1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 AleHeavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,972 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,972
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 96
Gots: 391 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,972 | Reviews: 1,179 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a 08/08 drink by date.

The color is a light clear amber topped by a one finger, off-white head that leaves bits of sticky lacing.

The aroma has a nice hop scent that is full of pine, and citrus.

The taste is good and full of hop flavor, but, not over the top hops. There is a tart apple flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with ample tartness and drinkability is very good. An easy IPA to drink.

Photo of KeefD
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color that creates a light amount of foam but left a nice cap on top of the brew. Smell is hop-tastic. Lots of floral hop aromas, and pine needles. Taste is piney, hints of honey, slightly sweet and grassy. Pine needles must have been used in this one because it is the most stand-out characteristic. Some biscuit-like malt character, not much in the way of caramel malts. Slightly thick and creamy on the tongue, a bit syrupy. A nice IPA, but not in my top ten.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The one finger off white head that formed vanished as quickly as it formed atop of this cloudy copper colored IPA. There was no visible carbonation nice lacing clung to the inside of the glass.

Aroma was pine focused with some very floral notes and a tart perfume like aroma.

Taste is very nice and showcases the floral notes and the bitterness of the hops. Some pine notes, but the citrus notes seem to take center stage. Can't really say grapefruit as it almost seems like a lighter citrus flavor. That same tartness that I sensed in the aroma comes through in the taste. Very nice.

Mouth feel is medium bodied or a touch lighter than dead center "medium" Rather drinkable and quite nice.

A good one.

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

12oz to flare pint, pours a nice amber hue, foamy white head retains well

smells of sweet honey citric hops, pine, floral, malts, a good hop blend

taste is bitter, floral, heavy, biscuity caramel malt, loads of hops, delicious blend, reminds me of another brew i can't place likely due to hop varietals, citrus, a really nice what i would concider a double ipa, sweet

mouthfeel is thick, bitter, lingering hop resins, nice finish, very drinkable.

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

Orange colored beer with a quickly fading head.Aroma is pine needles.Taste is grapefruit and hops.You can taste the feel the alcohol in it.The higher ABV definetly makes this a better ale.I would recommend and drink again but only if it was cheap or free.Slightly better than average.

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

bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a an amber color with a two finger head that quickly laces.

The smell is of oranges and a dash of spice.
The taste is just the right amount of hops, with a faint sweetness.
The mouthfeel is strong but pleasant, good blend of sharpness and flora tastes.
Drinkability is above average, a very good ipa.

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

Pours a clear copper color with a white head. Thin white head retention that is solid, with some lacing down the glass. Date on the bottle says October 2008.

Very strong smell of hops. Overwhelmingly hoppy smell. Was undecided at first if it was good or bad but it has settled down somewhat.

Tastes just like it smells - that overwhelming hop flavor.

Strong hop flavor hits the tongue and the roof of the mouth instantly. Then lingers for a little while.

Easy to drink and I enjoy it, but it would rank higher if it weren't so dang hoppy. I love my hops I really do, but it seems like there is so much that it's just too hoppy.

I'll have to revisit this beer again.

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

12 oz bottle

Heavy Seas' Loose Cannon pours a slightly hazy orange brown color, with some visible slow rising carbonation an a small but solid white head. The nose is made up of nothing but fresh limey hops. Crisp resiny hop character first invades the tounge, followed by some citrus blasts, then moving into a creamy underlaying malt texture, slightly coating and fully fruity, with a solid medium body and a musty/earthy finish. Even only at 7.25% the alcohol is definitely noticeable (as with most of the 'Heavy Seas' beers). A single bottle is definitely worth a shot.

Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Allen Street Hardware Cafe. Hazy amber with a creamy head. Smell of mango, pine and caramel. Some more mango and caramel sweetness in the taste. It starts out very refreshing and hoppy but as it warms up it gets a bit syrupy and sweet. Not bad.

Photo of BrewerB
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smell - Moderately citrusy, slightly stronger floral hop nose. Light fruitiness, some clean malt sweetness coming through. Would like to have a more prominent hop aroma.

Appearance - Medium gold with yellow highlights. Well formed, white head. Great retention. Slightly hazed while retaining transparency.

Flavor - Orange-like citrusy hops with some floral character. Medium-high bitterness. Malt is clean but matched well in strength with the hops. Bitterness lingers into the pleasingly dry finish. Slightly too sweet/fruity but still balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate to mid-high carbonation. Smooth.

Overall Impression - Good balance of melt and hops. Love the blend of hop flavors - floral/citrusy. Sweetness from malt a little too present. As are the fruity flavors. Still very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of JDV
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember who sent this one...Thanks though!
Pours a light medium amber color with a smallish offwhite head. Smell is fruity, floral hops and some metallic notes at 1st which eventually fade. Taste is mild at first with sweet, fruity malt, and hops. Somewhat mildly bittered, I thought. Pretty decent overall.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear orangish brown color. Thin off white head that quickly fades. Beer leaves excellent lacing.

S - Citrusy hop aroma dominates the smell. Smells of grapefruit primarily with a hint of something tropical.

T - Sweet goodness! Taste is dominated by a tropical flavor with hints of grapefruit as well. Not quite the hop bite I would hope for out of an IPA but that is all that is keeping it from being a 5.0 on taste.

M - A little thin on the feel. Proper carbonation. A little slick in the mouth.

D - Awesome IPA and very drinkable.

Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer caught my eye while looking for a nice IPA for the Redwings Stanley Cup finals. Never heard of neither the beer nor brewery and I was wondering (based on the label) if I was going to regret the purchase.

Pours with a nice dark orange color and head into thistle glass. Smell is nice, not sure of the hops used, but aroma has good sweet/citrus/pine note.

Tastes good, well balanced and a little more drinkable than the DIPAs I have been drinking since winter.

Great selection of hops used, beer has its own distinct taste which will make it stick out amongst the myriad of IPAs out there.

Definitely recommended and it may become one of my regulars, for awhile.

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

Another Heavy Seas beer i picked up a little while ago in the mix a six pack case at the shop.

pours an amber color with a half inch foamy head.

the smell is exactly as it should be. hops hops and more hops.

tastes just as it smells. a good balanced ipa that isnt super overpowering on the hop end, but not weak either.

its easy drinking beer. one of the best aipa's ive had. right up there with Hop Devil. good stuff

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

12 oz bottle received from dyan.

Appearance: Pale amber with a slight haze to it. Tons of rising carbonation keeps the head going strong until the last sip. The head leaves behind thick sheets of lace as it falls. Awesome.

Smell: Zesty and floral, on the fruity side of the style with notes of mango and grapefruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of hop goodness from the get-go with a solid and semi-dry malt foundation residing beneath. As the nose suggests, big flavors of grapefruit, orange and mango come from the hops. The malt character is simple and honey-like, lending a touch of sweetness without overwhelming the hops.

Notes: An excellent IPA - surprisingly so. East Coast in style but with a hop character to match many West Coast IPAs.

Photo of Buebie
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217, got this in a trade.

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle with a side pour into a tulip.
3 finger frothy white head, with extra clumpy sticky laceing down the glass. Retention on the surface is long lasting through my entire glass of this beer.
The color in my glass is a pale transparent gold, with a hazey unfiltered character. Love it.
The smell is of piney hops, mild citrussy pinnaple and grapefruit. Some doughy sweet bread, bananas.

T&M Upfront its smooth and sweet with a carbonation presence, but still smooth.
Some lemon, good dose of piney hops, gradefruit, toasted nuts, somthing charred or oaky at the swallow and after. Good hop linger after the swallow, with a dry smooth finish that lingers as well.

This is one drinkable beer. The only thing that takes away from some of its appeal is that charred kinda burnt caramal finish. But I'm guessing thats hop related, as this is pretty transparent.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Serving a cold 12oz. into glass a thick, creamy looking off-white head held steady for a bit. Partly hazy this beer is light orange with golden hues. Not much visible carbonation rising. Great lacing on the glass as you drink.

S: Spicy and fresh herbal and citrus hops come right out at you. Some toffee sweetness is noticeable from the malt profile letting you know this is not all hops. Layers of hops some grassy and earthy finish out this aroma.

T: Hops coming right at you and they taste spicy, herbal, and fresh. Fresh cut grass in the flavor. Some caramel and toffee flavors give a good underlying tone to the bitterness of this beer. The bitterness is right where it should be though, dominant but not overpowering. Noticeable alcohol midway through.

M: Smooth because of the light carbonation this beer has medium body to it and a silky smoothness. Some alcohol warmth.

D: One of the best IPA's I have tried and it was fresh and so the taste was wicked(Not from New England but the word is appropriate). Nice and refreshing with good strength. I could not stop drinking this one. Although I tried another beer after this of a different style and the hops was all I could taste still.
A must try and get it fresh or on tap!

Photo of roadhouse
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with an off-white one finger head.

Aromas of peach, mango, grapefruit, and some sweet malt. Very fruity.

Taste pretty much follows the aromas. Sweet malt and a bit of alcohol noticable at the end, but the alcohol is extremely light.

Medium-full body with nice oily hops that lend to a very smooth mouthfeel. The hops and fruity flavors blend together and coat the entire mouth. Finishes just as fruity as it starts, then the hops kick in and leave a nice coating of bitterness on the tongue.

I don't think I've ever had an IPA that's this fruity tasting. It is almost too much, but it tastes so damn good that it doesn't even matter. The fruitiness combined with the bitterness of the hops and the sweet maltiness that accompanies, all make for a well balanced and extremely flavorful brew.

Photo of UA8
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Bright orangy golden color with thick off white head

S- Lotttts of hops. I smell citrus and tropical tones

T- Fantastic! Lots of hops of the start gives way to malt and citrus notes and carries into fruit tones. First of all I have to say Ive had this beer out of the heavy seas mixed pack but this time I had it from a cask. The bottle was by no means shabby but the cask was exceptional.

M- Light on the carbonation with a rich and velvety feel

D- Easily one of my favorite IPAs. I would definitely drink this quite regularly. Especially if you like something with lots of fruit and citrus tones.

Photo of aubuc1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before July 2008 (best get to work) in to an imp pint glass.

Beautiful orange with a white head.

Hop smells- grapefruit and pine mainly.

Not as much bite as I expected, but the malt smoothness was very nice. Hops kick back in with the alcohol in the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel that is good for the style. It leaves a crisp finish.

Very drinkable. 3 out of the 4 in the heavy seas mix pack are very good. I recommend this sampler if you see it.

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, light amber with a nice looking, medium sized head that left some good lacing. Strong aroma of hops, grapefruit, with a grainy/maltiness making its presence known as well. Flavor hits the mark with a nice balance of hops & malt. Very refreshing; a great example of the style.

Photo of cthulu81
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 'Eavy Seas line of beers from Clipper City are a great little stable of beers, and their best offerings for my palate. This'un here is the dandy little 'hopped3' IPA that sometimes likes to roam around under the guise of a DIPA. It be tasty, whatever genre one manages to shove it into. I think I will do this review in pirate-speak, to further the image of the 'Eavy Seas brand....here goes. This be a true bute of a brew matey, sloshin' into me goblet with a rich body the color of a evenin' horizon on the south pacific. Smells sumthin' potent, like top-notch grog blended with saville oranges and grapefruit instead of ye olde lime squeezins. I wunder if drives off the scurvy just as good? Thar be a punch of bitin' bitterness up front, then a sweeter peach or apricot flavor parlays with me tongue. Me thinks thar is papaya in thar as well. More prickly bitterness around the sides and finishes fierce before slidin' down the gullot. Not for the boys, let them stick with their sweet, English milds. But for men, this be a fine, fine ale. Cheers to thee, Hugh Sisson.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Best before Sept. 2008

A: Pours a chill hazed golden-amber color with a nice little dallop of off-white foam on the top. The head quickly dissolves to a chunky skim that leaves some streaks of lace in the glass.

S: Hops! Pungeant, fruity, glorious hops! I picked up aromas of pineapple, herbal/floral, and pine sappy hops. Lurking around the edges is an excellent sweet caramel malt flavor that adds balance.

T: See above. The taste follows the smell very closely here. In addition to everything mentioned above, around mid-glass a mango flavor came out as well as fresh cut grassy hops.

M: Pretty juicy and oily. Sticks to everything. Excellent amount of hoppy zest and/or bitterness that really compliments the sweet caramel & fruit flavors. Balanced.

D: Extremely easy on the palate. I was expecting a mouth destroying hop bomb, but was rewarded with this balanced, drinkable, and refreshing AIPA. Thank you Siciliano's!

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with BeerZack. Thanks Zack!

Appearance - 1finger foamy whit head that slowly dissipates to a spotty thin crown. Leaves light lacing behind. Loads of carbonation streams rise from the side of the glass. The brew is a hazy translucent golden orange color that becomes transparent over time. Looks pretty tasty.

Smell - Loads if citrus scent in this brew. Orange tangerine with a hint of grapefruit and pineapple. There is a sweet caramel component that lies beneath the citrus.

Taste - The flavor is subtle and smooth. The initial flavor is a caramel like sweetness and then evolves to orange citrus before ending with a bitter grapefruity finish. There is a ton of hop flavor without being over the top in the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth as it runs over the tongue. There is a moderate level of carbonation - I would have liked a little more to keep the beer interesting. The beer is medium bodied.

Drinkability - This beer is really easy to drink. I expected more bitterness from a beer that had Hop3 in its title, but I am glad that it was more even-keeled - it made it very easy to quaff. It was certainly not the palate-destroyer that I believed it would be. The smell, taste, and creamy mouthfeel make for a pretty good beer.

Photo of giblet
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured nice with three quarter inch of head. active carbonation. nice lacing down the glass. the aroma...drool, oh the beautifull hops!!! i was surprised how nice the taste was. i thought there would be too much hops in the taste but it was very well balanced. i could not quit smelling the beer though - excellent hops!

suckem up and movem out. this one is a gem.

giblet

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 2,972 ratings.