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

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Ratings: 2,837
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 85
Gots: 292 | 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 goblue3509
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange amber color with a one finger head. The head gives way to some good lacing. The smell is of hops, floral and earthy notes. The taste is the same hoppy yet smooth with earthy notes and a little citrus. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy with not alot of carbonation, a little dry. Drinkability is decent, a good solid IPA.

goblue3509, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber-orange that's just bursting with radiance when sunlight infuses it. Carbonation is extremely active as little effervescent bubbles make their way to the top, and the brew is capped with a thin head that is rock-solid.

S: Hops permeate it with a sweet lychee scent.

T: A strong hop taste that is at once sweet and acidic. A small horseradish-like kick makes its way through the nose. The tongue is left with a powerful bitterness and a residual phenolic taste. Overall, this is somewhat one-dimensional: it declares itself as a hoppy ale and makes no pretense to be anything else.

M: Nice and creamy as it hits the mouth, with a juicy body and a somewhat dry finish.

D: Another wonderfully drinkable brew from Clipper City Brewery.

thekanna, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of ImusBeer
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper color and hazy with an off white head. Nice lace

Smell: pine hops, not as in your face as non-cask

Taste: earth flavors, pine, citrus. The alcohol is not very evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel: tang, lite and mellow, smooth even with the hops.

Drinkability: very nice smooth drink, a little bitter on the tongue

Cask Ale is darker than regular also much smoother IPA bitterness

Watched the Firkin get tapped and the whole thing was gone in 1.5 hours, they tapped a Lagunitas IPA right after, pity I couldn't stay.

ImusBeer, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of KCHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Smaller head, maybe a finger's width.
S - Hoppy and sharp.
T - Just like it smelled. Dry. APA that is over-hopped. I tend to like a bit more balanced for this much hop taste but not much more.
M - Caught a little bit of skunkiness, but overall a smooth, crisp brew.
D - Easy to go through two or three of these as hoppy as they are.

KCHopHead, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of horshack7
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear brass with a rocky white head that is very thick. Good head rentention that leaves thick lacing.

Aroma: A decent hop nose on this one. Notes of sweet fruits a little like strawberries sprinkled with sugar. The malts are there but more on the lines of roasted very lightly.

Taste: Lots of nourishing hops in this one a little on the fruity side not very floral but that is certainly not a bad thing. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a little stickiness to it. It gives the pallate a nice coating.

Notes: This is a very nice and well rounded i.p.a very drinkable. Cheers

horshack7, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a somewhat translucent orange-bronze color. The head has an orange tint, and is tall, thick, and densely frothy. Retention is good, with wispy, weblike lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A very nice, fruity aroma. Equal parts orange juice and grapefruit pith, with some pineapple hints. Perhaps a touch of floral hops as well. Some pale malts give off a faint breadiness.

T: A faintly doughy pale malt flavor makes itself known up front substantially but unobtrusively for the style. A strong dose of hop flavors - white grapefruit and orange oil mostly. Some notes of tropical fruit - pineapple and perhaps papaya. Definite floral bitterness as the beer continues to work on the palate. Not overly bitter, but it does have a considerable cumulative effect.

M: Slightly full-bodied. A firm dryness into the finish thanks to robust hoppiness. Carbonation is moderately tingly.

D: A very nice, robust IPA from Clipper City. While it falls a little short of outstanding, it's still very good. This hop bill recalls Troegs Nugget Nectar in some ways with its citrusy and tropical flavors. Well balanced and drinkable.

Clydesdale, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Lerxst
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken 06-30-09

A-nice golden hue with a thin head that faded quickly.

S-Smell of sweet floral hops with some nice malt notes mixed in.

T-Citrus hops with a sweet malty backbone, but theres just something there that I'm not digging.

M-Is this thing carbonated? Syrupy sweet, thick and coating with a slick oily finish. Its just not my thing.

D-Ok, I like my hop bombs with IBUs through the roof, and this just isn't getting it for me. I can't see drinking more than one of these.

Lerxst, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber/golden color with an inch and a half of bleached medium bodied head.
Smell is aggressively hoppy. Floral and citrus blend well in the aroma.
Taste very solid IPA. Citrus and earthy hops on the front mitigated with a small sweet malt character.
Finish is crisp with a nice bitter/citrus after-taste.
The body is a bit thicker than typical but is still very drinkable and smooth, particularly with how hoppy the character is.

ThaBobfather, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a snifter.

Nice deep golden color with a thick head that hangs around and leaves a nice fluffy lacing. It's got an awesome hoppy aroma with some deep earthy tones and some light malt to it. On taste it's nice and light with some smooth carbonation. Awesome hop taste. Another very solid IPA. My First Heavy Seas and I think it's very excellent and I look forward to trying more of their beers!

kingcrowing, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of bbeane
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... light amber color with about 1/4 inch head that quickly disappates. Leaves some lacing

S- Smells hoppy with a unique hint of sweetness. Doesn't taste as strong as it says it is

T- Doesn't taste ridiculously hoppy. Again, has a certain sweetness added in... very tasty

M- Light with a bit of hope bite. Lightly carbonated

D- Very... Doesn't fill you up and tastes great. Thinking the abv could really get you with this one... easy to drink but not easy to detect

CHEERS

D-

bbeane, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH standard pint glass:

Appearance: Beautiful deep gold in color, a dense, rocky head sits atop this brew perfectly showing off excellent lacing and retention down the glass.

Smell: Now this is how I like my IPA's! A huge blast of pine needles and citrus properties are first to hit the nose, followed by an excellent showing of hop spice and a tiny dose of malt in the backbone. This one smells like Clipper City took a Christmas tree and bottled it. Awesome aroma!

Taste: Even better then the aroma, a huge resinous hop showing up front here, grapefruit, mango and hop oils blend beautifully to really blow your socks off. Very small tinge of malt is in the backdrop but barely noticeable. I also like the slight alcohol kick in the end, it really brings out all the flavors and conforms them into one hell of a good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, light to medium bodied, and with such a huge hop showing, the obviously high IBU gives this a perfectly bitter feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: I've been eyeing this sucker on the shelf for months, and because I love 60MIN IPA so much I always overlooked it to go with what I know I like, but damn am I glad I had this. This ia a prime example of what a true IPA should bring to the table, hops, hops, and more hops. A true experience for any hop head out there, if your able to grab a bottle of this, get the whole damn sixer, you'll be glad you did!

thespaceman, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Ithaca
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of IPAs, and this is definitely one of my top five IPAs. It has a nice robust hoppy flavor, and it is incredibly smooth. Not too bitter, with a slight fruity finish. This is a very satisfying beer. One cannot help but utter a heart "YARR!" after tasting it.

Ithaca, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of deanhead
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sierra Grille in Northampton, MA.
Poured into a pint glass. Golden to slight orange color with a sticky white head that quickly reduced to a few bubbles dancing around the perimeter of the glass. No lace here.

Aroma is citrusy, grassy, and guava like with hints of grapefruit.

Taste is spicy, and sweet. Aside from a very slight acidic, almost acrid sensation that I couldn't put my finger on, this beer is fairly well balanced.

Medium bodied, drinkable beer that improved with taste as it warmed in the glass. I found it interesting though how it seemed the off flavors that I found while the beer was cooler, appeared to vanish as the beer warmed. You really don't notice the alcohol so much in this beer. Hard to believe it's over 7% abv.

There are better IPA's out there, and there are worse. This one decent. I wouldn't search it out again because it's not my bag, but if you like IPA's don't let this stop you.

deanhead, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of supercolter
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is good, with a nice orange-amber hue and small head. Decent lacing
Smell and taste are quite similar. Upfront there is a smell of caramel, mixed with some floral hops. The grapefruity smell/taste is a bit more hidden as this is a very well balanced IPA with slight biscuity flavor. The alcohol is hidden well. Mouthfeel is a bit weaker than expected, the oily feel is missing. However, solid carbonation. Drinkability is good.

supercolter, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Walker8810
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden hue with a slight reddish tinge.
bold citrusy sweet pronounced hop aroma. not overpowering or harsh but extremely pleasant. a good sign of what's to come.

sweeter than expected but very good. was expecting a lot of hop bitterness but this one seems balanced more towards the sweet side allowing the flavor of the hops to come through very well.

mouthfeel is just right.

Overall a very tasty brew with a delicious hop flavor and aroma. would drink this on a regular basis...if i could afford to.

Walker8810, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of tgdigital
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another go to for me. Living in Baltimore I feel as if I am spoiled to have this around at all times. This beer is a hop lovers dream. It pours a clear golden amber with a fluffy white head and wonderful lacing to the bottom of the glass. The nose is filled with citrisy and floral hop aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth with the hop character doing its party to mask the 7.25% alcohol. The taste is wonderful with citrus hops dominating, finishing slightly bitter and dry. Simply a must for any hop lover.

tgdigital, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of dismal
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass, it pours a really light orange copper color. It has a small white head that goes away rather quickly but does leave some lacing down the glass. The smell is pretty good, hops, grapefruit, some citrus. Overall not bad, a pretty above average smell for an IPA. Taste isn't nearly as hoppy as I was expecting. Grapefruit and citrusy. Kind of different compared to some other IPAs, but it's not bad. It's not bitter at all, it's rather sweet. Pretty easy to drink, I enjoy it and would probably pick it up again.

dismal, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
2.63/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

The beer has a dark amber/orange look with a thick white head. As the head settles it leaves a decent amount of lacing and the beer looks like it will be a nice IPA.

The smell is a sweet floral hops with a little pine and some fresh orange peel. A very nice smelling beer.

The taste is not nearly as good as the smell of this beer. There is a strange acidic sweetness that is inexplicable and a boozy heat that persists over all the flavors. For a beer that is only 7% abv that is just strange.

The beer is nicely carbonated but the strange alcohol presence and sweetness make it undesirable. Not something I will pursue in the future.

rpstevens, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty sightly hazy solid amber with a thick rocky off white head and plenty of lacing.

S - Wonderful floral fruity aroma. Hops are sweet, not bitter. Lemon, Grapefruit. Very crisp and pleasant.

T/M - For an IPA, this is wonderfully sweet. The bitter earthy twang comes at the very end of every taste to clean up the fruity tarty sweetness. First the sweet malt backbone hits, then the lemon/grapefruit hop flavor rides through, then the earthy twang on the backend. Very very well balanced and pleasant. Carbonation is bubbly and tingly, and not biting. I almost wish it finished a little drier though. Very juicy.

D - This one is a very drinkable IPA. If the alcohol wasn't high, this would be an easy 5 on drinkability.

MunchkinDrinker, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of Tolann
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice orangy color. Has a settled look and clear color. Head is mostly white and settles quickly. Smooth, doesn't cling to the glass.

S - Malty and hop citrusy at the same time. Some notes of caramel and maybe brown sugar. Good malt balance to this IPA. Citrus hops are obvious, but not over powering or too sharp.

T - Citrus hops mellowed out with a bunch of sweet maltiness. Its a different IPA than those I've grown used to. More sweet and malty balance. Great balance! Big citrus and some other sweet summery fruits come thru like grapefruit, and maybe mango.

M - Smooth. No harsh carbonation. Medium-light mouth feel. Not a huge aftertaste and keeps you sipping more.

D - I'd drink this more often if Baltimore wasn't so far away! You wouldn't guess that this is a 7+% abv beer. I'd like to put a score somewhere that is better than 4.5, but I rarely give anything a 5.0. Smell, taste and drinkability should be 4.7.

Tolann, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

notes from 5/26 blind ipa tasting

best by june 2009

pours golden orange 1/2 finger head left notches all down the glass

smell - hopslam light (nice)

taste was bitter grapefruit anlong with tropical fruits with just enough sweet malts - an ipa all about hops

mouthfeel - medium body with good carboantion that leaves a nice creamy finish

drinkability - very good - different kind of ipa then the west coasters

over this beer finished tied for 3rd in blind tasting
rankings on tasting 1-8 GFlash-2Hrtd-BigEye=Hop3-CorneDuDiable-60min=AlphaKing-Hdevil

jsh420, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of carp420
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz->an imperial pint

loose cannon pours a nice golden bronze with a two finger foamy head that doesn't last but laces nicely and caps the beer well

smells of not overpowering citrusy hops and loads of roasted malt with a nice piney/resiny aroma

taste very unique, lots of hops but not so much that it kills the palate, lots of sweet malts to balance this beer quite nicely, the sticky pine flavor last on the tongue

smooth beer, creamy texture almost. crisp and refreshing carbonation that kicks up the flavor a ton

drinkability is great, could drink this one at any session at any time of the year, just an all around great beer

carp420, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of pwsoldier
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to scarlet for hooking me up with this gem!

A - Pours clear copper with a modest off-white head that gradually dissipates into a thin layer of foam and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S - Very well-balanced mix of citrus and floral hops and an almost honey-like malt sweetness.

T - Citrus hop flavors dominate up front, making themselves simultaneously gentle, yet assertive. Plenty of malt sweetness in there as well, especially in the finish. This is an incredibly well-balanced beer.

M - Medium-bodied with a clean finish. Carbonation keeps the beer smooth and prevents the rich flavors from being too bold.

D - This has to be the most drinkable 7%+ abv beer I've had in a very long time. The flavors are very enjoyable, yet it drinks like some of its 5.5-6% counterparts. Insanely enjoyable! I fell in love with this beer after the first sip!

pwsoldier, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of animal69
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a slightly hazy golden amber w/ a thin white cap which slowly fades into a nice lace in my goblet
S- mild smell, a mostly piney citrus hop aroma w/ some notes of cereal grains
T- taste follows suit, not very powerful, starts out kinda sweet w/ grapefruity citrus hops with some steely grains in the mix and some nuts; a bit soapy and mineral in the finish
M- a med body, plenty of co2
D- a pretty drinkable brew, not an outstanding IPA, but not a bad one either, hides the 7.25 ABV well

animal69, May 31, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured 5/29. Notches on label indicate best by 5/09. I am just in time. 1-1/2 finger head - puffed up dense foam - but out of gas quick, leaving some full lacing behind. Crystalline body - bright orange and honey hues.

Generally a citrusy nose, but I also pick up a sharp tinny metallic hit, some fresh rain, and longer notes of sweet cotton candy and caramel malt.

starts with hop notes of pine and grapefruit rind, mellowed and rounded out with plenty of bready yeast, and a sweet, almost strawberry fruitiness. These sweet notes hang around as this ends with some hitting alpha bitterness on the back of my tongue, but this sensation is not as prominent as the heavy, sugary malt that coats the rest of my mouth as I swallow. Combining with the oily hop resin, this heavy sweetness just becomes too much.

long and soft, slightly undercarbonated with smallish bubbles. Slick on the tongue. Even with the flaws I'm noting, this beer is drinkable, often enjoyable, and a respectable effort.

Philabeerphia, May 30, 2009
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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