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

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Reviews: 1,193
Hads: 3,222
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 125
Gots: 575 | 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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Reviews: 1,193 | Hads: 3,222
Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A finger and a half worth of tightly packed slightly off white colored whipped frothy goodness... Limited retention gives way to a richer creamier thick lacing... The color is an orangish amber with some pale golden straw undertones... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation rising throughout... A light bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The nose is subtle but pleasant... Orange zest... Light tropical fruit... Biscuit... Tropical fruit goodness engulfs the palate... Mango... Oranges... Pineapple... Melon... This all sits atop a light malt backbone of cracker and biscuit... The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied... Sort of dense but quite smooth... Light carbonation... Juicy... Starts lush with a touch of dryness on the finish... A text book rock solid American IPA... I could enjoy one of these anytime... Simple, straight forward and quite effective... In in all its a bit more than the sum of its parts... A very nice job by Heavy Seas... (989 characters)

Photo of nbkgman
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For a flagship ale, I was hoping for a little bit more. I was able to get this on tap and definitely enjoyed it. But when you see on the brewers website the term flagship, I was expecting a high 4 type of beer.

I am going to purchase this in a bottle to see if there is much of a difference in taste. You never know.

I would have no issue ordering this again if it was the better/best on the menu. (401 characters)

Photo of 420Dude
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love hops but seemed to be too bitter without enough balance not tasting much hoppy citrus notes which I love. Still a good IPA though but wouldn't buy again just because I find many other IPAs to be way better. (215 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a fairly clear golden hue with a hint of orange tinge. Skim of white head quickly dissipates.
S: Strong citrus notes (orange and grapefruit). Fairly sweet with a moderately bitter hop note.
T: Follows aroma fairly closely with strong orange and grapefruit leading the way. Hint of dry cracker malt.
M: Light-medium feel. Drinks easier than ABV would suggest. Sweet with dry bitter notes emerging in the mid-palate and lasting through the finish.
D: Nicely refreshing and good drinkability. A nice offering, but not great (lacking complexity and a bit off on balance). (620 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours somewhat of an orange gold color with white head. Citrus, pine, grass, on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a hop bite that is then balanced out with the malt. (180 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice hop and citrus aroma.
Appearance- Pours a gold color with a medium sized white head.
Taste - A hop bomb, really good flavor.
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall - An outstanding American IPA (291 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - yellowish golden color with a good head and lacing.
Smell - piney citrus smell
Taste - very similar to the smell. Pretty bitter and lots of grapefruit citrus and some pine. Good malt backbone.
Feel - medium lite body and carbonation. Goes down smooth.
Overall - great beer but could use more carbonation and body. (323 characters)

Photo of DavidHuggett
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Off keg at Blue5 in Roanoke, VA. Very clear golden Amber with thin off white head which laces nicely. Slight citrus/piney aroma. Somewhat thick mouth feel. Nicely balanced bitterness with sweet undertones. Overall a very tasty ale. I'll have another soon! (255 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
2.88/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Time Out. Pours coppery with little foam into tulip. Strong lacing. Delicate apricot aroma with little else. Creamy start with pine, hop, and orange rind. Clean hop bite with crisp carbonation. Decent if uncomplicated. (228 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with offwhite head and fair amount of lacing
Smells of citrus (grapefruit mostly - lemon zest), pine, very floral
Tastes strongly of citrus, hoppy floral notes without the bitterness, well balanced and with clean palate and mildly sweet finish
Medium body with fair amount of carbonation.
Overall - really solid east coast IPA, I prefer maltier beers but I have to admit this beer was so good that I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up in the future, and has piqued my curiosity about these beers (510 characters)

Photo of Broadway
4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Who knew that an east coast IPA could be this good! Especially one that is mass marketed. Go to your local pub and draw a pint. You won't be disappointed! (157 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shroud0f doom for this one from NBS BIF #1. Best by date of 5/17/15. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow amber color, with about 1/4 inch of light khaki head that had low-moderate retention and left sheets of lacing.

The aroma was very hoppy, mostly pine and floral, with a bit of citrus in the background, and had a low malt presence. On the tongue the flavors were similar, but bolder. The citrus hop flavors dominated the finish.

The body was medium, pretty much what you expect for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone smoothly and quickly. Overall, a very nice, solid IPA, one that anyone would be happy to have as a reliable, local go-to brew. Worth trying if you see it. (722 characters)

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Graceful is right. I'm not an IPA guy, but this is absolutely a beer I'd drink on a regular basis. The hops compliment the overall flavor profile rather than trying to knock you over the head with bitterness. (210 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured into English pint glass

Clear orange gold, scant carbonation, pencil thin foam cap, some lacings

Grapefruit and Pine aroma notes

Grapefruit hops on the middle off the tongue. Gentle, not sharp bitterness .

Low sudsing , smooth taste, Slight bitter aftertaste . ,

Good beer (294 characters)

Photo of tony12hd
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this since 09. Loose cannon has definitely changed its recipe. It is smoother with less emohasis on grapefruit flavor that distinguished this from other ipas (161 characters)

Photo of jacksdad
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

fantastic IPA if you can find it on tap. Great out of the bottle too. Hoppy but not over the top. A good session beer, but beware this one will sneak up on you. (163 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Stumbled across this one while on standby at an airport in Maryland. Honey to slightly orange colored tap pour with a thin head and good lacing. A hoppy scent leads to a fruit basket of flavors, with a light bitter finish. I also get faint lemon. A well balanced and solid ale with lots going on. This beer was the only thing that went right that day LOL! (355 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2014.

Appearance: Golden color, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with some hops bitterness in the aroma, as well as a strong citrus aroma. There is some sweet aroma, which contrasts with the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops, citrus, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex IPA, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex IPA. There is a variety of flavors, and the hops do not overshadow the other flavors. (776 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by 2/8/15 14200)

A: Hazy copper color with a decent head that leaves a nice collar and some lacing.
S: Nice singluar note of some floral, pungent fruit.
T: A subdued version of the nose. Even flavor that has a nice bitterness to it. It seems to kind of break down a bit in flavor towards the end. I'm getting some weird flavors, but that might just be from the aftertaste.
M: Fuzzy carbonation to it that is nice and soft.
O: Just a good local IPA. (511 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB 24 Dec 14 at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma of pine
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm frothy layer and ring
Lacing good – complete rings of medium to small bubbles
Body light orange, hazy, short-lived effervescence
Flavor begins slightly bitter, ends with a light maltiness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75 (459 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep straw gold with orange highlights and two fingers of fluffy white head. Quickly recedes to a thin collar with patchy lacing. Aroma is a pleasant blend of sharp citrus, mild pine, and soft floral notes.

The taste opens with bright juicy citrus. It's certainly bitter, but no hop bomb. Well balanced, as the sharp citrus is accompanied by sweeter tropical notes of mango and pineapple. Finally, a slightly astringent pine takes over and rides a dry grainy malt backbone to the finish line. There is a bit of alcohol warmth, but for the most part it's extremely smooth. The hop-malt balance works perfectly with the medium carbonation and ever-so-slightly-viscous body.

Overall, this easily surpassed expectations. Not sure how well it holds up, but my recent 6-pack was magnificent at less than 3 weeks old. If you can find it fresh, buy it. Great value as well. For what it's worth I'd choose this over a Two Hearted, which seems like a fair brew for comparison within the style. (1,030 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dad got a growler from the brewery and brought it back home... basically as fresh as it gets right here.

Appearance: Slow pour from the growler didn't give too much of a head at all -- a small white ring, but that's about it. The beer is a slightly hazy orange. Minimal lacing left behind.

Smell: A whole bunch going on -- Hop^3 is right. There's a pure dank hop smell, then plenty of citrus, herbal notes, floral aromas, and malt... a lot of IPAs tend to have a focus in their hops, this beer really is a Loose Cannon -- it shoots pretty much every hop aroma you can imagine at you and it does it quite well.

Taste/feel: Herbal and floral with citrus, a little dank pine that's a bit more in the background, and a nice malt finish. This is a fantastic IPA... has some great, quite different flavors. Very, very clean bittersweet finish on this that makes it pretty damn thirst quenching. Very well crafted. The bitterness is moderate if not low for the style, which aids in making this drink so easily. Seriously refreshing IPA that drinks too easily for the 7.25%. The mouthfeel is moderate all around with a decent body and middle-of-the-road carbonation that works pretty much perfectly. Strange thing about this beer is that it seems to go in feeling a little "Uh-oh, I don't think this'll be very good..." but the mid-drink and finish changes all of that.

Color me impressed. My rating's no doubt likely slightly inflated compared to others because I was able to get it fresh from the tap from the brewery, but I'll definitely be looking for bottles of this around me. One of the best year-round IPAs I've had for quite awhile. (1,638 characters)

Photo of Roser
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

A- clear honey gold. Decent medium bone white head that lasted a good bit. A little lacing, not much. Very pleasing/inviting to the eye.

S- clean, piney, floral, hoppy, citrus (grapefruit).

T- bitter hops up front. Malty, biscuity on the end. Big citrus wallop (grapefruit on the nose carries to the taste, big time).

M- medium body. Well balanced. A good bit going on here but very consistent throughout.

O- excellent! An outstanding IPA. Was a gateway beer for me several years ago when first getting used to this style, and has remained a "Big 4" for me over time (the other 3? Lagunitas Lil Sumpin', Bells Two Hearted, 21st Ammendment Brew Free or Die). Also, very reasonably priced ($7.99 at Total Wine). An additional note, visit the brewery if you have the opportunity. A great tour and tasting room.

Cheers! (823 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy golden orange with a light white head. Not much lace, spots and streaks, but a bit of syrupy liquid cling.

Nose is light bread, some tropical fruit, like and citrus. English ale yeast.

Light bready malt with a firm burst of citrus. Hop oil drying the mouth and lingering lightly.

Crisp and smooth carbonation makes for a lighter feel than the weight would present. Velvety.

A nice deceptively drinkable high abv hop bomb. (438 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a light golden color with a fizzy head that leaves pretty quickly. Didn't notice any lace on the glass. The smell was full of hops and a lot of citrus scents with a little bit of toasted bread at the end. The taste was great with a full hop burst starting the beer off and then mellowing out into a semi-sweet finish with the toasted malt. I found this beer to be very refreshing and quite delicious. (406 characters)

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