Dubbel Cannon | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tbrown4 on 04-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of chrispoint
1/5  rDev -73.4%

Photo of axeman9182
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle taken home from volunteering at the 2011 ABCF. This one is marked best by September 2011, and was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Dubbel Cannon pours a relatively clear light amber, with some orange highlights coming through. The slightly off white head comes up to about two fingers in height, before quickly fading and leaving no lacing behind. Belgians and IPAs are where I find some of the best head formation/retention and lacing, and so this one is a real letdown in the looks department. The nose has a prominent candi sweetness that's a staple of Belgian brews, and any hoppy notes are drowned out by some fruity and slightly spicy yeast esters and phenols. That same sugary sweetness is the first thing to greet my palate. Next is probably the most restrained, muted dose of bitterness I've ever found in an IPA. The yeast byproducts lean more towards fruity than spicy in the flavor, and let just a little bit of citrus hoppiness shine through. The mouthfeel is absurdly syupy for a Belgian/IPA hybrid. The body is a bit too full/present, and the carbonation starts out lackluster and fades to barely present as the beer warms. I feel a little bad rating so harshly, because Dubbel Cannon doesn't taste awful or anything, but it's just either so far removed or poorly executed stylistically that the resulting scores aren't pretty.

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Photo of BB1313
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before September 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark amber/brown, it actually looks like a dubbel. The aromas are faint, sweet, w/ no hop aroma. The taste is pretty bland, the hops don't really make their presence known. The taste and aromas are pretty unimpressive. Lots of banana and funk, but not much else. The mouthfeel isn't bad, nice amount of carbonation; medium-bodied. Overall, it's not a horrible beer, but it's a pretty poor example of a Belgian IPA, IMHO.

I had extremely high hopes for this one. Loose Cannon is one of my all-time favorite IPAs, so when I heard they were going to be brewing a Belgian "Cannon", I was stoked! This is a complete letdown. This is a slap in the face to Loose Cannon.

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Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of corby112
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz, best by 9/11.

Pours a dark golden copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that has very good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. The tulip is left coated with rings and streaks of soapy lacing.

Interesting aroma with an odd combination of both styles. Lots of earthy, floral hops in the nose countered by slightly toasted malt, spice and dark fruit. Hints of pine, citrus, caramel, pepper, cinnamon, grape, raisin and plum. Just a really odd amalgam of characteristics in the nose.

Medium bodied with a strange flavor profile that's similar to the aroma with an odd combination of Belgian dubbel and IPA notes. The hops are most prominent up front with some slight earthy bitterness without being to dry. This is quickly countered by a spicy, estery malt character that is somewhat chalky and medicinal. Hints of pepper, cinnamon brown sugar and dark fruit, especially raisin, grape and fig. Lingering medicinal cough syrup in the finish but ABV is decently masked.

Overall this beer is just a really weird hybrid of two distinct styles. I admire the experimentation/effort but it just doesn't work for me, resulting in an odd unpleasant tasting beer.

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Photo of hef
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dubbel Cannon

Pours a clear copperish orange, soapy head forms and recedes fairly quickly. Aroma of American style hops, little malt sweetness or Belgian kick. In the flavor, citrus hop character on a pale malt body, small yeastyness and fruit presence. Alittle alcohol comes through along with a creamy malt character. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Overall, a decent IPA but lacks true Belgian influence.

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Photo of Homebrew35
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours just a half fingers worth of off white head. This dies down immediately to just about nothing. Wow this is bubble less. Looks like root beer soda.

This smells like root beer soda as well. I'm serious when I say this. Clove, sarsaparilla, other root beer like spices. No hops that I can discern can be found.

Tastes similar to root beer. Sasparilla, vanilla, clove, some banana yeast notes. A touch of herbal hops. Quite sweet with a mild hop bitterness. This leans towards the very sweet side in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with it's light carbonation and very mild hop bitterness in the finish. A solid sweetness hits in the mid palate.

Overall this is a let down. Its a weak attempt at an IPA, never-mind if it's Belgian or not. Quite sweet and root beer flavored.
$1.80 a single. Probably never to pick this one up. Maybe it's a bad batch, maybe not.

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Photo of Dduquette
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of PicoPapa
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Part of the Sunken Sampler mix 12 pack. Pours a murky, golden dark brown color with very little head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is a big whiff of tangy yeast. Slight hop aroma along with some banana and brown sugar. Taste is more of the yeast flavor with faint hops. Tangy and sweet with some bitterness towards the end. This definitely has more "Belgian" to it than "IPA". A bit floral tasting from the hop presence. This is just an alright beer. I was hoping for more hop flavor to this once since the bottle said it is a variation of Loose Cannon which I like alot and has a good amount of hop flavor to it. Unfortunately, I didn't really taste that. I'm all set with this beer.

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Photo of Enoch
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of portia99
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (best by Aug. 11) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours an extremely deep amber, almost brown color. A thin cream colored head falls quickly to a foamy collar and no lacing.

S - Spicy, sweet, caramelly...and a bit of hoppiness. Getting a good amount of candy sugar sweetness, maltose, and a green vegetal aroma that seems a bit "off" to me.

T - Caramelly, green vegetables, sugar, mildly bitter. I get the Belgian, but not so much on the IPA side. Where are the hops?!? Tastes dirty and a bit muddy.

M - Light/medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Pretty earthy, sweet, caramelly with only a bit of bitterness in here. Some yeasty spiciness comes thru as well. Tbe grassy/green vegetable flavors are a bit off and hurt this one.

O - Not what I was expecting and a bit disappointing actually. I'm still looking for the hops...but they are just not there. In a different context, this is a fairly solid beer. The veggie flavors really seem off to me and are a detractor overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out a little darker than I expected. The color was a brownish gold with a fizzy white head on top. The lacing and head were pretty gone right after pouring... Not a pleasant sign for an ipa. The smell of the beer smell Belgian for sure and had some hops in there too. The taste of the beer wasn't the greatest combo in the world to me. I found that the blend of a Dubbel and an IPA was just not what I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it had a nice thickness to it and a decent carbonation. Overall I just felt that this brew was a little off on most aspects. I prefer the normal loose cannon well before this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Stignacious
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 67.1% out of 100 with 225 ratings
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