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Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale | Heavy Seas Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

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:
1,232
Ratings:
3,429
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
19.2%
 
 
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140
Gots:
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Reviews by Shultzerdugen:
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4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle with best before notch of APR 06.

Clear light amber in color with a clingy egg-shell tinted froth.

Delightful grapefruit aromas along with an almost candy like orange tint. Some herbal notes and a tinge of caramel as well.

Medium body with a pleasant carbonation, some creaminess, and a resinous mouth coating. Big grapefruit flavors come right out at the top. Mandarin orange burps. A nice sweetness fades out into a long citric finish.

I'm not sure how this beer came to be categorized as a double IPA on the site, (maybe the HOP3 on the label?). I reviewed it as an IPA, and regardless of style, it is one fine ass example of tasty beer. I'll be looking for this one again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dad got a growler from the brewery and brought it back home... basically as fresh as it gets right here.

Appearance: Slow pour from the growler didn't give too much of a head at all -- a small white ring, but that's about it. The beer is a slightly hazy orange. Minimal lacing left behind.

Smell: A whole bunch going on -- Hop^3 is right. There's a pure dank hop smell, then plenty of citrus, herbal notes, floral aromas, and malt... a lot of IPAs tend to have a focus in their hops, this beer really is a Loose Cannon -- it shoots pretty much every hop aroma you can imagine at you and it does it quite well.

Taste/feel: Herbal and floral with citrus, a little dank pine that's a bit more in the background, and a nice malt finish. This is a fantastic IPA... has some great, quite different flavors. Very, very clean bittersweet finish on this that makes it pretty damn thirst quenching. Very well crafted. The bitterness is moderate if not low for the style, which aids in making this drink so easily. Seriously refreshing IPA that drinks too easily for the 7.25%. The mouthfeel is moderate all around with a decent body and middle-of-the-road carbonation that works pretty much perfectly. Strange thing about this beer is that it seems to go in feeling a little "Uh-oh, I don't think this'll be very good..." but the mid-drink and finish changes all of that.

Color me impressed. My rating's no doubt likely slightly inflated compared to others because I was able to get it fresh from the tap from the brewery, but I'll definitely be looking for bottles of this around me. One of the best year-round IPAs I've had for quite awhile.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures a lighter golden with a thinner white head thatwas gone pretty fast leaving no lace behind,seemed a bit spritzy.Big pine filled aromas and herbal mint really seemed to stick out with a touch of caramel underneath.Obviously hop driven but not over the top,lingering resiny pine flavors over top of biscuity lightly sweet caramel malt,the citrus is there more in the finish the pine profile is a little bigger.A solid offering the alcohol is very well hidden and the flavors meld well,nice job here.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet dense head that took a long time to die down and left lacy patterns covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the smell.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very citrusy—grapefruit stands out in particular—and also has some hints of bready malts. There is a mild to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly crisp and somewhat smooth on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer does taste strong but isn’t difficult to drink because the taste is well balanced and the alcohol is mostly masked from the taste.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice cloudy amber with a generous head. Smells like lavender, herbs and hops. A nice mild bitter taste with hints of herbs from start to finish. Thin to medium in feel with a medium to light carbonation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: Pint glass with Black Bear (Morgantown, WV) pint glass.

A: Dark amber with a decent head. Head is single-fingered and a little bit bubbly. Good lacing.

S: Sweet hops and malt. More citrusy than piney, and smells absolutely delicious smelling.

T: Good malt backbone with a definite sweet hop presence. Slightly oily.

M: Smooth. Medium-bodied and quite creamy.

D: Quite drinkable. A "smaller" version of this style, but a good example nonetheless. Agree with other reviewers that this is potentially sessionable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a thin white head and some mild lacing.

S: Smells surprisingly good. I get a bunch of tropical fruit such as pineapple, quite a bit of tangerine and grapefruit juice as well. Some mild fish food aromas on the back end.

T: The flavor starts off with the same grapefruit and tangerine flavors, but a bit more toward the peel side of things. A fairly substantial malt character, pretty bready and a bit of biscuit.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Not a terrible IPA, but not really my style. Too much malt and not enough intense hoppy character.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Displays a hazy copper color with a frothy head that leaves great lacing on the way down

Smell: Some citrus fruit aroma

Taste: Fruity hop flavors abound from the start; after the swallow a perfumy citrus flavor appears

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very refreshing and fruity, nicely hopped IPA

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

Served on tap at Brothers' BBQ in Danville, KY. Very fresh and surprisingly good. Nice, hazy orange color, rather akin to darker orange juice, and a pretty hrad that recedes to 1/3" after a coupe of minutes and leaves a a decent bit of lacing. Smells of rich, citric and tropical hops, and honey. Hops flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, kumquats, mangoes, pine, and grass compete with a sturdy malt backbone, with notes of crackers and honey. Finish is dry and quenching, with spicy, grapefruity hop flavors and a hint of honey persisting for a good few minutes. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a smooth, refreshing moutufeel.

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Photo of Roser
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

A- clear honey gold. Decent medium bone white head that lasted a good bit. A little lacing, not much. Very pleasing/inviting to the eye.

S- clean, piney, floral, hoppy, citrus (grapefruit).

T- bitter hops up front. Malty, biscuity on the end. Big citrus wallop (grapefruit on the nose carries to the taste, big time).

M- medium body. Well balanced. A good bit going on here but very consistent throughout.

O- excellent! An outstanding IPA. Was a gateway beer for me several years ago when first getting used to this style, and has remained a "Big 4" for me over time (the other 3? Lagunitas Lil Sumpin', Bells Two Hearted, 21st Ammendment Brew Free or Die). Also, very reasonably priced ($7.99 at Total Wine). An additional note, visit the brewery if you have the opportunity. A great tour and tasting room.

Cheers!

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

Thanks to Shroud0f doom for this one from NBS BIF #1. Best by date of 5/17/15. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow amber color, with about 1/4 inch of light khaki head that had low-moderate retention and left sheets of lacing.

The aroma was very hoppy, mostly pine and floral, with a bit of citrus in the background, and had a low malt presence. On the tongue the flavors were similar, but bolder. The citrus hop flavors dominated the finish.

The body was medium, pretty much what you expect for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone smoothly and quickly. Overall, a very nice, solid IPA, one that anyone would be happy to have as a reliable, local go-to brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a slightly hazy copper body.

S: Caramel malts, earthy hops with slight bitterness to the aroma.

T: malt forwards IPA with muted citrus, floral and earthy hop notes. They say this one is "hop cubed" but they must be using a third of the hops each time compared to your typical IPA!

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this beer seems a little overhyped. It is good and very drinkable but when I think of beers falling in the 4.5 or exceptional category IPA style, this one is comparably weak. Not a bad beer though overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent tangerine beneath a lemon-accented ivory crown that is the best part of the appearance. The foam is firm and sticky rather than creamy and persists for quite a while. Small splotches and flecks of sea foam lace end up on the glass.

It's impossible for a brewer that has any amount of talent (and those at Clipper City have a great deal) to create an IPA with a hop bill like this one that doesn't smell freakin' incredible. For the record: Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade (at least 3 of which are on my 'all time greats' list). The nose is bursting with grapefruit, orange, pineapple and all manner of tropical fruity hop esters.

When the first gulp hit my taste buds, I thought the flavor was easily the equal of the nose. However, rather than rise to a mind-blowing crescendo of hoptastic goodness like the best DIPAs do, the flavor began a steady decline all the way to and through the finish. Loose Cannon is still mighty tasty beer, it just isn't exceptional beer.

It's fairly well-malted for the style, with no caramel malt to muddy things up flavor-wise. That leaves the door open for that murderer's row of hops to rush through and make one hell of a memorable entrance... except they don't. Again, I'm being somewhat nitpicky, but I require a certain hoppy explosiveness in my DIPAs that I'm just not getting here.

The flavor profile abounds in grapefruit, orange and assorted tropical fruit fruitiness (just like the nose) as well as a fresh, 'pine forest at dawn' spruciness is appealing. The amount of bitterness wasn't noteworthy during the top half of the bottle, but I'm finding it more so in the bottom half. This is another one of those cumulatively bitter beers that'll sneak up on your tongue if you're not careful. The 7.5% ABV should be completely buried, but isn't quite.

The mouthfeel (like the rest of the beer) is somewhere between an IPA and a true DIPA. It's medium-full with some expansiveness in the mouth, but stops short of being heavily creamy or chewy.

After the Peg Leg Imperial Stout misstep, Loose Cannon gets me excited again about the Heavy Seas line from Clipper City. It isn't the best version of the style that I've had, even in the past few weeks, but it is a tasty, drinkable beer that I have no trouble recommending to those whose hop itch needs a good scratch.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out light orange in color with a big, beautiful white head.

Smell – The hops here are huge and raunchy. The giant pine resin and pure, unadulterated orange aroma was just rank. It was the kind of smell that causes people to make a funny face. It was almost perfumey in a sense; it was such a concentrated smell.

Taste – This was just hop harsh in the mouth. If you don’t like hops you will definitely hate this beer. The hops aren’t even smooth, they are just raw in your face pine and rindy orange. Not to be outdone, the malts were big with some powdery spiciness.

Mouthfeel – This was medium-bodied with some sharp citrusy notes on the sides of the tongue. This felt very heavy going down. The ABV is a bit light to be called an “ADIPA” but it sure felt like a Double in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is an amazing ale with a huge, monster presence that you’ll either love or hate. I loved it!

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge creamy vanilla head sitting atop an orange body. Looks pretty good.

Intense hops in the nose, grapefruit and other sweet citrus with some light hints of pine in the background.

Wow, juiciest of juicy hops sting the tastebuds and white grapes and oranges round out the experience. Initially clean, then halfway through the hops hit you, then drive right into a dead end road of white grapes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. Little to no malt being tasted.

Carbonation is just right though.

The hops in this one are juicy and sweet with very little bitterness at all. Day in and day out this beer could keep me satisfied. This is a IPA that hardly gets the respect it deserves. A better choice than their black IPA.

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Photo of Mulzicus
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too much malt character not enough balance.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

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

Photo of Iamjlopez12
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Poured a clear pale copper color with a plentiful fluffy white head. Great head retention and very good lacing.

S: Magnificent bouquet of hops; very floral! If you can get past the flowers, there is a little bit of pale malt undertone as well.

T&M: There is a creamy flood of malts and moderate hop flavor that immediately gush over the tongue. As the brew settles in there is more of a release of the bittering side of the hops that carries through the finish, leaving you with a quick clean hoppy linger. The carbonation on this is perfect; it's fine and moderate and helps create a creamy texture on the tongue.

D: Very enjoyable if you are a hop head and at the very least, respectable if you are not. I love IPAs and this is a fantastic representation. I enjoyed it a bunch and highly recommend it.

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Photo of steelerguy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep gold, approaching amber. Nice size off white head that sticks around. Low carbonation, but that is due to tap I'm sure, regardless the head retention was very good.

S - Extreme hop aroma and it is all good. Nice floral and citrus hops really come through on the nose. There is also a sweet caramel malt note, but it is hop dominated.

T - Hops again take center stage here. Although the bitterness is not extreme there is a lot of hop flavor. Very balanced with the caramel malt profile.

M - Has some sweetness, but some is perceived due to the hops and is not left over sugars. Not too heavy at all, nice clean profile.

D - This is a great session IPA. It has a good ABV, but is not harsh in any way, very enjoyable taste and the bitterness does not get tiring.

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