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Dubbel Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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very good

215 Ratings
very good

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tbrown4 on 04-05-2011)
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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 00:31:17 | More by mikesgroove
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 01:09:53 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

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
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?

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 16:23:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 22:09:30 | More by oberon
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:30:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of drabmuh


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:47:00 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Knapp85


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
Photo of mactrail


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:21:00 | More by mactrail
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 15:21:58 | More by mdfb79
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 22:54:41 | More by akorsak
Photo of Billolick

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
Photo of corby112


2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 07:15:05 | More by corby112
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:16:36 | More by woodychandler
Photo of stakem


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
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 21:38:39 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.85/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 15:59:35 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 01:10:37 | More by glid02
Photo of Slatetank


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 11:33:38 | More by Slatetank
Photo of superspak


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:20:11 | More by superspak
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 11:07:10 | More by thagr81us
Photo of kylehay2004


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 06:42:08 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of DrDemento456


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bit darker amber than the typical IPA with a nice bit of lacing and a half inch of frothy head.

S - Well it smells pretty good. More sweet than hoppy with some grapefruit hops and a touch of sweet bubblegum and a touch of yeast.

T - Not too bad guess I expected more hops but I do get a sweet bit of candied hops and sweet bubblegum malts and very little yeast which is pretty smooth. After half the glass the flavors are kind of lackluster.

M - Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall I guess I will stick with the regular Loose Cannon but it was a pretty good Belgium IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 04:44:37 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of DefenCorps


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Village Pump, best by August 2011.

Pouring darker than the regular Loose Cannon, this is copper colored with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk leaving some lace. The nose is rather explosively Belgian. The yeast expression is rather intense, spicy up front with a blend of clove, cardamom seeds, and some fruitcake. The hops are subdued by the rather intense yeast character here. However, the citrus hops work nicely with the spice character. A little bit of caramel and dark candi sugar are present as well.

The palate opens with blend of citrus hops, yeasty spiciness, with the fragrant cardamom being the most noticeable. Again, the clove is present, and works nicely with the citrus fruit. In this aspect, it's actually a little dessert-like - with the mild sweetness, this is like fruits poached in wine and spices. The bitterness is low (thankfully!), allowing the sweeter flavors to linger. Medium-light in body with a soft, creamy carbonation, this is great stuff. Drying and spicy on the finish, I quite like this and will revisit this.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 00:08:35 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of tone77


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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Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.