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

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

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

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.

Added by Higravity on 09-09-2005

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Reviews: 1,226 | Ratings: 3,400
Photo of Jojosaute
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- a great looking beer. 2 finger head when poured. Creamy in taste mouth feel. Dissipated after a few minutes. Great color. A dark amber orange color. Slightly hazy. Nice lacing down glass, but not the most I've seen.
S- hops with peachy orange tones to smell.
T- slight Mellon tones come out on first sip. Then followed by non bitter slight piney hops, little citrus too. Followed up by sweet malty notes reminiscent of simple syrup taste.
M- slight tingle on front of tongue. But overall nice and smooth.
O- a nicely balanced ipa. Only positive flavors are strong. Nothing bad to say. Would drink again.

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Photo of ZAP
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my kind of IPA...big hop aroma and flavor without the sharp hop bitterness.

Aroma is complex....floral notes...pine...citrus (sweet pink grapefruit, tangelos). Big time aroma

Taste is complex as well...more of a sweeter melon flavor, peaches, still the floral and pine notes....really outstanding..

Lower carbonation makes this real easy to drink.

Top notch IPA..one of the best I have had.

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

A bright light orange with a finger worth of white head. Smell is of lots of citrus and orange. Taste is similar with tropical fruit and citrus, hop bitterness, with a caramel malt finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice fruity and citrusy IPA.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours dark amber with a thick head. nice looking IPA!

smell is sweet yet full of piney hops.

taste is full, lots of sweetness bitterness and pineyness. lots of flavor to this. has some pineapple notes to it, especially at the end. the finish is a lot like pineapple juice. easy to drink and smooth, and comes in cans!!

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Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A finger and a half worth of tightly packed slightly off white colored whipped frothy goodness... Limited retention gives way to a richer creamier thick lacing... The color is an orangish amber with some pale golden straw undertones... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation rising throughout... A light bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The nose is subtle but pleasant... Orange zest... Light tropical fruit... Biscuit... Tropical fruit goodness engulfs the palate... Mango... Oranges... Pineapple... Melon... This all sits atop a light malt backbone of cracker and biscuit... The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied... Sort of dense but quite smooth... Light carbonation... Juicy... Starts lush with a touch of dryness on the finish... A text book rock solid American IPA... I could enjoy one of these anytime... Simple, straight forward and quite effective... In in all its a bit more than the sum of its parts... A very nice job by Heavy Seas...

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Photo of 50marathons
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very solid. Not my favorite IPA but a good choice when it's available. Not a citrusy taste but plenty of bitter flavor.

Update. I first had this beer at iron Abby but had it today out of a bottle. Definitely enjoyed it more today. Love the strong malt backbone and heavy hop bitterness.

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Photo of nbkgman
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For a flagship ale, I was hoping for a little bit more. I was able to get this on tap and definitely enjoyed it. But when you see on the brewers website the term flagship, I was expecting a high 4 type of beer.

I am going to purchase this in a bottle to see if there is much of a difference in taste. You never know.

I would have no issue ordering this again if it was the better/best on the menu.

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Photo of 420Dude
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love hops but seemed to be too bitter without enough balance not tasting much hoppy citrus notes which I love. Still a good IPA though but wouldn't buy again just because I find many other IPAs to be way better.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a fairly clear golden hue with a hint of orange tinge. Skim of white head quickly dissipates.
S: Strong citrus notes (orange and grapefruit). Fairly sweet with a moderately bitter hop note.
T: Follows aroma fairly closely with strong orange and grapefruit leading the way. Hint of dry cracker malt.
M: Light-medium feel. Drinks easier than ABV would suggest. Sweet with dry bitter notes emerging in the mid-palate and lasting through the finish.
D: Nicely refreshing and good drinkability. A nice offering, but not great (lacking complexity and a bit off on balance).

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours somewhat of an orange gold color with white head. Citrus, pine, grass, on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a hop bite that is then balanced out with the malt.

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Photo of ordybill
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice hop and citrus aroma.
Appearance- Pours a gold color with a medium sized white head.
Taste - A hop bomb, really good flavor.
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall - An outstanding American IPA

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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 stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and smooth IPA, light amber with thin soapy of-white head. Just enough hops for flavor without taking away from the malt. Malt and hops blend well in the aroma and taste, mild astringent finish

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