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Heavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 AleHeavy Seas Loose Cannon - American Hop3 Ale

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of HopBomb515
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep golden with some burnt orange hue, thick white head and ropey lacing. Aroma is soft, citrus predominately but too soft to pick up anything else in the aroma profile. Had to pull back the scoring a bit due to the lack of aroma. Orange, grapefruit, slightly resinous and somehow zero bitterness. Very clean and citrusy IPA which I love. Nice medium body, coating and slightly sticky. This is a straight forward, clean, and easy drinking IPA that's well done.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this beer reviewed in a blind taste-test tournament as a finalist and had to give it a try.

A - Very nice light amber color. Fluffy, fine bubbled white head with very good lacing. Just a little haze from the dry hops but still very appetizing.

S - Very good hop nose with Pacific NW hops. Citrus and grapefruit hop character outstanding. Slight malt character but the fresh citrus, herbal, and resin hop character shines true.

T - Has a great hop flavor that holds the beer nicely on the tongue. It's a pretty big hitting IPA with that resin, citrus, and grapefruit. More malt sweetness than in the smell that balances nicely. Moderate bitter finish that is accompanied by some sweetness that makes this a good drinker.

M - Moderate mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. This one is quite balanced and easy going down. Still sweet on the front and bitter on the finish leaving it balanced on the palate. A great summer IPA.

Overall, a tremendous American IPA. I really enjoyed this IPA with the serious American hops and the great balance over the tongue making this beer supremely drinkable. Not the best IPA that I've ever had but I can understand the respect this beer draws. If you like IPAs no doubt you should get this one.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.27/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a semi-transparent golden color with heavy carbonation and a small white head which lasts until the end; almost no lacing.

The smell is grapefruit, lemon, orange peel and malt. There is also a smoky or tobacco smell. The tobacco smell gets stronger as this beer warms up.

The taste follows the nose with the grapefruit, orange then lemon taste dominating. The bready malty backbone is there with more than a hint of caramel. The finish is bitter with a tobacco taste mixed with a little pine taste that tends to remain as an aftertaste. I can't detect any alcohol in the taste. The feel is thick and bready.

Overall this is a solid, highly hopped American IPA.

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Photo of elvishfarmer
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an IPA done right! Ranks up there with Dogfish 60 Minute IPA. I love the nose on this one! Very piney, a little citrus, but you know you're diving into a vat of hops. She pulls no punches with taste! This one is a little strong in the mouth, but the finish is sublime! Balanced with dry, herbal notes on the palate. Perfect to compliment spicy food.

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Photo of tconlon69
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow. Very impressed. First I was taken back that I had this pint at a TGIF of all places? The waitress was super cool and suggested based on my snobbish appeal to some type of local brew. This beer has many flower power elements which is probably why I loved it.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a lovely golden color. Nice 1" head. Good lacing.

Smell 4.0: Great nose on this beer. Light, almost peppery hops along with a very pleasant malt.

Taste 4.25: Front is filled with floral hoppiness. Very nice, I am thinking probably Columbus hops. Middle is light, refreshing and features more of that great hop blend of alkaline and floral. Finish is smooth and somewhat dry with a subdued alkaline hoppiness that slowly fades into the Aftertaste, which is long and delicious with hints of grapefruit.

Feel 4.0: Very good balance of a full mouthfeel with a pleasant hoppy dryness.

Overall 4.0: Great beer. Excellent blend of hops and good balance of those hops with malt. Refreshing, delicious and all-around pleasing. Would be a great sessioner.

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Photo of Jojosaute
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- a great looking beer. 2 finger head when poured. Creamy in taste mouth feel. Dissipated after a few minutes. Great color. A dark amber orange color. Slightly hazy. Nice lacing down glass, but not the most I've seen.
S- hops with peachy orange tones to smell.
T- slight Mellon tones come out on first sip. Then followed by non bitter slight piney hops, little citrus too. Followed up by sweet malty notes reminiscent of simple syrup taste.
M- slight tingle on front of tongue. But overall nice and smooth.
O- a nicely balanced ipa. Only positive flavors are strong. Nothing bad to say. Would drink again.

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Photo of ZAP
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my kind of IPA...big hop aroma and flavor without the sharp hop bitterness.

Aroma is complex....floral notes...pine...citrus (sweet pink grapefruit, tangelos). Big time aroma

Taste is complex as well...more of a sweeter melon flavor, peaches, still the floral and pine notes....really outstanding..

Lower carbonation makes this real easy to drink.

Top notch IPA..one of the best I have had.

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

A bright light orange with a finger worth of white head. Smell is of lots of citrus and orange. Taste is similar with tropical fruit and citrus, hop bitterness, with a caramel malt finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice fruity and citrusy IPA.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours dark amber with a thick head. nice looking IPA!

smell is sweet yet full of piney hops.

taste is full, lots of sweetness bitterness and pineyness. lots of flavor to this. has some pineapple notes to it, especially at the end. the finish is a lot like pineapple juice. easy to drink and smooth, and comes in cans!!

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Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A finger and a half worth of tightly packed slightly off white colored whipped frothy goodness... Limited retention gives way to a richer creamier thick lacing... The color is an orangish amber with some pale golden straw undertones... Loaded with moderate paced carbonation rising throughout... A light bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... The nose is subtle but pleasant... Orange zest... Light tropical fruit... Biscuit... Tropical fruit goodness engulfs the palate... Mango... Oranges... Pineapple... Melon... This all sits atop a light malt backbone of cracker and biscuit... The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied... Sort of dense but quite smooth... Light carbonation... Juicy... Starts lush with a touch of dryness on the finish... A text book rock solid American IPA... I could enjoy one of these anytime... Simple, straight forward and quite effective... In in all its a bit more than the sum of its parts... A very nice job by Heavy Seas...

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Photo of 50marathons
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very solid. Not my favorite IPA but a good choice when it's available. Not a citrusy taste but plenty of bitter flavor.

Update. I first had this beer at iron Abby but had it today out of a bottle. Definitely enjoyed it more today. Love the strong malt backbone and heavy hop bitterness.

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Photo of nbkgman
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For a flagship ale, I was hoping for a little bit more. I was able to get this on tap and definitely enjoyed it. But when you see on the brewers website the term flagship, I was expecting a high 4 type of beer.

I am going to purchase this in a bottle to see if there is much of a difference in taste. You never know.

I would have no issue ordering this again if it was the better/best on the menu.

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Photo of 420Dude
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love hops but seemed to be too bitter without enough balance not tasting much hoppy citrus notes which I love. Still a good IPA though but wouldn't buy again just because I find many other IPAs to be way better.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a fairly clear golden hue with a hint of orange tinge. Skim of white head quickly dissipates.
S: Strong citrus notes (orange and grapefruit). Fairly sweet with a moderately bitter hop note.
T: Follows aroma fairly closely with strong orange and grapefruit leading the way. Hint of dry cracker malt.
M: Light-medium feel. Drinks easier than ABV would suggest. Sweet with dry bitter notes emerging in the mid-palate and lasting through the finish.
D: Nicely refreshing and good drinkability. A nice offering, but not great (lacking complexity and a bit off on balance).

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours somewhat of an orange gold color with white head. Citrus, pine, grass, on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a hop bite that is then balanced out with the malt.

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Photo of ordybill
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice hop and citrus aroma.
Appearance- Pours a gold color with a medium sized white head.
Taste - A hop bomb, really good flavor.
Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall - An outstanding American IPA

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - yellowish golden color with a good head and lacing.
Smell - piney citrus smell
Taste - very similar to the smell. Pretty bitter and lots of grapefruit citrus and some pine. Good malt backbone.
Feel - medium lite body and carbonation. Goes down smooth.
Overall - great beer but could use more carbonation and body.

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Photo of DavidHuggett
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Off keg at Blue5 in Roanoke, VA. Very clear golden Amber with thin off white head which laces nicely. Slight citrus/piney aroma. Somewhat thick mouth feel. Nicely balanced bitterness with sweet undertones. Overall a very tasty ale. I'll have another soon!

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Time Out. Pours coppery with little foam into tulip. Strong lacing. Delicate apricot aroma with little else. Creamy start with pine, hop, and orange rind. Clean hop bite with crisp carbonation. Decent if uncomplicated.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with offwhite head and fair amount of lacing
Smells of citrus (grapefruit mostly - lemon zest), pine, very floral
Tastes strongly of citrus, hoppy floral notes without the bitterness, well balanced and with clean palate and mildly sweet finish
Medium body with fair amount of carbonation.
Overall - really solid east coast IPA, I prefer maltier beers but I have to admit this beer was so good that I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up in the future, and has piqued my curiosity about these beers

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and smooth IPA, light amber with thin soapy of-white head. Just enough hops for flavor without taking away from the malt. Malt and hops blend well in the aroma and taste, mild astringent finish

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Photo of Broadway
4.81/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Who knew that an east coast IPA could be this good! Especially one that is mass marketed. Go to your local pub and draw a pint. You won't be disappointed!

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Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shroud0f doom for this one from NBS BIF #1. Best by date of 5/17/15. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy yellow amber color, with about 1/4 inch of light khaki head that had low-moderate retention and left sheets of lacing.

The aroma was very hoppy, mostly pine and floral, with a bit of citrus in the background, and had a low malt presence. On the tongue the flavors were similar, but bolder. The citrus hop flavors dominated the finish.

The body was medium, pretty much what you expect for the style. Drinkability was good, the beer was gone smoothly and quickly. Overall, a very nice, solid IPA, one that anyone would be happy to have as a reliable, local go-to brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Graceful is right. I'm not an IPA guy, but this is absolutely a beer I'd drink on a regular basis. The hops compliment the overall flavor profile rather than trying to knock you over the head with bitterness.

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