Heavy Seas Loose Cannon is not necessarily a go-to beer for me. After some thinking, I figured I needed to switch it up from the "light" beers I've been featuring. Based on Terrapin's and our relationship with Heavy Seas (see Free Spirit and BFW), we have plenty of their beers around our house. Perfect selection for my first real hoppy beer!
Loose Cannon is literally nicknamed "Hop Cubed" since it's hoped "three ways." This American IPA is pretty delicious! Don't be scared off by the hops though. I'm not a huge hoppy beer fan; I'll take a malty stout over a hopped-up IPA any day. Even with 3 pounds of hops per barrel, you'd be surprised at how drinkable this is beer is for the untrained hop tongue! You'll never believe how well this cut the spice of my homemade salsa though!
As far as food pairings, Heavy Seas has a pretty kick ass recipe selection!
Since I love starches and could eat a pound of mashed potatoes, I'm going with the Loose Cannon Mashed Potatoes, which are complete with roasted garlic. I promise, I had it the other night with my black bean burgers and super spicy salsa, and it was a perfect pair! (Also, I think I'm the worst at beer pairing because I drink them all with anything and/or spicy foods.)
What's your favorite hopped-up beer?