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Wednesday, May 8th 2013

Loose CANnon IPA
(Heavy Seas)

Another hoppy favorite has made its way into cans. Heavy Seas has just released cans of their Loose CANnon and not a moment too soon. The brewery also has plans to can several of their other beers in the future, including their Davy Jones Lager and their AARGHtoberfest! Cheers!

From the Heavy Seas site:

"Our flagship beer, Loose Cannon wins people over at first smell. The carefully cultivated interplay of Simcoe, Palisade, and Centennial creates a most fragrant IPA—its nose bursts with notes of grapefruit, herbs, and pine. Bitterness is somewhat subdued by the floral quality that pervades the taste. The color is burnished gold, and the mouthfeel is creamy. A strong malt backbone balances out the triple-hopped beer."

Here we go...

Pour - deep golden in appreance with an inch or so of dense white head which slides down the inside of the glass leaving some nice lacing. Clean pour and well-carbonated.

Aroma - Heavy Seas has packed a pirate ship's worth of green, sticky, resiny hops into each can of Loose Cannon and as soon as that top is popped its comes flying out of their like a hop cannon! Big whiffs of tropical citrus, floral hops, caramelized sugar, and pine. Bursting with grapefruit and sweet orange aromas. Plenty for your nose to enjoy while your tastebuds are saying, "hurry up and let's move on to drinking this...."

Taste - one sip and your inner hophead will be rejoicing. Loose Cannon is not lacking in the hops department. There is plenty of bitter, tangy citrus hop flavor to get your tongue dry and thirsty for more. Floral hops, malty sweetness, and all that citrus combine very nicely and make for a very well balanced IPA. 

Overall - At 7.25% and 45+ IBUs this is definitely not a session brew but also not a one dimensional hop bomb that will have you reaching for another style. Nope, you'll want to finish a can and reach right back in the fridge/cooler/cold mountain stream for another one. Happy to have this one in cans and I'm sure plenty of people in Maryland/DC are as well. Should make for a great summer!


Note - you'll notice on the side of the label that this beer is called "HopIPA." The "Hop3" is a reference to the fact that the beer is hopped in the boil, the hopback, and the fermenter.


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Loose CANnon IPA
Style: American IPA
Brewery: Heavy Seas
Baltimore, Maryland  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Caramalt
Hops: Warrior, Simcoe, Palisade, Centennial
ABV: 7.2%
IBUs: 45
Date: May 8th, 2013

Posted by Russ

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