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

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Ratings: 2,708
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 80
Gots: 236 | 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 PBRstreetgang
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

PBRstreetgang, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of chilidog
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

chilidog, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

peabody, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

wcudwight, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of AndoBrew
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

*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.

AndoBrew, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of bthompuz
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bthompuz, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of rodrot
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

rodrot, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

scruffwhor, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

daliandragon, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of mpyle
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mpyle, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Auburnbean33
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Auburnbean33, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

IntriqKen, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Cresant
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Cresant, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

blackie, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of grego
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

grego, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

ccrida, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Vancer for the bottle...

The hazy orange copper look has a nice appeal. A half inch of light tan foam at the top settles after a minute or two. There are some minute streams of carbonation throughout. Citrusy hop tang dominates the aroma, with a light piney character in the background. Smells very candy sweet also, lots of caramel malt. The taste is strong on nectary tang, and is moderately bitter overall. The finish yields a light alcohol astringence with a bit of sour dryness. Medium body, fair carbonation.

Drinkablility is not bad for this double. I was hoping for more hop explosion in the flavor, but I got more tangy alcoholic sweetness really. Worth your consideration, but needs to step it up to compete with many of the great DIPA's out there...

bennetj17, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"CC HS Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale"

Nice golden color with a low off-white head and nice carbonation. Prominent prefumey and citrusy hop aroma. Dominated by resiny hop flavors -- mostly citrus but also balanced big and well. Full-medium bodied and creamy smooth with a light bitter finish.

Solid IIPA without being over the top on bitterness and alcohol - very nice !

Per CC website:
Malts: Crisp English Pale, Carapils, and Munich
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade
Hop 3 (hop cubed) = over 3 pounds per barrel and hopped 3 ways - kettle, hop back, and dry hopped.

Purchase Before: Jun '06
Tasted: 09/15/06

($6.99 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of karengarys
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours nice clear rich amber, leaving little head with my slow pour.

Smell is very citrusey, lemony sweet. Some hops come through.

Taste is hops, lemon, hops, citrus, hops, hops and some more hops. It is not pine like. It is more dry-bitter like. Very good, and clean - somehow it is not over the top with the hop. Some sweetness somehow exists.

Mouthfeel is nice and fizzy. Somewhat coarse, but enough to make it through the finish.

The finish is quite clean. Bitter sour clean hops finishes this off.

this is a very good ipa. Highly recommended.

the brew is very good.

karengarys, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of jhollick
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single to round out my mix six pack, and I hesitated grabbing this because of the cheesy purple label. I was just hoping it wouldn't absolutely suck.

Wow was I in for a surprise. The smell of this thing was unbelievable. It was like dumping your head into a vat of hops. I would love to capture this smell for an air freshener.

Appearance and mouthfeel are typical of the hoppier amber ales, with clinging lacing all the way through the beer. Going down, it wasn't quite the hop bomb I was expecting. It is actually pretty well balanced by the malts. The hops are slick and very much on the piney side. In my mind, this is a better balanced version of Weyerbacher's Hops Infusion.

When I was little, my mom told me that you could always judge a book by its cover, but damned if she wasn't wrong today. The label screams mediocre beer to me, but this was really a treat. This is terribly drinkable for being 7.5%. You have only your tastebuds and sobriety to lose.

jhollick, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of GDMFSOB
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying a few beers this weekend, from a brewery that will go unnamed, which tasted like somebody just blindly threw a bunch of random grain into a bucket with some water and let it ferment, I really believe that Clipper City's brewer loses sleep thinking up various combinations of hops and malts. I haven't had a brew from them yet that hasn't thoroughly impressed me. The appearance is nothing out of the ordinary but the nose, as the previous reviewer had noted, is like being lost in a giant field of hops. A smooth sweetness mingles with the strong and fresh, but not overpowering at all, hop flavor. Has that nice hop kick without being overly bitter, so they go down like water without being watered-down at all. Another outstanding offering from this so far, can't miss brewery.

GDMFSOB, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been passing over this beer at various stores for over a year now, always choosing something more better looking. Then today for the first time I saw the label said "hops cubed" on the side, so now I'm trying it. I like hops.

Holy crap I had to give this beer a 5 for smell. It smelled more like fresh hops than almost any other beer I've tried. The appearance is average, clear and orangy-yellow, but god the smell...

The taste is massive with hops but retains some malty sweetness for balance. It's really pretty good, probably the best DIPA value. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than average and drinkability is good. If you like IPA's or DIPA's you should try this beer.

TurdFurgison, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Jaynuze
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A deep amber hue with a thick and creamy head. The head follows the beer all the way to the last sip and coats the glass with one of the thickest Belgian Laces I have ever seen. This cask ale is much more reserved than bottle or draft; the cask treatment has really mellowed the hoppiness and has created a super smooth/creamy taste and one hell of a mouthfeel. The hop nose is much lighter pine with light notes of citrus. I love this in bottle and on draft, but the cask is by far one of the best I have ever tasted! I highly suggest ... DC folks can sample this one at the Brick this week!!

Jaynuze, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with an area on the label for freshness/drink before dating, but I can make out no notches/marks etc. This brew pours light almond amber, clear, displaying a light tan head, tiny bubbles, and a long lasting fine film. Lacing also is long lasting, fine and ringed/scattered. Grainy hop nose. This is aggressively hopped, as a worthy DIPA must be. Malty base stands up to the hop assault, making this offering somewhat balanced and quite drinkable, nice offering from Clipper City.

Billolick, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Hollister
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm very impressed with this beer and the balance of the hops.

Appearance: Light orange/copper. Average head/retention.

Aroma: slight citrus and strong hops that perhaps overpower any of the other more subtle characteristics in the aroma.

Taste: This is when you first realize how well balanced this beer is. The hops are not as powerful as expected... and there's a hint of caramel that gives the beer a great flavor.

In general the beer enters, goes through all of the phases smoothly and elegantly for a hop heavy beer, and leaves you wanting more. Very drinkable... I highly recommend it!

Hollister, Sep 07, 2006
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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