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Dubbel Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 225
Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Two and a half finger thick slowly dissipating head. Browinish amber color.

S: Aroma was trapped for a while under the thick head. Once it got down, malty. A little sweet.

T: Caramel, floral, dark fruits... its a great combination. The touch of hops is there but it isn't overwhelming which is fine with me. Little spicey.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. It sours a little as it sits which is why I its not a 4.5 as I didn't care for it.

Overall: I really liked this one. It has a great taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amyliz4 had to try this one when we were out at Rustico. Pretty good choice. Served in a mini snifter.

Pour is a goldish-copper color (gotta get that first "ish" in the first sentence) with a nice white head and a ring of lacing on the way down. The nose brought some floral and herbal hops along with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast. A fairly strong fruit component was there as well; mostly stone fruits, I'd say. Flavor was pretty similar. I should just copy and paste that last sentence. Really, solid base of malt with a bit of sweetness. Medium hop presence doesn't take over, but rather gives way to a bit of fruity and spicy yeast. Fairly well done. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of zest. Solid effort for sure, but not as good as the BIPA made by their friends 45 or so miles westward.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to dan for getting this one to me in like 3 days, incredible turn around man, seriously. poured into a white birch glass.

huge head of nearly three fingers in height then comes across and rips into me. Never really settling, just becoming more and more rocky and cratered. Lots of lacing up and down the side of the glass.

Aroma is very light, a bit too light for me, but warming brought out some nice touches that seem to work after a while. Lots of citrus, lemon zest, belgian yeast all working together and forming a very nicely defined profile after a while. Nicely carbonated and very light it was easy to drink this one fast, especially on a humid day. Each sip brought out light notes of pears, peaches, lots of light citrus, tart lemon. Light bready and grainy notes along with light touches of grasses, Last sip seems as clean and dry as the first and offers some nice consistency.

Overall a very solid and well done light iPA.

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Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a scant 1/4 inch of white foam on an amber-brown body with good clarity. The head settles rapidly and leaves moderate lace.

S - A spicy aroma of coriander and pepper with a little bit of pine and onion.

T - Sweet malt up front with bread and caramel notes and a light pine hop flavor. Spicy notes of coriander and clove in the middle with some toffee character. Things finish up with more thick malt and spices as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Well, while it doesn't have any particularly objectionable qualities, this beer misses the mark significantly. Aside from the fact that they should have used the name for an actual dubbel instead of a BIPA (really can't see what they were thinking there), it has a really insufficient hop character for the style. There is some pine in both the aroma and the flavor, but nothing on a level that could justify calling this any kind of IPA. It comes off more like a strong golden. It also finishes too sweet, though not to the point that it is unpleasantly cloying. By no means a drain pour, but really weak compared to the better examples of the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very, very lightly hazed, golden-sandy-brown body with a slim, white head. Fine sheets of lace on the way down.

Smell: Pale, bready malts, vaguely sweetish, and featuring a sauntering hint of stale bread. Robustly spicy yeast. Mix of fruity notes smelling of citrus, plums, and white grapes.

Taste: Lightly sweet taste of golden syrup brushed bread and pale malts, with some light traces of yeast-laden dough to it. A smooth mingling of ripe plums and citrus fruitiness enters, along with spice accents of ground cloves and nutmeg. The citrus ramps up, things get a bit spicier, and all welcomes in a moderate bitterness. Spiced, dry, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Loose Cannon was fairly fine, Black Cannon was, well, eh, and Dubbel Cannon was nice enough. Have we got anymore cannons coming down the line?

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive orange amber in the glass. Nice head with all the trimmings. On the woody, tannic side. Rich and mellow with malt. Nice caramel nose. Hops are spicy, give a nice nose. More floral with a touch of cedar, maybe. I don't taste a lot of Belgian flavors. More of a Dubbel in style, but with the hops of a Belgian Pale Ale.

In any case, it's rich and highly flavored, and makes a great sipping beer without too high of alcohol content. Another excellent beer in the hoppy Belgian tradition that Americans seem to excel at.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, fruit, caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Then some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is very faint for the style and isn’t strong enough to create the type of balance you look for in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while but there are better beers within the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden -poured cool into my Duvel tulip.

The color is deep copper bordering on bronze with very good clarity, bubbles are seen rising like a twister from the laser etching. The rocky ecru cap measures about 1 inch froma vigoorous pour. The lace sticks pretty well and bead is of average size. The smell is very malty, a bit of caramel with some light bready and gentle yeast esters from the Belgian yeast which are more ripe banana than anything. there might be a tinge of pine from the hops in the background. The feel is pretty malty as well, but the hops come through in the back end. The carbonation is moderate and the sweetness level is more than average at least for a Belgian ipa. The astringency and spice are very low in the feel.

This label made me wonder -'Is this a hoppy dubbel?' since it uses dubbel in the name and loose cannon is their ipa. The flavor is fruity and caramel in the malt with gentle toast notes but the yeast is very mild and the hops are very submerged under the candy-like malt that is tasty, but almost becomes cloying. I think it is balanced in general but the balance favors the malt. The yeast could be more of the focus as well as the hops since they market this as a Belgian IPA. Overall I was kind of dissapointed expected more of a hop forward beer but the overall flavor is not bad. I think if you expect more of a dubbel you should be allright, but the label seems to send a mixed message.

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

12 ounce bottle, best by Sept, 2011. Pours crystal clear reddish orange color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a decent lacing cap. Some lacing sticks to the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of big spicy yeast; with some citrus, bubblegum, and banana notes underneath. Some nice and interesting aromas, with good strength. Taste of big spicy yeast, banana, bubblegum, clove, citrus, and pine. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with banana, bubblegum, and spicy flavors. Medium carbonation and body. Also has a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Decent balance of flavors. No alcohol in the taste or finish, well masked for the alcohol level. Very easy drinkability for the alcohol level, very smooth. Overall a very nice Belgian IPA. I would have it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/07/11 notes. Had on tap at RFD in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. head leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, pine hops, citrus hops, mint, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of yeast, spices, pine hops, mint, and citrus hops. Little more spice than the nose, and mroe of that mint flavor. A slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a nice Belgian style IPA. Had that yeast and mint-like taste I tend to get in Belgian IPA's. Would try it again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is light brown with a mild hazy, a wispy thin head of white bubbles, low retention, low carbonation but some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is not overtly hoppy, mostly yeasty and malty, malt is itself mild.

Beer is thin and very bitter but somehow bitter in the midpalate where the yeast should shine. The finish is so insanely dry it encroaches on the rest of the beer a little. Overall it is decent, mild hoppiness overall, but a good Belgian ale.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a darker amber color with a sticky white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of the Belgian yeast spice in it. I get a decent amount of the juicier, citrusy hops of Loose cannon in it as well. The Belgian yeast and citrusy hops mix fairly well together, the yeast might be a little overbearing for me though overall.

The taste shows a lot of the belgian yeast spice to it right off the bat. Unfortunately it seems to overpower a lot the juicy, citrusy hoppiness I love about Loose cannon. Towards the finish I get some bitter grapefruit like hoppiness coming out. Some lingering spice lasts a while after the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is slightly above average. Overall it was an interesting and decent beer but I probably won't substitute this for regular Loose Cannon again anytime soon. For me, the yeast was just a little overpowering and took away a lot of what I love about Loose Cannon. That said, it was a pretty decent Belgian inspired beer and if Belgian yeast is your thing this might be right up your alley.

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dubbel Cannon

Pours a clear copperish orange, soapy head forms and recedes fairly quickly. Aroma of American style hops, little malt sweetness or Belgian kick. In the flavor, citrus hop character on a pale malt body, small yeastyness and fruit presence. Alittle alcohol comes through along with a creamy malt character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Overall, a decent IPA but lacks true Belgian influence.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is quite attractive, showcasing banana, considerable spice, a hint of brown sugar and some impressive dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose very closely in this well crafted beer. Also, while the beer is moderately sweet with an attractive dubbel flavor profile, there is a goodly amount of hoppy bitterness in this beer as well. It dries out the sweetness very nicely, leading to a long, spicey, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and there's no doubting this beer delivers plenty of flavor.

Wow! It's been a while since I was this impressed by a Clipper City/Heavy Seas beer. Will definitely be ordering this one again.

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Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.51/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz, best by 9/11.

Pours a dark golden copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has very good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. The tulip is left coated with rings and streaks of soapy lacing.

Interesting aroma with an odd combination of both styles. Lots of earthy, floral hops in the nose countered by slightly toasted malt, spice and dark fruit. Hints of pine, citrus, caramel, pepper, cinnamon, grape, raisin and plum. Just a really odd amalgam of characteristics in the nose.

Medium bodied with a strange flavor profile that's similar to the aroma with an odd combination of Belgian dubbel and IPA notes. The hops are most prominent up front with some slight earthy bitterness without being to dry. This is quickly countered by a spicy, estery malt character that is somewhat chalky and medicinal. Hints of pepper, cinnamon brown sugar and dark fruit, especially raisin, grape and fig. Lingering medicinal cough syrup in the finish but ABV is decently masked.

Overall this beer is just a really weird hybrid of two distinct styles. I admire the experimentation/effort but it just doesn't work for me, resulting in an odd unpleasant tasting beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.