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

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Reviews: 1,186
Hads: 3,187
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 117
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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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Photo of Seanem44
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of Honisbygonis
3.36/5  rDev -17%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of RoninVP
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of bythebeerofzeus
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (567 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,327 characters)

Photo of kcrosson492
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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! (975 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured from the hand pump a caramel-color with pleasing foaming.
There’s a mellow orange and tangerine aroma that is present. The flavor reminds me of toasted bread with tangerines. It’s characteristic of candied orange with a bready malt finish. (260 characters)

Photo of mastodonj
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Apparently, I'm in the minority on this ale. I bought a six of this and I'm on the fourth one. With so many great AIPAs out there, this comes in just average.
A- almost no lacing. Decent amber hue.
S- mostly it's the high alcohol content and maybe a little citrus
T- bitterness dominates. Not a surprise at 90 ABU but not much else. But it's a nice balance of hop and malt in the aftertaste. So, very bitter on the tongue but quickly fades after swallowing.
M- the best feature. Just the right carbonation, alcohol bite.
Overall, I guess if you live in the mid-atlantic states, it would be a good AIPA if you can't readily get any of the many great west coast AIPAs. (667 characters)

Photo of watermelon
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Date on the can says best before 11/19/13 so its about 2 months out of date.

A: Pours a murky orange with lots of sediment. 2 finger off white head with medium lacing and retention.

S: Very tropical smelling lots of pineapple and citrus. Some yeasty scents as well.

T: Taste follows the nose along with a little bit of pine flavors.

M: Good crisp carbonation with a big juicy mouthfeel. This one is dangerous due to the ABV being a little out of session range. This is an incredibly refreshing beer. I almost with it was an ABV point lower so I could drink it all day. Not a lot of alcohol warmth.

O: Definitely pick up if you get the chance. I had mine 2 months out of date and it was still fantastic. Picking up some when I see it fresh is definitely on the to-do list. This is one of the best IPAs I've had. (854 characters)

Photo of Bladesman444
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 1/10/13 into a glass seidel.

A: Pours a nice deep golden color with a thick head of foam. Fairly clear, It actually looks beautiful.

S: Smells like your sticking your nose straight into a grapefruit. Lots of the aroma hops are coming through in this one.

T: Strong citrus flavor, but not in an overwhelming way. Hops are definitely present, but again not overwhelming. Very well balanced.

M: Feels nice going down. Leaves a citrus note on the tongue.

Overall: My go to IPA. I would suggest this beer to anybody in almost any situation. (548 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden color with active bubbles rising, head is one inch and slowly recedes

Smell: Tropical fruit, pine, and bread. Fairly subtle for an IPA.

Taste: While there certainly is some hoppiness, there's also malt flavors too, namely bread, and this makes this taste more like an APA for me. There's nothing wrong with some malt balance in an IPA, but the hops here don't bring anything special to the table.

Mouthfeel: The beer drinks as one that is heavy considering the fairly thin mouthfeel. This is also a bit too carbonated in my opinion.

Overall: While I concede that this is one of the better widely available beers out there (I purchased this at a gas station), there are far better IPAs if one looks a little harder. The mouthfeel is probably the weakest part of this beer. (795 characters)

Photo of figgyfigg5218
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer is the perfect amount of bitter and smooth. It had a strong bold taste of pine with hints of grapefruit in it. The bitterness is bold and then it smooths out because of the fruity notes the beer has in it. It has a beautiful golden color to it. (254 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Move over raging hop brands, and make way for Heavy Seas Hop3. This is a serious hop bomb well crafted. Kudos! must try! Reasonable price. Bought as a single at wfm for 1.99.

A: Pours a clear light amber body with a stiff, rolling, mounding, frothy white head that laces a sticky stained glass all the way down.

Smell: Hop forward, inviting, fresh. Grassy, a bit of scat, followed by grapefruit rind, orange marmalade and sugar cookies.

Taste: Follows the smell with with crisp multiple hop flavors of orange peel and grapefruit and backed up by a subtle malt base. Dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Good feel going to long tingly finish

Drinkability: A refreshing IPA, tasty and well-balanced, masks alcohol. (734 characters)

Photo of MichaelRabdau
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At first pour immediately noticed the foam, creamy dense bubbles and mellow citrus aroma, the first sip, swirl and swallow is delightfully pleasing to the palate with a deceptive alcohol content that's virtually undetected. Herbal flavors are subtle and blend perfectly without tasting overbearing. So incredibly smooth. Love this beer. (336 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark copper, with a hint of what looked like green during the poor. Didn't see the green afterwards, but the color was hazy and a little murky. The head retains extremely well aided by aggressive visible carbonation. Nice uniform lacing on the glass.

S - Mild. Not a lot going on here, but the two characteristics that I look for (pine and citrus) are notably absent for me. I get something of a pungent grainy smell.

T - Follows the nose, I guess. Not sure if my beer was a little old or not, but it was within the best by date. Very earthy with a little funk. Mild bitterness. Not really my bag.

M - Really nice actually. The carbonation gives nice texture to an already medium-full body. This one is a pleasure to roll around.

O - Nice components, but the whole is lacking for me. Some people like this so-called herbal hop business. To me it tastes musty and uninteresting. (893 characters)

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Never had Heavy Seas before. This will be a tough act to follow. Had a 6 pack with an expiry date in four months. I could pretend to say what color and lacing is but, I am too lazy to pour it into a glass. The smell is very faint but florally with a nice blend of wheat. The taste kills. A perfect portion of hops but it is the great malty kick and fruit that makes it great. Love this beer. (391 characters)

Photo of Windigo
4.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I manage a bar. We brought this in on rotation over three years ago to 'try it out' for a month. We haven't been able to take it off tap for love or money. I attempted one time just so I could bring in another craft from a local brewery....no go. I got PETITIONED by 76 of my regular clientele.
I love the stuff too.
Beautiful weight, color, head, lacing for an IPA. If you want to get technical about the bouquet I say it's pumelo. Amazing with seafood. Good job Heavy Seas! (475 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

As soon add the bottle is opened, floral hops jump forth. Aroma is heavily floral and nutty. Toffee and subtle citrus tartness add complexity. Notes is grapefruit and lemon surface.

Flavor reveals grapefruit underlying a nutty, toasted caramel malt backbone. The finish is slightly resiny and bitter, but there's a touch of malt sweetness that carries throughout. Floral, herbal, and catty hops are evident in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and creamy, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Unlike most American ipas, this actually has some nice malt character. Hops are more subtle, as well. Balance is towards floral, rather than resiny bittering hops. Very enjoyable to my palate. (817 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice cloudy orange with a small white head with lots of visible carbonation. Smells of floral and piney hops, with sight citrus. Tastes of earthy and citrus hops with a nice grain body. Beer is extremely drinkable, medium body good carbonation. Overall a very good beer. (332 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured to a frothy, white head which moderate retention and some lacing. Had a golden straw color with a light haze. Aroma was very fruity and hoppy with some floral notes. Nice hop taste with fruit and some caramel up front with some spice on the back. Mouthfeel was medium with a tangy lasting aftertaste. (307 characters)

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