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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Photo of beerme626
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beltway Liquors in Baltimore, poured into a drinking glass.

A: One finger off-white head atop a slightly bubbly brew. A little more amber than I expected from an IPA, but still pretty.

S: A light smell of the typical hops and pine of an IPA. Alcohol is obviously present as well.

T: Tasty, smooth IPA. Much more smooth than a hop-blaster, with decent tastes beyond hops. I get a little bit of maple in addition to the floral and pine.

M: Much more syrupy than I'm used to for IPAs. Not as crisp as most, but doesn't seriously bring down this brew.

O: I liked it a lot, and I like supporting Maryland brews. This was a very solid, and slightly different, IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Photo of Celtics76
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into a Heavy Seas pint glass that I stole, er, accidentaly took from Lucky's in East Providence.

Anyway, I continue to be bewildered by those folks who are giving this less than a 4 here. This was the beer that got me into IPAs, and craft beer for that matter. Beautiful pour with about a half inch head and a nice clear golden color. But nevermind that - it tastes fantastic. Very strong piney/citrus scent that carries over nicely to the taste. Perfectly balanced between the malts, hops, etc.

Despite the 7.25% ABV, this is very easy to drink - it's a real flavor explosion on the taste buds with a nice (but not overwhelming) bitter aftertaste that one would expect from a well made IPA.

For those in the RI/MA area, I recommend getting this on tap at Doherty's with one of their amazing burgers. Can't recommend this enough.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of SawDog505
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 10/29/12. Pours a orange red with a one inch white head with loads of lacing. Smell is grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and pine. Taste is good, but doesn't hold up to the awesome nose. Not nearly as much citrus as the nose would have you expect. Body is medium, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and good drinkability. This is good, I wish the flavor was as good as the nose.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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Photo of Kendo
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is clear coppery amber with a fluffy, 1.5-finger soapy white head. Carbonation appears pretty faint. Some splotchy lace on the glass.

S: Citrusy hops dominant, but foundation of sweet malt is noted as well.

T: Follows the nose: sweet malt (brown sugar and caramel malt) is followed by citrusy (oranges) hops. Lingering hop bitterness on the aftertaste, but sugary malt is still noted underneath.

M: Slight slickness to the feel; kind of flat despite the big head. Heft is medium in weight.

O: Good stuff. Malt is more forward than I remembered.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BostonHops
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a nice, translucent medium amber with a big frothy 2+" head; good retention and lacing. great looking IPA. nose opens with floral / pine / citrus characters, secondary notes of malt... doesn't jump out of the glass the way my favorite IPAs do, but very nice nonetheless.

taste follows and exceeds the aroma. very nice balance between the hop notes and the malt backbone. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. very tasty.

overall an excellent IPA, tasty and enjoyable. highly recommended.

(originally reviewed: 11-30-2011)

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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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