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

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Ratings: 2,831
Reviews: 1,152
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 85
Gots: 289 | 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 BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin off white head on a pretty clear orange body.
S- Big grapefruit hops in the nose along with some pine hops and a malt body.
T- Nice big pine hop flavor in the mouth with a light citrus backing. Maybe some light grapefruits. A solid malt body is there so it isn't just hops (but they are the strongest flavor by far).
M- Full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- Great IPA. It is nice and easy to drink and just covers the mouth in hops. This is a solid brew.

BlindPig, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of StonyB
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at SmartBuy Wine and Liquors in Fort Lee, NJ. Freshness date of Jul 07 notched on bottom of label.

Loose Cannon is one of a series of beers from Clipper City Brewing in Baltimore. Under the name "Heavy Seas", these beers tend to be big, with above average ABV's. Loose Cannon "Hop3 Ale", at 7.25% (as listed on the label) is no exception...

Appearance - Ever see one of those russet potato chips? It's kind of that color. Clear. Pretty nice rocky head, fades gradually. Sticky, dare I say stubborn, lacing. Reasonably attractive.

Smell - Ok, then. Can you say grapefruit? Also some quite pungent hops. The aroma is like a blinking yellow light - "Proceed with caution"...

Taste - If you think the smell of grapefruit is strong, wait until you taste this beer. It's like being smacked in the mouth with a snowball made from grapefruit juice. Wow. Oh yeah, you absolutely can taste the hops doing a dance on your tongue. Salsa? Tango? The Chicken Dance? Not sure which, but they're dancing up a storm. A lot of citrus and a strong sense of alcohol, but a nice malty finish helps balance this out.

Mouthfeel - A little thin, but a very assertive beer, covers the tongue with flavor.

Drinkability - Somewhat surprisingly, a highly sessionable beer, IMO. The ABV is high but not ridiculous, and each sip seems to get a little bit better as you adjust to the initial assault. An interesting beer, enjoyable to drink.

Loose Cannon IPA is a nice addition all the way around: to Clipper City's Heavy Seas line, to beers that push the envelope in taste, and to IPA's in general. Seek this one out - look for the artistic yet humorous label that is a calling card for Heavy Seas.

Highly recommended.

StonyB, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best if purchased by date on this beer is January 07 and it was sampled in March 07. This pours an amber color with a slight cloudiness to it. This has a heavy malty caramelly biscuity aroma. There is no detectable hop aroma which is slightly disturbing for an IPA. The flavor tastes great, but is in no way an IPA. It is very caramelly and malty but there is no hop bitterness or hop flavor. This is medium bodied and extremely smooth. The drinkability is really good. I'm rating this beer in terms of how much I like it and as if it wasn't an IPA but more of a Brown Ale, which is why I gave it higher ratings. If I rated it as an IPA, the ratings would be much worse.

drseamus, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light amber color. Nearly no head and little lace.

Bountiful and fragrant fresh hop aromas. Very inviting for those who enjoy the hop bite of a good IPA.

As advertised, this contains hops to the third power. Indeed, it completely overpowers the light malt. If you seek balance this isn't your style. The hop is the beginning, middle and end--with the end going long after the swallow.

If I were to make one change in this beer, it would be to increase the malting grains significantly. I think this has the potential of being one of the top IPA's with a little more malt/alcohol content.

smcolw, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper color with a thick cream head that retains well and leaves clumped, sticky lacing. As for the aroma: I'm loving the hops. I'm impartial to piney, foresty fragrances in a beer, so I rated this one highly. There's also some spicy cinnamon and citrusy notes as well as a strong alcohol note coming through as the beer warms.

Taste has a great maltiness up front with a grapefruit note and a big hoppy finish. It's smooth and juicy at first and leaves a decent bitter bite on the finish. All in all, its' a good IPA. Taste is on point, and the complexity is too. Nice job on the hops, Clipper City.

wagenvolks, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of mortarit
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This has been my go to beer lately. I am trying to give this brewery a change.

They have an interesting logo and theme for their beers which is a good marketing scheme.

This style has a winning effort put forward so I would invite anyone to try it out.

I will have to do some comparison with other IPA to see where it lands.

mortarit, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with slightly better then average retention. Aroma consists of medium bitter hops with some very subtle citrus flavour. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some medium bitter and citrus hops. Body is about average with some medium carbonation. I was expecting a hop bomb based on the description of the beer which mentions triple hops IPA and it seems I got a light IPA.

Phyl21ca, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a a hazy orange with little floaties about. Light lacing and a small eighth of an inch head.

An abundance of floral hops, pine, and a bit of grapefruit.

Was too cold and tasted a bit light at first. As it warmed the flavor definitely increased with the floral hops and citrus. A slight tartness was found at the end.

Lightly carbonated and balanced.

A very good IPA but not a great one. Would have again for sure.

Monkeyknife, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of bashiba
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange color with a thin sticky head, good lacing.

Smell has a bit of toasted malt with hints of juniper and minty hops.

Taste is very balanced with a decent bready malt body and nice pine and minty hops, has a nice blend of sweet and bitter flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily leaving a great tongue coating with a bit of warmth.

Very even and drinkable IPA, will look forward to more of these.

bashiba, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of aaronh
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color topped by a creamy head that has some larger bubbles interspersed in there. Aroma smells a lot like centennial and Amarillo hops - a touch of tangerine and bubble gum mixed in with the grapefruit and pine. I love it. Flavor is fairly sweet up front, with good piney notes, and a strong grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Pine rosin flavors come back and stick around long after the beer has been swallowed. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, a bit heavy, but it works well. A bit of a workout to drink, but it's basically my dinner, so that works....

Drinkability is good, not great. A slightly less dextrinous body would go a long way to making this a spectacular beer. As it is, it's still really good. Much better than the other offerings I remember from Clipper City's standard lineup.

aaronh, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving 12oz bottle

A meager half finger thick head of fine honey tinted froth quickly settles into a thin collar with little to no lacing just above a pellucid copper tinted golden yellow body housing scant carbonation.

Grapefruit, orange, a bit of must and and peppery alcohol are present on the muted nose with a bit of spicy malt and diacetyls.

Tame and reticent upfront, this offers meager hop bitters throughout with a bit of ripe melon and hints of pale malts on a short clean finish. Hops flavors offer just a bit of bitter, acidic citrus upfront and meld into a very restrained mid palate and finish. Grip on the finish is minimal and dissapointing.

Smooth with a short. mildy bitter and insipid finish, this suffers from a heavy hitting alcohol and a bit of leafy hops that come through lound and clear on the finish compromising both the flavor and mouthfeel. Balance isn't a consideration with little malt prescense soaked in lots of raw bitter hops.

Perhaps it is better fresh but I was not impressed by this brew, it was a bit overdone and too boozy for an IPA.

Jwaks, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of jaluria
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-rust color with incredible carbonation (seems like it's ready to flow out of the pint glass). Thick head with some nice lacing. A paste-like film develops and remains throughout the session. Aromas of hops, tangerine, oranges, and grapefruit. The taste follows suit with hoppy, citrus-like flavors dominating. The hops blend together nicely, but there isn't much complexity. Overall, a good beer, but not unique or unusual.

jaluria, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of cubang8r
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour into a glass from a bottle. Good head forming but quickly dissipating into a light thin film that stayed till the end

poured a dark golden amber, darker than I've seen from other strong IPA's

smell was overwhelming of hops, which excites me, if you're an IPA lover, I'm sure you'll feel the same way. A hint of pine. Seems a bit one dimensional, but maybe what they're going for

Taste is strong and very hoppy, the bitterness doesn't linger, alcohol is not overpowering. I enjoy it very much but wouldn't recommend for a first timer.

Doesn't feel like anything special on the tongue, carbonation is very mild, slides off easily, very viscous. When you swallow, it's all gone, except the lingering taste of hops.

I would personally drink this often, although I wouldn't think someone who is not a lover of IPA's would. I think I'll go have another.

cubang8r, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow, I was very lucky to attend a cask tasting of loose cannon. The rep said the furken keg was filled 8 days ago and they added extra hops just before caping the keg. I've already reviewed this in a bottle. But this tasting took this IPA to a whole new level.
The head had a slightly green tint because of the freshnest.
The seven different hops just overwelmed your senses. The first new flavor I picked up was earthy and fresh cut grass taste.Then a wonderful tropical fruit mixed with fresh pine zing. The acidity was alot more noticable. And the mouthfeel was creamy. A very long finish made you smile until it hurt. THANK YOU Clipper City!

athensbeermaster, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impressions: smells fantastic, but where the hell is the flavor? Once my beer warms up a bit more that floral, green hops aroma remains and a citrus rind biterness starts to come out. I'd say this is an IPA done right. There are some very clear and distinct hops flavors for a hop-head to enjoy. The complexity ranks about the same as SNPA and lacks the mastery of a top-notch IPA or DIPA isn't. Basically a very good, but not amazing IPA. Worth a try.

tempest, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very light murky golden colored beer. Frothy white inch and a half high head. Lots of tiny sized slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Lacing mottles the glass.

A mainly citric hops aroma is strong in the nose. A subtle note of malt is also intermingled with the grapefruit aromas. A very light spice note reminds the nose of clove.

Nice blends of taste but the strength fades slightly as this one is on the tongue. Very light peppery note on top of a grapefruit presence. A faint pine needle taste is also present.

Average body. Despite the appearance, there isn't much in the way of a carbonation feeling in the mouth.

A nice effort. Great beer to wash down a grilled chicken breast sandwich. A style with so much focus that it is hard to be amongst the best. A decent go to for a slightly above average IPA.

RedChrome, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clean clear cooper with wi thin white head.
the aroma is all hops with a citursy orange or tangerine aroma. flowery when you get your nose real close.
sweet and ctirusy in the mouth as well. slightly boozy. light caramel sweetness too. apple in the aftertaste. surprisingly low bitterness. a nice blend of well balanced hop flavor.
slightly fuller side of medium bodied, with soft carbonation.
it's a little too sweet for a good drinkability, but it's not like i had any trouble finishing this one and wouldn't mind another, it's got a very nice hop cocktail sort of flavor.

kmo1030, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on cask over at Maheffy's the other day. The beer is very good out of the bottle and regular draft, but on cask it was sublime. Fabulous aroma of orange and citrus friuts with an excellent mouthfeel. This a very nicely hoped IPA with none of the finishing palate bitterness I find with the 90 minute and Dreadnaught. This beer was very smooth and I was surprised at the abv (7.5% according to the list). The alcohol is not very noticeable at all and I could easily see myself downing 2 or 3 pints of this nectar without realizing what I was doing.

This beer reminds me of a somewhat hoppier version of the two hearted ale and, so far, is easily the most delicious IPA I've tasted on the East Coast. Kudo's for Clipper City on this one.

John_M, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is my last beer of the case I will be drinking and I sure enjoyed this case.I also really enjoyed this APA and im upset that its gone but here we go with the review.Poured into a Brooklyn pint glass.

Burnt orange,murky body with a white head.The body color reminds me of autumn.Tiny bubbles coming up from the bottem.

My girl said it smells like grapes but I beg to differ.I cant put my nose on the smell of the hops.Maybe orange.

Very citrusy hops are what I taste.I dont taste any malt.

Carbonation is perfect for this type of brew.Goes down very easy.

This the first hoppy beer ive had in a while that actually taste hoppy.It reminds me of when I first started drinking hoppy brews and boy do I miss that time in my life.So kudos to clipper seas for making me think of my beginings of craft beer.

MmmIPA, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of dickroop
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have tasted this brew on tap at the brewery,but this review is based on the bottled brew. Good thing I'm finally reviewing it...

It's a hazy, light amber with copious bubble-streams and fine suspended material. It had a scraggly head but admirable lacing.

The aroma is hoppy, yeasty, furity, a dark, earthy fragrance that suggests to me hints of grape juice with maybe a spritz of peach. The taste is well-modulated hops, a little spicy, and rich malt sweetness. Hops run all through, but they're subdued and balanced by the great malt bill. It finishs bitter and sweet, with the hop bitterness outlasting the sweetness. Website says: Malts: Crisp English Pale, Carapils, and Munich; Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade . I say they blend well and are delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied with significant malt stickiness. It's a little slick, but not as far as creamy.

Drinkability is outstanding. I'm a big fan of this brew and all of the Heavy Seas line. Hugh Sisson is the force behind Clipper City and he is also its public face. He gives one of most entertaining brewery tours I've ever had, probably the best tour available in the Baltimore area. He is massively enthusiastic and knowledgeable about beer, and the Heavy Seas line of big beers seem to be putting Clipper City on the map.

dickroop, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of JDK
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper color with a 1 1/2" head that lingered around for quite a while. Medium lacing that clings to the side of the glass.
Nice hoppy smell with a blend of citrus and malts that balance each other out very well.
Very good nice mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
Fruity taste with a mild grapefruit aftertaste, very pleasent.
Overall a very good American IPA

JDK, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of joe1510
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Liquor World

Poured Loose Cannon into a pint glass and it quickly formed a creamy white 1 finger head. The head faded slowly to a solid cap. The body is a very slightly hazed orange with minor carbonation bubbles rising throughout. I drank a few of these before and some had small protein chunks floating around and some didn't. This bottle is free of the chunks. Leaves a small drink ring that falls back into the body after some time.

The smell is pretty familiar among stronger IPAs and IIPAs. A solid mix of pine needles and bitter grapefruit. There's a solid malt backbone That is biscuity with a mild grain profile. Fairly simple but good.

Taste is more of the same. Pine hoppiness along with a generous squeeze of grapefruit juice. The pale malt and graininess stop the hops from running away with things but the swallow does leave a nice lingering bitterness in the form of pine needles and unsweetened grapefruit.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol fumes pushing through on the swallow. It's actually pretty refreshing.

Good drinkability is due to the body. The body actually feels somewhat light for the size of this beer. An easy one to drink and enjoyable.

I'd pick this up again to share with friends. There are better IPAs out there but this is a solid choice. I'm looking forward to trying more from Clipper City.


joe1510, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma of this brew is heavily dominated by hops aroma. It's a different kind of perfumy aroma that I've never noticed in any other brew before.

Pours with a thin light white head, with an orangish very cloudy body. Has a moderate amount of carbonation. It tastes very citrusy and has a slight piney flavor.

Not too bad overall and I'd say it's a good rendition of my favorate genre of beer.

TheSarge, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Stimack
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice looking beer, somewhat cloudy amber color with a fair sized off white head that seems to have a little retention but leaves a fair amount of sheeting lace. The aroma, nice malt scent with a good amount of floral hops. This is a good smelling brew, very inviting. The taste is very smooth with a nice biscuit malt flavor that quickly breaks to a robust but what seems to not be an over powering hop taste. The hops stick around coating the tongue and back of the mouth allowing for a lingering hop taste. The way that the hops (floral flavor) seem to interact with everything it seems to be giving up some fruit flavors. I would say that this is a very hoppy beer but the way it tastes it seems very well in balance, maybe I have had to many real hop bombs so this does not seem to be out of sorts with me. This is a fantastic brew, I am shocked that it is this high ABV, as it does not seem to drink like one although as it warms I am picking up a faint alcohol taste.

Stimack, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky, pillowy head. Seems to have a good deal of carbonation. Crystal clear. Has a very inviting light copper color. A tiny bit of speckled lace remains on the glass.

Very heavy hop character. Has a smooth scent of hops, equal parts grapefruit and pine. Smells excellent.

A tad bitter with the pine of the hops coming out. Has a slight alcohol bite. Leaves a strong, woody aftertaste. Bitter more than sweet. Strong hop presence. Tastes almost Imperial.

Very smooth balance to the slight bite of the hops. Not too thick, but has a creaminess. A fine, very drinkable beer. Bitter but with a mildness that makes it welcome for repeat visits.

williamherbert, Jan 29, 2007
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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