Loose Cannon
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #687
ABV:
7.25%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,925
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 11.44%
Reviews:
1,285
Ratings:
3,704
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Heavy Seas Beer
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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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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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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

Crystal clear copper with an off white head. Good retention, though no lacing.

Smells like pine sap, pine bark, grapefruit peel, crystal malt, alcohol warmth, pink peppercorn.

Tastes like pine cone, grapefruit peel, ruby red grapefruit flesh, caramel, toasted bread, and lemon zest. Intense pine, a kiss of sweetness, some sweet citrus, and then a biting bitter finish. Very bitter initially, but it does not linger too long.

Medium feel, moderate carbonation, some sticky hop resin sticks on the tongue with the bitterness momentarily, but it does not linger for too long.

Jun 20, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Pours a beautifully bright, sunset orange. Clear and clean with no sign of bubbles. Only a skinny stratus of soapy white foam atop, so short-lived you could blink and miss it. Lacing is altogether absent, but with an IPA that isn't necessarily a deficit, it just makes the ale appear more quenching.

Bouquet:
Sweet rolls adorned with a sunny dapple of citrus hops and a drizzle of honeyed lemon. Simple and pleasant.

Feel:
Light-bodied and unusually slick, starts with a tiny sizzle and finishes with an eminently tame heat.

Taste:
Refreshing hops rush in to greet you with a casual embrace. Those hops are all wearing a cushy, malt parka which softens them into a state of zero bitterness and quiet sweetness. What follows are placid notes of black currant and a whisper of pine that's so well cloaked its nearly imperceptible. Speaking of camouflaged, the especially perceptive among you may notice a trace of candied orange peel hidden beneath that soft quilt of modest malts.

Mar 30, 2020
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mschenk from Virginia

4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a clear amber with a nice head but the head does not lace or last

Smell - Lots of hops with a little citrus

Taste - This is an outstanding example of this type of beer. Lost of hops and a clean refreshing taste

Flle - Nice

Overall but for the 9.5% ABV I could drink this all day

Mar 11, 2020
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RE28 from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little foam, big flavor. Hoppy but balanced well. Smell is hops freshness and clean. Gold color and pour is clean and light.
Light carbonation and easy drinking. A go-to IPA on the east coast.

Jan 27, 2020
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At ChurchKey in a pint glass, looks rreddish amber, with an off-white head, some lacing. My main take-away here is that it is a little on the carmely sweet side of things, with some standard old-school WC ipa markers, too. Sweetness is a little too much to thrill me, but it’s a solid beer, nonetheless, with great substantial body, good range of hoppy notes ( citrus, earthy/flowery, piney), and a decent finish. For me, more bitterness and bite would make it even better.

Jan 10, 2020
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MrOH from Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold, generous eggshell head, great retention and rings of lace.
Grapefruit, a bit of pine, dank and berry in the aroma
Nice black currant and grapefruit flavor, hint of pine, caramel malt underlying
Medium bodied with proper carbonation.
Exactly what you want from a WCIPA of this ABV

Jan 02, 2020
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Ego from New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

batch: 19190, best by: 1/21/20

eyes...
golden straw color, soapy white cap, busy with carbonation but not a disorganized mess or typical new jersey drive to work traffic bumper to bumper madness, lacing is nice like the tide stretching fingers out and withdrawing them leaving a few tell tale traces behind, solid looking, the head shrinks at a good clip but never fades away completely

nose...
wet citrus grass (is that a thing? it is now...), some pine, a little bready (yeasty) actually, I'm not getting the sense of the crazy amount of hops described on the label scribble, it ain't bad but it isn't bowling me over

taste etc.
immediately this feels a bit light in the mouth, the carbonation is spot on though, really nice crisp and fresh, balanced between pine, citrus and some bitterness, very mild bitterness, easy to drink but the ABV does warm ya' a bit to remind you that it is there

verdict?
just another IPA, has some ABV kick but this did not separate itself from the pack of hordes of IPAs, not bad, would not pass it up on tap but would not go out of my way to find it either

Dec 08, 2019
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

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.

Edit....9/13/2020. On tap at Puccini's outside of Cumberland MD dropping Leah off for her weekend vacation with her folks. Very, extremely citrusy fresh! Leah says it smells just like our Concolor Firs! Served in fine COVID chinaware.

Aug 24, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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)

Aug 23, 2019
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Tony4444 from Massachusetts

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

Aug 11, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

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.

May 23, 2019
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

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.

May 16, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

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.

May 07, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

May 04, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

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.

Mar 11, 2019
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JohnFred4 from New York

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!

Feb 25, 2019
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RMehrenberg from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 26, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

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.

Dec 13, 2018
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

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!

Nov 10, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 05, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.

Aug 19, 2018
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Kinger22 from Virginia

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.

May 28, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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

May 02, 2018
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beerqa from Virginia

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.

Mar 11, 2018
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ppvora from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 18, 2017
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