Argh! For some reason I have a hard time resisting a nice pirate themed beer, and particularly when I find it in one of my favorite styles. Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Hop3 IPA by the Clipper City Brewing Company of Baltimore is a fun treat. It’s an American IPA, but with only 45 IBUs, it lends toward the traditional, balanced side of the style, rather than the crisp hop-bombs of the West Coast. There’s a bit of grapefruit and pine in the nose, and lots of sweet orange and a tiny hint of bitter orange rind in the middle, and the finish is orange with caramel and a bit of pine. This is a really nice well balanced IPA, and I’m enjoying it quite a lot.