Loose Cannon is what an India Pale Ale should be.
Upon pouring Loose Cannon into a glass I thought for a second they had mislabeled a wheat beer as an IPA – the color was an unbelievable yellow-gold – though upon first quaff I knew this was definitely an IPA. Its citrus hop aroma stunned the nostrils and bitterly smooth taste ravaged the tongue, making for a wonderful beer drinking experience. At 7.25% alcohol by volume, this was my first offering from Heavy Seas Beer, but it wont be my last. After scouring their website I’ve managed to make a list of what to try next – really looking forward to their recently announced Plank series; beers showcasing unique wood aging treatments.
We’ve knicknamed it Hop3 (hop cubed) ale to reflect the enormous amount of hops in this beer: over 3 pounds per barrel! It is hopped 3 ways: in the kettle, in the hop back, and dry hopped. Pairs well with strong cheeses and steak.
The bottle artwork for all of their brews is pretty nice, too. Pirate motifs are still in, right?
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