Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA | Heavy Seas Beer

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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPALoose Cannon Hop3 IPA
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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPALoose Cannon Hop3 IPA

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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:
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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber orange with a two-finger, slowly receding off-white head. Loads of sediment in the glass float aimlessly. Left a small amount of lacing.

S - Tropical grapefruit and pineapple, followed by some kiwi and a very small amount of malt.

T - Malty and tropical all at once. Tropical pineapple up front followed by malt. A bit bitter and slightly piney in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It's a good DIPA, but nothing astounding.

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Poured from 12 oz. bottle into wine glass. Spent a few months in the fridge.

Appearance: Orange-amber. Dark honey. Some lacing and a slight head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Sweet, malty, citrusy, floral, fruity. The floral and maltiness come through the most but all scents aren't too strong overall.

Taste: Pretty good. Floral and tasty malts are definitely the most pervasive. Not as hoppy as I was anticipating/hoping for considering they say that it is triple hopped and has the nickname of hop cubed.

Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Slight sweetness lingers along with a very slight hoppiness in the back of the throat.

Overall: Had I rated this earlier before I had gotten to some of the more outstanding IPAs such as Lagunitas Sucks and Stone Ruination IPA, I would have rated this much higher. Looking back this isn't nearly as great as I once thought. Overall though this is still a good beer that I enjoy especially because it's from Baltimore. A fruity, sweet hoppy flavor that's very smooth. 3.6/5

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Heavy Seas : Loose Cannon

Pours a deep clear copper color. Leaves plenty of lace on the pint glass. Looks great. Smells of orangey citrus hops and sweet sugary malts. In the taste, mild orangey citrus, leafy hop and clean English style malting with light caramel toffee touches. Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation giving a smooth, silky feel. Overall, a solid IPA that scores high in a few category.


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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 3,588 ratings