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 Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Am in the mood for a new IPA so I snagged a 6-pack of this at Harrington's today ($10.95). Fresh-dated for purchase by Aug of 2011. Here goes...

Poured the first bottle into a nonic, and the result was a clear, medium-golden liquid possessing a steady stream of carbo. The head was off-white and thin, though a lasting layer remains and laces up the glass well. Aroma is on the citrussy side with suggestions of piney/resiny action. Medium-bodied, the feel on the tongue is fairly smooth, with some light, airiness lessening the load.

A bit of toasty malt is present, lending some mild sweetness to the mix. Hops are dominant and lay heavily on the palate. Citrus is most notable, with some grapefruit, a little pineapple, and some tangerine present. The expected resiny, piney action follows closely behind. A pithy character with hints of apricot lasts long and hard after the bier has settled into the stomach. The hopping hitting the tastebuds starts slowly and builds towards the finish. The 7.25% ABV is well-hidden, also. Quite flavorful and pleasing; a bier I'd consider buying more of.


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


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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brees6221 for this bottle.

12oz poured into a pint glass.

A- Bright clear orange with a nice 1 finger cream colored head. Amazing lacing.

S- Just Pine scents.

T- Pine, and citrus - Lemons.

D- Smooth and no bitterness.

O- Solid IPA, glad I got two of them.

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Photo of nickshep7
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale(r) honey golden color with 2 fingers of off white head & nice retention. Initial smell is a bit weak with some dry pine and yeast characters coming through. Taste comes off as initially sweet/tame, but the hops come through as the beer sits on the palate. Nice hops on the finish though it finishes a bit thin and watery w/ some distinct alcohol flavors lingering around.

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

Orange-brown beer with a finger of foamy head that retains well and leaves lots of lacing. Very herbal aroma accompanied by tart citrus. Very herbal taste as well, with some citrus, raisin and sugary breadiness. Quite a unique flavor. Tart and hoppy at first, but finishes creamy and sugary. This is a real quality IPA.

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

Purchased as a single from Whole Foods in Shortpump - Glen Allen, VA - poured into DFH snifter - drink by august of 2011

Pours a high yellow amber with a perfect dense head that easily returns upon agitation. Smells of cascade I think, very good and sharp on the nose. Just a spot on IPA bouquet. Taste follows, nothing that knocks it out of the park but it is a dern good IPA. Feels great too.

Overall I would definitely buy this again and I would have it over the Smuttynose IPA in my opinion, there is a bit more body to this one and for local options, Baltimore is close to Richmond so .. yeah homer!

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Photo of dball
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good IPA. I score a lot of IPA's high but I think they are all reliable brews and this one is no exception. It also doesn't hurt that you can get a pint of it off the tap at Camden Yards for the same price as a Bud. It laces very nicely in the glass and has a happy cloudy rich golden color but the real strength of this beer is the nose. The nose also carries nicely into the flavor. It has a georgeous aroma that is earthy, fruity and flowering. It tastes very nice and has a good bitter feel in the mouth but does not have a too overwhelmingly bitter citrus sip. GO FOR IT AND GO ORIOLES!

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

nice head with good retention and clear burnt orange color

very fresh nose of fruity and floral hops with some grassiness thrown in.

solid citrus hop smack without an overly bitter linger. this one is nice and fresh with a best b date of august. Has a very pronounced grainy malt side that really balances out this IPA. very easily could drink a number of these.

mouthfeel was spot on for an IPA of this stature and very surprised to see this one at 7.25%.

overall a very quenching and satisfying IPA.

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

After drinking the black cannon, I had to try the loose cannon!
The beer pours a beautiful cloudy medium gold with an amber hue. A white head builds about two fingers high and dissipates fast leaving nice lacing.
Smelling the beer , a nice floral hop aroma with citrus notes as well some peach and orange notes will announce the taste.
The taste up front is filled with those citrus flavors, changing to peach and orange notes with some more bread tastes. At the end the floral hops will give you a nice bittersweet finish. Great balance in this very drinkable brew. For the price a really good deal. I really start to enjoy Clipper City Brewing Company!

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Photo of pburland23
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a cloudy golden orange amber with a thin finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some, not much, lacing.

Aroma is strong on rich citrusy aromas (grapefruit with touches of lemon and oranges). Also there was a touch of dry bready malt aroma adding some balance to a very nice smelling pint.

For a beer that advertises its hoppiness, I found the taste to be slighly disappointing. The citrus aroma doesn't equate to a large citrusy, hoppy taste. The bitterness was also almost non-existent. No components of the flavor stood out to me.

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and well balanced. This was a smooth and easy drinking pint despite its 7.25% abv.

Overall, this was my first experience with Heavy Seas and I was looking forward to releasing my inner pirate. However, I was disappointed with Loose Cannon. In a crowded market of American IPA, Loose Cannon doesn't stand out for me.

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Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has very short description, freshness date and a 7.25% abv.

Appearance: It has beautiful light to medium amber hues with a tall and sticky off white head on top. The body also has a light haze and some nice visible carbonation flowing up to the head. As I drink the slow settling leaves lots of sticky lace patterns on the glass.

Smell: Right from the pop of the cap I get citrusy hop notes right up in my nose. Getting it into the glass it opens up with big citrusy grapefruit, sweet orange, peach and floral notes over light bready and pale biscuity maltiness.

Taste/Palate: Right up front there are nice sweet citrusy notes. Grapefruit and sweet orange marmalade notes flow across the tongue and over a mild bready malt base. This all thins out towards the finish and there is a very mild citrusy/floral hop bitterness in the end. The overall mouth feel is a light medium with a well balanced carbonation.

Notes: To start, this is one heck of a beautiful IPA. Its aroma is very pleasing as well as the juicy hops up front. It finishes a bit on the light side but overall I feel it’s still a very solid beer.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best Before August 2011

A - Pours a clear golden yellow. Not quite the color of honey, a little more pale than that. Nice foamy white head.

S - Sweet citrus hops with a biscuity bready malt backbone. Lemongrass and ripe grapefruit.

T - Very balanced. At first it is sweet, slightly medicinal. The sweetness morphs into a sweet citrus hop flavor. There is a huge malt backbone that comes in and balances things out very quickly. The aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter. Lots of biscuit.

M - Medium body, with nice prickly carbonation. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, but nothing to go crazy about.

O - A decent beer. Nothing too crazy going on here. A well balanced IPA, which is not usually what I'm looking for in an IPA, but this is well done. If you're looking for an IPA with lots of malt, and not so much bitter hops, this one is worth a shot.

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

Pours a golden orange with a 1 finger head that slowly laces to the sides of the glass. Big strong sweet malts hit the nose, high citrus hops, cut grass, fruits sugars, sexy. Sweet metallic malt, with a spicy hop flavors with a light aspriny finish. Very floral and herbal in also. The feel is very light crisp and refreshing, sweet in taste and bitter on the finish. This is a fine IPA, very drinkable and balanced quite well, i say, go for it!

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Photo of Kromes
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear Orange with a thick white head. Good lacing.

S: Sweet malts with a great fruity, herbal hop aroma.

T: Much like the aroma, a sweet malt start with a nice variety of hop flavor. Some herbal, grassy and citrus hop flavor. For being strong, it is balanced very well. Slight alcohol in the finish.

M: A little heavy and low carbonation. I don't think you'd want a high carbonation in this.

O: I really liked everything about this beer. The flavors tie in with one another very well.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back in Johnstown, Pennsylvania AGAIN...for business. Had dinner at the Boulevard restaurant...AGAIN. This night they had the Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale....ON TAP! The color was a clear light amber with generous white head that laced well. The nose was wonderfull...included notes of pine and citrus!!!! The taste was really nice, great body....which I love!!! with a soft pine that was balance nicely by the higher ABV. This beer reminded me of Bells Hop Slam. The mouthfeel was good but word to the wise, the ABV will sneak up on your!. This beer is worth a taste and definitely you give it a SESSION try!!!

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4-18-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – One finger of foam, orange yellowish in color. Good amount of carbonation present with a decent lacing ring

S – Hops with faint citrus notes. Some malt hovering about

T/M – Medium bodied, slight malt taste before the hops. Decent hop bitterness at the end. Sweet citrus taste follows

D – Drinkable well blended IPA but less hops then expected but still pretty enjoyable. I would drink this again

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 4/20/11

Appearance: Clear, a gold/orange color more towards gold - nicely carbonated, nice lacing

Smell: An interesting mix of hops - mostly oranges and resin - some sweet malts - lightly biscuity

Taste: Hoppy and bitter, yet somehow sweet and refreshing - very heavy on the hops, mostly orange (without being too citrusy) and resin - malts are on the pale side, and they are sweeter than average - somehow, they offer some balance - some interesting fruitiness to this, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated and smooth

Overall: Great, an interesting IPA

I love IPAs that are a mix of West and East coast styles. This certainly has characteristics of both. It's not remarkably exciting, but it is very tasty.

Update: 10/1/11

I've had this a number of times since my first review and I'm slightly bumping up my score. This is not the best IPA out there, but it's extremely drinkable and it has a unique fruity character that really grew on me.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden copper color, 1 finger head with soda-like carbonation. Almost exact appearance as their Gold Ale.

Smell - Hops, appricots, and citrus notes scream out of the glass! Great aromas

Taste - This is one of the best flavored, well balanced and complex IPAs I've ever had. Incredibly smooth and very little to no hop bitterness at all, yet you can sense the hops balancing out the intense sweet spricot and other citrus notes of flavor.

Mouthfeel - surprising its slightly watery

Overall - this is a superb floral/citrus styled IPA. If you like Magic Hat's Encore IPA and Troegs Nugget Nectar (but not as intensely hopped as Nuggett Nectar) you'll really like this beer.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definite IPA. Pours copper with an off white, sticky head and side lacing. Head has good retention.
aroma has a lot of citrus. Also noted are pinenuts and spicy floral hops. Some maltiness peaks through.
Taste has hoppy characteristics that are most prominent. Grapefruit and orange come thru
Smooth with a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of Franz4
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by June 2011 poured into a perfect pint glass.

A- nice hazy, orangish/copper color, head is substantial, just over 2 fingers, settles slowly, leaves lacing down the side.

S- Hoppiness is citrus, primarily grapefruit, with a little apricot sweetness as well. Slight candied orange slice essence to it as well.

T- citrus hops are present, but the candied orange slices come through powerfully. I'm drinking this well within the besty by date, but I remember the hops bringing greater bitterness to this beer. Don't get me wrong, I'm really liking this beer as is, and it's still hoppy, just not as bitter. As I am progressing through this beer I am really enjoying the hoppiness without the bitterness.

M- light carbonation, light-medium body, keeps this as a refreshing brew.

O- This brew wasn't anything like what I remembered, I'm not sure if that's because my palate has changed or if the hops had faded significantly. This was a very pleasant surprise and a very enjoyable brew. I may have to put this into the regular rotation of IPAs.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing example of a fantastic IPA. I'm actually picking up a sweet orange juice aroma with some herbal and citrus notes and maybe a very small amount of pine in the back of the smell.The taste is so smooth with a very slick mouthfeel. You get the sweetness upfront from the malt and that orange juice hop flavor coming together and then some bitterness and herbal citrus hop on the finish. Not too bitter but enough to know its still an IPA.

More hop flavor than anything else and I definitely recommend this beer to anybody that wants an IPA but doesn't want that mouth puckering bitterness. The juicy hop taste is the best thing about this and almost tastes like a sweet orange juice with a hint of grapefruit all from the hops. It actually almost reminds me of how Troegs Nugget Nectar tastes. It also reminds me of a double IPA because of its thick, slick, oily mouthfeel coming together with the sweet malt and hop taste. Amazing beer I'm glad I got a 6 pack of this.

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

Thanks to cmmcdonn for sending me this awesome beer!

Poured a beautiful copper color with a white 1.5 finger head that settled rather quickly but leaves some nice sticky lace.

A=Incredible aromas of citrus fruits, grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and some sweet malts round this out. I could smell this glass forever, except for the fact that my mouth is watering in anticipation.

T=Again getting some grapefruit and pineapple flavors with a nice sweet malt backbone to balance it out. Now, this beer is good, really good, but from the aroma, I really expected much more from this. Doesn't quite live up to the initial aromas for some reason.

M=Nice medium, creamy.

O=This is a really great beer, excellent in fact. I would purchase this on the regular if it were available to me.

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Photo of katan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear golden color. Light head formation, off white in color. Down to a film. Lightly bubbly.

S - Solidly hoppy nose - a combination of citrus and sweet hops vs. more piney and earthy notes. Malts nowhere to be found.

T - Much more hoppy than the nose. Big time hops start up front, lots of piney edgy notes but still enough sweetness to not keep it overbearing. A good combination. Mid-stream bitter, tipping to the bitter side. Finishes very clean, not overbearing.

M - Moderate beer body, complementary carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Clean finish.

D/O - Easy drinking. ABV is high, but well hidden. Flavors, while potent, marry correctly. Not overly filling.

A very good beer.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack with freshness date 5-11, I had a six pack from the same batch months ago so hopefully it's still as fresh. Poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Slightly cloudy amber color with a fizzy head that disippated pretty fast, with patchy foam on surface and moderate lacing.

S: Smells malty with floral and citrusy hop aromas. Hints of bubblegum and raisins.

T: Delicious, perfectly balanced, just as I remember it the last time I had it. Sweet hop flavors with a slight bitterness followed by sweet and light malts.

M/O: A little creamy, and lightly carbonated. But goes down smooth as silk. This beer is so drinkable and delicious, I want it in a keg at my house. It's a wonderfully balanced east coast style IPA that focuses on the malt and the hops, rather than smacking you in the face with high IBU's. Granted I love hop bombs too, but a well rounded IPA is something to behold.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very clear, beautiful light brown to orange in color, decent head and pretty good lacing.

Smell is differently wonderful. Easy going earthy hops dominate, along with just a touch of graininess, with no shortage of floral and grapefruit/pine aromas.

Taste is very well balanced and quite delicious. Just a touch of oily hops blends nicely with smooth floral hops and a light but balancing array of malts. Grapefruit and pine, to be expected from the style, are present more as a balancing factor, rather than the often over the top and in your face type IPA.

Feel is light yet still rich and dangerously easy to drink. I could take this one fishin' (and IPAs are about the last beer style I'd like to go fishin' with), it's that damn easy to drink.

Overall this one is damn friggin' excellent. One sample of this beer certainly makes me want to try more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 fl oz bottle into tulip. For brewery-fresh taste, purchase before Aug '11.

Appearance: Thick, sticky head with a fair amount of thick lacing as it recedes. Beautiful cloudy golden color.

Smell: Bam! The pine hop notes smack you across the face. Smells fantastic!

Taste: Based on the look and smell, I thought this would be a hop bomb. Instead, the hops are a bit muted. Nonetheless, it tastes of pine and citrus. When I drink this beer out of the bottle, it tastes hoppier to me. Maybe I shouldn't let it breathe!?

Mouthfeel: This beer is clean and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: I like this beer. I like it better out of the bottle, not sure if that makes me weird/anti-BA in some way. Oh well...

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Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA from Heavy Seas Beer
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