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

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Ratings: 2,646
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 76
Gots: 204 | 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 xgrafcorex


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

a: nice rich amber color with a decent head. some lacing as well.

s: citrus and hops!

t: starts of citrusy then fades into a nice bitter piney flavor. really can't tell this beer is any stronger than your average beer.

m: medium/light body, moderate carbonation.

d: very drinkable if you are a hophead. it is pretty bitter. for being a little over 7% ABV, it is also very drinkable..didn't really notice the alcohol hindering either flavor or drinkability.

11-04-2007 02:58:15 | More by xgrafcorex
Photo of meechum


4.1/5  rDev +2%

A - Pours a nice amber color with a medium off white head with a little lace

S - Big hop aroma..mostly citrus but there's some grassy/piney smells in there also

T - Nice malty sweetness up front and then a big hops explosion with mostly citrus tastes

M - A little chewy but very good..good carbonation

D - The ABV is a little big to make it one to sit down and have several but a very good IPA and I'm not a big fan of that style

11-02-2007 01:29:00 | More by meechum
Photo of AaronHomoya


4.1/5  rDev +2%

Clear amber/auburn color with good carbonation and a nice, off-white head.

Aroma is a really nice fruity, citrusy hop explosion with some hints of bready malt and floral hoppiness as well.

Taste is sweet, with citrus hop flavor and a fair bit of bitterness at the finish. Resinous hoppiness.

Meduim-thick body that leaves a mouthwatering finish. Quite tasty with lots of good hops.

10-31-2007 01:59:35 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of dedrinker


4/5  rDev -0.5%

All around great stuff, and for the east coast it's a real bonus. Dark amber, thin creamy head. Nose of floral-citrus-pine. Flavor is the same, but all pervasive on the taste buds and some fruity esters too. Cask conditioned body is soft and supple, lending a mouth feel that complements the leafy green hop flavor. Finishes with citrus oil, tea, and grain. It is good. It is not a beast, but a thoroughly engaging hop experience the East Coast should be proud of.

10-28-2007 06:49:01 | More by dedrinker
Photo of PhageLab


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

On Tap @ The Tap House in Hampton. Poured into a standard pint glass. The girl I was with tried a sip and her face scrunched up as she exclaimed "eeww bitter!" I knew right then that I would like it.

A - Coppery and thin looking. Small bit of head that stuck around for a few. Random bits of lacing. Spiderweb sort of effect.

S - Like fresh cherries and of course a big hop smell following it. Smells too sweet for an IPA, very much on the citrus end. Had I been blindfolded I would have thought there were fruit bits in it.

T - Despite the aroma, I found this to be on the floral end of the spectrum. Definitely a taste bud burner, maybe it was because this was a fresh keg, I'm not sure, but the flavor was so big I thought it may have been a double. Quite bitter as well, perhaps a bit unbalanced, but it did not affect the outcome negatively.

M - Creamy and medium bodied, slightly oily with a bit of an aftertaste, but the only thing this accomplished was providing the desire for more. Perfect carbonation.

D - After 3 I was pretty much finished, though I suspect I could've consumed another before needing some tums. Overall I was very impressed and would recommend it to anyone, in fact, I sold two people on it at the bar just by talking it's characteristics up. I'd never had a brew by Clipper City before, but way to go!

10-27-2007 16:07:11 | More by PhageLab
Photo of SetarconeX


3.9/5  rDev -3%

Visually a reddish brown with quite a bit of foam on it. Perfectly clear, no obstructions, can see all the way through the glass to the things sitting behind it. Smells like someone milked a hop into my glass. No denying it, this is a hoppy brew, but with a certain amount of sweetness on the nose going with it.

Enough of that sweetness transfers into the taste to make this a more than drinkable brew. I never found extra hoppy brews that drinkable after more than one bottle, but I suppose if someone were looking for a good hoppy beer not trying to blow you away with excessive over-flavoring, this might be a good place to look.

10-23-2007 23:50:40 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of phisig137


3.98/5  rDev -1%

A- Pours a brilliantly clear amber orange color with a one finger head. Great retention and phenomenal lace all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S- Flowery, perfume like hop nose. There is a bit of raw christmas tree piney aromas as well, but it's dominated by the floral notes.

F- Big hop punch right from the get go. Oddly, the flavor is more towards the citrus side of the hop scale, as opposed to the nose. Very little in the way of malt flavor, aside from a slight caramel sweetness in the middle. Bitter hop finish, but not harsh or metallic in anyway. Very well rounded.

M- heavy and sticky, borders on the verge of an IIPA

D- Pretty damn good, considering the alcohol... it's well hidden.

Overall, a very fine beer. If I were tasting this blind, I would have sworn that it was from the left coast. The only thing that I have never understood about the Heavy Seas line, is that all of them claim to have a "fine layer of yeast on the bottom", yet all of their beers are crystal clear. Odd.... Definitely worth a try, and more than worth the price.

10-23-2007 23:39:04 | More by phisig137
Photo of wheelinshirt


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden/light amber color and a nice tan head, no lacing unfortunately. The smell is all west coast hops--i can't wait. Tastes like a good American IPA--bitter hops with a citrusy flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and light. The main drawback here is that the drinkability is hampered by all the bitterness that leaves the mouth feeling a bit worn. All in all, though, a good beer very much worth trying, but far from the best American IPA/DIPA.

10-19-2007 20:47:58 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of phishgator


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured into a pint glass. Nice thick white head that stays for most of the session. Solid copper color with a chill haze. The aroma is floral and herbal hops. The taste is nice bite up front, followed by a fruitiness. The malt is in there balancing as best it can. The body is heavy! After three or four I am just fine. A great session IPA, even if the ABV is a little high.

10-16-2007 11:47:02 | More by phishgator
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2%

Part of a variety 12 pack I picked up in Columbia, SC at Total Wine on Harbison Blvd. Pours a nice golden amber with a big fluffy head and some lacing. Smell was of piney hops and sweet malt. Taste was very hoppy with a slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Very tasty. Definitely a keeper.

10-15-2007 00:41:08 | More by clemtig76
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Golden orange pour with ample white head/ sticky lacing down the glass.
Pine and citrus scents dominate the aroma
Good dose of hop bitterness in the flavor. Some grapefruit and grassy accents and some malt sweetness tries to fight through. Hops dominate the finish.
Good mouthfeel, nice and full.
A very tasty beer, easy to drink. Excellent example of an American IPA, a style I seem to enjoy more and more these days.

10-14-2007 12:32:42 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of zeff80


3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

A - It poured out an orange/amber color with a small, white head. It left long soapy lines of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grasses and pine with a hint of citrus.

T - It tasted very hoppy. There was a nice citrus (orange) flavor and it had a slight bitter bite.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Nice hop character.

10-08-2007 02:05:16 | More by zeff80
Photo of franksnbeans


4.1/5  rDev +2%

Pours a clear orange with a finger of white head that dies quick to a ring with sheets of lacing. Smells of mild floral hops a bit of malt. Taste is a little bigger than the smell with bitter hops throughout with a malty balance. Medium in the mouth with good carbonation. Very drinkable and the ABV is nowhere to be found but the flavors are a little bland and unexciting.

10-06-2007 01:51:31 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of YonderWanderer


4.18/5  rDev +4%

A: Pours a bold orange with a finger's worth of white foam. Lots of lacing left on the glass with this one.

S: Strong hops aroma - lots of citrus, grapefruit, and some pine.

T: Really well-balanced - lots of hops all the way through, but a solid caramel malt backbone and a nice warmth from the alcohol. Very tasty and very well done.

M: Smooth with a nice bit of crispness at the end.

D: This goes down fairly easily, but at 7.25% it's not likely to be a session beer (at least not a long session). Very tasty, and a really well balanced IPA. I'll have to look out for some more of these.

10-03-2007 22:53:22 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%

Continuing on the Heavy Seas sampler I purchased....short thin head on a solid burnt orange body...aroma is palpably hoppy, to the point of spruce and pine...the hops heat the tongue...lively, full, chewy body...surprisingly smooth, bitter with a sprinkle of (to me unidentifiable) herbs..."American IPA" indeed--the strenght of the Heavy Seas seems to be in their balance of alcohol and taste; this one works well... one could almsot argue this as a winter warmer with its complexity and stoker-like heat...

09-24-2007 01:08:50 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

Appearance - pours a hazy copper/orange color with a nice off-white head and great lacing.

Smell - fruity hops, nectarines, apricot, peach, sweet smelling

Taste - Mucho hops, piney, apricots, peaches, nice semi-dry bitter finish. Pretty sweet version of an IPA.

Mouthfeel - mildly oily, fairly dense, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability - A couple of these are good for me. Very tasty but a little too much on the sweet side. I was definitely surprised at how good this beer is though.

09-09-2007 23:55:02 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance - hazy straw/yellow, a nice thick finger of foam blankets the top. Patches of sticky lace left in the wake.

Aroma - lots of fresh grapefruit and pine; very nice.

Taste - the requisite malt start, moderate biscuit flavor and light sweetness. The hops are zesty with a great citrus/bitter balance. Matching the nose with the grapefruit and pine presence plus a smack of alcohol, it comes across as expected while not bludgeoning the palate. The aftertaste is dry and piny. Nice finish showing some depth in the hops.

Mouthfeel - medium feel and body; quite crisp.

Drinkability - very flavorful, stays just below high abv radar by keeping the octane well-hidden, but proceed responsibly! Worth getting again.

09-08-2007 20:51:39 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

I picked this up at Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna during a recent visit to the Washington, DC area.

This beer pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a scummy head of mixed large and tiny bubbles which clung aggressively to the sides of my pint glass. Aroma is hoppy sweetness backed with a bit of stale cerealness, but still good. Mouthfeel hits before flavor, and it is fairly thick and syrupy. Flavor is good; it is pretty much all hops (which I heartily approve of, especially for an IPA!) and is a bit sweet and balanced with some piney-ness. While the mouthfeel is a bit thick and slick, this beer still feels rather dry. Definitely recommended.

09-08-2007 18:25:19 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of blackheartbilly


4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

I was surprised by this one. I got a mixed pack from this brewery for a family party, and after that night, I remember this beer as one that stood out, so I got a 6 pack today.

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A - The beer shook up on the ride so the first glass had a huge head, but thats my fault. (Jeep) Its orange, even golden, eventually the head became an elegant lace.

S - Grapefruit, very hoppy, slight malt after a few wiffs.

T - Dry upon first sip, with a wonderful fruity/hop aftertaste. Wonderful hop presence.

M - Smooth, not highly carbonated. Not too acidic

D - This is fast becoming one of my favorite IPAs! The only problem is that its alcohol content is so high that after a few you start to feel loopy. I def. recommend trying it though. I wasn't impressed with their other brews, but this is a keeper.

09-08-2007 02:01:08 | More by blackheartbilly
Photo of brewcrew76


4.22/5  rDev +5%

A - Pours a clear orange/light copper with thin off white head and sticky lacing.

S - Piney, resinous hops with a touch of caramel malt in the background.

T - Piney with hop resin and caramel malt. Dry start with a sweet grapefruit finish.

M - Smooth and slightly creamy with a bit of lingering dryness on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

D - This one would make a great session beer if the alcohol didn't sneak up on you so easily.

09-04-2007 02:18:25 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of crayphish


3.45/5  rDev -14.2%

This IPA from Clipper City pours a surprisingly light copper color. Big foamy craggy head that lingers, leaving a fair amount of lace. Smell is fruity hops and some pine resin. Overall subdued. Taste is more pine than fruit. Hopping seems mellow, not very bitter. Mouthfeel is enjoyable, astringent enough. Despite being an overall subdued IPA, it is indeed fairly drinkable.

08-29-2007 17:32:43 | More by crayphish
Photo of kirok1999


4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a clear, hollow light amber, nice light head and sticky lacing.
Smell is not a lot to talk about, grassy hops, sticky pine and a slight honey like malt back.
Taste is much more intense...really well balanced in the start, lots of hops, grass and pine and decent malts to make it sweet and malty. The hop profile is just wonderful, sweet and juicy, citrusy and grassy. One of my favorite go-to IPAs.
Nice mellow carbonation makes it easy to drink. There is a nice sugary malt in the finish that makes this really pleasant. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky, almost like a DIPA.
This is a hop bomb with enough malt to give it great legs. Really well done.

08-29-2007 02:55:37 | More by kirok1999
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Heavy Seas- Loose Cannon

Appearance- Copper/ caramel orange brown with a thick meringue head. Heavy lacing throughout.
Smell- Strong pine hops with a big grapefruit kick.
Taste- Swwet pine needle hop flavor with a dose of grapefruit rind. Caramel malt is represented although overpowered.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front and center. A big bitter bite with a mild dryness in the end.

Overall- An IPA that surprised me. Very tasty, a beer that, if on tap, I'll keep an eye out for.

08-29-2007 00:21:44 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of GPHarris


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

from maltygoodness and the Summer Sipper BIF

a - poured a one finger thick off-white and creamy head into a snifter. the head dissipates a little too quickly but does leave some slight lace and sheeting. as the beer warms the head is more easily agitated with a swirl. the body is a light orange-amber color.
s - hoppy and fruity up front, hints of grapefruit. as it warms it becomes sweeter and maltier.
t - grainy and citrusy, spicey with a light malt backbone.
m - crisp and dry. starts out thin but gets creamier on the tongue as it warms.
d - easy to drink from the beginning but it does really smooth out towards the finish. this is decent but something is a little off for me. it doesn't have a lot of punch nor does it stand out in any way.

08-27-2007 14:20:43 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Lnedrive14


3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Problem up front - pours a hazy gold color, not nearly dark enough for an IPA. very small white head (especially for the glass i poured it in, which produces huge heads).

Taste actually isn't bad. Not too hoppy. Bit of citrus. Bit of malts. Bit of fruit. A well-balanced, if boring example of the style. i would actually think this would be a good introduction into the style foor a newbie.

Would drink a few more, but not gonna seek it out.

08-24-2007 21:11:46 | More by Lnedrive14
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