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

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Ratings: 3,017
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
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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: 3,017 | Reviews: 1,186
Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour an incredible orange color. Crystal clear and a nice finger of head on top that leaves great looking lacing. Gotta say, I'm pleasantly surprised by the appearance. Nose is an interesting fruitiness. Nice sweetness (a generic, syrupy spicy malt) mingling with bitter hops. I guess that's grapefruit mixed with some other fruits. Good aromas, and different. Flavor is similarly fruity. Very bitter...an undercurrent of drying hoppiness is the backbone of this one. Sort of a dirty, rough hoppiness. Body is medium, solid, with good carbonation. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. A solid IPA all around.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light copper with a thick, but somewhat loose head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is pungent grapefruit hop, with an underlying bready/grainy malt presence.

T - Right off the bat, grapefruit blasts out. Sweet-ish pale malt comes next, before a heavy bitterness cleans up. Aftertaste is not long lasting. A touch of leafiness in here as well.

M - Moderate zing in the carbonation, and the body is solid medium - not heavy, nor light.

D - Very solid, drinkable brew. Hop centered, but with some balance.

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

A solid IPA color - clear golden amber with a decent, slow developing head. It tastes strongly of citrus, mostly grapefruit, with hints of lemon. Not much on the hop bitterness, but that citrusy hop perfume is the dominant character of this beer. It's a solid and refreshing IPA but might be a bit fruity for serious hopheads.

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

Upon pour, it's nice and coppery, LOOKS a bit less malty than a "Hop3 Ale" would suggest--if that makes sense. Great head, sticky islands of lace left behind by the dissipation.

It smells great. Is that 3-row malt? Prolly not, but mmm. Nice hop character, grassy and fruity at the same time. MMM. Only weird thing (and this isn't my glass' fault) I smell a bit of underlying... soap? Scented soap? Yes. Alcohol comes through in scent and taste as it sits.

Great taste too. A bit of an alcohol bite brings it's drinkability down. There's a lemon tang in the middle of my tongue (but it dies as the open bottle sits), with sweet malt encasing. A nice hop finish leaves me feeling green. I'll have two of the three in my 12-pack, but the third might be too much.

This is why I review: at outset, I didn't find it too drinkable a beer, nor was it all that outstanding. I've let it sit, and I've analyzed it, and I've realized the sum of parts is greater than the whole's first impression.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Blue Mountain Brewery pint glass (my latest acquisition).

Appearance: A mild pour yields a pillowy white one-and-a-half finger head that lasted for about a minute. The body of this beer is a dull, hazy copper-gold, with a slightly higher-than-normal level of visible carbonation. A thick ring of lace remains at the level of the head well into the second half of the beer (and at a few other levels when I took longer-than-usual pauses between sips).

Smell: Overwhelmingly floral and sweet, with just a tough of citrus - a delight.

Taste: I almost went with a 4.0 here, but decided to go with the 3.5, largely because as the contents of my glass diminished, the complexity of this beer did as well. It's very bitter, with lots of prickly, spicy alcohol (too much, in my opinion), and a light, sweet caramel foundation, but there aren't as many different hop complexities as one would imagine a beer brewed with five different styles of hops would or should have. There's some earthy pine, and maybe a hint of lemon ... but it's all pretty weak. The general hop bitterness and sharp alcohol kinda dominate here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and consistent throughout the duration of the sip which is nice, but not overwhelmingly smooth - fine grain sandpaper, maybe?

Drinkability: Despite its shortcomings in a few areas, pretty good. 7.25% abv isn't terrible, and despite the fact that the bitterness is all that comes through as far as the hops go, it's really not just an overwhelmingly bitter beer. And the nose is fantastic.

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden color. Decent head with a nice lacing.

Smell: Smells of hops. Not too overwhelming but enough to make ya want to dive right in.

Taste: Is superb. Spot on for the style. Very yummy.

Mouthfeel: Nice and clean. Goes down smooth and is very refreshing.

Drinkablity: Keep em coming!! A very delicious beer that I could drink all night ( and have)

Overall a very satisfying good beer. I recommend to try if you haven't already!

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

Welcome to Clipper City. Our Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale is a hop shot across the bow! Hops, hops, and MORE hops. As if I needed any further convincing...Nice.

12 oz. of hops to the third power, enjoyed in a HopDevil pint - how fitting. She's an interesting pour; pumpkin rust consumes the glass while tight bubbles dance and elevate like they're part of some math experiment. Lace is uber sticky and surrounds the glass. Froth has excellent retention.

Nose is a potpourri of herbal notes to include caraway, marjoram, thyme, some coriander and a bit of mint lingering.

Lives up to the brewing process. This is extremely hoppy, which is right up my alley. All hops up front; the malt character serves as a brilliant doubles partner with a quiet, yet pronounced citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is astringent and cloying.

I've had this IPA before, but didn't recall enjoying it so much. At 7.25%, this is superb in terms of drinkability. I'll have another, and so should you.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Eulogy in Philly.

Deep red/brown body, no head to speak of by the time it got to me, no lace either.

Aroma is of strong piney hops and freshly cut wet wood.

Flavor boasts full, rich bitter piney hops. Very fresh and crisp with a notable citrus element.

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

Nice clear amber color with a scant white head and average lace. There's a pleasant grapefruit hops aroma, relatively light with a fair malt presence. Mildly but evenly carbonated. Good citrus overtone to a medium bodied malty tastey brew. This is definitely drinkable but plenty of flavor to boot. Very good.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange-amber with a thick, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is very hoppy, almost piny, promising an exceptionally hoppy beer. Flavor delivers what the aroma promises - exceptionally hoppy, with an undertone like the scent of a pine tree. Texture is smooth and pleasant, and aftertaste has just a little hop bitterness in it. Recommended to all hop lovers.

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
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
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
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
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
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
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
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
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
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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