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

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Ratings: 2,974
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
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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 sk8man121
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Maudite snifter.

A: Very nice, full copper pour with one of the creamiest heads I've seen this side of Guiness. When swirled, the head froths up at least one or two fingers, making this one of the creamiest looking IPA-style beers I've ever seen. Very nice.

S: Floral as can be, with a heavy dose of citrus. Very appealing, as it literally smells like a garden.

T: Taste is rather nicely balanced for such a hoppy beer, as the malts come through just fine. Lemongrass, toffee, more citrus; good flavor overall.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment, as I would've preferred more carbonation than what is present. Otherwise,
it's quite creamy and nice.

D: At just about 7% ABV, this is a fairly sessionable beer for those who dig the style, although I think I'll be bored after the second or third bottle is gone. Overall, however, Loose Cannon is a surprisingly nice find.

Give it a shot.

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

Pours a rich golden/copper color with a full white head. The aroma is full of soft itrus fruits like grapefruits and tangerines. The flavor is much the same with the sweet citrusy fruits really coming through. It's mostly sweet and fruity, but there is a nice soft bitter bite in the finish that is really nice. Overall, a really nice IPA.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of arenbeer. Poured into my pint glass the beer is haxed golden orange. Two fingers of white head fade leaving sticky lace clinging all around the glass.

The aroma is a nice bouquet of citrus fruits. Grapefruit and oranges with a bit of pineapple and pine. The malt doesn't make an apperance until the beer has warmed a bit.

The flavor is solid. Lots of juicy citrus and slight pine backing. Fresh cut grass comes to mind as well. The malt is present in the finish giving a sweetness that lingers in the mouth.

The body feels medium and creamy. Light carbonation.

Overall a nice IPA. Would like to try this on tap fresh.

Photo of Zodijackyl
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle with a label split between white text on purple background above a picture of a pirate and bird, and "For brewery fresh taste, purchase before Dec '10" (notched).

Pours a unique color between gold and amber with a thin, lacy white head that sticks to the glass as it goes down.

Smell is very strong grapefruit and citrus hops, backed up with a moderate malt and some sweet yeast, as well as a hint of spices that may come from additional hops. Extremely and incredibly hoppy, the aroma matches the flavor.

Taste is extraordinarily hoppy - grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops are all prominent, but there is also a light malt and yeast that balance it out quite well - somewhat biscuit-like, very characteristic of Heavy Seas. Each sip through the glass reveals new flavors, as it warms up new flavors take hold - different serving temperatures bring out different flavors in the beer, all worth tasting.

Mouthfeel is consistent with the flavor, very tangy and smooth, low-medium carbonation that matches the flavor just right. Exceptionally drinkable, so flavorful that it quickly became one of my favorite beers.

I have had this from a few different batches so far, from a few different stores and distributors, and it is very fresh and amazing every time. Easily one of my favorite beers.

Photo of bobbygunit33
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer in National Harbor, Maryland. Being from San Diego, CA, I wasn't expecting to be wowed.
This beer rivals that of anything I've tasted back home. I enjoy the hoppy stuff like Green Flash West Coast and Alpine Duet. Loose Cannon has all the great attributes explained in the previous reviews.
Mind you, I am trying this brew on tap, and relatively close to it's brewery. Freshness, I believe, is key to a great ipa.
The citrus hop aroma and fruity hop aftertaste will follow me back home to the west coast no doubt!

Photo of rootbeerman
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.

A: pours hazy golden orange. not an impressive head, 1/8th finger maybe but does leave a small amount of lacing on the glass. must be a bad pour on my part.
S: a mix between sweet pine and grapefruit, hops also lightly flowery, and malt.
T: triple hopped part i believe better than the "other" triple hopped beer. great sweet pine, and a more grapefruit and orange citrus.
M: clean and slick, medium carbonation.
D: very easy to drink, flavors and smells are balanced.

Photo of begforme4484
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yarrr! Batten down the hatches, ye mangy scoundrels!

I'm in love with the pirate theme for this beer...

Beer pours clear for an IPA with a nice golden tint to it. Has about a fingers width of a white frothy head. Nice lacing to boot!

Arrr, me nostrils be diggin' this fine scent. Too bad it isn't rum! Very nice citrus and floral hop front with a sweet slightly bready malt backing. Grapefruit definitely coming through. Thought I sensed a hint of gunpowder, but I think I'm taking this Pirate thing a little too serious.

The beer is very smooth. The taste definitely creeps up on you. A very nice spicy/sweetness up front. Follow very quickly by a bitter hop bite. Grassy/citrus hop flavor that is quick and to the point.

Very mild carbonation, hence the smoothness I indicated earlier. But smooth is a good way too, as it's not very resinous or sticky.

I could definitely have a few of these. And I think I'm going to, mateys.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It had a best by date of Sept 2010 notched into the front label (love the notching). It was a hazy golden color with good carb streams. It had about finger of head that settled into a small foam/film cap. Good slow sliding lace with good amount sticking.

The aroma was excellent. C-hop heavy with grapefruit and other tropicals in there. Floral and some pine as well. Not as strong as some others in the style but still pretty darn good. The taste was also excellent. Nice c-hop flavor with slight bitterness and great balance on the malt. Dangerously drinkable. Again, not as strong as some others in the style in flavor but very good. Mouthfeel was medium but had a slight watery texture that distracted from the feel. Good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a very good AIPA. It doesn't lead the category for me in aroma alone or flavor alone but as an overall beer it blends very well. If I want strong aroma or flavor, I might grab something else but if I want to drink several this one fits the bill nicely. High recommend. Not available in TX so I shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - if avail here, it would make the regular rotation for it's session ability. As is, might have to get some more shipped here. Definitely worth a sixer while staying at folks in Indy. [R;Y; ship?]

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

In honor of my Cincinnati Bengals signing a loose cannon of their own (Terrell Owens), I'm popping open a couple Loose Cannons from Clipper City out of Baltimore, MD. Poured into my Duvel tulip and wow, what a nice looking brew, a beer with a golden hue and a frothy head that leaves lacings behind as it warms. The taste is good at first, but gets better and better as it warms. A very delicious beer and at 7 percent ABV, it's one you need to enjoy slowly as you should. This is no chugging brew.

Photo of seh410
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber in color with thin white head that remains for a while in a foamy layer across the top. 5 minutes after pouring you can still see little streams of carbonation running up from the bottom of the glass. Half way through the beer, the head has mostly dispersed but leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity and citrusy hops right up front balanced well by a nice malty backbone. Smells good and a little sweet.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very full hop flavor - tropical and bitter deliciousness with nice carmelly, roasted, sweet malts balancing it out. The beer is sweet but in a light, fruity way, not at all cloying or too much. The mouthfeel is creamy and kind of flat. With the rapid streams of bubbles constantly traveling from the bottom of the glass to the top, I expected a lot more carbonation. I think the mouthfeel fits nicely with the taste though.

Notes: This is a really nice, not too bitter IPA. It's extremely drinkable and would be great for people just getting into craft beer as well as those already way into it. My favorite hops are those of the tropical, fruity kind, and this definitely fits the bill

Photo of UnDeadly
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, in white wine glass.

*NOTE: This beer was purchased as World Market, which means it probably did not receive the best of care.

Appearance - Burnt orange-red color, with slight haze to it; still able to see my finger on the other side though. Very boring pour, 1/4 of the way in I realized it wasn't going to head up like a normal beer, and I increased the aggression all the way to a center-pour. The foam was still minimal and dissipated immediately. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Mildly sweet hop aroma with a bit of a citrus bite. Smells like a good blend of hops, as it seems balanced between lemon and orange. Lightly floral in the front as well.

Taste - Simple and pleasant. Strong bitter hit in the front, that gently lets you down into a lingering aftertaste. Again, the bitterness is pretty well balanced between sweet citrus and bitterness. Slight dark malt notes in the aftertaste, but this is minimal.

Mouth Feel - Medium carbonation, but not a hint of the creaminess I enjoy is the feel of decent IPA. Also, the carbonation stings a bit. I took a couple of good gulps to confirm this and it did indeed sting the back of the tongue a bit. Not horrible, but nothing special here.

Drinkability - Let's see...if I was offered this, I would certainly not turn it down. I could probably put away 2 or 3 on a nice, warm summer day, but beyond that I would begin to get bored.

Overall, this beer was just so-so. It was reasonably priced, I think the sixer was around $10 or so... but it certainly wasn't the hop-bomb I would expect from something bragging about 3 lbs. of hops per barrel (which I don't actually think is THAT much). I would call this a drinkable budget beer, but it was definitely lacking in the characteristics I look for in a great IPA.

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold with a small white head that reduces down to a patchy surface coating. Some moderate lacing.

S: Mostly pine with some earthy citrus notes.

T: Starts off with a bready maltiness then a short, light sweetness. Maybe a little caramel, but this one isn't too sweet. Develops a moderate bitterness with some earth and pine flavors. Long, but light, finish. While there is some hop action, there is not a whole lot of it.

M: Lighter side of medium with medium carbonation. A bit chewy.

D: A good, but not great IPA. Easy drinker and sessionable with a leaning towards malt over hops.

Photo of claminat420
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a transparent copper/amberish color with a nice frothy white head. medium lacing.

S- don't really notice to much of a hop presence but definitely a malty biscuit/ slight caramel aroma. after a couple whiffs i do notice a slight citrus aroma but nothing that stands out or what i think an ipa should be.

T- once again i think the malts really come through on this one. very light hop action going on. just enough to feel it then gets swept up by the malt. alcohol is undetected. not to bad but not an ipa!

M- medium/ light bodied. good carbonation.

D- this stuff is like water. really smooth.

Overall- maybe when i got into the world of craft brews i might of thought this brew was bitter and hoppy but this brew is weak in the hop department. i would recommend this to people who are just getting into the whole ipa realm. not to shabby of a brew but was kinda expecting more hop action. i think this would be a good brew to have on hand to satisfy (or at least tolerate) from both hop or malty beer lovers.

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

Poured orange/amber into a pint glass, with two fingers of white, great retention, and great lacing. Modest dosage of visible carbonation. The nose detected huge pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, and lime, with slight menthol and herbal notes as well. The taste was perfectly balanced, beginning on a huge citrus slam, and progressing to more malt and bitterness midpalate, and finishing on a dry grapefruit peel note. Overall more fruity than bitter, with a well-hidden alcohol content. Medium bodied and modestly carbonated, which complements the flavor nicely. An excellent ipa, but speaking from experience, beware the alcohol content.

Photo of detlefchef
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like the color and brilliance of this beer. Seems to me the mark of something well made and intentioned. Light copper/golden color with a light, hazy head.

Lot's of citrus and pine on the nose and very malty and honeyed flavors. Maybe a bit more malt than I'd prefer, actually. However, I do like the texture. Creamy and supple.

Beer finishes with the assertive bite that you'd expect from the genre and I think that sort of saves it.

Photo of iheartIPA
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack and enjoying my second one currently...

This ale gives a great first impression with its appearance. Impressive amber with about a finger of head. A nice consistent bottom to top fizz (I'm well over 5 minutes post de-capping). The heads of all-sips past remain on the glass. Very pretty,

There is a hoppy aroma reminiscent of most upper class IPAs.

A nice mix of Floral & Alcohol at first followed by an appealing hint of citrus that remains till the next sip.
While there is a hint of alcohol, it is by no means overwhelming (especially considering there is 7.25% in there somewhere). I nice balance of drinkability and toughness.

This ale is relatively easy on the tongue. Not gentle, but certainly not harsh either. An IPA drinker's beer for sure.

One of my faves.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, comical drawing on the front label. Bonus points for also having the freshness clearly notched on the front label!

Pours a hazy golden with a nice off-white head. Not much carbonation going on. Smells great - of sweet, mellow grains and malted syrupy goodness. Really smooth. Taste is incredibly circular, starts off at the tail end of a hop bud and rotates into an almost devastatingly sweet finish. Mellow grapefruit notes. The finish is pleasantly bitter, with a bit of alcohol feeling on the palette. All in all, this is a rather good beer, almost a little too balanced on the sweet side, but good enough for a bottle or three. A tasty, mellow IPA.

Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in NC, review based on notes.

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of ivory shaded lacing. Good head retention & great lacing

S: Leafy hops & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plus lemon up front, along with hints of grapefruit & biscuitty malt. Honey malt & dryness are there as this warms along with pineapple. Finishes fruitty, piney 7 with much caramel

MF: Medium bodied, semi-creamy carbonation, great balance

Great drinakbility, easily the best beer I've had from these guys

Photo of lovindahops
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer and I am ready to try a well rep'ed east coast ipa. Poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a light amber with an enormous head that slowly resides. The lacing remained all along the glass. The brew reminds me of a nugget nectar. Really a fine looking beer

S- a classic AIPA! There is some major grapefruit scents that are no doubt the overwhelming hope presence. A slight pine aroma is involved as well. A sweet caramel malt scent is to be noted at the end. A real good preview of what hopefully comes

T- a delicious grapefruit and orange combo that clocks in with a great malt backbone. The hops are completely balanced with the delicious malt tone. What's great about the brew is that there is bitterness in the beginning and some sweetness in the end. I don't think I have ever noted this specifically with a brew before.
M- medium bodied and creamy, big time

D- loose cannon is a fantastic display of an east coast ipa. The amount of alcohol does keep it a lil on the rough side. Still, this is a great am ipa

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very nice deep orange color with a one finger head. Ringed lacing creates a nice pattern on the glass as drank.

S- Smell is one of the better ones to me for an IPA. It is a beautiful citrusy and very strong grapefruit aroma with a bit of sweet malt hidden behind the amazing hops.

T/M- Very delicious citrus IPA here. The forefront of this beer is a bitter hoppy flavor that is followed by a sweet malt backbone that finishes with very nice grapefruit hops. The body is an awesome medium with some carbonation that would make this very very refreshing on a hot summer day.

D- One of the more drinkable IPAs I have personally had. I have drank this one bottle in less than ten minutes, and thats only because I have been stopping to type. I wish I had more left to enjoy on a summer day with a steak or burger. I could drink quite a few of these in a night... Also, you would never guess this is 7% by drinking it- they really hide that well in this great great brew...

Overall, a very well rounded IPA that ends up towards the top of my list of IPAs. I love the citrus and hints of sweet malt that come and go. Bitterness is near perfect but could be just a few IBU higher for the style. All in all, one of the best!

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

I have had this IPA many times at Salt Life Food Shack here in Jacksonville Beach Florida.

It's a very enjoyable IPA, and I am always glad to see it on the list as it's my go to brew at this bar. It's the only place I have seen it locally, so it's always a treat.

It's a nicely copper colored IPA with solid hop aroma and flavor. Solid malt support without being sweet or to much contrast. This "Loose Cannon" delivers a nice tropical fruit hop bang for your buck. Hats off to Clipper City on this one!

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

Review is from notes taken on 7/3/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery color and starts with a 1/2 finger slightly off-white head that fades to a thin and uneven skim on the surface; body is just a little hazy and shows very strong carbonation; nice washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Not overly potent, but there is nice herbal and floral hops that are just a tad spicy; smells pleasant and makes me believe that it's going to be a rather refreshing drink.

Taste: Much like the smell, the hops are the most apparent flavors as would be expected in an IPA -- mostly herbal and flowery with just a bit of spiciness; there is a slightly sweet honey-like maltiness providing just the right amount of balance that allows the hops to shine.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight with nice carbonation that is lively, but far from sharp; a pretty moist body that leaves a moderately damp and thick coating on the roof of the mouth; gums are left tingly and the belly is even left a little warm.

Drinkability: Actually, this is a great beer for the warm summer months and I feel that I could drink this all day at a BBQ or other outdoor event; nice and refreshing and not overly bitter flavors and a weight that doesn't necessarily make you feel like you weight a ton; ABV may catch up to you after a while, but as long as I'm not driving, I really don't care.

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

A-Pours a golden color with reddish hues and 1+ inch foamy white dense head leaving nice lacing on the glass.
S-Nice sweet citrus smells of orange and grapefruit with a blend of malt and hops as well.
T-Malty flavors with sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the hops. The finish is less bitter and dry than I would have expected and gives way more to the alcohol.
M-Creamy and medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a good overall feel.
D-Very impressed with this one. It is not overpowering in any one dimension and would be a nice brew to have several of.

Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours with an inch+ of frothy pillowy just off-white foam. the beer is clear, gold in color. leaves a thick walled layer of lacing behind.

S - very floral, candied citrus hops. very light caramel malt, but barely noticeable...mouth watering!

T - very sweet and floral hops, sugared grapefruit, orange candies, light grassy bitterness...alcohol also a bit noticeable but adds another dimension.

M - kind of flat...seriously needs a healthy dose of carbonation as it leaves the otherwise enjoyable flavors feeling a little dull. thinnish body, kind of slick and oily. lingering candy sweetness and grassy hops.

D - starts off with a lot of promise then falls short. look, scent, and flavors are nice, but this seriously lacks body to carry it all. although, this also aids in being easy to put down quite a few while outside bbq'ing and playing cornhole (learned from experience).

Photo of AndrewNations
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical light amber color and moderate amount of carbonation., Very little head.

S - Very nice grapefruit and sweet malt /citrus. I toured this brewery a couple months ago and got to hold my face up to a 5" blow off tube coming right outta the fermented. It had been pitched the previous night and was basically like a HOP Air Conditioner on full blast in my face...

T - A bit on the sweeter side of most AIPA. I love the combination of hops and draft/cast versions of this beer is hard to beat.

M - a little thin but not in a bad way. The temp and carbonation can make up for thin mouth feel and round out nicely.
D - The 7 ABV is a touch high to consider this a great session able beer but somehow I tend to drink several in a row.

Serving type: bottle

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