Loose Cannon
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #628
ABV:
7.25%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,227
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 11.44%
Reviews:
1,279
Ratings:
3,673
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Heavy Seas Beer
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
90
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Notes: Formerly Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale

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.
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Reviews: 1,279 | Ratings: 3,673
Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasty treat, believe it or not, at Red Robin with both sets of parents. This is an excellent all around IPA, full of citrus bite and piney tang. Excited to try this here, even after we toppled our first full one across the whole table and broke the glass.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, 19127, best by 11/18/19; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: brilliantly-clear. orange-amber liquid; loose build of spongy yellowed-white foam, which curiously collapses from outset, leaving only a thin collar and some scant streaks of chunky lace

S: pineapple, sweet grapefruit, mashed lemon flesh; faint spicy booze; honeyish, lightly-toasty caramel in the back... the base smells like an amber; potent perfumy-fruity hop charge... as it goes, the dominant scent is a orange hard candy (jolly rancher-ian)

T: lots of toasty-sugary malt in the base, as the spicy orange hops burst on the top of the palate; green-grassy bitterness humming in the aftertaste, along with a malty orange soda essence; the hop resins may be artificially enhancing the mellow apparent sweetness... the bitter zip and fruit/honey tandem seem to jockey for position as it goes

F: bit of a sizzle up front, light tingle in the finish along with a mild heat... slightly too slick for an IPA, but great for an amber; tapered viscosity with a smooth heat

O: not a clone or copycat, but this immediately reminded me of Nugget Nectar; their respective aromas do have subtle differences... a panoply of citrus flavors, undercut with smooth malt concentrate... good, but probably couldn't drink more than one in a sitting (1471)

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Photo of Tony4444
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite IPA of all time and this is what other ipas are compared with. Loose cannon is like the marlboro reds of beers. it was the second Ipa I tried this made me an ipa guy. 7.25% abv great smell, great taste and after taste. Hopy with grapefruit flavor this will make you feel in the mood. At this point it takes two and half of these 20 oz to get the job done for me so I would say this beer is awesome. It is too bad they stopped selling in my area

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Photo of Ronl12
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into stemless wine glass. Best Buy date od 8/29/19.
Look is fairly clear golden. Smell is raw hops and malt, a little hay. Taste light citrus with grapefruit and malt. Fell is fairly light. Overall, a more traditional IPA, not juicy. More west coast with a little east coast feel.

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Photo of Explorer_Bill
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Draft in BWI airport restaurant.

Orange color, malty citrus smell. Taste: malty, orange, spice with a balanced hoppy bitter finish. Solid medium body. A very drinkable American IPA. Will definitely go another round when the opportunity comes up.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear amber with a lingering, brownish-cream head.
Smell: Dank pine, grapefruit, mango, orange, lemongrass.
Taste: Very sweet, juicy orange citrus and malt up front, followed by a spicy floral hop flavor. Just the right amount of lingering hop bitterness.
Feel: Medium-bodied.
Overall: This is a good, standard, tasty IPA. Its only drawback in my eyes is that it's a touch too sweet.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange hue.

Frothy off-white head; thick lace.

Orange citrus nose; hint of malt.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Mild orange citrus flavor with a bitter finish.

Decent if unremarkable.

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Photo of VoodooBear
2.43/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Presentation: 12 oz. can with a best by date printed on the bottom. Served in a Willi Becher glass.

Appearance: The two finger head stays around for a long time and leaves a thick foam layer and lots of patchy lacing. It's a crystal clear, bright gold color.

Smell: It has some earthy aromas of grass, corn and malt. There's also hints of citrus like orange and lemon but in an artificial way. It's not a pleasant smell and thankfully it's not that strong.

Taste: It's slightly bitter and artificially sweet. The grass from the nose is in the palate as well along with some malt, refined sugar and hints of powdered orange juice and powdered lemonade.

Mouthfeel: It's crisp and medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: The only redeemable quality of this beer is that it looks good. The smell and taste have some weird and artificial notes. It's just not a well made beer.

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Photo of JohnFred4
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Grainy yellow.

Smell: Grain, orange, musty. Not much of a nose.

Taste: Very light, considering it's advertised as "Hop^3". Grainy, tangerine, mango, mint, salt, corn. Spice, fruits, minerality.

Feel: Big bubbles. Pop of carbonation. Finish is a little dry, in a nice way, after the grainy taste.

Overall: Surprised as how not hoppy this is. The flavors are definitely there-pine, fruit, a bit of bracing refreshing IPA-ness, spice. It's bracing, but certainly not a hop bomb. I'm from Baltimore, so this beer has a soft spot in my heart, but does it stand up to other IPAs? Meh? Is it enjoyable and worth seeking out if you're in Baltimore, absolutely!

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Photo of RMehrenberg
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3 fingers of foam on top of a transparent golden brew. Sweet aroma followed by a full mouthfeel. Bready flavor with hints of spice and pepper. NOT citrusy, but a little bit boozy, in a good kind of way.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 2/13/12: Pours a deep gold or very pale amber with 1.5 inches of beige, variously bubbled, frothy, somewhat lasting, chunky head that leave a thin and pasty lacing. The lace and head type are mismatched. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, pine, grass and earthy hops. Taste is caramel malt sweetness, resinous pine, thin citrus and grassy hops. Starts sweet but rapidly transitions to bitter and dry in the finish. The body is medium and the carbonation moderate-high.

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Photo of HellsRanger
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very nice 3 hopped with nice complex flavor and aroma...it pours a crisp amber with mild foam and lacing.
The aroma has some complex ity to it with citrus/grapefruit and some mild earthyness.
As for taste...the same type complexity...with the fruit notes upfront with a some what bite in the back...the ABV coming thru.
The feel is smooth, but yet crispy finish and good carbonation with the ABV coming thru at the end. Very nice touch.
Overall a splendid IPA...no doubt or 3 hops up!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hops. Bready malts.

T/F: Toasted malts and mild caramel. Bitter hops. Pine and citrus rind. Light herbal character and slightly earthy. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue. The finish is bittersweet malts/hops.

O: A solid IPA... more west coast than east. A little too high ABV to call it easy drinking, but decent enough flavor. One I'd certainly have again.

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

old school but awesome, i had a few of these when i was real young before i could fully appreciate the style and remember being pretty turned off by it as a teenager, it has taken me until now to rediscover it sadly, but its delicious. its definitely cut from a different kind of cloth than when is hot in the style right now. a bigger, almost english, crystal and toasted malt base sets it up to be pretty big. it takes a lot of hops to get through all that, but they do in here. i get a curious hop mix, especially for its time, straight mixed berry to me in nose and the first part of the taste. later on i get grapefruit and pine sap, sweet rather than bitter or vegetal, really well balance overall and pretty enormous too, higher in alcohol than many of these were when it first came out, but hoppy and dry hoppy and juicy enough to be appealing now, its a bit of a time warm, but its killer beer. really i think one of the better beers i have ever had from these guys, a classic now, cant believe it has taken me this long to come around on it. the hop profile is amazing, i would love to know what all is in here. nice balance, freshness, and grain depth without being too heavy.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is a golden amber with a slightly frothy, quickly dissipating head. The smell is subtle cascade hops and citrus with a taste that follows suit.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.32/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Had on draft. Perhaps it was out-of-date or there were bad tap lines, but definitely had the buttery diacetyl flavor going on. Hop profile otherwise was fine if boring but obviously the off flavor ruined it for me

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Photo of beerqa
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As advertised very crisp full of hops flavor and aroma. Rich gold color. Used a tulip glass from chilled 12 oz bottle. One could almost wish for a hot summer day to tip a few of these back.

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Photo of ppvora
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Light brown, hazy look, two fingers of head, took a while to dissipate.
Aromas of pineapple, mango, ripe fruit and hops.
Flavors of straight-ahead hops, some malt. Virtually no fruit in the flavor.
Some lingering bitterness not in a bad way.
Overall: will definitely get it again. The aromas were gorgeous, the taste good, but not outstanding.

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Photo of GHow
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first airport draft at Firkin Flyer Baltimore during a long layover. Also a first time taste of a Heavy Seas product and very impressed with the hoppy aroma, smooth feeling and a pleasent hop flavor. Left a nice lacing in the logo glass it was served in and made my lunch very enjoyable. Ordered another as I placed my lunch order. High Marks.

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Photo of feuematt
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Medium orange colored beer with a slowly fading head. Taste is hops and I am not a fan of over hopped brews.In my opinion this is anything but exceptional.

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Photo of Reef
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle dated 17258.
A vigorous pour results in a clear copper appearance with a finger’s creamy head. Tilting the glass shows curtain of lacing. Head subsides to a sheet on the surface and persistent ring.
Inviting floral aroma up front with malt and citrus notes following.
Taste is a balanced hop presence with pine, apricot, lemon, floral components well balanced by malts.
Medium feel, long lasting carbonation, slight bitter finish.
I like the flavor combinations very much. The balance and dry finish lead me to drink several bottles in a session. Good change from tropical IPA’s.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light amber color with a moderate sudsy head that shows good retention and leaves lacing.
The aroma is fruity-citrus and some apricot- along with caramel malt. Not the most pungent nose for an IPA.
The taste was rather clean at first with a medium to light body and very soft carbonation. However, the body soon develops more depth as it warms along with flavors. Big malt flavor including caramel. Fruity and citrusy with a light pine finish. A bit on the sweeter side with mild hops bitterness.
A decent IPA that seems sessionable. However, I would not rate it as high as others here. Simple and uncomplicated.

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Photo of Poljazz22
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nicely balanced IPA with lots of hoppy notes, a floral nose and enough malty sweetness to overcome any overboard bitterness. I'd buy it again if I had access to it in Montréal!

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Photo of CTHomer
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 2 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: pine with citrus and earthiness behind it;

T: floral and pine; by the finish, it's mostly floral; mildly bitter at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good, but not memorable;

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

It poured a pale straw honey color and had some nice spotty lacing that left light rings that were barely noticed as the beer went down. The smell was sweet and floral balanced with the malts and hops. There is some pine in the smell but almost barely noticed. Some faint grapefruit presents itself as well. The taste was sweet and floral as well. The palate was mostly medium, but did seem slightly watery. Overall, I like this and would come back to it.

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