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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 Beers-es
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle, this is a nice-looking beer: moderately hazy orange with a finger of dense and creamy off-white foam. Plenty of lacing. Fine bubbles continue to rise up throughout the glass.

Smell is on the simple side: pine and sweet malt. Taste follows, with some citrus notes as well. Nicely balanced between bitter hops and malt, though the hops win out. Feel is a solid medium, hefty and almost chewable.

Overall this is a really good IPA. Just challenging enough to keep it interesting.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours amber with small head, slowly dissipating to a thin layer. The scent is a bit of citrus and the mouth loves the well balanced malt and hop taste. Yum!

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of this might be that it was poured off of cask, but it was more smooth than hoppy, despite its name. The malt base was pleasantly deep, but the beer overall was not entirely what I anticipated.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Malty and messy. Not sure if this was categorized wrong, but if this is fresh, it is an English IPA. Super malty sweet with a slight hop presence. Taste is very malty with some slightly hoppy bitterness. Not loving it.

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Photo of HiWire
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a red tinted Amber with 1/2 finger head. Smells a tinge tea leaf and hops. Tastes of balanced malt and hops on the front, finishes with a delicate bite. Great mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Would buy again.

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Photo of MD03
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it on cask, extra creamy but without that much carbonation. So balanced, malty, with tons of sweetness, my new favorite beer. I would consider it more of a British pale, especially compared to the hop bombs out east and west.

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Photo of moodenba
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle best by June 4,16.. tasted 2/19/2016.

Nothing exciting about this brew. Fairly hoppy as advertised, but not hop cubed. With the huge number of hoppy pale ales and IPAs available, an OK entry doesn't make it. I would probably like it better on cask, but cask beers are rare in my neighborhood (Only Blue Point Brewery taproom has cask regularly in Suffolk county. Their annual cask ale festival is coming up!)

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color with a touch of haziness from some light sediment. There's a quarter inch of off white to tan resting on top. Aroma is of citrus hops. I taste plenty of citrus hops but there's also plenty of light malt. This is a fairly balanced IPA. The mouth is fairly smooth and crisp.

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Photo of leantom
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer overall. I actually like Heavy Seas a lot despite them no longer being in vogue. Here goes:

A: Good, but a little too cloudy. Pours an opaque orange with a decent head. However, the beer is very effervescent, and this fact definitely raises the score a little bit.

S: Lots of oranges and grapefruit. Also a fair bit of pine. This is definitely a WC rendition of the IPA style.

T: Follows the nose, but with a much maltier background. Pine, oranges, and a lot of grapefruit mixed with caramel malt. Good.

F: Very well-carbonated. Great.

O: A good beer. I think the cans were a little old, though, given a slight (but relatively unreviewable, which is why I didn't mention it) off-taste.

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Photo of AirRatchet
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours well from tap with decent head, lots of citrus smell. Taste is full of hops with not much citrus considering the smell. The the hops creates an earthy taste which suits this beer just fine. I find myself drinking this beer whenever it crosses my path.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really solid IPA offering here. It hits all the notes of a good East-Coast-style IPA, with a thick, resiny texture, piney nose with a hint of citrus and mango, and a good amount of bitterness that keeps it all from being too tropical. Nice that it's available enough around here to drink whenever I want, as it is a great go-to IPA when you want something a wee bit strong with a hefty dose of flavor.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Lucular for this bottle, 12 oz, as I recover from doing absolutely nothing all day.

The pour is lightly misted orange with minimal carbonation that fades faster than a Pretty Little Liars’ career. The nose is very nice, a citrus grove in harvest with pulp all over the ground. The look & nose sync. I dig.

Loose Cannon Hop3 is earthier than a meeting of The Vegan Society. Hops dragged through good dark earth dominate the profile, mixed in the bitterness. Mid-palate brings peaches, citrus, & other light fruits, all tainted with a layer of silt. Finish is half sweet caramel, half fall leaves. Six ounces were enough (my wife drank the other half & enjoyed it more).

Dank earthiness just isn’t my thing & unfortunately, this is super dank, super earthy. I can drink it, but just don’t appreciate it.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice cloudy amber with a generous head. Smells like lavender, herbs and hops. A nice mild bitter taste with hints of herbs from start to finish. Thin to medium in feel with a medium to light carbonation.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy bronzed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing slid into the beer.
The smell started off with a light grassy to earthy hop and allowing a gentle caramel malt base to flow up into my nose.
The taste was moderately bitter with the sweetness of the malts sharpening on my taste buds. There's a light aftertaste of caramel malts.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable feel about it. Carbonation hits like an EIPA - not too harsh just enough to allow an ample amount of bitterness to hit in the "English" sort of fashion.
Overall, not sure if that was Heavy Seas' intention, as I see this is labeled as an American styled one on here. I don't mind it so much for me, but I can see how people might not like this as other IPA's. As if this was labeled an "English" IPA on here and the style reviewers on BA might rate this accordingly. Just saying, but whatever, next beer please.

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Photo of capehaze
1.24/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Is this beer an IPA? It's not even in the same universe as Dogfish Head 60' IPA. It's a pretender of the worst kind. Frankly I can't even classify it. It's that neutral. Sorry, based on the glowing reviews, most typically accurate, I had very high expectations. Yet on a scale of 1 to 10, my disappointment is a 10, and this beer is a 1 as an IPA. Hopefully, I can pawn this beer off on an unsuspecting friend.;)

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale - Heavy Seas Beer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is one finger thick and off-white, with spottier lacing, and a clear deeper amber body.

Smells like a fair blend of citrus and pine notes from the hops, with just a dash of malt in there.

I taste a bright, clear blend of the elements described above with an overall earthiness. Very interesting for an American IPA, and enjoyed by yours truly.

Mouthfeel is lighter, with mild carbonation and a mid-palate bite per this style.

Overall, I'll award Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale - Heavy Seas Beer with a 4.25.

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint. Nice thick long lasting head with great lacing, very nice! Piney smell, but not pungent. Nice pine flavor with a grapefruit finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can - thanks to my friend, Derek, for picking this up while in Ohio
A - nearly opaque amber colored body with a foamy ivory colored head
S - earthy, herbal, pine, grapefruit, bready malt, caramel
T - very earthy and herbal again here; pungent grapefruit and pine add bitterness, caramel and bread crust for malt
M - fuller body, sharp bitterness prickles the tongue with hop oils sticking to the palate, grapefruit and pine linger
O - pretty good American IPA with old school flavors, which I always enjoy. Glad to try this one.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber, persistent head. Citrusy aroma, medium dense mouthfeel. Has a crisp hoppy citrus taste, slightly malty, well balanced. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

-brownish orange, a tad cloudy, of white head sticks around
-Brown sugar, orange peel, cooked dough
-Orange, orange peel, very subtle grassyness, molasses, brown sugar
-A bit heavy, carbonation has a bite tho. Easy to drink.

-honestly not a fan. Picked it up fresh but not my thing. Cant get over a molasses thing i taste to rate it higher.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quality local md beer. Had on tap in a pint glass. Pours with a light golden amber and thin head with a light sea foam feel to it.
Light hops that is a great beer when you want to have a few at your local dive...like Davis's pub in Annapolis

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Photo of username
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Canned version. 5 07 08 A 5 B B printed. Assuming this translates to July/August of 2015.

Poured very aggressively (just inverted can and let flow into glass freely).

Appears as one would expect; golden, clear. Initial 3-finger head eventually recedes to a nice surface layer, which, while thin, seems to have good enough retention.

Smell was fantastic immediately post-pour. Could smell a citrus hop flavor 3-5ft. away from glass. After settling, aroma became less pronounced. Still fairly citrus-laden, backed with some spice and a little bit of grassiness. Nothing seems to stand out prominently however.

Taste is moderately hoppy with a citrus note. Some more floral characteristics than the aroma would lead one to believe.

Feel seems pretty perfect for the style. Very smooth, minimal carbonation, minimal hop astringency.

Overall, might just be getting burnt-out on IPAs, but kind of expected more out of this brew. By no means is anything wrong with it; most certainly a solid IPA. However it isn't making a lot of other 'high-ranking' IPAs I've had appear as jabronies as I would've hoped.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ordered at local pretend Irish bar/restaurant. It was not cold, but still I could tell this is of high quality. I will seek it out at more fridgid temperatures.

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Photo of car2052
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep golden, with a small amount of head at the top.
S: Peach, honey, grapefruit, little bit of pine, and some sweet bread.
T: Front of the tongue is pine, peach, and other mild citrus. Back of the tongue is more malty sweetness.
M: Light-medium.
O: Not bad. Nice hop flavors. Will try again.

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

Served on tap at Brothers' BBQ in Danville, KY. Very fresh and surprisingly good. Nice, hazy orange color, rather akin to darker orange juice, and a pretty hrad that recedes to 1/3" after a coupe of minutes and leaves a a decent bit of lacing. Smells of rich, citric and tropical hops, and honey. Hops flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, kumquats, mangoes, pine, and grass compete with a sturdy malt backbone, with notes of crackers and honey. Finish is dry and quenching, with spicy, grapefruity hop flavors and a hint of honey persisting for a good few minutes. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a smooth, refreshing moutufeel.

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