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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:
1,242
Ratings:
3,506
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
145
Gots:
793
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,242 | Ratings: 3,506
Photo of horshamguy
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.
L--Clear, golden amber. Nice, thick, white head that lasted a while and left good lacing.
S--Sweet, hoppy, citrus scents.
T--Mmmmm....nice. A combination of tropical and citrus fruits.
F--Creamy. Heavier than I would have expected.
O--Very nice effort by those pirates at Heavy Seas. I'll definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on 11-13-16 for $1.79. Bottled on 16214, best by 1-23-17. Brew stored in beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with a very nice white head.

Nose has hints of stone and citrus fruits, nice.

Taste is very well balanced between orange, grapefruit, and peach. Finish is mildly bitter.

Feel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a very easy drinker that was pleasurable to have. Not a wow beer but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date on bottle states to enjoy before June 3, 2017. Poured into pint glass.

Pours nice copper, amber color with minimal white head. Head goes away pretty quickly leaving a ring.

Nose picks up floral notes and citrus fruits. Not much of anything else. Slightly sweet.

The taste is pretty light. First sip gives me little bitterness upfront with cracker in-between with some oranges and tropical fruit and finishes with bitterness at the end and lingers. Bitterness taste is more from a grapefruit. Flavors are really light and not pronounced. As it warmed up it became sweeter and you could start tasting pineapple and clementines. More of the sweeter fruits and still finishes bitter.

Light bodies with a really good level of carbonation. Finishes dry. Great body for this beer.

This tastes very similar to a session IPA but with an ABV of 7.3% that is nowhere to be tasted. It refreshes and you forget you're drinking a heavy beer so it can creep up on you. I won't be picking this up as a daily drinker but ok for the beach.

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Photo of Dukies222001
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Heavy Seas and I am impressed. Nothing special about the look, smell or feel. But this is certainly a tasty IPA. Think it is a mix of bitter and floral. Really good job

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Photo of zshaft
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours nice Amber orange with creamy head. I get some light cracker malt with faint grapefruit in the nose. taste is up front light cracker with noticeable grapefruit and light stone fruit layered by floral nuances. finishes very clean with no lingering off flavors. mouthfeel is very complimentary and coats the mouth with minimal carb. ive been wanting review this for a while because this was one of my first gateway beers into the ipa realm. I used to drink this stuff by the sixer and couldn't get enough. although my palate has been blasted by all the top new england ipa's this is a better than average easy drinker. it is well worth the price and although not top tier is a very solid offering.

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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
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop cubes is a good way to put in this copper-gold APA. Decent head. Citrus notes make this an enjoyable summer beverage. Smooth with nice bitterness in the finish. Medium-full bodied. Have to love hop flavor to enjoy this overhopped beer.

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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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