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

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Ratings: 2,877
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 88
Gots: 301 | 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 BitterLover
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint pub glass.

A - Nice, thick straw colored head. Beautiful lacing as the head began to subside. Reddish amber with a smallish amount of carbonation, very clear -- can't wait to sample it!

S - Began getting the hoppy aroma as soon as I poured it! Caramel, pine, even a slight honeysuckle. Really nice!

T - Yum! Pronounced citrus bitterness up front that yields to a slight sweetness, but then the bitterness is right back for the finish. Lingering piney finish.

M - Slight oilyness, nice body.

D - Yes! The bitterness is not overpowering enough to make this a sipping beer. I could easily have three of these in an evening.

This is a nice IPA. I would rank this one up there with Bell's Two-Hearted Ale for it's pronounced hoppy aroma and big flavor. I'll definately get this one again.

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

had this one many times in the bottle, but, on tap, it was really delicious. dark amber (i think, it was dark in the bar), with a nice little, off white head that left a nice lace all over. good balance between the bitter and floral/pine/fruit and minimal but present malt. sometimes beers do taste better when you're surrounded by revelry, so i may be rating this higher than i would normally, but i'd gladly have a few more. decent, thick, oily mouthfeel. go bmore. loose cannon certainly turned me into one and gave me the wings of charm city for a night. thanks clipper city.

Photo of ottobon100
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I am an avid IPA fan and the really good ones aren't that easy to find around here. As soon as it was placed on the table I could smell the hops! Great taste. Nice orange color that left "webs" on the glass as it went down - pretty quickly. Wish I could find this one locally to buy in quantity.

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

Pours a clear orange with one finger of pale yellow head that dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing down the glass.

I don't even need to bring my nose to the glass to smell the hops. Very nice, very strong citrus, floral, and herbal smells.

Very good flavors, though a touch drier than I expected. Nice malt flavors come through, so the lack of sweetness may be just as much due to the higher alcohol content and hop bitterness as to a lower sugar content. Lingering bitterness at the finish with some warm drying of the palette due to the alcohol. Its strength and staying power border on overkill, but I like a good bitter taste. Also, bringing this one up to temperature is an absolute must. Don't even think about drinking it straight out of the fridge if you want to get the full flavor profile.

A very satisfying mouthful; nice and creamy with a good amount of carbonation (any more would be overkill for me).

Definitely a sipping beer for those with a strong taste for hops. I will definitely get this again; it could become a standby if Saranac ever wises up and raises the price of their Imperial IPA.

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

Vom Fass at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, SC...

Bright in colour with a respectable head that leaves a nice lace throughout the life of the glass. Amazingly big and upfront hop aromas. Almost as if there were fresh whole flower hops, and not beer, in my glass. Citrusy goodness, piney richness, floral goodness all around. Good malt backbone really helps carry the hops through on the palate in a smooth way. Highly drinkable, despite the 7.25%, but depending on one's mood, the slight sweetness on the palate may make this one a once-and-done thing...

Zum wohl!

Photo of Redwood21
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: amber with a white semi sticky head that is way too small and only lasts a lil bit could be better could be alot worse too

S: lacking, wish there was more to this. there is a citrus-like hop aromanot much else to say sadly

T: there is some citrus as well as a medium-bitter taste from the level of hops relatively well balanced. despite the rhetoric on the label this is not a knock you over the head sorta beer, however it is a solid beer and one thats worht trying, i would come back to it. there is also some herbal ester taste, but only after some vigorous swirling in the mouth.

Photo of JohnW
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured medium bronze colour, though head was not very dense and quickly dissipated. Aroma leans heavily to the stronger hop side, though has a hint of herbs and almost pine resin, slightly fruity and sweetish rather than very dry. Having been told it was a very hoppy beer, I was suprised it was not as bitter as expected, and had a decent balance with the hints of herbal flavours and malts. Texture was good, and seemed to match the hoppy bitterness well, leaving a good aftertaste as it went down. Not so hoppy and bitter to knock your socks off or seem OTT, just about right for this style of beer. Not sure I could class it as a 'session beer' but sure would enjoy a pint of this again if the chance arose.

Recommended to those who enjoy well hopped beers, though maybe a bit too bitter for some tastes, unless you are building up to it!

JohnW (written while in Tampa FL June 2007)
Birmingham UK.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange amber with a fluffy two finger off-white head. Maintains a decent amount of retention and leaves quite a bit of stick on the sides. Good clarity and no bubbling action at all.

Smell is very fragrant hops and more hops. Juicy sweet citrus and lots of herbal hop resins. Taste is much the same with a big burst of citrusy hops. There is enough malt sweetness to provide some balance, but the hops dominate. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy, just what I expect given all those hop oils. Mmm juicy hops.

Nice IPA; a little one dimensional, but well done and tasty. A hopheads delight.

Photo of Duster72
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice oangey amber with a one finger head and little lacing. Aroma is a resiny citrus hop smell. Taste is citrus up front but is quickly overwhelmed by the earthy resiny hops which was it away quickly. Definite sweet malt backbone is pleasant. Not too harsh, thankfully. Medium body is pleasant and beer is easy to drink. Good all around, but not great.

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

Wow had this on tap for the first time at Barleys. Poured a deep amber with a nice white head that gaded leaving a ring of lace around the top. Smell was big time piney hops with lots of resin. Slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol were present. First impression was hop bomb, a little slick due to not being overly carbonated, but not a detriment at all. Really strong hop presence with nothing balancing this at all. Slight alcohol presence but nothing distracing at all. Overall this was a phenomanal beer, I would love to have this anyday of the week, and with it now available in my area, will see a steady station in my fridge!

Photo of peabody81
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a slightly orangish hue. Very fine (as in small, compact) lacing with a nice crystalline sheen. Smell- floral hops, with just a hint of malty sweetness. Taste is hoppy, but not turn-your-mouth-inside-out bitterness. Starts sweet, finishes hoppy. Mouthfeel is slightly greasy, I feel the need to cleanse my palate after one and a half. Drinkability is good but not stellar, not really a session beer beyond two due to the greasiness and sweetness. This is my second or third six-pack of this beer, so obviously I like it, just never took the time to think of it in terms of a review. Overall a very nice IPA, just not top-shelf.

Photo of FloridaDrinker
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass. Color is an orange/gold with a creamy, thick head that dissipated, but never vanished. Lacing from the top of the glass to beer level was prominent. Carbonation was moderate.

The aroma showcased citrus hops with a background of sweet malt. The flavor was basically like the smell - the hops overpowering the malt and pushing the beer out of balance. The end result is a good IPA, but not quite in the same league as, say, a Great Divide Titan.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before Aug. '07:

Pours slightly hazed orangish/amber with a thin, lasting, creamy, off-white head that leaves broken rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is herbal and citric. Some resiny notes.

The taste is of citric fruits and medicinal herbs. It's followed by a juicy sweetness that lingers. Resiny notes break through as it progresses. Finishes with a bitterness and a detached sweetness.

Medium-bodied and fairly coating, it has okay carbonation.

It's not quite the hop-bomb that is in the description, and that's fine. If I have an issue with it, it is that the juicy sweetness just doesn't go well here. Still, it's drinkable and has enough to be enjoyable for one or two.

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (Hop3 Ale) pours a light copper with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Strong, citrusy hops hit the nose immediately. Same with the flavor, strong, citrus hop flavor from beginning to end. Malt is really a background player. Recommended.

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber in color with orange hues. Fluffy off white head pours two fingers thick. Decent retention. Nice sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Citrus juices. Floral. Pine sap. Caramel malts. Hints of alcohol.

T: Big citrus and tropical fruits are overwhelmed by a floral and pine hop bitterness. Sweet toasted caramel malts chime in to lend some balance with a bread like flavor. Cirtic hop bitterness is followed by a hint of warm alcohol.

M: Smooth and slightly slick. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

D: Easy to consume with a pleasent sweet juicy fruit flavoring. Lacks in overall balance as the hops are the star of this production. Recommended.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of expatsteve.

Pour: amber-orange and transparent under an inch and a half of sticky, soapy khaki cream. Leaves soapy lacing.

Nose: oily, resinous, citrus and pine hops, hints of caramel malts.

Taste: see nose. Leaves a patina of bitter hop resins in the mouth.

Feel: a little thin, but lending to better drinkability. ABV is well-hidden.

Overall: a sticky hop^3 ale I suppose. One dimensional, but easy drinking.

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

strong floral citrus hops
dominate taste and smell
perhaps an almost medicinal
slight candied flavor well

with a semi-sweet malt
and prevelant aromatics

is a hop lovers ale
with the overdone

nice carbonation
and constant mouthfeel

flavor doesn't lose strength
ABV is hidden well

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

Pours mostly clear with a bright golden orange color. A very respectable amount of near-white head that condenses into a persistent, rocky cap until falling away to a clingy, fine collar. The nose is surprisingly delicate for the predictable dominance of the hops--even more sweet and floral than it is bitter. The taste is nearly as impressive--soft and balanced with the unmistakable clingy bitterness of hops rounded out by an unexpectedly sturdy malt base. The strength of the malts is perhaps why the mouthfeel seems a bit more watery than one finds in most IPAs. All of this goes together to make for a really nice IPA.

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

Straight up 4s - good stuff. Clear, pale amber with a small whitish head that is soon gone. Smells like lemon sugar - sweet and citrus. Tastes gently sweet, a small citrus tang on the sides of the back of the tongue. Some bitterness right at the end.

A bit sweet to be a refreshing summer ale... But perfect for a Fall day - say around 65F and a bit breezy... Kicking back on the deck and watching the leaves blow by and maybe the sun go down...

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

From the Waldoboro beer porn capitol. Pours a nice golden orange color, smells quite sweet for an IPA. Tastes rather sweet for an IPA too, and not really a malty sweet, but some kind of sweet hop flavor, with honey thrown in. Average mouthfeel. Overall it's quite drinkable, but not what I am looking for in a IPA personally, but I would recommend a try.

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

Part of a two-beer Heavy Seas tasting I decided to do one night, where unfortunately I didn't take very good notes. Dark gold in colour, small head and very little lacing. Moderate pine hops in the aroma and flavour, with some sweet, doughy malt to back it up (balance is OK but not perfect). Very drinkable compared to some other hop-emphasis beers.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminded me of Bristol Edge City IPA in almost every way. The color was a light orange with a white, loosely bubbled head. The smell was sweet and a little floral. The taste was also sweet and no hop bitterness to be found. The drinkability was good as the alcohol was well hidden. I did feel the alcohol after the pint was gone. I am now interested to try Clipper City's other offerings.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of 8/07) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured silently and with no surge. Mmm...great sweet citrus nose of ripe pineapple, warm grapefruit, pine sap, apricot, peach... a wonderfully inviting bouquet. This is like standing in the fruit section of a farmer's market right after everything has been set out, all fresh, samples cut, morning air all crisp. I could just smell this over & over...very nice!

Head was a finger's worth of mixed winter white stained foam that took a little while to fade, eventually settling to a slightly sticky, thin blanket of the same that did lace in nice, big splotches. The body is a little hazy, warm, somewhat syrupy looking golden orange clover honey hue with some solitary bubbles rising slowly thru it. Overall a treat for the peepers & sniffer.

I'm still smelling it....be patient, please...

Nice. The citrus fruits carry over to the tongue in the form of grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, peach all over & in conjunction with a nice hop bitterness. This is very pleasing & enjoyable. So many times hops are just insane with bitterness. This is actually sweet with hop bitterness if such a thing is possible. I freely admit I am not a hop head by any stretch, but I am diggin' this big time.

Its setting a nice, leisurely pace (or perhaps I am) as to enjoy it longer. Either way, its always a plus to me when a beer slows things down, tunes things out and you can just relax & enjoy. There is a semi-dry crunchiness in the background, which adds a nice counterweight to the fruity, hoppy tonguefeel up front.

It does grow more bitter & drier on the palate, the malts stand up with a leathery, straw like quality and take a bow for their supporting role in all of this. It finishes rather dry, the alcohol (which has been completely hidden up to now) finally takes center stage with a pleasing, mouth warming (but not skull penetrating) glow that just tickles the teeth enough to make them grin yet not laugh out loud. A somewhat syrupy, coating aftertaste, ironically reminiscent of bitter citrus pith & rind, remains.

Finally, an IPA I can really dig! I have had some good ones and enjoyed others, but this one just really appealed to my palate. I am an admitted & card carrying malthead, but the sweet citrus fruited qualities, overall balance of bitter & sweet, combined with a nice afterglow....this one got me. As of now my favorite IPA. If you like citrus and IPAs that are not over hopped nor overly bitter I highly recommend this. I look forward to finally having a IPA I can enjoy again & again!!!

Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a thin white head that turns into a ring of lace around the edge of the glass. The aroma features an in-your-face profile from the hops. Underneath all of the hops there is a nice maltiness in the nose as well. To no surprise, the hops give you a nice kick in the mouth immediately upon the first sip and don't give up. Much like the nose, the taste is very well balanced between the malt and hops. Overall, this is a superb IPA that will surely be making a repeat appearance in my fridge rather soon. Recommended.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a best by date of August 2007. Poured into a pint glass, it was orange with a thin head and an oily film. Nice floral aroma. A hoppy taste, but somewhat muted. Not the hops bomb I was expecting. Still, a smooth beer, one that you could drink more than one of.

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