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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2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

Photo of Titans77
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had FRESH in a bottle. Dated to expire in Nov. 2012 with 4 months to spare in July.

A - Standard golden IPA look. A half finger of head with no alcohol legs. Looks solid.

S - Citrus hops with a bit of a grassy smell. Different, but intriguing...

T - Citrus hops with a good bit of grassy taste to it. It seems to be a background flavor.

M - Very crisp and refreshing. Light carbonation and smooth.

O - A very good IPA. An IPA to try if you aren't into the "hop bomb" style yet. It is subtle enough to please most people. I recommend to pick this up if you haven't.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a slightly hazy copper body.

S: Caramel malts, earthy hops with slight bitterness to the aroma.

T: malt forwards IPA with muted citrus, floral and earthy hop notes. They say this one is "hop cubed" but they must be using a third of the hops each time compared to your typical IPA!

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this beer seems a little overhyped. It is good and very drinkable but when I think of beers falling in the 4.5 or exceptional category IPA style, this one is comparably weak. Not a bad beer though overall.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass with a light amber or even dark orange color. Head is nice and lingers for a while.
Odor is characteristic of hops. With citrus as well as some pine.
Taste is not as typical of american IPAs. It has a little less hoppy bitterness and has more malt than most IPAs I have tried. Well balanced and a nice hop finish. Mouth feel is steady and holds well( it doesn't just evaporate after taking a sip).
Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass. Feb. 2012 date.

This pours a light orange-amber, with a moderate but durable bone head. The head leaves a good bit of sticky lacing. The beer is slightly hazy, and there was some sediment left in the bottom of the 'emptied' bottle. Visible carbonation all the way to the end.

The sweet citrus and herbal nose is very pleasant and very consistent with the flavor. The flavor is, of course, not sweet, but it is not very bitter either. There is a big, balancing malt component in this IPA.

Feel: good medium+ carbonation; near medium body.

O: a very drinkable IPA with a substantial sweet malt balance making this drink more like a pale ale. In fact, I've had pale ales that were more hoppy.

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

Aroma:  Subdued woody, with some pine aroma.

Appearance:  Amber color.  One finger of head with good lacing. 

Taste:  Some caramel malt character.  Little to no hop flavor.  Some bitterness in the finish.  Does not appear to be brewed to style.

Mouthfeel:  Medium body, light oily sensation.  Carbonation good.

Overall:  Sadly this beer does not compare well to other IPAs.  It drinks like a pale ale, with little hop flavor and more alcohol.  In comparison to leading west coast IPAs, this beer is a definite pass for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Apellonious
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 0z bottle from six at CM. Best by 11 /26/12..Normally it would outlast the turkeys. My sixes don't last more than week or a few days if they are tasty when they hit the fridge.

A- Golden, clear, two finger head that quickly dissipates and melds into a thin lace.

S - Grass, pine, hops... and something my nostrils are unable to coalesce into words

T - Hop head delight. Very dry, with some bread and biscuit notes.

M - Carbonation and mouthfeel are on (trending towards sharp on the finish in the nostril cavity), but there is a slight watery emptiness in the balance.

O -Still getting familiar with the Heavy Seas ( a dark beer I had on tap a few weeks ago was absolutely fantastic), this one is worth trying, especially if you like a grassy floral hop taste.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Cannon_Loose
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Giving Loose Cannon an overall 5 is not an overstatement. Rare, indeed, when an American IPA goes down smooth, just the right combination of hops and spice, yet at 7.25% this is one outstanding, drinkable beer. By far this is my favorite American IPA. Heavy Seas nailed this one.. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
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