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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 776
Hads: 2,596
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 244
Gots: 443 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009

65 IBU
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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in an Imperial pint glass, Raleigh Times, Raleigh, NC

Poured a very nice deep rich amber, not clear, with an off white, thick but light head that had good retention and when it dissolved it left a small thin cap and some very nice lacing.

The aroma was very good, citrus hops perhaps, not much else was noticeable. Very well done.

The taste was really good, not over powering, citrus hop and I think that I got some peach as well. The malted barely can be found, but very much in the background, but provides some needed balance.

Medium body, nice bitter aftertaste, smooth, creamy and rich, but not overly so, and very good drinkability. Overall, this is probably the second best American IPA that I have had, right after Bell's Two Hearted.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Copper with a hazy look. Brownish head with excellent retention and lacing

Smell - Toffee, Caramel, Yeasts, Citrus Hops, and Malts. So malty and sweet that it almost smells like a Barleywine!

Taste - Toffee, Malts, Yeast, Citrus & Piney Hops with a rather (too) strong resiny aftertaste. Aside from the aftertaste, the flavor itself is quite good

Mouthfeel - Very light, smooth body with a molasses-like feel to it. It allows you to savor the flavor which this has to offer.

Overall - Very flavorful and easy to drink IPA and I would highly recommend this to any IPA fan.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for providing me with a few of these in trade. Excellent trader.

Pours with a beautiful and substantial creamy/beige head that shows insane retention. It last like a dollop of whipped cream on top of a drink. The head is able to rise well above the top of glass due to it's structure. The beer is a straight deep amber color with excellent clarity. Lacing sticks everywhere and provides perfect rings in the glass marking each sip. I have to be honest, this is the perfect looking beer. If I didn't give this a "5" for appearance I would never give one.

Aroma is bright, fresh and bold. Huge citrus notes and also a sense of pine. You can definitely note a touch of sweetness and sense the malt flavors to come.

Wow, This beer is great. Excellent balance keeping a nice sweetness in line with an aggressive hop profile. I get black tea, grapefruit peel, sweet iced tea (different than earlier noted) Some pine towards the finish. The finish is a great mix of some sweetness and then the hop bitterness.

Smooth mouth feel and slight carbonation. Body is medium.

Amazingly drinkable. I really enjoy this IPA. Alex sent me three and I am afraid to say that I saved the official review for this last one. I will have to get more.

Excellent IPA.

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can.

Clear, clean golden orange body. Tall, two fingers of light khaki brown head. Nose full of pine, grapefruit, and floral hops. Oily and pungent and nice. Caramel cookie malt backing.

Toasted malts briefly up front before sharp hop bitterness takes over. Piny, resinous, and citrusy. Fruit and caramel malt backbone sits underneath the huge hop flavor and bitterness. Citrus rind and herbal hop notes toward the finish. Oily, yet perfume-y. Some grassiness in the very bitter, dry finish. Delicious! Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. I could drink this by the case!

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Photo of jdklks
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is quite nice, though more like an amber than an ipa. Dark, unfiltered amber color with a soft white head that lingers and laces the glass thickly. bits of hops are actually floating around in the brew, only to settle at the bottom. crazy. Smell is fantastic. I can't not give it a 5. Rivals the best ipas and Dipas. Tons of hops, citrusy, piney. orange and mango, with a hint of a malt profile. outstanding.

The flavor is great up front, but trails off in the finish. Lots of citrusy, piney notes up front, with a great fruit sweetness. The middle is where the hops shine, though perhaps not as pronounced as they are in finish. The finish and aftertast are of grapefruit bitterness. Whats the problem? The balancing malts, don't do the hops justice, and just really dont blend well in the finish and aftertaste, leaving a dry bitterness that makes you want to take another drink to have to avoid the aftertaste. Okay, it's not that bad, but it does bring its score down a little.

Mouthfeel is great. Well carbonated and medium bodied. well done for an ipa. Drinkability is definitely up there. Refreshing as you want the style to be.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark orange with a big old two finger white head and very thick lacing on the walls of the glass

S: hops, malts, hops, grapefruit, citrus, spicy hops.

T: hops are the main point of emphasis here but they do balance very well with the nice malty backbone

M: very oily and sticky. medium carbonation. dry and bitter

D: very smooth and easily drinkable. at 6.8% abv it's amazingly drinkable even tastes good straight from the can

Overall I'd say this is in my top 3 session IPA's. Easy to drink, no alcohol burn, goes down smooth and bitter at the same time. Very highly recommended to all hop fans. You can't beat the price either at $7.99/6pk

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Photo of rowew
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has three thugs on what looks to be a Durango street. Bottled date is notched on the side.

Appearance: Orangish brown, cloudy - nice thick head with good retention.

Smell: Nice combination of hops and just a bit of sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Very nice hops flavor - piney and a nice level of bitterness, but plenty of malt to keep it balanced.

Overall impression: This one is almost in to the realm of DIPA. Hugely drinkable - despite the high ABV I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A flip, a tumble, and then a cascade down, like so many raindrops down a glinting metal slide in the summer sun, the suds a-gurgling
the bubbles floating lazily, popping in the torrent only to reform just-so
such a strange thing, the pouring rain in the golden afternoon sunshine, galoshes a-plopping about and the smallish bubbles leaving a coating, a sheet as it were, the beauty and one expects only just to see a rainbow
A Cascade and a fresh pine-tree just broken off at the top by the earlier, as the sap comes just a-dribbling
jogging, ever so slowly as it tries to catch itself, the dense aroma of just-so greenery in a heavy, plodding sort of way, though bright as this afternoon sunshine which glows
golden, a green gold, this, honeysuckle and green leavery, as the raindrops glisten off of every bit of evergreen still stood out against the warm golden sky

A flavour unique, just of the dense green shifting this way and that across the tongue, caressing the tastebuds in a glamorous
yet wholesome and genuine display of frasier fir body with the grandness of the mildest touch of grapefruit and a sensible measure of background dewdrop sweetness to keep the wheels a-turning and the leaves just a-swaying and a-bending beneath the weight of all that water as it glistens
in the sun
Clean, just right
just a perfect balance and one could have one
after another
after another
but there is only one as the slinking grandeur of this altogether delectable
and the utter refreshment of just simply gulping
and enjoying the green
in a sunshiney rainstorm.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Meddlesome Moth while traveling in Dallas. It poured golden with some amberish glows. Had a Low nose bt I did detect some grassy-earhty aromas from the hops. Balanced. The beer was an explosion of hoppy flavors and more on the Grassy, Earthy side. Kinda of made it taste like Belgian yeast was added.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This, bar none, is the greatest beer ever placed into a can. Deeelicious.

Looks like your typical good beer. But seriously, I wouldn't even pour this out, drinking it straight out of the can is half the experience. So delicious, piney aromatic hops, but yet, somehow the massive hop quotient is not matched by a similar bitterness quality.

You could drink this beer all day. Maintains consistency throughout the serving size, maintains the deliciousness beer after beer. This beer might as well be called ruination too, because all hoppy beers falter after this bomb drops on your palate.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft a few months back and loved it, so picked up a few cans recently.

A: Pour a clear copper, pretty pale for an IPA. Less than one finger head, which dissipates quickly. Don't let the can throw you off, no metallic taste whatsoever.

S: Wonderful, very piney and resinous, with almost sativa-like overtones. This is what a hoppy IPA should smell like.

T: I'm a hop hound, I love a nice hoppy beer. This misses the uber bitterness of a typical double IPA, but has a nice balance between the piney hop elements, the resin like tastes and some very light citrus background. My overall assessment is that this is a very balanced IPA and the way a well made IPA SHOULD taste.

M: Crisp, not overly carbonated, but refreshing with a little bit of astringency at the end. I could pound these at a baseball game, just as well as I could sip them on my back porch while I was grilling out a steak.

D: One of my top 2 or 3 IPA's and probably one of my top 10 beers overall. Search it out.

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Photo of D11
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from can into tulip

A- pours a hazy amber orange, with a 1-finger light caramel colored head with nice lacing. depending on how you pour, a thicker head is possible; seems to last somewhat.

S- sweet roasted malt, hops, pine, citrus and some caramel

T- sweet roasted malt, hops, grapefruit, some pine, maple syrup and butter

M- has an oily feeling which i enjoyed. still feels a tad thin on the mouth though not in a bad way... but the delicious head makes up for it. just stir your glass a bit before you take a drink and get some of that head in there. carbonation a tad low for me.

O- this is an excellent beer and well worth trying. the complexity of smell and taste are very impressive. this is a great IPA to have fun with trying to 'pick out' everything in it. somewhat bitter aftertaste (that i enjoyed). the bitterness of the hops and also the alcohol come out a bit more as it warms up. try this brew. Delicious.

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Photo of Zorro
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed orange colored ale with a smallish tan colored head.

From the moment you pop this one open the hops hit you. Citrus, pine, eucalyptus, pineapple and onion in the scent. Quite a lot of hop funk in this one. Smell wise this is VERY strong for an AIPA.

Starts out strong and very herbal. Lots of citrus and hop funk here including an onion flavor. Little bit woody but this is pretty much a high IBU AIPA that could be a DIPA if the alcohol level was higher.

Mouthfeel is good.

Hard to be objective here, I plain just love this stuff. A great beer if you like really strong AIPAs.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear, bright-copper color with a 1/2 finger of eggshell colored foam on top. The head didn't stick around long but left some nice "melty" lace rings in the glass.

S: Piney. Fresh pine sap and cut pine bough. Smells like a cool breeze through a west MI pine forest. As it warms, aromas of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and slightly sweet bready malt begin to emerge.

T: Exactly as above. The flavor of grapefruit is very apparant but it doesn't overshadow the delicious piney-ness that holds court here. It merely adds balance as does the biscuity malt.

M: Slightly thin but nicely oily and resinous. The finish is an exercise in bone-dry, hoppy astringency.

D: I really liked this. I've seen it around the CHI for a few months now and was finally convinced to try it by neubernie who said it was excellent. I just may have found my "go to" canned IPA! No Surly (cans) and no Oskar Blues in the CHI but we got SKA, damnit!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date canned, only when it is best by - March 30, 2016. Honey colored. Poured into a mason jar. Smells good, taste is superb, a standard to which you can compare other hops-forward IPAs. It is by the book and exceeds at doing it as the title suggests. Certainly one to add to the growing list of favorites. Very resinous and some pine. Maybe not the best, but definitely an important player in the pack. I like the bitterness with a mouth wetting finish. Cheers

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally took the opportunity to try this at Big Muddy Pub in Alton,Illinois on 7/31/10.

A-Slightly murky orange with two fingers of sturdy,chalky white head that showed good retention and left decent,clingy lacing.

S-This beer has a gorgeous nose.Very deliberate and straightforward grapefruit with some notes of pineapple and nectarine.A little,tangy pine
and fresh hop aroma was also present

T-Big,citrus and piney notes competing perfectly on the initial taste.Some subdued,sweet caramel malt added to this beer's well-rounded flavor.
Very nice sweet/tart contrast.

M-Nice and medium bodied.Excellent balance and overall mouthfeel.Good use of moderate carbonation to round this beer out.

D-Maybe the can has something to do with it,but this beer just seems made for summer,beer-league softball and fishing trips.Very quaffable!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful orange-amber color, slightly cloudy, one finger head and fine lacing that sticks.

Piney, floral citrus hops dominate the smell, with just a touch of background malts and earthy aromas.

Tastes lovely, piney citrus hops is dominant, but a flowery, almost lilac flavor seems to dance behind the ample malt base.

Seems to be mildly carbonated for the style resulting in a creamy mouthfeel, but still smooth and tasty going down, with just enough zest to make me want more. A mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste lingers.

Drink is off the scale. Even my less discerning but nevertheless adventurous beer lover friends like this one.

GREAT beer, hands down one of my top three favorite canned beers, and in fact a favorite in any container. I like to give this one as an extra for trades these days. Highly recommended.

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Photo of portia99
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of nonstick. Thanks again, Chris! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear, pale orange/amber color. Short white creamy head dies a bit, but a layer persists througout the glass. Decent lacing as the beer disappears.

S - Very pungent hop aroma. Overwhelming pine, like a forest or one of the those tree shaped air fresheners. A good amount of spicyness too in this hop profile. Hard to tell, probably getting a little citrus, but the pine buries this with its intensity. No malt, all hops...this is the pineyest beer I've ever smelled...so pungent, vaguely reminiscient of a menthol eucalyptus cough drop...this will clear your sinuses.

T - Not as potent as I expected from the nose, but still tons of pine in the taste. Quite bitter and resiny...I imagine this is how pine extract would taste. Malt presence is trivial, just a touch there that shows as sugar sweetness (has about as much affect as a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in a large Starbucks coffee). This is a sharply bitter beer swimming in pine. Very different, and quite good, in an unusual way.

M - Medium body. Tons of carbonation - very prickly. Leaves a tingly feeling on the tongue and in the mouth...don't know if this is the carbonation or the hops. Very lively and intense.

D - I'm liking this beer a lot, but it is seriously intense. Not sure how many of these I could have in a session. I imagine this beer is extremely fresh given the intensity of the experience here. Not an easy drinker, but well worth the effort put into it.

Really enjoyed this beer. Really unlike any other IPA I've had (at least in my recent memory). Quite hoppy and full of intense flavor. No freshness date noticed, but this has to be extremely fresh. Wouldn't want this one any other way - I'm afraid it will lose it's edge with a little bit of time on it. Seek this one out...I know I'm looking for more.

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Photo of Beertinez
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can, awesome artwork by the way, into a pint glass. Pours an orangey/amber color with a finger and half worth of white head.

Smell of hops as soon as I crack the can open. It has my mouth watering already. Pouring it and can't get enough of the smell! Aroma of floral hops, a touch of citrus in there.

Excellent IPA. Flowery hops coat the tongue. Kind of "perfume-y," in a good way. I get some sweeter malts in there. Not in your face, really. Its hiding behind the hop profile but its pleasant when it decides to pop out. It keeps the brew from being a boring IPA. They seem to come out more as it warms while sitting in the glass.

Really drinkable, I've also had this before straight out of the can a couple times. (No glass available.) Not sure of the ABV but it doesn't seem like its up there. (Sorry, typing this up as I'm drinking the last one from the 6 and I don't see it on the can) In between a light/medium body, decent carbonation.

Overall, a great IPA! Convenience of a can, (no light getting in + no bottle openers) reasonably priced for a 6 pack, and great tasting. This is going on my "go-to" list whenever I am shopping for beers or at the bar.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured amber color with a thick creamy white head an lots of lacing.
S: the thick head kept much of the aroma lingering. Hops is the best way to put the smell and boy did it make my mouth water.
T: smokey cedar with the aromatic hop flavors makes it a great hop quencher.
M/D: smooth and medium bodied that doesn't dry out the tongue. Which leads to a refreshing and easy drinkability.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on a business trip to Arizona a few weeks ago and brought home two 6-packs. I found this beer at a Whole Foods, never heard of it, consulted BA, then bought a 6. Tried at the hotel, liked it, went back before flying home and bought more.

Had this one in a 12 ounce can, pretty cool. Pours a nice clear copper color. Nice amount of cream colored foam on top (about a fingers worth), low to medium amount of carbonation - looks absolutely great.

Smells of oily, tangy, citrusy hops with a little floral character (but not much). Taste is great for an IPA, the malt backbone is not prominent but gives just enough caramel sweetness and dough to bring some of the bitterness in check, the hops dominate this beer. Has a piney, grapefruit resinous bite up front but slowly subsides. The malts feel a little grainy underneath, finishes grapefruit bitter and sticky.

This is a medium body beer, carbonation prickles the tongue a little, a very drinkable beer. If I could get this beer in PA it would be a regular in my beer fridge, very, very good.

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Photo of buck1futter
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear copper, with an orange hue. Nice big thick frothy head that sticks around for most of the glass, lacing last throughout.

S- Very Very sweet, with a lot of pine. Bready character also makes it's way through. All comes together to make a very floral aroma, very nice.

T- Mild bitterness at start, beginning from the tip of the tongue down the sides, with the carbonation tipping off the top. The malts and hops balance each other really good, the malt meets in the middle then lets the hops finish the beer slightly dry. After taste is like a nice baked bread. Piney hops and bready malts.

M- Slightly water downed, but easy to drink with mild carbonation, not the best mouth feel you want on a beer but pretty decent, and that makes it an excellent summer beer.

O- A very solid IPA, easily on my top ten ipa's and making its way to the top 5. It is very balanced for an ipa still hoppy of course and pairs with food very well, bbq, sandwiches, etc. My go to beer that I can take to the river or lake. Superb.

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Photo of biggitybait
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. The last time I went out of state to buy it the brewery was sold out. I was heart broken. A: pretty red with a nice tan head that had staying power. S: like Simcoe and cascade hops. Not citrus. T: follows the smell. But sweet for such a low abv. M: what you expect in a nice drinkable ipa. Velvety and easy to drink. O: cheaper for a 6 pack than you can make at home and probably better. Buy it and drink it.

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Photo of Finatic
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Myrcenary IPA pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange hue with a nice white frothy head. Nice lacing retention throughout the glass.

S: Nice assortment of hops ranging from piney to citrus fruits.

T: Tastes just like it smells.

M: Full bodied and very well carbonated.

O: Just what I have come to expect from a Colorado IPA.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.