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Dubbel Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tbrown4 on 04-05-2011)
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Weathered amber; tight, tiny-bubbled lace

SMELL: Buckwheat honey, peppery, guava, persimmon, lemon pith, medicinal, estery, yeast, dried grass, toasted bread

TASTE: Smooth, medium bodied, bitter snap, phenolic, ripe tropical fruit, grassy, evergreen, yeast, peppercorn, leafy, porridge; dry, bitter finish

From the first sip, Double Cannon goes right to the palate for a submission. We are not going to tapout, though it doesn’t let up much at all, which of course makes us want to take another sip. A vicious circle that we’ll sit back and enjoy. Great marriage between two thoughts of brewing.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 18:08:36 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am pretty sure that this came to me from local, in-person trader, tone77. Many thanks!

From the bottle: "A variation of our 'Loose Cannon' IPA, fermented with a Belgian Dubbel yeast culture - tangy hops with a spicy aroma."; "Another fine mess ...".

I liked the way that this poured, creating two fingers of dense, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity, reminiscent of a shiny, newly minted penny. Nose was big with minty hops; musty, peppery yeast and a bit of alcohol heat. Mouthfeel was surprisingly soft, albeit with a good bit of heat and the flavor was very spicy, as though the hops simply teamed up with the yeast to really bring a bite to my tongue. Finish was extremely dry and moderately hot. Phew! This was quite good for one, but I would not want more than a couple at a time.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:16:36 | More by woodychandler
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3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is is slightly sweet, some hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a touch of citrus, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a bit different, and a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:48:21 | More by tone77
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Clear copper with two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt and light citrus aromas.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. More sweet and less hoppy than I was expecting.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Interesting. This is the first Belgian IPA I've had. Not awesome, but I'll definitely try another.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 02:17:04 | More by SolipsismalCat
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is rather hazy dark amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with many particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down and also left some lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of tangerines and grapefruit in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has interesting aromas of citrusy hops along with notes of Belgian yeast and caramel malts. A light to moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied, tangy and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an interesting IPA because the tangerine aromas and flavors make it unique among other types of citrusy hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:34:06 | More by metter98
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tangerine and other citrus aromas, and a little bit of caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Major citrus bomb. Tangerine, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Some caramel and bready sweetness with a little bit of subtle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, nice tingling bitterness, and easy to drink.

Overall: A very enjoyable BIPA and finding a love more and more every week for this style. I enjoyed every bit of this and would revisit this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 20:56:33 | More by Flounder57
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4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a beautiful orange hazy liquid with a nice one and a half finger off-white head that lasts for quite awhile, and I assume will provide some fantastic lacing.

Smell - flowers, citrus, HOPS! Smells refreshing and delicious.

Taste - not as hoppy as I was expecting. A very nice blend of bitter, and almost a hint of floral sweetness aftertaste. I very much enjoy the flavor of this brew.

Mouthfeel - just right. Again refreshing.

Overall - great beer. Would recommend it to friends!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 00:33:28 | More by Bills453
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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Best by October 2012, so I'm in just under the wire!

Appearance: dark, muddy orange hue with tons of haze and a thick cap of frothy tan foam. Not bad, but bit on the dark and murky side for the style.

Smell: there's not a lot going on here except a moderate phenolic aroma and a hint of toasty malts. It's not a bad aroma, but I feel like the phenolic character would have played great against something hoppy, something sweet, something fruity ... just *something* else in addition.

Taste: rich malty flavor with a fair bit of that phenolic character, but some actual light hoppiness and a light but tasty bitterness at the end. It's not like any other Belgian IPA I've ever had, but I can't say I don't like it. There are more flavors playing off each other here than in the aroma, which I appreciate.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a pretty tasty and unusual beer, I would have this again if I were to come across it.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 16:41:08 | More by flagmantho
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, has freshness info, but its with a twist..."Purchase before" info notched onto the label.

Pours darker almond amber, slightly hazed. Medium tan head, slowly fades to a thicker film, collar and leaves moderate spotty lacing.

I get mostly cloves, some yeast and malts in the nose.

This is called a "Belgian style IPA" on the label and here on BA, but I'm not convinced. Really seems more like a hoppy dubbel or another sort of mixed up hybrid.

More cloves, ripe fruit, bready sweet malts...more and more I'm getting a dubbel feel rather than an IPA....anyway, this one just seems to be sort of a question mark to me. Has a warming quality, that makes me think of this as a decent beer to go along with a winter meal, like thanksgiving dinner perhaps

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 23:15:40 | More by Billolick
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber red with dark creamy head that clings to the glass and retains across top.

Smells of flowery funk upfront with sweet caramel malts and earthy hops. Some pine sap and dry fruit.

Tastes of butter scotch notes with some bitter hops, dry fruit with grapefruit finish. Long and complex finish with apples, spice and a hint of flower funk.

Overall a good everyday Belgian IPA, approachable and pleasing , will attract a wide audience to good Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 03:15:22 | More by Willytee3
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 3$

Appearance - copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some banana mixed with pineapple and grapefruit and a touch of yeast. It ends with a spicy/hoppy yet sweet aftertaste.

Overall - I've had better examples of the style.. but this is still pretty damn good. It has a nice mix of flavours and a good dose of hop bitterness. I'd buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 00:42:13 | More by spinrsx
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas' Dubbel Cannon is a Belgian IPA, brewed seasonally as a variation of their immensely popular Loose Cannon IPA. According to the label, "A variation of our 'Loose Cannon' IPA, fermented with a Belgian Dubbel yeast culture - tangy hops with a spicy aroma. 7.25% Alc./Vol."

Poured into a Heavy Seas Imperial Pint glass. Served at 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a cream tone frothy head with an average retention and light creamy surface lacing, leaving behind a wispy surface cover within a minute or two. Copper amber body with orange tones has ample carbonation through small bubbles. Overall a nice looking Belgian IPA, a little darker in color than the average specimen. 4

(Smell) Aroma is tilted more towards a Belgian than an IPA. Aroma has distinct tart sourdough yeasty malt base and some mild citrusy hops, offering more flavor than bitterness in the nose. Balance is not bad for the style. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Very bright citrus front with a mild bitterness and fruity grapefruit flavor over a tart yet subtle malt background. The beer finishes with a mustier citrus hop blend and a nip of cracker dryness, segueing into a robust fruity bread for a lasting finish flavor. Taste is not offensive, but although the hop bill is fantastic, full of flavor and inviting, the pairing malt profile comes off a bit shallow, underdeveloped and doesn't achieve the balance it's capable of. With a recipe tweak, this score would be significantly improved. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is largely slick with a bit of fuzzy carbonation on the center tongue, a bit too flat elsewhere and overall too relaxed. Finishes with almost a chalky dryness. Body is light and would be ideal with a bit more malt presence. Alcohol presence is pleasantly low, even with a gravity above 7%. The carbonation should be improved a bit to pair well with the bright citrus hop flavors. 3

(Overall) Best consumed fresh to preserve those fragile grapefruit citrusy hop notes, this beer has a ton of potential to match a body to the full hoppy flavor and the Belgian yeast strain does a pretty nice job of adding a bit of depth and dimension to the whole concoction. My overall recommendation is to improve the body slightly and to pep up carbonation a notch as well. The other flaws are very minor and wouldn't take away from the enjoyment of this beer. Overall, this is an enjoyable drink but it is also indicative of a product that could significantly improve with a little bit of refining work. 3.5

Heavy Seas Beer's
Dubbel Cannon Belgian Style IPA

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:16:07 | More by Jadjunk
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3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a dark amber/copper color.
Odor is malty with some fruity and citrus notes. Touch of yeast as well.
Taste is fruity upfront then citrus and hops near the end. Pine aftertaste that lingers slightly. Mouth feel is decent. Medium bodied and relatively smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:38:09 | More by dexterk1
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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of yellowish stained head a finger strong that faded to a thin film. Patchy lace sticks to the walls of the glass.

The aroma of this brew smells fruity with yeasty spice. A light grass element mixes with some earth. A bit of pear and apple skins emit from the glass mixing with spicy clove.

The taste includes even more of the previously described apple pear and clove. Spicy yeast gets herbal and grassy almost a bit vegetative at times. As it warme up, the brew is all about dried fruit coupled with herbal hops and spicy yeast notes that clash a bit for me.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a fair take on the style but its something I would avoid in the future. The yeasty spice and herbal hops is an awkward combination that just didnt work for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 13:57:38 | More by stakem
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Ripe bananas, fresh pear, melon, and lemon zest all on the nose. Moderate fruity esters dominate with some of the citrus hop aromas taking a back seat. Aroma is more like a Belgian Tripel.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a low white head. Head retention is fair. Has the appearance of river water in the glass. Not the most appealing.

Flavor: Consistent with the aroma. Lots of melon, fresh fruit, pear, and watermelon rind flavors. Earthy background hops provide a good balance. Light spicy (pepper) phenols in the background. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with spritzy, high carbonation. Slight carbonic bite. A slight warming on the back of the palate. No creaminess.

Overall impression: Reminds me more of a hoppy Belgian Tripel. The Belgian character is too dominant to make me think "IPA". The color seems very odd for any style. Just looks muddy and kind of gross. Overall, a decent beer. I'm glad I tried it but probably won't again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 18:48:37 | More by mattcrill
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - dark amber with a thin but dense, white head that has good retention

S - floral hops, very faint Belgian yeast

T - fruity, apples, pears, spicy, herbal, floral, caramel

M - medium bodied, smooth, a bit crisp

This is a decent Belgian IPA. It is definitely more hoppy than most beers in this style. The Belgian flavors are there but for the most part are masked by the intense floral hop character. It wasn't bad at all. Probably worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 12:04:21 | More by tdm168
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3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into weizen

Blood orange, amberish beer with four finger head

Smell: Banana and raisin

Taste: banana, raisin, pineapple, alcohol, bitter, but tame hop finish

M: Smooth and thick, almost elixir like

Overall, not bad.... I'll stick with Belgo though.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 20:09:07 | More by BierStein711
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi hazy caramel color with a thin white head. Lots of banana and tropical fruit. Smells like an island buffet.

Big full mouth feel and exceptionally smooth. Well blended flavors, smooth caramel around the edges, lots of banana mango and pineapple. Nice crisp clean finish with a hint of detectable alcohol. Awesome Belgian ipa, right up there with stone cali belgique.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 02:03:48 | More by jtierney89
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Nugget Nectar pint glass and burned a deep auburn color. It held a one finger creamy tan head, which showed great retention. Thick lacing was left around the glass as it went. Carbonation appeared medium, and no sediment or haze was noted. The nose was lighter, with metallic and earthy hops, with background licks of citrus. Malts were pale adding additional metallic notes. Light peachy sweetness helped to cut some of this bitterness. Finally, Belgian yeast and a cheesy moldiness give the aroma a grit. Our first impression was that this brew is tasty and fruity. As we sipped, the flavoring opened up with bright citric hops, plum and peach sweetness, and a nectary floral sugariness. There was a cutting bitterness of deeper caramel malts and coin. The flavoring was smooth through the middle, with paler, more toasty malts taking the peak. Bitterness from the yeast also worked its way in, taking us to a soft and sweeter finish of clean barley malt, a flash of rye, and evenly continued hops. The aftertaste breathed of those same pale malts from the center of the flavoring, lighter coppers, ripened bananas, and raw piney hop cones. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was metallic astringency and a light coating, all following a beautiful slurp, smack, and cream to each sip. The beer thinned out with warmth, but this was relatively minor. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank fantastically.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the bright hop flavoring throughout. The drink left a cleanliness to the mouth, but not overwhelmingly like some more lemon, citric brews. The balance of hops with robust, sweeter, coppery malts struck a nice chord. The nose could have been a bit stronger, but this was certainly a great representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 17:20:13 | More by TheBrewo
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4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice cross between a belgian abbey dubbel and an IPA. Well balanced, with sweet malt notes countered by citrusy and piney/floral hop flavors. An exceptional seasonal and great additional to the loose cannon repertoire. While I find some of Hugh's beers to be too hoppy and out of balance, this finds a beautiful marriage of classic Belgian and new-age american.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 00:11:50 | More by kmellen17
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color, not much head to it. Kind of a boozy aroma.. not very appealing. Taste is medium bodied, some good balance between the hops and the typical Belgian clovey flavors, with a solid malt backbone. Pretty smooth for the higher ABV too. A bit of a new/interesting style, but this is a pretty good interpretation of it. Aroma kinda throws me off, but overall a pretty good beer worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:04:41 | More by marlinsfan4
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4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured into a small goblet

This beer gets style points for its darker appearance (a ruby brown) and its aroma. As some people have noted, it's much more towards the Belgian end of the spectrum than toward the IPA - its thin, eggshell colored head and lack of carbonation goes more towards a darker Belgian dubbel or tripel. Same for the aroma: nice grapefruit citrus from the hops settles in with the fruity, spicy aromas from the yeast. Very well done there.

It also tastes more like a hopped dubbel or tripel than a slightly spicy IPA, which, again, I'm a fan of. Lots of tart dryness, ester, tang from the hops. Even though the Belgian qualities are to the fore, let it sit for a bit and you'll know you're drinking an IPA. Minor critique there: although the beer's full and thick, I could have gone for a bit more fizz.

Overall, definitely one to check out. Not too big, not too small, not too pricey: worth it for the smell alone. Good thing the rest of it's not half bad either...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 17:20:37 | More by EORS
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany, very clear, off white head

S - Alcohol, bananas

T - Bready and fruity

M - Smooth, moderate carbonation, slick

O - Really good as far as Belgian is concerned, but they kinda missed the mark on the hops in my opinion. This is obviously a response to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch, which I believe is the winner. I would take a Raging Botch over this any day, but with that being said this is still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 03:31:44 | More by TheBlueWaffle
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Goblet is a very nice looking rich mahogany beer with about one finger of head on top.

Aroma: A bready dryness in the nose along with ripe fruits, banana, plum and a touch of citrus fruit. Notes of fruity esters along side some yeasty bits.

Taste: Toffee with a little bit of chewy mouthfeel with a touch of hop bite. Plum, fig, raisins and banana. Yesty breadiness with brown bread sweetness. Fairly malty with a good dry finish.

Notes: A hearty beer that's very drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 23:09:58 | More by horshack7
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out a little darker than I expected. The color was a brownish gold with a fizzy white head on top. The lacing and head were pretty gone right after pouring... Not a pleasant sign for an ipa. The smell of the beer smell Belgian for sure and had some hops in there too. The taste of the beer wasn't the greatest combo in the world to me. I found that the blend of a Dubbel and an IPA was just not what I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it had a nice thickness to it and a decent carbonation. Overall I just felt that this brew was a little off on most aspects. I prefer the normal loose cannon well before this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:10:34 | More by Knapp85
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Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
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