Dubbel Cannon | Heavy Seas Beer

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Dubbel CannonDubbel Cannon

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tbrown4 on 04-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clipper City/Heavy Seas Dubbel Cannon is a delicious Belgian IPA. I love the Loose Cannon IPA and this is a great variation. Good work Clipper City/Heavy Seas (they should really choose one name or the other imho).

A: Orange/brown colour and a 5 mm head that fades to excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Wow, it smells exactly like you'd expect: a 50/50 combination of that tropical-fruit Loose Cannon smell along with Belgian yeast. Lovely. 5

T: The taste follows the smells. A good mix of fruity hops with ever-present Belgian yeast undertones. Their is a great balance between the Belgian and the IPA characteristics. 4.5

M: Well carbonated and foamy. 4.5

O: An excellent Belgian IPA: one of my favourites. 4.5

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Photo of woodychandler
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am pretty sure that this came to me from local, in-person trader, tone77. Many thanks!

From the bottle: "A variation of our 'Loose Cannon' IPA, fermented with a Belgian Dubbel yeast culture - tangy hops with a spicy aroma."; "Another fine mess ...".

I liked the way that this poured, creating two fingers of dense, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity, reminiscent of a shiny, newly minted penny. Nose was big with minty hops; musty, peppery yeast and a bit of alcohol heat. Mouthfeel was surprisingly soft, albeit with a good bit of heat and the flavor was very spicy, as though the hops simply teamed up with the yeast to really bring a bite to my tongue. Finish was extremely dry and moderately hot. Phew! This was quite good for one, but I would not want more than a couple at a time.

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Photo of kmellen17
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice cross between a belgian abbey dubbel and an IPA. Well balanced, with sweet malt notes countered by citrusy and piney/floral hop flavors. An exceptional seasonal and great additional to the loose cannon repertoire. While I find some of Hugh's beers to be too hoppy and out of balance, this finds a beautiful marriage of classic Belgian and new-age american.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an amber orange color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is quite attractive, showcasing banana, considerable spice, a hint of brown sugar and some impressive dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose very closely in this well crafted beer. Also, while the beer is moderately sweet with an attractive dubbel flavor profile, there is a goodly amount of hoppy bitterness in this beer as well. It dries out the sweetness very nicely, leading to a long, spicey, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and there's no doubting this beer delivers plenty of flavor.

Wow! It's been a while since I was this impressed by a Clipper City/Heavy Seas beer. Will definitely be ordering this one again.

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Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep nutty copper color with a decent off-white head that settles to a thin full cover with lots of even lacing. The aroma is an interesting yeasty cinnamon knockwurst with just a hint of sweet clove and a citrusy overtone. Very unusual and likable. The flavor is a delicious blend of light licorice over malty sweet toffee. Really tasty and highly drinkable for the style. It’s medium plus bodied with a pleasant but full carbpnation that lends a luscious and refreshing feel. The hop factor is somewhat understated but a very nice earthy green leaf that mixes so well with the sweet malty licorice ideas. This is a fabulous Belgian choice, something a bit atypical but that will appeal to most any beer/IPA lover. Nice job.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Semi hazy caramel color with a thin white head. Lots of banana and tropical fruit. Smells like an island buffet.

Big full mouth feel and exceptionally smooth. Well blended flavors, smooth caramel around the edges, lots of banana mango and pineapple. Nice crisp clean finish with a hint of detectable alcohol. Awesome Belgian ipa, right up there with stone cali belgique.

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Photo of brobeerbot
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Six pack pulled fresh off of truck.

A: poured a nice ruby red color with light fluffy white head like a Belgian tripel.

S: got a nice mixture of spice and hops immediately off the nose along with the common Belgian yeast smell.

T: this was the beers strong point. The use of the Belgian yeast really added a new layer of complexity to their hop3 ipa. Had a very nice tropical fruit taste mixed with that slight bubble gum taste you can find with Belgian beers. Drank really nicely.

M: not to thin not to thick with a little resin feel. Coronation was a little high but nothing that would turn anyone off from trying.

O: I have enjoyed almost all Belgian ipas that I have tried over the years. When I saw this in the store I had to try it. I will say heavy seas is putting out some stellar beers and am very happy with this newest addition to the fleet.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber red with dark creamy head that clings to the glass and retains across top.

Smells of flowery funk upfront with sweet caramel malts and earthy hops. Some pine sap and dry fruit.

Tastes of butter scotch notes with some bitter hops, dry fruit with grapefruit finish. Long and complex finish with apples, spice and a hint of flower funk.

Overall a good everyday Belgian IPA, approachable and pleasing , will attract a wide audience to good Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Bills453
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a beautiful orange hazy liquid with a nice one and a half finger off-white head that lasts for quite awhile, and I assume will provide some fantastic lacing.

Smell - flowers, citrus, HOPS! Smells refreshing and delicious.

Taste - not as hoppy as I was expecting. A very nice blend of bitter, and almost a hint of floral sweetness aftertaste. I very much enjoy the flavor of this brew.

Mouthfeel - just right. Again refreshing.

Overall - great beer. Would recommend it to friends!

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Photo of mpyle
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at ~48 F.

Monster white head with good retention. Has a rich amber color, great clarity. A pretty beer as is typical for the brewery.

Grapefruit citrus hops, slightly peppery, but overall somewhat sweet.

Slightly biscuity malt flavor up front, gently sweet. Citrusy hop flavor blends in seamlessly, and finishes with a biscuit tinged slight bitterness. Belgian influence, particularly from the yeast, is quite muted, but the biscuity malt flavors add an extra dimension.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, minimal (if any) alcoholic warming.

A reinterpretation of one my favorite beers, Loose Cannon. It doesn't wander incredibly far from the original, but is a distinct beer that probably is more complex. A good beer to sip and drink slowly, as there is a lot going on here.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Another fine mess..."

Best by Sept 2011 notch. So far, so good.

Ommegang anniversary glass. Pours out an unexpectedly dark amber/iced-tea color. Filtered. A moderate inch of off-white, filmy head comes & goes without much enthusiasm.

Zesty orange scent. More like tangerine & honey. Doughy. A bit like spice cake. A bit wit-like. Brown sugar, & a delicate rind, (& more so pronounced)dry leafy green hop character.

Taste is very juicy. Tropical sweetness, tangerine bitterness, somewhat green. Not much in your face bitterness actually, but it always hums on your tongue to a constant pulse. More dry-hopping then straight boiling is my guess. Mildly zesty. Slight(slight), candied afterthought along the belly. A touch resiny. Mildly toasty. Finish is a mellow leafy green.

Feel is of a constant froth. Soft, but supple carbonation. Body is moderate, but mostly dry.

Aside from the alcohol & color, it comes off more like a Belgian Pale. A great Belgian Pale. :)

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to billab914 for sending this one as an extra in a recent trade! Purchase before August 2011! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a deep red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsed to half a finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, coriander, cinnamon, clove, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, ham, clove, subtle banana, and citrus. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Very nice flavor and aroma going on in this one. The flavor was what really surprised me as it kind of reminded me of a holiday ham if I'm honest. This one was definitely a surprise as I went into this one not expecting too much. Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Would definitely have again and suggest you do as well!

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark copper with a foamy off-white head. Nice sticky lace.

Some herbal and spicy hop notes. The spice is the big piece of this. Some yeast and husk.

A wonderfully juicy brew where you do not notice the alcohol at all. Some citric hop notes, juicy fruitiness, some yeast, and here comes the spice. Flip flop of spice and hop bite. Nice transition between flavors. In fact, wonderful transition. Some boiled grain and malt here that actually cuts thru the other flavors and adds an element that works very well.

Medium to fuller bodied, but carbonation is nice.

For what we pay (money and effort) for artisan brew and expensive imports, here we have a terrific, tasty beverage from our own humble shores that is modestly priced. Great drinkability on this one. Balance and variety of flavor make this a return visit for me. I have a friend who is an IPA fiend, bu is not turned on to Belgian IPAs. This wil be a 6-er gift on his doorstep.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to dan for getting this one to me in like 3 days, incredible turn around man, seriously. poured into a white birch glass.

huge head of nearly three fingers in height then comes across and rips into me. Never really settling, just becoming more and more rocky and cratered. Lots of lacing up and down the side of the glass.

Aroma is very light, a bit too light for me, but warming brought out some nice touches that seem to work after a while. Lots of citrus, lemon zest, belgian yeast all working together and forming a very nicely defined profile after a while. Nicely carbonated and very light it was easy to drink this one fast, especially on a humid day. Each sip brought out light notes of pears, peaches, lots of light citrus, tart lemon. Light bready and grainy notes along with light touches of grasses, Last sip seems as clean and dry as the first and offers some nice consistency.

Overall a very solid and well done light iPA.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


I am getting killed here. I love this beer. In the summer of 2011, this is my go-to!

You are not going to get hop-slapped silly with this. But you're not going to get the same new old Kolsch wanna-be like other summer offerings.

This is a good overaller. Stock it for picnics and b-b-ques. Red Sox vs NYY on NESN? This beer rules!

You can drink it, yournwife will drink it and so will your Bud Light loving Uncle Ed.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was expecting a golden amber color when I poured the beer, but the deep burnt orange body was a surprise. The head was small and carbonation mild, both of these lacking considering the IPA and Belgian heritage of the beer. The smell showed influences from both camps, with a hoppy citric aroma mixed with banana. The taste was similarly hybridized, with a BSPA like clean fruity and spicy taste blended with citric hop flavors. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel was somewhat watered down, and beer felt not as complex as it could have been, considering the ingredients. A nice diversion but more flavor would have helped tremendously.

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Photo of Tilly
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear tarnished copper colour with a slight white lacy head. Fruity, lemon, honey and a slight yeasty aroma. Carmel, orange rind with a strong orange finish. Dry finish with a tip of the tongue finish. First time trying a beer from this brewery. Not my last!

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Photo of nickthetick
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear mahogany, with ruby tints when held to the light, into a DFH signature glass. It has about a finger of khaki head that thins rather quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S: hoppy and fruity. Citrus notes are heavy; leathery, and dark pitted fruits. Figs dates and such.

T: interesting. Hoppy but sweet like the nose, however its still different. The figs, dates and plums are there but joined by a dark biscuit flavor. The citrus is there and balances out the fruity-ness but a lemon hangs in the mouth.

MF: medium body, sweet but not cloying or syrupy. Light carbonation.

O: good but it doesn't match up to a loose cannon for a regular basis buy.

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Photo of EORS
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured into a small goblet

This beer gets style points for its darker appearance (a ruby brown) and its aroma. As some people have noted, it's much more towards the Belgian end of the spectrum than toward the IPA - its thin, eggshell colored head and lack of carbonation goes more towards a darker Belgian dubbel or tripel. Same for the aroma: nice grapefruit citrus from the hops settles in with the fruity, spicy aromas from the yeast. Very well done there.

It also tastes more like a hopped dubbel or tripel than a slightly spicy IPA, which, again, I'm a fan of. Lots of tart dryness, ester, tang from the hops. Even though the Belgian qualities are to the fore, let it sit for a bit and you'll know you're drinking an IPA. Minor critique there: although the beer's full and thick, I could have gone for a bit more fizz.

Overall, definitely one to check out. Not too big, not too small, not too pricey: worth it for the smell alone. Good thing the rest of it's not half bad either...

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Photo of jboucher
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Best by August 2011

Appearance: Semi-clear in clarity with a honeyed copper color. Beautiful off-white, creamy, yet slightly frothy head. Excellent retention. Rings of lacing are left on the glass. I can see tiny bubbles in this one.

Smell: The first thing I noticed was my beloved spicy Belgian yeast. Slightly malty, earthy, and very floral. I'm also picking up some faint banana notes. Hints of lemongrass and coriander are in the background. There is a mild fruit presence in this one as well. Hints of biscuit.

Taste: The arrival is very balanced. I'm getting some spicy citrus notes. The taste is very similar to the nose. I noted a juicy, crisp, and drying citrus finish, which dissipates until all that is left is a Belgian spiced orange memory. The alcohol is nicely masked with the hop/yeast balance. Faintly on the sweeter/dryer side, but not nearly to the extent of Chimay Tripel. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A small margin lighter than medium bodied. Sufficient carbonation (not over the top). Very refreshing. Easily sessionable.

Ending notes: When I saw this on the shelf, I had to pick it up as I am always ready to try a new BIPA. I liked this brew a lot; will definitely have to get it again. Overall, I must say that I was impressed. Nicely done, Clipper City!

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive orange amber in the glass. Nice head with all the trimmings. On the woody, tannic side. Rich and mellow with malt. Nice caramel nose. Hops are spicy, give a nice nose. More floral with a touch of cedar, maybe. I don't taste a lot of Belgian flavors. More of a Dubbel in style, but with the hops of a Belgian Pale Ale.

In any case, it's rich and highly flavored, and makes a great sipping beer without too high of alcohol content. Another excellent beer in the hoppy Belgian tradition that Americans seem to excel at.

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Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle, best by September 2011. Dark copper orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a frothy off-white head with staying power that left sheetes of sticky lacings on the glass. Belgian yeast and spice aromas hit you first with citrus hop aromas beneath. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Nice balance of tangy citrus hop and Belgian yeast flavor from beginning to end with a nice malty backbone. Finishes semi-dry with a bit of spice. A nice assortment of flavors and aromas.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Young Augustine’s in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of citrus hops. Also present are hints of bready yeast, light spice, and slight pear aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus and herbal hops. Midway through the sip bready yeast thickens things up. Near the end of the sip slight medium fruit flavors come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was an interesting beer, but far from a traditional Belgian IPA (which I assume was not the intent of the brewery). Worth a shot, but not worth seeking.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Crabbicuss in N00b BIF 4. Thanks bud.

Poured a pretty dark reddish brown color with a bit of slightly off-white head.

Smell is malty with a bit of spice to it. Not much hops in there.

Taste is fairly malty but it does have a slight bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium. Good drinking beer. Went down smooth.

Overall a good quality Belgian IPA. I liked it.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - dark amber with a thin but dense, white head that has good retention

S - floral hops, very faint Belgian yeast

T - fruity, apples, pears, spicy, herbal, floral, caramel

M - medium bodied, smooth, a bit crisp

This is a decent Belgian IPA. It is definitely more hoppy than most beers in this style. The Belgian flavors are there but for the most part are masked by the intense floral hop character. It wasn't bad at all. Probably worth a try.

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