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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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of CPDalton
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden brown, no sediment at all. Poured too foamy, had to take my time with it. The head looks very sticky though.

Smell: Lots and lots of fruit smells. Cherry, grapefruit, and even banana. Smells delicious. I don't get any earthy tones from this.

Taste: A kick of the hops from the get go, followed by a rush of sweetness. The fruit from the nose are represented well here. A very sweet and sugary beer, was not expecting this.

Mouthfeel: Very mild carbonation, easy to drink. Goes down extremely well. The more I drink, the more I think it's a little too thin.

Overall: This is a crazy take on an IPA. One of the sweetest that I've ever had. It smells lovely, and tastes great. The sugary and sweet taste would get old after a few, but having just one is perfect.

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Photo of fatmusic14
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours beautifully, a nice rich gold color with an army of bubbles flowing upward.

S - lots of citrus, sort of a sweet/sour hint (almost like a sweetart candy, but not exactly). Lemon, orange, very very slight hint of mint and earth

T - delicious. light, flavorful, refreshing - bursts with hops and lemon freshness. Very bubbly, very tasty. Sweet but not like honey. Lots of complex flavors. play well together though.

M - great carbonation level and refreshing level, but kind of brought down by a slight coating of the mouth which I'm not too fond of

O - bought in a "Make Your Own 6 Pack" - so I only have one. Worth a buy for a 6 at $8.99 or less. Singles probably the way to go.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of motherofalldogs
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Citrusy smell, sort of a toss-up between tangerines and orange cream soda.

Taste is hoppy, but not overtly bitter. I would personally have expected slightly more hop to the taste, since this is supposedly "triple-hopped", but this is still very drinkable for fans of IPAs.

Good mouthfeel, particularly with food.

This bottle was a one-off gift from a friend, but I will definitely seek this one out and purchase it in the future.

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of teromous
2.33/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Medium copper color with a fluffy white head. Good retention, but low carbonation visible through the transparent beer.

S: Earthy smelling hops, slightly dank. It has a Simcoe-like smell to it. Low on citrus smells. It has a nice scent to it, but it is below what I'd consider average for an American IPA.

T: Very light on bitterness and hop flavor. I get a lot of biscuity malt flavor and some yeast flavor, but the hops take a back seat. The malt flavor is good, though.

M: The mouthfeel is very weak. It feels too wet, as if the beer was watered down. There's not enough bitterness in the mouth, not enough carbonation, it doesn't fill or tease my palate...it's just underwhelming on all accounts.

O: Overall I was highly unimpressed with the beer. It tastes watered down and incomplete. I thought that a beer company themed in pirates and ships, with a name like High Seas, I would get some bold and full flavors. Instead I got a dingy full of landlubbers. Obviously somebody doesn't run a tight ship, because this cannon is very...very loose.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before May 2012. Deep yellow in color with a light amber hue and a light haze. Citrus orange and tangerine aromas. Mediim bodied with a resinous feel up front and a creamy smooth finish. Citrus orange and lemon flavors up front that intesify through the middle. Orange flavors become more tangerine-like and floral hop flavors are introduced through the middle. Finishes semi-dry with light lemon and pine hop aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bit of burnt orange, somewhat cloudy. Light tan head sits nicely, and dissipates to a solid cap. Nice spiderweb of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Intersting, get a orange creamsicle type aroma on this one. Immediate aroma is bigtime oranges and citrusy hops, very straightforward. Switches gears to a creamy, vanilla sweet maltiness.

T - Very nice, get ton of sweet hops up front, big orange flavor and tangerine, very juicy. The sweeter malts come in as expected from the aroma, can't say they were "vanilla", but definite butterscotch type tone.

M - A light to medium body on this one, somewhat prickly carbonation. Solid, but not anything earth shattering.

O - I was impressed, nice flavor profile, and the citrusy hops I prefer. Good balance, drinks like a "big" IPA to me. Reminds me of Two Hearted, not as well executed but in the conversation and easy to find on tap locally.

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5/5  rDev +25%

Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
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