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

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Ratings: 2,579
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 72
Gots: 177 | 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 NeroFiddled


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle fresh from the brewery.

Holy smokes, this is loaded with pungent hop aroma!!!! It smells like rubbing a whole flower hop between your fingers. Floral, spicy, piney, citrusy, fruity - it's like an ad for Pacific Northwest hops!

The malt base isn't nearly as full-throttle, however, and it's superbly balanced - unlike some other examples that can tend to become cloying with heavy, dull malt, or just straight-out sweet against the bitterness. Which brings us to... bitterness. It's restrained in that arena as well, with what I'd consider a perfect balance. Now, maybe I'm a hop-head and not a very good judge of things, but this seems like a beer that almost any beer drinker could enjoy. I don't see it as a "double" or "Imperial" IPA, but more of an incredibly aromatic IPA. Superb!

The small print: There is a mild plant-like (chlorophyll) character to it that can appear from time to time because of the massive quantity of hops used; and the brilliant nose might not carry over into bottles that have a little more age on them.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 03:11:14 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Bleedingshrimp


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is decent..gotta pour hard to get some head and it ain't sticking around long. Smell is nice floral hops and pine. Taste is clean toasty malts and big piney hops with a little citrus flavor mixed in. Hops are really good and flavorful and there is just enough of a malt backbone. Mouthfeel is right in line for the style. Drinkability is really high and even at 7.% ABV, I feel it's a great session beer. Pretty much my favorite DIPAs and cannot be beat for the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 02:38:29 | More by Bleedingshrimp
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Transparent tangerine beneath a lemon-accented ivory crown that is the best part of the appearance. The foam is firm and sticky rather than creamy and persists for quite a while. Small splotches and flecks of sea foam lace end up on the glass.

It's impossible for a brewer that has any amount of talent (and those at Clipper City have a great deal) to create an IPA with a hop bill like this one that doesn't smell freakin' incredible. For the record: Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade (at least 3 of which are on my 'all time greats' list). The nose is bursting with grapefruit, orange, pineapple and all manner of tropical fruity hop esters.

When the first gulp hit my taste buds, I thought the flavor was easily the equal of the nose. However, rather than rise to a mind-blowing crescendo of hoptastic goodness like the best DIPAs do, the flavor began a steady decline all the way to and through the finish. Loose Cannon is still mighty tasty beer, it just isn't exceptional beer.

It's fairly well-malted for the style, with no caramel malt to muddy things up flavor-wise. That leaves the door open for that murderer's row of hops to rush through and make one hell of a memorable entrance... except they don't. Again, I'm being somewhat nitpicky, but I require a certain hoppy explosiveness in my DIPAs that I'm just not getting here.

The flavor profile abounds in grapefruit, orange and assorted tropical fruit fruitiness (just like the nose) as well as a fresh, 'pine forest at dawn' spruciness is appealing. The amount of bitterness wasn't noteworthy during the top half of the bottle, but I'm finding it more so in the bottom half. This is another one of those cumulatively bitter beers that'll sneak up on your tongue if you're not careful. The 7.5% ABV should be completely buried, but isn't quite.

The mouthfeel (like the rest of the beer) is somewhere between an IPA and a true DIPA. It's medium-full with some expansiveness in the mouth, but stops short of being heavily creamy or chewy.

After the Peg Leg Imperial Stout misstep, Loose Cannon gets me excited again about the Heavy Seas line from Clipper City. It isn't the best version of the style that I've had, even in the past few weeks, but it is a tasty, drinkable beer that I have no trouble recommending to those whose hop itch needs a good scratch.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 19:40:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of stodbrew


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear copper color with a nice, long lasting white head. Left very nice lacing.

Aroma is all hops. citrusy, piney, and slightly earthy.

Flavor is quite malty up front, giving way to more citrus hoppiness and ends with a bit of sweetness. Not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is really quite full. Nice carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 03:58:11 | More by stodbrew
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


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

Pours a crystal clear copper. Vibrant color in the body. Thin ivory head. Citrusy hops in the nose.

Taste is dominated by hops, herbal and citrusy. Strident bitterness, orange rind and grapefruit. Nice bready malt to support the hops. Lightly sticky, nary a hint of alcohol. Lingering bitterness in the finish. It's nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 03:59:35 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of GreenWBush


2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiny pumpkin. Placid, near-nothing ring of white bubbles. Freckles of lace.

Nose is rather dirty hops which seem to be filtered through a grainy metal screen...Husked grain, citrus PacNW hop again. Gives the impression of a grainy, hop-infused orange juice.

Dirty hop-juice comes back in the flavor with an intensity that reminds me of poorly used Chinook hops. Fortunately, the slight maltiness does pick up the proverbial pieces. Ragged harshness of hops hits on the intial quaff, while the second-half and finsh of this beer is much fuller and taste and eventually presents a pleasant grapefruitiness.

This beer would be a turn-off for the unitiated for sure, and actually takes some patient drinking to become enjoyable. A bit thin for almost 8%, too!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 20:37:10 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of KyleVick4


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

Decent IPA. Not a big fan of citrusy hops so I am probally a little biased

A: Looks to be a nice copper color with touches of red. Very clear no sediment pours with an allright head that has just a little cling.

S: Citrus hops maybe a little piney. Not much else.

T: Again pretty citrusy. Not a bad beer at all, but I personally would have used different hops. Just me.

M: Surprisingly light bodied and does not feel like the 7.5% abv it boasts. A little too carbonated for my taste, but not bad.

D: pretty good. Once again, superb drinkability for its abv. I could see myself tossing 2 or 3 of these back without tiring.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 06:37:13 | More by KyleVick4
Photo of akorsak


3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice. The ale is chilled, but I am sipping slowly, allowing it to warm slightly.

Appearance: The ale is a beautiful copper-red color. It pours clear with no evidence of sediment. It appears to be reasonably carbonated, giving a nice head and bits of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a citrusy hop aroma the dominates any other notes. The hop aroma is not harsh, however it seems to lack a little more oomph, a little more hop character. That's not to say the aroma is horrible, because it is not. I just think that it could be amped up a bit more.

Taste: The hop taste is somewhat muted, despite the aroma. As it stands, the hops are muted and mellow, not in-your-face. They range from citrus to pine, leading me to assume that US varietals are the predominant ingredients.

Mouthfeel: The hops do not overpower, giving the ale a nice sharpness that keeps the taste buds firing.

Drinkability: A winner. If not for the 7.5% abv, this would be a solid 5, as the ale has a wonderful hop presence and finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 00:38:06 | More by akorsak
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from hoppedup as part of BIF 25*. Thanks for the opportunity. Label notes best before Jul06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head above the clear coppery amber brew. Head fades steadily, but lasts better than some, with plentiful delicate lacing. Aroma is fresh fruity hops, with some malt sweetness present upon further reflection. It's clear what the focus is here. Taste is fruity hops upfront, with a light pine character as well, and little to no aftertaste, just the memory of those yummy hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is quite approachable for a style that is almost defined by being over the top. This one is a reasonable session DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 19:14:57 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Bierguy5


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

Label says best before Jun 06. Slightly hazy golden color, with a slight amber tint. Quite a few bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Thick fluffy head dies down leaving a good 1/2 inch ring. Nice patches of lace remain coated on the glass. Big floral, citrusy hop aroma. Good malt backbone combined with citrusy, floral and piney hop flavors. For as much hop aroma and flavor as this has, it is not overly bitter. Medium body. Balanced, maybe even tame for a Double IPA. Still, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 19:49:02 | More by Bierguy5
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures a lighter golden with a thinner white head thatwas gone pretty fast leaving no lace behind,seemed a bit spritzy.Big pine filled aromas and herbal mint really seemed to stick out with a touch of caramel underneath.Obviously hop driven but not over the top,lingering resiny pine flavors over top of biscuity lightly sweet caramel malt,the citrus is there more in the finish the pine profile is a little bigger.A solid offering the alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors meld well,nice job here.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 01:34:08 | More by oberon
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loose Cannon pours a bright orange-copper color, very clear, with a thin white head. Leaves cascading lace all the way down.
Stick your nose into the glass and you're hit with hops. Citrus and herbal with a faint bit of pine. Spicy, fruity hop taste with a light pine finish. Leaves a bitter aftertaste, but isn't extremely bitter while in your mouth. Hides the abv very well. Drinkability is high for a DIPA. I think I will have another now just to make sure...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 17:10:54 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of BEERchitect


4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for hookin' a brother up! Always a sucker for a good IPA, I can't fault this on too much. A bold straw color with a copper tint, head retention that folds into a nice lacing. Smells like sweet grapefruit and spicy pine. Tastes more with the citrus: grapefruit and oranges. A pine, mint, woody flavor rides above the malt sweetness. Sweetness is moderate but shadowed by hops and a mild grain flavor. Medium, creamy body that swallows easy. Finishes fresh and clean with a mild alcoholic numbing and warmth. Not overly complex, but a solid choice for any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 00:28:44 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light yellow color with a thin white head that quickly receeds into a small ring around the glass

armoa is hoppy, but not overpoweringly. bit of malty smell behind the hops.

taste is less hoppy than i expected, with some hop bitterness but not much else.

body is thinner than i thought it would be, but hides the alcohol very well.

overall farily drinkable, but slightly underwhelming. i expected a little more of it based on the aroma. good and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 01:53:10 | More by grub
Photo of CRJMellor


3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mainly golden color but with some yellow highlights.
Aroma of spruce and pine with some tangy citrus.
Flavor is some varied malts mostly with some odd grainy notes thrown in. This malt bed is then covered with lightly bittered but odorific hop notes.
Mouthfeel is ligher side of medium and a strange combo of hop and malts just doesn't meld well together. Everything seems to be stepping on each other and not complementing.
Drinkability is OK but just not very distinguished.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 16:56:17 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of ITK4ever


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being from Ballmer, gotta be a fan of Clipper City, hon. Just wanna know when they'll be issuing out the original Natty Boh recipe....but I digress.

I'd call Loose Cannon a WORLD CLASS DIPA...able to compete with the big boys. Very nice orangish color and a tannish head that diminishes after a bit. Lacing is shallow, but who cares.

Hops hit you in the face hard right away. Citrusy bitterness and then the malt briefly swings in to tease. That's about it. Hoppy, bitter finish. ABV is well hidden and I found myself wanting another right away.

Great Effort by a truly WORLD CLASS Ballmer Company, hon. Nothing could replace the orignal Natty Boh, but CLipper City comes close.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 22:11:55 | More by ITK4ever
Photo of UnionMade


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful fiery orange, topped with an off white puff of head. Excellent clarity, positively shining in the glass, streamers of carbonation rising rapidly from the bottom. Great head retention, leaving a sheet of lace clinging to the glass. Bright, citrusy hop aroma, perhaps a bit understated for an imperial IPA. Fruity and floral, orangey, with a sweet under-layer of toasty caramel malt. Very nice, even if it's a bit mellow. The flavor starts surprisingly mild, none of the flavor burst you expect with a big beer style. Looking at the abv, it's about right for a regular IPA, so I'll treat it as such. Toasty malt provides moderate sweetness, the hops gaining speed into the finish with an orangey citrus shine. Pretty fruity, apple esters coupling with the citrusy hops nicely. Fairly balanced finish, leaning slightly towards the hops, as you'd expect from a good IPA. Bright, citrusy aftertaste. Modest levels of carbonation. Medium to full bodied, very smooth feeling, with a nice hoppy snap in the finish. Very drinkable. I could go for another.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 08:54:54 | More by UnionMade
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice glowing clear red orange amber color. Good tight white head with pretty good retention. Very sappy fresh crushed pine aroma. A well blended sense of sweet baked apples. Smells like evergreen on a warm day. Tastes textured with malts, pine sap, lemon peel, and various other hops. Extended flavor explodes on the palate. Pretty nice full syrupy mouth.

Great way to start the evening. Smells and tastes fill my brain. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 22:10:51 | More by tastybeer
Photo of kmpitz2


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a solid copper color with excellent clatity. A 2 finger slightly off white head falls slowly to a finger over top with just stray bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The nose is definately hop forward. There are big notes of pine along with some grassy/very fresh herbal notes giving it a very fresh and green quality. On the tail end of a big sniff, I get some light peppery notes from the hop as well, finishing with the lightest hint of the alcohol. The malt is not as prevalent as I would expect for balance in a beer like this. I'm getting just a moderate caramel and light toastyness. Flavor is big in fresh pine character, with a more grassy charachter as it progresses. The bitter hits secondarily to the flavor of the hop. Its not too big, but it has an edge to it that bites a bit, and it hangs on pretty long into the finish. I'd like the bitter to be more smooth. Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of moderate, with a solid moderate carbonation. I'd like a little more substance here as well. Overall, I find this beer to be highly drinkable. Even though the bitterness grabs a little harsh, its still not offensive. There are no real flaws, just things I would change if I were making this beer myself. I'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 04:40:04 | More by kmpitz2
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OnTap at Baja Bean Co.

Appearance: Orangish/copper in color, very clear. Off white foamy head that leaves a bunch of lacing.

Smell: Very citrusy grapefruit like aroma.

Taste: The hops are right up front and have that same citrusy taste that is so obvious in the aroma. The malts are there adding some sweetness to the bitterness. Certainly a good job balancing each other.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, not quite filling but certainly not a great session beer.

Drinkability: I only had one but I could certainly stand another. Never going to be my session beer but a couple would certainly satisfy.

Overall I was suprised by this beer. I had no idea what to expect after watching the bartender pour a pint full of head. Turns out I was about to receive the very first beer off the keg. It was certainly a great brew and if I run into it again I won't hesitate to order it or pick up a 6'er.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2006 18:25:06 | More by tattooedtolley
Photo of Higravity


4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like to call this one easy, easy like SUnday Morning. It is one of those DIPAs that reach a D only in the flavoring and aroma hops. There is a little extra alcohol sure but you would know it; and sure the bitterness is pumped up a bit but I hardly noticed. My nose and tongue were held hostage by the full out assualt of the flavor and smell of the hops. This beer looks fine and leaves plenty of lace and has a full body to carry all the sweetness of the hops and in a way the body helps the malt balance out the stick resin of the hops. Truly dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 19:18:35 | More by Higravity
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich honey gold color with a soft, tight, creamy head. Sprucy, floral hop aroma with pineapple undertones and other tropical fruits. Sticky, resinous, and quite nice. The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell - floral, citrus, and somewhat spicy hops, followed by a pleasant sweetness. Less dank than the aroma. The hops don't quite mesh together super great but the sweetness ties it all together. Solid, medium body with a long, bitter aftertaste.

Its a pretty nice double IPA, though I can't see myself having more than a couple. Tropical, resinous, sweet...good stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 01:38:30 | More by wedge
Photo of davestar


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - rich copper color w/ fluffy white head. good lacing

S - strong pine and citrus tones, earthy in the background

T - wow. it's a double IPA so the significant malt backbone is expected, yet it doesn't suffer from the overt sweetness that bothers me about some IIPAs. the hops are dominant right away and stick around after you swallow. alcohol is masked well.

M - full yet dry, just how i like my hoppy brews.

D - very drinkable considering the ABV

no wonder this is the highest rated clipper city brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 02:18:16 | More by davestar
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a light amber/orange, small white head forms, lots of lacing and good retention. Smell is grapefruit and pine, tons of hops, some caramel and vanilla, great smell. Taste is caramel, with lots of grapefruit, pine and floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, nice dry finish, beauty of a hop bomb, thanks DrJay!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 00:56:06 | More by Viggo
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4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2" head that quickly turns to lacing along the edges. Vaguely bubbly in appearance and on tasting. The smell: hops! strong citrusy notes of American hops, but somehow sweet. Flavor is all about hops, with a powerful wave of sweet, almost cloying flavors from the first taste to the last. This one is hard for me to describe, since other hop-dominated beers bring such a heavy-handed kick of bitterness. This one is not so to my palate; hop flavors and the medium/heavy body of the beer seem to push bitter notes to the background. It finishes thick and sticky and, once again, sweetly hoppy.

Despite figuring into my experience with hoppy beers as a bit of a rogue (and out of character for IIPAs), I really like this beer. It's delicious, smells wonderful, and finishes nicely. The powerful sweetness makes it a 1-2 per sitting max, definitely not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 17:16:22 | More by copasetic
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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