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

A: Slightly reddish orange, very clean and clear. Moderate head that fades quickly, not much lacing.

S: Lots of hoppy aromas dominate: some pine and grass alongside fruity, citrusy notes. Underneath it is just a hint of sweet malt.

T/M: The strong citrus/grapefruit hops vie with loads of sweet, syrupy malts for dominance. Much maltier than the nose would suggest, it's sweet but not cloying, and makes a nice balance to the bitter hop flavors. Bittersweet and puckering up front, with a nice smooth sweetness in the middle before sharp bitterness takes over on the back end. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is just slightly thinner than it could/should be.

O: A fine IPA that provides plenty of big hop flavor and balances it well. Sweet and strong and very tasty.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, MA.

Big floral, fruity character. Smooth as a cask should be. Tons of fresh hop oils. Definitely dry hopped further in the cask. A bit cloying and sweet. Overall a pretty solid beer. Not as great as I expected and I'm not sure if it's better than the bottled version. Much more one-side hoppiness but not nearly as complete.

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

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a balance of earthy caramel malts and peppery hops.

The taste was likewise well balance but with a pleasant herbal hop bite. Clean toasted bread notes detected with a lingering bitter was at the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA. Hearty and well balanced.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, white, fizzy and creamy head that lasted several minutes and left a very nice film. Nice lacing.

S: Floral and pine hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Citrus biting hops. Sweet caramel malt and pineapple. Toasty in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Nice and smooth.

O: I like this IPA. Smooth and refreshing.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottom Line Up Front: This is a nice medium body IPA that goes down smoothly. A great IPA offering from Heavy Seas.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Has a average slightly dark golden color with a fairly good head and no real lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very mild hop smell that might be quite easy to overlook. Nothing really appealing nor detracting about the smell.

Taste: For an IPA I consider this having a mild/medium body yet quite drinkable. Has a slight hoppy aftertaste that is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Has an average amount of carbonation that contributes to a medium body mouthfeel.

Overall: I like this IPA from Heavy Seas and consider this one in my top 10 for IPAs. I consider this IPA another good introduction to IPAs since it's not too astringent yet has a great ABV of 7.25% that adds to it's body. If you haven't tried it and you're a fan of IPAs give this one a go.

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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
4.01 out of 5 based on 3,547 ratings.
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