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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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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%

Photo of IronLover
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%

Photo of chilly460
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%

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

A: Came to the table with less than a finger of head that fell to nothing for the remainder of the drink. No lacing.

S: Nice aromas of orange and biscuit with pine punching through.

T: Starts of with a smack of citrusy hops then a sudden transition to malt with an almost baked spice bread taste. More citrusy hops wash away the bread and finish with a dry bitterness. It came across very straightforward and 1, 2, 3.

M: Medium with a slight heaviness and bit of fizz. Compliments the beverage.

O: A solid performer. The drink is quite straightforward but is well hoped and makes for an enjoyable drink. Going to try this again to clarify things.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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

Huge creamy vanilla head sitting atop an orange body. Looks pretty good.

Intense hops in the nose, grapefruit and other sweet citrus with some light hints of pine in the background.

Wow, juiciest of juicy hops sting the tastebuds and white grapes and oranges round out the experience. Initially clean, then halfway through the hops hit you, then drive right into a dead end road of white grapes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit. Little to no malt being tasted.

Carbonation is just right though.

The hops in this one are juicy and sweet with very little bitterness at all. Day in and day out this beer could keep me satisfied. This is a IPA that hardly gets the respect it deserves. A better choice than their black IPA.

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3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in appearance with a finger of head that had some decent retention and lacing. There is a clean nose with a light and crisp taste. This offering has a good dose of hoppiness in the finish. A good effort here, but nothing extraordinary as IPAs go.

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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
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