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

Had this on cask at the 2006 WBF in Durham, NC and it was divine...let's see how the bottle compares.

appearance: A gentleish pour gives a low white head that recedes to a thin ring and layer. The beer is a slightly hazy golden amber in color.

smell: As in the flavor, I find the same sweet, crisp hop aroma on the nose. The hops bring to mind tropicals including sweet citrus and slight passionfruit. There's a slight acidic note. The malt aromas are low and seem to be pale in nature. A touch more malt would be nice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, as is the body.

taste: Sweet, fruity hops upfront just tempered by a light, paleish malt sweetness. Nice blend of flavors here, with the hops dominating yet not overpowering the tongue. After the swallow, a light to moderate bitterness comes in. Just a touch more malt or hop depth would make this an easy 4.5.

drinkability: easy

Single bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh, notched as best by Feb. 2007. A simply delicious, hop forward IPA...though I'm not sure if I agree with the DIPA classification.

07/29/09: pint at Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA, dropped smell from 4.5 to 4

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

This beer was poured into a pint class and was a nice amber gold with an inch of head that diminished after 5 minutes or so. Lacing from top to bottom. The smell is of hops and more hops.Kind of piney and sweet at the same time. Nice hoppy flavor with some citrus and a malt background. Somewhat smoothish with a crisp dry finish. This is a good IPA, not what I am used to from a DIPA. Nice hop aroma and good taste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ccrida
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ename chalice, it is golden amber with a slight haze and medium head with large bubbles that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving only a little lace. The aroma is a mix of floral and piney hops, but not as overwhelming as some of the other Double IPAs out there. There is also a distinct sweetness, which is echoed in the taste, and might steal the spotlight from the aroma hops, which are harder to notice. This is not the case with the bittering hops however, which come through nicely with a piney, bitter finish, and help mute the 7.5% ABV. The body is creamy and malty without much carbonation in the mouthfeel. This is not the most drinkable big IPA, the benchmark in my mind being Southern Tier's Unearthly, which is something like 11% ABV and much smoother. Nevertheless, it is really quite nice, and worth getting your hand on few, as you'll probably want to have more then one!

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Photo of bennetj17
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Vancer for the bottle...

The hazy orange copper look has a nice appeal. A half inch of light tan foam at the top settles after a minute or two. There are some minute streams of carbonation throughout. Citrusy hop tang dominates the aroma, with a light piney character in the background. Smells very candy sweet also, lots of caramel malt. The taste is strong on nectary tang, and is moderately bitter overall. The finish yields a light alcohol astringence with a bit of sour dryness. Medium body, fair carbonation.

Drinkablility is not bad for this double. I was hoping for more hop explosion in the flavor, but I got more tangy alcoholic sweetness really. Worth your consideration, but needs to step it up to compete with many of the great DIPA's out there...

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Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"CC HS Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale"

Nice golden color with a low off-white head and nice carbonation. Prominent prefumey and citrusy hop aroma. Dominated by resiny hop flavors -- mostly citrus but also balanced big and well. Full-medium bodied and creamy smooth with a light bitter finish.

Solid IIPA without being over the top on bitterness and alcohol - very nice !

Per CC website:
Malts: Crisp English Pale, Carapils, and Munich
Hops: Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade
Hop 3 (hop cubed) = over 3 pounds per barrel and hopped 3 ways - kettle, hop back, and dry hopped.

Purchase Before: Jun '06
Tasted: 09/15/06

($6.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of karengarys
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this pours nice clear rich amber, leaving little head with my slow pour.

Smell is very citrusey, lemony sweet. Some hops come through.

Taste is hops, lemon, hops, citrus, hops, hops and some more hops. It is not pine like. It is more dry-bitter like. Very good, and clean - somehow it is not over the top with the hop. Some sweetness somehow exists.

Mouthfeel is nice and fizzy. Somewhat coarse, but enough to make it through the finish.

The finish is quite clean. Bitter sour clean hops finishes this off.

this is a very good ipa. Highly recommended.

the brew is very good.

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Photo of jhollick
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single to round out my mix six pack, and I hesitated grabbing this because of the cheesy purple label. I was just hoping it wouldn't absolutely suck.

Wow was I in for a surprise. The smell of this thing was unbelievable. It was like dumping your head into a vat of hops. I would love to capture this smell for an air freshener.

Appearance and mouthfeel are typical of the hoppier amber ales, with clinging lacing all the way through the beer. Going down, it wasn't quite the hop bomb I was expecting. It is actually pretty well balanced by the malts. The hops are slick and very much on the piney side. In my mind, this is a better balanced version of Weyerbacher's Hops Infusion.

When I was little, my mom told me that you could always judge a book by its cover, but damned if she wasn't wrong today. The label screams mediocre beer to me, but this was really a treat. This is terribly drinkable for being 7.5%. You have only your tastebuds and sobriety to lose.

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Photo of GDMFSOB
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After trying a few beers this weekend, from a brewery that will go unnamed, which tasted like somebody just blindly threw a bunch of random grain into a bucket with some water and let it ferment, I really believe that Clipper City's brewer loses sleep thinking up various combinations of hops and malts. I haven't had a brew from them yet that hasn't thoroughly impressed me. The appearance is nothing out of the ordinary but the nose, as the previous reviewer had noted, is like being lost in a giant field of hops. A smooth sweetness mingles with the strong and fresh, but not overpowering at all, hop flavor. Has that nice hop kick without being overly bitter, so they go down like water without being watered-down at all. Another outstanding offering from this so far, can't miss brewery.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been passing over this beer at various stores for over a year now, always choosing something more better looking. Then today for the first time I saw the label said "hops cubed" on the side, so now I'm trying it. I like hops.

Holy crap I had to give this beer a 5 for smell. It smelled more like fresh hops than almost any other beer I've tried. The appearance is average, clear and orangy-yellow, but god the smell...

The taste is massive with hops but retains some malty sweetness for balance. It's really pretty good, probably the best DIPA value. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than average and drinkability is good. If you like IPA's or DIPA's you should try this beer.

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Photo of Jaynuze
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A deep amber hue with a thick and creamy head. The head follows the beer all the way to the last sip and coats the glass with one of the thickest Belgian Laces I have ever seen. This cask ale is much more reserved than bottle or draft; the cask treatment has really mellowed the hoppiness and has created a super smooth/creamy taste and one hell of a mouthfeel. The hop nose is much lighter pine with light notes of citrus. I love this in bottle and on draft, but the cask is by far one of the best I have ever tasted! I highly suggest ... DC folks can sample this one at the Brick this week!!

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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.

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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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