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

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Ratings: 2,558
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 71
Gots: 169 | 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.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate


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

From the Waldoboro beer porn capitol. Pours a nice golden orange color, smells quite sweet for an IPA. Tastes rather sweet for an IPA too, and not really a malty sweet, but some kind of sweet hop flavor, with honey thrown in. Average mouthfeel. Overall it's quite drinkable, but not what I am looking for in a IPA personally, but I would recommend a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 04:24:29 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a two-beer Heavy Seas tasting I decided to do one night, where unfortunately I didn't take very good notes. Dark gold in colour, small head and very little lacing. Moderate pine hops in the aroma and flavour, with some sweet, doughy malt to back it up (balance is OK but not perfect). Very drinkable compared to some other hop-emphasis beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 20:39:49 | More by crwills
Photo of ArrogantB


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

This beer reminded me of Bristol Edge City IPA in almost every way. The color was a light orange with a white, loosely bubbled head. The smell was sweet and a little floral. The taste was also sweet and no hop bitterness to be found. The drinkability was good as the alcohol was well hidden. I did feel the alcohol after the pint was gone. I am now interested to try Clipper City's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 22:08:38 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of BuckSpin


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of 8/07) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured silently and with no surge. Mmm...great sweet citrus nose of ripe pineapple, warm grapefruit, pine sap, apricot, peach... a wonderfully inviting bouquet. This is like standing in the fruit section of a farmer's market right after everything has been set out, all fresh, samples cut, morning air all crisp. I could just smell this over & over...very nice!

Head was a finger's worth of mixed winter white stained foam that took a little while to fade, eventually settling to a slightly sticky, thin blanket of the same that did lace in nice, big splotches. The body is a little hazy, warm, somewhat syrupy looking golden orange clover honey hue with some solitary bubbles rising slowly thru it. Overall a treat for the peepers & sniffer.

I'm still smelling it....be patient, please...

Nice. The citrus fruits carry over to the tongue in the form of grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, peach all over & in conjunction with a nice hop bitterness. This is very pleasing & enjoyable. So many times hops are just insane with bitterness. This is actually sweet with hop bitterness if such a thing is possible. I freely admit I am not a hop head by any stretch, but I am diggin' this big time.

Its setting a nice, leisurely pace (or perhaps I am) as to enjoy it longer. Either way, its always a plus to me when a beer slows things down, tunes things out and you can just relax & enjoy. There is a semi-dry crunchiness in the background, which adds a nice counterweight to the fruity, hoppy tonguefeel up front.

It does grow more bitter & drier on the palate, the malts stand up with a leathery, straw like quality and take a bow for their supporting role in all of this. It finishes rather dry, the alcohol (which has been completely hidden up to now) finally takes center stage with a pleasing, mouth warming (but not skull penetrating) glow that just tickles the teeth enough to make them grin yet not laugh out loud. A somewhat syrupy, coating aftertaste, ironically reminiscent of bitter citrus pith & rind, remains.

Finally, an IPA I can really dig! I have had some good ones and enjoyed others, but this one just really appealed to my palate. I am an admitted & card carrying malthead, but the sweet citrus fruited qualities, overall balance of bitter & sweet, combined with a nice afterglow....this one got me. As of now my favorite IPA. If you like citrus and IPAs that are not over hopped nor overly bitter I highly recommend this. I look forward to finally having a IPA I can enjoy again & again!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 01:59:58 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of cjgator3


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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a thin white head that turns into a ring of lace around the edge of the glass. The aroma features an in-your-face profile from the hops. Underneath all of the hops there is a nice maltiness in the nose as well. To no surprise, the hops give you a nice kick in the mouth immediately upon the first sip and don't give up. Much like the nose, the taste is very well balanced between the malt and hops. Overall, this is a superb IPA that will surely be making a repeat appearance in my fridge rather soon. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 03:31:29 | More by cjgator3
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3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a best by date of August 2007. Poured into a pint glass, it was orange with a thin head and an oily film. Nice floral aroma. A hoppy taste, but somewhat muted. Not the hops bomb I was expecting. Still, a smooth beer, one that you could drink more than one of.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 16:23:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the hoppiest East coast IPA's, period. Not a bad deal either, 8.75 a sixer at Ryan and Casey's in Greenfield, MA.

I was a little surprised that this beer was of the filtered variety; pretty clear body, with only the slightest animation of yeast (indicated as such on the bottle). Nice floral, oak-type on the the nose. Hoppy smokes, jekers crow.

A nice beer, if you are a hop-head in any sense, run, don't walk to find this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 14:15:38 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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Ontario (Canada)

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

This contains two reviews: one on cask and one on bottle. The numerical ratings are an approximate average of the two. First up: CASK. Two pints enjoyed from Bukowski's in Boston. Pours an initial cloudy orange that clears as it settles. An absolutely wonderful aroma of fresh, fresh, fresh floral hops. Is there any better smell in the world than a hoppy cask ale? My first perfect aroma rating. Taste is a fresh hop bomb of the kind that only cask seems to be able to offer. I loved this one as much as I love the Black Oak Cask. Heaven. BOTTLE: 12oz bottle. Pours a light gold with notable carbonation. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a bit faint, but nice of what you get. The bottle aroma is galaxies apart from the cask version. The taste is different as well, but still very nice. Lots of the floral hops that I enjoy.

Serving type: cask

04-30-2007 21:45:58 | More by sstackho
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New York

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

Serving size was a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured a light golden color with a nice sized white head. As it dispersed it left some nice lacing

My favorite thing about this beer was the smell. Huge aroma of hops. Floral and fruity. I don't think I can do it justice by attempting to sum it up in words. I would give it a 5, but I like to be hopeful that another IPA can beat this aroma.
The taste is very appealing. Granted I do tend to enjoy hoppy beers. That being said I didn't find this beer that bitter. The hop taste is prevalent, but I didn't find it as ridiculous as some other IPA's or DIPA's. The hops being prevalent, but not what I would consider overpowering or ridiculous leads to Loose Cannon's drinkability.

This beer, though 7.5% abv, is quite drinkable. I feel that any beer drinker would like this beer and not just "hopheads." I wouldn't go as far as to call this a session beer, but compared to the larger hopped, larger abv IPA's I think it has a high drinkability. Definately worth a try for non-hop lovers

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 19:59:24 | More by shaebs99
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New York

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

Pours a clear golden amber color with a full finger off white head that fades slowly. Visible effervescence and a nice amount of lacing observed.

The smell is nice and floral, grassy, pineapple and grapefruit.

The mouth feel is average or even a little on the lighter side. A light hop in front, slightly under-carbonated with an equally reserved yet balanced malt characteristic.

The flavor is nice; a hoppy grapefruit that lingers some in the finish. A some what sweet flavor of the malt

Drinkability - The 7.5% ABV is hidden well. This comes across as a much lighter beverage. I do sense the alcoholic sizzle on the way down, possibly a personal problem ;-) I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 16:04:06 | More by jjayjaye
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got mine on-tap @ the Brew Kettle on April 27th, 2007. It was served in a nondescript American pint glass. The Brew Kettle's website said that Loose Cannon had 70 IBUs and an alcohol percentage of 7.5%.

Poured a slightly hazy honey amber that had a few small tints of yellow sunshine in the body of the beer. It had half an inch head of white foam that had decent retention that left behind a small white film, some white foamy rings along the edge of the beer, and loads of white sticky lace around the glass. It had a mild aroma of sweet juicy fruits, a slice of grapefruit, touch of sweet toasted malts, and then suddenly ended with a medium sized citrus hop punch. The taste was that of a few sweet juicy fruits, sweet toasted malts, sweet caramel, and with a dry mild citrus grapefruit hop punch. I mentioned a few sweet flavors, but it really wasn't that sweet. Every sweet flavor kept the other sweet tastes in check. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a not too strong aftertaste of juicy fruits that were mixed in with a huge helping of citrus hops. The mouthfeel is also a bit on the slick side. I could taste or feel it's 7.5% ABV. Before Loose Cannon, I've never had a Clipper City beer or any of their Heavy Seas series before, but this one kind of made me want to try more of their offerings. The key words in that sentence was "kind of."

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2007 05:10:38 | More by AltBock
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Says on the label that there's yeast at the bottom, but I didn't see any, looks pretty clear. Pours a slightly hazy light-copper color. Small-ish head that quickly fades to some decent lacing. Smell is amazing. This is probably the best beer I have ever smelled. Lots of hops with a lingering sweetness and a small hint of some type of fruit. Taste is outstanding. Hops hops hops (as the label claims) but still other complexities. There's a bit of that sweetness that's there in the smell. A sweet, dry finish with some hops in there for some good measure. I'm not the best at discribing all the tastes, but this is damn good. Mouthfeel is good and smooth. Drinkability is slightly less than good because of the strength of both the hops and the alcohol, but decent.

I'm really glad that it's not just a knock-your-socks-off hop beer, but something with lots of hop character that still manages to have a lot of other stuff going on. This will become one of my staples.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 22:37:20 | More by theWrkncacnter
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3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy deep amber. It doesn't have much of a head, but it leaves nice lacing. A paradox, this one...

S- Nice hoppy nose. Tons of citrusy hops spring forth with a sweet orange character. A hint of alcohol is also evident.

T- That sweet orange hoppiness hinted at by the nose really comes through in the taste. Malt sweetness backs the hops nicely, but there is never any doubt as to the source of this beer's flavor. Alcohol is vaguely evident throughout. Bitterness is actually fairly low for a beer with such a large hop character, but it's certainly there.

M- Carbonation is a little low, but the overall mouthfeel of the beer is good with a nice medium body.

D- Well, it has a good flavor and everything, but I wouldn't see myself drinking more than one, maybe two of these. The alcohol is kind of high and the beer's too rich or sweet or something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it hurts the drinkability.

Overall a decent IPA. It's tasty and has a nice hop character. It's a bit lacking in other areas, though. This is listed as a regular American IPA, but in terms of body and alcohol strength it borders on Double IPA. Whatever, it still tastes good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 01:51:33 | More by vtfan77
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3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> goblet
notched Aug 07 for brewery fresh taste

Pours a golden orange with a rocky sticky white head. Lace is sporadic gobs of thin white. Carbonation appears slow and steady.

Nose: Huge pineapple nose, with orange juice, no malt presense in the nose. Alcohol is uncovered about halfway through.

Heavy malts coat the tongue. Hop flavors are a disappointment after the huge citrus nose, although pine does makes an appearance. Hop bitterness is stinging and lasting.

Mouthfeel is medium.

This brew kind of reminded me of the Winter Storm. Went down hill after the first sniff, seemingly not the same beer i first sniffed. Not a horrible ipa at all, just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 21:00:04 | More by beerphan
Photo of tigerdoc

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a quickly disappearing head. Very complex hoppy aroma which I found to be very pleasant. I found the mouthfeel a little oily but full bodied which balance nicely with the hops. It had a great hop flavor and crisp bitterness that lingered on the palate for a while. Definately a quality IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 03:05:38 | More by tigerdoc
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New Hampshire

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

12oz brown bottle purchased as part of a multi-pack at Florian's. Translucent amber-red body with a quarter inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells like orange, pith, and pine. Tastes like orange and caramel malt with hints of herbal spicey character. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Fairly drinkable. Not the best IPA I've had, but a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 19:51:49 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not what I was expecting from all the hop hype on the label. Freshness date neatly marked on the label. They pushed that it was a highly hopped brew but I was disappointed with there explanation. Oh well. It was a decent brew. Rather light mouth feel. It poured a copper color with a light amber hue mixed in. There was a clean white head. Smelled of mild hops but not an overpowering scent. Mild tones of malt in the background. No real cloudiness and no real lacing in the pint glass. Taste was of a sweet malt flavor up front followed by a rather light hop profile. Certainly not an explosion of hops but more of a trickle of hop bitterness. It seemed to be a very drinkable brew. Although this beer was not the IPA I was expecting it did have some decent flavor. Not my favorite IPA to much sweetness from the malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 17:45:09 | More by bigone4
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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Nice amber color, somewhat cloudy, with a thin off-white head.

S- Hoppy, fresh citrus, very inviting.

T- Washes over your tongue, very good hoppy beer.

M- Smooth, oily, nice thick beer.

D- A good beer to go with food, holds up well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2007 02:10:13 | More by cichief
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a decent looking beer, gold with an off-white head. The smell of hops is present but not intense. The taste is very sweet at first, then the hops balance things out. There is a mild hop aftertaste. It tastes good, but its not as hoppy as I was hoping. The mouthfeel is a little thin for this type of beer. Drinkablity is good. This is a nice beer, just not what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 22:53:34 | More by bigbubba
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a huge, self-proclaimed hophead. When I saw on the label, 3 pounds of hops per barrel, I had to do a double take. Awesome. But when I drank the beer I wasn't as impressed. It had a very hoppy taste to begin with, but it was overshadowed by a slight alcohol aftertaste. There was a scent of grapefruit and pine. It has a pretty good drinkability if you like strong bitterness, and it has an orangeish amber color. Good beer, overall, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 00:21:48 | More by jmp491
Photo of mobud


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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Lite copper color with a small white head that remained thru sample. The beer was also somewhat cloudy.

S- Hoppy with the elements of grass and pine. The smell was strong ,but not overwhelming.

T- A great pine taste with a lite grapefruit feel. This beer tasted great with every sip giving different degrees of hop intensity.

M- The hoppy resins combined with a medium mouthfeel that remained strong thru sample.

D- I love this beer. It is another great beer in a great series of beer from Clipper City. I enjoy heavy hops and this one gives it. The ABV is over 7%, so 2 of these is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2007 18:17:36 | More by mobud
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a hazy golden orange color. About a half inch of frothy white head formed. Not much in the way of retention, and left little lace. Smell: Nice blast of fresh grapefruit, lots of smooth bitter hops with nice piney highlights, and some sweet malt. Taste: A rich , bitter hoppiness with some sour citrus notes up front, followed by bready yeast and sweet balancing malt in the finish. Had a nice earthiness to it. Medium bodied in the mouth with some fizzy carbonation to it. No alcohol heat. Pretty balanced and smooth , pretty drinkable. A little better than average I.P.A..

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 00:11:46 | More by jaxon53
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3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always passed on Clipper City but saw this one and really wanted something new. Plus, I've really started to enjoy hoppy beers, so the "Hop3 Ale" really turned me on to it. "over 3 lbs per barrel." YES, they're talking about hops.

Appearance is an amber brown with about a half finger of head that quickly fizzes into sparatic islands of head. Its lace is more of a fine webbing.

Yeah, with the cautionary tales of hops noted all over the bottle, you can probably even smell this beer with your imagination. Along with the hops is a... is it really? you're not sure but the taste confirms it...

Grapefruit... that the prodiminent taste for me. Grapefruit and hops... and to tell you the truth; I really like it.

The mouthfeel has no characteristics that compell me to write home or even to BA about. Which isn't a bad thing but just not an amazing thing.

Drinkability would definitely depend on the drinkers taste for hops and grapefruit, in my opinion. Someone please tell me if I'm crazy about this grapefruit. Please do beermail me if you agree or disagree.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 23:52:39 | More by ClassicBrad
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4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle well within the "purchase before" date marked at the bottom of the bottle.

On the pour, you get a deep golden hued beer, topped with a white and creamy head. Retention is good due to the tiny carbonation bubbles which continuously make their way up to the top from the bottom of the glass. Sheets of lacing are evident all the way down during the session.

The nose really grabs your attention! I was still pouring the beer when I was hit with a very piney nose coming off the top of the glass. Putting my nose into the glass was an affirmation of the huge pine aroma of hops, with maybe a touch of citrus mixed in.

Taste is dry, crisp and clean, with the hop presence dominant. It is not until near the bottom (as the beer warmed) that I noticed a bit of malty sweetness coming through. This is *not* just another hop bomb, but the hop presence is dominant ... just right for a hophead and good for an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with light carbonation. The considerable alcohol content doesn't make itself known in the taste at all.

A highly drinkable beer, which should be quaffed with responsibility, given its 7.5% abv. One of the better IPAs around, and since that is one of my favorite styles, I've had quite a few. Highly recommended.


Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 19:51:33 | More by cooncat
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with an off white head that sheets down the sides of the pint glass.
Smells of floral - piney hops and some steely malt.
Intense , but balanced sweet, steely malt and pine cone hops...some hints of minty menthol in the aftertaste.
Medium carbonation , medium body.
Tasty stuff , but maybe too intense for having more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 02:32:47 | More by Hautacam
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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