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

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Reviews: 1,214
Hads: 3,339
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 134
Gots: 668 | FT: 1
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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,214 | Hads: 3,339
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - yellowish golden color with a good head and lacing.
Smell - piney citrus smell
Taste - very similar to the smell. Pretty bitter and lots of grapefruit citrus and some pine. Good malt backbone.
Feel - medium lite body and carbonation. Goes down smooth.
Overall - great beer but could use more carbonation and body.

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Photo of DavidHuggett
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Off keg at Blue5 in Roanoke, VA. Very clear golden Amber with thin off white head which laces nicely. Slight citrus/piney aroma. Somewhat thick mouth feel. Nicely balanced bitterness with sweet undertones. Overall a very tasty ale. I'll have another soon!

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Time Out. Pours coppery with little foam into tulip. Strong lacing. Delicate apricot aroma with little else. Creamy start with pine, hop, and orange rind. Clean hop bite with crisp carbonation. Decent if uncomplicated.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with offwhite head and fair amount of lacing
Smells of citrus (grapefruit mostly - lemon zest), pine, very floral
Tastes strongly of citrus, hoppy floral notes without the bitterness, well balanced and with clean palate and mildly sweet finish
Medium body with fair amount of carbonation.
Overall - really solid east coast IPA, I prefer maltier beers but I have to admit this beer was so good that I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up in the future, and has piqued my curiosity about these beers

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Photo of Broadway
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Who knew that an east coast IPA could be this good! Especially one that is mass marketed. Go to your local pub and draw a pint. You won't be disappointed!

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shroud0f doom for this one from NBS BIF #1. Best by date of 5/17/15. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow amber color, with about 1/4 inch of light khaki head that had low-moderate retention and left sheets of lacing.

The aroma was very hoppy, mostly pine and floral, with a bit of citrus in the background, and had a low malt presence. On the tongue the flavors were similar, but bolder. The citrus hop flavors dominated the finish.

The body was medium, pretty much what you expect for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone smoothly and quickly. Overall, a very nice, solid IPA, one that anyone would be happy to have as a reliable, local go-to brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Graceful is right. I'm not an IPA guy, but this is absolutely a beer I'd drink on a regular basis. The hops compliment the overall flavor profile rather than trying to knock you over the head with bitterness.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured into English pint glass

Clear orange gold, scant carbonation, pencil thin foam cap, some lacings

Grapefruit and Pine aroma notes

Grapefruit hops on the middle off the tongue. Gentle, not sharp bitterness .

Low sudsing , smooth taste, Slight bitter aftertaste . ,

Good beer

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Photo of tony12hd
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this since 09. Loose cannon has definitely changed its recipe. It is smoother with less emohasis on grapefruit flavor that distinguished this from other ipas

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Photo of jacksdad
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

fantastic IPA if you can find it on tap. Great out of the bottle too. Hoppy but not over the top. A good session beer, but beware this one will sneak up on you.

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Stumbled across this one while on standby at an airport in Maryland. Honey to slightly orange colored tap pour with a thin head and good lacing. A hoppy scent leads to a fruit basket of flavors, with a light bitter finish. I also get faint lemon. A well balanced and solid ale with lots going on. This beer was the only thing that went right that day LOL!

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2014.

Appearance: Golden color, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with some hops bitterness in the aroma, as well as a strong citrus aroma. There is some sweet aroma, which contrasts with the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops, citrus, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex IPA, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex IPA. There is a variety of flavors, and the hops do not overshadow the other flavors.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (best by 2/8/15 14200)

A: Hazy copper color with a decent head that leaves a nice collar and some lacing.
S: Nice singluar note of some floral, pungent fruit.
T: A subdued version of the nose. Even flavor that has a nice bitterness to it. It seems to kind of break down a bit in flavor towards the end. I'm getting some weird flavors, but that might just be from the aftertaste.
M: Fuzzy carbonation to it that is nice and soft.
O: Just a good local IPA.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB 24 Dec 14 at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma of pine
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm frothy layer and ring
Lacing good – complete rings of medium to small bubbles
Body light orange, hazy, short-lived effervescence
Flavor begins slightly bitter, ends with a light maltiness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of glass_house
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep straw gold with orange highlights and two fingers of fluffy white head. Quickly recedes to a thin collar with patchy lacing. Aroma is a pleasant blend of sharp citrus, mild pine, and soft floral notes.

The taste opens with bright juicy citrus. It's certainly bitter, but no hop bomb. Well balanced, as the sharp citrus is accompanied by sweeter tropical notes of mango and pineapple. Finally, a slightly astringent pine takes over and rides a dry grainy malt backbone to the finish line. There is a bit of alcohol warmth, but for the most part it's extremely smooth. The hop-malt balance works perfectly with the medium carbonation and ever-so-slightly-viscous body.

Overall, this easily surpassed expectations. Not sure how well it holds up, but my recent 6-pack was magnificent at less than 3 weeks old. If you can find it fresh, buy it. Great value as well. For what it's worth I'd choose this over a Two Hearted, which seems like a fair brew for comparison within the style.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dad got a growler from the brewery and brought it back home... basically as fresh as it gets right here.

Appearance: Slow pour from the growler didn't give too much of a head at all -- a small white ring, but that's about it. The beer is a slightly hazy orange. Minimal lacing left behind.

Smell: A whole bunch going on -- Hop^3 is right. There's a pure dank hop smell, then plenty of citrus, herbal notes, floral aromas, and malt... a lot of IPAs tend to have a focus in their hops, this beer really is a Loose Cannon -- it shoots pretty much every hop aroma you can imagine at you and it does it quite well.

Taste/feel: Herbal and floral with citrus, a little dank pine that's a bit more in the background, and a nice malt finish. This is a fantastic IPA... has some great, quite different flavors. Very, very clean bittersweet finish on this that makes it pretty damn thirst quenching. Very well crafted. The bitterness is moderate if not low for the style, which aids in making this drink so easily. Seriously refreshing IPA that drinks too easily for the 7.25%. The mouthfeel is moderate all around with a decent body and middle-of-the-road carbonation that works pretty much perfectly. Strange thing about this beer is that it seems to go in feeling a little "Uh-oh, I don't think this'll be very good..." but the mid-drink and finish changes all of that.

Color me impressed. My rating's no doubt likely slightly inflated compared to others because I was able to get it fresh from the tap from the brewery, but I'll definitely be looking for bottles of this around me. One of the best year-round IPAs I've had for quite awhile.

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Photo of Roser
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

A- clear honey gold. Decent medium bone white head that lasted a good bit. A little lacing, not much. Very pleasing/inviting to the eye.

S- clean, piney, floral, hoppy, citrus (grapefruit).

T- bitter hops up front. Malty, biscuity on the end. Big citrus wallop (grapefruit on the nose carries to the taste, big time).

M- medium body. Well balanced. A good bit going on here but very consistent throughout.

O- excellent! An outstanding IPA. Was a gateway beer for me several years ago when first getting used to this style, and has remained a "Big 4" for me over time (the other 3? Lagunitas Lil Sumpin', Bells Two Hearted, 21st Ammendment Brew Free or Die). Also, very reasonably priced ($7.99 at Total Wine). An additional note, visit the brewery if you have the opportunity. A great tour and tasting room.


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Photo of scootny
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy golden orange with a light white head. Not much lace, spots and streaks, but a bit of syrupy liquid cling.

Nose is light bread, some tropical fruit, like and citrus. English ale yeast.

Light bready malt with a firm burst of citrus. Hop oil drying the mouth and lingering lightly.

Crisp and smooth carbonation makes for a lighter feel than the weight would present. Velvety.

A nice deceptively drinkable high abv hop bomb.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a light golden color with a fizzy head that leaves pretty quickly. Didn't notice any lace on the glass. The smell was full of hops and a lot of citrus scents with a little bit of toasted bread at the end. The taste was great with a full hop burst starting the beer off and then mellowing out into a semi-sweet finish with the toasted malt. I found this beer to be very refreshing and quite delicious.

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Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma and Taste is of citrus and pine hops, a nice dose of caramel malt, yeast with a mild orange peel flavor and mild hops bitterness. A medium body and smooth mouth feel on the palate, mild carbonation. The finish is sweet caramel malt, citrus, mild orange undertones with some pine and citrus hops for balance. Not an overly hopped brew and nicely balanced. Overall a tasty and good drinking brew.

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Photo of chrismorebeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it and it was a bit over chilled. First sip is in your face Citra hops with an astringent aftertaste as one would expect with this much hops. Mouthfeel grew as I downed the hopped up elixir. Seemed a bit out of balance malt vs hops. A little more malt would balance this brew. Would order again.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, orange amber, with persistent head and lacing.

Aroma: Tropical and stone fruit aromas of peach and apricot are here, along with a slight hint of earthy spice, like nutmeg.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The fruity aromas appear first thing on the tongue, with a smooth mouthfeel and balanced carbonation. Finish flows from full, nutty malts, to plastery, oxidized flavor, to big, resiny hops. The hop bitterness is subdued by and sits in good balance with the malt character in the finish.

Final Word: Well balanced for such a heavily hopped American IPA, and the overall character is sweet and malty. Obviously, the plastery/oxidized flavor is not a good thing, but could also be the result of something outside of the brewery’s control. My guess is that this problem won’t exist if you snatch a glass around town, and even with the negative flavor, I still enjoyed the beer. Not the best IPA I’ve ever had, especially considering the oxidized flavor I encountered, but still well balanced and worth picking up if you need a change of pace or if there aren’t any top tier IPAs around.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Very surprised by this! I actually picked up a bunch of sour notes on this that most have not commented on especially the presence of plums and grapes. Hop bitters are there with out a doubt but I got an incredible IPA mixed with a Flanders. Great value!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold wih a two-finger white head. Nice amount of sticky lacing.

S - Light amount of citrus and pine.

T - Lots of citrus - orange and grapefruit- upfront. Mid-palate has a good amount of caramel malt. Finish has a nice piney hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a very nice IPA. Very drinkable for 7.25%. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of DanLane
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this from a bottle after running the dog outside in 90 degree heat, and I found it extremely refreshing then. Definitely hits the spot after a hot day. I wasn't too crazy about it when I tried it again tonight though. You can taste the alcohol, and it has a lingering aftertaste that isn't exactly unpleasant, but it could be better. Solid IPA that is great on hot days, but its nothing spectacular.

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