1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 AleHeavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,831 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,831
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 85
Gots: 289 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,831 | Reviews: 1,152 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hdofu
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting tasting one starts off with an herbal, almost punchy flavor that quickly pounds you with a hopp sucker punch. Smell is citrusy and hopp like. Taste is alot of hopps and mango and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is crisp and mildly bubbly. Color is deep red with a white head. It has a pleasent taste I find refreshing and would mind indulging in again.

hdofu, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Kennett Square Brew Fest ('05). Also form 12oz bottles.

Poured a deep amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hopes, light oranges and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, grapefruit, floral and caramel.

Original notes from: 10/9/05

hopdog, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of SteveO1231
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a really nice, foamy off-white head. With some awesome lacing.

Smell is rather sweet, the first wiff hits me like a fruit roll-up as a matter of fact. Some citrus hops in there. Bready and husky.

Medium / full-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and slightly slick texture.

The beer has a large, fruity, caramel sweetness. Hops are much lighter than I expected. Finishes with a soapy sweetness and a light grassy hop bitterness.

Overall kinda bland. I probably won't revisit this one.


SteveO1231, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slow forming, thin white head. Beer is copper/orange in color, opaque.

As the name would suggest ("Hop3 Ale), hops are prevalent in the nose. However, for a highly hopped, highly alcoholic beer, the mouthfeel was very subdued. I expected more bit, but was pleasantly surprised.

There may be a hint of cloves and orange peel. As I drank more and more, I kept thinking "cloves and orange peel" but it might have just been citrusy hops. Regardless, either they were very smooth hops or there was something to balance the bitterness, because this was a smooth hoppy beer, from beginning til the finish.

RickS95, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing amber red color with a low level of cloudiness to it, thinnish off-white head but what's there sticks around for some time. For the category of beer, the malts accord themselves well and smooth out any hoppy excesses, you get a mélange of orange citrus, floral dew, field grasses, honey coated pie crust and apricot fruit, manages good length without forcing itself on you. Medium-bodied, very good interplay between the sour, bitter hops which create an initial puckering only then to open to sweeter malt and toffee flavors. The orange to pink grapefruit too more sweet than not. Allowing for this, the hops return to rule the finish and tighten all the screws. Lots of tingle on the tongue and ends on a clean note.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a single 12oz bottle from jungle jims in fairfield, ohio.

A: pours a blonde color with white head..some lacing

S: fruity, hops, citrus

T: similar to smell but not as sweet as the scent

M: very thin..mouthfeel tastes like a light macro brew

D: very easy to drink, but it's not something that entices me to want to keep drinking...it reminds me of a macro hoppy brew

**I tried this again on tap and it was WAY better. Maybe I had a crap bottle, but I'll be picking another up to figure out what the deal was.

dukedevil0, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant hazy orange color thats typical among the elite American IPA's. White foaming one finger head to boot, some lacing on the settling. Smells of fermented citrus and an off tangent of pine. Unique aroma all around. Gulp. The hop is there, but the extra punch is not. Nice and smooth is the outcome, low carbonation and mellow on the outtake. A session beer in every right. Highly recommended.

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of soupermirl
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I am not a hop head, for this beer I must give props. The beer looked delicious in the glass, gave a great aroma, and taste, well the taste of hops was a bit much for me, but for hoppie beers, this one did have a very solid tast and mouthfeel. I would drink one on occasion just to get my weekly dose of hops.

soupermirl, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice hazy golden color with an off white head that fades slowly leaving thick sticky lace on the side of the glass. the aroma presents a nice bit of floral hops and crystal malt. the taste backs that up with a nice hop flavor and a clean smooth finish. A very good IPA but I'm not sure it should be in the extreme beer series. Tara says it goes well with fiddle-faddle.

almychristopher, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of boralyl
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours one finger of sticky off-white head. It has a pretty good retention and leaves good lacing. The beer is a slightly hazy copper color.

S - Lots of hops. A mix of piny and citrusy hops are most prominent in the aroma.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a slick feel from the hops oil.

T - The biscuit like malts hit first followed by a nice does of citrus hops. Some bitter hops round up the end leaving a nice finish. A slight fruity flavor lingers in the aftertaste as the bitterness dies down.

A very delicious IPA it goes down easy and is pretty drinkable for it's abv. This is my first offering from Clipper City Brewing, and I must say I'm impressed. I'm interested in seeing what else they have to offer.

boralyl, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass
Amber/orange with nice , white lingering head
Delicious aroma of full-on hops with definite citrus tang

Taste- Onrush of citrussy hops- hints of toasted bread and orange rind- tasty, bittering finish that keeps you coming back for more

A great beer with spicy nachos or cheeseburger with the works

A definite must for hopheads and IPA fans

Get some!!!

hosehead83, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of reppertmr
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice dark orange color. Finger head. Not much lacing.

smells of healthy hop notes.

Excellent hop taste. Not overpowering at all. Fruity hop.

Easy to drink and enjoy.

Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a great IPA

reppertmr, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 11/1/08. Bottle, best by 01/2009. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops, also some light sweet fruits. Flavor is quite fruity- lots of citrus, some mango and other tropical fruits. Nice hop bite in the finish with a grassy/garlic hops note. Palate is a little weak, but overall this is a nice IPA.
7/4/8/3/15 (3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of GordonQuid
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a freshly washed sifter. Beautiful deep bronze with a slight chill haze. Rocky, two inch solid white head disapates to a solid one inch head with ample 'leggy" lacing.

Smell is citrus abound! Piney, caramel pineapple covered bisuit.

The taste is a huge blend of crisp, clean citrus and caramel malts. Marmalade on a toasty biscuit. Simply delicious!

Great medium mouthfeel and exceptional drinkability for the 7.25% ABV. Be careful, too many of these delicious elixir's will leave you to walk the plank....


GordonQuid, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last IPA from Traquairlover's shipment. *sigh* Like sending your first kid to college (I guess). No more IPAs....

Poured into a plastic Singapore Beer Fest mug. Nice amber/orange color, matched well with the foaming head. Chunked head a bit, sticky to a point. Laced very well.

This IPA has more citrus and flower aromas to it than the previous review (Hopocalypse). Not quite as intense, but still very comforting.
Catered to flavor as well as feel. A tad sweet in the middle, but overall fairly dry. Nice floral hints mixed will citrus. Some pine in the end.

Alcohol is well hidden and drinkability is very nice. Oh, I now have to wait a month for another IPA....

Mebuzzard, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of callmescraps
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this one on tap.

It is a really nice pumpkin-orange color. Sort of a rich copper I guess. Very nice with a solid inch and a half head. It looks quite good. It has a pretty decent hoppy smell. Some pine and citrus, although nothing exceptional. It doesn't really stand out. It has a good hoppy taste, with the same citrus and hops flavors, although a little bitter on the follow.

It really tastes like an east coast IPA. That's about the most I can say about it. It's a good example of the style, but nothing exceptional. It's certainly drinkable, but I'm pretty sure I'll forget all about it pretty soon.

callmescraps, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of cannabanaceae
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look was light pumpkin orange In color. With a frothy yellow head, some lacing.

Smell was light butterscotch aroma, with some sweet herbal hopping.

Taste was a medium malt, bitterness medium, clean tasting with little carbination bubble dancing on tounge. Has a pilsner taste to it. FInishs clean with not much lasting bitterness.

Overall very drinkable and sessionable. Good east coast IPA.

cannabanaceae, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of abrand
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with best before 1/2009 poured into tumbler

A- pours a golden bronze. Very nice frothy, 2 finger head with good retention. Nice lacing along the glass after swirling.

S- much hops hit the nose. hints of citrus as well as earthy timber. The aroma is quite crisp.

T- Taste is comprised of citrus, oranges up front. Finish is bitter with a lot of hoppy characteristics. Alcohol is very well disguised with the complexity of the flavors

M- light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

D- overall pretty high. abv is well hidden and taste is exceptional. Good work clipper city.

abrand, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of aniano
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Clipper City beer and I was blown away, forgive the obvious pirate/seas pun.

The beer poured nicely with a decent head. The aroma was telltale- hoppy and crisp.

The taste is truly for fans of hops. The bitter aftertaste holds well and adds to the enjoyment of the beer.

There are some slight fruit hints as well, nicely balancing the hoppiness.

aniano, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of tadowdaddy
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber in color, very clear in appearance. About 2 inches of eggshell head with excellent retention. Lacing is very thick around the entire glass.

S- Very big citrus hops scent. A bit of a biscuity malt background in the scent as well.

T- Very very good! A pretty well balanced beer consisting of some pineapple and grapefruit flavors, plenty of hops, and a nice balance with the malt. Beer is a bit bitter, which is a bonus after you swallow it. Do not taste the alcohol in this beer.

M- Wow.. makes my mouth pucker after I swallow it. Very big bitter finish that sticks around. A bit too light though to get a 5. Not as thick as I'd have figured by reading other reviews.

D- Tremendously drinkable if you love hops. I will be using this as my session beer tonight, and will enjoy every bit of it.

tadowdaddy, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of BeerCon5
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orangish, amber color with about 1/2 inch of fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.

The nose is of floral hopps, some light oranges/citrus, and slight notes of alcohol.

The taste is of oranges/citrus, some bready malts, and slightly bitter hopps that take over at the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp with good carbonation. Very refreshing.

This is a very easy drinker and is one of the better IPA's I've had.

BeerCon5, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loose Cannon is a very clear golden ale with barely any head-- just a white ring. The aroma is loud and of pine needles, grapefruit, and perfume. It is medium bodied with soft carbonation. It's almost flat. It's a bit astringent at the end. It's a long taste! It's almost sweet for a brief moment, almost fruity (like apple), and then a long echo of pine needles and wood, juniper and fenugreek. It's quite bitter! Good stuff!
(rated Jul 28, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to find this available in Georgia on a recent visit to my parents' house. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a stange. Body is a cloudy golden-amber hue, topped by a small, bright white head that quickly thins to a light ring. Appealing aroma of tangy, citrusy hops and lightly sweet, bready malt.
Palate is hoppy and bitter up front, with nice citrus notes offset slightly by bready notes from the malt. Balance is briefly achieved on the swallow before the bitterness of the hops takes over, leaving a lasting grapefruit taste on the finish.
Mouthfeel is that of an ample body, with just the slightest hint of chalkiness up front (not particularly unpleasant). A mild warming sensation on the finish is about right for the alcohol content.
Overall, a hoppy ale that's a pleasure to drink, and gives the west coast hop monsters a run for their money. I can imagine this is truly amazing when it's nice and fresh.

ElGordo, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This IPA poured an orangish copper and was extremely effervescent. A nice tan head formed but did not hold up. The beer is actually pretty cloudy, I'm thinking due to remnant yeast. There was pretty substantial lacing for the lack of head.

Smell: Lots of citrus notes to go with the hops. Maybe ruby red grapefruits and clementines (just had some, so they must be on my mind). The boquet of hops is nice, one of my favorite qualities of an IPA besides the taste.

Taste: Bitter and crispy. It leaves a metallic/astringent aftertaste on the palate. Granted that sounds negative, but I really enjoy this beer. Slight hints of malt, but it is hidden deep behind the abundance of hops.

Mouthfeel: Leaves the entire front of my mouth tingling, travels across the roof of the mouth into the back of your throat. Amazing how I only feel carbonation along this track and not throughout my entire mouth. There is a bitter/tart pinch in the back corners of my mouth.

Drinkability: I have and will continue to drink too many of the beers too often. This beer was my first experience with Clipper City, and I was pleasantly surprised.

ncstateplaya, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of FrognutUnl
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, dark yellow almost light amber. Small, but persistent head.

S - Wonderful citrus and tangy tropical fruits.

T- The flavoring imparted from the hops be strong with this one. Pineapples and oranges certainly come mind as does pine trees. The malt character helps balance out the hop load, but there is still a small amount of astringency in the finish (which I don't usually like, but it seems to fit here).

M - Is maybe a little heavier than some IPAs, maybe between an IPA and DIPA.

D - This is the first I have tasted from Clipper City and I don't believe it will be the last. A damn tasty brew that I tore through rather quickly and found myself asking for more.

FrognutUnl, Dec 10, 2008
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 2,831 ratings.