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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA | Heavy Seas Beer

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4/5
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3,571 Ratings
Loose Cannon Hop3 IPALoose Cannon Hop3 IPA
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:
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.

Added by Higravity on 09-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,660
Reviews:
1,261
Ratings:
3,571
pDev:
11.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
840
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 3,571 |  Reviews: 1,261
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -7.5%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

09-11-2009
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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 oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
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 -1.3%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev 0%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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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