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

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2,878 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,878
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 88
Gots: 303 | 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.

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Aaaaah! This was a VERY nice surprise. Wow! Clipper City knocked this IPA out of the park. Fantastic brew. Super fresh and delicious.

12 oz bottle with intriguing purple label depicting a peg-legged pirate on a ship deck.

They call it the Hop^3 Ale and for good reason. But it was done in a surprisingly smooth and non-offensive manner.

This thing poured like a dream. I had to pull up early and then nurse the rest of the bottle in slowly. The head was thick, offwhite/tan and ultra foamy and sudsy like beach foam. Color was tawny and cloudy with this mystical effervescense I've never seen.
The bubbles were so small it was hard to distinguish them from the ample micro-sediment floating around. Much like the Hubble Telecsope 'birth of a star' pictures. Slow motion churning cosmic soup. At times the upward surge of tiny effervescense effortlessly maneuvered in head-on traffic past the hoards of tiny sinking yeast particles. Reminded me of Discovery Channel footage where millions of ants are moving in a line simultaneously and effortlessly in both directions.

On the nose is an overwhelming eruption of hops and flowers. So decidedly grapefruitish it was unbelievable. I could've been standing in a grapefruit grove in the spring. Remarkably yeasty and fresh tasting. Unparalleled. Even better than the Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner and I didn't think that was possible. This could've come from a fresh keg. Was nothing like you expect from a bottle.

The lace was as tenacious as it was random. No lacey rings gracing the circumference of this pint. As the level plummeted the sides of the pint looked like a vanilla icing fight in a silo. Scattered and mis-shapen globs of foamy whiteness abound. An endless 1/4" head, stalwart until the end, was finally ripped unwillingly from its nest during the final swallow.

The body of this brew was medium and smooth. Hoppy but nowhere near bitter. The Clipper City website calls out Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade hops. What a combo.

And somehow they bury that 7.25%ABV under all the flavor. Similar again to the Sam Adams Hallertau. Not a whiff of alcohol to be had. Remarkable.

Taste is of massive sweet grapefruit. The dominating flavor, smell, everything of this beer is fresh grapefruit. But not fake in any way and not like a "flavored beer". Just a big yummy hop taste that I personally identify with grapefruit. It's slightly malty but in a subtle way that's not syrupy, earthy or roasty and adds some balance and backbone. It finishes wicked smooth and pseudo creamy. Nice balance. Pleasant aftertaste.

Only dings this beer got from me (as opposed to 5.0's across the board) was that it was just a tad sweet and a tad overboard on the grapefruit ester. Maybe a smidgeon more astringent bitterness would've made this a perfect 5.0.

Photo of RedBaron
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Em-kay class, today we're gonna talk about IPAs..."

Appearance: Bold gold; nice sustaining white head
Smell: hops, baby! Reminiscent of Liberty Ale aroma: West Coast hops ad infinitum. That AND a wonderful sweet aroma of well-used and cooked malt.
Taste: Simply true. Yes, this is an American IPA to be proud off as it has the characteristics you'd expect: Floral hop bitterness, fruity, citrus foretaste, excellent caramel and almond-y sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: What balance! A classic American IPA: hops up front, malt in the back, balanced throughout. Nothing lacking here.
Drinkability: Money well spent. I picked this brew up as a part of a "mix-n-match" session while on a quick trip to Indiana last October. I'm happy to report that this beer is in excellent condition, and has been resting comfortably in my cellar for the past four months. I only wish I'd bought a sixer!

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

Pours a heavyish light orange. Magnificient head, but the haze is uneven and a bit off putting.

Smells very nicely balanced. The hopes aren't plentiful but they are strong, green and stingy. Big fruit and pine. Breadmalt backbone.

Tasets nice, sharp and well balanced, much like the odor only the hops aren't as wonderfully fresh.

Yet another high powered Heavy Sails brew that I mistook for a session ale!

Photo of Lothar666
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was extremely disapointed with the last offering I tried from this brewery- hopefully this one is better.

A- Single finger thick, foamy white head set atop and orange-amber body. Head retention was excellent- it receeded slowly, leaving bits of sticky lacing at the top of the body.

S- A strong tingle of citrus and some floral notes in the nose- orange, grapefruit and perhaps a tiny bit of lemon. Hops are definitely present.

T- First sip is mostly a strong taste of grapefruit and extremely bitter hops- a very good thing. A second sip reveals similar notes with a bit more diverse floral and citrus taste in the background. In proving itself an excellent example for its style, this brew succeeded in every way that Peg Leg failed.

M- Dry, crisp and refreshing with very good carbonation. The pleasant tingle from the bitterness is exactly what I expect from an American session IPA.

D- A good session beer. Extremely drinkable, the somewhat high ABV is well hidden beneath layers of delicious bitter hops and citrus. This beer definitely restored my faith in the Clipper City Brewery.

Photo of Morey
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive appearance with this beer. lots of clingy foam floating on top of a somewhat hazy goldish colored IPA.

Smells is remeniscent of English Ipa's and Bitters...very malty, bready, yeasty type smell. Not alot of floral hop aroma that you would get from alot of other American Ipa's.

They boast about how many hops they use in this beer, but it's definitely not as hoppy as some other American Ipa's. Hops are definitely there though, and balance out the malts rather nicely. It almost tastes like the use a bit of honey in the brewing process here....reminiscent of Hopslam.

Morey's Bottom Line: A solid Ipa for sure. Refreshingly different and unique as far as American Ipa's go.

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/28/08- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a freshness date notch line at the bottom of the label. I believe mine was September. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper golden colored pour with a 1/2 inch head. Leaves some patchwork and lace markings.

Smell- Pine, grapefruit rind and caramel rich malt. Maybe a really light touch of cardboard.

Taste- If it make sense, this beer tastes dirty. Not dirty as in bad, but dirty as in earthy and dirt like. Grapefruit pith and pine resin combine with heavily roasted caramel. Add a handful of dirt and there you go. Seems like a hippy beer.

Mouthfeel- Fuller and fairly heavy. Bitter aftertaste with a medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Interesting in one word. Not really my cup of tea IPA, but worth trying and would probably try again if offered.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine brought me this back while on a trip to the Outer Banks. This brewery seems to be very aggresive and well-crafted. The beer poured out a honey-gold body with slight haze and a filmy, sticky head that left traces on the walls of the glass. The aroma was a powerful, in-your-face blend of hop goodness. Heavy grassy and resinous aromas. Taste has a wonderful malty sweetness to it. A touch of honey enters in the finish. The hops are definitely noticeable, but extremely well balanced. This is surprisingly smooth without the, often-spotted, harshness of some IPAs. Super easy to drink and one of the most memorable IPAs I have had in a while.

Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of my favorite beers from Clipper City... an awesome rendition of the style... a truly great American IPA... wonderful cloudy, hazy appearance with a nice foamy head... smell was top-notch for an IPA... laden with hops, caramel, and vanilla... taste was full of fresh hops, slight caramel, vanilla, sweet candies, and slight bitterness that hit home and was very satisfying and refreshing... for an IPA, this is one of the better American versions out there... more sweet than bitter, with an ultra-rich and thick creamy flavor that sticks to the mouth and lingers on... very good mouthfeel with an easy drinkability... hard to detect the 7.25% ABV behind a rich combination of hops, sugars, and sweetness... Clipper City did really well with this one and hit the nail on the head in terms of style, appearance, and flavor... really good stuff.... Definitely recommended...

Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear dirty penny amber with a chunky sticky bone white head. pretty decent retention and soapy lace that almost coats the inside of the glass.

S- musty funky superfresh hops, like i'm smashin em up my nose. grapefruit, a little pine, fresh wood, pale malt, pretty standard but intense as well, almost medicinal, concentrated as if hop vines could be tapped like maple trees.

T- intense hop burst right at the beginning- white grapefruit, orange pith, pine rosin, toasted herbed bread, some tap water/wet dog pop in near the end before a very long very clean and dry hoppy finish.

MF- it's a prickly slightly oily elixir of a brew and a ton leafy hop feel comes up in between the bubbles.

D- pretty standard IPA, it's high point being the impressive freshness in the taste and aroma of the hops.

Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale blonde to murky straw colour, a decent & sticky head that recedes somewhat quickly but leaves behind a good sign of what was.

S: Strong citrus (particularly a fresh grapefruit, upon cutting). Perhaps a little alcohol combined with it.

T: Quite a full hop flavour, as it's marketed to deliver. They manage to pull it off without being too biting, as some can be. Again, grapefruit primarily, but some malts in there evening things out.

M: Mild to medium carbonation, some sticky coating. Nothing huge, but about where I like things to be, personally.

D: Good, taken slow. A bit of a flavour sensation. As long as it's consumed in good time, it's great for more.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with at least 2 finger widths of off-white head that settled into a nice creamy retention and left awesome lacing. The Aroma is dominated with deep notes of floral hops and citrus but just the slightest bit of a caramel sweetness shines through.

The taste is mostly a nice bite of grapefruit citrus and medium hop bitterness that is nicely balanced by a smooth malt caramel backbone. Bitterness lingers through the finish and sticks to the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and just a bit of heat coming out.

This is one seriously underrated IPA. Lots of zesty citrus character and bitterness is balanced by just the right amount of sweetness. This is definitely one damn good tasting and easy drinking IPA.

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

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass. Best by Jan. 2008.

A - Pour revealed hazy orange/amber body with bubbly 1/2-finger white head that quickly transformed into a thin coating of whispy film and bubbles. Modest amount of carbonation. Decent lacing around the glass.

S - Herbal and floral hop nose with some citrus as well. Kind of spicy, yeasty aspect also present. Slight whiff of alcohol. Hops certainly dominate the aroma, but I also get a bit of sweet caramel malt in the back.

T - Herbal and floral hops prevail, with a bit of citrus bite, all balanced by a nice bready malt and some caramel sweetness. A bit of heat from the alcohol content, but not overbearing at all.

M - Pretty full-bodied, creamy texture. All-encompassing bitter mouthfeel. Fairly lively carbonation that's rather prickly on the tongue. Finish is warm, long and bitter.

D - Quite a good IPA for sure. A bit heavy on the hops, but pretty well-balanced and tasty overall.

Photo of davidt
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-orange color with a thick frothy white head. Pleasant aroma of citrus hops. Bold pine and citrus hops flavor. There’s a slight bitterness on the aftertaste. The mouth feel is slightly sticky. This is very enjoyable, easy to drink libation; be forewarned on the 7.5% ABV.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear rich amber hue with a light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a wall of lacing.

The hops give a strong citrus aroma on top of the bready malts.

The citrus flavor is repeated in the flavor, strongly mimicing grapefruit. The malt sits in the background, providing a bit of honey flavor. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. The finish is strong citrusy hops that linger for a while.

This is an AIPA that doesn't get enough attention. It's only a regional beer, so that could be why, but I feel it presents everything that an AIPA should present, without overdoing it or crossing into a Double AIPA. It may be a little sweet for some, but the hop flavor is definitely there, with a good amount of malt for some balance. Grab the Heavy Seas pack from Clipper City if you're ever in the Mid-Atlantic area. Recommended.

Photo of Risser09
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - 2007 bottling - Purchase before February 2008 - Cellar temp

Appearance: This beer pours a transparent golden orange with a 2 inch off white head. There is plenty of carbonation bubbles rising to the miniscus of the brew. Spongy head leaves spongy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Full hop aroma. Grapefruit is the main aroma, with lots of sweetness. Floral with hyacinth and lavendar.

Taste: Bitterness abounds. Grapefruit flavor is like a freshly squeezed glass of juice. Where's the pulp? Malt balances out the flavor. Herbal tea flavor, along with a slight almond nuttiness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: A smooth introduction is met with a bitter argument. Hop resin wins the fight and leaves a lingering bitterness that is accompanied by alcohol. Alcohol then burns the throat, esophagus and stomach. Fun.

Drinkability: Great. This beer is nothing short of a great IPA. I guess it's more like a DIPA. Although I am anticipating HopSlam and Nugget Nectar this month, I see no reason why this isn't as good if not better than those two beers. Very well done. Very underrated.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale

· Appearance: Hazy golden to orange with a full, frothy, white head.
· Aroma: Hops are wafting from this one, just as expected. Also, some light citrus and faint floral scents.
· Taste: Significant hop flavor with some hints of citrus. Perhaps some spices in there as well, maybe orange peel.
· Mouthfeel: Noticeable carbonation, but very smooth.
Drinkability: This was a winner, and I am not a hophead. I will definitely be enjoying this beer again, tastes like a great compliment to a BBQ!

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

Pours a lovely light copper color with a sticky, white head that leaves substantial lacing in my glass.

The aroma is hoppy: of citrus and flowers and vegetables.

The taste is big on citrus hop flavors and bitterness. But the bitterness is balanced by some sweet malt notes. There are also earthy, possibly vegetable, flavors mixed in.

The body is substantial and smooth, with a good amount of heft.

I would argue that this is a Double IPA from its hop flavors and higher alcohol level. However, there is a gray area between the two styles and this beer is right in that area.

Overall this is a nice balanced IPA/Double IPA with a good malt backbone. A good choice if you're looking for hoppy but want more body than in a regular IPA.

Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear, golden liquid with a thin white head. Does leave some excellent lacing. The lacing saves this, otherwise it just looks like "beer."

S- Pine, citrus, and very floral. Not too shabby. A little restrained and maybe a little too fruity.

T- A little grassy, ctiruisy, and flowery. A little bit of biscuit malt backing. Sweet and enjoyable.

M- Crisp, clean, and a little too sweet. Not bitter enough for an IPA.

D- A decent IPA, but nothing special.

Photo of auxiliary
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance – Light orange color with a nice large head.

smell – Hops, and pine smells are present here.

taste –Ahhh way too much hops for me here. Great if you are a hop head.

mouthfeel – medium body.

drinkability – Too much hops for me here. Not a bad beer, a good one for a hop head.

Photo of Hoppington
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer when my local store was out of Dogfish Head 60 Minute. This beer was a pleasant surprise! Superb floral and citrus hop notes (played forte!) with a smooth but pronounced pine and malt finish. The goofy cartoon label doesn't do this beer justice.

This is a serious beer with complex, interesting character, competing easily with Dogfish Head Minute series and falling somewhere between DFH 60 and DFH 90. An excellent pick for a hophead - would like to try this on tap at my favorite beer bar in NYC. Definitely one of my favs now - I bought a case on sale and would recommend wholeheartedly to fellow hopheads!

This beer has yet to become tiring or uninsteresting after multiple tastings. Outstanding!

Update: Awesome from cask!

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light amber with half an inch of foam that leaves a nice amount of lacing. Strong hop aroma smells like pine and citrus hops. The initially sweet biscuity malt taste is quickly surpassed by the piney citrusy hops. Has a good substantial mouthfeel with great fine bubbled carbonation. As far as drinkability, it has disappeared way too fast. Time to go the fridge for the next one.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The pour produces what is pretty much an average-looking IPA, an orange-golden with a foamy cap that settles down quickly, leaving small blotches of lace and being very well-filtered.

Aroma is fruity and floral, veering into spicy areas with a cinnamon/ginger-like pungency.

Flavor-wise, it might be from Maryland, but it's got "West Coast" written all over it. Big big C-hops offer a little pine and a lot of crisp grapefruit/rind bitterness. A nice orange addition starts happening after several sips and proper warming. A sweet caramel maltiness rears its head amidst all that hops, also some honey and bready notes, all helping give this IPA that all-important balance. It's juicy on the tongue, even a little sticky, with some dessert-like spices offered up in the back of the sip and finish.

This is very good...maybe a little brash depending on your mood and inclination toward hops, but I found it an excellent east coast answer to those hugely flavorful west coast IPAs.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my favorite American IPA, but I'm certain that some of its more unique qualities will appeal to people over some others similar beers.

It pours an ambery golden orange, with a short off white head that hangs around for a bit, but ultimately all but disappears, leaving some light traces of lace. There is a very slight haze, due to the remaining yeast, but I honestly expected more.

The smell has a distinct grapefruit and citrus scent, mixed with some raw sugar sweetness. Compared to some other IPAs, this nose is fairly mild.

The taste, like the smell, has a lot of up-front citrus, namely grapefruit. Some lighter pine flavor follows. There's a strange taste lingering in the finish of this beer, and without more to compare it to, it reminds me of the taste of fried chicken breast - not necessarily a bad quality, but interesting. It has a classic hoppy aftertaste, but really differentiates from among other American IPAs in it's lessened hoppy boldness, traded for some lighter characteristics of citrus and herb. Has a good soft bready aftertaste.

A relatively drinkable beer. Its body is lighter and slightly less syrupy than many other heavily hopped American IPAs. This beer attempts to stand apart in the field of ridiculously bitter and flavor packed brews of its kind. Not a bad attempt at that.

Photo of cameraman
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light amber to golden color, with a quater inch thick off white colored head. The scent of malt is very strong at first, then a floral, citrus fragrance blends itself together. The taste starts with the malt, which is very dominant on the palate. Till each mouthful hits the back end of the palate, where a strong citrus and grassy flavors takes over, to finish it out. A thin, but not watery, mouthfeel at the start, it gradually gains weight as it crosses the palate. There is the additional touch of carbonation coming in midway and finishing at the end. This a fairly easy drinking beer, an inviting aroma, is let down by a very mediocre taste and feel though.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm going to be honest, this review is probably a bit biased simply for the fact that i am very thirsty and this beer is at the perfect tempature and just hits the spot. has a beautiful dark gold color to it with a white cloudy head with lots of lacing. smells awesome, lots of floral hops with a tiny bit of malt hidden. taste is just mind numbingly good. it is as if god himself has shined down upon me and said "daniel drink this beer and be merry" and i did, and i am merry. just has a great floral citrusy taste to it but with a slight malty aftertaste. mouthfeel if rich and thick just how i like my beers, and drinkability is very high, very good IPA, i've really started to expand my IPA horizons and this is one of my favorites so far

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 2,878 ratings.