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.

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Photo of afdempse
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of Jan 2013. I'd argue that any IPA should be consumed fresh, and the freshness date should reflect that... But I digress...

Pours a slightly cloudy orange color. Head is off-white and leaves a nice sticky lace.

Very floral hoppy aroma. Spruce/pine, citrus notes.

Taste is a balanced blend of floral and bitter hoppiness with a touch of citrus. Clean maltiness with dry, cracker-like flavors. Finishes with a slight alcoholic kick and earthy hop flavors. Mild caramel malt is detected as the flavors fade.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a full body. Nicely carbonated, and dry in the finish.

Overall, I enjoyed this very much. Always a solid choice, especially since it's local and usually cheaper than offerings from the west coast.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have been fortunate enough to try 5 different casks of this fantastic beer and it always meets my expectations. Firstly, it pours a nice cloudy orangish papaya color aith a nice measure of off-white colored head. The beers aroma is of tropical fruit coupled with some slight bitterness from the hops. When you taste this beer you must fight the urge to think that you are drinking a blended fruit juice. The hops impart so much fantastic flavor to give this beer the flavor of a passionfruitpinapplemango. It is really some true mastery on part of the brewers to bring this unique flavor out and giving you such an effortless drinking experience. The beer tends to lack a robust carbonation but overall is very silky and smooth which really brings out the flavors.

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Photo of Suds
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aInteresting and engaging beer! Cloudy, hazy, nearly murky in it's complexion, it's not really an appealing beer to behold. However, the beer makes up for this in nearly all of it's other characteristics. It's aroma is is fresh, fruity, and nicely hoppy. Floral, flower-like American hop smell. Some citrus, apricot, and fresh, wet earth. The balance is tilted notably toward hops...Malt is notably pale. No real roastiness, just a touch of malty sweetness. The mid-taste has some good citric tartness and bitter pucker from the hops. Medium in body. All in all, it a nice, and drinkable beer.

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Photo of CapitolCrusher
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a really good beer! :-)

my favorite thing about it was the aroma, it had a real nice fruit basket aroma and even some other crazy banana things going on

the taste was areal big and full sweet flavor with a big bitterness at the end, and you could even taste the alcohol

this beer is no lightweight let me tell you after a couple you are definitely in a for a night

the mouthfeel was a little bit thick good thing there is enough hops in the end

overall this is one of my favorite local ipas yum yum yum ! :-)

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Photo of Guden
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy gold with a large rocky white head that stays for a very long time leaving beautiful lacing (the best lacing I have ever seen in a beer).

S- American hops predominate with pine up front and a little bit of grapefruit and lemon in the mix, a bit of light malt shines through too.

T- Wow. Light bitterness and citrus/pine hop flavors up front. In the middle is a very complex bouquet of berries, pine, citrus and sweet caramel with the back end having more hop flavor and fruits but being overtaken by a brisk but no overbearing bitterness.

M- Thin with medium carbonation, it is definitely to style but I wouldn't mind a bit more creaminess or texture.

D- Easily one of the best IPA's I have ever had and probably more drinkable than some as the bitterness and hop flavors are not overwhelming. A really nice beer from a really great brewery.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale gold. Cloudy. Medium head. Creamy, white with a hint of orange. Nice retention. Lacing not too impressive, its a bar glass though.

Aroma: citrus, hops, red grapefruit, orange.

Taste: more malty than expected. Pale malts, biscuity, definitely some orange. Aftertaste is dryish pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, kinda thick feeling. Bitter hops dry out the tongue a little. Mild carbonation.

Overall: The citrus is nice. Malts ok, hops on the piney side. Piney hops wasn't indicated in the smell at all. Overall good.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have reviewed this beer before, I have also had numerous six-packs of this. I have had it on-tap too, but never on cask...

A-Looks quite like the traditional version of the beer. Looks light it is actually glowing. Awesome looking head. Creamy and fluffy but not too much head. Hazy.

S-Also like the bottle or tap. Perfumey hops. Light yet incredibly inviting. Juicy fruits, and a delectable malt. The cask has not altered the nose much.

T-Displays the same flavors as if I had drank it on tap or from a bottle. This IPA is light enough to crush a six-pack, but it also has a great taste that is hard to stop sipping.

M-This is where things change. As expected from the cask, there is nearly no carbonation. The brew is slightly warmer than usual too. But the warmth and lack of carbonation allows me to completely enjoy the silk satin feel that is spawned from the cask. Lord this felt good going down.

O/D-I thought this would be a great cask beer. I have virtually no cask experience, but I was very excited to see this available cask conditioned. The super-delectable feel complements the light yet vibrant flavors perfectly. Awesome.

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Photo of KMcG
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours beautifully. It is a golden color with a slight copper and hazy hue. The head is thick (2 fingers) that quickly dissipates to a lacey thin head that coats the sides of the glass. 

The beer is quite aromatic. The most dominant smells are pine and herbal hops. I also get a faint sweet fruit tone of strawberry. 

This is a bitter beer, but so well done. The bitter hops come on as grapefruit and other citrus flavors. There is a malty background that is extremely subtle, but the beer is still very well balanced. 

The beer is crisp and bright with a medium body and nice carbonation level. Extremely drinkable and yummy. 

One of my favorite IPAs!

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Photo of necrat
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is easily one of my favorites.

Pours a nice cloudy copper color.

The smell of pine, hops and a hint of citrus just is knock out of the park. You could smell this beer all afternoon and be content. But don't stop there! The taste of this beer is remarkable. Nice, balanced, hoppy, malty, piney and overall just very tasty beer, no matter what season it is. It has a nice smooth mouthfeel to it with just the right amount of carbonation to it. This is a regular rock solid beer, that I would recommend to anyone to try.
(Oh and I didn't even mention the intense lacing on the glass...)

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Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pine, Pine, Pine!!! Pours orange-amber/caramel into the glass, with heavy spiderlace. Lots of floral and pine notes to the nose. Pine resin flavors, with a slightly citrusy grapefruit contingency. The finish is malty-sweet, with LOTS of pine effervescence, almost indicative of an IIPA. The mouthfeel is not as heavy, though, with a nice floral pine cleansing palate. This is truly a great IPA.

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Photo of ReservaPrivada
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type : Bottle to a Duvel Snifter

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange. 2 Fingers of head that leave great lacing when it dissipates. Which it has not fully left after sitting ten minutes to warm up a shad.

S- Wow. Just amazing. Great american hops. Grapefruit presence with a slight pine resin in there. Mild malt backbone that seems to balance it out.

T- Unbelievable. This beer is simply amazing. What an IPA. Ultra clean finish, with a moderate crisp from carbonation. Grapefruit, citrus note and a undertone of pine. I love the hop profile combination. No alcohol taste or smell. Pretty straight forward beer that I have come to enjoy time after time. Since discovering this beer I have purchased about 10 6 packs and have consumed all :)

This is a great example of a balanced, hop forward beer. Its clean and super refreshing on this hot hot hot summer day. Highly recommended and its a 10/10 in my IPA eyes!

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Photo of Sensaray
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow brown with full off white orangy head.

Smells like american hops, flowery citrus, lighter on the pine. Some sweet malt backbone is there but not prominent.

Tastes like grapefruit citrus hops. Good bitter close. The malt definitely provides some balance but hops are the main theme here. It tastes good. Drinkable, dont notice alc.

Easy drinkin, smooth carbonation, light medium body.

Overall this is a tasty, drinkable, hoppy ipa that I drink frequently.

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Photo of Burt
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Light amber orange with thick off white head that left thick clumpy lacing down the glass.

Grass and pine dominate the nose with some malt.

Pine and not fully ripe mango upfront, with some bitterness in the middle with a caramel and green grass resinous finish.

What a great beer, lucky enough to have it on cask that was dry hopped. This is a hop heads delight.

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They sell this at the local Giant grocery here in NoVA.

A = Orange with a slight gold hue. Solid head with excellent lacing.
S = Citrus/Orange aroma. with faint pineapple
T = Excellent IPA flavor. Grapefruit notes. Slight sweetness but finishes with big Hop bitterness.
M = creamy. substantial beer

Overall, this is a very good IPA. Definitely will buy again. Cheers!

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Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle review #300

A- Full three-fingered light cream colored head on top of a light orange hued beer. Great head retention and above average lacing.

S- Citrus, more specifically oranges.

T- Bitter(!) hops at the forefront. Again with the citrus, this time more grapefruit and lemons than oranges. Some sweetness...well hidden 7.25%abv

M- Light carbonation, somewhat creamy.

O- The taste was a minor left down after the initial appearance and smells were noted. It was almost too bitter...before this I didn't believe this could be possible for me. Overall, better than expected and would recommend to a IPA fan.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is a soft, hazy orange hue with a big white head...from a cask. Oh yeah. The aroma is quite pleasant, primarily offering hops and citrus, with just a hint of malt. The flavor is awesome. I've been fortunate to have this beer on cask a few times, and I much prefer it in this medium. Loose Cannon is a solid beer out of the bottle, but the attributes of this beer are beautifully accentuated when sampled from a cask. The feel on the palate is super creamy and smooth, with nary a hint of alcohol. Carbonation is extremely low, as to be expected. The hop character is just lovely. I could enjoy drinking several pints of this. If you see this on cask, go for it.

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

Ba Review #30
Served On: 8/12/2011
Glassware: Pint

This one was on tap at Hard Rock Café - Inner Harbor Baltimore.

Look: Served in a pint glass. It was more of a copper color with some typical IPA orange. Head was around 2 fingers of light tan foam.

Smell: Aroma had notes of grapefruit and light citrus. The malts were present and seemed to remain in the background. It smelled like a well balanced IPA.

Taste: I immediately got the grapefruit and floarl notes up front. It was nothing intense, but was certainly the dominating quality. Then a coating of sweetness moved over the palate. Aftertaste was more of that sweet maltiness with a touch of bitter dryness.

I really liked this offering from Heavy Seas. I always enjoy a well balanced IPA.

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Photo of socon67
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange to golden with a hearty foam head. Visible carbonation and some lacing.

S - Scents of grapefruit and hops. There is also some yeasty smell as well.

T - A very hop forward beer. The contrast comes in the form of citrus from fresh grapefruit. Finishes with more hoppy bitterness.

M - Very well balanced and considering the ABV I think this is a great drinker.

O - Had this at Camden Yard and a year later on tap again at Good Life, Massapequa NY. This is a solid IPA for the summer months. You can taste the quality and care in making this fella.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I throughly enjoyed this brew. Very hoppy upfront and hops lingered but did not make the brew unenjoyable. This brew from the moment I opened it and poured had a hop aroma like only a few I have tasted had. Sweet at times but always reminding you it was a very hoppy brew. I actually had this outside and my wife could smell the hops from about 15 feet away when then wind blew. Great brew a must for every hop head.


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Photo of nubz77
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, orange-ish gold color.

S - Smells hoppy, about what you would expect from an IPA.

T - Very good taste; nice bitterness and extremely palatable at the same time. There's something in there I can't quite put my finger on, as well as the piney hop flavor.

M - Perfect texture, it seems somewhat oily and it slides over your tongue like a sweet hop blanket.

O - Overall an excellent IPA, Loose Cannon is one of the more unique IPA's I've had. I'm glad I got the chance to try some.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

golden color. very clear. thick, long lasting white head. excellent lacing.

intense smell of hops, both citrus and pine. definitely some dry hopping in this glass. a sweet malty backbone is also apparent.

taste upfront of hops. middle hops. finish hops. citrus, pine, grass. not as bitter as one would suspect, even sweet throughout. finishes bitter, but not intense. the flavor of the hops is stronger than the bitterness, all throughout, but especially in the finish, and the hop flavor lingers.

smooth. medium bodied.

this might be the greatest ipa the world has ever known.

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

Loose Cannon brags that it has been "opulently hopped 3 times in the brewing process," and the care taken with hops is certainly present in the nose, which bears scads of grapefruit rind and pine notes, as well as the floral, sugary tones that can come with large amounts of hops. A nice malt background, filled with oranges, brown sugar, and lightly toasted grains completes the aromas.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately hoppy and bitter, washing over the tongue in waves of grapefruit and pine, with hints of eucalyptus, and leaving a stinging sensation on the tongue and soft palate. I haven't been able to find an IBU for this one, but at least one website says that Magnum, Centennial, Chinook, Amarillo and Palisade hops went into the brew, at a quantity of 3 lbs per barrel--so you know the bitterness is going to be high. This is quite well balanced by a strong malty backbone, contributing orange and lemon fruit esters, as well as brown sugar and light touches of toast. The aftertaste is mainly hops (no surprise there), and lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a good beer for hopheads, providing a strong, if slightly off-balance due to excessive bitterness, flavor profile. I would have preferred a little more flavor and a little less bitterness from the hops, or perhaps just a stronger sugary malt base, but I still recognize that this brew has been lovingly crafted and will appeal to most connoisseurs.

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

poured from bottle into pint glass

appearance- a light orange amber color, cloudy, very lightly off white head

smell- really nice complex smell. at first i was slammed with grass hops almost bud smelling, then it softened with lemon peel, and then finished with an orange citrus bite

taste- taste was way more mellow than the smell. you get a citrus taste at first then the hop bite comes in leaving a dryness behind, which eventually tastes like grassy freshness.

mouthfeel- definitely crisp, bitey at times, but it mellows, leaves a dryness behind for sure.

overall- a very solid beer. deff not what i'm used to, very fresh and hoppy with strong citrus. my first ipa!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Rich copper color, 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly.
S: Very aromatic, with pine/citrus from the hops upfront but backed by caramel/toffee malt aromas.
T: Pine and grapefruit notes on the initial attack, then secondary toffee notes come through.
M: This has a nice bitter hop bite; overall its medium-bodied and crisp.
O: I really enjoy this. Well made, flavorful, great on a hot day.

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Photo of robertmarsh
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a fantastic American IPA. The lace stuck to the glass nicely all the way down the glass. The aroma once poured was outstanding. A nice balance of citrus and grapefruit. Starts off smooth on the first sip then the hops hit the tongue to give you the IPA flavor I was waiting for. A classic must try for any IPA lover.

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