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

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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Photo of axeman9182
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
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 -35.2%
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 corby112
2.51/5  rDev -33.1%
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 Stinkypuss
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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 -22.4%
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 PicoPapa
3/5  rDev -20%
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 portia99
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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 -13.9%
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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Photo of dhartogs
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit on the light amber side, medium head, nice looking beer. Smells of malt and yeast, like a typical Belgium style.

Maybe it was the yeast strain or I am growing tired of Belgium style beers but this beer, though well made just didn’t do it for me. I was expecting a little more of a hop presence. But I was able to pull out the yeast, maybe a malts, it was almost spicy. I was glad to try it but probably won’t revisit it.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Seas' Dubbel Cannon is a Belgian IPA, brewed seasonally as a variation of their immensely popular Loose Cannon IPA. According to the label, "A variation of our 'Loose Cannon' IPA, fermented with a Belgian Dubbel yeast culture - tangy hops with a spicy aroma. 7.25% Alc./Vol."

Poured into a Heavy Seas Imperial Pint glass. Served at 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a cream tone frothy head with an average retention and light creamy surface lacing, leaving behind a wispy surface cover within a minute or two. Copper amber body with orange tones has ample carbonation through small bubbles. Overall a nice looking Belgian IPA, a little darker in color than the average specimen. 4

(Smell) Aroma is tilted more towards a Belgian than an IPA. Aroma has distinct tart sourdough yeasty malt base and some mild citrusy hops, offering more flavor than bitterness in the nose. Balance is not bad for the style. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Very bright citrus front with a mild bitterness and fruity grapefruit flavor over a tart yet subtle malt background. The beer finishes with a mustier citrus hop blend and a nip of cracker dryness, segueing into a robust fruity bread for a lasting finish flavor. Taste is not offensive, but although the hop bill is fantastic, full of flavor and inviting, the pairing malt profile comes off a bit shallow, underdeveloped and doesn't achieve the balance it's capable of. With a recipe tweak, this score would be significantly improved. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is largely slick with a bit of fuzzy carbonation on the center tongue, a bit too flat elsewhere and overall too relaxed. Finishes with almost a chalky dryness. Body is light and would be ideal with a bit more malt presence. Alcohol presence is pleasantly low, even with a gravity above 7%. The carbonation should be improved a bit to pair well with the bright citrus hop flavors. 3

(Overall) Best consumed fresh to preserve those fragile grapefruit citrusy hop notes, this beer has a ton of potential to match a body to the full hoppy flavor and the Belgian yeast strain does a pretty nice job of adding a bit of depth and dimension to the whole concoction. My overall recommendation is to improve the body slightly and to pep up carbonation a notch as well. The other flaws are very minor and wouldn't take away from the enjoyment of this beer. Overall, this is an enjoyable drink but it is also indicative of a product that could significantly improve with a little bit of refining work. 3.5

Heavy Seas Beer's
Dubbel Cannon Belgian Style IPA

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Photo of BierStein711
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into weizen

Blood orange, amberish beer with four finger head

Smell: Banana and raisin

Taste: banana, raisin, pineapple, alcohol, bitter, but tame hop finish

M: Smooth and thick, almost elixir like

Overall, not bad.... I'll stick with Belgo though.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a dark amber/copper color.
Odor is malty with some fruity and citrus notes. Touch of yeast as well.
Taste is fruity upfront then citrus and hops near the end. Pine aftertaste that lingers slightly. Mouth feel is decent. Medium bodied and relatively smooth.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by Aug/Sep 2011.

Pours clear amber/copper with a two finger off-white head that leaves an initial ring of lacing and holds a small foamy cap.

Aroma is loaded with spice, a lot of spice, almost as much as straight up spiced winter warmers. Also a lot of spruce/pine, floral hops, caramel, nuts, dates and some banana and bubblegum. Very good strength.

Flavor also features a lot of spice, some caramel, dark bread, some citrus, pine, and herbal hops, a bit of banana and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A unique Belgian-style IPA in that it is very heavy on the spice notes and not so much on the fruity/banana esters. Glad to have tried, but the spice is a bit too much for me and I’m glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan, 1/4 head that dissapeared fast. Decent lacing.

Smell - Yeast, spices, Sugars, very floral, dark fruits like plum, grape, rasin.

Taste - Floral spices, carmal and some yeast make up the bulk of flavor. Hops are pretty hidden beneath the for mentioned flavors. Not much else going on. Alcohol is masked well.

Mouthfeel - Its rather thin and light, flavor is simple and easy to enjoy. Mouth really doesnt get much done to it. PAlette recovers fast.

Overall - Pretty week and standard for a belgian ipa. Not alot of flavors, would be a good starter for this style. Not bad but nothing special or new, not worth my time to drink again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Carmel dark brown with a two finger tan head. Good retention and lacing on the glass.

Smell - Citrus, malts, toffee.

Taste - Bitter malts, slight toffee, and some coffee.

Drinkability - Good carbonation, a bit thick in the mouth.

Overall - Solid Belgian IPA.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dubbel Cannon, 32-ounce growler filled at Whole Foods Bowery in Manhattan, NYC, for $6.99. Curious to try a one-off version of Loose Cannon, one of the IPA staples for my wife and myself.

Appearance: Served in my Sierra snifter, the Dubbel comes looking rusty copper and/or dark brown, sort of like one of those prematurely-aged Richard Serra sculptures. A massive slightly-colored white head comes and goes like that, now you see it now you don't. There is some lacing (but not a lot) but not a lot of carbonation or retention.

Smell: Dark fruits and fruit cake, some bread and cookies. Spice, tamed. A slightly metallic "something" on the back. A tad of lemon/citrus, not quite full hops.

Taste: Very similar to nose, with that fruit-cake sweetness, lemon-peel touch and this time hops coming through clearly but not upfront and holding court as you would expect from an IPA (even if "Belgianized"). Yeast is present and nice, if anything a little too timid. There is also a "coolness" as you sip that reminds me of sucking on breath mints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and flavor (almost low). Carbonation could also use a kick to get more active. There is a thinness to this beer that really brings the whole thing down. Needs more body! Finishes a tad too watery, but with a pleasant touch of spice and dry, prickly hops.

Overall: Alright, not great. I'll take the regular Cannon any day, and if in need of an American-Belgian IPA, I'll go for a Raging Bitch. Glad I tried it, though!

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Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a scant 1/4 inch of white foam on an amber-brown body with good clarity. The head settles rapidly and leaves moderate lace.

S - A spicy aroma of coriander and pepper with a little bit of pine and onion.

T - Sweet malt up front with bread and caramel notes and a light pine hop flavor. Spicy notes of coriander and clove in the middle with some toffee character. Things finish up with more thick malt and spices as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Well, while it doesn't have any particularly objectionable qualities, this beer misses the mark significantly. Aside from the fact that they should have used the name for an actual dubbel instead of a BIPA (really can't see what they were thinking there), it has a really insufficient hop character for the style. There is some pine in both the aroma and the flavor, but nothing on a level that could justify calling this any kind of IPA. It comes off more like a strong golden. It also finishes too sweet, though not to the point that it is unpleasantly cloying. By no means a drain pour, but really weak compared to the better examples of the style.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of yellowish stained head a finger strong that faded to a thin film. Patchy lace sticks to the walls of the glass.

The aroma of this brew smells fruity with yeasty spice. A light grass element mixes with some earth. A bit of pear and apple skins emit from the glass mixing with spicy clove.

The taste includes even more of the previously described apple pear and clove. Spicy yeast gets herbal and grassy almost a bit vegetative at times. As it warme up, the brew is all about dried fruit coupled with herbal hops and spicy yeast notes that clash a bit for me.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a fair take on the style but its something I would avoid in the future. The yeasty spice and herbal hops is an awkward combination that just didnt work for me.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Al's of Hampden -poured cool into my Duvel tulip.

The color is deep copper bordering on bronze with very good clarity, bubbles are seen rising like a twister from the laser etching. The rocky ecru cap measures about 1 inch froma vigoorous pour. The lace sticks pretty well and bead is of average size. The smell is very malty, a bit of caramel with some light bready and gentle yeast esters from the Belgian yeast which are more ripe banana than anything. there might be a tinge of pine from the hops in the background. The feel is pretty malty as well, but the hops come through in the back end. The carbonation is moderate and the sweetness level is more than average at least for a Belgian ipa. The astringency and spice are very low in the feel.

This label made me wonder -'Is this a hoppy dubbel?' since it uses dubbel in the name and loose cannon is their ipa. The flavor is fruity and caramel in the malt with gentle toast notes but the yeast is very mild and the hops are very submerged under the candy-like malt that is tasty, but almost becomes cloying. I think it is balanced in general but the balance favors the malt. The yeast could be more of the focus as well as the hops since they market this as a Belgian IPA. Overall I was kind of dissapointed expected more of a hop forward beer but the overall flavor is not bad. I think if you expect more of a dubbel you should be allright, but the label seems to send a mixed message.

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Photo of shanblur
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 120z bottle into a tulip. Notched on bottle as best by August of 2011.

A - Slightly cloudy copper colored beer with minimal white foam and minimal lacing

S - Nose of belgian yeast and spices, with faint citrus hops. Some caramel and sweet malt smells as well.

T - Get more of a hop presence from the taste, but not overpowering. Blends nicely with spices and a sweet malt flavor.
A bit dry on the finish.

M - Medium bodies with minimal carbonation evident.

Not my favorite from this brewery, but I enjoyed this beer. It is a nice balance of malt and hops, with some spice to add to the complexity.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a cherry amber color with a tiny white head and a bit of lace.
Aroma of cotton candy, spice, and citrus. Kind of peppery in the nose.
Candy taste, spicy, a lot of grapefruit. Pleasant beer, easy to drink. Would definitely go for this again.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice rich golden color with some nice dark sun gold to it. Decent white head.
S: Sweet candy sugar nose that couples with a nice deep bitter hop aroma.
T: The beer has a good rich sweet dark fruit malt flavor with some hints of bitter hops. It has a good candy sugar and full bready taste.
M/O: Very slight carbonation that helps enhance the flavor of the beer. Good but lacks a little in the hop flavor. Overall, a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair take on a Belgium IPA with a sweeter undercurrent than most balanced by an assertive bitter middle rhythm.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Emerald blue label with the illustration of the pirate and parrot pointing a ship cannon to another cannon. Neck label offers a small narrative including style and ingredient notes. Notes notched freshness date (Sept 11) Shows Alc. by Vol. 7.25%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber pour with a correct frothy head, average retention, minimum surface memory and lacing.

S - Nose is yeasty fruity at first, with some of the bitter funk loosely associated to the style… The fruity sweetness predominates the finish, rather malty… The hoppy touch lingers later on in the nose as the bitterness settles assertively.

T - Fair hoppy and yeasty range… Heftier in sweetness than most, light resin and pine again with an spicy touch… and an assertive bitterness emerging from the sweet touch. It is not unpleasing but a bit rough around the edges.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. It settles on a bit of a watery, dying note note towards the finish that fortunately is rescued by the bitter spiced edge.

O - It´s a fair brew but feels a tad rough to make it to a more memorable level.

Notes: The sweetness if a tad strange but not unpleasing, is that the Dubbel yeast strain? it is more so how it is loosely balanced with a hoppy sense that at one point feels more unidimensionally bitter than anything else. Having the choice I´d stay put on the Loose Cannon3.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amyliz4 had to try this one when we were out at Rustico. Pretty good choice. Served in a mini snifter.

Pour is a goldish-copper color (gotta get that first "ish" in the first sentence) with a nice white head and a ring of lacing on the way down. The nose brought some floral and herbal hops along with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast. A fairly strong fruit component was there as well; mostly stone fruits, I'd say. Flavor was pretty similar. I should just copy and paste that last sentence. Really, solid base of malt with a bit of sweetness. Medium hop presence doesn't take over, but rather gives way to a bit of fruity and spicy yeast. Fairly well done. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of zest. Solid effort for sure, but not as good as the BIPA made by their friends 45 or so miles westward.

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Photo of ksimons
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a brown amber with a fingers worth of cream colored head which sticks to the glass

S-mix of citrus and earthy hops and light malts and yeast

T-starts with a taste of bready malts which turns into a caramel candy sweetness and finishes with citrusy hops.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, has a dry bitter finish

Overall an average beer, not bad but not great either. It is easy to drink as the alcohol is not very prominent

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Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
3.75 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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