Dubbel Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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Dubbel CannonDubbel Cannon

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225 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tbrown4 on 04-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 97
Reviews by jboucher:
Photo of jboucher
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Best by August 2011

Appearance: Semi-clear in clarity with a honeyed copper color. Beautiful off-white, creamy, yet slightly frothy head. Excellent retention. Rings of lacing are left on the glass. I can see tiny bubbles in this one.

Smell: The first thing I noticed was my beloved spicy Belgian yeast. Slightly malty, earthy, and very floral. I'm also picking up some faint banana notes. Hints of lemongrass and coriander are in the background. There is a mild fruit presence in this one as well. Hints of biscuit.

Taste: The arrival is very balanced. I'm getting some spicy citrus notes. The taste is very similar to the nose. I noted a juicy, crisp, and drying citrus finish, which dissipates until all that is left is a Belgian spiced orange memory. The alcohol is nicely masked with the hop/yeast balance. Faintly on the sweeter/dryer side, but not nearly to the extent of Chimay Tripel. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A small margin lighter than medium bodied. Sufficient carbonation (not over the top). Very refreshing. Easily sessionable.

Ending notes: When I saw this on the shelf, I had to pick it up as I am always ready to try a new BIPA. I liked this brew a lot; will definitely have to get it again. Overall, I must say that I was impressed. Nicely done, Clipper City!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a lightly hazed peach-like color with a thinner but well sustained white head.Phenools and stone fruit in the nose,light citrus comes thru but its light,not bad aromas.Flavors are yeasty with light citric tones,a bit of toastiness rounds out the flavor profile.Its not bad but not a whole lot of complexity here,there are better of the style out there, but its drinkable.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a cherry amber color with a tiny white head and a bit of lace.
Aroma of cotton candy, spice, and citrus. Kind of peppery in the nose.
Candy taste, spicy, a lot of grapefruit. Pleasant beer, easy to drink. Would definitely go for this again.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Photo of Homebrew35
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours just a half fingers worth of off white head. This dies down immediately to just about nothing. Wow this is bubble less. Looks like root beer soda.

This smells like root beer soda as well. I'm serious when I say this. Clove, sarsaparilla, other root beer like spices. No hops that I can discern can be found.

Tastes similar to root beer. Sasparilla, vanilla, clove, some banana yeast notes. A touch of herbal hops. Quite sweet with a mild hop bitterness. This leans towards the very sweet side in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with it's light carbonation and very mild hop bitterness in the finish. A solid sweetness hits in the mid palate.

Overall this is a let down. Its a weak attempt at an IPA, never-mind if it's Belgian or not. Quite sweet and root beer flavored.
$1.80 a single. Probably never to pick this one up. Maybe it's a bad batch, maybe not.

Photo of Tilly
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear tarnished copper colour with a slight white lacy head. Fruity, lemon, honey and a slight yeasty aroma. Carmel, orange rind with a strong orange finish. Dry finish with a tip of the tongue finish. First time trying a beer from this brewery. Not my last!

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Young Augustine’s in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of citrus hops. Also present are hints of bready yeast, light spice, and slight pear aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus and herbal hops. Midway through the sip bready yeast thickens things up. Near the end of the sip slight medium fruit flavors come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was an interesting beer, but far from a traditional Belgian IPA (which I assume was not the intent of the brewery). Worth a shot, but not worth seeking.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a Tulip glass.

A: Dark chestnut brown with a fluffy white head that sticks on the glass.

S: Malt, pine, citrus, and banana.

T: Citrus, banana, bubblegum, herbs, with a bitter sweet finish that is syrupy.

M: Surprisingly on the light side of medium bodied.

O: A pleasant Belgium IPA that is not as rich or complex as actual Belgium IPAs. However, it is not a bad beer and does have some balance. It is slightly thin towards the end (though the finish stuck in the throat).

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks bud.

Poured a pretty dark reddish brown color with a bit of slightly off-white head.

Smell is malty with a bit of spice to it. Not much hops in there.

Taste is fairly malty but it does have a slight bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium. Good drinking beer. Went down smooth.

Overall a good quality Belgian IPA. I liked it.

Photo of rdilauro
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We got a sneak preview of this one. It poured semi-coffee black with a nice creamy head. Hops were distinct, really hitting my nose. I was expecting a really heavy dose of hops, yet at my first sip, there was a perfect balance between body, malt, spices and hops.

My mouth was filled with the first sip, which I always think is a fantastic description of any beverage. With the hops, I detected a small amount of vanilla nuttiness, almost like toffee.
The finish was just as good as the start, and in fact I think it finished even nicer

This was a really nice beer to drink, soft and fun, light and full, hoppy and not.

I will have this one again

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel amber, with nice frothy head. Cool bicycle-spoke lace.

Nose is spicy (I get the Belgian yeast), with some sour fruit tones, and maybe some orange citrus. Interesting and appealing.

Taste is grapefruit hops, and a hint of banana and clove. A curious and unusual flavor combo, and it works quite well. Superb!

Photo of nickthetick
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear mahogany, with ruby tints when held to the light, into a DFH signature glass. It has about a finger of khaki head that thins rather quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S: hoppy and fruity. Citrus notes are heavy; leathery, and dark pitted fruits. Figs dates and such.

T: interesting. Hoppy but sweet like the nose, however its still different. The figs, dates and plums are there but joined by a dark biscuit flavor. The citrus is there and balances out the fruity-ness but a lemon hangs in the mouth.

MF: medium body, sweet but not cloying or syrupy. Light carbonation.

O: good but it doesn't match up to a loose cannon for a regular basis buy.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to billab914 for sending this one as an extra in a recent trade! Purchase before August 2011! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a deep red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsed to half a finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, coriander, cinnamon, clove, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, ham, clove, subtle banana, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Very nice flavor and aroma going on in this one. The flavor was what really surprised me as it kind of reminded me of a holiday ham if I'm honest. This one was definitely a surprise as I went into this one not expecting too much. Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Would definitely have again and suggest you do as well!

Photo of EORS
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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...

Photo of Tripphop
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brownish hue, darker than expected, with a rocky white head. Lots of clumping and bubble trails sticking to the glass. Aromas are mellow and hoppy, but distinctly fruity belgian yeast quality. Flavor is nice, moderate bitterness with a fresh hoppy bite, matches well with the soft, creamy mouthfeel. Good beer, but I'll stick with my Loose Cannon, dont need the belgian yeast for this palate.

Photo of dexterk1
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at RFD.

A: The Belgian IPA is a coppery amber color, translucent even in the darker environs of the bar. A steady stream of bubbles results in a half a finger of head that disappears after the first few sips.

S: The nose has sweet candi sugars of a tripel along with a mild hop presence. The bitterness never gets too strong, allowing the Belgian flavors ample room to spread out.

T: More spices, pepper and candi sugar lead the way. The tripel flavors don't seem strong, adding spices but not booze. The IPA side is shy, hesitant to come out like Punxatawney Phil. There's no shadow here! The ale is mildly carbonated, allowing what's there to linger for as long as possible.

M: The mouthfeel is mild, an introductory Belgian IPA that doesn't push either agenda very hard. Too bad, I'm a sucker for a good Belgian IPA.

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by aug 2011

pours clear copper amber orange with a big 2+ finger off white head that faded fast and left some spotted lacing

smells very fruity - apricot banana grapefruit orange - bready malt and belgian yeast/spice - not the nose is not strong but it hits all the notes

taste - first this beer is different then all the other belgian ipas i have had - after trying this the others have too much belgian yeast flavor they are basically a tripel with hops - this is more american ipa with hints of belgian flavors - lots of fruity american hops with the earthy spicy belgian yeast flavors still there but talking a backseat - light semisweet grainy caramel malts in the aftertaste

mouthfeel - light/medium body with plenty of carbonation that give it a crisp finish but does not have a dry finish

overall - first impression/bottle is good and could go for another one and would buy this again

Photo of vandemonian
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clipper City/Heavy Seas Dubbel Cannon is a delicious Belgian IPA. I love the Loose Cannon IPA and this is a great variation. Good work Clipper City/Heavy Seas (they should really choose one name or the other imho).

A: Orange/brown colour and a 5 mm head that fades to excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Wow, it smells exactly like you'd expect: a 50/50 combination of that tropical-fruit Loose Cannon smell along with Belgian yeast. Lovely. 5

T: The taste follows the smells. A good mix of fruity hops with ever-present Belgian yeast undertones. Their is a great balance between the Belgian and the IPA characteristics. 4.5

M: Well carbonated and foamy. 4.5

O: An excellent Belgian IPA: one of my favourites. 4.5

Photo of Bills453
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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!

Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Cask at the Distillery in Savannah, GA as part of Maryland night. As a proud Terrapin, I was happy to be here, enjoying the hell outta some UTZ Crab Chips!

A - Hazy orange-amber with an off-white head that recedes to some patchy haze and a thick ring.
S - Earthy hops, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, orange peel, and some caramel malt.
T - More malt-forward then I'd expected, lots of sweet caramel with some bitter orange-peel hops and sweet bubblegum from the Belgian yeast. Fairly sweet.
M - Smooth and creamy with a medium-thin mouth-feel and low carbonation (as expected from the cask).
O - Definitely the highlight of the night, this was smooth and very drinkable!

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Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
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