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

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Ratings: 2,703
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 80
Gots: 236 | 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 biggred1
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber gold with a fine off white head that leaves sticky lace on the glass.

S-Aromatic fresh hoppy goodness. Citrusy grapefruit and pine.

T-Bitter hops and pineapple flavors some caramel malt sweetness very well balanced.Big leafy hop flavors when it warms up a bit.

M-Moderately thick and creamy with very fine carbonation.

D-Very drinkable,refreshing and delicious.Excellent example of the style.

biggred1, May 07, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Drink before 8/08

A - Relatively clear, orange body with a 1 finger off-white head. Doesn't look extremely carbonated. Into a pint glass, it laces the entire way down.

S - A massively dry-hopped brew. Big pineapple, piney, resinous hop aroma. Flowery, just... hoppy. I like the way this smells a lot.

T - Definitely not your "normal" AIPA. Almost soapy, weird hop-profile. Well-balanced, but still weird to me. Alcohol is present on the finish. Gets better as it warms, but not a standout.

M - Super creamy, nicely carbonated, medium bodied.

D - Not so much for me. Not sessionable, and the weird hop profile really throws this thing off.

Notes: I think I'm more of a west coast style AIPA guy. This is a one and done.

SaucyA, May 07, 2008
Photo of Hokies
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic, nice golden amber color with a one inch head leaving behind nice lacing.

S: Exceptional, a nice floral aroma of grapefruit, citrus hops and pineapple.

T: This is definitely the way I like IPA's with a more pronounced fruit flavor from the citrus and pineapple. The hops dominate the taste but you can taste the sweet malt in the background which lends to a nice balance.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, not as good as other IPA's but still nice.

D: Nice IPA probably one of my favorite IPA's on the market.

Hokies, May 07, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks yobdoog for this one.
Best before June 2008.

Poured into a tulip, it produces a bright golden brew with a nice white head, average retention and lacing.
Aroma is made of hops and more hops, piney and floral, but also some maltiness in the background. Not as intense as some others have described, but that is likely secondary to a few months in the bottle.
Medium bodied and refreshing, it is well balanced, with a good amount of hoppy bitterness, mostly fruity but not grapefruits, with some malty breadiness coming and going.
Nicely done, but closer to an English than an american IPA IMHO.

brdc, May 07, 2008
Photo of meatyard
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange/amber with a quickly dissipating white head. Leaves some lacing.

Smell: It smells, very nicely, of pineapple and citrus.

Taste: Falls a bit short of the smell here. There is some hops and a light malt presence but not a lot else.

Mouthfeel: It's medium thick.

Drinkability: It's not bad here, it's a mostly pleasant easy to drink beer.

Looks fine, smell is good, easy to drink but I only have one problem in the aftertaste which is not as pleasant as the rest and seems almost astringent. I'm not sure what it is but it's not bitterness alone.

meatyard, May 04, 2008
Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine beer in the heavy seas line
cloudy orange with egg shell head lace leavings around the glass
Smells like fresh hops all around. real intense when first poured
Tastes real real hoppy with a smooth bitterness at the end. spicy and maybe some oranges in this one
this beer is real drinkable and you could probably put down a few. This beer is often passed up and i need to start buying it more

jmacdaddy2008, May 02, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tangfoot for this one via the Top 100 BIF.

This bottle has a freshness date of JUN 08.

Pours a golden color with a touch of dried orange peel hue. A frothy two inch head topped this beer and retained itself for a few moments. Some lacing on the glass. Overall a good looking ipa.

There is quite a lot of pine, citrus juices and bread in the aroma. Toasted malt is also there in good amounts as well as caramel and a bit of bubblegum. A little more citrus picks up as the beer settles.

A good mixture of bread and toasted malts with just a touch of bitterness in the middle. Dry graham crackers and bread dough in the finish with a bit of pine. A very inoffensive IPA, really smooth but a tad thin on the flavors. That said, it is a very drinkable beer and a good one to introduce people to ipas.

Loose Cannon is a very good ipa and a refreshing change from bitter west coast beers.

seaoflament, May 02, 2008
Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a small, slightly thick white head that doesn't last long. Deep golden color with some orange hue to it. Nice color. Mild hop aroma. Some citrus notes with a heavy caramel malt undertone. Maybe grapefruit too, with some honey aromas?

Carbonation is good. Bitterness is solid, not much in hop flavor, though. Finishes a touch malty and follows through dry and crisp.

Overall a drinkable IPA. Falls a little short on the hop aroma and flavor, though. Bitterness is good.

It's a good representation of the style but I've had better that had more pronounced hop flavor and aroma. I was disappointed with that.

dwarvenspirits, May 01, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a clear pale copper color with a plentiful fluffy white head. Great head retention and very good lacing.

S: Magnificent bouquet of hops; very floral! If you can get past the flowers, there is a little bit of pale malt undertone as well.

T&M: There is a creamy flood of malts and moderate hop flavor that immediately gush over the tongue. As the brew settles in there is more of a release of the bittering side of the hops that carries through the finish, leaving you with a quick clean hoppy linger. The carbonation on this is perfect; it's fine and moderate and helps create a creamy texture on the tongue.

D: Very enjoyable if you are a hop head and at the very least, respectable if you are not. I love IPAs and this is a fantastic representation. I enjoyed it a bunch and highly recommend it.

SIRIUS2, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel produces a clear copper-colored body and 2.5 fingers of fluffy milk-colored head that retains at a half-finger rocky sheet and leaves fine lacing.

Smell is lightly fruity and sweet with a nice herbal quality;

Taste is floral and bitter citrus hops; nicely grainy and toasty with a fruity malt character carrying the hop-load to a dry and bitter finish.

Lightly carbonated and easy on the palate despite all its hop-hype; refreshing and very easy to drink despite the ABV.

cvstrickland, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass it had a light amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. A fairly small amount of head, but long-lasting.

S: The aroma was mainly dominated by hops, but there was also a pleasant citrus element as well.

T: When you drink this, you get a big blast of hops, no doubt about that. After that, there's little else of note. Not much of the citrus element you get in the smell, or anything else. Very mediocre taste.

M: A average amount of carbonation, as well as a slick, oily finish.

D: This beer didn't really impress me, though I have had worse. It has its good points, but it isn't complex or full-bodied enough for the style.

avalon07, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour an incredible orange color. Crystal clear and a nice finger of head on top that leaves great looking lacing. Gotta say, I'm pleasantly surprised by the appearance. Nose is an interesting fruitiness. Nice sweetness (a generic, syrupy spicy malt) mingling with bitter hops. I guess that's grapefruit mixed with some other fruits. Good aromas, and different. Flavor is similarly fruity. Very bitter...an undercurrent of drying hoppiness is the backbone of this one. Sort of a dirty, rough hoppiness. Body is medium, solid, with good carbonation. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. A solid IPA all around.

soupyman10, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light copper with a thick, but somewhat loose head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is pungent grapefruit hop, with an underlying bready/grainy malt presence.

T - Right off the bat, grapefruit blasts out. Sweet-ish pale malt comes next, before a heavy bitterness cleans up. Aftertaste is not long lasting. A touch of leafiness in here as well.

M - Moderate zing in the carbonation, and the body is solid medium - not heavy, nor light.

D - Very solid, drinkable brew. Hop centered, but with some balance.

allergictomacros, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA color - clear golden amber with a decent, slow developing head. It tastes strongly of citrus, mostly grapefruit, with hints of lemon. Not much on the hop bitterness, but that citrusy hop perfume is the dominant character of this beer. It's a solid and refreshing IPA but might be a bit fruity for serious hopheads.

Seanibus, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of tonytuffnuts
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon pour, it's nice and coppery, LOOKS a bit less malty than a "Hop3 Ale" would suggest--if that makes sense. Great head, sticky islands of lace left behind by the dissipation.

It smells great. Is that 3-row malt? Prolly not, but mmm. Nice hop character, grassy and fruity at the same time. MMM. Only weird thing (and this isn't my glass' fault) I smell a bit of underlying... soap? Scented soap? Yes. Alcohol comes through in scent and taste as it sits.

Great taste too. A bit of an alcohol bite brings it's drinkability down. There's a lemon tang in the middle of my tongue (but it dies as the open bottle sits), with sweet malt encasing. A nice hop finish leaves me feeling green. I'll have two of the three in my 12-pack, but the third might be too much.

This is why I review: at outset, I didn't find it too drinkable a beer, nor was it all that outstanding. I've let it sit, and I've analyzed it, and I've realized the sum of parts is greater than the whole's first impression.

tonytuffnuts, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Blue Mountain Brewery pint glass (my latest acquisition).

Appearance: A mild pour yields a pillowy white one-and-a-half finger head that lasted for about a minute. The body of this beer is a dull, hazy copper-gold, with a slightly higher-than-normal level of visible carbonation. A thick ring of lace remains at the level of the head well into the second half of the beer (and at a few other levels when I took longer-than-usual pauses between sips).

Smell: Overwhelmingly floral and sweet, with just a tough of citrus - a delight.

Taste: I almost went with a 4.0 here, but decided to go with the 3.5, largely because as the contents of my glass diminished, the complexity of this beer did as well. It's very bitter, with lots of prickly, spicy alcohol (too much, in my opinion), and a light, sweet caramel foundation, but there aren't as many different hop complexities as one would imagine a beer brewed with five different styles of hops would or should have. There's some earthy pine, and maybe a hint of lemon ... but it's all pretty weak. The general hop bitterness and sharp alcohol kinda dominate here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and consistent throughout the duration of the sip which is nice, but not overwhelmingly smooth - fine grain sandpaper, maybe?

Drinkability: Despite its shortcomings in a few areas, pretty good. 7.25% abv isn't terrible, and despite the fact that the bitterness is all that comes through as far as the hops go, it's really not just an overwhelmingly bitter beer. And the nose is fantastic.

CrellMoset, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Edgecrusher
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden color. Decent head with a nice lacing.

Smell: Smells of hops. Not too overwhelming but enough to make ya want to dive right in.

Taste: Is superb. Spot on for the style. Very yummy.

Mouthfeel: Nice and clean. Goes down smooth and is very refreshing.

Drinkablity: Keep em coming!! A very delicious beer that I could drink all night ( and have)

Overall a very satisfying good beer. I recommend to try if you haven't already!

Edgecrusher, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of weiserr
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to Clipper City. Our Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale is a hop shot across the bow! Hops, hops, and MORE hops. As if I needed any further convincing...Nice.

12 oz. of hops to the third power, enjoyed in a HopDevil pint - how fitting. She's an interesting pour; pumpkin rust consumes the glass while tight bubbles dance and elevate like they're part of some math experiment. Lace is uber sticky and surrounds the glass. Froth has excellent retention.

Nose is a potpourri of herbal notes to include caraway, marjoram, thyme, some coriander and a bit of mint lingering.

Lives up to the brewing process. This is extremely hoppy, which is right up my alley. All hops up front; the malt character serves as a brilliant doubles partner with a quiet, yet pronounced citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is astringent and cloying.

I've had this IPA before, but didn't recall enjoying it so much. At 7.25%, this is superb in terms of drinkability. I'll have another, and so should you.

weiserr, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of HugoGrim
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Eulogy in Philly.

Deep red/brown body, no head to speak of by the time it got to me, no lace either.

Aroma is of strong piney hops and freshly cut wet wood.

Flavor boasts full, rich bitter piney hops. Very fresh and crisp with a notable citrus element.

HugoGrim, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear amber color with a scant white head and average lace. There's a pleasant grapefruit hops aroma, relatively light with a fair malt presence. Mildly but evenly carbonated. Good citrus overtone to a medium bodied malty tastey brew. This is definitely drinkable but plenty of flavor to boot. Very good.

Durge, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange-amber with a thick, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is very hoppy, almost piny, promising an exceptionally hoppy beer. Flavor delivers what the aroma promises - exceptionally hoppy, with an undertone like the scent of a pine tree. Texture is smooth and pleasant, and aftertaste has just a little hop bitterness in it. Recommended to all hop lovers.

Cyberkedi, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with steady carbonation and very nice lacing all the way down the glass. Very pretty. Smell is raw hop juice. Juicy pine and citrus mixed. Light malt presence. Assertively hoppy taste also. I pick up a peppery hop character and somewhat floral as well. Still pine and citrus, too. A tingly mouthfeel, prickles the tongue. Great hop lover's IPA that packs a punch. I like it.

ncvbc, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of albern
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new generation hop ale that differs from the more traditional British IPAs. It pours a very clear golden color, with a nice frothy, part soapy head that laces and retains. The smell is wonderful with tons of hop notes, lemongrass, hop esters, hop resins, green hop stalks. The smell is about as good as it gets for the style. The taste is just bursting with hops, very fresh, very lemony, very grass and tea like in their consistency. It is a newish type IPA and may not be to everyone's liking, but it is a beer for true hop heads. The mouthfeel is modest with little aftertaste. The hop flavors are not subtle and they don't linger into the finish and aftertaste, and in that, the beer differs from the more subtle British IPAs which tend to be more subdued in the middle but come on stronger in the finish and beyond. This is a really intersting, enjoyable beer that comes highly recommended. L'Chaim.

albern, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I asked for a hoppy brew, and man did I find it. This beer exploded with a hoppy smell, taste, and mouthfeel. Amber in color, and finishes extremly smooth. At 7.25 ABV, it is not too overpowering, so the drinkability is way up there. The color was a bit cloudy for my taste, so that was one of the only draw backs. For all you hop heads out there, this one's for you. Great hoppy ale. Cheers.

Gtreid, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of NastyCanasta
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer because I was trying to find a replacement for Alpha King. It was not bad, I was somewhat surprised.

When I poured it from the bottle into my glass it had a very nice copper tint to it. The off white head was not large, but it did leave a nice lacing around the rim of my glass.

At first smell it was very earthy, green, and fresh-like.

When I first drank it, it did taste somewhat citrus like.

Nothing special for me as far as mouthfeel, a little dry.

It was a nice drink and I probably would buy and drink it again.

I do recommend this ale.

NastyCanasta, Mar 28, 2008
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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