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

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Ratings: 2,876
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 88
Gots: 301 | 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 belgbeerdrinker
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: gold color, half-finger head becomes thinner veil, no detectable bubble, light lacing
s: strong piney hops with sweet citrus mix and bits of alcohol
t: sweet malts surrounded by piney hops and a strong citrus/bitter finish
m: medium body with steady carbonation and a kick at the end
d: good balance between the sweet malts and piney hops -- nothing overdone -- a fine brew

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

09.08 freshness date.

A - Beautiful brilliant copper. TONS of head, lots of sticky lacing.

S - Heavy malt, deep. Pretty much covers the canvass.

T - YUM. Reminds me of summer yulesmith. Deep, rounded malt, bittered just right.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb, great coating and pretty good balance.

D - Deceptive. LOOK OUT!

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

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer stop. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass and appears a cloudy rich apricot color with at least two fingers of sticky, creamy light peach colored foam. The head leaves a great lacing on the inside of my glass, marking each sip. Smells and tastes of floral hops, huge bitter grapefruit notes, sweet caramelized malt, resinous pine, lemon, spicy orange peel. Medium in both body and carbonation. Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a medium copper color with a thin, sticky head of white foam which left nice, clingy lace.

S: Smells of floral, grapefruit and a bit of pine needle hops. Nice aromatic hops were used to dry hop this brew in the tank.

T: Taste is definitely zesty, spicy hops with some bitter fruity flavors and a decent amount of sweet caramel malts. A little bit of citrus and pine clash to take the palate over, but it's remarkably balanced and not too alcohol-intense.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly zesty and oily tasting.

D: This is a really nice IPA which finds a little bit of everything for hopheads. Lots of flavor, a good color with fine lacing, and a really nice fruity and spicy hop aroma. Dangerously drinkable.

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

Served on-tap at McGready's Irish Pub (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.25/pint.

A: Thin cap of off-white head offsets a golden-amber hued brew. Lacing occurs but is less robust than the bottle version due to the full pour I received.

S: Less aromatic, probably due to the tiny head, than the bottle but still fresh floral and pine hops aromas are present.

T: Flavor also seems a little more subdued, maybe due to the coolness of the brew. Still plenty hoppy with floral, citrus, and pine notes coming through, but with more refinement than the warmed bottled monster.

M: Slick and coating with low carbonation.

D: Certainly more drinkable due to the muted bitterness but still a more-than-solid brew on-tap. I like the bottle better for glassware and temperature control reasons, but there's nothing wrong with this brew as a draft selection either.

Photo of Duhast500
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a golden orange color with a slight white head.

The smell is full of hops. Some nice floral hop feel and is slightly tangy or sweet.

The taste is a nice hoppy flavor. Some nice floral hops with some slight citrus feel, bitter but does have a slight malty feel as well.

Some nice flavorful sips. Hard to take at first but a nice experince once the taste buds get used to the sudden hop charge.

Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured and hazy copper/orange color with very little head. Nice floral and apricot odor, followed by a very hoppy taste with a citrus finish. There must be at least 3 types of hops in this beer and they all come through at once for a very potent, yet enjoyable beer. The malt and yeast is evident, but stays in the background for the hops to burst through as you drink this beer.

The smell almost overpowers the flavor, but the floral hops dominate the taste, almost too much yet this beer still has a very good flavor and balance. A very good beer, but not one I would drink all night. A definite session beer and I would have 2 at most in a sitting.

Photo of greshdoghophead
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
Small amount of head atop this coppery colored brew. The hop aromas don't necessarily hit you in the face. Slight pine notes after warmth. The first few times I tasted this beer I was in love but this tasting leaves me underwhelmed. Perhaps because it is not an imperial, or perhaps because the bottle date is near the end of freshness. Not much lacing down the glass. Its well balanced and quite lingering on my palate. Acceptable maltiness. This beer is a great price value for what it offers in taste. Very solid. No problems with indulging in several at a time. Perfect amount of carbonation.

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

Thanks to Ranbot for throwin' one of these in with a trade... a nice extra for sure.

- Nice orange hue.. cloudy like a hefe... really looks like a west coast IPA.. not something I'd expect from MD. Hardly any head.. slight bubbly.. mild lacing.

- Smell is of sweet caramel malt and zesty lemon citrus hop... essence of honey.. and hopslam.

- Sweet malt goodness with a lovely citrus and smooth floral hop presence... very well balanced and truly a great tasting beer. Does in fact remind me of a mild hopslam in IPA form.

- slight chewyness.. not too bitter.. bit of left over honey and zest...

- Very drinkable... bit on the sweet side and could easily be turned into an imperial.. but overall a great beer and one I would buy if I could over here in Oregon!

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

Reviewed from notes as I enjoyed this on cask back at the Buckeye Beer Engine awhile ago now. Drawn into a pint glass. This beer draws a clear, medium golden copper color with a white head about an inch thick. Settles to a nice surface coating with good lacing. Has a nice citrus grapefruit, floral hopped aroma. Has a bitter grapefruit hop flavor upfront followed by a nice caramel malty sweetness. The flavors balance out a bit as the beer warms, as the hop bitterness does to tend to dominat a bit at first. Has a crisp, smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer needs to be. Excellent!


Photo of Strix
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden-orange, big head that leaves lacing.

Smells fresh, piney hops.

Piney hops in the taste, a some caramelly bready flavors underneath. A bit of grapefruit, but more pine-dominated. Decent, but fairly one dimensional.

Mouthfeel a bit thin for me.

This was solid, but didn't blow me away. Not really sure what this is trying to be, and it sort of comes out as middle of the road.

Photo of smibroncos
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a light clear brass color. Nice two finger head that lasted. Great lacing.

S. Citrus, orange, hops.

T. Great taste. Citrus comming through the bitterness of the hops. Slightly sour, slightly sweet, finnishes dry, and bitter.

M. Light crisp, well carbonated.

D. I liked this beer and will have it again. Mostly I liked the balance of the taste, and appearance.

Photo of BigMike
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange with 3 fingers of white head.

Smells delicious. Tropical fruits, citrus, mangoes, oranges.

Flavor isn't as potent as the nose would lead you to believe but it is very tasty. The same tropical fruit flavors are very present.

Nice crisp and clean mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation with practically no bitterness at all. The 7.25%abv is not the least bit noticeable.

This is definitely a very drinkable Ale. Not the best of this style but verygood. I would recommend this one.

Photo of scottyshades
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice transparent bronze-orange color that produces a nice bright white head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice sheets of foam along the glass

S: The nose is hoppy and fruity! Truly unique and delicious, and perhaps one of the best noses I've experienced. Kind of similar to Hopslam; honey, pineapple, mango, pine, and some light caramel.

T: The flavor profile is similar to the nose, which includes a lot of tropical fruit (pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and perhaps mango or papaya)...Also, decent malts, but it doesn't compromise the flavor like so many others tend to do. Honey, caramel, and a light toastiness are all present. Wow, pretty similar to a 2-3 month old Hopslam...

MF/D: Very drinkable brew, perhaps a session beer if you stay wary of its impressive ABV (which Clipper City has managed to hide so well)

Notes: Truly a unique, yet hoppy and fruity, IPA worthy of any hopheads approval

Photo of LaChaBennDotcom
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh My.
That was my first reaction when i tasted this beer the bi annual Beer Bourbon and Bar B Que festival in Baltimore. Being new to Maryland I was very curious about this hometown brew. Previously i jealously watched on as my roommates enjoyed their six pack "please" i thought to myself, "let me try just one bottle."
I was buzzed when i finally made my way to the Heavy Seas table at the BBBBQ festival but a good beer is a good beer and as soon as the head hit my nose i knew i'd found a new favourite.
There is not malt taste..i lie maybe in the after taste but the initial taste and the mouthfeel are On point. Hops, some fruit, and drinkablity are perfected in this beer. I'm not a fan of I.P.A.s but this one -- its not to heavy, its not to hoppy-it is what every Good I.P.A. should be.
I am drinking one right now-first time out of the bottle. I will feel sad when it is empty. The taste is.. im speechless. And in all honestly i am a few of the lucky ones because i get to enjoy this beer when it is first brewed i'm not sure how it stands up to shelf life but a beer this good-i don't think shelf life matters. If you see it BUY IT. You won't regret it.

Photo of wobblynoggin
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is not quite sure what it wants to be, but at 7.5% and less than $8 a six pack on sale at Bottle King (NJ), it's value cannot be denied.

A - More yellow than most IPA's, some lacing, and not much of a head.

S - Fruity, and ammonia...strange actually, and and not very enticing.

T - Hops is right up front, almost no malt notes, and just a bit thin. Alcohol is well masked for 7.5%, but overall it has a cider like quality. It is missing the citrus/piney punch you want from a stronger IPA.

M - Fruity, not as hoppy as you want from an IPA, and ends very dry (which I like). It does make you want to take another sip, but it also does not grow on you as I thought it would.

D - Just not grabbing me as a beer i would want to have more than a few of.

Overall, this is an average IPA. It doesn't have any qualities that absolutely turn me off, but on the other hand, it doesn't have any standout qualities as compared to other IPA's. Perhaps it is trying to be a double, and should just take a notch down on the alcohol and be a more mellow IPA.

Photo of beachbum1975
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle with drink before date of June 2009. Personally, I don't care for the cartoon artworks on Clipper City beers, but I won't judge this beer by its' cover.

Pours a medium copper... Clear in body with a nice, creamy and sudsy white head with good retention and thick lacing.

Nice and moderate nose of pine and citrus. Nice, semi-sweet malt backing in the mix, as well. Average nose overall for its' style.

Medium bodied with medium to full flavor mirroring the nose. Dry and acidic hops presence to start with a mellowing wave of semi-sweet malts to tame the bite as you swallow. Lightly complex flavor profile with high carbonation, adding to the drinkability factor.

This is a nice beer, but there's so many other great examples of DIPA's out there - so it may get overlooked...

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

A fluorescent and glossy coat of tangerine orange; the beer is bright and sunny but its tone concentrated enough to prevent transparency. The head is already but a remnant of its previously tall stature. Still, the outline is thick and bubbles are numerous. The lacing leaves similar prints to those of a drooly, over-heated dog.

The aroma has a pleasant note of underlying citrus but it's far from the explosiveness I'd expect from 3lbs of hops per barrel. The beer is aromatic, to be sure, but with nearly as much warm, crispy toasted bread as floral, herbal hops. Perhaps I'm downplaying the orange zest and herbal pungency a little but my socks remain firmly fastened to my feet.

The label may emphasis hops but the flavour is fairly impartial. It's an equal and balanced proportion of both malts and hops; and a fairly moderate amount of each at that. The herbal, earthy hops are washed over by crispy toast and warm bread, only to regain their footing with lingering notes of citrus and grapefruit on the finish.

The citrus character of the hops imparts a pleasant dosage of acidity. An ample level of carbonation works in combination to ensure a most refreshing drinkability. Truthfully, however, I'm finding the hops to impart more pungency than citrus, generally I prefer the reverse. Nevertheless, a beer like this - even at 7 odd percent - will disappear fast.

Hop to the exponent of three should mean the base is was multiplied by itself threefold. I'd check the math again - adding hops three different times doesn't necessarily make the beer three times hoppier, it's standard to add hops in numerous additions throughout the brew cycle. Whatever the case, I just wish the Loose Cannon were a little more explosive.

Photo of greenjeff4141
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber, gold color--poured straight down the middle but not much head. What head there is hangs around though with good lacing.

The smell is of hops, not too strong, and my first impression was grape as well.... weird. The taste is very smooth, good hop flavor, not as strong as some IPAs but its at the center of attention. Very smooth and easy to drink. Coming off a Stone IPA this one seems a bit more light and mellow but very easy to drink and flavorful IPA nonetheless.

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear medium golden color with a decent off-white head that fades slowly to a nice thin coating. Maybe a little darker than most Ipa's. Leaves a nice lace pattern on the glass.

S- Not the strongest presence of the hop aroma, but it is still there. Somewhat herbal and sweet, the nose opens up a bit with the floral and hops as it warms. Also noticed quite a bit of piney hops there as well.

T- Taste is hoppy, but not an extreme or over the top. Sweet malt flavor in this beer, which balances with the hop flavor well. Good balance between the sweet malts and piney hops.

M- Medium body and nice carbonation.

D- Very nice and easy to drink. Especially if you like piney hops.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "Purchase before: Apr 09" is notched.

A- Clear golden/slightly copper. Pours with ~1 finger of off white head, which fades to a thin cap, leaving spots of lacing as consumed.

S- Nice pine/slightly grapefruit hoppiness. Minimal malty notes emerge after the surge of hops.

T- Solid pine/grapefruit bitterness with some solid caramel malt sweetness. Alcohol is well blended.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel. Fairly dry on the finish, but with a decent amount of hop oiliness.

D- Good. Not the most tremendous nose or taste on an IPA, but a solid, easy drinking offering.

Future outlook: Good, but not great. I'd like to try a "really fresh" one out and see if there is notable difference/improvement.

Photo of JAA
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll just come out and say it, i love Clipper City's Heavy Seas series. And i think their mixed 12 pack is one of the best values around. Less than twenty bucks for 12 beers that are all imperial or close to it.

This here American IPA always appears in force in these mixers.

Though not much head surfaces after a pretty vigorous pour, the color is fairly amber hued, thus easy on the eyes.
Smells a bit grassy with pine undertones. Hops are at the forefront of the taste, but a strong malt presence balances out this brew nicely. One of the reasons for my repeated purchasing of this beer is not only the value but the strong malt backbone that rivals that of DFH 60 minute.

However the one letdown this beer portrays is it's palate drying aftertaste, making drinkability only average. Don't get me wrong though, the value of this mixer is unsurpassed.

Found at Total Wine.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my New Belgium globe glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange, with a thin, half-finger layer of white head. What little head there was subsided fairly quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell: Pine, a honey/bready malt sweetness. Very balanced on the nose. Not as much of a hop presence as I would have expected.

Taste: There is a small initial hop bite, but the bready and honey notes from the malt quickly take over. Almost too balanced for an IPA and not enough hop flavor. Alcohol is well hidden, just a hint of warmth on the throat as it goes down. Some bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a pretty easy drinker, but not really what I'm looking for in an IPA. There just isn't enough of a hop presence in this one. Not a bad beer, but not really a good representation of what an IPA should be.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: Pint glass with Black Bear (Morgantown, WV) pint glass.

A: Dark amber with a decent head. Head is single-fingered and a little bit bubbly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet hops and malt. More citrusy than piney, and smells absolutely delicious smelling.

T: Good malt backbone with a definite sweet hop presence. Slightly oily.

M: Smooth. Medium-bodied and quite creamy.

D: Quite drinkable. A "smaller" version of this style, but a good example nonetheless. Agree with other reviewers that this is potentially sessionable.

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

A - Poured a light amber color with about an inch of head. Extremely clear and clean look. This beer left lacing the entire length of the glass.

S - Smelled very citrusy, possibly grapefruit but heavy hop presence.

T - Strong hop flavor with some malt balance. The hop flavor doesn't slap you in the face quit like a Hopslam.

M - If you love IPAs, this one is a keeper. I loved it! A very tolerable bitter presence with plenty of citrus notes to accent.

D - Could be a session beer. The bitterness is what draws me to this beer yet it is not so overpowering that I only want one. It would be very easy to enjoy one after the next.

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