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

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Ratings: 2,557
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 71
Gots: 169 | 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 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
Photo of Viggo

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
Photo of copasetic


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
Photo of tgbljb


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

Appearance : Poured a crystal clear medium copper color with initial monstrous white puffy head that slowly fell to thin coating leaving beautiful lacing on its way down.
Smell : What superb scents are present. There is a pine forest lurking somewhere in the glass. And maybe a fresly cut lawn. And there is also a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice. Quite a combination, but every blends together perfectly.
Taste: Initially a very strong hop prrsence is noted. Then the citrus begins to present itself and the combination is absolutelt perfect. As the beer warms it becomes even more enjoyable.
Mouthfeel; Finish is mainly hoppy bitterness, that begs for another taste.
Drinkability: This beer was excellent. That being said, one is plenty in a sitting because the strong flavors and scents assault the senses, and trying to drink a second one would be too much of an overload. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 03:04:38 | More by tgbljb
Photo of pbr85

New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass
The beer pours a nice golden brown with a small, half inch off white head. Smell is of piney and oily hops with a slight malt backbone. Taste is all hops, mostly piney and flowery hops. No malt presence as far as I could tell. Not the most balanced beer. Mouthfeel is good, drinkability is ok. The unbalance makes it difficult to drink too much of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 04:33:28 | More by pbr85
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

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

Clear orange-gold with a medium-size white head of big, sticky bubbles. Lace is pretty good.

Smell is grapefruit hops, but there's a clear toasty malt presence as well, and a bit of evergreen bitterness. Some peach scents as well.

Flavor is hoppy and citric, with the bitter pine flavors coming in more clearly at the end, but never quite sticky and resinous. The malt is sweet and prominent, but not as toasty as I thought it would be from the smell.

Overall: The flavor is nicely-hopped, but it lacks both the malt and the hoppiness to stand up with the elite huge DIPA's, in my opinion. It almost feels more like a slightly-stronger IPA rather than a different beast. Still, I think I paid less than two bucks for a single, so I'll say it's a good value.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 14:25:02 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of ScarletLady


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this from a Firkin. Poured from a pitcher into my glass. Great orangy copper color with a bit of a white head (a symptom of the pitcher pour) the nose is definitely hops with a citrus undertone. Nice full mouthfeel and good carbination. Needless to say the taste is all hopss with a slightly bitter hop finish. If you are looking for the triple hop explosion on your tongue I would suggest trying it from the bottle. It's a little more lively and complex.

This was a little mellower than from the bottle and still good. I think that I prefer the bottle but both are great. One of my favorites!

Serving type: cask

02-13-2006 16:32:11 | More by ScarletLady
Photo of SupaCelt


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

Loose Cannon emerged from the bottle sporting a crystal clear orange colour with a plush white head. A solidly constructed head of a good quarter inch height remains throughout the tasting. Spitty gobs of lacing hang tight as the level drops. Hypnotizing bubbles swarm and rise to the surface. Looks like a treat. The nose conjures up images of fresh and green hops. This beer smells juicy and pleasantly piny with a somewhat grapefruit inflected accent. This is a very nice hop bouquet, although not super pungent. Fresh is the word. The taste is charcterized by a quick sweetness followed by a bittering citrus and formidable dryness. Pine like flavour mostly. It feels oily and resinous with some slight vegetable overtones from the generous hop additions. The mild sweetness of the malt base allows the hop character to take full reign and showcase itself. Mouthfeel is a bit light with the lesser expressed malt foundation, but still feels acceptable. The drinkability is good. This is a very fresh tasting brew overall. Just a pleasure to have flowing through my alimentary canal.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 21:27:17 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of rizzyo


4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Solid light orange appearance, little head retention, but still a gorgeous sight.

Smell:One of the best smelling beers I have ever had, if not the best. Amazing fruit character, with tangerines and peaches easily distinguishable. Some hop chararacter, but it is overpowered by the fruit characteristics.

Taste: Not as hoppy as many other Double IPA's, but still an amazing assortment of flavor. Generous amounts of citrus fruit, as well as noticable hop character make it a great experience.

Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation, this beer makes your mouth tingle with excitement and anticipation.

Drinkability: Amazing! I could have had ten of these in one sitting, although I wouldnt recommend it. Truly one of the most drinkable IPA's or Double IPA's.

What an amazing beer, if you ever see it, give it a shot, you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 04:14:28 | More by rizzyo
Photo of JayQue


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

Reviewed 1/29/2006
Edited 8/10/10 - either the beer was better or my palate is different. I am rating this much higher

Poured a nice light golden-amber color. Decent sized head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some traces of head. Good lacing down the glass. Good strong hops aroma. This is a good tasting beer. Heavy duty citrus hops throughout. Bitterness is pronounced and just right!!!! Mouthfeel is rich, crisp and just right for an IPA or DIPA. No alcohol burn or harsh taste.

Drinkability of this beer is very good. I was surprised to see 7.5 ABV of the web site. If I was drinking this on-tap, I would probably be in trouble at this point!!! No hint of the alcohol content. This is a solid IPA, on par with some of the ones we all rave about and something I would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 18:31:05 | More by JayQue
Photo of Da1nonlyBD


4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just had this last night at Frisco Burritos in Columbia, from the Firkin. I've had this beer before and it was very good, but now it was very great. There wasnt much of a head on there, and the aroma was slighty faint compared to last time, but the taste and mouthfeel made up what was lacking and then some.

The taste starts off with a ot of malt sweetness, followed by a ton of cirtrusy bitter notes from the hopes.

I think this is the best beer I've ever had. I definetly want more of this one.

Serving type: cask

01-29-2006 16:08:08 | More by Da1nonlyBD
Photo of clabaugh


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

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangish-copper. A bubbly, beige head rests on top. Retention is admirable. Great lacing, present in sheets as the glass empties.

Smell: Pungent, citrusy hops fill the nostrils. Some wheaty undertones accompany the predominant hop aroma.

Taste: Biting hop flavor, with some intense bitterness. Citrus flavors, among them lemon rind and some orange peel. Finishes with a punch of maltiness: roasted nuttiness, wheat, earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, mild carbonation. Excellent smoothness, with a lingering bitterness. Commendable.

Drinkability: Exceedingly drinkable. Pleasing flavor, easy to consume, and an overall great experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 02:05:25 | More by clabaugh
Photo of sideshowrob


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I had to have this one a second time to fully appreciate it. First time was in the middle of a double-ipa fest and the old taste buds must've been overloaded...

Typical color for a good soild hyper-IPA. Very clear, deep orange, very filtered, an extremely clean appearance. Strong hop nose, with a hint of sweetness. Taste is actually nicely balanced. The malt isn't overwhelming, but just enough to provide the backbone for the hops to stand off of. I actually think I now prefer this one over some other regional, (and more well-known) double IPA's. This one is very easy to drink, and it has good mouthfeel. A worthy brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 11:06:21 | More by sideshowrob
Photo of ism

New Jersey

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

Clear gold-orange hue with a 2-finger taupe head, nice retention. Fruity apricot and grapefruit nose. Good carbonation in front of a medium body, hop oil and tangerine, goes down smooth with a slight grapefruit bitterness. Slight grassiness, and a good mix of bitters, on a slightly underpowered malt base. Very nice and fun IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 02:59:45 | More by ism
Photo of mentor


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by higravity, via SS'05. Thanks for the opportunity. Pours a 1.5 finger light tan head over a nearly clear apricot colored liquid. The froth of the head is quite nice. Smells gentle pith, pine, and apricot. Tastes orange and tangerine with gentle pith. Woody dry and mild pine. Nice hops with some lupulin oils on the tongue. Grassy hop character is present but minimal. Well balanced assortement of hop character of a mild malt sweet. Md-light body with moderate cabonation. Pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 06:01:04 | More by mentor
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear, light orange body, lively with carbonation. Topped by a fist full of tightly bubbled off-white foam. Good lacing quickly evident.

Crisp, clean big pine and citrus aroma, like throwing open the window overlooking the grove. Extremely inviting.

Fresh tasting hops crash the party from the first drop, will the malt flails around trying desparetly for a lifeline. There's a malt backbone in there, but it's severely outgunned - a sweet stream engulfed by a wave of citrus - grapefruits, oranges and lemons oh my! Juicy finish.

Good medium mouthfeel. Too damn easy to drink.

Another fine example of the Heavy Seas line. Clipper City sails on.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 00:10:37 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Head poured up nicely, but dissipated in about a minute. It is a clear copper beer.

S - Pine! Holy hops this is the ultimate in pine odor. It is like essence of Douglas Fir. Impressive, albeit one dimensional.

T - Hops are not nearly as potent as the smell would lead me to expect, but it has a very strong pine hop flavor still. There is a wonderful malt character to balance it out.

M - Smooth, very thin and extremely refreshing. Here is where most DIPA's come up short and this one delivered.

D - Amazing! This is my favorite MD beer to date. Excellent work Clipper City! It is a bit strong to session, but a true hop head would do it anyway and take the bullet in the morning.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 05:06:41 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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

12oz. bottle

Pours a golden amber color with a creamy white head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Extremely fruity citrus hop aroma. A bit of malt can also be detected. Very nice.

Tastes just like it smells! Fantastic fruity citrus hops with almost a hint of fresh peaches. This is followed by a hint of caramel malt and washes away hoppy and very clean.

Body is very smooth and well carbonated. Feels good rolling across my tongue.

This is super drinkable, a superb DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 01:39:54 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of orbitalr0x


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

The Loose Cannon pours from the bottle a wonderful bright clear peachy color with a nice two fingers worth of creamy bubbly white head on top. Really awesome clarity on this brew. Aromas of fresh, bountiful citic, grapefruity hops that also have a big floral element to them as well. A sweet pale, light caramel malt lurks underneath. Peach and pineapple show up as well in the fruity hop onslaught...maybe there are some Amarillo's in here?? Either way it's a lovely aroma.

First sip brings a rush of sweet, pale, caramelly maltiness that almost instantly segues into a wall of bitter, fruity, citric hoppiness. Notes of peach, grapefruit and pineapple all make an appearance with a floral, green undertone. Fairly brash and a bit abrasive, however the malt still manages to pull everything together here. Vibrant, wonderful hop juice makes for a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. This one goes down really easily. A really tasty Double IPA that hits the nail on the head for me. Big, awesome hop flavors all around. I wish this was available locally as I'd be drinkin it regularly. Thanks to blitheringidiot for another fine east coast brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 02:47:52 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle with best before notch of APR 06.

Clear light amber in color with a clingy egg-shell tinted froth.

Delightful grapefruit aromas along with an almost candy like orange tint. Some herbal notes and a tinge of caramel as well.

Medium body with a pleasant carbonation, some creaminess, and a resinous mouth coating. Big grapefruit flavors come right out at the top. Mandarin orange burps. A nice sweetness fades out into a long citric finish.

I'm not sure how this beer came to be categorized as a double IPA on the site, (maybe the HOP3 on the label?). I reviewed it as an IPA, and regardless of style, it is one fine ass example of tasty beer. I'll be looking for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 01:47:37 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Appearance: Copper golden orange off white cream colored head sparse lacing forms around my pint at D's Six Pack. Aroma: Citrus rinds grapefruit touch of alcohol and sugary sweetness come to my senses. Taste: Floral and citrus hop bursts dominate with a sturdy malt base that gives a candy sweetness to the hop profile. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied evenly carbonated slightly sticky very smooth hoppy ale. Drinkability: Marketed as a triple IPA let me say it's hoppy but still just an Imperial not shocking enough to travel into a triple IPA category for me suprisingly easy drinking solid DIPA, nice not trailblazing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2006 17:54:59 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of DrJay


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

Clear light amber colour with a thin, dense, white head that showed some lace. Mild malt aroma with a bit of peach fruit, but the grapefruit and pine from the hops were center stage here. High bitterness that's a little harsh, with a soft malt backbone. Some pine and citrus hops flavour. Finishes clean and dry. Well integrated carbonation, medium-light body. Not bad at all. The malt seemed to fall a bit short for the slightly aggressive hopping, but that's a mild criticism for a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 02:06:10 | More by DrJay
Photo of Ricochet


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a great , fresh , APA hop monster tonight to compare this too, this was a very good "Hop3" ale as they call it, and I'm re-considering my taste for these beers.

Appearence a light brown, ruby amber, hell like any other beer of the style but carbonation seemed to build at the bottom with small bubbles. Very good. The grapefruity scent was very overpowering, not much else. Typical of style. Mouth was very good, balanced bitter, balanced alchohol, mild foaming and bitter aftertaste. Nice.

Taste was fruity, grapefruit once again over all, with strong ...hell, who am I kidding, the hops, the hops, the hops. That is what this beer is about, and I love it for that. A bit flowery, a tad light, but damn this is good for all hop heads.

For the price, it's drinkability is high as this is damn good, but for me, I like something with more subtle tastes, still, like Hop Devil, this is a great ending beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 04:12:25 | More by Ricochet
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Expiring May 06.Golden yellow, nice head. Hoppy grapefruit aroma. Deep hop taste, not malted away as others I have had of this style. Lace, significant carbonation. A hophead fix, and a but tough on the palate. I favour regular IPAs myself. To be drunk slowly. Thanks Dr. Jay.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 05:14:04 | More by Sammy
Photo of gdogalishus


3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving temp 50 degrees
pH 4.49
Measure alcohol: 7.8% by residual extract method

Served from a bottle to a snifter, the loose cannon pour a clear, light copper color. The head quickly dissipated, but reappeared with a gentle swirl. Aroma was a pleasant bitter citrus hops. Very light carbonation vanished after a few sips.
The flavor was dominated by resinous citrus hops, expected for a double IPA. Almost no malt flavor though. Average clarity for a commercial beer.
Overall, the alcohol percentage is what puts this into the double IA category. It is a very good IPA, but a much subdued version of a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 19:20:22 | More by gdogalishus
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