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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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1,695 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1695
Reviews: 688
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden colour, with generous white head, and leaving lace. Some hop aromas. Substantial alpha, hop and carbonation burning was my experience. A good hop flavour, however, and good drinkability (next time on a fuller stomach). Fresh, with above average carbonation.

Serving type: can

04-16-2010 00:36:04 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear orange-brown with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy clumps of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, malt/biscuit, and flowers. Taste is of citrus zest, sweet malt, flowers, with a bit of a soapy taste too. Mild hop bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has good carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the soapy taste is weird. I think I would like to try this one again from a can to see how it compares. My first beer from Ska.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 16:05:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tropical sunset tangerine with a gorgeous glow when backlit with morning sunshine. A little yeasty haziness would have been nice, but it looks like the beer was filtered. Up top sits a good-sized chunk of pastel orange-ivory foam that is loaded with character. It's also sticky enough to plaster the glass with gobs of lace.

Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops do what C-hops do best... provide a big blast of citrus fruitiness and pine. Pink grapefruit and orange peel dominate. Thankfully, there's a minimal amount of caramel maltiness. This could be a good one.

It tastes like Ska's modus operandi with Modus Hoperandi was to brew a scathingly hoppy, citrus zesty American India pale ale that pays only the scantest attention to the malt side of its personality. They have succeeded. Anyone with a persistent hop itch should find that MH is a more than worthy scratcher. All 70 IBUs are used to great effect.

A (strong) hint of caramel malt isn't enough to take the flavor spotlight away from the hops. Actually, there's enough malt sweetness to smooth the potentially buzz saw-like edges off the alpha acids. Calling the beer balanced is a stretch, but it isn't unbalanced either. White grapefruit pith and bitter orange tantalize the taste buds with each large gulp. A bomber would have been just the ticket.

The mouthfeel just earns the above score. It's at least medium for the style and manages to avoid fading away too quickly on the finish. Well-buried bubbles keep things impressively smooth and borderline silky.

Other than (the great) Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter and (the good) Ten Pin Porter!, I haven't been too impressed with Ska. Until now. Modus Hoperandi is a classic American IPA that does pretty much everything right. It's a sleeper. And a keeper. Drink it fresh!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 12:58:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer that I was thrilled to enjoy last night. Never really saw how good this one was before, Served from a can and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/03/2010.

Great pour as the orange tinted amber came out of the can and splashed and poured a huge three inch head of white foam that stuck to the side with incredible lacing and a formidable amount of foam. Tons of carbonation was streaming up to the surface throughout the session. Aroma was grapefruit and pineapple heaven. Not piercing bitter, rather totally sweet and fruity and mellow. Wonderful balance of aroma and completely fresh. Really well done. Each sip followed suit as the hops were dripping with freshness and ripe citrus flavor. Touches of sweetness balancing it out nicely as even in the final sips I was pickin up hints of buttery and biscuit like notes before a rich and dry grapefruit finish sealed the deal.

Overall one the best sessionable IPA;s I have had in a long, long time. And probably the best I have ever had out of a can. Blown away by this one.

Serving type: can

04-03-2010 22:36:35 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It never ceases to amaze me how a great beer can be poured from a can; gets me every time.

A billowing eggshell colored head forms in broad, froathy fashion and holds its structure for some time. Skeletons of lacing left on the glass. Brilliant clarity through a sturdy copper-amber color. This is one pretty beer.

Hop aroma leaps out of the glass with bold citrus rinds, pine resins, and a fresh grass note. Malts hold a deep caramel, almost toffee, character; but the beer is certainly hop dominant in the nose. Flavors still favor the hops but the malts make a far greater impact here than in the nose. Sweet caramels and toffees hold a greater-than-expected sticky sweetness with shortbreads, biscuits, cookie dough, and fruitcake. Estery pineapples, white grapes, and appricots, these are accompanied by hoppy orange and grapefruit zest. Hop bitterness is quite high, allowing for a clean and crisply bitter finish.

A fantastic beer that boarders on Imperial IPA status with the alcohols and residual sweetness. The beer may be a bit better if it were less sweet and a bit drier. But, it's a wonderful beer as it is. Thanks russpowell

Serving type: can

01-07-2010 03:07:00 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel copper color with a white head. The nose is some light pine hops with faint hints of citrus. The taste is quite bitter without too much malt, but also does not have all that much hop flavor. Feel is nice with dry bitterness. Other than being bitter--which I always thoroughly enjoy--there isn't too much for me to get exabout about here.

Serving type: can

10-25-2010 22:27:17 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off whit head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of caramel from the underlying malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink hop-frward IPA and is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 01:28:34 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see Ska come with an IPA and a top notch one at that.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed amber/bronze with a super clingy 1/2 finger white that left rings of lace behind as it never fully settled.Wow resin,resin,and more resin in the nose!That along with grapefruit rind a some caramel,for me its perfect,hence the rating.Flavors dont hit quite as hard as the nose but the hops rule,big pine resin and citrus,the caramel base does hold strong though making for not quite balance but near balance.A great IPA with assertive hops...the way it should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 21:14:25 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this can!

Finally bustin' into the box I recently received from Paul. This bit o' haul pours a clear sunset amber topped by about a finger of white micro-foam. The nose is a lovely see-saw ride piloted on the one side by some sharp grapefruit and on the other by some lusciously sweet caramel. The taste shows that, as you get closer to the aforementioned playground scene, the grapefruit (who's wearing a Pine jersey) is actually decently fatter than the caramel, but, at the same time, he's nice and laid-back (I've seen some asshole kids who look very similar to this one). They play pretty well together, even if it looks a bit awkward. Ahem. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that doesn't overdo it on the hops and yet doesn't fall victim to over-malting. Good times.

Serving type: can

10-14-2010 23:33:12 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz pint at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver (actually out in Littleton).

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one finger of foamy, mostly creamy beige head, which leaves a speckled wall of fuzzy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of pine resin, orange and grapefruit pith, caramel cream malt, and a further floral bitter hoppiness. The taste is a whole lot more astringent, the fruity hops gaining a certain metallic edge, the malt twisting closer to a bready sort of nature, and an edgy perfume essence arising.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but mostly easygoing, the body medium-light in weight, and teetering in its smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, the perfumed and crackery notes persisting.

A decent enough hop-heavy IPA, even if said hops go off the reservation a bit. The metallic, flinty character might make a huge dent in the overall desire for another, that is if there weren't already so many other options around here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 00:43:39 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Modus Hoperandi, Ska Brewing Company

Hazy, deep orange, nearly crimson, smallish white head.

Grapefruit, pine, and citrus pith in the nose, not too loud, but perky and delightful.

Taste: citrus zest blasts the palate, mixed well with caramel malt, sweetness up against bitter. Delicious. Mildish mouthfeel, cool and even, but with never-ending bitterness hanging in there, riding right along. Bright fruit, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bumps up against tasty malt.
Great balance. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 22:02:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixer of this from Binny's - served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly with tons of sticky lacing. Hazed brown-orange color that is a little bit muted (doesn't have that "glow").

S - Huge piney hops with notes of lemony citrus and fresh-cut grass. There's a tiny bit of caramel maltiness, but this is really hop-forward. Pretty potent stuff!

T - Taste is a little more malt-forward with some nice toffee and caramel notes to go with some nice citrus and tropical flavors. The aftertaste is surprisingly light, and there's is only mild hop bitterness at the top of the palate.

M - Refreshing, somewhere between thin and medium-bodied and moderate carbonation that provides a light tingle on the upper lip.

D - This is probably the best value IPA available in Chicago - it was something like $7 for a sixer. Goes down easy and tastes pretty good - and there is nothing to prevent having multiple brews (carbonation, aftertaste, etc.)

This is going to be my new go-to brew for parties and outdoorsy stuff - at least until I get more cans of Furious.

Serving type: can

05-14-2009 20:23:12 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a good-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a great blend of strong floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a nice strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is followed by sweet flavors of citrus fruits and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and is exactly where it should be for the style. The hops bitterness fades just enough to allow the other flavors to come into balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great IPA that is worth drinking for an entire evening, the type of beer where if it were available to me, I wouldn't look for anything else as there would be very few beers that would supersede it.

Serving type: can

08-16-2009 01:27:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Thanks to Bitterbill for sending some my way, cheers Bill! Good looking can!

Pours amber with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Floral & piney hops, plus leafy hops as this warms, plus slight biscuitty malt presence

T: Grapefruit, slight tangerine & pineyness up front. More grapefruit as this warms along an ever so slight pear fruittyness, plus leafy/minty hops too. finishes with slight caramel sweetness & a load of grapefruit, plus a bit of dryness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, starts to get juicy as it warms, lack of malt presence detracts from the balance IMO

This drinks pretty easy & the ABV is well hidden, the hop selection doesn't come together, plus a lack of malt presence detracts a bit to me. Hop heads will disagree. i think I'll their ESB as my favorite can from these guys, but would still happily keep this in the summer rotation if possible

Serving type: can

06-05-2009 02:04:48 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is amber and clear with a big head and mod carb.

Super pine aroma. Nice.

Medium body, chewy hops, nice bitterness. Wow, I am impressed. This is probably the best IPA from a can I've ever had. Its definitely of the piny variety but simcoe is a good hop too. Well done ska.

Serving type: can

09-18-2010 01:16:28 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is full of pine and grapefruit, with some nice sweet biscuit malt notes also thrown in. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of big, resinous pine notes and a medium amount of bitterness. There is also some orange citrus in there, but it hides behind the pine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA.

Serving type: can

08-04-2012 04:47:05 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with orange highlights. It had a three-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of a good deal of pine with citrus notes. It had a burnt toast malt aroma.

T - It had a very sharp burnt toast flavor with a sweet malt backbone. It had a piney, grassy flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very delicious IPA. I loved the pine aroma and flavor.

Serving type: can

12-02-2009 01:38:10 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome IPA in a can, this one thanks to dvelcich.

A: It pours into the glass with a large 2+ finger fluffy head that fades semi slowly, even forcing me to stop pouring just before I finish the can. The beer is mostly clear with a reddish orange hue, more red than orange and just a little darker than most IPAs. The head even leaves a slight fluffy lacing on the glass.

N: I could smell it on the pour easily. Lots of nice hops, some spicy hops, a little citrus, some pine, floral and slightly grassy, and even some earthy musty fresh hop resin aromas. Just the slightest hint of malt behind that somewhere in the background.

T: Starts with more fruity hops, some spicy and little fresh musty hop resin and slightly resinous. A slight juicy flavor too, but a little watery and much lighter overall than expected. Pretty much no malt backbone here, just hops. It gets a little astringent with all the crazy spicy and floral hops. There's also some nice pine and citrus. Even the taste is semi dry though.

M: Very light, too light and a little watery, with lower carbonation, seems to have all been lost in the pour I guess.

F: Some spicy hops really linger with lots of resinous musty fresh hops lingering. A strong bitterness and pretty dry. Some more pine lingering as well, and just a hint of citrus and floral hops. It's a pretty good IPA, just needs more body, malts, and touch of sweetness to balance out the heavy bitterness and hops and it would be an A.

Serving type: can

06-11-2010 01:15:08 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled February 2009; Sampled June 2009
A soft'ish pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that has some staying power to it. The beer is a dark copper, amber color that shows an almost clear, full copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a herbal and citrus note to it, though it doesn't jump out of the glass. Notes of Meyer lemon, a touch of lychee as well as some grapefruit zest notes seem to be drowned out at times by a dusty, cracker like malt note. The aroma is not bad, but it certainly isn't remotely brash like a decent IPA should be.

The beer is fairly dry, but does have some malt body to it that makes it cling to the palate just a bit. Herbal and menthol hop notes define the up front flavors and there is a biting bitterness here as well. The citrus hop notes take a distant backseat, but provide some just noticeable orange flavors. The malt character here is defined by the crystal malt which contributes a touch of toffee, some caramelized grain character and some biscuit like grain notes.

In many ways this seems a bit like a mildly hop focused Amber Ale, it does have a biting bitterness to it, but other than that the hop character is severely lacking.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 15:56:03 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill!

Pours orange amber with a creamy, turning rocky, off-white head that leaves plenty of ringed/ sheeted lacing.

The smell is minty/spicy, menthol-like with herbal/resinous, and citric notes. Beautifully hoppy!

The taste is minty with resin/pine with a splash of grapefruit. It is backed/balanced by a sweet caramel maltiness. Pine and a touch of alcohol in the finish, combines with a menthol-like character that leaves a refreshing dryness.

It has a smooth, slightly oily, medium body with mild carbonation.

Nice hop spicing with a caramel backround. Great to see a delicious IPA in a can! If it were available in my area, would certainly purchase!

Thanks again, Bill!

Serving type: can

08-21-2009 17:49:53 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my. What the hell is this? I ordered this beer after seeing a can in the cooler that I didn't recognize. What good fortune!

The hop oils on this are so thick that if I immediately wonder if this is wet hopped. Thick resin tones. It's so thick and that I almost want to say that it's too much. But, too much? Who knows about all of that. I like this one though. One of the more unique and interesting beers I have had in a long time.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 14:43:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2" head that lasts. Some spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: grapefruit, hint of pine, and some soft fruity sweetness.

Taste: bready malt character, caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, soft pine, red apples, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness and citrus.

Drinkability: easy to consume IPA. Nicely refreshing too. Definite sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 14:51:02 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can at the FBC,

A: Pours a medium orange with a solid white head, good lace.

S: Nice aroma, some tropical fruit - I definitely get notes of pineapple and grapefruit.

T: This has a fair amount of malt to it, but the strong pine needle, mint and grapefruit shine through in the end. Fantastic overall IPA flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, doesn't have a flabby carbonation as a lot of canned beers I've found have. Crisp and resiny.

D: If my train in Flagstaff hadn't been delayed I never would have gotten to try this wonderful IPA. A great first impression from Ska.

Serving type: can

08-02-2010 16:11:38 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another good ska beer. pours amber colored with some sticky white lace on top. smells like a wet hop brew, really the essence of hops, oily and strong. flavor is a little sweet for me as far as ipa's are concerned, not enough bitter bite going on here, but a nice balance between the sweet malts and the piney hops. mouthfeel is fuller bodied and plenty carbonated. this beer takes on a sappy sort of complexion as it warms. more proof that great beers come in cans too!

Serving type: can

01-15-2012 22:22:12 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can while in North Carolina. This IPA poured a clear amber with a tall fluffy white head. The flavor starts with a mix of biscuity caramel and grassy citrus rind that quickly rolls into pineapple and grapefruit punch with a dry, bitter finish. It's smooth and a touch sweet at first, and the hops kick in to finish this ale out.

It's not quite as bitter as most IPAs, I guess you'd call it a balanced IPA. Still, it's a tasty, interesting, and great looking beer. Check it out.

Serving type: can

08-03-2010 03:13:17 | More by tempest
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