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

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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 81
Gots: 243 | 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 jockstrappy
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Draft Zone in Frostburg, MD....

Arrived a clear orange color, with a creamy white head, leaving a nice collar the rest of the way. Aroma...this beer doesn't piss around!!! Evergreen and citrus hop aromas all the way. Taste follows...very piney and floral, not much malt (if any) to speak of, but still very smooth. Medium body, and moderate carbonation provide an enjoyable m/f, and the only thing holding it's drinkability back is it's ABV.

Hop heads should be all over this!

jockstrappy, May 26, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

These <Heavy Seas> brews HAVE to be tried! My first, Loose Cannon is off on the right foot with the cool label also stating BB 8/06. A surprising clear golden yellow pour with foamy white head greeted me – even though it’s bottle conditioned.

Very hoppy, citrusy lemon in the aroma, and a STRONG lemon piney taste – I can’t recall a taste like this one before. Just hop loaded.

Foamy and highly carbonated, and the hops just keep biting all the way though. It’s not very refreshing, but sipable for a duration of several bottles.

Vancer, May 23, 2006
Photo of benzy
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a nice citrus floral taste, doesn't slam you with bitterness like some other American IPA's. Carbonation is a bit less than I prefer. This with the 7.5% abv is why I rate it only 4.0 on drinkability. It is also a bit green.

If you like this one, try Avery (and vice versa).

benzy, May 21, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light body, Caramel color, clear, with a rather substantial head. Aroma is well... sweet and flowery because there's a BUNCH of hops in it! The taste is clearly dominated by a floral hoppy taste that really isn't as bitter as some of the hoppiest IPA's I've had, it mellows really well on the palate, one of the top HOPPY's I've had.

GratefulBeerGuy, May 21, 2006
Photo of trep
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Half of a 12 oz bottle split with my lovely girlfriend.

Huge creamy vanilla head sitting atop crystal clear orange body. Looks pretty good.

Intense hops in the nose, grapefruit and other sweet citrus with some light hints of pine in the background.

Wow, juiciest of juicy hops sting the tastebuds and white grapes and oranges round out the experience. Initially clean, then halfway through the hops hit you, then drive right into a dead end road of white grapes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. Little to no malt being tasted.

A little thinner than I like for the style. Carbonation is just right though.

The hops in this one are juicy and sweet with very little bitterness at all. Day in and day out this beer could keep me satisfied. This is a world class IIPA that hardly gets the respect it deserves.

trep, May 17, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden/copper with a nice sized white head. Left good lacing.
A citrussy hop aroma with a little malt behind.
Verry mellow & nice. Has a great hop flavor with minimal bitterness at least for a DIPA. Whatever bitterness there is doesn't linger. A slight malt presence shows itself a little as the beer warms a bit. Good.
Lighter side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Very Drinkable. all the hop flavor you could want without the overpowering bitterness.

BeerRun13, May 17, 2006
Photo of MarineHokie
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright clear orange. Ample head fades to a fairly thick ring, leaveing large islands of foam and lite lacing.

S - Fresh sweet fainty tropical fruitiness, trend to grapefruit and alcohol as it warms.

T - Juicy hops lead to a fairly this malt backbone followed by farily non descript hop bitterness. Finish slowly fades into nothing. Enjoyed with a steak, mashed sweet potatos, and grilled asparagus. Tasted great with the veggies and OK with the steak.

M - On the light side of medium bodied.

D - Interesting enough and not too hoppy or alcoholic for more than one, but probably not more than two at a session.

MarineHokie, May 16, 2006
Photo of jslot38
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden amber, sticky frothy head, white, good size and retention.

Smell: Pine, floral hops. Touch of grass, touch of biscuit aroma. Dash of flowery spice.

Taste: Hops baby... grass, pine, touch of citrus zest. Backed up with toasted malts. Tasted way too green though... maybe some aging would do this beer some good, the potential is certainly there.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average.

Drinkability and Notes: This just tasted average and green, needs something more to it, but I can't put my finger on it.

jslot38, May 04, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out light orange in color with a big, beautiful white head.

Smell – The hops here are huge and raunchy. The giant pine resin and pure, unadulterated orange aroma was just rank. It was the kind of smell that causes people to make a funny face. It was almost perfumey in a sense; it was such a concentrated smell.

Taste – This was just hop harsh in the mouth. If you don’t like hops you will definitely hate this beer. The hops aren’t even smooth, they are just raw in your face pine and rindy orange. Not to be outdone, the malts were big with some powdery spiciness.

Mouthfeel – This was medium-bodied with some sharp citrusy notes on the sides of the tongue. This felt very heavy going down. The ABV is a bit light to be called an “ADIPA” but it sure felt like a Double in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is an amazing ale with a huge, monster presence that you’ll either love or hate. I loved it!

RoyalT, May 03, 2006
Photo of soultrain
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-Clear orange, 1/4" white foam head, larger bubbles look like they have hop chunks stuck to them. Decent lacing. Extra 1/2 point for freshness date.
S-Grapefruit and lots of it. Serious hop smell is this beer's strongpoint. Is this dryhopped?
T-This doesn't taste like a Double IPA to me, but it does taste like a very good east coast ipa, heavy on the citrus, heavy on the hops, no alcohol to be found anywhere. I only bought 2 to try: that was dumb.
M-A bit oily, which is o.k. (who doesn't like hop oil?) by me, carbonation is a little lacking for my taste...still, this is a good beer if you like hops...
D-....wicked drinkable.

CRUX: GOOD IPA FROM BALTIMORE MARYLAND. East coast IPAs are "behind" the IPA action coming outta California, but beers like this give me hope...I'd get this again, no prob. I wish they really did make a Hop to the 3rd IPA...maybe they will in the future....

soultrain, May 02, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerBeing from this beer from Beer it Forward 25**

Appearance: Very clear medium copper color. Medium head. Doesn't look differently from many PA's, but I took a whiff already, and wow.

Smell: Citrus hops. Oranges, lots of oranges, lemon, lime, grapefruit. Very fruity smelling to say the least. Very nice.

Taste: The first part is a murky and sweet malt and hop, kind of disjointed, but not bad. The last half of the taste is pure hops, drying the flavor, leading up to a huge hop bitterness. The hops are right on, but the first part of the flavor is kind of messy. Very good, if not complete.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable DIPA, lots of hops to sate your craving. Not my favorite of the style, but a very good beer.

TastyTaste, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Summit's in Sandy Springs, GA. Poured from a bottle into a barrel mug.
A: Pours an orange-amber color with a white 1/3" head. Head fades 1/2 way through the session and leaves some lacing. Lots of carbonation in this beer.
S: The smell is of grapefruit and piney resin. Strong and fizzy scent.
T: Tastes of pine and grapefruit and a swift kick of hops. Wow, this is unique and I'm surprised that the high amount of hops doesn't turn me off.
M: A light, crisp, and fizzy mouthfeel.
D: Very drinkable for a non IPA person as well.

TheEclecticGent, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with some orange highlights. 1" inch head slowly falls to a surface foam. Low carbonation levels.

Smell: tons of piney hops and citrus.

Taste: the piney bitterness and grapefruits really come through up front, while the malt sweetness balances this brew out nicely.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and lightly crisp / smooth finish. The aftertaste is long on the pine and grapefruits tones. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is an easy drinking beer. Alcohol levels are not noticeable, and it is bit lighter than some other double IPAs. Must try this one.

Gavage, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of WaffleSauce
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Px2GrafX for the special hookup on this little guy!

Bottled June 06. A very fun looking brown 12oz bottle. Pouring in to my trusty stone pint glass.

Pours a rather transparent burnt orange leaning towards yellow. Very small head is fading somewhat quickly, despite the flurry of bubble action. Lacing is there, but doesn't stay long. It's kind of strange, I've never seen lacing like this.

Nose is floral hops with a hint of tropical fruity hops. Very, very inviting. This is arguably one of the best smelling IPAs I’ve ever had the pleasure of lifting to my nose.

A pretty quick burst of floral hops, quickly rushing into a faint lemony tropical hop. Not much else to it, it doesn’t stick around long. It’s quite pleasing despite its lack of complexity, and its got an absolutely wonderful mouth feel.

I could easily drink this all night. Quite frankly, I think I’d rather drink this all night than 90 minute (please don’t hit me!)

Thanks again, Px2!!

WaffleSauce, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one from a trade a while back with maltygoodness.

Pours a copper color with a nice big head. The head maintains very well considering the higher hop levels and alcohol. Very active carbonation level. A nice looking beer. Smell gives a nice burst of piney hops. Smells like a winner. Taste follows suit, a nice blast of piney hops but it is quickly controlled by the malt sweetness. My problem with many double ipa's is that that sweetness becomes too much as you drink more of the beer but in this case the level is just right. Just enough of a warming finish to let you know that the alcohol is present. Overall a nice beer, i may have to go get myself some more of this. Would definately suggest you grab one of these.

beermanbrian, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours an very viscous amber with great carbonation but little head and little notable lacing.

The smell of this beer is spectacular. Dry hops, grapefruit, extremely citrusy, with pine and flower accents too round out the brew.

This beer tastes of it's smell. Very hoppy yet very smooth and drinkable. Excellent grapefruit qualities. Just a great IPA all together. Could drink this masterpiece all night. Job well done by Clipper City!!!

mcallister, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orangey amber color with a cream colored one finger frothy head. Streams of bubbles coming from the bottom as if my beer were full of scuba divers. Great lace.
S: Aromas of orange, grapefruit, and piney hops hit the nose first. Ever so slight malt presence also. Definately a great smelling IIpa.
T: Tastes of pine and grapefruit hit the mouth with a burst of hoppyness. Slight bitterness followed by a wonderful grapefruity aftertaste. A great tasting IIpa. Good malt presence that blend well with the initial hop burst.
M & D: Mouthfeel is really good on this offering from Clipper City--my first one from them. Im definately impressed. Good level of carbonation and bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, well balanced with a medium body. Light enough to drink a few, but watch that abv, because it's not too noticeable. Drinkable? Damn right it is. Wish I could get this more often.

bjohnson, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of bignick
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ TPH in Brookline for $4.75 on 4/13/06. Served in it a pint glass.

This beer defies definition. It isn't a classic American IPA or a classic American DIPA. The hop profile is also unconventional. It isn't a complete kick in the mouth, but the hops are very strong. The taste in front and the smell are of hop oil, but it finishes very clean. I like this beer, and I definitely reccomend it.

bignick, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck brown bottle, BBD of May 2006 notched on the label, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appaearance: Poured a clear copper color. Head formed about 2 fingers worth and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Piney hops abound.

Taste: Sweet malty flavors up front, which give way to hops almost immediately. There si a lsight warming from the alcohol here as well. The finish is bitter hops, leaving the drinker with the desire for more.

Mouthfeel: A little too thick for my liking, but still decent. The carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: If you're going for this one make sure you like hoppy beers, particularly varieties from the Pacific Northwest.

FenwaySquid, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper color with a single finger of white, fluffy head. Head fades quickly as carbonation sneaks to the top.

S: Piney and fruity hops. Mostly citrus fruit (ruby red grapefruit?). That’s it.

T: Tart hop flavor. The same hops that I smelled. Grapefruity and slightly piney. Reminds me of Mountain Dew, and as a MD addict, it scratches me where I itch. Malt brings up the end without being pronounced. Balanced with a good amount of generic maltiness, but I can’t pick out any specific flavors through the hops.

M: Light mouthfeel for an IIPA. Not too syrupy or sweet. A little heavy on the carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking for the style. Low ABV for the style which makes it easy to throw several back.

kdmorse, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of far333
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, dark apricot colored with a thick faintly-orange head of meringue. Streams of bubbles rise up from bottom to top. Aroma is semisweet and citrusy, heavy on the tangerine, just a touch of pine. Rich and full mouthfeel leads to great tangerine hops flavors, not too bitter, not over the top but fairly hopped up. Just a bit of pine essence in the lingering aftertaste. Finishes crisp and dry. ABV is well-hidden. Very drinkable selection, and an enjoyable beer, but seems a little tame for a DIPA.

far333, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle fresh from the brewery.

Holy smokes, this is loaded with pungent hop aroma!!!! It smells like rubbing a whole flower hop between your fingers. Floral, spicy, piney, citrusy, fruity - it's like an ad for Pacific Northwest hops!

The malt base isn't nearly as full-throttle, however, and it's superbly balanced - unlike some other examples that can tend to become cloying with heavy, dull malt, or just straight-out sweet against the bitterness. Which brings us to... bitterness. It's restrained in that arena as well, with what I'd consider a perfect balance. Now, maybe I'm a hop-head and not a very good judge of things, but this seems like a beer that almost any beer drinker could enjoy. I don't see it as a "double" or "Imperial" IPA, but more of an incredibly aromatic IPA. Superb!

The small print: There is a mild plant-like (chlorophyll) character to it that can appear from time to time because of the massive quantity of hops used; and the brilliant nose might not carry over into bottles that have a little more age on them.

NeroFiddled, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of Bleedingshrimp
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is decent..gotta pour hard to get some head and it ain't sticking around long. Smell is nice floral hops and pine. Taste is clean toasty malts and big piney hops with a little citrus flavor mixed in. Hops are really good and flavorful and there is just enough of a malt backbone. Mouthfeel is right in line for the style. Drinkability is really high and even at 7.% ABV, I feel it's a great session beer. Pretty much my favorite DIPAs and cannot be beat for the price.

Bleedingshrimp, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent tangerine beneath a lemon-accented ivory crown that is the best part of the appearance. The foam is firm and sticky rather than creamy and persists for quite a while. Small splotches and flecks of sea foam lace end up on the glass.

It's impossible for a brewer that has any amount of talent (and those at Clipper City have a great deal) to create an IPA with a hop bill like this one that doesn't smell freakin' incredible. For the record: Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade (at least 3 of which are on my 'all time greats' list). The nose is bursting with grapefruit, orange, pineapple and all manner of tropical fruity hop esters.

When the first gulp hit my taste buds, I thought the flavor was easily the equal of the nose. However, rather than rise to a mind-blowing crescendo of hoptastic goodness like the best DIPAs do, the flavor began a steady decline all the way to and through the finish. Loose Cannon is still mighty tasty beer, it just isn't exceptional beer.

It's fairly well-malted for the style, with no caramel malt to muddy things up flavor-wise. That leaves the door open for that murderer's row of hops to rush through and make one hell of a memorable entrance... except they don't. Again, I'm being somewhat nitpicky, but I require a certain hoppy explosiveness in my DIPAs that I'm just not getting here.

The flavor profile abounds in grapefruit, orange and assorted tropical fruit fruitiness (just like the nose) as well as a fresh, 'pine forest at dawn' spruciness is appealing. The amount of bitterness wasn't noteworthy during the top half of the bottle, but I'm finding it more so in the bottom half. This is another one of those cumulatively bitter beers that'll sneak up on your tongue if you're not careful. The 7.5% ABV should be completely buried, but isn't quite.

The mouthfeel (like the rest of the beer) is somewhere between an IPA and a true DIPA. It's medium-full with some expansiveness in the mouth, but stops short of being heavily creamy or chewy.

After the Peg Leg Imperial Stout misstep, Loose Cannon gets me excited again about the Heavy Seas line from Clipper City. It isn't the best version of the style that I've had, even in the past few weeks, but it is a tasty, drinkable beer that I have no trouble recommending to those whose hop itch needs a good scratch.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of stodbrew
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very clear copper color with a nice, long lasting white head. Left very nice lacing.

Aroma is all hops. citrusy, piney, and slightly earthy.

Flavor is quite malty up front, giving way to more citrus hoppiness and ends with a bit of sweetness. Not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is really quite full. Nice carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good beer.

stodbrew, Apr 03, 2006
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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