

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced some lacing with a short lived head that receded to the beer leaving swirls of foam.

A slight nose with a hint of alcohol.

Flavor is an unmistakable IPA- a fruity start with emerging tart hops bitterness and a hint of malt.

A long clean finish.

Mouthfeel is cordial.

Drinkability is good as the ABV isn't so high that a pint takes its toll on my metabolism and my equilibrium.

A fine IPA wroth one's time and effort.

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

Nice IPA, pretty reliable and pleasing.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Purple tone label with the illustration of the pirate and parrot firing a cannon. Neck label offers a small narrative including style and ingredient notes. Notes notched freshness date (JAN 11) Shows Alc. by Vol. 7.25%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Gold pour with a fair frothy head, average to low retention and a couple of touches of lacing.

S - Nice hoppy nose, fairly fresh, plenty of grapefruit and citrus, a tad grassy.

T - Nicely balance range of hops, grapefruit again, a touch of sweet malt in the background.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation and a nice small bite in the finish.

D - Pleasing IPA, quite reliable and with enough character to grab it with pleasure.

Notes: Long overdue review of a brew I have had many times over the years both in bottled and draft form. In fact, quite a few years back this one may have got me interested into hoppy brews. Right now, this is not one that I actively look out for, but it is always nice to have it around as an option and in particular when one is going out. One of the best, if not the best, regular offerings from Clipper City.

Photo of johncampbell
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Holy shit, that's good" is what I said just over a year ago when I had this for the first time and "Holy shit, that's good" is what I've said every time since, including a few weeks ago when I ordered a bottle at a local sushi restaurant.

It poured into the glass with a rich, golden-copper color, but cloudy. The head was light-colored, thick and creamy and left firm lace in the glass.

Big aroma of citrus/pine hoppiness and sweet malt. mmmm...

It's definitely a well-hopped beer, but surprisingly smooth and mellow with a solid malt backbone and sweetness. Not as bitter as you might expect from the nose. I think this beer has great balance. The citrus aroma lead to flavors of grapefruit and a hint of orange which melded nicely with the pine. Malt has a big presence here and lends a sweetness to the flavor.

Medium to full-bodied with a big, creamy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Overall, one of the best American IPAs that I've ever tasted.

Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color that produced a good white fluffy head with decent retention. Some tiny specks of lacing.

(S)- Light pine with lime and pineapple citrus with a subtle sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell. Light pine with mellow citrus. Light pine with mellow citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth, with minimal bitterness; crisp.

(D)- A nice crisp, refreshing brew; simple as that. Enjoyable for sure.

Photo of Lukecook
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- hazy golden color with a half inch of head that quickly turns into a thin scum of foam, lots of lacing.

S- smelling pineapple right away, sweet malt, and some pine.

T- same as smell, sweet malts, pineapple, nice hoppy finish.

M- medium body, crisp finish.

D- one of the better new to me IPA's that I have had recently, will enjoy again.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. 1 inch cream-colored head appeared, then settled quickly to a thin ring. Color is of hay with a 50% hazy appearance and small amount of carbonation on display.

Smell is bready with nice hop notes: hydrangea, cedar, slight malt notes.

Taste is cheery, with a hop-forward/malt backward balance that is quite enjoyable. The bitterness is not overly pronounced, but it hits you right on the front of the tongue. The hop notes are dry, slightly piney with some flowers present on the tongue. The swallow leaves a sweet caramel coating in your mouth that neutralizes the hoppiness of the beer. One can taste the alcohol in this beer on the swallow, but it's not overt.

Mouthfeel is nice and full with a creamy smoothness to it. This beer has a good balance in the mouth.

Drinkability is quite high for a beer of this nature. It is smooth, not overwhelming in its character, and goes down easy.

Photo of beerman207
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on Growler at a local craft brew store and thought "Loose Cannon on Growler?" - hell yes - exactly what the Dr. ordered for a crazy week.

A: doesn't get much better - great fluffy white head sticks around forever, leaving lace, clear orange with no hint of cloudiness, bubbles rumble forever while I'm drinking it. Great looking IPA

S: Hops, Citrus, Pine, A bit earthy in smell as well possibly even some pepper in there. nice.

T: Bitter, malty, citrus, pepper, Sweet backbone that has a bitterness that lingers.

M: A bit dry and sticky for the finish - very crisp, medium carbonation.

D; All night long - at 7.2% I'm going to feel it but that Growler is going to be empty before I go to bed tonight.

I loved this in a bottle but really love it on draft - so smooth and easy to drink.

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

Very deft use of both aroma and bittering hops. Poured a vibrant copper/gold. Floral, lemony aroma. Up front herbal tea hops notes, giving way to firm bittering. A bit of sweetness pops up toward the end, and for just a second seems as if it will launch the beer into a too-sweet realm, but then the sweetness folds back into the hops for a surpisingly light finish.

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

Best IPA I've had. It's got a perfect blend of hops with a faint aftertaste of citrus. For an IPA, it goes down very well and isn't dry. Very pleasant nose and pretty golden yellow color as well. Summer's coming to an end, but give this ale a shot before it gets cold!

Photo of jporf911
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle indicating December 2010 as the best-by date.

Appearance- 4.5 out of 5. This beer appears to be straight out a pirate's chest-- bright burnished gold with bubbles streaming up from the bottom to form a creamy two-finger head that sticks around for quite a while. It becomes a little orange as it warms.

Smell- 4.5 out of 5. The smell of grapefruit overcame my nose as soon as I cracked open the bottle; after pouring it, more scents became apparent, such as bitter pine, lemon rind, and a hint of sea salt, which is fitting considering the brand. There is also a touch of sweet malt in the nose, which is incredible considering the strength of the other scents. This is the kind of smell that makes me want to dive into the glass as fast as possible.

Taste- 4.5 out of 5. At 7.25% alcohol and such a heavy-handed amount of hops, I expected the kind of intense American IPA that could strip the varnish off my hardwood floors, yet Loose Cannon has a surprisingly mild taste. Well, no IPA is mild by its very definition, but it's a lot less aggressive than I thought it would be, which isn't necessarily a negative quality. The initial taste is one of citrus and pine, so no surprise there; however, the sweet light malt does an admirable job of showing through. I don't usually expect much malt in my IPAs, so it's an added bonus to an already great beer. This is the kind of beer that stimulates your entire tongue-- sweet malt on the front, sea salt on the sides, and wonderfully bitter hops on the back of the tongue. The aftertaste is made of grapefruit and win.

Mouthfeel- 4.5 out of 5. Tangy, crisp, and dry with a fairly full body and tons of tingles from the bubbly carbonation.

Drinkability- 5 out of 5. Loose Cannon gets a full five stars for being so easily imbibed for such an ostensibly strong beer. This one officially made it onto my "dangerous" list since the above-average alcohol content is almost entirely disguised. It should definitely be left out of the fridge for about ten to fifteen minutes before opening and pouring to let the warmth develop its full flavor profile. This is the kind of beer that would go great with a strong cheese; much better than some of those paltry half-assed wine and cheese pairings out there.

Photo of korguy123
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into snifter. Special thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Slight cloudy orange/amber pour. One finger white head quickly collapese to a faint white ring. lacing is wonderful.

S- Bitter pine, slight citrus notes of grapefruit, and lemon rind. Leaning towards west coast bitter up front IPA. Good stuff!

T- Bitter pine and that's about it. Faint grapefruit and mandarin orange tweak to the taste. Enamel stripping goodness!

M- Juicy and bitter. Great carbonation bite adds to the bitter bite of the hops!

Wonderful IPA, excellent bitterness. Really wish i had more than just the one!!

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

A - clear golden color with a thick head that is well retained, leaves a nice lacing in the glass

S - resin and citrus hop aroma with slight sweet malt scents

T - sweet malt at first followed by a nice blend of American hop flavors (resin, citrus, pine) moderately strong hop bitterness on finish

M - medium to full body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is quite a nice, easy-drinking, but flavorful IPA. It's perhaps not as complex in the malt character as some IPAs, but the simplicity works well with the blend of hops used - which is well done. The alcohol is well hidden, which could make it somewhat dangerous.

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

Copper-orange clear body with minimal light head. Not much lacing.

Nice notes of orange peel, light pine, and perfume florals.

Taste is what was expected from the nose, but the pine contributes more in the taste along with the orange citrus. Very fresh tasting.

Medium body with crisp carbonation. Clean mouthfeel. Bitter finish.

This is a good sessionable beer. Fresh tasting with no detection of alcohol. This is one I'll certainly revisit.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange amber with an offwhite, rocky, creamy head with some slight lacing. Smells of some nice citrusy hops, and some meaty malts. The taste is a little hot up-front, followed by some chewy graininess, some citrus, some sweet malt, and a bitter finish. A bit grainy and thin in the mouth. Not bad, but I seem to remember liking this a little better on tap.

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit on the hoppy side, a touch of citrus, no real malt balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Clear yellow-orange color with a white foamy head less than one finger high which fades to a light film and splotchy lacing.

S - Grainy malt sweetness along with some floral hops.

T - Begins with crisp citrus hops with plenty of orange and rind. A decent malt backbone balances out the juicy hops with some notes of caramel and a touch of breadyness. Finishes dry and bitter with a lingering feel, but not overwhelming by any means.

M - Carbonated, medium body, lingering feel of sticky and dryness.

D - Goes down fairly smooth, with little to no detection of the 7.25% abv.

Pretty decent IPA here from Clipper City and definitely worth a try. The bubbly feel is a little much but the flavors are pretty on point.

Photo of DJED69
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real solid IPA. Upon pouring it, there is a real nice hoppy aroma. Color is typical amber-orange with little haze and a thin lasting head. Taste is first a touch sweet with tropical fruit and some pine. Definitely get a nice bit of malt and then a dry, bitter finish. There is a touch of that West Coast juiciness in this brew as well. Would love to try on tap. Overall a beer I can certainly recommend.

Photo of adam42381
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Best before December 2010.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden amber with a thick 3 finger frothy white head which lingers nicely. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, pineapple and a hint of pine. Smells wonderful.

Taste: Florals and citrus up front followed by malt in the middle and pine and grapefruit hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter hops. The flavor is very good but a little bit disappointing after the great aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. The elevated ABV is very well hidden. You could knock back a few without much trouble.

Overall: Very solid IPA. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick it up but it is worth trying if you see it.

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