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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Higravity on 09-09-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
3,490
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
141
Gots:
783
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 1,236 | Ratings: 3,490
Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours slightly hazy deep amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like banana, pepper, clove-like spice, toasted malt, orange citrus, grapefruit, with earthy herbal grass and floral pine. Tastes like sweet toasted malt, tangerine, orange citrus, grapefruit, some peppery clove spice, banana, with bitter earthy herbal grass and floral pine. Feels medium-light bodied, slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall an interesting IPA.

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Photo of Nemesis1735
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden amber color with a 3/4" creamy white foam head. some lacing
S - dank, peach, pineapple, citrus
T - nice hop flavor w/ citrus, pineapple, and peach coming through. a nice amount of malt backbone and bitterness throughout
F - light, refreshing, correct carbonation, dry
O - a very well balanced tasty IPA. I would definitely buy this on a regular basis

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper color. Nice off white head. The nose is not as hoppy as I thought , but very well balanced. The taste is thick with hops, but again well balanced. Nice citrus.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This beer tastes how the bottle looks. A trippy take on a brew hopped 3 times. Best straight out of the bottle but if you must then pour it in a tulip. A nice bubbly white head that soon turns into a misty ring and misty puddle in the center that leaves a couple smeared lines parallel on the glass. Color is a golden amber. Taste is of citrus, centennial, and pine hops. Perfect beer when you plan on letting loose. A quick drink, not a sipper.

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Photo of Buck89
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy medium golden color with a modest white head. Nice lacing though. Somewhat muted orange rind aroma and faint bready malt. Moderately bitter with a somewhat muddled taste. Not clearly citrus or piney. Definite earthy quality dry clean finish with a nice malt backbone.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a harvest gold with a thin head. Aroma is full of hops, citrus, and slight spiciness. Hops forward, with some nutty and grapefruit tartness. Surprisingly nice mouth feel (for an IPA) that is almost creamy. Interesting and I could drink this all night.

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Photo of monkeychuckz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look and smell nothing special. Flavor attacks the mouth - heavy hop and citrusy... Powerful flavor makes you go slow, savor it, and probably stop at one. Had on tap at BWI.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heavy Seas Beer - Loose Cannon). 7.25% ABV. 3oz sample pour in mini mug.

Look: Golden body, with a nice creamy head.

Smell: Light citrus, resin, and hops.

Feel: Good light body, mild carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Taste: Identical to smell; light citrus backing a bold pine flavor with subtle hop bitterness.

Overall: Had at the Firkin Fest 2016 in Ashland, KY. I had never heard of this beer or the brewery, so I had to try it. Not disappointing at all, very refreshing with good flavor.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the hotel bar with dinner, pre-gaming before the BNA Party last week. Mostly clear light golden color with a decent bubbly white head. Earthy citrus and pine hop aroma and flavor with a solid bready light caramel maltiness to counter. Decent but old school feeling ipa.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Subtle hoppyness in this copper-gold APA. Citrus notes throughout make this an enjoyable beverage during the summer months. Smooth with nice touch of hoppy bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzy-golden color, cream head. Nose dominated by oily hops. Nice flavor arc also dominated by hops, resinous and floral, but with malt backbone. Also well balanced. Could be bolder, but certainly good as it is.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

tap pour, English IPA, malt profile is pleasant and tame hops are an appropriate foil. Aroma matches flavor, muted, but clean. Full-bodied finish. Good for the style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.89/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks orange and amber, hearty and deep with 1/2" white head. Aroma was devoid of hops. Really? After all that hullaballoo on the label bragging on it?

Taste was that old school east coast tons of caramel and lightly hopped looking for balance kind of malty ipa. I felt ripped off after getting hyped by all the hop language and whatnot. Just was malty for the most part.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle, this is a nice-looking beer: moderately hazy orange with a finger of dense and creamy off-white foam. Plenty of lacing. Fine bubbles continue to rise up throughout the glass.

Smell is on the simple side: pine and sweet malt. Taste follows, with some citrus notes as well. Nicely balanced between bitter hops and malt, though the hops win out. Feel is a solid medium, hefty and almost chewable.

Overall this is a really good IPA. Just challenging enough to keep it interesting.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours amber with small head, slowly dissipating to a thin layer. The scent is a bit of citrus and the mouth loves the well balanced malt and hop taste. Yum!

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of this might be that it was poured off of cask, but it was more smooth than hoppy, despite its name. The malt base was pleasantly deep, but the beer overall was not entirely what I anticipated.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Malty and messy. Not sure if this was categorized wrong, but if this is fresh, it is an English IPA. Super malty sweet with a slight hop presence. Taste is very malty with some slightly hoppy bitterness. Not loving it.

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Photo of HiWire
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a red tinted Amber with 1/2 finger head. Smells a tinge tea leaf and hops. Tastes of balanced malt and hops on the front, finishes with a delicate bite. Great mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Would buy again.

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Photo of MD03
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it on cask, extra creamy but without that much carbonation. So balanced, malty, with tons of sweetness, my new favorite beer. I would consider it more of a British pale, especially compared to the hop bombs out east and west.

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Photo of moodenba
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle best by June 4,16.. tasted 2/19/2016.

Nothing exciting about this brew. Fairly hoppy as advertised, but not hop cubed. With the huge number of hoppy pale ales and IPAs available, an OK entry doesn't make it. I would probably like it better on cask, but cask beers are rare in my neighborhood (Only Blue Point Brewery taproom has cask regularly in Suffolk county. Their annual cask ale festival is coming up!)

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color with a touch of haziness from some light sediment. There's a quarter inch of off white to tan resting on top. Aroma is of citrus hops. I taste plenty of citrus hops but there's also plenty of light malt. This is a fairly balanced IPA. The mouth is fairly smooth and crisp.

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Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer overall. I actually like Heavy Seas a lot despite them no longer being in vogue. Here goes:

A: Good, but a little too cloudy. Pours an opaque orange with a decent head. However, the beer is very effervescent, and this fact definitely raises the score a little bit.

S: Lots of oranges and grapefruit. Also a fair bit of pine. This is definitely a WC rendition of the IPA style.

T: Follows the nose, but with a much maltier background. Pine, oranges, and a lot of grapefruit mixed with caramel malt. Good.

F: Very well-carbonated. Great.

O: A good beer. I think the cans were a little old, though, given a slight (but relatively unreviewable, which is why I didn't mention it) off-taste.

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Photo of AirRatchet
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours well from tap with decent head, lots of citrus smell. Taste is full of hops with not much citrus considering the smell. The the hops creates an earthy taste which suits this beer just fine. I find myself drinking this beer whenever it crosses my path.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really solid IPA offering here. It hits all the notes of a good East-Coast-style IPA, with a thick, resiny texture, piney nose with a hint of citrus and mango, and a good amount of bitterness that keeps it all from being too tropical. Nice that it's available enough around here to drink whenever I want, as it is a great go-to IPA when you want something a wee bit strong with a hefty dose of flavor.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Lucular for this bottle, 12 oz, as I recover from doing absolutely nothing all day.

The pour is lightly misted orange with minimal carbonation that fades faster than a Pretty Little Liars’ career. The nose is very nice, a citrus grove in harvest with pulp all over the ground. The look & nose sync. I dig.

Loose Cannon Hop3 is earthier than a meeting of The Vegan Society. Hops dragged through good dark earth dominate the profile, mixed in the bitterness. Mid-palate brings peaches, citrus, & other light fruits, all tainted with a layer of silt. Finish is half sweet caramel, half fall leaves. Six ounces were enough (my wife drank the other half & enjoyed it more).

Dank earthiness just isn’t my thing & unfortunately, this is super dank, super earthy. I can drink it, but just don’t appreciate it.

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