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

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Ratings: 2,759
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 84
Gots: 258 | 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 superdedooperboy
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a thick, pillowy off-white head that slowly settles to a half-finger thickness that lingers for the remainder of the drink, leaving a thick layer of lacing the entire way down the glass.

Aroma is floral, with a hint of berry (blueberry, perhaps?). An amazing smell that should be sold as a perfume. I was expecting the typical grassy hop aroma, but this is far better.

Medium-bodied with just enough carbonation. Flavor is a giant hit of hops, herbal and spicy. As the drink warms, a bit of sweet malt character shines through to balance the brew nicely. Finish is dry, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Drinkiability is somewhat limited due to the alcohol content, though I could easily down another of these and feel very content.

Overall, an exceptional brew from a brewery who has yet to disappoint me with its "extreme" offerings.

superdedooperboy, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im hot sticky sweet, from my head to my feet yeah...

Pours with no head, golden amber color.

Smells piney, sweet, sticky.

Tastes citrus hoppy. Like alcoholic tang.

Resiny aftertaste.

What a great beer, I was lucky the spirit shop in my hometown just got it in for me to poop on.

Murchmac, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes 8-12-08

Eye: Great look on this one. Perfect. A creamy, foamy, dense, rich head. Very nice retention, and some nice lacing, they don't get much better than this. Clear amber/orange body. The beer looks great, there is nothing else to it.

Nose: Before it is even done being poured the hops hit the nose. Strong floral and citrus aromas. This straight up smells quality. Huge hops in the nose, floral and grassy notes fill the nostrils, citrus notes also, but not as prevalent as the gassiness and floral notes. Strong malt backbone comprised of grainy aromas support the hops.

Tongue: Overall a nice IPA, but not nearly enough hops in here. The aroma is misleading in that sense. This is probably the most balanced IPA I've ever drank. It's hoppy, but not enough, there is too much malt going on in here. Don't get me wrong its good, but not something I'll pick up when looking for an American IPA. Hops are citrus and a bit floral, but they are too balanced out by sweet caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is quite easy to drink, it is smooth and has a medium body with carbonation that is appropriate, it doesn't get in the way of this beer's flavor. Dry finish on this with some residual floral hop notes lingering. This wouldn't be my first choice of IPA....its okay, but I'd much rather reach for Two Hearted, 90 minute....well there are countless others.

becktone, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of gcarl
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first review of a line that I love!

Pours a clear copper, slight head that quickly dissipates.

The American IPA label may be a bit of a deceiving as it definately encroaches into DIPA territory. Aroma is quick to present a fresh hop aroma and the initial sip presents a fresh hop taste. This flavor quickly fades to reveal the sugary, sweet, slighty astringent taste of a DIPA. A complicated and fantastic beer extremely drinkable for the high ABV!


gcarl, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of memory
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having just killed a sixtel of Flying Fish Hopfish (very nice stuff for the price), I picked this up in a sixtel also.
Light copper apperance, with a grapefruit smell from the Cents and Amorillos that lended a nicely sweet taste on the palate. This was very noticable since the Hopfish was not that sweet. A nice trait for this brew that has session beer written all over it for me.

memory, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color. White rocky head, retention is okay. Some clingy lacing but spotty.

Smell is definitely that of hops, very nice hoppy smell. Big citrus hop aroma up front. Some grassy/floral hops behind the big citrus smells.

Flavor is definitely hoppy but not overly bitter. This is a bit sweeter than many IPA's, does balance out the overall flavor. Not a huge malt back to the brew, Brew would balance more with less sweet more malt.

Drinks easy and not overly heavy. Carbonation is slightly lively which works well. Biggest complaint is the brew is too sweet. I felt everything else was pretty much on the money. The overly sweet taste just kills the flavor and drinkability for me.

kzoobrew, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of MrMonkey
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copperish amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a bubbly skim coat and sticky ring, leaving some scattered, but thick lacing behind.

Smell is herbal hops, fresh cut grass, and hints of orange peel.

Taste starts with some spicy, herbal hops with some toasted bread and just a hint of caramel. Finishes crisp with some bitter floral hops.

Slick, medium-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Great drinkability. Another great beer from Clipper City that I know I will enjoy over and over again.

MrMonkey, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. Pours a bright, clear golden amber with a three-finger rocky white head that lingers for the duration of the session leaving sheets of lacing along the way. Smell is very light with citrus hops dominating, mainly grapefruit and lemon zest. Flavor is heavy on citrus as well with mostly tropical fruits and with little hop bitterness. There is a bready malt base as well. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but creamy and with less bitterness than I was expecting. This is an extremely drinkable IPA and one that I could drink all night long.

gford217, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another really solid beer from Clipper City, the 2nd of which I've tried. This had a best-by date of Nov '08, so it's really fresh.

A- pours a light orange, clear, with an easily built up head and very nice lacing.

S- Really citrusy, like orange. That's it for the most part, I couldn't really get past that part, but I do love it. Wish there was a tad more complexity though.

T- a nice citrus burst to this, still primarily citrusy. It's nothing too complex but it does the job.. I thought they probably used a bunch of Amarillo and it looks like that is in their hop bill so it's probably what's contributing to that dominant flavor.

M/D- very nice on the higher end of lighter moughtfeel, well carbonated.

MiScusi, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of andrewt960
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orange out of a bottle. Slightlty aggressive pour yeilded a nice thick creamy head... two fingers, and slightly off white.
S: Smelled of nice hops, was pleasantly suprised. Kind of a piney up front but not over whealming. It actually finished with some nice citrus smell as i pulled it away.
T: Tasted the same as it smelled in the sense that hops were all over. Hops up front and finished with hops. Sweet for an Ipa, almost a touch of honey?? Anyway, very nice and hoppy.
M/D: Kind of creamy, and slightly on the low side of carbonation. However, it was a very good beer, and very drinkable at 7.25.

andrewt960, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Phillyduke
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a gravity firkin at a Clipper City/Heavy Seas event at The Springhouse Drafting Room. Deep hazy amber color with a one-finger head of sticky "cask-style" foam that left gobs of lacing along the sides of the pint. Nose was heavy on the citrus hops, a combination of clementine oranges and grapefruit. Grapefruit shows up more prominently in the taste, along with a nice, prevalent sweet malt base. Pleasantly bitter, but never overly so. This is definitely not a "tongue-bruiser." An extremely smooth and balanced medium-bodied brew with a silky mouthfeel (exaggerated likely by the cask-conditioning) and a well-hidden ABV that facilitates having several in a sitting. Overall an excellent IPA that represents the style well without going over the top.

Phillyduke, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of gunnerman
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass porus a pale yellow with a fluffy foamy head that leavs nice thick lace on the glass. Smell is very hoppy, floral and sweet notes come to mind just a slight malt character. Taste is very good with a nice hop bitterness, sweet and bitter just how a good ipa shold be, nice over balance of the taste. Overall this is a fine brew from Heavy Seas and to me the best in their line.

gunnerman, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a 08/08 drink by date.

The color is a light clear amber topped by a one finger, off-white head that leaves bits of sticky lacing.

The aroma has a nice hop scent that is full of pine, and citrus.

The taste is good and full of hop flavor, but, not over the top hops. There is a tart apple flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with ample tartness and drinkability is very good. An easy IPA to drink.

abcsofbeer, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color that creates a light amount of foam but left a nice cap on top of the brew. Smell is hop-tastic. Lots of floral hop aromas, and pine needles. Taste is piney, hints of honey, slightly sweet and grassy. Pine needles must have been used in this one because it is the most stand-out characteristic. Some biscuit-like malt character, not much in the way of caramel malts. Slightly thick and creamy on the tongue, a bit syrupy. A nice IPA, but not in my top ten.

KeefD, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The one finger off white head that formed vanished as quickly as it formed atop of this cloudy copper colored IPA. There was no visible carbonation nice lacing clung to the inside of the glass.

Aroma was pine focused with some very floral notes and a tart perfume like aroma.

Taste is very nice and showcases the floral notes and the bitterness of the hops. Some pine notes, but the citrus notes seem to take center stage. Can't really say grapefruit as it almost seems like a lighter citrus flavor. That same tartness that I sensed in the aroma comes through in the taste. Very nice.

Mouth feel is medium bodied or a touch lighter than dead center "medium" Rather drinkable and quite nice.

A good one.

Reagan1984, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to flare pint, pours a nice amber hue, foamy white head retains well

smells of sweet honey citric hops, pine, floral, malts, a good hop blend

taste is bitter, floral, heavy, biscuity caramel malt, loads of hops, delicious blend, reminds me of another brew i can't place likely due to hop varietals, citrus, a really nice what i would concider a double ipa, sweet

mouthfeel is thick, bitter, lingering hop resins, nice finish, very drinkable.

drxandy, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of matty
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange colored beer with a quickly fading head.Aroma is pine needles.Taste is grapefruit and hops.You can taste the feel the alcohol in it.The higher ABV definetly makes this a better ale.I would recommend and drink again but only if it was cheap or free.Slightly better than average.

matty, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a an amber color with a two finger head that quickly laces.

The smell is of oranges and a dash of spice.
The taste is just the right amount of hops, with a faint sweetness.
The mouthfeel is strong but pleasant, good blend of sharpness and flora tastes.
Drinkability is above average, a very good ipa.

mltobin, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a white head. Thin white head retention that is solid, with some lacing down the glass. Date on the bottle says October 2008.

Very strong smell of hops. Overwhelmingly hoppy smell. Was undecided at first if it was good or bad but it has settled down somewhat.

Tastes just like it smells - that overwhelming hop flavor.

Strong hop flavor hits the tongue and the roof of the mouth instantly. Then lingers for a little while.

Easy to drink and I enjoy it, but it would rank higher if it weren't so dang hoppy. I love my hops I really do, but it seems like there is so much that it's just too hoppy.

I'll have to revisit this beer again.

toolbrew, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Heavy Seas' Loose Cannon pours a slightly hazy orange brown color, with some visible slow rising carbonation an a small but solid white head. The nose is made up of nothing but fresh limey hops. Crisp resiny hop character first invades the tounge, followed by some citrus blasts, then moving into a creamy underlaying malt texture, slightly coating and fully fruity, with a solid medium body and a musty/earthy finish. Even only at 7.25% the alcohol is definitely noticeable (as with most of the 'Heavy Seas' beers). A single bottle is definitely worth a shot.

ATPete, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Allen Street Hardware Cafe. Hazy amber with a creamy head. Smell of mango, pine and caramel. Some more mango and caramel sweetness in the taste. It starts out very refreshing and hoppy but as it warms up it gets a bit syrupy and sweet. Not bad.

DrunkenMaster, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smell - Moderately citrusy, slightly stronger floral hop nose. Light fruitiness, some clean malt sweetness coming through. Would like to have a more prominent hop aroma.

Appearance - Medium gold with yellow highlights. Well formed, white head. Great retention. Slightly hazed while retaining transparency.

Flavor - Orange-like citrusy hops with some floral character. Medium-high bitterness. Malt is clean but matched well in strength with the hops. Bitterness lingers into the pleasingly dry finish. Slightly too sweet/fruity but still balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate to mid-high carbonation. Smooth.

Overall Impression - Good balance of melt and hops. Love the blend of hop flavors - floral/citrusy. Sweetness from malt a little too present. As are the fruity flavors. Still very drinkable and tasty.

BrewerB, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember who sent this one...Thanks though!
Pours a light medium amber color with a smallish offwhite head. Smell is fruity, floral hops and some metallic notes at 1st which eventually fade. Taste is mild at first with sweet, fruity malt, and hops. Somewhat mildly bittered, I thought. Pretty decent overall.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear orangish brown color. Thin off white head that quickly fades. Beer leaves excellent lacing.

S - Citrusy hop aroma dominates the smell. Smells of grapefruit primarily with a hint of something tropical.

T - Sweet goodness! Taste is dominated by a tropical flavor with hints of grapefruit as well. Not quite the hop bite I would hope for out of an IPA but that is all that is keeping it from being a 5.0 on taste.

M - A little thin on the feel. Proper carbonation. A little slick in the mouth.

D - Awesome IPA and very drinkable.

ckeegan04, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer caught my eye while looking for a nice IPA for the Redwings Stanley Cup finals. Never heard of neither the beer nor brewery and I was wondering (based on the label) if I was going to regret the purchase.

Pours with a nice dark orange color and head into thistle glass. Smell is nice, not sure of the hops used, but aroma has good sweet/citrus/pine note.

Tastes good, well balanced and a little more drinkable than the DIPAs I have been drinking since winter.

Great selection of hops used, beer has its own distinct taste which will make it stick out amongst the myriad of IPAs out there.

Definitely recommended and it may become one of my regulars, for awhile.

BelgianAleSlut, Jun 23, 2008
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 2,759 ratings.