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Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 AleHeavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

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.

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Reviews: 1,241 | Ratings: 3,505
Photo of capehaze
1.24/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Is this beer an IPA? It's not even in the same universe as Dogfish Head 60' IPA. It's a pretender of the worst kind. Frankly I can't even classify it. It's that neutral. Sorry, based on the glowing reviews, most typically accurate, I had very high expectations. Yet on a scale of 1 to 10, my disappointment is a 10, and this beer is a 1 as an IPA. Hopefully, I can pawn this beer off on an unsuspecting friend.;)

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Photo of teromous
2.33/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Medium copper color with a fluffy white head. Good retention, but low carbonation visible through the transparent beer.

S: Earthy smelling hops, slightly dank. It has a Simcoe-like smell to it. Low on citrus smells. It has a nice scent to it, but it is below what I'd consider average for an American IPA.

T: Very light on bitterness and hop flavor. I get a lot of biscuity malt flavor and some yeast flavor, but the hops take a back seat. The malt flavor is good, though.

M: The mouthfeel is very weak. It feels too wet, as if the beer was watered down. There's not enough bitterness in the mouth, not enough carbonation, it doesn't fill or tease my palate...it's just underwhelming on all accounts.

O: Overall I was highly unimpressed with the beer. It tastes watered down and incomplete. I thought that a beer company themed in pirates and ships, with a name like High Seas, I would get some bold and full flavors. Instead I got a dingy full of landlubbers. Obviously somebody doesn't run a tight ship, because this cannon is very...very loose.

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Photo of rpstevens
2.66/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

The beer has a dark amber/orange look with a thick white head. As the head settles it leaves a decent amount of lacing and the beer looks like it will be a nice IPA.

The smell is a sweet floral hops with a little pine and some fresh orange peel. A very nice smelling beer.

The taste is not nearly as good as the smell of this beer. There is a strange acidic sweetness that is inexplicable and a boozy heat that persists over all the flavors. For a beer that is only 7% abv that is just strange.

The beer is nicely carbonated but the strange alcohol presence and sweetness make it undesirable. Not something I will pursue in the future.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiny pumpkin. Placid, near-nothing ring of white bubbles. Freckles of lace.

Nose is rather dirty hops which seem to be filtered through a grainy metal screen...Husked grain, citrus PacNW hop again. Gives the impression of a grainy, hop-infused orange juice.

Dirty hop-juice comes back in the flavor with an intensity that reminds me of poorly used Chinook hops. Fortunately, the slight maltiness does pick up the proverbial pieces. Ragged harshness of hops hits on the intial quaff, while the second-half and finsh of this beer is much fuller and taste and eventually presents a pleasant grapefruitiness.

This beer would be a turn-off for the unitiated for sure, and actually takes some patient drinking to become enjoyable. A bit thin for almost 8%, too!

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Photo of jdanoff
2.71/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

- $11.99 for the 6 pack in Meadville, PA
- "fresh-by" date on bottle (best by 06/2011), small blurb about beer on neck
- medium head from pour, thin white lace stays around edge and clings to side walls as beer was being consumed
- very faint aroma, hoppy but not floral, not strong
- okay overall taste, not too bitter and very little carbonation. not much malt
- easy drinking IPA, contrary to what the name implies--hop^3 and heavy seas
- higher abv of 7.25% but does not have an alcohol taste which is nice.
- bottle conditioned, small amount of sediment throughout glass
- strong traditional amber hue, almost that of a lager (yuengling)
- I do not like the label or label art, too childish and cartoon like
- run of the mill and not very impressed, would probably not buy again

Ashley's notes:

- very straight forward taste, not necessarily a good thing, too plain
- no background flavors, not floral or citrus-like in smell or taste
could use some malt

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves just a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: Floral hops aroma is a bit mild for the style and is accompanied by a heavy citrus sweetness smell.

T: The bitter hops taste isn’t as intense as most beers in the style, but that same bitter hops taste is also nowhere near as good as most beers in the style. As sweet citrus malt is the smell, you don’t get much of that in the taste either.

M: Crisp, but not as smooth as it should be, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry finish. It was also kind of watery which I’ve never experienced in this style.

D: It kind of lacks in taste. It’s not that easy to drink. The only thing good about it that I can say in this category is that it’s not that filling. I certainly wouldn’t drink it again.

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Photo of Cresant
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle dated best by: 11/06 into an IPA glass. Body was clear and honey/orange colored. Barely one finger of head, which receded like the wind. Neck label states the beer has yeast in the bottle but I could see no evidence (body was crystal clear and the bottle had no discernable reside). Label also called this bottle a "pounder"?

Smell was all citrus hops. Sweet grapefruit. Later, as it warmed alcohol became much more apparent.

Taste was pithy grapefruit. Scraping bitterness (not unpleasant). Sweet and drying. More sweetness than I like in an IPA.

Mouthfeel was medium carbonation and medium carbonation with some slickness in the texture. This beer is not one I will seek again.

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Photo of HopNelius
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-two finger head, golden color, some carbonation.
Smell-Hints of floral and malt. Nice smell.
Taste-Floral hops, wierd finish, mixed in with some malt in there, not impressed with the balance at all.
Overall-I have to say I was not really impressed with this beer. I have been drinking a lot of IPA's lately and this on pales in comparison. The problem for me lye's with the balance, not sure what type of hops are used but it produces heavy floral notes with almost a metallic finish.

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Photo of DarrellK
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but I don't get the high rating for this brew. If you assess the IPA qualities, the beer touches all of the respects but is clearly not special in any one, let alone in totality. The nose is not at all flowert for the style. The color is OK and the head is typical. The mouch is below avereage and the finish, while a little hppoy, just is to subdued to be an IPA, let alone a pale ale.
Clipper City usually does better than this. A secondary note; I tried it at a cool room temp and a bit cooler and while some IPAs change character it didn't make much difference.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Time Out. Pours coppery with little foam into tulip. Strong lacing. Delicate apricot aroma with little else. Creamy start with pine, hop, and orange rind. Clean hop bite with crisp carbonation. Decent if uncomplicated.

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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 HarrySTruman
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice, big, fluffy white head that maintained for quite a while. Heavy lacing.

Smells of caramel malts, yeast and resin.

I've read a few reviews that said this tasted more of a APA than an IPA and I disagree. The flavor profile leaned more towards malts than hops, and the sweetness of the malts were a bit over powering. This beer was a curve ball for most IPA's. I wouldn't even call it balanced, I would say it was more malt than hops. Not much bitterness or citrus flavors at all, more sweet and grassy, with a bit of resin than anything.

Easy to drink with the ABV.

I'd say this is a good beer if you aren't expecting the normal IPA. Sweeter than normal, but still good tasting and easy to drink, I just don't think it does much for the style, which is why some of the scores I gave it were a bit low. I would drink it again, but I won't be in any rush to get more of it.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a half inch custard head of medium life. The body is a hazy sienna yellow color. It smells of piney hops and caramel. Taste is actually milder than the smell and comes across a little soapy to me. Plus the body seems much thinner than other IPAs. Either I got a lame bottle or this beer doesn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing this beer completely off memory, the flavor was a tropical fruit/citrus hops with a resinous quality that I expect came from the ridiculous amount of hops used. While the hop flavor was interesting I don't find the "fruity," hops to be the most exciting, and I remember thinking I was drinking some sort of beer with tropical starburst. This brings me to the malt, way too sweet, no balance with bittter specialty grains that could have made this beer more drinkable. The smell was amazing, and if you like the "pineapple," hop flavor in beer then this is for you, however I can't stop thinking that the malt choices were seriously overlooked by the brewer when formulating this recipe. This is one of those times I wish american brewers were a bit more formulaic like our european counterparts.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

-brownish orange, a tad cloudy, of white head sticks around
-Brown sugar, orange peel, cooked dough
-Orange, orange peel, very subtle grassyness, molasses, brown sugar
-A bit heavy, carbonation has a bite tho. Easy to drink.

-honestly not a fan. Picked it up fresh but not my thing. Cant get over a molasses thing i taste to rate it higher.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with slightly better then average retention. Aroma consists of medium bitter hops with some very subtle citrus flavour. Taste is a mix between some caramel malt with some medium bitter and citrus hops. Body is about average with some medium carbonation. I was expecting a hop bomb based on the description of the beer which mentions triple hops IPA and it seems I got a light IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hearty orange and amber color. Not much aroma going on.

Taste, kinda the quinetessential East coast ipa (sorry had to go there, I love ST), very well balanced, a fraction of a hop mouthfeel, restrained in every way. I did notice the beer developed a nice mouthfeel with food, had it with london broil and some chicken with both white and red pasta sauce.

Was somewhat disappointed given the hop cubed label, in that it had below even an average single ipa hopmouthfeel. Very East coast/UK in style despite the advertising coming across anything but.

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

Aroma:  Subdued woody, with some pine aroma.

Appearance:  Amber color.  One finger of head with good lacing. 

Taste:  Some caramel malt character.  Little to no hop flavor.  Some bitterness in the finish.  Does not appear to be brewed to style.

Mouthfeel:  Medium body, light oily sensation.  Carbonation good.

Overall:  Sadly this beer does not compare well to other IPAs.  It drinks like a pale ale, with little hop flavor and more alcohol.  In comparison to leading west coast IPAs, this beer is a definite pass for me.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--golden rod yellow, quite cloudy

S--floral, sugary

T--very light hop flavor, sweet malt front

M--light and quenching

D--drinkable but not really something if you were expecting strong hop flavor. it just doesn't have that here.

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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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Photo of kbnooshay
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a pretty orange copper color with a small head but nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is earthy, piney and incredibly floral. The beer is oddly sweet and dry at the same time. While fairly hoppy this isn't a hop bomb. It is however a attack of flowers and pine trees. The earthiness is kind of odd in this beer. This brew tastes dirty! The feel is smooth and oily. I am kind of confused by this one.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle
Appearance: Pours into pint glass a golden/orange color with about a finger's worth of eggshell colored head.

Smell: primarily a citrus-like hop aroma

Taste: a hoppy taste that goes with the smell, fairly good.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: pretty good overall drinkability.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Found the bottle at a Fresh Market mix a six offering.

Pours light to medium amber, grades light to dark bottom to top. Light layer of foam on top. Mild hop aroma, very light & subtle. Sweetness evolves into a mixed bitter. Floral notes with a kind of raisin-y mouthfeel.

Odd blend. Unspectacular.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving 12oz bottle

A meager half finger thick head of fine honey tinted froth quickly settles into a thin collar with little to no lacing just above a pellucid copper tinted golden yellow body housing scant carbonation.

Grapefruit, orange, a bit of must and and peppery alcohol are present on the muted nose with a bit of spicy malt and diacetyls.

Tame and reticent upfront, this offers meager hop bitters throughout with a bit of ripe melon and hints of pale malts on a short clean finish. Hops flavors offer just a bit of bitter, acidic citrus upfront and meld into a very restrained mid palate and finish. Grip on the finish is minimal and dissapointing.

Smooth with a short. mildy bitter and insipid finish, this suffers from a heavy hitting alcohol and a bit of leafy hops that come through lound and clear on the finish compromising both the flavor and mouthfeel. Balance isn't a consideration with little malt prescense soaked in lots of raw bitter hops.

Perhaps it is better fresh but I was not impressed by this brew, it was a bit overdone and too boozy for an IPA.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from a make your own sixer at Total Wine. Pours a nice deep orange with a large foamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Smells like I just stepped into a pine forest filled with lemons.

Mouthfeel is lacking. Pretty weak with no crispness at all. Taste a little bit of the alcohol, but pretty tamed down. Nice slight bitter aftertaste. This really is not as hoppy as it claimed to be. I'm a little disappointed. Overall, ok beer.

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