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

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Ratings: 2,667
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 77
Gots: 214 | 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 mntlover


4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a hazy orange color with a two finger cream colored head that falls to ringed bubbles that leaves lots of web lacing.

Aroma is fresh hops minty pine whiffs of flowers add sweetness to a caramel malt base.

Taste is caramel malt then right into minty herbal hops with hints of pine resin. Finish is lingering pine, veggies, and floral flavors mingled together.

Mouthfeel is medium nice lightly peppy carbonation.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable brew this Loose Cannon, minty pine not bad. Want to thank Enola for this sample.

12-07-2006 12:01:09 | More by mntlover
Photo of mmmbeer


4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

12 oz. bottle best by February '07. I decanted and wound up with a hazed orangey/amber brew that has light carbonation and a half-inch head that leaves decent lacing. It smells quite tropical, with white grapefruit, mango, orange, and pineapple. The flavor is also tropical, but with the addition of apricot, perfumy/piney hops, and pale/toasted malts to balance the medium bitterness. The body is fairly smooth, medium and drying, with carbonation that is tingly at first, then subsides to reveal a medim finish. Overall a very nice IPA that I would definitely drink again.

12-06-2006 11:34:04 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Blakaeris


4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours hazy orange-amber with a rocky white head and nice lacing.

Smell is rich citrus hop aroma with a solid malty base. Quite fruity. Impressive cirus and resinous hop character.

Taste is surprisingly malty sweet up front. There is a great light fruit and candylike sweetness. Then the generous piney and citrus hops take over. Finish is mildly crisp with slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very smooth with slight hop oilyness.

A very balanced and solid IPA. Wonderfully fruity and easy to drink. A recommended APA.

11-30-2006 01:23:11 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of kimcgolf


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

This is a true IPA...pours to a hazy golden orange, with off-white head and okay lacing. Aroma is very strong hops, mostly grapefruit citrus and floral, with a hint of grass. Flavor is much along the same lines, strong and very tasty citrus-floaral hops. The dry, bitter palate was expected, and did not disappoint. All and all, a damn good beer in my favorite style.

11-29-2006 23:06:14 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of watermelonman


4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

This poured to an orange and gold color with a medium head that lasted well. It left plenty of lace.

The smell is strong and brings a very nice mix of hops. Citrus and light fruit flavors come through as well. The taste starts with pale malts and pine, and finishes with citrus and other hop flavors. The mouthfeel is medium while the drinkability is good.

11-28-2006 03:11:38 | More by watermelonman
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5%

This is a good ipa. There is really no evidence of 7.5%. The beer is a cloudy orange color and there was a small head. The smell is nice and piney, citrusy. The taste is not too aggressivly bitter but there is a nice hop presence. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky and the drinkability is good. If this beer is truelly 7.5% it has me fooled. A good beer I am glad I have access to. I will seek this out again.

11-22-2006 06:03:53 | More by Enola
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Not my style, but a fantastic representation never-the-less!! Poured a cloudy orange colour with a beautiful finger thick white head that hung around for a bit. Heavy, sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass, and several streams of CO2 steadily rose upward. Nice. Colossal citrusy hop aroma!!! I typically do not care for this, but when I am in the mood for it, nothing else will suffice. Taste is basically pine resin and grapefruit rind oil. Again, I don't normally seek out brews of this sort, but I really like this. It almost reminds me of Gread Divide's Hercules.
Easily my favourite offering from Clipper City, and a wonderful example of an American IPA.

11-22-2006 04:14:03 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of moklett

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

This beer was a nice golden color with a frothy cream colored head. It smells wonderful - it smells like all the right hops for a good IPA, with the sweet, syrupy smell that characterizes my very favorite IPA (Dogfish Head 90 minute). I was a bit let down after putting it to my mouth... it was a bit dull on my tongue, and lacked the hoppy bite I'd hoped for. The overall taste was nice - I definitely noticed pear - and it was smooth. I finished the last half with some food (nothing special, just some homemade pizza) and it was definitely better that way. But overall, the beer didn't quite live up to its smell. An above average IPA but not spectacular.

11-20-2006 01:16:36 | More by moklett
Photo of HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Golden hued ale with good clarity and lots of rising carbonation bubbles. Faint shimmering head on top.

Citrusy nose of jammy apricot, candied orange, and juicy grapefruit.

Distinctive American hop bite lingers from start to finish. Good flavor without overwhelming bitterness. Each sip leaves me thirsting for more.

A lip smacking example of the American IPA style. With almost 8% ABV, it approaches Double IPAhood.

11-19-2006 21:47:41 | More by HopasaurusRex
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.98/5  rDev -1%

Pours a slightly hazed deep gold hue. A creamy three finger head slowly forms and holds a thin cap to the last swig. Leaves sticky spots of lacing. American hop nose like grapefruit rind, orange peel, spruce tips, fresh-cut grass, and background crystal malt. Pale malt sweetness upfront, followed by wheat and a pinch of caramel... then the hops take over. Fruity and piney at first, then becomes acidic and bitter in the semi-dry aftertaste. The malt is sweet but never becomes cloying, although a hint of apple ester becomes more obvious in later sips. Overall, a balanced flavor for an East coast IPA. Medium in mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation; it could stand to be more crisp, but this kind of mouthfeel accentuates the alpha oil slickness, if you dig that kind of thing. Finishes mildy residual with a lingering american hoppiness but not too abrasive. Holds a decent drinkability if you can handle something other than a common garden variety IPA.

11-19-2006 07:05:46 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of chilidog


4.22/5  rDev +5%

Wow, another impressive brew from this very impressive brewery.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this "Hop 3" labeled bottle. Although im behind on reviews i've been most pleased with the Sunk'n Sample chest of which this came.

It poured a clear, but active burnt orange. Slight tan on the fluffy, thick head that also laced in thick spots.

The aroma was citric and tropical with hints of pine hop and alcohol.

The taste was a pleasant surprise. Kinda Three-Floyds like. The taste is grapefruit, banana, orange and passion fruits with a pine hop that brings out the caramelized malts. That sweetness balances well making this a well rounded, drinkable IPA.

A new fav... IPA. Available and priced fair. I'll be bringing in more of these. Cheers!

11-18-2006 14:21:32 | More by chilidog
Photo of peabody


3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

Pours out into the pint glass like weak ice tea. very little foam to speak of but lacing happens around the glass.
Smell is apricot and bitter hops. Sugars caramel and yeast round that off. Alcohol is the last aroma to come forth.
Taste is subtle caramel candy sugar and hops. Love the hops but the alcohol becomes very up front here.
While the mouthfeel leaves the tounge oily and dry the sugar and alochol give the command to have another.
ABV is too high for this to be a session beer but I would like to give it a go!

11-13-2006 00:17:00 | More by peabody
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a burnt orange color with a pale yellow/white head that rises to 2 fingers and quickly recedes to a crown on top. Thick, sticky, spotty lacing.
The aroma implies that this beer is hopped heavily. Nothing sweet or malty in the smell and that is fine with me. Smells like a bowl of fresh tropical fruits.
The taste confirms that this is a heavily hopped beer and bitterness is a priority over balance. Again that is fine with me. This is a very tasty beer that I wanted to rate higher, but there is a certain medicinal element in the aftertaste that I don't particularly enjoy. That weird flavor doesn't really linger so this beer still gets a solid 4 for taste.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.
A very good IPA and a very good beer. I would recommend trying this one from time to time but there are better IPA's to session regularly.

11-08-2006 03:29:27 | More by wcudwight
Photo of AndoBrew


3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

*I kinda like it and will not buy again*

app: light halloween light light brown orange color. finger white head little lace. intresting color with a latte looking foam head.

smell: sweet big caramel malts with nice fruity pine hops. its really nice smelling! little booze. yummy.

taste: nice hops, nice flavors, kinda different. I am suprised actually, a pretty classy little beer. it is hop foward but the malts in there are nice and kinda warm nutty flavors I think.. I have found that muted but present malt tones really come alive with warmth so I am going to wait on this one to warm up a tad in hopes that it remains true. here goes.. ok the malts actually have a dry grainy type flavor, very intresting compared to the smell. also intresting for the norm of IPA's and DIPA'S out there that are mostly sweet malts and hop hop hops, the dry grainy malts are really kinda neat. still has some mild sweet malt flavor, some hints of dark fruits and a spice little citrus hop acidic in the back of throat.

mf: a touch to spritzy and spice filled for to best match the rest of the beer, but good.

drinkable?: it is pretty much, not the best by far though.

11-07-2006 07:11:33 | More by AndoBrew
Photo of bthompuz


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

A – light orange, thin lacy head

S – Pine and fruity hop aroma dominate, some citrus and flowery smells as well, light malt smell and some alcohol, this beer has a really great complex hop aroma.

T – bitterness, followed by huge hop flavor, a little malt and then finishes with a lot of bitterness. The flavor matches up well with the aroma and even more of the floral hop character comes out. It tastes like there is just enough malt to start to balance the hops, but not a malty beer in any way. As it warms up the hops become more syrupy and really dominate the malt, also the alcohol is much more apparent as it warms.

M – light to medium light, this is a somewhat thin beer

D – I could drink these all day. A really phenomenal beer. The hops totally shine in this beer and you get the whole package of aroma, bitterness and flavor. I cannot say enough good things about this beer. Although the bitterness in this beer is relatively high, it does not have the harshness that some high IBU beers have.

11-07-2006 03:50:55 | More by bthompuz
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%

This beer poured a pretty medium gold color with a small white head. The aroma was heavenly: fresh hop flowers, pine, citrus and grapefruit. Taste was of resiny, piney hops along with a some sweet caramel malts and citrus. The finish was of bitter hops. Mouthfeel was medium in the palate, with a sticky, syrupy feeling in the back of the mouth. Drinkability was good for an addicted hop lover such as myself. This is a tasty example of an American IPA, bordering on a DIPA if not for the lower ABV. I look forward to trying the rest of Clipper City's lineup.

10-29-2006 13:23:46 | More by rodrot
Photo of scruffwhor


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

Starts with an okay head that recedes to a half-and-half foam throughout the rest of the 12oz. bottle. Very sluggish and minimal bubbles. A sunny syrupy copper when held to the light. Very resiny smell, a little sweeter than expected. The hops is a little too astringent and leave some of that resiny hop flower on the tongue a touch too long. More sugary than biscuity when it somes to the malts. The brew feels very thick on the tongue. Almost like hop sap. Makes a little more difficult than most to drink. But still could to take big sips over a period of time.

10-28-2006 23:01:37 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

I like the comical nautical scene on the label with the clueless pirate and overboard parrot. The color of this brew is bright orange with little head but respectable lacing. Nose is tangy, compact hops, laced with spice, pine sap, and fruit tones.

Taste is big and bold as promised, but less tthe blistering bitterness of a near double IPA but instead a layered, measured, well crafted flavor, mixinng in mellow sweetness and a satisfying finish where the alcohol makes only a token appearance. Pine is an ongoing theme in this one. Mouthfeel is crisp and stiff but fits the flavor perfectly. This is a multidimensional beer with enough bite for hopheads and something for everybody.

10-26-2006 02:19:51 | More by daliandragon
Photo of mpyle


4.1/5  rDev +2%

Pours a big and beautiful white head, thick, creamy and lingering. Inviting pale color, and hints of cloudiness from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle (my pour was aggressive).

Smell is a "sweet hoppiness". Not sure if that is purely the aromatic hops, or if it is a blend of maltiness and hops.

Hoppiness is most notable in the flavor and aroma areas - not an overly bitter beer given the high levels of maltiness and alcohol. A nice balance in the flavor, though could be a bit drier on the finish.

Big mouthfeel in the line with its 7.5% ABV and "Heavy Seas" designation. Not overwhelming despite the "big beer" nature, and I like this enough that I could definitely knock back a few of them in a session.

10-24-2006 22:24:04 | More by mpyle
Photo of Auburnbean33


4.85/5  rDev +20.6%

I had tasted this beer before on tap @ Taco Mac in Atlanta and was very impressed. I had a friend bring a six pack over when she came last weekend and i am on my third one.
This beer pours Golden Amber and has an excellent fruity hop aroma. To be 7.5 % it has very little alcohol taste. The main thing i was worried about was it being overy bitter since it is a Triple IPA. something like 3lbs of hops per barrel or something. But the bitterness is a perfect balance to the fruity notes on the front end of this brew. Loved it and will continue to drink it when i can.

10-22-2006 03:57:52 | More by Auburnbean33
Photo of IntriqKen


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Thanks to aprilluvsbeer for this trade.
Pours a medium golden amber with a nice head that melts to rim coating sticky lacing.
Aroma is all fresh citrus peel hops...lots of grapefruit.
Taste is borderline DIPA....extra sweet amber malt balances extra bitter grapefruit peel hops. There is no struggle here...just a very nice balance as both assert themselves on the palette.
Aftertaste is mildly acidic from the grapefruit hops which leaves the mouth dry and quenched.
Definately a good beer for a warm day...
bottle after bottle.

10-22-2006 00:38:28 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Cresant


2.78/5  rDev -30.8%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated best by: 11/06 into an IPA glass. Body was clear and honey/orange colored. Barely one finger of head, which receded like the wind. Neck label states the beer has yeast in the bottle but I could see no evidence (body was crystal clear and the bottle had no discernable reside). Label also called this bottle a "pounder"?

Smell was all citrus hops. Sweet grapefruit. Later, as it warmed alcohol became much more apparent.

Taste was pithy grapefruit. Scraping bitterness (not unpleasant). Sweet and drying. More sweetness than I like in an IPA.

Mouthfeel was medium carbonation and medium carbonation with some slickness in the texture. This beer is not one I will seek again.

10-21-2006 22:49:11 | More by Cresant
Photo of blackie


4.1/5  rDev +2%

Had this on cask at the 2006 WBF in Durham, NC and it was divine...let's see how the bottle compares.

appearance: A gentleish pour gives a low white head that recedes to a thin ring and layer. The beer is a slightly hazy golden amber in color.

smell: As in the flavor, I find the same sweet, crisp hop aroma on the nose. The hops bring to mind tropicals including sweet citrus and slight passionfruit. There's a slight acidic note. The malt aromas are low and seem to be pale in nature. A touch more malt would be nice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, as is the body.

taste: Sweet, fruity hops upfront just tempered by a light, paleish malt sweetness. Nice blend of flavors here, with the hops dominating yet not overpowering the tongue. After the swallow, a light to moderate bitterness comes in. Just a touch more malt or hop depth would make this an easy 4.5.

drinkability: easy

Single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh, notched as best by Feb. 2007. A simply delicious, hop forward IPA...though I'm not sure if I agree with the DIPA classification.

07/29/09: pint at Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA, dropped smell from 4.5 to 4

10-20-2006 23:41:13 | More by blackie
Photo of grego


4/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer was poured into a pint class and was a nice amber gold with an inch of head that diminished after 5 minutes or so. Lacing from top to bottom. The smell is of hops and more hops.Kind of piney and sweet at the same time. Nice hoppy flavor with some citrus and a malt background. Somewhat smoothish with a crisp dry finish. This is a good IPA, not what I am used to from a DIPA. Nice hop aroma and good taste. Very drinkable.

10-19-2006 00:22:12 | More by grego
Photo of ccrida


3.43/5  rDev -14.7%

Poured into an Ename chalice, it is golden amber with a slight haze and medium head with large bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving only a little lace. The aroma is a mix of floral and piney hops, but not as overwhelming as some of the other Double IPAs out there. There is also a distinct sweetness, which is echoed in the taste, and might steal the spotlight from the aroma hops, which are harder to notice. This is not the case with the bittering hops however, which come through nicely with a piney, bitter finish, and help mute the 7.5% ABV. The body is creamy and malty without much carbonation in the mouthfeel. This is not the most drinkable big IPA, the benchmark in my mind being Southern Tier's Unearthly, which is something like 11% ABV and much smoother. Nevertheless, it is really quite nice, and worth getting your hand on few, as you'll probably want to have more then one!

10-14-2006 00:28:11 | More by ccrida
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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