Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA | Heavy Seas Beer

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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPALoose Cannon Hop3 IPA

Brewed by:
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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Photo of JClarson
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- White head that simmers down into beautiful lacing. Hazy light copper in color.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, and sweet malt on the nose.

T- Pine and sweet citrus fruit. Then the bitterness follows and gradually resides at the finish.

M- Easy drinking. Nice hoppy lingering aftertaste.

O- This beer really doesn't have the punch of a beer that is 7.25%. Great IPA and worth a shot if you see it at the store. This is a common beer by me on the east coast and I haven't ran into anyone who didn't have good things to say.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of dbl_delta
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (BB 11/5/15) into pint glass. Cloudy amber with off-white head. Medium carbonation. We're talking juicy citrus and pine here, with some malty caramel that works its way from the background - initially - to the forefront at the finish. It's not a particularly bitter IPA - yes,it has a definite hops presence, but it's quite well balanced by the malt. Very little bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium - not chewy, not syrupy, but not thin or watery. Good balance of giving it some body while keeping it relatively dry and refreshing. Alcohol is well hidden.
Very nicely done.

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Photo of JesseHeichert
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

To me this is BETTER (more alcohol, even!) then Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA. This has 1.25% more alcohol, is same price, and, taste's smoother/better IMO than Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA. Pactically same type of IPA taste and background, hop-wise I am sure, then Dogfish Head's 60 - I exemplify with Dogfish Head so much because their 90 Min IPA is arguably rated as America's Best Beer, while this underdog is rivaling, and beating, their second most marketed product, the 60.

I can't complain for something craft you can find at wal-mart.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Late April 2013 freshness date.

Poured this one into my Duvel tulip. Nice honey caramel colour, good half inch of head, which ends up settling into a fairly thick ring with swirls and eddies on the top of the liquid. Some lacing. Looks like a double IPA or barleywine.

Nose is certainly aromatically hoppy. Nice tropical fruit - orange, mango, grapefruit - from the hops, with sweet caramel, a bit of pine as well. Smells great.

Sweet, fruity IPA, easy to drink, not overly hoppy, but the finish has a bit of hop bite to it. What I get more strongly is that sweet tropical fruit hop flavor, which is quite nice. Thicker bodied, mild carbonation. Almost pushing into 2xIPA territory, but still easy to drink.

Solid IPA - this would probably be a winner for folks who aren't always going for the bitter, cone hop taste. The tropical smoothness to the brew was quite nice, and while not as hoppy as I would have expected, I still enjoyed it a great deal.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jimmys
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. best if bought before may 2013.

A: a slight amount of haze in an otherwise brilliant light copper body. head is bubbly and solid. slightly off-white. retention is good, and there is some spotted lacing.

S: nose has a lot of butterscotch/diacetyl aroma. otherwise there is some earthy/pine hop aroma. meh.

T: a citrus presence is notable in the middle of the drink. a bit oxidized, in addition to diacetyl, makes for an overall slightly moderate/unpleasant flavor. bitterness is there throughout and some hop flavor makes its way towards the finish. lemons and pine trees.

M: moderate carb on a medium body. doesn't drink as big as the abv says.

D: this thing definitely tastes like it has lost some quality due to time. however, I am surprised that this is still well before the best by date. wonder how long ago it was bottled....regardless I feel like I have been happy and sad about this brew quite a few times, that inconsistency alone is enough to pass. get your shit together Heavy Seas.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
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