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

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Reviews: 1,201
Hads: 3,254
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 18.91%
Wants: 127
Gots: 597 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 1,201 | Hads: 3,254
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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Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a 4 year old 12 oz bottle into a snifter at cellar temp. The beer pours a clear copper hue until one little plug of sediment at the end that sneaks into my glass.
Some tightly packed eggshell white head foams up 2 cm and fades quickly to a sturdy edge layer.

Aroma is some rindy hops and grainy and biscuity malt. Sort of mild overall, but appealing nonetheless.

First sip reveals an average body with smooth texture and fine fizzy carbonation. The flavor is some sweet grainy malt and a bit of grassy hops. The finish is kind of dry and a bit of bitter atringency.

No real hints of booze and the overall beer is very drinkable and enjoyable this evening. Very smooth and interesting beer.

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Photo of Seanem44
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at a lunch in Baltimore. Had plenty of time to analyze, as service was a little slow. Really not too much to say about this IPA. It's an average IPA with decent taste. Nothing that will knock your socks off, but worth buying if your in a restaurant with few other choices. I was not disappointed by the taste, though the alcohol was present in it. I'd say a middle/upper-middle tier IPA. I'm not going to purchase it at my local beer store, as there are much better options, but I won't be afraid to order in over other beers if its offered where I'm dining. You will be pleased with it overall. Not quite the Big Leagues, but a AA player who just started playing AAA.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Piggybacked this after having A. Valley Spring Hornin IPA ten minutes prior, so perhaps skewed (or not):

Head / Aroma: light amber, with minimal carbonation (dawned on me that this poured into chilled pint glass while Hornin was not); fruity / hoppy sweet smell

Taste: since not a hoppy beer lover, and this being my 3rd IPA taste test in 3 days (2nd in past half hour), must say that negative aftertaste I dislike only mildly apparent (again, either taste buds numb shattered by Hornin IPA or L. Cannon more tolerable to me than either Inversion IPA or Hornin IPA)--egads, I was about to write "perhaps even acceptable tasting". Acceptable tasting it is, but this may be beer buzz / taste bud numbness talking; anyhow, I may have to re-trial this one at a later, more sober time.

Drinkability: perhaps after 2nd one, a smooth medium bodied experience awaits you.

Please note: homebrewed this morning (WH honey ale) and smells / tastes may be impacted for the better--as in tolerate, or worse--masking my normal disdain for IPA flavors; suffice to say nicest taste / aftertaste of the bunch in my current condition.

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Photo of RoninVP
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into 16oz Ball Mason jar.

I recently tasted this against "Aprihop", "Raging Bitch", & "HopSlam". Each have their place and the Loose Cannon stood out as the great all around Ale. Great beer for most every occasion. It held up perfectly to grilled red meat and the cheese platter. I'm not shocked that this classic beer could universally stand with everything thrown at it.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this one at Target of all places. Only thing mildly interesting and I had never had it. No expectations and it surprised me. Very good beer, great appearance with outstanding smell and taste, very balanced from a typically non-IPA guy. Overall this is an excellent beer that is a step behind some of the very good IPAs I have. Would certainly buy this again as it was a great value due to cost.

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Photo of bythebeerofzeus
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Two finger head, clear golden color. Nose is citrusy (orange/grapefruit/pineapple) and hoppy - smells incredible.

Taste is similar to the smell, but the hops are more pronounced. Not overly carbonated. For a triple hopped IPA it isn't as aggressive in the hop flavors as it could be - not for drinking quickly, but definitely more drinkable than some similar beers. Could probably appeal to hopheads and those less enthusiastic about aggressive beers.

Overall a very good beer, one I'd like to keep around. Glad I picked it up on my way back from Baltimore.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Golden-orange color, big off-white head, fluffy. ample amounts of all kinds of lacing. Bubbly.

S- Piney hop aroma, some citrus and malts.

T- It's malty paired with those piney hops and earthy floral flavor.

M- Big body, thick and resinous. Well carbonated. Long hope bite finish.

O- Big hop profile that is not overly bitter. Better tan I expected.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB June 2014

Beer is clear amber in colour. Small white head that fades almost immediately.

Nose is citrus focused. Orange sticks out, with some tangerine. Nice scent, but I don't get much past the citrus.

Taste is also good. Again, citrus is the focus, orange and tangerine. A bit of pine is there as well. Caramel malt is notable, but plays a supporting role to the hops. Moderately bitter. Nice.

Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation level. Oily. Nice.

Overall, quite a good IPA. Nothing super exciting, but good on all fronts. Better than I expected!

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Photo of silverking
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear deep golden honey with a fluffy off white head. Well defined rings of lacing and a slow stream of bubbles rising in the glass.

S- The aroma is lacking. There are some tropical notes with a touch of caramel.

T- Incredible! Vibrant notes of pineapple and mango marry gracefully with a resinous hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, a tad creamy, slightly astringent finish.

O- It's the best IPA I've had in a while.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loose Cannon pours a dark copper color with a small lacing head. There is a noticeable floral aroma, but had a sweet nip. The taste has a nice hop flavor, but had a sweetness instead of a bitterness, lots of earthy herb like flavors as well. Easy to drink, and strong flavors. Overall it is unique, and a sweeter IPA.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus hop and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; with a great hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kcrosson492
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had Loose Cannon a few times now thanks to a local brewery downtown. I have always had it on tap but to be fair I purchased a six pack to enjoy. I love just about everything about this beer from the name all the way down to the taste.

A-The bottle and pack have beautiful artwork that certainly makes it stand out in the fridge. I cannot review the color in a glass because I cannot remember.

S-It has a nice clean smell which exemplifies the triple hops in it.

T-The taste is one of the best I have had (I have had quite a few but have just started reviewing). It is smooth, hoppy, and packs an untouchable flavor. So far!

M-The mouthfeel is not as heavy as you would expect but floats over the tongue nicely and goes down quite easy.

O-The beer is delicious, if you are looking for a good beer to sip back and enjoy in the evening after work I would highly suggest. I like to sip one of these with my dinner. This would also be a good fireplace beer.

Drink on!

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