Loose Cannon
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IPA - American
Ranked #684
Ranked #5,856
4.02 | pDev: 11.44%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
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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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smcneave from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 15, 2020
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Nov 06, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Mar 22, 2006
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womencantsail from California

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Dec 15, 2010
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drgonzo3705 from Ohio

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

A: Beautiful copper color with a nice fluffy off white head.

S: Huge grapefruit nose very citrusy.

T:Again grapefruits and hops meld together beutifully.
M: Nice medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess.
D: Amazing. I've loved Loose Cannon for a while but to finally try it on cask....Fuhgedaboutit!!

Feb 07, 2009
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KixRules from Maryland

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

Love this beer. It is my favorite American IPA. Could be biased since i live about 4 miles from the brewery but the smell of this beer is amazing...grapefruit is what i get right away along with pine. Very plesent smell. The taste is amazing. Very sweet and citrusy that is slightly bitter. Just a great blend that has an amazing finish. Again if you can get this beer in your area, try it!

Feb 18, 2011
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

Jul 21, 2012
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +5%
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.

Apr 03, 2006
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +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.

Mar 21, 2009
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5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Giving Loose Cannon an overall 5 is not an overstatement. Rare, indeed, when an American IPA goes down smooth, just the right combination of hops and spice, yet at 7.25% this is one outstanding, drinkable beer. By far this is my favorite American IPA. Heavy Seas nailed this one.. Cheers!

Jul 11, 2012
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Jan 18, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smell: Some citrus fruit aroma, grapefruit and pineapple, but could be more distinct

Taste: Fruity hop flavors of grapefruit and pineapple abound from the start; after the swallow a perfumy citrus flavor appears; modest bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very refreshing and fruity, nicely hopped IPA

Aug 13, 2006
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Roser from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.


Nov 02, 2014
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VikingBeer from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Sep 03, 2015
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ReservaPrivada from New York

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

Serving Type : Bottle to a Duvel Snifter

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange. 2 Fingers of head that leave great lacing when it dissipates. Which it has not fully left after sitting ten minutes to warm up a shad.

S- Wow. Just amazing. Great american hops. Grapefruit presence with a slight pine resin in there. Mild malt backbone that seems to balance it out.

T- Unbelievable. This beer is simply amazing. What an IPA. Ultra clean finish, with a moderate crisp from carbonation. Grapefruit, citrus note and a undertone of pine. I love the hop profile combination. No alcohol taste or smell. Pretty straight forward beer that I have come to enjoy time after time. Since discovering this beer I have purchased about 10 6 packs and have consumed all :)

This is a great example of a balanced, hop forward beer. Its clean and super refreshing on this hot hot hot summer day. Highly recommended and its a 10/10 in my IPA eyes!

Aug 21, 2011
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jimboothdesigns from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Nov 22, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +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.

Jun 11, 2011
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beeroclock from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a sampler 12 pack (sunken sampler) ExtraARGHHdinary, ok, whatever. I like samplers though, so I figured i'd give it a try. This is the first of the sampler that contains 3 of each (4 different beers).

A - Poured a beautiful copper color with a nice straw colored head, that held nicely to the glass, nice lacing.

S - Smells of pine and citrus. Strong scent.

T - Wow, nice bitter hop flavor with some citrus character.

M - Bready character that holds to the tongue, decent carbonation to make it pop a bit.

D - Good stuff, I'm extremely impressed. I really thought the cheesy pirate thing would make for a lousy beer.

Here's to the pirate brewers of the High Seas. It's Arghhtastic?? Ok, I'll leave the pirate talk to them. It's a solid beer though and I look forward to the rest of the sampler pack that contains 3 others.

Jul 04, 2007
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athensbeermaster from Georgia

4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow, I was very lucky to attend a cask tasting of loose cannon. The rep said the furken keg was filled 8 days ago and they added extra hops just before caping the keg. I've already reviewed this in a bottle. But this tasting took this IPA to a whole new level.
The head had a slightly green tint because of the freshnest.
The seven different hops just overwelmed your senses. The first new flavor I picked up was earthy and fresh cut grass taste.Then a wonderful tropical fruit mixed with fresh pine zing. The acidity was alot more noticable. And the mouthfeel was creamy. A very long finish made you smile until it hurt. THANK YOU Clipper City!

Feb 21, 2007
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ne0m00re from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review of a 12 oz bottle dated March 2011.
A: Hazy amber with a nice two-finger white head that died to a collar and film with lacing. Looks nice.
S: Cheezy grapefruit hops, honey, an earthiness and musk in the yeast. Not bad.
T: Cheezy and dry, with a granulated sugar or cake character in the sweetness. OK.
M: Moderate body with a frothy and creamy character that crisps in the finish.
O: It's OK. I wouldn't buy it for myself. There are a lot better options in my opinion.

Apr 13, 2011
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Jayschool from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Apr 06, 2012
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touchmeimsac from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nov 22, 2011
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Dec 01, 2013
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a nice, translucent medium amber with a big frothy 2+" head; good retention and lacing. great looking IPA. nose opens with floral / pine / citrus characters, secondary notes of malt... doesn't jump out of the glass the way my favorite IPAs do, but very nice nonetheless.

taste follows and exceeds the aroma. very nice balance between the hop notes and the malt backbone. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. very tasty.

overall an excellent IPA, tasty and enjoyable. highly recommended.

(originally reviewed: 11-30-2011)

Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Mar 24, 2012
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