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

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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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool label with some interesting and unique artwork. Has a comedic twist to the artwork.

Appearance: Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a 20oz dimpled mug. Pours a clear golden-yellow/orange with a 1½ finger off white slightly thick foam head. Head retention was 2min before finally fading to a frothy foam coating.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of sweet grapefruit and citrus with a great floral hop presence. A bit of pine can be detected as well.

Flavor/Taste: Huge citrus presence on the front end. Grapefruit and mango are detectable. Only slightly bitter considering a very hoppy presence throughout. Some sweet toasty malt come through on the back end to finish out. Excellent.

MouthFeel: Medium-bodied feel but definitely bordered on the lighter side of medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Drinkability: Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: An excellent example of the American IPA. I always compare my IPAs to Stone IPA and this is not quite as good but can surely hold its own with most IPAs out there. Highly recommend trying this. Classified as an American IPA at 7.25% ABV.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden orange. Small bubbles, thin head.

Smell: candy sugar-faint. Orange blossom.

Taste: grain with a tarry bitterness. Alcohol backer.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation for an IPA. Medium body. Think Barbara Walters (I'm sure her body is just fine for an 80 yr old, but it's weird).

Overall: this beer is ok. It has a pleasant smell. But the taste is lackluster. Followed by a bitterness that over powers the palate. Meh.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Theheroguy
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loose cannon is an icon of the Baltimore craft beer scene, forty percent of the the beer sold by the Clipper city brewing company is loose cannon. This beer is almost ubiquitous in the greater Baltimore region, even dive bars which deal almost exclusively in bmc have this in bottles. The brewing process uses over three pounds of hops total for three hop additions leading to the nick name hop cubed ale.

Anyway onto the beer. This is well balanced IPA, it isn't bitter but the flavor from the hops, especially the hop resin shines through. This is a great beer for introducing people to the IPA style it is wonderfully complex and very gentle. You don't get much malt or sweetness in the aroma its all hops and once again hop resin. Carbonation is light as a beer of this style should be. It goes down smooth but that is irrelevant because drinking loose cannon quickly is a crime. A Maryland favorite, its easy to see why, a must try if you get your hands on it. Maybe it's state pride but I have to give this beer a perfect rating on taste. It's a unique IPA I've never had another quite like it.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a hazy deep straw color (not quite deep enough to call it amber) with a one finger off white head and plenty of lacing. The smell is very fruity, apples, oranges, lemon, and some caramel, and floral accents. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not watery. Taste is excellent with a strong grapefruitiness well balanced by strong hops on the finish. A nice offering that I would recommend if you love the hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 3,581 ratings
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