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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.

Added by Higravity on 09-09-2005

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Reviews: 1,244 | Ratings: 3,513
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expiring May 06.Golden yellow, nice head. Hoppy grapefruit aroma. Deep hop taste, not malted away as others I have had of this style. Lace, significant carbonation. A hophead fix, and a but tough on the palate. I favour regular IPAs myself. To be drunk slowly. Thanks Dr. Jay.

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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 Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap for a little while at the Fogelsville Hotel, and I made sure to get as much of this as I could during that time. For $15 for a pitcher I wanted to take advantage of that.

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden copper color with a big thick white head on it. The lacing was very nice here. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, floral and citrusy. The taste was great, I love the hoppy flavor of this beer, lemony citrus with some pine in the back end. Tingling aftertaste. The mouthfeel is oily and slick, good carbonation, lots of cottonmouth on this too after each sip. Overall I really enjoy this IPA. I enjoy it every time I have it.

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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 oriolesfan4
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of the Heavy Seas mixed 12 pack for $17.99

A very good beer here. Nice orange color, nice hoppy aroma to it. It's at 7.5% ABV so it kicks your ass but it's very drinkable and smooth. It's well balanced and smooth, the after taste isn't top notch but still good. Either way, if you wanna hoppy brew for a good price, give this guy a try.. you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for hookin' a brother up! Always a sucker for a good IPA, I can't fault this on too much. A bold straw color with a copper tint, head retention that folds into a nice lacing. Smells like sweet grapefruit and spicy pine. Tastes more with the citrus: grapefruit and oranges. A pine, mint, woody flavor rides above the malt sweetness. Sweetness is moderate but shadowed by hops and a mild grain flavor. Medium, creamy body that swallows easy. Finishes fresh and clean with a mild alcoholic numbing and warmth. Not overly complex, but a solid choice for any day.

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle received from dyan.

Appearance: Pale amber with a slight haze to it. Tons of rising carbonation keeps the head going strong until the last sip. The head leaves behind thick sheets of lace as it falls. Awesome.

Smell: Zesty and floral, on the fruity side of the style with notes of mango and grapefruit.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tons of hop goodness from the get-go with a solid and semi-dry malt foundation residing beneath. As the nose suggests, big flavors of grapefruit, orange and mango come from the hops. The malt character is simple and honey-like, lending a touch of sweetness without overwhelming the hops.

Notes: An excellent IPA - surprisingly so. East Coast in style but with a hop character to match many West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/10: Finally arrived in Chicago, thanks to wilwfu for sharing!
Bright and bittersweet grapefruit rind aroma and taste, nice and hoppy, reminds me of fresh DFH 90 min. a little bit. Going to raise scores for this one, and seek it out fresh.

BBD: 11/09

Sticky halo of lacing, glowing orange body. Slight haze, but pretty nice clarity overall. Caramel aroma not much else at this point. It foams up with the slightest swirl, with good retention.

Dried apricot flavor, spice and caramel malts. Pretty tasty, i'll have to look for this fresh next year. It's full bodied and verging on double IPA i'd say. Dry and spicy finish. Lingering dry citrus fruit from the hops. ABV is hidden well enough, but it renders this a sipper anyway.

Still good, if you have some left drink it now...

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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 zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It poured out an orange/amber color with a small, white head. It left long soapy lines of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grasses and pine with a hint of citrus.

T - It tasted very hoppy. There was a nice citrus (orange) flavor and it had a slight bitter bite.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good IPA. Nice hop character.

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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 nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - One finger of just slightly off-white head on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - A nice aroma of grapefruit hops with a hint of orange. Some sweet toffee malt in the background along with a bit of toasted grain.

T - Lightly sweet toasted malt up front with a bit of orange hop flavor. Moderate bitterness appears in the middle with some pine notes. Finishes with more dry toasted malt character, moderately high bitterness and a bit of light citrus flavor.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is quite nice, with a good dose of pungent, citrus hops and some rich malt backing it up. The flavor, however, is not so great. It is surprisingly flat after the richness of the aroma with weak hop flavor and very anemic malt. The lack of depth in the flavor is only highlighted by the very dry finish that leaves a surprisingly thin aftertaste on the palate, one I can't help but compare to soda water. Definitely a letdown; if anything I was expecting this beer to be too sweet, but it was quite the opposite. Not worth seeking out.

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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 superspak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus hop and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange/lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; with a great hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Prezo in Milford, MA.

A: Light fluffy 1 finger head over a pale amber orange color with haze.

N: Mostly chewy hops with a little malt, some spicy and fresh earthy hop aromas as well.

T: Starts with a musty earthy spicy hop taste. Right out front, and dominates the beer. Some pine and a touch of citrus help on the hop side. It has a chewy hop flavor, but isn't very bitter at first. A little juicy fruit flavors, and almost no malt to be found.

M: Has a good body with decent carbonation, a little oily from the hop oils.

F: Slightly bitter again, it gets a little more bitter as it goes, but not as bitter as I expected. It also dries off quite a bit which does tend to make the bitterness a bit more. A little lingering spicy hop and fresh hop oil flavors, as well as that earthy musty fresh wet hop flavor, which I expected to fade and it never really did.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle fresh from the brewery.

Holy smokes, this is loaded with pungent hop aroma!!!! It smells like rubbing a whole flower hop between your fingers. Floral, spicy, piney, citrusy, fruity - it's like an ad for Pacific Northwest hops!

The malt base isn't nearly as full-throttle, however, and it's superbly balanced - unlike some other examples that can tend to become cloying with heavy, dull malt, or just straight-out sweet against the bitterness. Which brings us to... bitterness. It's restrained in that arena as well, with what I'd consider a perfect balance. Now, maybe I'm a hop-head and not a very good judge of things, but this seems like a beer that almost any beer drinker could enjoy. I don't see it as a "double" or "Imperial" IPA, but more of an incredibly aromatic IPA. Superb!

The small print: There is a mild plant-like (chlorophyll) character to it that can appear from time to time because of the massive quantity of hops used; and the brilliant nose might not carry over into bottles that have a little more age on them.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass. Feb. 2012 date.

This pours a light orange-amber, with a moderate but durable bone head. The head leaves a good bit of sticky lacing. The beer is slightly hazy, and there was some sediment left in the bottom of the 'emptied' bottle. Visible carbonation all the way to the end.

The sweet citrus and herbal nose is very pleasant and very consistent with the flavor. The flavor is, of course, not sweet, but it is not very bitter either. There is a big, balancing malt component in this IPA.

Feel: good medium+ carbonation; near medium body.

O: a very drinkable IPA with a substantial sweet malt balance making this drink more like a pale ale. In fact, I've had pale ales that were more hoppy.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with at least 2 finger widths of off-white head that settled into a nice creamy retention and left awesome lacing. The Aroma is dominated with deep notes of floral hops and citrus but just the slightest bit of a caramel sweetness shines through.

The taste is mostly a nice bite of grapefruit citrus and medium hop bitterness that is nicely balanced by a smooth malt caramel backbone. Bitterness lingers through the finish and sticks to the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and just a bit of heat coming out.

This is one seriously underrated IPA. Lots of zesty citrus character and bitterness is balanced by just the right amount of sweetness. This is definitely one damn good tasting and easy drinking IPA.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light gold body with a small, frothy white head.

Smell: Scads of grapefruit in the aroma together with orange marmalade and homemade sugar cookies.

Taste: Laden with crisp hop flavors of orange peel and grapefruit and backed up by a sweet malt base. Light, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Slightly fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A refreshing IPA (I wouldn't consider this a Double-IPA) teeming with fruitiness. Fairy tasty and well-balanced.

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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 mdaschaf
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a nice golden color with a thick one finger head. This one has some great lacing.

S: Extremely floral hops and grapefruit on the nose here. Really nice.

T: Nice hop/citrus flavor. There is a good transition to slightly malty finish. Leaves a nice bitter taste I look for in an IPA.

M/D: It is a little on the thinner side, but it is refreshing and pretty easy drinking. The higher abv is not obvious, a nice offering.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in NC, review based on notes.

Pours an effervescent honey color with a finger of ivory shaded lacing. Good head retention & great lacing

S: Leafy hops & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plus lemon up front, along with hints of grapefruit & biscuitty malt. Honey malt & dryness are there as this warms along with pineapple. Finishes fruitty, piney 7 with much caramel

MF: Medium bodied, semi-creamy carbonation, great balance

Great drinakbility, easily the best beer I've had from these guys

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow had this on tap for the first time at Barleys. Poured a deep amber with a nice white head that gaded leaving a ring of lace around the top. Smell was big time piney hops with lots of resin. Slight sweetness and a hint of alcohol were present. First impression was hop bomb, a little slick due to not being overly carbonated, but not a detriment at all. Really strong hop presence with nothing balancing this at all. Slight alcohol presence but nothing distracing at all. Overall this was a phenomanal beer, I would love to have this anyday of the week, and with it now available in my area, will see a steady station in my fridge!

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