Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop³ IPA

Today I'm drinking Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA brewed by Clipper City Brewing Company in Baltimore, Maryland. Last time I drank this beer, almost two years ago, I was reminiscing about a time I was run off the road by the Colombian military! The fun label depicts a cartoon of a pirate and his bird pirate. I also like the purple colors, as they make the beer name stand out. Purchase before June, 2011.

Tropical, sweet pineapple aroma, yet with plenty of pine there too. Fragrant and welcoming. Citrusy orange and pineapple and floral flavors open things up. Less tropical than the aroma and also much less sweet. Good malty flavors but with great hoppy and pine answers. Medium carbonation and body are perfect. The finish is dry, sporting just a hint of the 7.25% alcohol. What you have here is a spectacular beer with wonderfully pleasant balanced bitterness. I love it and wish I had more. Well, I know next time what to buy at Total Wine! This could be a new favorite IPA, especially since Dogfish Head 60 Minute is rarely on the shelves anymore! But perhaps even without that advantage. Go find some of this beer now!

Dedicated to an online friend that's been harping about this beer for a few weeks now. I'm glad he helped me rediscover it!

When a Loose Cannon Flogs a Dead Horse There's the Devil to Pay: Seafaring Words in Everyday Speech

How I Became a Pirate

US Navy Heavy Weight Canvas Sea Bag


dale said...

You can't find 60 Minute locally? Bummer! 60 Minute is one of my favorite IPAs. Loose Cannon is quite tasty, I enjoy it on tap regularly at Mellow Mushroom. It doesn't have a big reputation, but it's a very good brew.

Vanessa said...

This was in my top 3 IPAs for 2010, a freakishly delicious concoction! I was lucky enough to also try it on cask at Redlight Redlight, where they had it on top of some white oak...insane :)

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Dale. Yeah, we get 60 Minute locally, but 60 and 90 are regularly missing from the shelves for the past 3 or 4 months. We don't get enough to satisfy demand. So that was just an innocent exaggeration and jab. I've been known to make those. Yes, it's a favorite of mine as well.

Vanessa. Spectacular beer! Even without the extras. :)

platypotamus said...

yeah, this is an outstanding IPA. if you ever see it on cask, do not miss out - ridiculously tasty!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hmmm. Two comments about having it on cask. Guess I'll need to find that!

m ehsaan qadri said...

I enjoy this beer little more than dog fish head 60 minutes!!!!!!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I hear that! I like both but there's a nice tangy difference in the Loose Cannon that I totally enjoy a little more.