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

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Ratings: 2,972
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 96
Gots: 391 | 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 mullenite
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In an effort of full disclosure, this beer was best by 12/09 but I don't think it will deteriorate that fast.

Glassware - Allagash Tulip

Appearance - A nice hazy orange color with a finger and a half of white head. The head didn't last very long and it receded in to a broken up cap which leaves some sticky lacing.

Nose - Pretty hoppy with lots of pine and citrus coming through. Some caramel and tobacco(?) round it out. Not a whole lot going on with the nose but what is there is pretty nice and it smells pretty damn good.

Taste - Taste surpasses the nose in hops, very bitter with lots of citrus and pine bite. There is a little bit of biscuit and caramel in the background with the tobacco note in the finish. The bitterness is not dominating the other background flavors which is nice. Could be a little drier but I do really like it how it is.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with lots of tingly carbonation. Nice finish that leaves a good taste in the mouth.

Overall - I'm really enjoying this beer, I have seen this pretty much everywhere and am glad I finally picked one up, now I know I can add it to my current rotation.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, is an amber orange color. Had a creamy head in the beginning of the pour and quickly subsided to a mild, faint head accross the top. Doesn't stick to the glass, not much head after a few minutes, mild carbonation.

Smells of piney resins, oily herbal citrusy floral hops. The taste starts out sweet, mildly tart, and lingers throughout the taste while the oily hop resins rest on the side of the tongue from the middle of the sip until the end. The citrus character exhibits a mildly orange flavor. Has a medium/light body, finishes wet, the hops linger for a few minutes before subsiding.

Mouthfeel is mildly prickly, bnut overall, pretty smooth. This is a beer I can sit and have more than one with no problem, it's very drinkable, hoppy (but not too hoppy), and has just the right balance for a hop head like myself. I've had friends who aren't hop-minded complain about the bitterness in this beer but I can't quite figure it out, it's more like a sweetly hopped type of IPA.

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From a firkin into a pint glass.

A: Large, off-white, frothy and billowing head. Sticky lacing in the form of rings. Very slight cloudiness in the body. (Chill haze?) Predominantly golden in color with hazy copper highlights.

S: Heavy hop aroma. Citrusy grapefruit in the front with grassy, floral and light piney hop notes to add complexity. Truly amazing hop profile. Hops are clearly wearing the pants here but a balance is achieved through the sweet bready, caramel malt character. Quite memorable.

T & M: Average duration of flavors, lightly sweet and perfectly bitter. The body is medium and the carbonation level is above average making the Hop3 a really smooth and well-balanced IPA.

D: Not many reasons to *stop* drinking this beer. Goes down so easy its scary.

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

Thanks to Paul (Lunch) for this one; sent to me as an extra in our trade.

12 oz. bottle ---

Aggressive pour into my pint glass produced a decent 1 finger head with good lacing, light amber color.

Strong citrus aroma, with a hint of peach & some florals as well.

Slightly sweet honey-orange flavor, but very crisp & good.

Light - medium body adds to overall drinkability. Good carbonation, just right. Could easily drink this all day or night, though the alcohol would limit that some.

I really enjoyed this beer, it's a very good IPA. Thanks again Paul!

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Chevy Chase in DC. Described as a "pounder" on the label, but I didn't pound it. Why go to the trouble of brewing a good beer if you just want people to pound it like a can of Natty Light?

Pours a clear copper color with a nice white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma is not as intense as I'd like but good. Sweet malt along with citrus and pine hops.

Flavor is great - mildly sweet pale malt and caramel with a nice punch of bitter citrus and piney hops, along with mild resin.

Palate is pretty rough, almost like sucking on a fresh hop cone, which I have actually done on several occasions, so I know how it is. Not recommended. Medium body with lingering hop bitterness.

Drinkability is pretty high. Overall this is a surprisingly good IPA from a brewery that has not always impressed me in the past.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick in appearance, a murky orange-amber color with a thin cap of white head.

The nose picks up sweet malt, licorice, and a pined hop.

Sweeter than expected. The hop bite and aroma are present but the sweetness are what dominates the mouth, a bready and licorice sweet.

A decent drink but not one of my favorite IPAs.

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

Firkin to a pint!

A: Honey yellow, 1/2 head. Patch layers of lacing.

S: Cake, flowers.

T: Flowers, cake, caramel.

M: Smooth.

D: Medium-bodied. A solid IPA. The firkin made it really smooth and enjoyable. Would have it again in a second. If you get a chance have this beer!

Photo of feelmefoam
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a clear rust color with beautiful ruby highlights. The carbonation pushed up a yellow-tinted white head filled with bubbly boulders that left a nice amount of sticky lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

A very fragrant beer, Loose Cannon's nose boasts a cornucopia of citrus and fruity hops. Some floral hoppiness also makes a cameo; there are five types of hops in this beer and they all blend together to craft a truly amazing aroma.

On the tongue, Loose Cannon does a good job of providing a lot of hop flavor, then balancing with a pretty decent caramel malt background. Still, with the insane amount of hops that gushed forth from the nose, I wanted a bit more in the finish of this beer. After the early hoppiness is balanced out by a mild maltiness, the hops don't really come back with a lot of fervor as I wish they would. Still has a solid flavor, though.

Nice medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that masks any kind of alcohol warmth that might be present in the beer. Smooth with a clean finish.

Loose Cannon is an awesomely hopped IPA that provides one of the best noses I've smelled on a beer yet. Though the taste is lacking just a bit, it is still a very good IPA that is also very drinkable. I'll probably purchase again.

Photo of BrewitYerself
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 finger loose white head. Moderately hazy gold-copper. Lacing on top 1/3 of glass.

Aroma is a burst of incredibly fresh hops, herbal and citrusy. Some licorice and mint on the nose after the hops fade. No malt aroma to speak of.

Citrusy and sweet upfront, a bit watery. Decent toasted, bready malt. Somewhat too much bitterness for the malt. Pithiness throughout is accentuated on the finish. Moderate astringency and minerality. Very sweet mid-palate. A lot of the fresh hop character persists all the way through the finish.

Good mouthfeel, smooth, nice light carbonation. Decent chewiness, too watery overall.

Pretty drinkable, although at the end of the pint I did want something different.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, clear golden color with a small white head that leaves behind heavy acing.

Smell: Herbal and floral hops with some nutty and earthy notes.

Taste: Begins bready and slightly sweet, finishing bitter and nutty with slight hints of yeast. This is the kind of IPA I like- lots of hops, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: A well-rounded and tasty IPA. Definitely one of the more enjoyable ones I've had, and I recommend it.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy translucent orange-ish/gold color. The head is tight and foamy and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells strongly of herbal and aromatic hops. Has a slightly citrus-y smell as well.

Taste: Pretty hoppy, but not as hoppy as I was expecting. Hits you strong up front with hoppy bitterness but finishes kind of weak. Leaves an earthy, piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: A decent IPA. Not the best, but you could do much, much worse. Also surprisingly drinkable for the high alcohol content.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a moderately hazy honey body, lollygagging carbonation. Very slim head yields patchy remnants. Decent icicle patterned lacing.

S: Hops dominate, very piney with some muted grapefruit in the back. There are some bready malts restraining the hops somewhat.

T: Hops and malts counterbalance nicely here. Hops are fairly piney and rather one dimensional. The malts hold the hops at bay, pretty full and bready.

M: Medium bodied with a quick and refreshing bite of carbonation.

D: Not the worlds finest IPA, but respectable. Pairs well with food, in my experience.

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

Poured form a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden orange in color and a big bubble head. Laces well around the glass, beer is one month passed it experation date.

Nice citrus (orange) smell, with a tinge of grapefruit. A good sugary sweetness along with some alcohol smells.

Nice smooth citrus hoppy flavor. Oranges mainly, some mild pine notes. Very sweet backbone to the brew.

Medium body, somewhat smooth due to lack of carb. Crisp with hardly a linger in the aftertaste. Very drinkable even passed it experation date!

Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the East Village Tavern, NYC.

Pours pale orange with a loose white head that leaves cathedral lace. Cannibus and twig nose. Apple, toasty, and sherbert malts followed by leaf, grass, and hop flower. Cascade pine linger. Light body with a bit of stickiness. Can't find the ABV.

Light and lively, maybe a bit thin. But so fresh!

Photo of mjw2808
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a kind of orange gold color. 1 finger head that left a good amount of lacing. The smell is hoppy as hell with a lot of citrus fruit in there. The tast hit hard with a lot of hops but is balanced out well with malt and some citrus again. A little sweet as its going down. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and its pretty drinkable. A pretty good IPA, not the best, but it holds its own. This is by far my favorite beer that ive had from clipper city so far.

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

A - slightly cloudy golden body with a 2-finger white head that retains better than I expected. Left a nice cap on the beer and very nice lacing on the glass.

S - Citrusy hops with organge being the dominant smell. Slight grapefruit twang in the back of the nose. Mild alcohol comes through with a sugary sweetness.

T&M - Nice hop flavors up front with the orange still being dominant. The grapefruit comes in to add a bit of bitterness. Just lightly malty to balance things out a bit and the alohol adds a bit of sweetness. Oily in the mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable and very tasty but it jus left me wanting something. There are better IPA's for sure, but this is definitely a good one.

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

Dark gold in color with a pretty thin, nearly white head. Although the head is small, a thin layer lasts throughout the entirety. Burnt brown sugar malts make their presence known over the hops. The taste is really good. It's got a piney citrus edge, but just the right amount of malty sweetness. The feel is fantastic, a hint of oily thickness. The Heavy Seas Big DIPA was good, but this is definitely better. After two tries, I'm fairly impressed with Clipper City.

Photo of Mavajo
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, hazy golden with a moderate white head that faded pretty quickly on me. Left minimal lacing behind. Nose is like sniffing an orange - strong cirtus scent with a bit of, what I considered, peach. Taste is the same, but a bit subdued considering the strength of the nose - that hint of peach keeps coming through for me. Nice sweetness and a mild bitterness. Light to medium bodied, fairly smooth and a healthy amount of carbonation.

Quite a drinkable brew. One of the easiest drinking IPAs out there, in my opinion. Would be a good introductory beer for any IPA newbies.

Photo of manahansf
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful semi-hazy orange color with a creamy off white head that clings to the glass sip after sip. The aroma is a strong citrus hop scent and the flavor is also very very hoppy. It is no wonder why they call it a "hop ale". The flavor is complex and full of citrus and earthy hops. Although it is packed with hop taste, there is still a smooth balance with sweet malt. The body is mild with moderate carbonation and is very drinkable. The flavors flow nicely together and fade gently with a slightly tart finish.

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

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.

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!

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Lunch
4.3/5  rDev +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.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

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