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Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 AleHeavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale
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:
1,235
Ratings:
3,478
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
19.2%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
778
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 1,235 | Ratings: 3,478
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with an area on the label for freshness/drink before dating, but I can make out no notches/marks etc. This brew pours light almond amber, clear, displaying a light tan head, tiny bubbles, and a long lasting fine film. Lacing also is long lasting, fine and ringed/scattered. Grainy hop nose. This is aggressively hopped, as a worthy DIPA must be. Malty base stands up to the hop assault, making this offering somewhat balanced and quite drinkable, nice offering from Clipper City.

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Photo of Hollister
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm very impressed with this beer and the balance of the hops.

Appearance: Light orange/copper. Average head/retention.

Aroma: slight citrus and strong hops that perhaps overpower any of the other more subtle characteristics in the aroma.

Taste: This is when you first realize how well balanced this beer is. The hops are not as powerful as expected... and there's a hint of caramel that gives the beer a great flavor.

In general the beer enters, goes through all of the phases smoothly and elegantly for a hop heavy beer, and leaves you wanting more. Very drinkable... I highly recommend it!

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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 psinderson
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Luscious copper color with a creamy looking head that lasts and lasts. Great lacing. Clear.

Smell: Bready with a roasted aroma. Very malty with some alcohol, I think I smell some hops there.

Taste: Malty sweetness, some roasted flavors along with a mild hop bitterness at the end. There's an odd metallic taste that seems to be fading as I taste more. Very sweet and fruity. There is some hops here, but not in the proportions I would expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Considering this is a strong, malty beer, it goes down smooth. Perhaps a bit too far on the sweet side though.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a mix pack of Heavy Seas...not much odor, some hops, abit skunky smelling. fine, fine, hoppy flavor. piney and grapefruit-y. some alcohol in the taste too, which affects it and hurts the mouthfeel a bit as well. Fine to drink all over though, despite the pooly hidden high ABV.

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Photo of
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Poured a clear gold-orange color, with a large, off-whtie head. Aroma was mainly hops (grapefruit), with a faint malt presence. Taste was a great big hop hit of grapefruit, but it was balanced pretty well by the malt. No question that this was a hoppy beer. Medium in body and medium-high in carbonation, quite drying. This was a pretty good beer and I wouldn't turn down another, but it was not as well balanced as some DIPAs I have had.

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Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I started sipping this beer and nearly drank it all before staring my review. It is so easy and terrifically tasty I certainly want a case.

Appearance: Pours a bronzed golden color with a bit of orange hue and big head. Sticky lacing stick to the glass in random splotches.

Smell: It has a delightful aroma but not quite as big as I expected (rumor from previous years). This has a full nose of sweet malts, creamy honey and orange hop aroma with a drop of pine giving it a floral hint.

Taste: The flavor is like the smell. Bold citrus orange hops balance with honey sweet malts to make a smooth easy flavor that is perfect for an IPA. This hardly qualifies as a "Double" in my book but who cares what you call it. Small double or IPA 1.5 I don't care just give me more =). This beer drinks like juice with a hint of bitter in the finish and a touch of dry that lingers.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth mostly light with a juicy center and crisp finish. Nice malt backbone holds everything together.

Drinkability: There is no way I’d guess that this beer is 7.50% ABV. It is dangerously drinkable and I would likely session drink this beer into my early grave.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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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 MSchae1017
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered a bottle of this at Churchill's in Savannah this past weekend. It was one of their monthly guest beers. Thankfully, the waiter offered either a chilled or room temperature glass.

The beer poured into my glass a nice golden amber color with a white head that was of decent size but held out well and laced nicely. The smell was all very fresh and citrusy hops, The taste was very sweet with the hops just balancing out the sweetness and adding some flavor. It could have used a more bitter taste. The mouthfeel was thick, nice carbonation. OVerall its a drinkable beer. I could never turn down a Double IPA.

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Photo of MLegendre
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured bronze with a nice 1in. fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing and quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Very, sweet malts backed by a strong citrusy hops.

T: Like the smell, the first taste is initially malty and very sweet. The hops are there and very bitter, but they're not quite as upfront as I thought they would be. They kind of linger in the background and come out strongest in the aftertaste. Alcohol becomes more noticable as I drink it further.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation. Nothing too special, but good none the less.

D: This is not nearly as intense as some DIPA's I've had. It's a pretty decent brew. not the best I've had, but something I could see myself drinking again on occasion.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow pour with a small, but dense head of white that lasts for the duration, a great lookin' brew.

Aroma is sweet, golden malt, honey, and plenty of sweet floral, tangerine citrus, and cool pine hops. Hop infuzed orange blossom honey.

Flavor is much the same. A firm malt entry of honey and golden syrup is quickly overcome by waves of floral, tangerine, grapefruit, pine shavings, and bitter herbs. Hops a bit muddled and mixed. Not hoppy enough for an IIPA, but hoppier than a standard IPA. Doesn't hold a candle to most of the real hop bombs out there. The low, 7.5% abv makes this one drink like a regular 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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from AKSmokedPorter. Thanks for the house-warming gift, Flash!

Pours a dull gold in color. Clear. With lots of fizzies. Thick and pasty whitish head. Lasting rings of lace on the glass. Aromas are a kick in your face hoppy blast. Lovely scents of dripping pine oils, crushed flower petals, Juicy Fruit gum. However, this pleasing nasal performance is quickly drowned out by the cacaphony of bad tastes that assault the palate. Start off nicely with a honey-laced sweetness. This is rapidly crushed by a very unpleasant mixture of hop flavors. It's bitter, but in a bad way. What first came to mind was wet cardboard. The fnish is gritty. Lasting nasty bitterness. Only a smattering of warmth from the ABV. On the thin side for a DIPA. Not too drinkable.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper to peach in color with a white head. Labeled as bottle conditioned, although in the lightest way as there is only a very slight cloudiness. There are some light citrus notes in the aroma, a little tangerine, along with some grassy and black pepper scents. Taste is a little lemony-honey sweetness from the malts with a larger grassy, grainy, peppery bitterness. Light to medium in body, it leaves a nice dryness in the mouth. More of an ipa than a double, not bad on the drinkability.

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Photo of unclederby
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this copper colored ale into my La Fin Du Monde tulip...
nice bit of frothiness up top there with good lacing as i drank it down. Inviting aroma featuring plenty of sweetness and citrusy/piney hops. Plenty of malty sweetness in the flavors too, complimented by an equal amount of sappy hops with estery qualities (even cherries). Flavorful and nicely balanced, with a dry, slightly alcoholic finish that lingered just a bit. Moutfeel is medium/heavy with some grainy carbonation.

I like this beer and find it to be highly sessionable, yet it is closer to an IPA than a DIPA. But so what, distinct defintions of style can be a blurry mess anyways...

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Photo of therica
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= orange-copper, with modest fuzzy white head

S= nice hoppy-floral mix, sweet malts, caramel.

T= nicely blended hops and more hops. Citrus, rich bready malts, light caramel sweetness. Very nice. Grassy notes and belch, and as the beer sets and warms a little the grassy traits become more evident but not dominant.

M= rich blend of malts, floral notes and plentiful hops, grassy finish.

D= if you're an uber-hops-fan then I'm sure you'll enjoy it and session on it. Great when I'm in that ultra-hops mood but also want some nice malt body.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color, bottle conditioned??? This beer is clear as the light of day. Good half inch of off white head, frothy and mouth watering form. Aromas of raw, grassy hops flows out with little malt to back it. Candy sweetness at first followed by waves of hop flavor, all kinds in there as described by CCB. Bitterness is not quite up to par with other IIPA, a main drawback. This one has the potential with all the hop flavor and good malt background, but bitterness is where these bigger beers can shine. Recommended as "the best IPA in the store" by some clerk at Corral Liquors in IL, but I think I'll stick to some HopDevil or 60 min, thank you.

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Photo of granger10
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a semi hazy copper color with a solid off white head. Fairly solid lacing.

Smells strong in the hop dept. Lots of pine and hop resins. Not too much else but I really do like that intense resiny aroma. There's some citrus too but I get more pine in the aroma.

Taste begins with the hops. Very floral at first. Some earthy character is there but the floweryness is prevalent. A honey like sweetness emerges along with a soft bready base. Hops are still in complete control. Stronger resiny green hops come towards the back and don't let go. Slight orange like acidity in the end but more of a drying character takes effect. Finish is really dry and I really need another sip right when I'm done taking the previous sip.

It's a good beer but I really found myself craving another sip continuously. Odd. Reminds me in ways of Alpha King but its been a couple months since I had that so maybe I'm wrong with that comparison. Funny how Alpha King is listed as an APA and this is supposedly a DIPA. This is a straightforward IPA in my book, but there's nothing wrong with that. A nice middle of the day libation.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a nice, solid, tasty beer, here. Decent lacing, some smell of pine woods, some maltiness...but not as much as other IPA's I've had and not quite as hoppy...but..very easy to drink. Hard to believe it's 7.5% as I am drinking it. I highly recommend this one, especially to those just getting into hoppy brews. I will get this one again.

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Photo of Daehpoh
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden amber color with just a slight haze.
Minimal white head retained throughout.
Piney, orange citrus aroma. Didn't get much floral hop aroma from this one.
Slightly heavy feel. Sweet with a lingering hop bitterness.
The taste is a melange of different hop flavors backed mildly by malty sweetness. I enjoyed the variety of flavors, but felt as though the balance leaned a little too heavily toward the hop end. Earthy undertones in both the smell and taste.
Overall, this is a very smooth drinking, refreshing beverage that I would certainly try again.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber colour wi tha big off-white head that makes its way down to a thin lace but leaves plenty of residue on the glass along the way.

The aroma is a very nice burst of piney hop notes, some caramel sweeteness, and touches of eathry malt. Very well done overall.

The flavour is piney and juicy up fron tand toward the middle, where it then mixes with a bit of earthiness and other sweetness (some citrus even?) for a well balanced flavour throughout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

I enjoyed this one. It's hoppy but not overly hoppy, and is certainly nice and balanced, or at least complimented nice with some malt flavouring. Certainly worth a try if you see it.

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

filtered bottle with a fun purple label depicting a cannon crashing loose from its moorings and careening through the opposite railing. the oh-so-appreciated freshness indicator suggests i drink this by november 2006. no problem

bright copper color. the head is modest but attractive—a little sticky

very hoppy aroma—citrus and florals. the website cites a litany of Pac NW hops—magnum, centennial, amarillo, chinook, palisade (not too familiar with this one). it's a smooth aroma; a little sweet

very malty flavor. the hops are distinct, and perhaps dominant, but not in the authoritarian or despotic fashion of other DIPAs' hop aristocrats

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Photo of beerinator
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, courtesy of hoppedup

Appearance: Very light orange. Decent off-white head with adequate retention against the edge of the glass.

Aroma: This one could leave a mark. The citrusy grapefruit hops are begging to be consumed here. They overpower any of the sweet caramel that might be lingering behind the smells.

Taste: The taste here matches up fairly well with the smell. The hops, while not quite as overpowering in the taste (as they are in the aroma), are very citrusy and they blend well with the toasty caramel malt. The balance here is nice and the beer has a good solid IPA-ish mouthfeel.

Notes: Very drinkable. The bitterness while lingering is not overwhelming, yet it seems to beg for more and more sips. A very drinkable product.

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Photo of oelergud
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent copper body with lots of carbonation. Off-white head with low retention and ok lace.
Pleasant dry hop scent with floral and grassy notes mingled with soft bread. Caramel, spice and a hint of almond.
Sweet caramel flavor and dry hops up front and well balanced. Honey pushes through as the brew warms. Very intense and complex yet simple in it's makeup. Aftertaste is dry hop flavors that last well.
Full body with a dry finish. Slick and coating well.
Highly drinkable. The alcohol is well controlled.

-Oelergud

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Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear body, light orange color, approaches apple juice. Nearly white head, little formed on the pour but stayed in a thin layer once reducing a bit.

Somewhat light aroma. Citrus and floral hops mainly but some pine undertones come through. Overall sweet but is nicely balanced with some caramel and biscuit malts.

Taste is okay, not much to it really and doesn't qualify as a double to me. That being said I find this one pretty well balanced. Earthy, biscuit malty bakbone. Hops are floral with a resin bitter finish. No hints of alcohol.

Thinnish mouthfeel for the style. Fairly crisp on the tongue. Coats well and the flavor lingers for a while.

Drinkability is good. Quite refreshing. sits light but still has flavor to make it seem like I'm actually drinking something.

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