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

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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 1,158
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 88
Gots: 300 | 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 AltBock
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got mine on-tap @ the Brew Kettle on April 27th, 2007. It was served in a nondescript American pint glass. The Brew Kettle's website said that Loose Cannon had 70 IBUs and an alcohol percentage of 7.5%.

Poured a slightly hazy honey amber that had a few small tints of yellow sunshine in the body of the beer. It had half an inch head of white foam that had decent retention that left behind a small white film, some white foamy rings along the edge of the beer, and loads of white sticky lace around the glass. It had a mild aroma of sweet juicy fruits, a slice of grapefruit, touch of sweet toasted malts, and then suddenly ended with a medium sized citrus hop punch. The taste was that of a few sweet juicy fruits, sweet toasted malts, sweet caramel, and with a dry mild citrus grapefruit hop punch. I mentioned a few sweet flavors, but it really wasn't that sweet. Every sweet flavor kept the other sweet tastes in check. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a not too strong aftertaste of juicy fruits that were mixed in with a huge helping of citrus hops. The mouthfeel is also a bit on the slick side. I could taste or feel it's 7.5% ABV. Before Loose Cannon, I've never had a Clipper City beer or any of their Heavy Seas series before, but this one kind of made me want to try more of their offerings. The key words in that sentence was "kind of."

Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Says on the label that there's yeast at the bottom, but I didn't see any, looks pretty clear. Pours a slightly hazy light-copper color. Small-ish head that quickly fades to some decent lacing. Smell is amazing. This is probably the best beer I have ever smelled. Lots of hops with a lingering sweetness and a small hint of some type of fruit. Taste is outstanding. Hops hops hops (as the label claims) but still other complexities. There's a bit of that sweetness that's there in the smell. A sweet, dry finish with some hops in there for some good measure. I'm not the best at discribing all the tastes, but this is damn good. Mouthfeel is good and smooth. Drinkability is slightly less than good because of the strength of both the hops and the alcohol, but decent.

I'm really glad that it's not just a knock-your-socks-off hop beer, but something with lots of hop character that still manages to have a lot of other stuff going on. This will become one of my staples.

Photo of vtfan77
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy deep amber. It doesn't have much of a head, but it leaves nice lacing. A paradox, this one...

S- Nice hoppy nose. Tons of citrusy hops spring forth with a sweet orange character. A hint of alcohol is also evident.

T- That sweet orange hoppiness hinted at by the nose really comes through in the taste. Malt sweetness backs the hops nicely, but there is never any doubt as to the source of this beer's flavor. Alcohol is vaguely evident throughout. Bitterness is actually fairly low for a beer with such a large hop character, but it's certainly there.

M- Carbonation is a little low, but the overall mouthfeel of the beer is good with a nice medium body.

D- Well, it has a good flavor and everything, but I wouldn't see myself drinking more than one, maybe two of these. The alcohol is kind of high and the beer's too rich or sweet or something. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it hurts the drinkability.

Overall a decent IPA. It's tasty and has a nice hop character. It's a bit lacking in other areas, though. This is listed as a regular American IPA, but in terms of body and alcohol strength it borders on Double IPA. Whatever, it still tastes good. Recommended.

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

12oz bottle -> goblet
notched Aug 07 for brewery fresh taste

Pours a golden orange with a rocky sticky white head. Lace is sporadic gobs of thin white. Carbonation appears slow and steady.

Nose: Huge pineapple nose, with orange juice, no malt presense in the nose. Alcohol is uncovered about halfway through.

Heavy malts coat the tongue. Hop flavors are a disappointment after the huge citrus nose, although pine does makes an appearance. Hop bitterness is stinging and lasting.

Mouthfeel is medium.

This brew kind of reminded me of the Winter Storm. Went down hill after the first sniff, seemingly not the same beer i first sniffed. Not a horrible ipa at all, just not my favorite.

Photo of tigerdoc
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a quickly disappearing head. Very complex hoppy aroma which I found to be very pleasant. I found the mouthfeel a little oily but full bodied which balance nicely with the hops. It had a great hop flavor and crisp bitterness that lingered on the palate for a while. Definately a quality IPA.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle purchased as part of a multi-pack at Florian's. Translucent amber-red body with a quarter inch of off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells like orange, pith, and pine. Tastes like orange and caramel malt with hints of herbal spicey character. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Fairly drinkable. Not the best IPA I've had, but a solid beer.

Photo of bigone4
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not what I was expecting from all the hop hype on the label. Freshness date neatly marked on the label. They pushed that it was a highly hopped brew but I was disappointed with there explanation. Oh well. It was a decent brew. Rather light mouth feel. It poured a copper color with a light amber hue mixed in. There was a clean white head. Smelled of mild hops but not an overpowering scent. Mild tones of malt in the background. No real cloudiness and no real lacing in the pint glass. Taste was of a sweet malt flavor up front followed by a rather light hop profile. Certainly not an explosion of hops but more of a trickle of hop bitterness. It seemed to be a very drinkable brew. Although this beer was not the IPA I was expecting it did have some decent flavor. Not my favorite IPA to much sweetness from the malt.

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

Had on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Nice amber color, somewhat cloudy, with a thin off-white head.

S- Hoppy, fresh citrus, very inviting.

T- Washes over your tongue, very good hoppy beer.

M- Smooth, oily, nice thick beer.

D- A good beer to go with food, holds up well.

Photo of bigbubba
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a decent looking beer, gold with an off-white head. The smell of hops is present but not intense. The taste is very sweet at first, then the hops balance things out. There is a mild hop aftertaste. It tastes good, but its not as hoppy as I was hoping. The mouthfeel is a little thin for this type of beer. Drinkablity is good. This is a nice beer, just not what I was expecting.

Photo of jmp491
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a huge, self-proclaimed hophead. When I saw on the label, 3 pounds of hops per barrel, I had to do a double take. Awesome. But when I drank the beer I wasn't as impressed. It had a very hoppy taste to begin with, but it was overshadowed by a slight alcohol aftertaste. There was a scent of grapefruit and pine. It has a pretty good drinkability if you like strong bitterness, and it has an orangeish amber color. Good beer, overall, though.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Lite copper color with a small white head that remained thru sample. The beer was also somewhat cloudy.

S- Hoppy with the elements of grass and pine. The smell was strong ,but not overwhelming.

T- A great pine taste with a lite grapefruit feel. This beer tasted great with every sip giving different degrees of hop intensity.

M- The hoppy resins combined with a medium mouthfeel that remained strong thru sample.

D- I love this beer. It is another great beer in a great series of beer from Clipper City. I enjoy heavy hops and this one gives it. The ABV is over 7%, so 2 of these is enough for me.

Photo of jaxon53
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a hazy golden orange color. About a half inch of frothy white head formed. Not much in the way of retention, and left little lace. Smell: Nice blast of fresh grapefruit, lots of smooth bitter hops with nice piney highlights, and some sweet malt. Taste: A rich , bitter hoppiness with some sour citrus notes up front, followed by bready yeast and sweet balancing malt in the finish. Had a nice earthiness to it. Medium bodied in the mouth with some fizzy carbonation to it. No alcohol heat. Pretty balanced and smooth , pretty drinkable. A little better than average I.P.A..

Photo of ClassicBrad
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always passed on Clipper City but saw this one and really wanted something new. Plus, I've really started to enjoy hoppy beers, so the "Hop3 Ale" really turned me on to it. "over 3 lbs per barrel." YES, they're talking about hops.

Appearance is an amber brown with about a half finger of head that quickly fizzes into sparatic islands of head. Its lace is more of a fine webbing.

Yeah, with the cautionary tales of hops noted all over the bottle, you can probably even smell this beer with your imagination. Along with the hops is a... is it really? you're not sure but the taste confirms it...

Grapefruit... that the prodiminent taste for me. Grapefruit and hops... and to tell you the truth; I really like it.

The mouthfeel has no characteristics that compell me to write home or even to BA about. Which isn't a bad thing but just not an amazing thing.

Drinkability would definitely depend on the drinkers taste for hops and grapefruit, in my opinion. Someone please tell me if I'm crazy about this grapefruit. Please do beermail me if you agree or disagree.

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

Serving from a 12 oz. bottle well within the "purchase before" date marked at the bottom of the bottle.

On the pour, you get a deep golden hued beer, topped with a white and creamy head. Retention is good due to the tiny carbonation bubbles which continuously make their way up to the top from the bottom of the glass. Sheets of lacing are evident all the way down during the session.

The nose really grabs your attention! I was still pouring the beer when I was hit with a very piney nose coming off the top of the glass. Putting my nose into the glass was an affirmation of the huge pine aroma of hops, with maybe a touch of citrus mixed in.

Taste is dry, crisp and clean, with the hop presence dominant. It is not until near the bottom (as the beer warmed) that I noticed a bit of malty sweetness coming through. This is *not* just another hop bomb, but the hop presence is dominant ... just right for a hophead and good for an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with light carbonation. The considerable alcohol content doesn't make itself known in the taste at all.

A highly drinkable beer, which should be quaffed with responsibility, given its 7.5% abv. One of the better IPAs around, and since that is one of my favorite styles, I've had quite a few. Highly recommended.


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

Clear amber with an off white head that sheets down the sides of the pint glass.
Smells of floral - piney hops and some steely malt.
Intense , but balanced sweet, steely malt and pine cone hops...some hints of minty menthol in the aftertaste.
Medium carbonation , medium body.
Tasty stuff , but maybe too intense for having more than one.

Photo of awall422
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, I'm a sucker for packaging. Picked up this promising looking 6 pack from East Gate Liquors on the way home tonight.
Poured a clear copper with a light tab head, pretty foamy and about 1/2 an inch thick. Diminished fairly quickly with decent lacing.
Nice hops aroma they definitely didn't skimp on the dry hopping! A little piney and i think i got some grapefruit in there as well.
initial taste is smoother than I expected, a little buttery and doughy. The hops hit me during the swallow and left a nice lingering bitterness in the mouth. Solid beer, easy to drink even at 7.5%, won't be the last 6-pack I buy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
90 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.