Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Loose Cannon American Hop3 Ale - Heavy Seas Brewery - Baltimore, MD
Here I am. It's the middle of the week, and I'm craving a nice Hoppy Ale. On a whim, I figured that I would give the Heavy Seas Brewery a shot. I'd heard good things about it, and considering the fact that it's out of Baltimore...I figured that it certainly couldn't be bad. Baltimore is known for producing some fantastic craft beers...I was hoping that the Heavy Seas lived up to that moniker. Here's what the website had to say:
American Hop3 Ale
Approx 7.25% ABV
Burnished gold with a rich citrus hop aroma, it is wonderfully drinkable with a big hop flavor. 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. 2nd Place CAMRA award winner at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival
Well I'll tell...it was a classic IPA. It certainly was hopped up, but it really didn't blow me away. It truly seemed to follow all of the general rules that one might think of when considering an IPA, but it was not over the top hoppy. In fact, it had a little too much of a creamy aftertaste to it. Cleary, I was a little disappointed. There just wasn't enough bitterness to it. It'll do, but if you truly want a Hopped Up Ale, you're better off going for something a little more like a Dogfish.
6.5/10 - It'll do