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

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Ratings: 3,016
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 98
Gots: 423 | 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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Ratings: 3,016 | Reviews: 1,186
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark and brooding for an ipa, the sweetness greets your nose and never lets up. lots more hop flavor and aroma than bitterness--given the level of sticky sweetness i would have preferred more offsetting alphas. this is good in its way but too heavy and unbalanced for an ipa imo.

Photo of changeup45
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty orange color with slight carbonation and a moderate sized head that does taper away somewhat quickly. Floral, citrus hoppy aroma that is not crazy powerful but you know it's there. Hops dominate the flavor and while they are slightly bitter, they are more citrusy sweet with a touch of honey thrown in there. A very good beer that isn't far from being a great one.

Photo of kinger
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well done by Clipper City, this is a thoroughly enjoyable IPA. Hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit not as powerful as it should be compared to the flavor. Great pour rich deep copper color, a swirl of the yeast on the bottom makes it denser. Huge puffy head and sticky sweet lacing, one of the best looking IPA's I've poured. Easy on the palate this is extremely drinkable and the finish is clean with an aftertaste that quickly fades. Well hopped flavor, medium malt presence that is well balanced for this style. Similar to the other great IPA's I've had, but this one is easier going down yet powerful with a well masked alcohol content. Very good drink.

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

Pours a clouded brown amber. No head. Nose is so ridiculously pine. It's like getting a whiff of one of those tar bags they have in baseball. Flavor is bringing some of the same. There's also a bit of an apricot edge there. Vibrant and a bit high in flavor, but it's working. There is an unusual tangy bitter edge on the backside though. Liquid feel is slick and sticky. Carbonation is low, as you'd expect. It helps this beer out by allowing some of the more subtle characters to pop out. Overall this is a pretty nice brew on cask. It takes it about two minutes to warm up and open up a bit more, so it gets more interesting quickly. A good one.

Photo of techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost clear golden amber pour with minimal head and little lacing.

Typical citrus pine hops nose for this style.

Taste is surprisingly balanced, but of course with a heavier hop profile. Very smooth, but with little carbonation lending a slightly heavier mouthfeel.

Very good drinkability, a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I'll admit that I'm very excited to engage in this beer in front of me, which is surprising since the only other Heavy Seas brand beer I've had disappointed. Nonetheless, the bottle is pretty and the description is enticing. Nice and fresh, this beer is well before the purchase-by date of January 2009.

Poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Apparently this beer is bottle-conditioned as it says to expect "a fine layer of yeast at the bottom", but I see no sign of any debris. In fact, this is one of the most crystal clear beers I've ever seen. An over-zealous pour left a plentiful head that consisted of strangely large bubbles. Never have I seen that before. Lacing is plentiful, but patchy.

3.0 S: Pleasant aroma, but very very weak. From what I can decipher, there is grass, floral, and sweet scents.

3.0 T: First of all, I would like to scold Clipper City for false advertising. There is very little hop character to this beer, yet it is called "Hop3 (cubed) Ale". Who do they think they're fooling. As for the taste, I was very much disappointed, but mainly because I expected a lot. The taste is alright, but a lot calmer than the marketing suggests. This beer is much sweeter than it should be. Citrus and sugar with floral hops.

5.0 M: Wow, I wish more beers felt like this one. It's really impressive how it's perfectly creamy and the carbonation balances out the feel.

2.5 D: Toward the end of the beer, the sweetness got to me. I wouldn't (or couldn't) drink another one. I've never had a beer that both impressed and disappointed so much all in one bottle.

I have one more Heavy Seas variety waiting in the refrigerator. Can it redeem itself?

Photo of hooliganlife
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into proper pint glass. drink by date is august 08. pours a deep orange, little head that disappears quickly. foam retention on the sides of the glass though.

smell is rather subtle actually, for the hop taste i would would expect more however I would never hold it against this beer.

taste is loaded with grapefruit and citrus. very mellow and smooth finish. slight hop bitterness that smooths out.

not very carbonated but in a great way

I could easily session these. they are the perfect summer ipa an a great east coast offering. I always considered this the sleeper IPA most do not know about.

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

Pours a deep gold with a thick, pillowy off-white head that slowly settles to a half-finger thickness that lingers for the remainder of the drink, leaving a thick layer of lacing the entire way down the glass.

Aroma is floral, with a hint of berry (blueberry, perhaps?). An amazing smell that should be sold as a perfume. I was expecting the typical grassy hop aroma, but this is far better.

Medium-bodied with just enough carbonation. Flavor is a giant hit of hops, herbal and spicy. As the drink warms, a bit of sweet malt character shines through to balance the brew nicely. Finish is dry, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Drinkiability is somewhat limited due to the alcohol content, though I could easily down another of these and feel very content.

Overall, an exceptional brew from a brewery who has yet to disappoint me with its "extreme" offerings.

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

Im hot sticky sweet, from my head to my feet yeah...

Pours with no head, golden amber color.

Smells piney, sweet, sticky.

Tastes citrus hoppy. Like alcoholic tang.

Resiny aftertaste.

What a great beer, I was lucky the spirit shop in my hometown just got it in for me to poop on.

Photo of becktone
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes 8-12-08

Eye: Great look on this one. Perfect. A creamy, foamy, dense, rich head. Very nice retention, and some nice lacing, they don't get much better than this. Clear amber/orange body. The beer looks great, there is nothing else to it.

Nose: Before it is even done being poured the hops hit the nose. Strong floral and citrus aromas. This straight up smells quality. Huge hops in the nose, floral and grassy notes fill the nostrils, citrus notes also, but not as prevalent as the gassiness and floral notes. Strong malt backbone comprised of grainy aromas support the hops.

Tongue: Overall a nice IPA, but not nearly enough hops in here. The aroma is misleading in that sense. This is probably the most balanced IPA I've ever drank. It's hoppy, but not enough, there is too much malt going on in here. Don't get me wrong its good, but not something I'll pick up when looking for an American IPA. Hops are citrus and a bit floral, but they are too balanced out by sweet caramel malt flavors.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is quite easy to drink, it is smooth and has a medium body with carbonation that is appropriate, it doesn't get in the way of this beer's flavor. Dry finish on this with some residual floral hop notes lingering. This wouldn't be my first choice of IPA....its okay, but I'd much rather reach for Two Hearted, 90 minute....well there are countless others.

Photo of gcarl
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first review of a line that I love!

Pours a clear copper, slight head that quickly dissipates.

The American IPA label may be a bit of a deceiving as it definately encroaches into DIPA territory. Aroma is quick to present a fresh hop aroma and the initial sip presents a fresh hop taste. This flavor quickly fades to reveal the sugary, sweet, slighty astringent taste of a DIPA. A complicated and fantastic beer extremely drinkable for the high ABV!


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

Having just killed a sixtel of Flying Fish Hopfish (very nice stuff for the price), I picked this up in a sixtel also.
Light copper apperance, with a grapefruit smell from the Cents and Amorillos that lended a nicely sweet taste on the palate. This was very noticable since the Hopfish was not that sweet. A nice trait for this brew that has session beer written all over it for me.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color. White rocky head, retention is okay. Some clingy lacing but spotty.

Smell is definitely that of hops, very nice hoppy smell. Big citrus hop aroma up front. Some grassy/floral hops behind the big citrus smells.

Flavor is definitely hoppy but not overly bitter. This is a bit sweeter than many IPA's, does balance out the overall flavor. Not a huge malt back to the brew, Brew would balance more with less sweet more malt.

Drinks easy and not overly heavy. Carbonation is slightly lively which works well. Biggest complaint is the brew is too sweet. I felt everything else was pretty much on the money. The overly sweet taste just kills the flavor and drinkability for me.

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

Pours a clear copperish amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a bubbly skim coat and sticky ring, leaving some scattered, but thick lacing behind.

Smell is herbal hops, fresh cut grass, and hints of orange peel.

Taste starts with some spicy, herbal hops with some toasted bread and just a hint of caramel. Finishes crisp with some bitter floral hops.

Slick, medium-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Great drinkability. Another great beer from Clipper City that I know I will enjoy over and over again.

Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. Pours a bright, clear golden amber with a three-finger rocky white head that lingers for the duration of the session leaving sheets of lacing along the way. Smell is very light with citrus hops dominating, mainly grapefruit and lemon zest. Flavor is heavy on citrus as well with mostly tropical fruits and with little hop bitterness. There is a bready malt base as well. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but creamy and with less bitterness than I was expecting. This is an extremely drinkable IPA and one that I could drink all night long.

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

Another really solid beer from Clipper City, the 2nd of which I've tried. This had a best-by date of Nov '08, so it's really fresh.

A- pours a light orange, clear, with an easily built up head and very nice lacing.

S- Really citrusy, like orange. That's it for the most part, I couldn't really get past that part, but I do love it. Wish there was a tad more complexity though.

T- a nice citrus burst to this, still primarily citrusy. It's nothing too complex but it does the job.. I thought they probably used a bunch of Amarillo and it looks like that is in their hop bill so it's probably what's contributing to that dominant flavor.

M/D- very nice on the higher end of lighter moughtfeel, well carbonated.

Photo of andrewt960
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy orange out of a bottle. Slightlty aggressive pour yeilded a nice thick creamy head... two fingers, and slightly off white.
S: Smelled of nice hops, was pleasantly suprised. Kind of a piney up front but not over whealming. It actually finished with some nice citrus smell as i pulled it away.
T: Tasted the same as it smelled in the sense that hops were all over. Hops up front and finished with hops. Sweet for an Ipa, almost a touch of honey?? Anyway, very nice and hoppy.
M/D: Kind of creamy, and slightly on the low side of carbonation. However, it was a very good beer, and very drinkable at 7.25.

Photo of Phillyduke
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a gravity firkin at a Clipper City/Heavy Seas event at The Springhouse Drafting Room. Deep hazy amber color with a one-finger head of sticky "cask-style" foam that left gobs of lacing along the sides of the pint. Nose was heavy on the citrus hops, a combination of clementine oranges and grapefruit. Grapefruit shows up more prominently in the taste, along with a nice, prevalent sweet malt base. Pleasantly bitter, but never overly so. This is definitely not a "tongue-bruiser." An extremely smooth and balanced medium-bodied brew with a silky mouthfeel (exaggerated likely by the cask-conditioning) and a well-hidden ABV that facilitates having several in a sitting. Overall an excellent IPA that represents the style well without going over the top.

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

Poured into a pint glass porus a pale yellow with a fluffy foamy head that leavs nice thick lace on the glass. Smell is very hoppy, floral and sweet notes come to mind just a slight malt character. Taste is very good with a nice hop bitterness, sweet and bitter just how a good ipa shold be, nice over balance of the taste. Overall this is a fine brew from Heavy Seas and to me the best in their line.

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.

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