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

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Ratings: 2,831
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 85
Gots: 289 | 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 thain709
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A darker color...amber maybe...a little white head that left lacing down the glass

S - Very fruity...and...lots of HOPS!

T - Follows the nose...a well balanced flavor of hops and fruits...coats the palate very nicely

M - Light...crisp...smooth

D - This is one of the better IPA's I've had...a nice session beer

thain709, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a bright, ever-so slightly hazy orange color with a billowing, three finger yellow-tinted head. Consistent lacing and nice retention of the collar. The aroma was a good blend of piney, citric and floral hops on top of a pale malt sweetness and some biscuity malt too. The flavors too were impressive, a sharp piney hops up front followed by the semi-sweet malt (caramel?) that then faded to biscuit and bready malt followed by the bitter hop finish. Crisp, dynamic and apropos to the style. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation perfect and the body medium/full. A great American IPA and the 7.25% is blended away effortlessly. If you are a hop-head you have to try it.

thekevlarkid, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of smanders
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - rich amber color with a thin head

Smell - lots of hops and a little sweetness

Taste - Even with 3 lbs of hops per barrel there is a good balance of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - crisp with a clean finish

Drinkability - Good. With no overwhelming flavors, this beer can be enjoyed in good quantities. Careful, 7.25% ABV! Bal'mur has a variety of quality beers and Hop3Ale is no exception. Pick up a 6'er when you're in the area and you'll be glad you did.

smanders, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in trade from kirok1999. Thanks, Mark!

A-Pours a golden amber with a thin white head and just a bit of lacing.

S-Lots of hops in the nose, mostly grapefruit. Also some pineapple sweetness in the background.

T-Very tasty. Grapefruit hops dominate the taste as well with a bit of pine and some malt in the background. A little over-hopped but not in a bad way, just in comparison to other IPAs I have had recently.

M-Bitter aftertaste and medium carbonation.

D-Very pleasant to drink. ABV a bit high for the style, but two would be enjoyable.


sholland119, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of ODBRIP
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head to speak of. Deep golden color. Excellent bitter hoppy character, a very high quality IPA. It has a bit of sweetness to it....about what you'd expect for a 7.25 ABV beer. Good refreshing drink...would go great with dinner. I plan to have a couple with my Thanksgiving turkey. Its not an uber-drinkable beer; you wouldn't grab this for a 4th of July BBQ. Final verdict its a well above average strong IPA...can't miss.

ODBRIP, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of AMoceri7
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottom line. A solid IPA. Had this on my curiosity venture which can be dangerous on occassions.

A: Golden-green beauty. Minimal head but the lacing till the bottom was sheer brilliance.

S: Honestly, a little less potent version of DFHs 90 Minute IPA. Hops and sweet fruity goodness (Grapefruit, mango,

T: Mmmmhhhmmmm good. Medium bodied, although the alcohol is completely unnoticeable. One of the best balanced IPAs Ive have in a while. Smooth and not bitter. Fruity and sweet, but not too sweet and not overly sticky like some higher alcohol IPAs. Just damn good.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Almost reminiscent of a bottle conditioned ale (homebrew mmmhhmm). Sits on the tongue a while after the gulp!

D: Could of had 3 or 4 but they would have definitely caught up on me being 7.25% ABV. Great drinkability.

O: Sits up there with some of my favorite IPAs in the damn good category, easily. Impressed to say the least. Grab a 6!

AMoceri7, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of duffextracold
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with purchase before nov 08 notched
nice 2 finger, foamy head. light orange color.

Bready malt smell, also bitter hops and dried fruit.

impressive taste. sweet malt up front, followed by bitter, but not overwhelming hops. sweet, fruity aftertaste. Alcohol sneaks in at the end.

nice creamy texture. I was expecting, as the bottle stated "hops, hops, and more hops", but was pleasantly surprised by a very well balanced, not too hoppy ipa. very drinkable.

duffextracold, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Ballantines in Willoughby, Ohio a few hours ago into a clean, clear glass.

A Light orange, translucent, little or no head.

S Hops. Not much else here to my nose.

T Hops with some citrus, grains.

M Light but hops adds to mouthfeel, about moderate then I guess.

D Good and great if you love hops.

Notes: Not a balanced beer with too much hops for me.

adamette, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from a make your own sixer at Total Wine. Pours a nice deep orange with a large foamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smells like I just stepped into a pine forest filled with lemons.

Mouthfeel is lacking. Pretty weak with no crispness at all. Taste a little bit of the alcohol, but pretty tamed down. Nice slight bitter aftertaste. This really is not as hoppy as it claimed to be. I'm a little disappointed. Overall, ok beer.

Onenote81, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of msante79
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours golden orange with white head. Aroma is strong with hops, citrus, sweet malt and a little booze. Flavor is big with hops, citrus, sweet frutis, candied sugar and malt. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy. A good IPA but a little to sweet for my palate.

msante79, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of filthyphil
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it pours a glorious amber, with a good head that dissipates quickly. The lacing sticks around to the bottom of the glass and it has a nice aroma, some kind of citrus, maybe grapefruit,
It is a very smooth IPA and when i drink this beer i have to drink a few, on my list of best american IPA's i'm happy its on tap at my local pub.

filthyphil, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I reckon anything with pirates has to be good.

Pours honey colored with a thin head which quickly dissolves into some nice lacing. Smells of citrus and floral hops with a little astringent.

The citrus and floral hops hinted at in the aroma are there but so is a heavy malt with herbal hop backbone. Has a weird Ricola cough drop aftertaste.

A decent IPA but not in my top 10. I think pirates were more into rum anyway.

donkeyrunner, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of cnally
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle into a pint glass.

The coloring is beautiful and amber, nice and clear but appears to have substance. Great lacing.

The smell is absolutely heavenly - sweet and fruity with a significant hop nose.

Great hop flavor and a bit malty on the aftertaste. Very balanced.

Slightly dry on the feel. Light and easy to drink.

Great overall beer. This is a fantastic IPA. It will satisfy fans of a hoppy IPA and fans of the malty ones as well. Great.

cnally, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of mnstorm99
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light orange hazy pour with a small head, but the lacing is very nice.
Aroma is malty, but that is only a small part of it. The hops smell fantastic, nice floral citrus sweet hop aroma.
Taste is much of the same as the aroma with a nice sweet caramel backbone and great citrus (orange) hop flavor. The nice little touch was a nice little bicuit (munich?) malt that made this thing real smooth.
Feel was smooth as I stated, but real nice carbonation and just a very well done beer. I could easily have a few of these and would like more of it.

mnstorm99, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of beerad666
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured at refrigerator temperature from a 16oz bottle into an American pint glass. The bottle said it was best before November 8th, with it being a week away figured it was prime time.

After the pour there is very little head but on the glass there is some good lacing. The color looked delicious, it has hazy light golden orange color. Since this is part of the Heavy Seas series it is bottled condition, so you can definitely see some of that yeast at the bottom of the glass.The aroma is nice and hoppy of course, along with some floral notes. The taste is clean and more sweet, much lighter then your usual IPA. The hops have a great bite as you would expect from an IPA along with the citrus... getting a lot of grapefruit, but a great balance. Being less bitter it makes this beer very drinkable.

beerad666, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of orangedive
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful golden-amber color. 1 inch a off-white head. Wonderful lacing.

S - Grapefruit, citrus. Outstanding.

T - One of the best tasting IPAs I've ever tasted. Lots of citrus/grapefruit...some orange. A bit sweet up front...quite, nicely bitter in the aftertaste. MMMM.

M - Smooth. Costs the tongue nicely. Velvety and soft. Medium bodied.

D - I love this beer. Could easily have two or three. Goes down too easy. A Great beer!

orangedive, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on a Saturday afternoon after a alumni college football game in Delaware.

A - A brass or copper color. Mild haze. Lacing was decent.

S - Medium hops aroma with a grapefruit up front. Not too much. Nice.

T - Good taste. Citrus, hops. Maybe a little pine.

M - Smooth. Great Overall.

D - Perfectly drinkable for an afternoon of college football.

I heard it is much better on tap than bottled.

ILikeGoodCider, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Copper orange color with white head.

S - Sweet hops.

T - Hops and hops. A little bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not a fan. It has a really bitter finish that stays with you a while.

jeffmonarch, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of CAP1868
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- Poured a light golden color with minimal head but decent lacing throughout the brew

S- Excellent sweet smell maybe blueberry or something like that

T- Excellent very hoppy without being overdone, malty finish that leaves the palate wanting more

M- Light and refreshing keeps you wanting more

D- I could and have been able to drink plenty of this excellent brew from Heavy Seas and Clipper City.

CAP1868, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of the Heavy Seas mixed 12 pack for $17.99

A very good beer here. Nice orange color, nice hoppy aroma to it. It's at 7.5% ABV so it kicks your ass but it's very drinkable and smooth. It's well balanced and smooth, the after taste isn't top notch but still good. Either way, if you wanna hoppy brew for a good price, give this guy a try.. you won't be disappointed.

oriolesfan4, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Yesac
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden color, medium white foamy head that fades quickly

S - sweet floral hops. Excellent smell.

T - Strong hop taste that is a a bit to tangy for my tastes. There is a slight bitterness present as well. Malt finish.

M - Medium bodied, oily palate coating

D - Smooth overall easy drinker.

Yesac, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of darkwise
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, first time I've seen it in my area. Not sure if this is a new brew or not. Not much of any overpowering smell upon first crack, a little hops and grapefruit. Taste is magnificent, grapefruit and grape undertones, then the hops take over. The hops do not overpower the palate but there is enough to know a decent amount is there. Very easy to get going on a few of these, I like the drinkability these go down too good, better watch it, the alcohol content is in the 7% range. My first Heavy Seas style and it's a good one. I will re-visit this one again and also try the other styles.

darkwise, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium orange with ruby highlights accompanied by a slight white head that left a fairly good speckled lacing.

S: spicy, oranges, fresh citrus and floral notes.

T: fresh lemons and tangerines with a wet citrusy hop flavor. Dried tropical fruit (pineapple) grapefruit, and a sweet toasted caramel backing all combine nicely to give this a sweet but hop dominant flavor. Strong spicy floral notes are found on the finish and fade.

M: medium, with a light carbonation factor, crisp with a sticky hop oil coating.

D: very good, surprisingly easy, hop dominant but smooth enough to down a sixer. A definite recommend.

beerthulhu, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of ncbeermonger
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got it on tap at the local Brixx

I have heard varring degrees on the alchohol content of this beer. I says on this sight it is just above 7%

heavy Seas is not one of my favorite breweries, but this beer was very very good

The first one I had was by its self, next I had it as the tan selection for my black and tan! That was outstanding!

It looks like an ipa, and is not an extreamly cloudy beer

The smell of heavy hops is good, and not over powering!

the taste is good, but finishes with a heavy citric flavor!

The mouth feel is better than many IPAs but not outstanding

This is a very drinkable IPA, it is worth at least a try if you happen to see it on tap somewhere!

ncbeermonger, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clipper City Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale

best before jan 09 on the label

Poured at refrigerator temperature into my pint glass this beer is a slightly hazy sedimented orange / gold with a one finger foamy cream colored head. Fuzzy sticky lace coats the side of the glass.

Scent is noticeable before I even raise the glass. Strong grapefruit hops, herbal hops, resinous pine hops and a hint of fresh bread. Delicious!

Taste is strong puckering grapefruit, sweet citrus (tangerine?), herbal, spicy with a fresh salty sea breeze tang. Spicy and salty on the lips and side of the tongue. I'd swear I've actually eaten a ripe red grapefruit from the sweet / sour taste lingering in my mouth.

Mouth is a creamy, coating medium, with a slight warmth and a nice bitterness and astringency.

Drinkability is very very good.

Wow. This is a fantastic IPA.

sethmeister, Oct 15, 2008
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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