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 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 spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 3$

Appearance - copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some banana mixed with pineapple and grapefruit and a touch of yeast. It ends with a spicy/hoppy yet sweet aftertaste.

Overall - I've had better examples of the style.. but this is still pretty damn good. It has a nice mix of flavours and a good dose of hop bitterness. I'd buy this one again.

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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 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 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 mattcrill
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Ripe bananas, fresh pear, melon, and lemon zest all on the nose. Moderate fruity esters dominate with some of the citrus hop aromas taking a back seat. Aroma is more like a Belgian Tripel.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a low white head. Head retention is fair. Has the appearance of river water in the glass. Not the most appealing.

Flavor: Consistent with the aroma. Lots of melon, fresh fruit, pear, and watermelon rind flavors. Earthy background hops provide a good balance. Light spicy (pepper) phenols in the background. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with spritzy, high carbonation. Slight carbonic bite. A slight warming on the back of the palate. No creaminess.

Overall impression: Reminds me more of a hoppy Belgian Tripel. The Belgian character is too dominant to make me think "IPA". The color seems very odd for any style. Just looks muddy and kind of gross. Overall, a decent beer. I'm glad I tried it but probably won't again.

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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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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 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 TheBrewo
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Owl House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a Nugget Nectar pint glass and burned a deep auburn color. It held a one finger creamy tan head, which showed great retention. Thick lacing was left around the glass as it went. Carbonation appeared medium, and no sediment or haze was noted. The nose was lighter, with metallic and earthy hops, with background licks of citrus. Malts were pale adding additional metallic notes. Light peachy sweetness helped to cut some of this bitterness. Finally, Belgian yeast and a cheesy moldiness give the aroma a grit. Our first impression was that this brew is tasty and fruity. As we sipped, the flavoring opened up with bright citric hops, plum and peach sweetness, and a nectary floral sugariness. There was a cutting bitterness of deeper caramel malts and coin. The flavoring was smooth through the middle, with paler, more toasty malts taking the peak. Bitterness from the yeast also worked its way in, taking us to a soft and sweeter finish of clean barley malt, a flash of rye, and evenly continued hops. The aftertaste breathed of those same pale malts from the center of the flavoring, lighter coppers, ripened bananas, and raw piney hop cones. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was metallic astringency and a light coating, all following a beautiful slurp, smack, and cream to each sip. The beer thinned out with warmth, but this was relatively minor. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank fantastically.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the bright hop flavoring throughout. The drink left a cleanliness to the mouth, but not overwhelmingly like some more lemon, citric brews. The balance of hops with robust, sweeter, coppery malts struck a nice chord. The nose could have been a bit stronger, but this was certainly a great representation of the style.

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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 oriolesfan4
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color, not much head to it. Kind of a boozy aroma.. not very appealing. Taste is medium bodied, some good balance between the hops and the typical Belgian clovey flavors, with a solid malt backbone. Pretty smooth for the higher ABV too. A bit of a new/interesting style, but this is a pretty good interpretation of it. Aroma kinda throws me off, but overall a pretty good beer worth trying out.

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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 TheBlueWaffle
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany, very clear, off white head

S - Alcohol, bananas

T - Bready and fruity

M - Smooth, moderate carbonation, slick

O - Really good as far as Belgian is concerned, but they kinda missed the mark on the hops in my opinion. This is obviously a response to Flying Dog's Raging Bitch, which I believe is the winner. I would take a Raging Botch over this any day, but with that being said this is still a good beer.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Goblet is a very nice looking rich mahogany beer with about one finger of head on top.

Aroma: A bready dryness in the nose along with ripe fruits, banana, plum and a touch of citrus fruit. Notes of fruity esters along side some yeasty bits.

Taste: Toffee with a little bit of chewy mouthfeel with a touch of hop bite. Plum, fig, raisins and banana. Yesty breadiness with brown bread sweetness. Fairly malty with a good dry finish.

Notes: A hearty beer that's very drinkable. Cheers.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, fruit, caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Then some bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is very faint for the style and isn’t strong enough to create the type of balance you look for in this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while but there are better beers within the style.

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Photo of irishman14
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark amber with sticky head

S: hoppy, bready, wintry spices

T: interesting, can't decide whether it wants to be an IPA or a belgian

M: smooth, easy going down

O: As mentioned before, this beer is confused. Like the smoothness of the belgian style but the IPA component isn't coming through enough. Still tasty, but pales in comparison to Loose Cannon, a beer that knows what it is, and what it wants. Don't have much experience with the style, but from what I would expect from a "belgian IPA," would hope for more of a balance. 75% belgian and 25% IPA. Not bad, and like heavy seas in general.

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Photo of DeepSix
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately no decent glassware for this style so poured into a standard pint glass. Poured with less then a finger of head, no lacing to speak of for me. Its appearance is not what I expect of for this style, maybe I'm a novice on it, but from what I know of this style it is much lighter, this is a deep amber color, not the color I would associate with an IPA, Belgian or not.

While I taste some hops, there is no smell of them to speak of. Smells of malt and sugar.

Taste, now this is where it shines for me personally. Taste the Belgian for sure, but I must admit, not so much IPA. Maybe it's my love for Belgians here, but I like it. So I've rated it high, perhaps a little higher then deserving for it compared to others of the style, but damnit, I like the taste of this beer! A little to highly spiced for the style, but I like it. Yeast, dark fruits, banana, maybe a touch of bubblegum. A light touch of citrus from the hops, but in reality not much hops here for me, which is why I don't rate it a IPA much, if at all.

Medium body, almost no carbonation to speak of. A touch syrupy, but nothing much to it.

Overall I like this beer. I tried to rate it as accurate as possible to the style seeing that I like the beer myself. Again as I said, probably just my love of Beligans. Can't say it matches up well to the promised similarity of Loose Cannon, but hey, it is what it is. I like it!

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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 isthatbeer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Meridian Pint in DC. Served in a Shaker Pint.

A: Reddish brown in hue. Not much head.

S: Hmm...kind of sweet smelling...berries.

T: The taste starts off with that sweet, berry thing but finishes crisp and dry.

M: medium to light in body with nice tight carbonation.

I like this one. A nice take on a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a frosted pint glass at Brixx. From notes. Reviewed 20 June 2011.

A: Orange-ish brown. Cloudy-clear. Little head, but good lacing.

S: Banana and cloves? What's going in on in my IPA? Yeast, apparently.

T: Weird. As. Balls. But a great Belgian IPA. At first, it tastes like its namesake dubbel, with berries and Belgian yeast, but it finishes like an American IPA -- hoppy bitter, lined with citrus. Good beer.

M: Slightly carbonated, medium-bodied, neutral.

O: Really odd, but I really like it. A good introduction to Belgian IPAs. A little sweet maybe, but recommended.

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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 superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by Sept, 2011. Pours crystal clear reddish orange color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with good retention that reduces to a decent lacing cap. Some lacing sticks to the glass as you drink as well. Aromas of big spicy yeast; with some citrus, bubblegum, and banana notes underneath. Some nice and interesting aromas, with good strength. Taste of big spicy yeast, banana, bubblegum, clove, citrus, and pine. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish that lingers with banana, bubblegum, and spicy flavors. Medium carbonation and body. Also has a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Decent balance of flavors. No alcohol in the taste or finish, well masked for the alcohol level. Very easy drinkability for the alcohol level, very smooth. Overall a very nice Belgian IPA. I would have it again.

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