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

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Ratings: 3,016
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 97
Gots: 422 | 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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Ratings: 3,016 | Reviews: 1,186
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a sample box of assorted beers from Clipper City, this was one of the four flavors.

Pours a medium golden brown with a solid half-hand of white head. Head retention is good, lacing is average.

Smell is fantastic. Very floral and fruity, notes of blueberry and raspberry, makes my mouth water. If I didn't know this was an IPA the smell wouldn't make me think it was. Easily one of the best beers I've ever smelled.

Taste is very solid and balanced. Both floral and earthy hops are detectable, and niether in strong enough proportions to unbalance the beer. Very mild malt profile mixes with fruity berry overtones.

Mouthfeel is very sharp and dry, light to medium bodied. Pleasant on the palate.

Drinkability is high. This beer would complement a number of dishes well, and because of the only moderate ABV you could definately have a few if you wanted. This beer is very well rounded, and is hands down the best IPA I've ever had.

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

On Cask at Stanton Public in NYC. Perhaps my first beer from Maryland.

Clear, copper/golden, modest head stays a while, leaves lacing.

Rich, complex, multi-faceted hop aroma. Long legs. Very floral and citrusy.

Very smooth, balanced. Complex citrusy hop profile blends nicely with strong malty base. Bitterness is restrained. Finishes pretty clean, just slight bitterness.

Mild carb, pleasant medium body and texture, clean finish.

smooth, balanced, tasty, clean easy drinker. Impressive.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium golden color with a decent off-white head that fades slowly to a nice thin coating. Leaves a nice lace pattern on the glass.

Fresh grassy hops are there, but I was surprised to get a large amount of toasty malt in there. Hints of honey, caramel and whoppers candy in the nose as well.

Taste is mostly sweet light malts, floral and grassy hops, The lupulin is mostly discernable in the finish. Well balanced and leans a bit on the British IPA spectrum. Tastes pretty fresh with not really any off-putting flavors. Im enjoying this brewery more and more with each new brew I try from them.

Photo of BierFan
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Thin off-white head and a clear orange body.

Smell: Sweet and citric. I'm guessing that this uses cascade hops because it's mostly a grapefruit aroma.

Taste: The taste is of the hops, backed up by the malt sweetness. Grapefruit and citrus fruit peels.

Photo of johlendorf
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twelve oz bottle in an American pint.

A = Thin bubbly head. Cloudy copper color.

S = Grapefruit. Grapefruit. Mild fresh pine. Hops.

T = The grapefruit is overwhelming. That's why
I love this IPA. Other hops flavors are present but not dominant.

M = Smooth, crisp.

D = Very easy for a 7.2.

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

A: Murky, golden orange with a very bubbly head. Loads of lacing.

S: It doesn't have a strong presence of the sharp hop aroma, but it is still there. Somewhat herbal and sweet, the nose opens up a bit with the floral and hops as it warms.

T&M: Pleasantly hoppy and very heavy on the sweet malt backbone. There is an overall dense candy-like sweetness amidst the yeastiness and rich, spicy hop flavors. Medium viscosity and big carbonation with a warming alcohol finish.

D: While quite drinkable despite the higher abv, I did find this brew a bit sweeter than I like in an AIPA. I will give it credit for a nice blend of sweet and bitter, which makes it a good choice for spicier food.

Photo of jrhitchings
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clear amber color. Good finger of head of tight, white head, with very good lacing.

Smells great. There's a nice hop aroma, without being overpowering. Scents of the malt come through as well.

Taste is hoppy, definitely an IPA, but not an extreme one. The brewer says the hop this beer three times, then dry hop it some more, but it doesn't come through as strongly as some others. There is a lot of sweet malt flavor in this beer, which balances with the hop flavor well. The malt flavor becomes sweeter with more time in the glass.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly heavy, almost syrupy. It feels thicker than others of the style. This could have to do with the stronger malt presence in this beer.

Overall a very good beer. I don't think I would choose it as a session beer, though, as the ABV is 7.25%. Also, after a couple the sweetness of the beer becomes a little offputting. For one or two, though, this beer is an excellent choice.


Photo of abents
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sebletitje for the 12oz bottle.

Pours out a light amber color with decent white head thats gone quickly. Nose rocks with the hops, pine trees, grass, floral, and tinge of lemon citrus. First taste is a bombardment. Very very hoppy beer, there's a bunch going on here definitely some cascade/centen in there (can't tell) along with that distinct amarillo taste. Very bitter IPA, starts crisp and fruity then turns the tables and bitters out until the finish. A definite hophead favorite that's for sure, kind of lacks the malt end though for my tastes. I like my ipa's balanaced, crazy I know, but this one is still very drinkable even for the bitterness, it has this refreshing quality due to the carbonation and lemony goodness. I need some malt or sugars in there, but I can see people liking this.

Photo of drgonzo3705
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful copper color with a nice fluffy off white head.

S: Huge grapefruit nose very citrusy.

T:Again grapefruits and hops meld together beutifully.
M: Nice medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess.
D: Amazing. I've loved Loose Cannon for a while but to finally try it on cask....Fuhgedaboutit!!

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

An interesting tasting one starts off with an herbal, almost punchy flavor that quickly pounds you with a hopp sucker punch. Smell is citrusy and hopp like. Taste is alot of hopps and mango and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is crisp and mildly bubbly. Color is deep red with a white head. It has a pleasent taste I find refreshing and would mind indulging in again.

Photo of hopdog
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Kennett Square Brew Fest ('05). Also form 12oz bottles.

Poured a deep amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hopes, light oranges and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, grapefruit, floral and caramel.

Original notes from: 10/9/05

Photo of SteveO1231
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a really nice, foamy off-white head. With some awesome lacing.

Smell is rather sweet, the first wiff hits me like a fruit roll-up as a matter of fact. Some citrus hops in there. Bready and husky.

Medium / full-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and slightly slick texture.

The beer has a large, fruity, caramel sweetness. Hops are much lighter than I expected. Finishes with a soapy sweetness and a light grassy hop bitterness.

Overall kinda bland. I probably won't revisit this one.


Photo of RickS95
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slow forming, thin white head. Beer is copper/orange in color, opaque.

As the name would suggest ("Hop3 Ale), hops are prevalent in the nose. However, for a highly hopped, highly alcoholic beer, the mouthfeel was very subdued. I expected more bit, but was pleasantly surprised.

There may be a hint of cloves and orange peel. As I drank more and more, I kept thinking "cloves and orange peel" but it might have just been citrusy hops. Regardless, either they were very smooth hops or there was something to balance the bitterness, because this was a smooth hoppy beer, from beginning til the finish.

Photo of farrago
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing amber red color with a low level of cloudiness to it, thinnish off-white head but what's there sticks around for some time. For the category of beer, the malts accord themselves well and smooth out any hoppy excesses, you get a mélange of orange citrus, floral dew, field grasses, honey coated pie crust and apricot fruit, manages good length without forcing itself on you. Medium-bodied, very good interplay between the sour, bitter hops which create an initial puckering only then to open to sweeter malt and toffee flavors. The orange to pink grapefruit too more sweet than not. Allowing for this, the hops return to rule the finish and tighten all the screws. Lots of tingle on the tongue and ends on a clean note.

Photo of dukedevil0
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a single 12oz bottle from jungle jims in fairfield, ohio.

A: pours a blonde color with white head..some lacing

S: fruity, hops, citrus

T: similar to smell but not as sweet as the scent

M: very thin..mouthfeel tastes like a light macro brew

D: very easy to drink, but it's not something that entices me to want to keep drinking...it reminds me of a macro hoppy brew

**I tried this again on tap and it was WAY better. Maybe I had a crap bottle, but I'll be picking another up to figure out what the deal was.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant hazy orange color thats typical among the elite American IPA's. White foaming one finger head to boot, some lacing on the settling. Smells of fermented citrus and an off tangent of pine. Unique aroma all around. Gulp. The hop is there, but the extra punch is not. Nice and smooth is the outcome, low carbonation and mellow on the outtake. A session beer in every right. Highly recommended.

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

Although I am not a hop head, for this beer I must give props. The beer looked delicious in the glass, gave a great aroma, and taste, well the taste of hops was a bit much for me, but for hoppie beers, this one did have a very solid tast and mouthfeel. I would drink one on occasion just to get my weekly dose of hops.

Photo of almychristopher
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice hazy golden color with an off white head that fades slowly leaving thick sticky lace on the side of the glass. the aroma presents a nice bit of floral hops and crystal malt. the taste backs that up with a nice hop flavor and a clean smooth finish. A very good IPA but I'm not sure it should be in the extreme beer series. Tara says it goes well with fiddle-faddle.

Photo of boralyl
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours one finger of sticky off-white head. It has a pretty good retention and leaves good lacing. The beer is a slightly hazy copper color.

S - Lots of hops. A mix of piny and citrusy hops are most prominent in the aroma.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a slick feel from the hops oil.

T - The biscuit like malts hit first followed by a nice does of citrus hops. Some bitter hops round up the end leaving a nice finish. A slight fruity flavor lingers in the aftertaste as the bitterness dies down.

A very delicious IPA it goes down easy and is pretty drinkable for it's abv. This is my first offering from Clipper City Brewing, and I must say I'm impressed. I'm interested in seeing what else they have to offer.

Photo of hosehead83
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass
Amber/orange with nice , white lingering head
Delicious aroma of full-on hops with definite citrus tang

Taste- Onrush of citrussy hops- hints of toasted bread and orange rind- tasty, bittering finish that keeps you coming back for more

A great beer with spicy nachos or cheeseburger with the works

A definite must for hopheads and IPA fans

Get some!!!

Photo of reppertmr
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice dark orange color. Finger head. Not much lacing.

smells of healthy hop notes.

Excellent hop taste. Not overpowering at all. Fruity hop.

Easy to drink and enjoy.

Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a great IPA

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 11/1/08. Bottle, best by 01/2009. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops, also some light sweet fruits. Flavor is quite fruity- lots of citrus, some mango and other tropical fruits. Nice hop bite in the finish with a grassy/garlic hops note. Palate is a little weak, but overall this is a nice IPA.
7/4/8/3/15 (3.7/5)

Photo of GordonQuid
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a freshly washed sifter. Beautiful deep bronze with a slight chill haze. Rocky, two inch solid white head disapates to a solid one inch head with ample 'leggy" lacing.

Smell is citrus abound! Piney, caramel pineapple covered bisuit.

The taste is a huge blend of crisp, clean citrus and caramel malts. Marmalade on a toasty biscuit. Simply delicious!

Great medium mouthfeel and exceptional drinkability for the 7.25% ABV. Be careful, too many of these delicious elixir's will leave you to walk the plank....


Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last IPA from Traquairlover's shipment. *sigh* Like sending your first kid to college (I guess). No more IPAs....

Poured into a plastic Singapore Beer Fest mug. Nice amber/orange color, matched well with the foaming head. Chunked head a bit, sticky to a point. Laced very well.

This IPA has more citrus and flower aromas to it than the previous review (Hopocalypse). Not quite as intense, but still very comforting.
Catered to flavor as well as feel. A tad sweet in the middle, but overall fairly dry. Nice floral hints mixed will citrus. Some pine in the end.

Alcohol is well hidden and drinkability is very nice. Oh, I now have to wait a month for another IPA....

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

Just had this one on tap.

It is a really nice pumpkin-orange color. Sort of a rich copper I guess. Very nice with a solid inch and a half head. It looks quite good. It has a pretty decent hoppy smell. Some pine and citrus, although nothing exceptional. It doesn't really stand out. It has a good hoppy taste, with the same citrus and hops flavors, although a little bitter on the follow.

It really tastes like an east coast IPA. That's about the most I can say about it. It's a good example of the style, but nothing exceptional. It's certainly drinkable, but I'm pretty sure I'll forget all about it pretty soon.

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