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

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

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Ratings: 2385
Reviews: 1135
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%

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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.

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Photo of popery


3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes, 3/20/11. Pours a transparent amber with a good slightly off-white head. The aroma is pine, grapefruit, floral hoppiness, honey and caramel. It’s not a terribly hoppy beer, but it’s relatively assertive and pleasant. The taste is on the sweet "East Coast" side of DIPAs. The caramel malt flavor is a bit strong for me, but it finishes with some citric bitterness. Medium carbonation, slightly slick finish. It’s easy to drink and refreshing, but there’s not really enough there to merit a higher score for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 08:00:30 | More by popery
Photo of MartiGras


3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Subtle cream one-finger head, leaves a great lace on the glass. Amazing dark copper color, the way a beer should look.

S- Notes of grapefruit, citron, and woody pine.

T- The taste resembles the nose, followed by a strong hoppy flavor that lasts a few moments on the tongue.

M- Smooth but full. The 7.25% is not evident. Fine bubbles make this nice sipping brew.

O- Overall, a well made beer. A little too hoppy in the aftertaste for me, but I can definitely respect it. I'd order it on tap with a meal if I saw it.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 21:38:00 | More by MartiGras
Photo of JClarson

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- White head that simmers down into beautiful lacing. Hazy light copper in color.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, and sweet malt on the nose.

T- Pine and sweet citrus fruit. Then the bitterness follows and gradually resides at the finish.

M- Easy drinking. Nice hoppy lingering aftertaste.

O- This beer really doesn't have the punch of a beer that is 7.25%. Great IPA and worth a shot if you see it at the store. This is a common beer by me on the east coast and I haven't ran into anyone who didn't have good things to say.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 23:38:53 | More by JClarson
Photo of JesseHeichert

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

To me this is BETTER (more alcohol, even!) then Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA. This has 1.25% more alcohol, is same price, and, taste's smoother/better IMO than Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA. Pactically same type of IPA taste and background, hop-wise I am sure, then Dogfish Head's 60 - I exemplify with Dogfish Head so much because their 90 Min IPA is arguably rated as America's Best Beer, while this underdog is rivaling, and beating, their second most marketed product, the 60.

I can't complain for something craft you can find at wal-mart.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:48:31 | More by JesseHeichert
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Late April 2013 freshness date.

Poured this one into my Duvel tulip. Nice honey caramel colour, good half inch of head, which ends up settling into a fairly thick ring with swirls and eddies on the top of the liquid. Some lacing. Looks like a double IPA or barleywine.

Nose is certainly aromatically hoppy. Nice tropical fruit - orange, mango, grapefruit - from the hops, with sweet caramel, a bit of pine as well. Smells great.

Sweet, fruity IPA, easy to drink, not overly hoppy, but the finish has a bit of hop bite to it. What I get more strongly is that sweet tropical fruit hop flavor, which is quite nice. Thicker bodied, mild carbonation. Almost pushing into 2xIPA territory, but still easy to drink.

Solid IPA - this would probably be a winner for folks who aren't always going for the bitter, cone hop taste. The tropical smoothness to the brew was quite nice, and while not as hoppy as I would have expected, I still enjoyed it a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 22:59:43 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Jimmys


3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. best if bought before may 2013.

A: a slight amount of haze in an otherwise brilliant light copper body. head is bubbly and solid. slightly off-white. retention is good, and there is some spotted lacing.

S: nose has a lot of butterscotch/diacetyl aroma. otherwise there is some earthy/pine hop aroma. meh.

T: a citrus presence is notable in the middle of the drink. a bit oxidized, in addition to diacetyl, makes for an overall slightly moderate/unpleasant flavor. bitterness is there throughout and some hop flavor makes its way towards the finish. lemons and pine trees.

M: moderate carb on a medium body. doesn't drink as big as the abv says.

D: this thing definitely tastes like it has lost some quality due to time. however, I am surprised that this is still well before the best by date. wonder how long ago it was bottled....regardless I feel like I have been happy and sad about this brew quite a few times, that inconsistency alone is enough to pass. get your shit together Heavy Seas.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:48:44 | More by Jimmys
Photo of curasowa

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow color with two fingers of head that fade slowly with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: A nice mix of caramel malt and citrus hop notes. Some faint hints of yeast and banana bread are in there too.

Taste: A sweet malt base that stays fairly prominent through-out with hop bitterness building towards the finish. The bitterness is a mix of earthy and more crisp, citrus rind notes. Finish is fairly fast, but a little lingering with some toasted, bready notes.

The Rest: Quite tasty. There's more malt presence in this compared to other IPA's I've been drinking lately and its a nice change-up. Great body, great balance, very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 22:31:41 | More by curasowa
Photo of Earpe

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice brew, it is on my top 10 favorites of all beer flavors, me the average guy that knows nothing about beer lingo. I do know what i like and Loose Cannon H(3) shoots right for my like button.

Amber colored, beautiful floral smell, little bit of head but that is not why you drink good beer i hope...what i'd expect from a good IPA, then that first taste starts as a traditional IPA, got that citrus flavor liking it then bammm...the grape fruit comes in with a hint of bitterness (love that)....the boys in Maryland got this one right.

this is a must try as it is somewhat cheaper than some of my favorite IPAs but very comparable in flavor and ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 20:02:38 | More by Earpe
Photo of Hondo3


5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one beer I am not uncomfortable about giving a perfect score. I am a HUGE fan of IPAs that lean toward citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. Loose Cannon fits that profile perfectly. I am one that tries new beers whenever I come across them. One of my local stores started carrying Heavy Seas beer and, on a whim, I bought a sampler 12 pack. Was I ever in for a surprise! I would have to say that Loose Cannon is definetly in my top 5 IPAs category. As a homebrewer, I can only dream about being able to come close to the flavor profile of this beer some day.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 16:52:40 | More by Hondo3
Photo of BeerDude203


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- orangish amber color with a finger head and some lacing

S- nice citrus aroma with some grapefruit notes and some pine. A touch of the sweet mealtimes to balance

T- not as much citrus in the mouth as in the nose but still prominent. Nice malt sweetness to balance with some breadiness. Very drinkable with a fairly high abv, close to being an imperial in my opinion.

M- good full bodied American IPA with a nice carbonation

O- excellent American IPA with a beautiful citrus herbal hopiness and good malt balance. A new favorite of mine that I would highly recommend to anyone. Good job by Heavy Seas/ Clipper City

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 03:47:34 | More by BeerDude203
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Merry Christmas! Let’s drink!

Has a few months before it hits its best-by date – I think it says enjoy by March 2013, but the notches are a little off.

A: Rusty amber color with a little bit of haze to the body. Short head of tan bubbles that fades quickly, leaving little retention and a web of lacing.

S: Sweet citrusy hoppiness, juicy with tones of orange, grapefruit, fresh cherry, and apple juice. Interesting hay and grass scent to its malt underbelly, with typical caramel character.

T: Great mix of malt and hop flavor: nut and pine, bread and orange rind, grassy grain and lemon. The palate is full of toffee character, too, though the sweetness is mild at best – mainly, it’s a salty, buttery caramel flavor that fills out the thin transitions in the palate. Finishes with a catty, herbal dryness like nothing I’ve had from an American IPA; ends on a note of German hoppiness.

M: Velvety texture, going down with fantastic smoothness. Superbly drinkable.

O: This is one of the most uncommon offerings I’ve had in this common style, though I do dig it for more than its uniqueness – it’s just good beer. As far as something I’d buy again? I don’t think it fits into that category. Not bad, but it didn’t hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 05:19:24 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of sevenarts

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly reddish orange, very clean and clear. Moderate head that fades quickly, not much lacing.

S: Lots of hoppy aromas dominate: some pine and grass alongside fruity, citrusy notes. Underneath it is just a hint of sweet malt.

T/M: The strong citrus/grapefruit hops vie with loads of sweet, syrupy malts for dominance. Much maltier than the nose would suggest, it's sweet but not cloying, and makes a nice balance to the bitter hop flavors. Bittersweet and puckering up front, with a nice smooth sweetness in the middle before sharp bitterness takes over on the back end. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is just slightly thinner than it could/should be.

O: A fine IPA that provides plenty of big hop flavor and balances it well. Sweet and strong and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 22:49:35 | More by sevenarts
Photo of Gatch


4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

Big floral, fruity character. Smooth as a cask should be. Tons of fresh hop oils. Definitely dry hopped further in the cask. A bit cloying and sweet. Overall a pretty solid beer. Not as great as I expected and I'm not sure if it's better than the bottled version. Much more one-side hoppiness but not nearly as complete.

Serving type: cask

12-16-2012 17:56:22 | More by Gatch
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a balance of earthy caramel malts and peppery hops.

The taste was likewise well balance but with a pleasant herbal hop bite. Clean toasted bread notes detected with a lingering bitter was at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA. Hearty and well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 22:34:14 | More by plaid75
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, white, fizzy and creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a very nice film. Nice lacing.

S: Floral and pine hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Citrus biting hops. Sweet caramel malt and pineapple. Toasty in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Nice and smooth.

O: I like this IPA. Smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 02:13:07 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of rev3rb


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottom Line Up Front: This is a nice medium body IPA that goes down smoothly. A great IPA offering from Heavy Seas.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Has a average slightly dark golden color with a fairly good head and no real lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very mild hop smell that might be quite easy to overlook. Nothing really appealing nor detracting about the smell.

Taste: For an IPA I consider this having a mild/medium body yet quite drinkable. Has a slight hoppy aftertaste that is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Has an average amount of carbonation that contributes to a medium body mouthfeel.

Overall: I like this IPA from Heavy Seas and consider this one in my top 10 for IPAs. I consider this IPA another good introduction to IPAs since it's not too astringent yet has a great ABV of 7.25% that adds to it's body. If you haven't tried it and you're a fan of IPAs give this one a go.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 17:47:25 | More by rev3rb
Photo of sardonicone


3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I'm admittedly a late comer to IPA's. It took me a while to get my pallet adjusted to the hoppieness that tends to follow. Floral and or Piney tones did not sound delicious. But as with everything it's an acquired taste, one that over the last year or so, I have definitely acquired.

That being said, this little number was for sale at my local carry-out/smoke shop. They do a pretty good job as far as carrying craft choices, and the entire family is rather friendly, and I have to admit, the daughter is easy on the eyes. But this isn't about THEM it's about this beer.

Poured yet again into a 16 oz tumbler, I know, I know. I need more glasses. Next Friday.

A: Vigorous pour produced a three finger, cream colored frothy head. Beer itself is a deep amber. Head retention itself was impressive, as while the first finger dissipated rather quickly, the other two remained throughout the beer itself.

S: Sweet floral tones, reminiscent of Honey Suckle and a warm spring day. A slight, potpourri like burn on the very end, perhaps the alcohol mixing with the added hops to say "hello, drink meI"

T: Smooth, flowery upfront with the familiar backbite from a hoppy, alcohol finish. To be honest while this was a pleasant tasting beer, it wasn't as complex as I imagined it would be.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Again smooth, but nothing that jumps off the charts or is readily eye opening.

O: Definitely a decent fairing beer, and while the taste and mouthfeel were fine, I feel they were overshadowed by the appearance and smell. It lead to a lot of hype that I felt the rest of the sampling couldn't live up to. I would buy again, though I feel there are other IPA's out there that would come first. Still a solid member to have in your rotation if these are your cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:05:51 | More by sardonicone
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1 finger head and very little lacing.

S: Mostly floral hops, some malt, bread, and alcohol. Not enough alcohol to warrant the smell.

T: Floral and citrus hop flavors, sweet malts, and alcohol. Balances pretty well actually.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I'm not too fond of the smell, but other than that it's a pretty good beer. It doesn't hide the alcohol as well as most IPA's with similar ABV's, but it's still easy to drink. I probably won't buy it again considering all of the superior options available, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 02:52:39 | More by nUgZ
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

I poured this bottle into a hotel cup. That is the height of beer tasting.

The coloring is vibrant orange with a minimal head on top.

Off the top I get citrus and flowery hops.

The flavor is more citrus and some pineyness. At the end of each drink I get some herbal presence.

Overall a pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 00:25:24 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of DarkBeer

4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good IPA that is not too bitter. The IBU rating is only 45, which makes it easy to drink a good number of them in one sitting because they go down easy. There is a pleasant smell to the beer, a floral and hoppy scent. The taste is similar to the smell and has well blended rich flavors of hops with hints of floral. There are four different strains of hops and three types of malt, and these flavors are really well blended. The carbonation is good quality and gives it a good feel. It's a very good beer, something I can drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:29:31 | More by DarkBeer
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden with an orange tint, well carbonated with good lacing

S - Floral, piney some bread

T - Malt + Hops = delicious, Well balanced with lots of citrusy/tropical hops(Mango) that are work well with the malt. Malt blends perfectly

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth as butter

O - Very good IPA, A friend and I go back and forth on how good it is compared to others (Racer 5, Sculpin,) It might not reach those levels, but it's pretty darn close!!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 21:47:36 | More by jtd1969
Photo of AmitC


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, particles suspended in the beer. comparatively Light amber color. Very few bubbles and decent carbonation.

Smell : 3 times hopped with aroma and bitterness hops. Well not so much. A decent smell. Nothing awe inspiring. Citrusy piney and malty notes in smell.

Taste : Taste is bitter but is more complex than just that. Bitterness is felt but only when it enters. I would assume mild hops.

Mouth feel : Medium to light bodied. Not very oily despite being 3 times hopped.

Overall decent ipa with a good alcohol strength.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 22:40:38 | More by AmitC
Photo of flagmantho


3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a moderate haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam with a decent lace on the glass. Not bad.

Smell: strong malt aroma with a big dose of dank, citrusy hops. There's also a bready quality to the malt. Not bad, but I feel like it's all very muddled and I don't love it.

Taste: citrusy hops come out much more to the forefront and the breadiness of the malt is more subsided. The flavor is much more enticing than the aroma. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a satisfying, mouth-filling creaminess. I like it.

Overall: actually a pretty decent IPA. The aroma leaves something to be desired, but otherwise it's quite good.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:57:21 | More by flagmantho
Photo of thegodfather1076


4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool label with some interesting and unique artwork. Has a comedic twist to the artwork.

Appearance: Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a 20oz dimpled mug. Pours a clear golden-yellow/orange with a 1½ finger off white slightly thick foam head. Head retention was 2min before finally fading to a frothy foam coating.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of sweet grapefruit and citrus with a great floral hop presence. A bit of pine can be detected as well.

Flavor/Taste: Huge citrus presence on the front end. Grapefruit and mango are detectable. Only slightly bitter considering a very hoppy presence throughout. Some sweet toasty malt come through on the back end to finish out. Excellent.

MouthFeel: Medium-bodied feel but definitely bordered on the lighter side of medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Drinkability: Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: An excellent example of the American IPA. I always compare my IPAs to Stone IPA and this is not quite as good but can surely hold its own with most IPAs out there. Highly recommend trying this. Classified as an American IPA at 7.25% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 06:30:50 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of jellikit


3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden orange. Small bubbles, thin head.

Smell: candy sugar-faint. Orange blossom.

Taste: grain with a tarry bitterness. Alcohol backer.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation for an IPA. Medium body. Think Barbara Walters (I'm sure her body is just fine for an 80 yr old, but it's weird).

Overall: this beer is ok. It has a pleasant smell. But the taste is lackluster. Followed by a bitterness that over powers the palate. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 04:16:51 | More by jellikit
Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale from Heavy Seas Beer
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