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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,692 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1692
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%


Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009)
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-17-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Mostly clear amber beer with an offwhite head. The creamy head has very good retention as well as the lacing.

Aromas have floral and piney hops plus a little malty sweetness.

Flavors are firstly of piney hop bitterness, with tropical fruits like pineapple in support. Finally there's a little dose of caramel malt sweetness.

Body is in between medium and full. The finish is dry and quite hoppy, with some astringency as a detraction.

Overall a powerful IPA, very good but marred somewhat by astringency.

Thank you goes out to Craig for bringing me this

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 18:09:40 | More by sommersb
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HopHog87

Kentucky

4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving- Can into a Syrofoam cup (definitely not preferable but it was all I had at time)

Apperance- First off, this things was super carbonated. Not saying that's a bad thing necessarily, but it's definitely got a lot of carbonation in solution. The head was very prominent and stuck around most of the drink from small cup. I finally got a glimpse of beer before I hit the bottom and it was a beautiful gold-copper

Nose- Different from a lot of IPA's I've had but not in a bad way. First off, it's hops. I mean it is an IPA. But beyond the hops, which are primarily light citrus (think tangerine and lemon), there were some aromas I've previously not experienced in an IPA. The primary one was light apple.

Taste- Light orange and possibly some ripe grape. There is a also undeniable malty sweetness which is really balanced well with the bitter finish. Finishes also with tangerine and more alcohol bite than I expected for a 6.8%.

Mouthfeel- Foamy head and Medium-thin mouthfeel.

Overall- I really enjoy my IPA's more than any other style. I'm always looking for a good one. This one fits the bill. It's got a great and unique aroma that sets it apart from all the other IPA's Ive tried thus far and it is robust but not so strong ABV wise to keep you coming back for another. Superb.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 03:53:31 | More by HopHog87
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snaotheus

Washington

3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. 31026B2BA is printed on the side of the can, but it's not clear to me whether this is related to the beer or the can (it's not a stamp or anything, it's printed like the can label). Bought in Arizona, flown to WA.

Pours slightly cloudy with a biggish coarse pale head, some carbonation. Orange/copper in color. Smell is good, but muted. Pine and slight floral, a little citrus.

Taste has a slight metallic hint, which I never like. Slow piney finish. Somewhat bready or toasty. Again, slight citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel also hints at metal.

Overall, if it wasn't for that metallic hint, I think this would be a pretty solid beer. Even as it is, if I was going to be sitting in one place for a while and it was this beer or no beer, I'd have another. But there are many, many beers I would choose over this as is.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 03:40:34 | More by snaotheus
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goochpunch

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a dark amber with a fairly thick head. Smells strongly of citrus hops with loads of caramel malts. A bit of toast in the nose as well. Tastes very malty. Too malty for an IPA for my tastes. Lots of caramel and toasted malts. Solid citrus and bitterness from the hops, but the malts run this beer. Also, I get a ton of fruitiness from the yeast, which reminds me of gummy candies. Mouthfeel is smooth in the carbonation, but it's a bit sticky and thick for what I look for in an IPA. Overall, this isn't my favorite IPA. Too sweet and malty.

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 23:44:55 | More by goochpunch
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can best by 4 Aug 14 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of pine
Head huge (10.5 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 1-2mm layer,
Lacing good, very full rings with varying size bubbles
Body orange-amber, clear
Flavor piney, slightly bitter, ending chalky; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, carbonation lively

Overall, a decent IPA. Not out of the ordinary. Meh.

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 11:53:15 | More by Ozzylizard
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Premo88

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tulip
(April 14, 2014 best by date)

L: dark copper ... burnt orange with loads of amber in it; almost 1/2-inch head of white to off-white foam that does stick at the top, not a ton of lacing; crystal clear, as clear as any IPA I've poured

S: pine and citrus ... a bit of grain; gets into a candied orange at times but not full-on caramel; with that said, it's super sweet

T: follows the nose more or less with lots of bitter pine up front but a real citrus/candy citrus sweetness on the back end

F: good all around, nothing remarkable good or bad

O: I worked through a six-pack of this one, and it started off very piney/citrusy with loads of sweetness and evolved closer and closer into a caramel bomb ... even this last one, however, still holds on to quite a bit of good citrus taste with some pine still in there.

I'd only buy this beer again if I can find it fresh ("fresh" here being at least six weeks from its best-by date). I prefer grapefruit/hard citrus IPAs with the piney notes following, and this beer had a lot of that when it was fresher. Definitely a solid brew.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 03:54:13 | More by Premo88
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BTodd

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into pint glass.

A-Two fingers of foam, nice lace, dissipating slowly. Great amber color.

S-Initial pine hop aroma, with caramel malt.

T-Sweet maltiness in the front with lingering pine and grapefruit hop flavor.

M-Low-mid carbonation with lighter body than some others in this category. A little, but very drinkable.

O-A long-time favorite of mine that is beginning to be replaced with even more aggressive, hop driven IPAs. A six will still make it to my fridge on a regular basis, but less now than before considering the competition and Modus' recent price raise (from 8.99 to 9.99) in Chicagoland.

Serving type: can

03-22-2014 17:53:33 | More by BTodd
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Mongrel

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful, almost perfect looking IPA. Pours a deep gold-orange with a finger a half of tight, sudsy white head. Good lace retention too.

In terms of smell, you get a big whiff of pine as soon as you crack the can. This dominates for the duration, with just a faint whiff of sweet orange in the background.

Taste is a little one-note at first, with big cool hop, piney bitterness dominating. Like the smell, there are hints of orange and caramel as the beer warms and mellows.

Mouthfeel is really great -- seemingly creamy and dry at the same time, with a long lemony finish.

A big piney IPA that doesn't deviate too far from the formula, but it's solid and well-done.

Serving type: can

03-09-2014 17:55:42 | More by Mongrel
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jdhowe

California

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a vibrant orange golden (lightly hazy) with 1 1/2 finger of khaki-colored bubbly head. Tons of sticky lacing is left when the head recedes.

S: Big aromas of grapefruit, stone fruit, guava, and a little bit of pine dominate. Some sweet malt character. Some slight hint of alcohol.

T/M: Smooth lightly wheaty malt sweetness gives way to big citrus hop character and juiciness. Accompanying this is a mild hop bitterness that swells through the finish and lingers alongside malt character. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate, fine, foaming carbonation that doesn't strongly affect the flavor of the beer.

O: Really a nice IPA -- big and juicy flavor without an overwhelming bitterness. Mouthfeel is really nice and complements the beer well.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 05:20:53 | More by jdhowe
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InI

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured from can into pint glass

A: Burnt orange to light brown with about two finger head that quickly thins out to a nice ring with some moderate lacing. very litte opacity

S: hoppy, piney, citrus, slight hints of maple and gingerbread ( i have a strange nose feel free to disagree)

T: definitely bitter and full of hops, yet a bit mellower flavor than other IPA's .

M: highly drinkable medium-bodied session beer

O: great brew in ever category. drink this. life is short; listen to ska!!!

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 08:11:18 | More by InI
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Modus Hoperandi – IPA (6.8%) - Ska Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆☆☆

App: Beer pours a crystal clear medium to deep amber with an OK one finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a lot of sticky lacing around the glass. Head is almost completely gone. But there are still enough bubbles left on top to make it a decent looking beer.

Smell: Piney/citrus hops characteristics strong with a nice, almost smokey malt backbone that really compliment one another. Twinges of caramel commingle with assertive hops very well. Slight hints of chocolate and phenols/alcoholic heat. Smells a little of decay in a pleasant way.

Taste: Surprisingly chocolate like on the foretaste with some creamy caramel sweetness well suited to balance the pronounced hops character. Bitterness comes on slowly after the swallow, with the hops true flavors rearing near the end with hints of mold, earth, and dry clay. Cannabis like skunkiness from hops flowers into bright and bitter piney character well after the swallow. Seems more like a well balanced pale ale to me, with the American hops character being the only thing that would define it as “India” (The irony isn't lost on me)

Mouth: A little light bodied for my tastes. A little hot. Combatively hoppy on the end, but not overwhelming of the residual sweetness. Carb is pretty soft at this point, but the beer has been agitated quite a bit.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 2/5/14.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 01:10:44 | More by ZoomanCru
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, stamped "Enjoy By 4 April 2014", given to me by Felix. Thanks man! Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/26/2014.

App- Clear amber body, fluffy thick white head with fantastic retention. Leaves sticky lacing. Outstanding, though the body could be lighter in color for the style.

Smell- Smells rich and green, like Jai Alai except not as complex. Biscuits, honey, resin, pine.

Flavour- Pine and resin flavours, combines with biscuits and pale malt. Tastes "green" in the homebrew vernacular. Not terribly bitter but there are some IBUs to be found.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, just perfect body, good carbonation, easily crushable. Aftertaste is a wet piney resin that isn't much in the first few sips but builds up quite a bit by the end of the can.

Overall- Nice easy to get IPA that should be in your regular shelf pale rotation if you have access. Reminds me very much of Jai Alai.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 06:05:42 | More by Stevedore
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- A darker hue to this IPA than most. Half finger head with decent retention. Not to lacing after 2 minutes of pour. Standard probably on that.

S- Worst grade for this beer. 3.5 Some faint pine, wet cheese board ?? lol, I am getting some oak which is weird.

T- Very smooth. This is one of my top five IPAs. I am not sure what kind of hops this beer uses, but this is a wonderfully crafted beer!

M- Just about perfect for an IPA. Just enough carbonation follows down the throat. Wonderful on the palate. Really enjoy this beer.

O- On my profile page, I write that I don't like IPA's with the exception of Jai Alai. Well, this one is one that I really like too. Well done SKA!

Serving type: can

01-19-2014 00:57:39 | More by gueuzedreg
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blindtiger24

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber / copper color that is cloudy. Two finger frothy head that is sticky.

S: Strong floral and citrus and slight pine aromas.

T: Slight orange citrus sweetness on the front followed by sharp bitterness. Spicy, piney resinous hops cloak your tongue, and a bit of malt, biscuit, and caramel flavors seep in, but that bitterness clings to your taste buds.

M: A full bodied beer that dries the tongue due to the oily hop resin. Relief does come from the caramel malts which slightly diminishes the bitterness. Gentle carbonation and warm finish on the throat.

O: A staple of hop bomb canned beers. Even with it's huge hop bitterness, the flavor and mouthfeel isn't astringent or harsh. The caramel flavors stick around on the tongue and blend with the resin, but the drying effect is a bit much.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 02:08:12 | More by blindtiger24
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - caramel copper colored ale topped with a frothy ivory head
S - piny citric nose with grapefruit and caramel
T - sweet, caramel and bready malt is followed by pungent, bitter grapefruit and pine
M - resinous and medium bodied, pine lingers with a rather balanced finish
O - always a very solid go-to IPA, nice to come back to this one every once in awhile

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 21:12:27 | More by barnzy78
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Harrykennedy

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like it. Heavy but not muddy. Recently moved from new England to Colorado. Lots of ipa, but this has become one oF my go to brands. Need more characters to post. Need more characters to post. Need 250 characters to post. Onigosh is this enough, need one more,

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 06:22:49 | More by Harrykennedy
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says Best By FEB14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Earthy, herbal hop aroma that's pungent and dank. Plenty of cereal grain malt sweetness to accompany the hops making for an enticing combo.

T- Aggressively bitter hop flavor with notes of pine and grapefruit. The malt does a great job of providing just enough breadiness and sweetness to offset the intense bitterness and complement the citrus notes from the hops.

M- Sharp from the hops but the bite doesn't linger too long which is impressive considering how bitter it is in the front. Also quite oily and resiny with medium
carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A hop bomb done the right way. The contrasting balance keeps me coming back for more sips.

Serving type: can

12-25-2013 03:24:55 | More by Immortale25
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StJamesGate

New York

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill haze dark bronze, with lumpy, stiff french vanilla-white meringue head that leaves chunky speckled sheets.
Stupendous floral, orange, caramel, skunk, lemon Italian ice, fresh hop nose.
Soft toffee up front with big lemon sorbet, spruce, and sugared grapefruit hops.
Pink grapefruit juice finish and pithy linger.
Lt-med, round, slight cling, creamy.

Malt sweetness evidences as straight sugar, which pulls off the trick of the malts being minimal yet balancing. And then comes lots of bright, juicy pale citrus - lemon and grapefruit. 70+ IBUs are nowhere to be found. So sessionable, even good for rookies.

Stands right up there with Racer 5 as the epitome of C hop goodness.

Serving type: can

12-19-2013 19:31:47 | More by StJamesGate
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Gladius270

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go-to IPA when I need to grab something for a gathering. Since it comes in a can, it's incredibly convenient.

That aside, the product in the can is delightful. Bitter, resin, hoppy goodness. This is a nice baseline IPA. Only qualm is that it may be a bit on the thin side, but these things go down nice all day long.

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 19:50:51 | More by Gladius270
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color was a darker amber, almost an orange with a thin bubbly head. Head clung to sides extremely well, but didn't last long, with only small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was citrus up front, more sweet orange than else, with a small bit of bitter piney underneath. Flavro started off with the expected bitter tang, but quickly mellowed out to show a bit more complex flavors. Coated ok, perhaps a bit thin, but left some flavor in the mouth. Overall a bit more complex than expected, without being a total slam of hops.

Serving type: can

12-03-2013 03:01:56 | More by mountdew1
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, dark, slightly hazed, copper-amber coloring with a frothy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas are super-resinous, with a blast of pine pitch and tropical fruit notes. Wow. Some caramel notes and pepper spice in the background, too. Smells great. Flavors are very balanced, with a solid does of pineapple and mango on the forward tongue, and just enough resin and bitter hops to balance it perfectly. Spicy notes here and there, with subtle caramel notes ribboning in the backbone, as well. Amazingly balanced IPA, and very drinkable. The body is smooth and robust, but it finishes very light, dry, and slightly astringent. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink. Hop-heavy, fruity aftertaste, with a building bitterness. This is a great beer.

Serving type: can

12-01-2013 03:15:35 | More by GarthDanielson
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bnes09

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Transparent, golden, copper color. Cloudy, billowing head right off the pour. Retreats to a solid half-finger layer of froth that maintains for the entire drink. Coats half the glass in gorgeous, delicate lacing.

Malty whole wheat and rye bread aroma. Spicy with pine, herbs and grass.

Solid bready, biscuity malt with just a hint of caramel sweetness. Hop dominate from middle to end with a pungent grapefruit, pine and detergent bitterness. Good balance for an IPA.

Sturdy medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Somewhat grainy texture. Dry finish.

Solid IPA. Complex and well-balanced.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 04:07:28 | More by bnes09
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joeworrall

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tonight I am comparing several different IPA's that are all poured from a can. In addition to this one, I am tasting Santa Fe Brewing's Happy Camper IPA, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA and Marble Brewery IPA.

Poured from a 12 oz can into a large tulip glass, this is a dark amber or orange brew with just a slightly cloudy appearance. The aroma has hints of malt, but the orange and pine hops scent dominate. The flavor is nicely balanced, with a just slightly bitter aftertaste.

This is a top 20 IPA, one that I will be drinking again.

Serving type: can

10-21-2013 01:07:47 | More by joeworrall
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OZ. can
Served in a perfect pint glass
Best by 17 JAN 14

A - It is burnt orange with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of beige head.

S - I get some hints of citrus and pine.

T - The taste is a nice combination of citrus and pine. The flavors intermingle with the pine winning out on the finish.

M - It is medium and smooth.

O - It has more pine than I care for. I prefer more citrus and tropical fruit. It is good and bitter.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 21:08:44 | More by buschbeer
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zimm421

Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can marked best by 13 NOV 13. Poured into a tulip. Only a small amount of head appeared, but wasn't an overly aggressive pour. Retention is good with some decent lacing. Color is dark amber, and the head is off-white.

Nose is fairly sweet, but there is good tropical fruit and citrus coming through. Taste is simply very bitter, with a bit of tropical fruit and pine. Not much else seems to be going on here; starts out bitter, some of the sweetness coming through in the middle, but then finishes extremely bitter as well. The aftertaste sticks around for quite a while as well.

The feel has good carbonation, but finishes pretty sticky. Just not clean enough for me here. Overall, this is a straight hop bomb, with tons of bitterness coming through. Almost a bit too much for me, as the bitterness covers up most of the flavor. Not bad, but expected a bit more from this.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 00:45:33 | More by zimm421
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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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