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

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Ratings: 2,932
Reviews: 1,168
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 88
Gots: 352 | 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 ncvbc
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with steady carbonation and very nice lacing all the way down the glass. Very pretty. Smell is raw hop juice. Juicy pine and citrus mixed. Light malt presence. Assertively hoppy taste also. I pick up a peppery hop character and somewhat floral as well. Still pine and citrus, too. A tingly mouthfeel, prickles the tongue. Great hop lover's IPA that packs a punch. I like it.

Photo of albern
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new generation hop ale that differs from the more traditional British IPAs. It pours a very clear golden color, with a nice frothy, part soapy head that laces and retains. The smell is wonderful with tons of hop notes, lemongrass, hop esters, hop resins, green hop stalks. The smell is about as good as it gets for the style. The taste is just bursting with hops, very fresh, very lemony, very grass and tea like in their consistency. It is a newish type IPA and may not be to everyone's liking, but it is a beer for true hop heads. The mouthfeel is modest with little aftertaste. The hop flavors are not subtle and they don't linger into the finish and aftertaste, and in that, the beer differs from the more subtle British IPAs which tend to be more subdued in the middle but come on stronger in the finish and beyond. This is a really intersting, enjoyable beer that comes highly recommended. L'Chaim.

Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, I asked for a hoppy brew, and man did I find it. This beer exploded with a hoppy smell, taste, and mouthfeel. Amber in color, and finishes extremly smooth. At 7.25 ABV, it is not too overpowering, so the drinkability is way up there. The color was a bit cloudy for my taste, so that was one of the only draw backs. For all you hop heads out there, this one's for you. Great hoppy ale. Cheers.

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

Tried this beer because I was trying to find a replacement for Alpha King. It was not bad, I was somewhat surprised.

When I poured it from the bottle into my glass it had a very nice copper tint to it. The off white head was not large, but it did leave a nice lacing around the rim of my glass.

At first smell it was very earthy, green, and fresh-like.

When I first drank it, it did taste somewhat citrus like.

Nothing special for me as far as mouthfeel, a little dry.

It was a nice drink and I probably would buy and drink it again.

I do recommend this ale.

Photo of Pencible
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy copper with no head, and it smelled strongly of apricot and hops. The flavor was dominated by apricot and citrus hops with a bit of yeast and alcohol. The aftertaste continued the strong apricot taste (sweet) and bitterness. It was moderately thick and slightly carbonated, which wasn't quite what I was expecting from a cask ale (too thin and bubbly). Overall it tasted more like a barlyewine than anything else, which didn't quench my thirst like I was hoping.

Photo of kbnooshay
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a pretty orange copper color with a small head but nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is earthy, piney and incredibly floral. The beer is oddly sweet and dry at the same time. While fairly hoppy this isn't a hop bomb. It is however a attack of flowers and pine trees. The earthiness is kind of odd in this beer. This brew tastes dirty! The feel is smooth and oily. I am kind of confused by this one.

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

Thanks for limesmut for sending this 12oz bottle to me in a trade.

Pours a nice gold yellow with a small head and some decent carbonation. The head doesnt stick around too long but leaves a decent lacing.

Plenty of hops and citrus tones hit you in the hose-some pine notes too.

Hops come through right away upon taste with some grapefruity citrusy tastes on the tongue too. Goes down with some slight bitterness and dry on the finish.

Very nice for so much hops and not too overpowering with some decent carbonation to maintain a nice mouthfeel.

Not too heavy at all and could be drinkable in multiples if you can handle the hops and 7.25%.

Photo of alysmith4
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was excited to find this beer at a local pub, amongst the BCM they had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised by its taste, although I thought the appearance, smell, and mouthfeel were all average. There was a definite earthy/hay taste to it.. along with a fair amount of hops. Very drinkable, I would have this beer again.

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

Pours a translucent amber-orange under a dense half-inch durable white head. Leaves thick rings of lacing along the sides of the snifter.

Intense, rich hop aromas fill the nose. Like walking through a pine forest. Initially a huge blast of crushed fresh pine needles, followed by aromas of grapefruit rind, apple and Juicy Fruit gum.

Mouthfeel is complemented by a solid fine carbonation and a smooth creaminess.

The taste is not as bitter as one would expect considering all the hop aroma. A nice balance of sweet honey/caramel malt is noticed along with a moderate bitter flavor of pine, orange, pepper and grapefruit from the hops. A pleasant, well balanced bitter-sweet finish

The aroma of this IPA alone makes it worth a try. Well done!!

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

Another very good find at the wonderful Neil St. Piccadilly, Loose Cannon pitches a thick finger and a half of off-white froth on an orange body with lemon highlights, Thin rings of lacing adorn the trusty Yankees pint glass.

The nose is key for Loose Cannon--a melange of hops and a strong fruit component, with orange, pineapple, and tangerine present. Right from the opening pop of the cap, the nose on Loose Cannon was arresting. The taste is a slight step down from the nose, primarily because the hop smell does not carry through into the taste. To be clear, this is a delicious IPA, but the hops are more for scent than for taste, unfortunately, in Loose Cannon. The IPA Cannon is, alas, more restrained.

Nonetheless, this is a very good IPA, balanced, hopped, delicious, and fruitful. I'm quite impressed. Clipper City has done very well with Loose Cannon, and hop lovers will serve themselves well with a sixer. Very good.

Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a nice head. The head dies down rather quickly but manages to leave behind a bit of lacing.

S: Tons of citrus hops come rushing from the glass. Very hop forward, it's all about the hops.

T: Tons of grapefruit comes biting at the tongue right from the start. A nice level of bitterness with a dry finish and a touch of malt sweetness. I like it. I had it on draft before where it was a bit better. But either way they have a winner here.

M: Perfect carbonation and oh so refreshing.

D: Very... This one is begging to be drank on a hot Florida summer day.

Overall: I prefer draft a bit, but you can't go wrong with this one on draft or in the bottle. It is pure citrus hop goodness. I realy like it. These Clipper City, Heavy Seas, Loose Cannon brews are really growing on me.

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

Ahhh... I love a good West Coast Style IPA... particularly when it comes from the East Coast!

Pours a beautiful rich gold, maybe a slight tint of orange. Fluffy, mottled head with tenacious lacing (my glass is nearly completely coated).

Aroma is big time orange/tangerine, with some musty onion (god damn you summit hops), lemon, and flower and herbal notes.

Taste is a juicy burst of hop bomb delight. Malts take a trip to the background, providing only some sweet and bready backbone... but it's all pale malt, and it never asserts itself. Amarillo and Summit hops are at the forefront, not sure what else is in there but it's a pretty standard western set. Super dry, clean, crisp. Medium bodied (must have some sugar here to dry it out and keep it thin).

For everyone going apeshit that Ballast Point, noted IPA producer, just came out with a new IPA... here's one for y'all on the east coast that's easily as tasty, if not better.


Photo of mattcrill
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Big-time tangerine! Holy hop aroma! Citrus fruit all over the place. Some orange slice sugary sweetness. A Northwest American aromatic party.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden pour with a sticky white head.

Flavor: More citrus. Lemon peel, grapefruit pith, and resiny. Some background sweetness to balance the full-on hop assault. Finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, and slightly creamy.

Overall impression: A highly hopped ale with a nicely balanced malt base. I could drink multiple pints of this. It has an amazing blend of hop presence and high drinkability. Strongly recommended.

Photo of Zraly
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had Loose Cannon several times, both in bottles and on tap. It is a consistently good American-style IPA that delivers high marks in terms of interpretation and in taste.

Bottle being reviewed has a consume by date, with notches for June 2008.

Appearance is a nice copper-color, with a pocky head that laces nicely. Carbonation is appropriate and lends to a crisp mouthfeel. Solid show on that front.

What is totally exceptional about Loose Cannon is its wonderful smell. Big, piney-floral hop heaven. I'm half-tempted to dab this at my pulse points and become a marketing ploy for Clipper City. I can't emphasize how good this smells and how it sets up one's palette to enjoy the other components of this ale.

The overall taste is a nice sweet, toasty malt backbone paired with huge citrusy, earthy, "alpine" hops. I say alpine because it seems to cross a huge piney note with a floral note; a wonderful mix of tree and flower notes; a compliment to the Pacific NW hop scene. Medium to medium-heavy body with a smooth, dry finish.

In my mind, this is perfect for someone who enjoys hops, but isn't necessarily a hop head. Balanced and approachable. If you can find it on tap, the experience is even better in terms of smell and mouthfeel. I can, however, recommend that if you purchase in bottles, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear and nice looking golden to amber color. Head is foamy and a massive three fingers deep. Retention and lacing were excellent.

Smell: Nice mix of citrus sweetness and hops come through initially. Hops are more floral in character which is interesting. I was expecting a lot of pine. Caramel malts add to the sweet aroma. Yeasty or biscuity smell wraps it up.

Taste: Citrus flavors (mostly grapefruit and definitely orange) are sweet and slightly bitter. Hops provide more bitterness, but not quite piney. Caramel malts are sweet and add balance. It has a bitter finish that blends with a bit of a strong yeasty taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Nice, crisp feel to it. Carbonation is good. I find it pretty drinkable. This is a solid IPA. There's better out there, but there's much worse too.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. into BMS mug...

Very nice foamy/soapy cream-colored head. Good honey/apple juice-colored body-slightly cloudy and well-carbonated.

There's big-time floral hoppiness here with an apple scent. A little soapy with some earthy slate tones.

Oily malt, apples (again?) and alcohol are present; they're not meshing together in beautiful chemistry but it's not unbalanced, either. Slight tangy citrus somewhere - reminds me of acidic notes in sour cherries.

This is clean and viscous with a nice finish; a little unbalanced here.

This is definitely drinkable with a heavy alcohol hit that precludes it from being sessionable.

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

A: Clear, light-amber with almost a slight orange tint to it. Nice looking beer with a medium, quickly subsiding head. Nice lacing to the finish.

S: I love the smell of this one. Citrusy, orange, grapefruit, extremely clean!!! Feels like I just cleaned out my sinuses. Floral scent within also reminded me that spring is coming soon to Rhode Island. Great fresh hoppiness in this one too!

T: Refreshing as well. Nice sweet maltiness up front with one heckuva sharp, dry kick in the pants. All I can say is crisp, sweet, and refreshing with the aroma to back it up. Very nice.

M: Very good. I enjoyed it but it was just a bit thick. I've got to remember however, this is a big beer and you've got to expect that. Good nevertheless.

D: I had only one of these but would have liked to spend a few more hours at the party to ensure I had myself a good beer here. I'm going to hunt this one down and keep them for myself. Outstanding.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp into a standard pint.

Aroma was a shocker, all malt. Expected something called Hop Cubed to have some hops in it.

Pour was nice, crystal clear and golden. Despite aggressiveness, couldn't get much head out of it, only 1/4 inch, but left thin yet persistent lacing.

Second sniff is more maltiness--actually, more honey aroma to be exact. Frankly, Yet Another Light Caramel Bomb. The all too common IPA recipe.

Flavor is weak on hops, too. Though to be fair, I'm drinking it side by side with my own homebrew, an Evil Dead Red derivative (that is--bittering addition was at 20 mins--half a pound of Simcoe hops in 5 gallons).

Mouthfeel is exactly as heavy as expected, with good bittering, just needs more hop flavor and more hop aroma.

Drinkability is good. Reminds me of Mojo and a thousand others. Call it Hop to the First Power, not Hop to the Third.

My new rule for American IPA: must taste like it has half a pound of hops per 5 gallons, or else the word hops is banned from the label.

Photo of srobertson59
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from Cask into a Snifter from Dilly Deli:

A - Pours a honey/amber with slight orange highlights. Nothing much to write home about on the foam, but what's there leaves a bit of stringy lace on the glass.

S - A huge blast of citrusy hops! A blend of grapefruit with a touch of what seems to be pineapple; followed by the mellowing dark malt sweetness. Oh Wow...instant salivation! Hello, Dr. Pavlov!

T - Taste is spot on to the nose; big juicy hops with probably the best blend of malt that I've come across. Finish is still the hops, but the malt cleans it up a bit and really removes the initial bitterness. Nicely Done!

M - Creamy smooth and extremely light in carbonation (due to the cask?). Slightly thick in viscosity, with just the slightest of oily resins on the tip of the tongue.

D - So good I had to have a second one the spot before looking for the six-packs on the shelf. Alcohol is present, but sensed as a spicing quality from the warmness.

Wow...So good I picked up two six-packs. Hopefully the flavors are comparable in the bottles as they are from the cask. I'm extremely impressed with this one. File this one right behind Bell's HopSlam for me.

Photo of dsigmon
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at the publick house in old town

A: pours deep bronze color with nice pillowy off white head. Head sticks around for a good while and when it finally decides to recede, leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Smell is strong of oranges and sticky hops. The more it warms the more the aroma opens up. More sour fruit smells and sweet malt aromas appear.

T/M: Taste reminded me of orange preserves piled atop of my grandmothers home made biscuits with a slive of butter but then finishes with a nice bitter hop and caramel. Perfect carbonation and great mouthfeel.

D: This was all I drank at the bar all night. One after another. Great, easy drinking wonderfully tasty, highly reccomended brew.

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

The beer poured a copper color with moderate clarity, a finger and a half of white head that subsided fairly quickly with a bit of lacing. The smell was very hoppy with a very subtle hint of sweet malt. It tasted of hops with a mildly sweet backbone as it went down. No hint of alcohol in the taste. Decent mouthfeel, kinda left my mouth a bit dry afterwards. All in all, as a hophead, this is definitely one I will go back to.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A big tan three finger head rises above a clear bronze brew. The head is really creamy and whipped looking ....like meringue topping. Retention is good, and ridiculous amounts of lace are left on the glass. In fact, this has some of the stickiest lace that I've seen in awhile.

S - Musty, dank, herbal, dirty hops. Mandarin oranges, orange peel, and some grapefruit along with freshly chopped pineapple and mango skin. This is an outstanding nose! Complex, fruity, dank, and earthy. I'm very, very impressed.

T - Hard tack biscuit malts have an almost smoky component and support the gritty, earthy, and herbal hops. The flavor lacks some of the fruitiness of the nose in favor of a focus on spicy, herbal, marijuana like hop flavors. There is a pleasant mineral water note behind the crazy hop flavors, and there is some sweetness to the malt component too.

M - Medium bodied with some gentle but somehow abrasive carbonation and a dry and dirty finish. The lingering hop flavors provide a beautiful afterglow finish.

D - One of the most outstanding IPAs on the planet. There is not a single flaw to be found with this one. Really just an outstanding beer.

Photo of HopDerek
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with a pinky's width of creamy/foamy off-white head, ok retention, and spotty lacing. Smells like a hop bomb, lots of citrus, pine, and fresh grass clippings along with some caramel sweetness. Tastes strongly of grapefruit and orange peel mixed with cut grass and a solid caramel malty backbone, finishes with a little bit of pine. Medium in body with good carbonation, and semi-sticky, but a bit watery and not much of a hop finish. One of my favorites from Clipper City, very reminiscent of Nugget Nectar, though just a tad bit weaker.

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

First review so I had to pick this one. Served from the bottle, at first slightly thin pour. Kind of thickens as it sets and warms. Which I prefer to drink warmer but by no means hot. Medium head with a cream color that fades about mid way through the beer. Stronger grapefruit smell than other citrus. Mouth feel is medium and smooth. Taste is awesome. At first sip gives a kind of good tingle. First gulp almost a honey taste. After taste is fair but leaving me with wanting more. :) Could drink this year round but prefer cooler weather.

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

Pours your typical golden amber in color. No head, but there is plenty of sticky lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell is all hops. Beautiful, juicy, sticky hops. Taste is wonderfully balanced hops. Complete with bitterness and flavor. This is just a good, easy drinking, sessionable IPA. Good beer, easily the best Clipper City beer I've had yet.

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