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

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Ratings: 2,939
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 90
Gots: 355 | 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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Photo of PatrickJR
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Transparent amber with 1 finger off-white head, smaller than I expected for the style. Retention is good, settling to off-white cap and leaving some lacing, less lacing than I'd expect as well.

S - Piney, with a huge citrus background, maybe grapefruit and orange? Slight caramel malt accentuating the grassy pine notes.

T - Like most any other hoppy beer, I get hit with some combination of grass and grapefruit. A strange ginger/cinnamon flavor melds with the grapefuit momentarily. A lot of floral, almost musty notes coming up through the nose. Malt presence is briefly hinted at late palate and it finishes with something resembling tangerine peel. Moderate earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, as it should be.

D - Not a bad brew to kick back, but there are others that are better. The bitterness takes away from it some; I've enjoyed finding hoppy beers that actually aren't terribly bitter and since then I tend to knock others back a little. Overall a good brew, but nothing that hasn't been done better before.

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

A - Pours a coppery-gold with a good 3/4 inch of white foam which laces nicely on the glass.
S - Hoppy goodness. Flowery, not too spicey, sweet.
T - Not very complex to me, but very pleasant. Bitterness counteracts the sweetness perfectly. Some esters.
M - Warm and smooth, neither too thick nor too thin. A good body, but not the chewiness of some IPAs.

This beer is like Fanny Price: doesn't knock your socks off, but has depth, strength, solid character, and only improves on acquaintance.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden color with a steady stream of small bubbles rising to the surface to produce a slightly sticky head. Aroma is heavy on the hops with pine and grapefruit. Slightly carbonated on the palate. Sweet and pleasant up front. A big wallop of bitterness emerges right at the end. Overall a solid IPA.

Photo of wvmi
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber. Slightly hazy. Little head but heavy lacing the whole way down.

Interesting smell. Aroma of peaches, or maybe apricot; HUGE nose.

Didn't taste nearly as fruity as it smelled. Bold hops, kind of citrus.

Fair amount of carbonation, clean drinking.

A very pleasant change from my usual ambers. Maybe a good Summer beer. Tasty; different from most IPA's I've tried(less piney.)

Photo of turbine2475
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a milky honey color with a dense white head that was slow to disipate, leaving a heavy lace.
S - Heavy pine and grapefruit with a slight spicy malt.
T - Earthy hops coupled with a sweet malt that I can't put my finger on.
M - Milky with a decent amount of carbonation.
D - Decent IPA, not a hop bomb, but a welsome alternative to of the big brews I have been having lately.

Photo of corey0212
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last bottle of this, figured I ought to write about how much I've enjoyed this beer. Slightly hazy orange/amber color, 1-finger head with some sticky lace. Smell is incredibly citrusy, wiith some sweet malty/bready aromas in the background. Taste is brilliantly hoppy, tons of bitter grapefruit notes, and a very sturdy malt backbone. Slightly sticky/oily moutfheel, with some spiciness on the tongue. Super-balanced IPA, and just a completely unique tasting beer. I love it.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thinnish, seethru light auburn body w/ a frothy 2-finger head that leaves little lacings. A very good hop smell mixed with citric notes. Also some sugar or yeast in the smell (like bubblegum) and a decent malt presence (roast or bread to be more precise). A large hop presence in the taste, mixed well, but keeps a smooth body with a smoother than normal IPA finish because of the fruit taste coming from the hops and the malts/caramel or honey seal the deal. I think this is a quality IPA that any hophead should try, even if it isn't the most complex IPA out there.

Photo of cbniles
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best IPA I had on the east coast. Most east coast IPAs have a different hop character than west coast IPAs, which in my opinion, is a negative. Loose Cannon was definitely the most west coast style IPA I found back there. The one downside is that it is very strong. You have to watch out if you have more than a couple pints of this stuff.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

The beer is a beautifully clear, rich amber color with a thin but very long lasting white head. Lacing is left all along the glass.
The aroma is a combination of toasty malt and... PINEAPPLE! (That's a little different.)

The taste is a toasty malt sweetness and bitter lemon peel flavors. There is just a hint of pineapple too. The bitterness is slightly on the harsh side.

The moutfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. This is a tasty IPA, especially in small sips. It's not as good with large swallows.

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

A - Clear golden color with moderate white head with only a trace of lacing. Nice stream of carbonation.

S - Herbal and yeast are what come to mind; very aromatic.

T - First taste out of the bottle was very strong with hops and alcohol. After a few moment of sitting, however, it mellowed out quite a bit. With a name like a Hop3, I expected a bit more.

M - Very smooth and bitter. Also feels a bit spicy.

D - Easy to drink and pleasant going. I will certainly buy again.

Photo of tiger88
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being named Hop3, one would think this would be a hop bomb of a DIPA. Not really. It's a good, solid IPA, though.

It pours an orange-golden color with a fairly thick white head. The head hangs in there for several minutes, then leaves a decent bit of lacing as it dissolves into the beer. It doesn't particularly smell really hoppy but citrus comes out fairly well. It's pretty sweet and the alcohol doesn't overtake the complexity of citrus and hops. they blend together really well. It goes down easily and would sneak up on you if you weren't aware of the ABV.

Photo of biggred1
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber gold with a fine off white head that leaves sticky lace on the glass.

S-Aromatic fresh hoppy goodness. Citrusy grapefruit and pine.

T-Bitter hops and pineapple flavors some caramel malt sweetness very well balanced.Big leafy hop flavors when it warms up a bit.

M-Moderately thick and creamy with very fine carbonation.

D-Very drinkable,refreshing and delicious.Excellent example of the style.

Photo of SaucyA
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Drink before 8/08

A - Relatively clear, orange body with a 1 finger off-white head. Doesn't look extremely carbonated. Into a pint glass, it laces the entire way down.

S - A massively dry-hopped brew. Big pineapple, piney, resinous hop aroma. Flowery, just... hoppy. I like the way this smells a lot.

T - Definitely not your "normal" AIPA. Almost soapy, weird hop-profile. Well-balanced, but still weird to me. Alcohol is present on the finish. Gets better as it warms, but not a standout.

M - Super creamy, nicely carbonated, medium bodied.

D - Not so much for me. Not sessionable, and the weird hop profile really throws this thing off.

Notes: I think I'm more of a west coast style AIPA guy. This is a one and done.

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

Poured into a nonic, nice golden amber color with a one inch head leaving behind nice lacing.

S: Exceptional, a nice floral aroma of grapefruit, citrus hops and pineapple.

T: This is definitely the way I like IPA's with a more pronounced fruit flavor from the citrus and pineapple. The hops dominate the taste but you can taste the sweet malt in the background which lends to a nice balance.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, not as good as other IPA's but still nice.

D: Nice IPA probably one of my favorite IPA's on the market.

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

Thanks yobdoog for this one.
Best before June 2008.

Poured into a tulip, it produces a bright golden brew with a nice white head, average retention and lacing.
Aroma is made of hops and more hops, piney and floral, but also some maltiness in the background. Not as intense as some others have described, but that is likely secondary to a few months in the bottle.
Medium bodied and refreshing, it is well balanced, with a good amount of hoppy bitterness, mostly fruity but not grapefruits, with some malty breadiness coming and going.
Nicely done, but closer to an English than an american IPA IMHO.

Photo of meatyard
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange/amber with a quickly dissipating white head. Leaves some lacing.

Smell: It smells, very nicely, of pineapple and citrus.

Taste: Falls a bit short of the smell here. There is some hops and a light malt presence but not a lot else.

Mouthfeel: It's medium thick.

Drinkability: It's not bad here, it's a mostly pleasant easy to drink beer.

Looks fine, smell is good, easy to drink but I only have one problem in the aftertaste which is not as pleasant as the rest and seems almost astringent. I'm not sure what it is but it's not bitterness alone.

Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine beer in the heavy seas line
cloudy orange with egg shell head lace leavings around the glass
Smells like fresh hops all around. real intense when first poured
Tastes real real hoppy with a smooth bitterness at the end. spicy and maybe some oranges in this one
this beer is real drinkable and you could probably put down a few. This beer is often passed up and i need to start buying it more

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

Thanks to tangfoot for this one via the Top 100 BIF.

This bottle has a freshness date of JUN 08.

Pours a golden color with a touch of dried orange peel hue. A frothy two inch head topped this beer and retained itself for a few moments. Some lacing on the glass. Overall a good looking ipa.

There is quite a lot of pine, citrus juices and bread in the aroma. Toasted malt is also there in good amounts as well as caramel and a bit of bubblegum. A little more citrus picks up as the beer settles.

A good mixture of bread and toasted malts with just a touch of bitterness in the middle. Dry graham crackers and bread dough in the finish with a bit of pine. A very inoffensive IPA, really smooth but a tad thin on the flavors. That said, it is a very drinkable beer and a good one to introduce people to ipas.

Loose Cannon is a very good ipa and a refreshing change from bitter west coast beers.

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

Pours a small, slightly thick white head that doesn't last long. Deep golden color with some orange hue to it. Nice color. Mild hop aroma. Some citrus notes with a heavy caramel malt undertone. Maybe grapefruit too, with some honey aromas?

Carbonation is good. Bitterness is solid, not much in hop flavor, though. Finishes a touch malty and follows through dry and crisp.

Overall a drinkable IPA. Falls a little short on the hop aroma and flavor, though. Bitterness is good.

It's a good representation of the style but I've had better that had more pronounced hop flavor and aroma. I was disappointed with that.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a clear pale copper color with a plentiful fluffy white head. Great head retention and very good lacing.

S: Magnificent bouquet of hops; very floral! If you can get past the flowers, there is a little bit of pale malt undertone as well.

T&M: There is a creamy flood of malts and moderate hop flavor that immediately gush over the tongue. As the brew settles in there is more of a release of the bittering side of the hops that carries through the finish, leaving you with a quick clean hoppy linger. The carbonation on this is perfect; it's fine and moderate and helps create a creamy texture on the tongue.

D: Very enjoyable if you are a hop head and at the very least, respectable if you are not. I love IPAs and this is a fantastic representation. I enjoyed it a bunch and highly recommend it.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel produces a clear copper-colored body and 2.5 fingers of fluffy milk-colored head that retains at a half-finger rocky sheet and leaves fine lacing.

Smell is lightly fruity and sweet with a nice herbal quality;

Taste is floral and bitter citrus hops; nicely grainy and toasty with a fruity malt character carrying the hop-load to a dry and bitter finish.

Lightly carbonated and easy on the palate despite all its hop-hype; refreshing and very easy to drink despite the ABV.

Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass it had a light amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. A fairly small amount of head, but long-lasting.

S: The aroma was mainly dominated by hops, but there was also a pleasant citrus element as well.

T: When you drink this, you get a big blast of hops, no doubt about that. After that, there's little else of note. Not much of the citrus element you get in the smell, or anything else. Very mediocre taste.

M: A average amount of carbonation, as well as a slick, oily finish.

D: This beer didn't really impress me, though I have had worse. It has its good points, but it isn't complex or full-bodied enough for the style.

Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour an incredible orange color. Crystal clear and a nice finger of head on top that leaves great looking lacing. Gotta say, I'm pleasantly surprised by the appearance. Nose is an interesting fruitiness. Nice sweetness (a generic, syrupy spicy malt) mingling with bitter hops. I guess that's grapefruit mixed with some other fruits. Good aromas, and different. Flavor is similarly fruity. Very bitter...an undercurrent of drying hoppiness is the backbone of this one. Sort of a dirty, rough hoppiness. Body is medium, solid, with good carbonation. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. A solid IPA all around.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light copper with a thick, but somewhat loose head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is pungent grapefruit hop, with an underlying bready/grainy malt presence.

T - Right off the bat, grapefruit blasts out. Sweet-ish pale malt comes next, before a heavy bitterness cleans up. Aftertaste is not long lasting. A touch of leafiness in here as well.

M - Moderate zing in the carbonation, and the body is solid medium - not heavy, nor light.

D - Very solid, drinkable brew. Hop centered, but with some balance.

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

A solid IPA color - clear golden amber with a decent, slow developing head. It tastes strongly of citrus, mostly grapefruit, with hints of lemon. Not much on the hop bitterness, but that citrusy hop perfume is the dominant character of this beer. It's a solid and refreshing IPA but might be a bit fruity for serious hopheads.

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