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

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Ratings: 2,938
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 89
Gots: 356 | 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 thesyko56
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly dark yellow with a one and a half finger head.

S: Very floral hop smell. Citrus and pine also present.

T: Very hoppy and bitter in the best possible way but with a sweet malty under town.

M: Heavy but good. The perfect amount of carbonation.

D: very drinkable for the style/

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing hop schedule with a sweet malt backbone. This is probably as close to a double ipa as you can get without being considered one. Flavors really start popping as the beer warms...a sign of a great beer. I think the beer should be served with one of those "grapefruit spoons" in the glass as some sort homage to it's beautiful florally/piney greatness. A real treat.

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

12 bottle.

Appearance: A clear orange with a foamy little head that doesnt last too long, but leaves some really nice lacing. Lots of bubbles, partly due to the etching in my perfect pint glass.

Smell: Big juicy citrus hops. Candied orange and apricot. A little flowery too.

Taste: Nice bitter hoppiness. The citrus tastes more grapefruity than it smells, and theres also nice piney taste in there. Its pretty balanced, not overly bitter, with a clean malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: The good carbonation contributes to a good mouthfeel that is on the full side for an IPA, but not syrupy yet.

Drinkability: This is a pleasant surprise. This just became available in my area, and I'm pleased about it. This is a good quality IPA.

Photo of Goldopelgt
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a somewhat thick whitish head with decent retention and sticky lacing...

S: Hoppy...but not overbearing...somewhat grassy with a tinge of citrus...

T: similar to the smell...not too hoppy which is kind of disappointing, but still good...

M: Medium bodied, but surprisingly thick on the palate, in a good way....

D: Not really what I was expecting but still pretty damn good...worth a try if you haven't had it. Worth a re-visit if you have...cheers!

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

A- hazy orange-tinged brown with speckles of yeast and sediment. A chunky head, 2 inches in height with a fair bit of lacing

S-- Grapefruit, grassy, and tropical fruit

T- Sweet malt with juicy pineapple and papaya flavor. Herbal bitterness follows as does a harsh alcohol spice. Finishes with a hint of yeasty bread

M- Chewy with proper carbonation and stickiness

D- Boozy and a bit harsh from alcohol and a little too sweet

I've had this a few times and each time I seem to like it less than the last. Probably would not buy this again

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/10: Finally arrived in Chicago, thanks to wilwfu for sharing!
Bright and bittersweet grapefruit rind aroma and taste, nice and hoppy, reminds me of fresh DFH 90 min. a little bit. Going to raise scores for this one, and seek it out fresh.

BBD: 11/09

Sticky halo of lacing, glowing orange body. Slight haze, but pretty nice clarity overall. Caramel aroma not much else at this point. It foams up with the slightest swirl, with good retention.

Dried apricot flavor, spice and caramel malts. Pretty tasty, i'll have to look for this fresh next year. It's full bodied and verging on double IPA i'd say. Dry and spicy finish. Lingering dry citrus fruit from the hops. ABV is hidden well enough, but it renders this a sipper anyway.

Still good, if you have some left drink it now...

Photo of biker30x
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden haze with a wispy but persistent head and lace. The smell was citrus and flowers with a hint of spice. Carbonation hits the mouth first followed by an assault of hop spice but with little pine or malt to smooth or round the flavor. A one note pony (is there such a thing) that at least plays its one note very well. Mouth feel is dominated by carbonation but shows of a viscous and smooth feel that leaves the mouth with a slight burn and a memory of hops. Well worth the next sip.

Not a stand out in a crowded field of hop-forward IPAs, but a worthy member of the pack.

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

Poured into a widmer weizen glass, (interesting choice) it's gold amber with a great, lasting head and bubbles streaming up the middle of the glass until the last sip.

The aroma is a nice, east coast style hoppy. Some sappy pine and orange citrus. Very juicy and fresh, this tap was tapped within weeks.

The nice thing about the flavor here is the big, hoppy citrus note in the middle. Bitterness is low enough to not get in the way of hop flavor. The malt character is light bodied, probably some light lovibond specialty malts. Alcohol is hidden very nicely. Bitterness is welcoming and not too ever the top. It's pretty tight, but it's not blowing me away.

Mouthfeel is quite light for the size, which is nice. Carbonation is in the medium range, but perhaps a little high for my tastes. I would welcome another pint of this. It didn't surprise me but it was worth a try and enjoyable throughout.

Photo of corby112
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with light amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger foamy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Massive hop aroma fills the room once the bottle is opened. Lots of earthy and floral hops, resinous hop oil, citrus notes with a caramel malt backbone and a slight hint of grass.

Once again the earthy/floral hops dominate the flavor. Resinous chewy mouthfeel with a huge hop blast of bitterness that lasts throughout, lingering over the caramel malt backbone into a bitter dry finish. Medium bodied with a nice balance from the malt profile. Slightly sweet from the citrus notes and the alcohol is very well masked.

Photo of kegger22
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber with a reasonable head that faded to a collar. The aroma was typically citrus. The taste is nice, a lemon-grapefruit, but a little malty. No bitter aftertaste. Feel is medium bodied with little carbonation. The drinkability is good, I'd like several.

Photo of schmitter
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light bronze, amber with basically no head whatsoever.

Smells hoppy, somewhat bitter citrus.

Taste is malty hops, crisp with a slight hint of lime.

The higher alcohol content is not readily detectable, making the beer fairly drinkable.

Overall an underwhelming beer.

Photo of MDekker
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours out just slightly hazy in a dark orange-bronze hue. Not much head, unfortunately, but there's some retention of what's there.

S: Hops, definitely, but not as potent as I expected. Some sweet notes stand out too. I smell apple juice a bit.

T: More hops than anything else - an uninspiring beginning, and then the finish, which is accompanied by sour flavors too - blah.

M: Pretty average. Nothing much to say.

D: It's coming off a little weird, I must say, and the sourness is turning off. It's OK, but that's about it.

Photo of lownote
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap pint. Nice golden color with about a thumb's thickness head. Smelled mostly of hops but not too strong. The taste was a perfect blend of hops, citrus and spice. None of the tastes were out of balance, which is a problem I encounter with lots of ipas. Mouthfeel was light and smooth. Easy, good beer to drink.

Photo of friesfox5
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light orange, nice lacing.
S- Hops, pine needles, sweet.
M- Good body.
T- Great taste. Balanced sweetness and hoppiness in the front. What's great about this brew is how the hops play with the sweetness on your tongue after you take a drink.
D- Superb drinkability. This one goes down easy for such a complex brew.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden orange, nice big white head that fades. Leaves nice sticky lacing down the glass. Nice aroma of pine, grapefruit, good hoppy scent. Taste is very nice. Not a big hop explosion, but more of a gentle smooth hop taste.
Blend of grapefruit, a little sour apple and nice piney hops. This is a great IPA for those who don't want that hard kick in the head of hops that some IPAs give off. This is more a smooth crisp hop experience. A great IPA to enjoy
one after another.

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

Bright golden orange. Thick chunky white head that sits. Gives way to a hop oily foam. Thick sticky shoestring laces.

MMM...Hops! Citrus, Sour Grapefruit, Floral, Pine, Herbal Resinous and more. toasted biscuit. Small hint of yeast.

Citrus twang. Big grapefruit and orange, herbal and floral with a mild spiciness. Mild toasted biscuit malts. Bitter resinous grapefruit/pine finish.

Smooth, medium to lighter bodied, average carbonation. resinous sticky.

Hopalicious. big hop forward IPA^3. mild biscuit malts showcase the amazing hop profile. Great Aromatics. Great in warm weather, i could drink this one all the time, and do.

Photo of scooter231
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright rusty color with golden hues, very similar to a sunset. A wee bit hazy, with a lovely poofy off white head, and some lacing around the glass. This is a very pretty beer.

Smells quite sweet- apricot, apple juice, and lavender come to mind. The grassy hops smell doesn't overpower the sweetness, but rather evens it out. There's also a bit of a citrus zing to finish up one good sniff.

Taste is... not what I expected. It's a bit less sweet than the nose is, though the apple juice is still coming through. Not nearly as bitter as I anticipated. After the burst of sweetness is a light grassy hops taste, a bit of bready malt backbone, and that's it. It just kind of falls flat. Nothing to round it off and really grab you. Still, it's not at all unpleasant tasting.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for my tastes, but it's very slick, and has enough of a sudsy feel to it. Kinda filmy.

Overall- not a bad beer at all. I'd prefer some more oomph in the flavor department, and a bit of a thicker chewier bite to it, but at 7%, and on a hot day, especially? A very good choice.

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

A- Pours a nice golden amber with a pretty impressive head. Good lacing and retention, this head is light and sits nicely on the beer.

S- Hops (duh). A spice, like coriander or cinnamon.. interesting. Hops are sweet and unoffensive, very floral.

T- Folows the nose, fruity citrus hops and piney hops battle, with piney hops winning.

M- Slightly sweeter than expected. Good body, though... works perfectly with the flavors.

D- Pretty high.. I will buy a 6er of this next time!

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

On tap at Track 84. This sits right on the line between IPA and Double/Imperial. Aroma and taste are delightfully fruity and piney. Considering the abv is north of 7%, it is very very drinkable. Really a great balance in the hops. Obviously they're in your face and come on strong, but not so much that you couldn't enjoy a second glass. Overall this is one of my new favorites.

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

a very bright summer IPA. simple and a tad sweet but malty sweet without being doughy. pour is a bit towards the golden. a nice lacy head of white. nose of sweet malt and citrus fruit. not particularly yeast. palate is that but with a sweet honey finish. very mild bitter. great with indian food or any type of spice summer meal.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon poured cloudy gold-to-light amber with a massive thick head that left thick sticky lace.

The smell and taste were crisp, light, and citric. The feel was also light. It was refreshing and enjoyable on a hot day--very easy to drink for an IPA; however, it was passive with little impact on the palate.

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon is a light easy IPA, that's a bit too easy for an IPA.

Photo of gmfessen
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle says purchase before June of 2009... I hope that one month over won't be too bad. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a copper-orange color with a one-finger, frothy head that looks like it will hold good lacing and does. This beer may be from Baltimore but the smell is all west coast. The nose is a nice bouquet of herbal and citrusy hops. Grapefruit, pine resin and some earthy notes shine through. The flavor is surprisingly malty at first but quickly balanced by the hoppiness of the beer. Incredibly balanced! Finishes very smooth with only a small hop kiss and barely a hint of alcohol. Very well done indeed! The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin yet creamy carbonation. Overall very drinkable given the ABV, one tasty AIPA that could sneak up on you. I don't think that being one month over on this beer hurt it much and if it did then I cannot hardly imagine how good it would be fresh.

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

Poured from the bottle, which I let warm for a few. Nice clear copper-orange color with a great, clumpy white head. A thin layer sticks around. Nose is straight-up hoppy! One of the best I've sniffed in a while-- the Amarillo character really shines through.

Flavor is hoppy as hell, but not necessarily characteristic of a hop "bomb". Piney, but also citrusy. I like the amount of hop flavor in comparison to the bitterness, which was not overpowering. Sweet malts. Medium mouthfeel could have been more luscious, but carbonation was nice, relatively low. This one is definitely satisfying the hop urge.

A solid, hoppy IPA with a great nose.

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear caramel/copper color with a nice dense off-white head that settles into a nice cap. The aroma is of a piney asprin hop and a sweet honey malt. The taste is of a piney asprin hop, some citrus and tropical fruit. Must admit that I was expecting more hops. A nice honey malt plays a supporting role. The feel is light to moderate, lighter than I expected. Fairly soft carbonation lead to a smooth feel. A good AIPA but not great. A bit subdued for its higher ABV, though the ABV is well hidden.

Photo of Anthony1
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a perfect pint

pours a clear golden color with a large head. not much lace, just some sticky pieces.

Smells hoppy with a splash of fruit and citrus. little bit of floral, but mostly hops. Taste is some what sweet with a citrus splash, but again, mostly hops. medium body with ok carbonation that was pretty smooth to drink

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