Monday, January 17, 2011

Heavy Seas - Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass

Hop3? Hop Cubed? This American IPA from Maryland pours a light amber body with a slight haze and a bit of coppery glow. The off-white head is generous in proportion and frothy in texture. The retention is solid, but the lacing is quite light. The nose is strong with piney hops underscored by light bready malts and a fruity sweetness.

The beer is heavy on hops (to the power of 3?) but not even approaching overly bitter. The flavor is strong and prevalent, but not nearly as strong as many others. There's a caramel sweetness with biscuity hints to the lightly toasted malts. The carbonation lends itself to a full-bodied texture. Finally, the beer wraps up with persisting dry hops.

Final Verdict: B

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