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

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Ratings: 3,019
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 98
Gots: 424 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Higravity on 09-09-2005

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 nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of just slightly off-white head on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - A nice aroma of grapefruit hops with a hint of orange. Some sweet toffee malt in the background along with a bit of toasted grain.

T - Lightly sweet toasted malt up front with a bit of orange hop flavor. Moderate bitterness appears in the middle with some pine notes. Finishes with more dry toasted malt character, moderately high bitterness and a bit of light citrus flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is quite nice, with a good dose of pungent, citrus hops and some rich malt backing it up. The flavor, however, is not so great. It is surprisingly flat after the richness of the aroma with weak hop flavor and very anemic malt. The lack of depth in the flavor is only highlighted by the very dry finish that leaves a surprisingly thin aftertaste on the palate, one I can't help but compare to soda water. Definitely a letdown; if anything I was expecting this beer to be too sweet, but it was quite the opposite. Not worth seeking out.

Photo of BackwoodBrewer82
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange/Honey color curiously darker in the center and light around the edges. Sticky head about one finger thick.

S- Sweet Floral hints of grapefruit, lemon peel citrus and a slight malt backbone not a particularly strong nose.

T- Crisp citrusy hops slight bitterness finishing with a sweet maltiness

M- Full bodied light oily mouthfeel very drinkable.

D- Great drinkable beer for a hop 3 ale very balanced. Nose and taste develop quite a bit as the beer reaches room temperature.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden amber hues, some reddish tint

smell: nice herbal pine and subtle citrus

taste: tastes like a standard IPA, sublte citrus-herbal hop flavor. Not the extra power I was expecting.

mouthfeel: decently balanced, medium bodied

drinkability: solid IPA, would drink again

Photo of kshankar
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white foam.

Aroma is of citrus, hops. Some malt backing also coming through

Taste is hoppy (good) balanced well with the sweet toasty malts.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation

Drinkability is high...its a good IPA, but doesn't stand out among other good ones like Hopslam, etc. The balance is well done, adding to drinkability, though

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Prezo in Milford, MA.

A: Light fluffy 1 finger head over a pale amber orange color with haze.

N: Mostly chewy hops with a little malt, some spicy and fresh earthy hop aromas as well.

T: Starts with a musty earthy spicy hop taste. Right out front, and dominates the beer. Some pine and a touch of citrus help on the hop side. It has a chewy hop flavor, but isn't very bitter at first. A little juicy fruit flavors, and almost no malt to be found.

M: Has a good body with decent carbonation, a little oily from the hop oils.

F: Slightly bitter again, it gets a little more bitter as it goes, but not as bitter as I expected. It also dries off quite a bit which does tend to make the bitterness a bit more. A little lingering spicy hop and fresh hop oil flavors, as well as that earthy musty fresh wet hop flavor, which I expected to fade and it never really did.

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

A: Translucent orangish amber with a decent white foamy head that sticks around for a small amount of time.

S: Fresh floral smell with some citrusy hops and sweet malt tones. Mild but a good smell.

T: Mainly citrus and piney hops but not a strong hoppy taste. Some random spice is also present. As well as some nice balancing malt.

M: Moderate spice and bitterness but little heat. Ok carbonation and a light but medium body.

D: Very drinkable for anyone who likes hops and still pretty drinkable for those who don't.

Overall it's a nice balanced beer that leans towards a daily drinker for those who prefer hops.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before April 2010 date

Pours a pale orange-honey color, with a sticky white head on top. Lacing is apparent.

Some hops on the nose and light citrus in the background. Malt backbone comes out a bit. Aroma could be a little stronger.

Crisp, citrusy, bitter hops over light, sweet malts. For a regular IPA the hops seem pretty good, but could be a little stronger. The bottle only has a best by date, so its hard to tell how old it is and if the hops have faded much. Clementines, passion fruit and a slice of lemon make up the fruit flavor. Malts are sweet and somewhat biscuity.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Malts outweigh the bitterness from the hops and carbonation is low. Body is heavier than most regular IPAs, but this does weigh in at 7.25% ABV, so it makes sense.

Drinkability is good. You get some hops, some smooth malts and light citrus. Everything goes down easy. The alcohol is unnoticeable, but it would be nice to see it move towards the 5% range to make this beer more sessionable.

Overall, Loose Cannon is a fairly solid IPA. Wouldn't be my go to IPA, but if I saw it on tap I would be tempted to get a pint. Looking forward to trying some of the other Heavy Seas beers from Clipper City.

Photo of wesl56
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear golden and retains a medium white head that laces pretty well

smells very floral, and tastes heavily floral too... has a pleasant bitterness that isnt overwhelming, full of hops flavors, and thats about all there is

has sort of a watery mouthfeel, but leaves a light hop aftertaste, almost feels a little too light, so definitely a drinkable beer

the taste is excellent, but the body of this beer seems a little watery, but that can be a good thing as it isnt too filling and leaves you wanting another round... looking forward to the rest of the 6'er and would recommend this as a flavorful, friendly IPA

Photo of wescj
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Color is dull orange, a bit hazy. Nice white head; good lacing but poor retention.

Smell isn't as big as I've experienced with other DIPAs, but it holds its own. Malt shines through very well, despite the solid and complex hop aroma.

Taste is about average for a DIPA, nothing too special. That's not to say it isn't pretty good, though. The only problem, and it is a slight one at that, is that the sweetness of the malt may be a bit medicinal. Just barely, though.

Good drinkability and mouthfeel. OK, overall. This one came in the Heavy seas mixer with all high gravity brews. I was suprised to find a collection of big beers at such a good price, but, as I expected, you get what you pay for.

Photo of JMD
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light auburn color with frothy white head that slowly dissipates. Leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Nice citrusy hop aroma that finishes with a carmel sweetness. Some floral notes as well.

T: Great citrus flavor, ruby red grapefruit, mandarin oranges and hints of lemon. Some pine and earthy hop oil. Light peppery spice. Balanced out by a nice malt backbone. Carmel and honey add a nice sweetness.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

D: This is an excellent IPA. Great hop flavor and just enough malt to balance everything out.

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

This beer is excellent! Really nice and heavy on the hops which give a heavy grapefruit sweet smell and flavor.

The taste starts off slightly sweet accompanied with a floral citrus smell that fades off into a bitter hoppy finish.

The pour was great and left a hefty head offering a few solid smells and aromatic tastes before fading off and leaving great lacing.

The color was a darker yellowish gold which was ever so slightly hazy but in a good way.

Photo of RppIII
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Pint Glass (best by date on bottle)

Appearance: Pours a golden caramel with a darker hue of mahogany encompassing the center. Rays of golden light make it through the outer limits of this beer creating an aesthetically pleasing contrast of color. The head is a good finger, alive and constantly churning, a living white mass atop a honey colored liquid. Sadly this white mass quickly subsides to a small coating allowing but one or two (if one is lucky) beer mustaches.

Smell: Brown sugar surfaces like a wisp of cloud floating atop a heavy sea of hop aroma. The hops are overwhelming and beautiful, in perfect contrast, in perfect symphony with the sweet malt present. IPA's are known for their alluring floral smell and this one definitely takes the cake, I am excited for what a taste of this beer will yield.

Taste: A very well balanced beer, the hops don't seem to overtake the malt and the malt doesn't seem to take over the hop flavour. The hops give way to grapefruit, various citrus, and pine. A perplexing spicy note is present but is not un-enjoyable. I love the balance of this beer, while I tend to think of myself as a "hop head" the hop profile in this beer, while not overwhelming in the least, is quite enjoyable.

Mouthful: A creamy mouthful with a bit of chewiness leads to a medium bodied beer. Carbonation and body is very much like the beer, well balanced against the flavours, and aromas not too much and not too little.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer for the style, and 7%+ alcohol content, very balanced in every way. The beer does seem to become more floral and hoppy as it begins to approach room temperature. I wouldn't consider this an Imperial IPA simply just a fairly large IPA.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: citrus hops and a touch of malt

Taste: citrus and piney hops mixed with some toasted malt and sugar

Mouthfeel: semi-bitter with a sweeter backbone, moderate carbonation, medium light bodied

Drinkability: This is a nicely balanced IPA that I could have several of. The hops show up more as this one warms. A beer to sit with, I could have a couple spread out over time.

Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On cask at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear orange-amber body under a 3/4" head of creamy off-white foam. Excellent retention (especially for a cask beer) and good lacing throughout. Great looking brew.

S: Pure, fresh, floral hops. Maybe a hint of citrus (grapefruit). Light spice and just a hint of sweet crystal malt. Very nice.

T: Same flavors as the nose, but with less emphasis on the hops and more on the spice and malt. Very rich and smooth, ending with a cleanly bitter finish. Balanced and delicious, but I'd like to taste a bit more hop presence at the outset.

M: Pleasantly smooth medium body, but with even less carbonation than I expect from a cask ale.

D: This highly balanced beer with a great bitter finish keeps me thirsty for more, plus the smoothness of the cask makes it go down very quickly indeed. Maybe even a bit dangerous.

Notes: This is a solid IPA on tap, and it's a great on on cask. The hops are far fresher on the nose, and the smooth body can't be beat. Thanks to the folks at Clipper City for choosing this beer to fill Prime 16's firkin. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing it on cask again.


Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber but slim head. Not much lacing either.

S: Citrusy pine, with a tad sugary maltyness. Strong hop presence.

T: Big time pine hops. Fairly bitter finish. Citrus notes float around. A sweet, but faint, malt backbone hidden in there.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation. Kind of creamy.

D: It's a solid IPA. Not the best, but worth trying. A pretty strong East Coast offering.

I've edited my review a year after my first Loose Cannon. I'm not a Heavy Seas fan, but this is by far their best beer.

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

A nice clear orange amber color with a small offwhite head , leaving some spotty lacing , medium carbonation . Aroma of citrus,pine and floral hops with some bready malt and a hint of cereal grain . Flavor is spicy , floral and piny , nice malty backbone for some balance , a little bit of yeasty esters and a hint of peaches . Full body with a smooth mouthfeel and a long hoppy finish , nice bitterness throughout . This was a good drinker and something I would buy again, quite sessionable and or drinkable . A nice beer .

Photo of elgiacomo
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours amber with a small off-white head, retains a whispy cap with a touch of spotty lacing.

Aroma is hoppy, citrus, then resinous and earthy hops a little bit of bread .

Flavor is more pine and earthy hops, some caramel malt. medium bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium to high carbonation.

Pretty good, but not spectacular.

Photo of cnjohn19
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

have to say thanks to my buddy gus for introducing me to this jewel...enjoyed this one on a thursday night and been saving for a while...

pours a light orange with a thick cotton head...fluff stays around for a good while...slight carbonation, very clear and crisp...

smells are of sweet orange juice, sharp alcohol, and surprisingly a little malty caramel...

whoa, quite delish!...hops dominate but don't take over...the high alcohol content is warming and crisp...a malted backbone is apparent...great balance, thickness, and richness on this one...

you'll absolutely enjoy this beer...one of the best ipas i've had lately...

Photo of abuliarose
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, revealing a hazy golden amber body with very thin head but attractive lacing. Smells a little floral and hoppy and malty, but not too much of any.

Tastes great, though, with a nice hop punch of citrus (orange rind and grapefruit zest predominantly) and some wheat character. It's sweet, but well-bitter and balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth but interspersed by very small and tingly carbonation. Medium-bodied. Great drinkability for an IPA, possibly because it's nicely balanced.

If this one were more available up by me, I'd get more of it for sure.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head that fades to an uneven layer of lace, a ring around the glass, and lots of head clinging to the glass, hazy honey coloring.

s- sharp hops, good bit of caramelly malt upfront, light grapefruit, some biscuit.

t- bitter hops, nice and earthy, grapefruit pith, melty caramel upfront, bitterness that lingers a bit - i wasn't expecting this ipa to be as balanced as it is.

m- light to medium bodied with some coating.

d- very drinkable, i think i was just expecting a little bit better with this one, my bottle is nearing it's drink by date so i'm sure it's much better very fresh, i was just hoping for a super hop bomb and this wasn't that for me, very drinkable but could be hoppier, maybe i just need the hop^4..

Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden color with a small white covering on top. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a decent amount of citrus and pine but is also very sweet and bready. Notes of caramel and honey are also present in the nose.

Taste is slightly citrusy with a decent amount of pine, but as in the nose there is a good amount of sweetness. caramel also plays a pretty big part in the taste for me along with the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was enjoyable to drink and pretty easy drinking as well.

Overall a decent DIPA. Not one that would win me over enough to purchase this often with some of the other great choices out there, but one I would gladly drink it again if offered.

Photo of Brez07
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle in an imperial pint glass

A: An amber pour with a 1/2 finger white head. Head disappeared pretty quickly. Didn't get much lacing in the glass

S: Lots of hops at first along with pine. I also detect some biscuit/bread, caramel and maybe even a bit of honey

T: This ended up being one of the sweeter IPAs I've had. Pine taste from the hops along with sweet fruit.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. However, finishes dry. Well carbonated

D: I found this very easy to drink. Could have drank a few more if bought them. Certainly a beer to try, but really nothing amazing in my book

Photo of mullenite
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In an effort of full disclosure, this beer was best by 12/09 but I don't think it will deteriorate that fast.

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Appearance - A nice hazy orange color with a finger and a half of white head. The head didn't last very long and it receded in to a broken up cap which leaves some sticky lacing.

Nose - Pretty hoppy with lots of pine and citrus coming through. Some caramel and tobacco(?) round it out. Not a whole lot going on with the nose but what is there is pretty nice and it smells pretty damn good.

Taste - Taste surpasses the nose in hops, very bitter with lots of citrus and pine bite. There is a little bit of biscuit and caramel in the background with the tobacco note in the finish. The bitterness is not dominating the other background flavors which is nice. Could be a little drier but I do really like it how it is.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with lots of tingly carbonation. Nice finish that leaves a good taste in the mouth.

Overall - I'm really enjoying this beer, I have seen this pretty much everywhere and am glad I finally picked one up, now I know I can add it to my current rotation.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, is an amber orange color. Had a creamy head in the beginning of the pour and quickly subsided to a mild, faint head accross the top. Doesn't stick to the glass, not much head after a few minutes, mild carbonation.

Smells of piney resins, oily herbal citrusy floral hops. The taste starts out sweet, mildly tart, and lingers throughout the taste while the oily hop resins rest on the side of the tongue from the middle of the sip until the end. The citrus character exhibits a mildly orange flavor. Has a medium/light body, finishes wet, the hops linger for a few minutes before subsiding.

Mouthfeel is mildly prickly, bnut overall, pretty smooth. This is a beer I can sit and have more than one with no problem, it's very drinkable, hoppy (but not too hoppy), and has just the right balance for a hop head like myself. I've had friends who aren't hop-minded complain about the bitterness in this beer but I can't quite figure it out, it's more like a sweetly hopped type of IPA.

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From a firkin into a pint glass.

A: Large, off-white, frothy and billowing head. Sticky lacing in the form of rings. Very slight cloudiness in the body. (Chill haze?) Predominantly golden in color with hazy copper highlights.

S: Heavy hop aroma. Citrusy grapefruit in the front with grassy, floral and light piney hop notes to add complexity. Truly amazing hop profile. Hops are clearly wearing the pants here but a balance is achieved through the sweet bready, caramel malt character. Quite memorable.

T & M: Average duration of flavors, lightly sweet and perfectly bitter. The body is medium and the carbonation level is above average making the Hop3 a really smooth and well-balanced IPA.

D: Not many reasons to *stop* drinking this beer. Goes down so easy its scary.

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