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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 dacrza1

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Continuing on the Heavy Seas sampler I purchased....short thin head on a solid burnt orange body...aroma is palpably hoppy, to the point of spruce and pine...the hops heat the tongue...lively, full, chewy body...surprisingly smooth, bitter with a sprinkle of (to me unidentifiable) herbs..."American IPA" indeed--the strenght of the Heavy Seas seems to be in their balance of alcohol and taste; this one works well... one could almsot argue this as a winter warmer with its complexity and stoker-like heat...

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 01:08:50 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a hazy copper/orange color with a nice off-white head and great lacing.

Smell - fruity hops, nectarines, apricot, peach, sweet smelling

Taste - Mucho hops, piney, apricots, peaches, nice semi-dry bitter finish. Pretty sweet version of an IPA.

Mouthfeel - mildly oily, fairly dense, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability - A couple of these are good for me. Very tasty but a little too much on the sweet side. I was definitely surprised at how good this beer is though.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 23:55:02 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - hazy straw/yellow, a nice thick finger of foam blankets the top. Patches of sticky lace left in the wake.

Aroma - lots of fresh grapefruit and pine; very nice.

Taste - the requisite malt start, moderate biscuit flavor and light sweetness. The hops are zesty with a great citrus/bitter balance. Matching the nose with the grapefruit and pine presence plus a smack of alcohol, it comes across as expected while not bludgeoning the palate. The aftertaste is dry and piny. Nice finish showing some depth in the hops.

Mouthfeel - medium feel and body; quite crisp.

Drinkability - very flavorful, stays just below high abv radar by keeping the octane well-hidden, but proceed responsibly! Worth getting again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 20:51:39 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BeerBelcher


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

I picked this up at Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna during a recent visit to the Washington, DC area.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a scummy head of mixed large and tiny bubbles which clung aggressively to the sides of my pint glass. Aroma is hoppy sweetness backed with a bit of stale cerealness, but still good. Mouthfeel hits before flavor, and it is fairly thick and syrupy. Flavor is good; it is pretty much all hops (which I heartily approve of, especially for an IPA!) and is a bit sweet and balanced with some piney-ness. While the mouthfeel is a bit thick and slick, this beer still feels rather dry. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 18:25:19 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of blackheartbilly


4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by this one. I got a mixed pack from this brewery for a family party, and after that night, I remember this beer as one that stood out, so I got a 6 pack today.

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A - The beer shook up on the ride so the first glass had a huge head, but thats my fault. (Jeep) Its orange, even golden, eventually the head became an elegant lace.

S - Grapefruit, very hoppy, slight malt after a few wiffs.

T - Dry upon first sip, with a wonderful fruity/hop aftertaste. Wonderful hop presence.

M - Smooth, not highly carbonated. Not too acidic

D - This is fast becoming one of my favorite IPAs! The only problem is that its alcohol content is so high that after a few you start to feel loopy. I def. recommend trying it though. I wasn't impressed with their other brews, but this is a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 02:01:08 | More by blackheartbilly
Photo of brewcrew76


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

A - Pours a clear orange/light copper with thin off white head and sticky lacing.

S - Piney, resinous hops with a touch of caramel malt in the background.

T - Piney with hop resin and caramel malt. Dry start with a sweet grapefruit finish.

M - Smooth and slightly creamy with a bit of lingering dryness on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

D - This one would make a great session beer if the alcohol didn't sneak up on you so easily.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 02:18:25 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of crayphish


3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This IPA from Clipper City pours a surprisingly light copper color. Big foamy craggy head that lingers, leaving a fair amount of lace. Smell is fruity hops and some pine resin. Overall subdued. Taste is more pine than fruit. Hopping seems mellow, not very bitter. Mouthfeel is enjoyable, astringent enough. Despite being an overall subdued IPA, it is indeed fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 17:32:43 | More by crayphish
Photo of kirok1999


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, hollow light amber, nice light head and sticky lacing.
Smell is not a lot to talk about, grassy hops, sticky pine and a slight honey like malt back.
Taste is much more intense...really well balanced in the start, lots of hops, grass and pine and decent malts to make it sweet and malty. The hop profile is just wonderful, sweet and juicy, citrusy and grassy. One of my favorite go-to IPAs.
Nice mellow carbonation makes it easy to drink. There is a nice sugary malt in the finish that makes this really pleasant. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky, almost like a DIPA.
This is a hop bomb with enough malt to give it great legs. Really well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 02:55:37 | More by kirok1999
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

Heavy Seas- Loose Cannon

Appearance- Copper/ caramel orange brown with a thick meringue head. Heavy lacing throughout.
Smell- Strong pine hops with a big grapefruit kick.
Taste- Swwet pine needle hop flavor with a dose of grapefruit rind. Caramel malt is represented although overpowered.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front and center. A big bitter bite with a mild dryness in the end.

Overall- An IPA that surprised me. Very tasty, a beer that, if on tap, I'll keep an eye out for.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 00:21:44 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of GPHarris


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a one finger thick off-white and creamy head into a snifter. the head dissipates a little too quickly but does leave some slight lace and sheeting. as the beer warms the head is more easily agitated with a swirl. the body is a light orange-amber color.
s - hoppy and fruity up front, hints of grapefruit. as it warms it becomes sweeter and maltier.
t - grainy and citrusy, spicey with a light malt backbone.
m - crisp and dry. starts out thin but gets creamier on the tongue as it warms.
d - easy to drink from the beginning but it does really smooth out towards the finish. this is decent but something is a little off for me. it doesn't have a lot of punch nor does it stand out in any way.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 14:20:43 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Lnedrive14


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Problem up front - pours a hazy gold color, not nearly dark enough for an IPA. very small white head (especially for the glass i poured it in, which produces huge heads).

Taste actually isn't bad. Not too hoppy. Bit of citrus. Bit of malts. Bit of fruit. A well-balanced, if boring example of the style. i would actually think this would be a good introduction into the style foor a newbie.

Would drink a few more, but not gonna seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 21:11:46 | More by Lnedrive14
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

hazy light copper; off-white head that leaves behind a nice lacing

fruity and piney scent, hint of malt.

pretty smooth, a slight astringent finish however.

tastes quite citrusy, has a malt background, with an even bitterness throughout.

something about it just seems a little out of place for an IPA (the light color, for one). still not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 01:18:31 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bootle into a pint glass.

A. Clear reddish amber with a nice colored straw white head. Decent lacing.

S. Strong citrus pine hops with a sweet hint.

T. Bitter citrus hops with a malt sweetness. Finish is bitter.

M. Good body with a hop oil coating.

D. Easy to finish. Definitely a well balanced hop beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 23:26:43 | More by MarkSCCOT
Photo of ski271


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

From the label I thought it was going to be a gimmicky beer that lures customers to buy it with its flashy label and fancy name (Hop-cubed?—Lame.) and I thought the beer would be pretty lacking in quality. But I was wrong. Attractive medium amber with a small but stubborn, foamy, slightly off-white head. Smell is enticing for the hop-lover. Lots of fruit and pine resin with a little bit of grass and malt present. There’s a big hops taste without the big hops bitterness. Strange, and strangely good, even if it doesn’t necessarily fit the style. Wonderful flavors, just wish they stuck around longer. That’s probably my biggest complaint about this beer, the short finish, very short for the style I think. Nice smooth mouthfeel. This was a nice find, and although the reviewer side of me finds it a bit lacking for the style, I couldn’t help but find it incredibly enjoying. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 17:41:02 | More by ski271
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

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

Brew is a pale orange or gold with a solid white head that leaves a stick lace down the glass. Aroma lets you know right away that it is an IPA, thick with piney aromas, pine needles and some citrus fruit. Surprisingly, the taste wasn't too thick or too sweet as some of this style tend to be. A nice lemony-orange zest at the end caps the beer.

This brew didn't overload my taste buds with a hop bomb, but went down smooth and rather quickly; it sneaks up on you how fast you drink it because it is so smooth. This beer really surprised me. A great find and very drinkable for its strength.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 04:07:41 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of hreb


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle is marked best before Dec 2007 and with Clipper City's usual yeast sediment warning. Cold beer pours orange-brown color with lots of bubbles and a giant, hoppy, yellow-white head. Immediate aroma of cascade hops. "IPA" is printed only in small font, next to the 7.25% ABV indication.

The head is thick and delicious, at least for hop lovers. The beer itself is smooth and pleasant with only a hint of the acidic sharpness typical of American IPA. But the hop character is big: this is not a milder or English style IPA. The body is only medium, but that means a lot, standing up to all the hops yet not evoking an deep malt flavor. Both fizzy and creamy, leaving hoppy residue all over the glass.

It's still a bit palate-smashing to really be wonderfully drinkable. It's a bigger beer than 60 minute IPA, and nearly as interesting, but it lacks the complexity and excitement of the 90. Still, my favorite from Clipper City Brewery so far.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 02:57:48 | More by hreb
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fairly light straw color .Very clean looking with almost no head and but very nicely carbonated.
Awesome, hop filled nose. Very citris like smelling a freshly cut grapefruit. Some maltiness permeates the nose as well.
Taste is very nicely balanced between hops and malt with a long, lingering bitter finish.
This beer is right on for style. Very good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 01:49:48 | More by dmamiano
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strong hoppy nose. Flavor is hoppy, piney and sweet in that order, smooth, piney aftertaste. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 22:52:43 | More by jdhilt
Photo of PittBeerGirl


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Transparent faded amber body. 1/2 finger creamy and bubbly white head. Leaves behind lots of lacing in the glass.

S- Lots of citrusy hops. Grapefruit and caramel malt are well balanced in the background. Smell is somewhat mild compared to other IPAs.

T- Lots of citrusy and piney hops upfront with a smooth caramel malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit pop through too. Finish is mostly mild bitter hops and some grapefruit. Bitter hops linger. The overall taste is refreshing, very well balanced, and not over powering.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body. Very smooth and creamy.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA that I like a lot. It has a lot of hops but it is not overpowering. Not sure if this shouwld fall into the high ABV IPA category or the low ABV DIPA category. Either way this one is drinkable and delicious at any time of the year.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 04:46:58 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of bboven


4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect copper color with a great head that left th best lace I have ever seen. There were mounds of lace left on all sides of the glass. Beautiful.

The hops smack you in the face when you smell it. There are malts in the background, but they seem to know not to interfere with the mission of this beer.

HOPSHOPSHOPS but then again, I love hops. Malt has a very frail backbone. This beer is not to style of a double IPA, but I have to give credit to a great beer, even if it doesn't exactly fit.

Mouthfeel is full and very drying. The malt really takes a side part in this

Drinkability- Yes. Someone with a lesser constitution might be temptd to drink too much of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2007 02:52:48 | More by bboven
Photo of Redrover


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

I had this one on tap at Churchill’s pub in Savanna. Great place for a pint!

Served in standard pint, the beer is dark gold with a tight white head.

The beer has a nice nose of citrus and pine. It is fresh smelling and inviting.

Wow, the 7/5% is well hid. I tasted Pinesap, caramel malts and citrus. The beer is biter but balanced. Glorious hops but not overpowering. Nice job by the brewer of bringing hops to the forefront, but still keeping the beer in check.

The mouth is oily and coating. Nice drinker, but beware the abv!

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2007 17:53:29 | More by Redrover
Photo of stereosforgeeks


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

Appearance - A mildly hazy amber. Mild head but nice lacing.

Smell - Caramel backbone, citrusy hops, some oranges, mild honey.

Taste - Nice orange hopiness. There is a nice caramel malt backing with mild honey. Very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Slick on the tongue.

Drinkability - Good but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 21:32:19 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Copper colored, with a thick white, foamy head that leaves a decent lacing.

Big, malty aroma, with an abundance of piney hops. Nice balance here. Taste is also big on malt character, and then an onslaught of herbal hop flavor. Finish is a mixture of sweet malt and bitter hop/alcohol burn.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel, and wonderfully drinkable. I've had this on tap and it's even better IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 23:35:02 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of skizziks


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

12oz. into a nonic. The pour brings a 1" tan head over a deep golden copper beer. Retention isn't much and leaves a little sheeting on the glass.

Nice big aroma of sharp citrus and brown sugar with a little mango and papaya.

Bitter right from the start with a blast of sugary malt and bread with pine resin hops and tropical fruits. Finish is clean with a lingereing bitterness.

Med-full body and medium carbonation makes this a pretty satisfying big beer that doesn't get too tiring. Nice to have another DIPA in the 12oz. size.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 00:53:36 | More by skizziks
Photo of Fish113d


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

Poured into a Sam Adams specialized pint glass (courtesy of Beer Advocate for subscribing to their mag) chilled.

Pours a rich amber color with a nice cream-colored, fluffy 1 finger of head that becomes quite foamy as it begins to dissipate.

Aroma is quite floral. This represents an IPA very well on the nose. Some slightly sweet sugars come through a bit, but mostly hops hops and more hops.

Sipping is quite bitey. First it seems sweet, but the hops as you allow it to cross the palate becomes more floral and bitter. By the swallow I think I've chewed on an actual hop bud (blossom?). Some alcohol phenols also come through on the sip.

Body is decently chewy with quite an alcohol bite to it. Carbonation is tingly and stingy on the tip of my tongue, but it quickly mellows out to a slightly buttery finish with a nice hop afterflavor.

I've drank 4 or 5 at a sitting, and I was cross-eyed after, so I'd recommend enjoying this but only to a point.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 01:55:51 | More by Fish113d
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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