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

12 oz. bottle, stamped as best by May 2012, poured into a pint glass. Clear amber body with a little more than a one-finger off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing.

Sweet, floral aroma. Light citrus, more orange than lemon, and a slight note of bready malt. Not overpowering, but a solid aroma.

The flavor follows suit with the aroma. Only a very light amount of bitterness from the citrus hop notes and a high level of malty sweetness. A floral and light herbal finish.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel that is very drinkable. A very "east coast" style with the high malt balance, but overall a good IPA.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Light brown-orange transparent color. One finger white head which dies quickly, leaves a nice lacing.

S - Very floral and sweet with noticeable hops. Sweet and malty with balance.

T - Follows the nose. Well balanced and easy drinking. The ABV is teetering on the verge of a double IPA but the taste suggests a single, which I consider a good quality.

M - Medium carbonation and low-medium bodied.

O - Overall this is a good beer. Easy drinking, hoppy enough, floral, unique taste, and balanced. During college I would drink this beer on "off nights" aka weeknights because it was relatively cheap (~$7-8/6 pk in VA), high ABV, and always available. Now that I appreciate beer I really enjoy it on occasion. Heavy Seas was one of my original favorite breweries and their flagship beer never disappoints.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear liquid gold! A touch yellow with an amber hue. Fat, sticky, brilliant white head that trails down the glass gripping and holding on all the way down.

S- Mango, pineapple, pink grapefruit, subtle pine, and wonderful sweet malts. WOW! This is unreal! Sweeter and less piney than alot of IPA's.

T- Tons of tropical fruit right up front! Pineapple, peaches, mango, honey, sweet pineiness and a wonderful malt bill. Has a touch of wet hay and grass. This is really wonderful and not a plain jane IPA.

M- Lots of honey and citrus sweetness. Nice bitter pine aftertaste that doesn't overwhelm, but adds to the experiance.

O- I will definately be picking up some more of this fantastic IPA! So very well rounded in taste. Fantastic balance that you just don't get in most IPA's. LOVE IT!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This weekend I stopped by the heavy seas brewery for a tour and beer tasting. One of the beers I enjoyed is Loose Cannon.

A: Pours amber / gold with an off white head.

S: Hello hops. After you get past the floral hop punch, bitter sweet citrus dominates.

T: Hopes, citrus and pine combined with a slight sweetness to create an easy drinking smooth finish. Though this beer clocks in at 7.25% the alcohol is wel tamed by the big flavor.

M: Smooth medium body and well balanced carbonation.

O: Though I have had this beer bottled many times, from the tap on the tour it is bursting with even more flavor. Even if you can't be in Baltimore fot the tour this beer is also great in the bottle. All-in-all, this is a good year-round brew. ENJOY!!!!

Glass: Pint Glass.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper penny with sunny overtones, a finger off offwhite head...
Smells of citrus fruits, grapefruit, and blood orange. Large fruity presence in the front and back. Sweet pomagranite and orange juice on the front and hop bitterness in the middle, soft grapefruit skin in the back. I like it. Medium bodied, a hint sticky and medium carbonation round out the mouthfeel.

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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
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