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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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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pale hazy straw yellow which looks slightly empty. Covered by a nice pale head with excellent lacing.

S - Hops and some subtle grapefruit and fine. I also get a bit of caramel malt holding it together. Nothing extreme here, yet it certainly is not absent.

T - Lots of hops up front followed by some nice citrus and floral notes. Concludes with a nice crisp sweet caramel malts. This is balanced very well and is not overpowering in any sense.

M - Medium body which is slightly syrupy and simultaneously light. Unique, something that could be a bit more robust but alongside ample carbonation, leaves little to desire.

O - This is a fantastic IPA that I enjoy multiple times a year when I am mixing it up. I would give a thumbs up to anyone looking for a recommendation.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a golden copper color with only moderate clarity. The head is a nicely thick, three finger light cream color that recedes moderately fast, leaving streaks of lacing as it goes away.

S: Malty. The most distinct smell are of caramel and toffee, with only a light herbal note hiding beneath the maltiness.

T: There are the hops! Well, sort of - this is a textbook 'balanced' IPA. Light evergreen and herbal flavors ride - and never overpower - a faintly sweet caramel/toffee backbone. Granted, I'd like a little more in the way of (citric) hops, but this is balanced nicely.

M: Creamy, but the finish is a bit astringent. It's a little heavy with lower carbonation, which might have hurt drinkability, but the balance keeps it relatively easy to down.

O: Quite solid, but it may be too balanced for its own good. On the other hand, Heavy Seas pulled off the malt profile of this quite deftly enough to satisfy those who may not be IPA fans. Recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Bottle was part of a Heavy Seas Variety 12pk.

Poured and sampled from a DFH Pint glass

A - Beer pours a deep amber/reddish color. Mostly translucent. A decent 2 finger, dense head on the initial pour. Lots of sticky lacing left after drinking.

S - A piney, citrusy, yet very sweet smelling beer. Nice aroma.

T - The beer is very good. The classic IPA tastes are there of grapefruit, slightly bitter hops and pine but it has a distinct caramel or toffee taste that pulls the beer into the sweeter side for IPAs. The beer goes down really easy despite its ABV of 7.25% although you can taste the alcohol more as the beer warms.

M - A moderate consistency, slightly syrupy. Moderate carbonation.

O - Without a doubt, the best beer from the variety pack. The other beers (Uber Pils, Sea Nymph and Gold Ale) were OK but this was the star. I'd purchase this beer again for sure. A fine effort from Heavy Seas/Clipper City. Recommended.


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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
4.01 out of 5 based on 3,539 ratings.
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