Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.
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4.21/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
We crack the tabs and pour a brew of rich amber honey into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two finger head of cream colored cakey bubbles, showing good retention. Honeycomb lacing is left around the glasses as it slowly bubbles away like a stew. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be medium. The aroma is big, with spicy grapefruity, earthen, and herbal hops, deeply toasted caramel and pale malts, dried oregano, honey, lemon iced tea, and soft fruity apricot. With warmth comes soft bubblegum juiciness, enhanced earth, dirt, and dust, and faint fruitiness of passion fruit. Our first impression is that the flavoring is just as deep and spicy as you would expect from that nose, with brightness, freshness, and fullness. As we sip, the taste opens with vegetal bite of zucchini and radishes, with citric, earthy, and lightly piney hops. To mix are bittered pales, baker’s yeast, black pepper booziness, tannic lemon tea, and cooked brown sugar sweetness. Coming to the peak are notes of dirty earthiness of hops, bittered grapefruity rind, apricot sweetness, tobacco leafiness, more fusel booziness, and under ripe strawberry fruitiness. The finish comes with bite of graphite, light woodiness, fresh dill, faint bubblegum esters, syrupy caramel malts, nectary hops, and freshly pulled lemongrass. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of kale leafiness, mineral, newspaper inkiness, more bittered pales, more peppery booze, hop bitterness of citric rind and herbal grassiness, solid plastics, and biting English breakfast tea. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with an oily coating all around the mouth. This gives way to boozy dryness and pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its robustness and fullness of flavoring for a “single” IPA. From the nose you can tell this guy is going to be huge. The hops are heavy, syrup-laden cones, while the malts are dark, toasty, and sweet in their own cereal way. The sip is everything you would expect, striking an even, refreshing blend. The bitterness is strong, however, and it is easy to see why this might defer the faint of heart. With a soft slurp to back it up, this guy lives up to the hype, and would certainly become a fridge sippin’ for us if it were in our market.
Serving type: can
05-02-2013 00:38:15 | More by TheBrewo
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