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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-03-2009

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with best by date of October 08, 2013 printed on the bottom lip of the can. I haven't had this stuff in quite some time, but I remember liking it a lot last time I drank it. My third beer from Ska Brewing Co.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Gentle pour yields one finger of doughy fluffy off-white / tan colored head on top of a nice coppery dark orange colored body. Lots of sediment maneuvering around the glass, and some bubbles lazily floating to the top. Thin cavernous lacing streaking down the glass.

S - Smell is initially of bitter piney hops and citric grapefruit, but mellows out quickly. Not a very powerful aroma, but decent.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter grapefruit & pine hops, sugary tea leaf sweetness, malts, & some alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Feel is dry and bitter, with some intense hop resins coating the palate. Bit of heat on the finish, again.

Overall, this is probably the best beer I've tried from Ska Brewing Co. as of yet, and it stands as a pretty decent IPA. Not a groundbreaking beer by any means, but highly palatable and insanely drinkable, and reasonably priced. A winner for sure.

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi ---4/5.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber color. Aroma of pine and hops. Taste has a lsome pine, citrus, hopss, and a little funk. A relatively nice feel but nothing special. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of Beasticles
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a pint glass. Light amber with a 2 finger tan head. Not just a ton of aroma when poured into a glass, surprisingly.

This little dude is a hop head's best friend. Strong bitter hops with the slightest hint of grapefruit at the end. Not incredibly balanced (favors the bitter side), but not overpowering as some IPA's can be. The flavors linger on the tongue well after the brew is down the tube. All in all, an enjoyable IPA, not for the newcomer or the faint of heart. Plus it comes in a can, which it kinda bitchin.

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Photo of DCon
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a Pint Glass from a Can and had a B.O.D. of 09/11/11.

Appearance- A maple brown color and very clear. Two fingers of head appeared and were very bubbly. Lace was also left on the glass. Great head retention as well.

Smell- There was such a great amount of hop that it diluted any other scents. There was a little citrus I could grasp but this was all.

Taste- A great balanced beer! Mild hops when it came down to it and very refreshing. An IPA though? I need to double check and enjoy again to give a better description.

Mouth- Light-Medium Bodied with Interesting Medium Carbonation. No bubbles appeared after the pour except in the head and you could feel a refreshing taste all the way through. Nice!

Drinkability- I could drink 1 or 2 of these but then would need to switch to another beer. My first time having this IPA was with my cousin Mark and I had an enormous amount of beer that night so wasn't able to give my two cents on any attributes on this beer. Of course, having this sober was great as well! Would like to try in a Bottle or On-Tap sometime.

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Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color, a bit of haze, one finger of off white head falls to a ring that leaves spots of lacing.

Scents of pine, biscuit, and citrus. It is sweet, and herbal.

I taste grapefruit, honey, bread, and cannabis. Nice mix of sweet and bitter.

Medium body, light carbonation, a bit sticky. Sweet up front with a long astringent finish.

Love the name, love the can, and the beer is good too. Uneventful, but solid. I would drink more of this.

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Photo of mjhorn
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a can poured into a pint glass. Pours a very clear golden orange. Thin head that turns to just a touch of lacing that lasts throughout. Nose is mainly scents of citrus. After what I'd heard about this brew before trying, I actually expected a much bigger pop with a little wider range. Taste is definitely focuses on the hop side of the spectrum, sharp and citrusy up front, which then gives way to a nice hit of bitterness that sticks around on the palate. Mouthfeel is nice, a little fuller than expected, but with a nice carbonation that keeps it from feeling heavy. Overall I enjoyed this and will probably pick up some more in the future. My one thought would be a bit heavier hand on the malt side to add a bit more balance.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer courtesy of Palmej1. Thanks buddy! 12 oz. Can into my FFF glass.

A- The beer pours a clear dark copper color with an inch and a half of dense white foam. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring and some nice lacing.

S- Smells of floral hops. Sweet. I'm getting some bready malt and caramel as well.

T- Taste follows the nose. Bitter hops balanced by sweet malts and velvety caramel. Finishes smoothly with some lingering bitterness coming in late.

M- Feel is right for this one. Carbonation is spot-on and the oily, hoppy viscosity is quite pleasant.

D- Drinkability is great given the moderate ABV and pleasing taste of this beer.

I really enjoyed this one. It is definitely not my usual west coast hop bomb, but everything going on in this beer works, and works quite well. Glad I got to try this. Would be in my regular rotation if it were available here. Cheers!

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Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After seeing this showing up in cans around town, I've been pretty curious to give it a try.
Pours a very deep orange that's on the verge of being nearly red. I've only seen that color for the boldest of DIPA's. The head on this is huge, billowing, and it doesn't let up at all.
The smell is pure hops. Piney resin filled hops.
After seeing and smelling this brew, I expected an over the top DIPA, but the flavor profile is normal. It's got a great mix of fruity, piney, and even floral hops in it. Not too bitter or one dimensional either. There's a hint of malt in there that ties everything together.
Drinkability is really only limited by your affinity for high levels of hops. While it's nearly 7% ABV, it doesn't have too much heat or booziness to it. Still, that "wall of hops" can be a little potent if you're not ready for it.
This is far hoppier than most IPA's. It's a full-on assault with DIPA levels of hops, but without the booziness to cancel some of that out. Luckily, the hop varieties used offer their own flavor balancing to keep everything in control.

Ska's got something for the serious hopheads with this one. The fact that it's in cans is even cooler. I can honestly see this being one of those beers that comes out of nowhere and really surprises people.

EDIT: I'd say I probably underestimated how good this beer actually is. It's probably one of the top beers in the whole state and one I go back to constantly. I don't tinker with old review numbers, but this is better than I initially judged it to be.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modus pours a nice orange-red color. Initially almost looked flat, but quickly gained small white bubbles that rise throughout the 30 minutes I drank this brew.

Smell is a little subtle. Carmel and slight grapefruit are present up front. I did not get a smell until I got my nose in the glass.

Taste is very refreshing. I enjoyed this cold and after 20 minutes at room temp. I think it really opened up over time with more pronounced flavored. Orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, and kiwi. Also hints of caramel. Balanced well, but also no explosion that I have come to expect with IPAs.

Nice brew and if I had it as a local brew I would have it in the fridge all the time.

Thanks to azdback for the extra!

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Photo of movingglass
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I like how it came in a can, it brings me back to my beer can collection.
A: Nice maple color, and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
S: There is a nice citrus smell thats not over powering.
T: You can taste the hop from the tip of your tounge to the back of it.You can taste a lite citrus flavor, but its not strong.
M: Don't know how to answer this one, it's clean, smooth and didn't leave a bad taste or after taste.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Caramel/amber color with mostly clear visibility. Pours a one finger, foamy white head.

Aroma- Very big aroma coming from this with resinous pine and citrus shining through. Very little malt aroma to speak of, maybe a little sweetness, but the hops dominate.

Taste- Once again the pine is most noticeable with the initial sip providing a big slap of bitterness. As it progresses fruitier citrus flavors come in while the pine continues to play a big role in the flavor. Some minimal caramel malt sweetness is present, but the hops are clearly the centerpiece.

Feel- A little resinous at first, but finish is very thin. Makes for an easy drinker, but a fuller finish would be ideal.

Overall- This is a really enjoyable ipa thats big on the pine and citrus flavors that linger with tons of resinous hop flavor and feel. Definitely reminiscent of some west coast ipas. Really lacking a body in the finish, which is only a minor complaint. Worth trying, but it doesn't do much to stand from the pack.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice half inch head-lacing sticks around the rim nicely.

Smell is grapefruit, orange zest and muted malts.

Taste is dry bitter grapefruit rind-slight sweet malts but the hops dominate.

Good mouthfeel-goes down easy.

Not a bad beer by any means. I would have again but wouldn't neccessary seek out. A bit thin and one demensional.

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Photo of Florida9
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dull amber. Very nice, rocky light tan head with good lacing.

S: Light caramel malt. Piney hops and maybe a little citrus. Nose is somewhat muted.

T: Starts with a malt sweetness that moves to pine and a mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body and carbonation. Mild bitterness.

D: Easily drinkable and a very sessionable beer, though I felt this one was a little light for an IPA. While the beer had a nice aroma and flavor profile, it was as if some one had turned the down the volume on it.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from can into a Lambda Epsilon Omega Nu imperial pint. Poured a clear copper with a two finger off-white head that subsided to minimal slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, pine resin, and hops. The flavor was of hops, flower petals, malt, and citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with lots of carbonation. Overall this was a nice IPA from a can. It had a lot of nice flavors going on in this one that I was not expecting at all. The citrus and flower petal in this one were very refreshing. This one is a must try if you ever get the opportunity.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours out deep orange in color with a thick head that dissipates into some nice lacing. On the nose you get pine hops up front giving way to citrus (grapefruit) hops at the end. Either way, this beer drinks smooth and doesn't have a heavy hop bite on the finish of the sip. Even though this beer is close to 7% ABV, it is light enough in body and not overpowering in hops to make it a session worthy brew.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doopie flew this, along with a sweet beer T-shirt, back from his holiday in AZ, then dropped them on me when I was over the other night. And I had nothing for him. I felt terrible. I will make this up to you with some Heineken Oud Bruin one day. Thanks dude.

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a bubbly wisp and ring, clinging to the sides of the glass. A clear mahogany red in color with medium levels of carbonation. Splotchy wish and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A pretty nice nose with decent strength. Some pale malts, honeydew melon and some pine aromas. Some citrus notes in there as well; mostly grapefruit and lemon tones. Pretty good.

TASTE: Some pale malts up front with some of caramel sweetness through the middle. A bit of pine and honeydew melon combine well at the finish, moving into a piney, bitter hop finish with a note of caramel sweetness as balance. A mild yet very persistent aftertaste is quite bitter indeed, relatively piney, and lingers and lingers on the palate. Other reviewers have said that the beer is bitter without much of the patented citrus hop flavors that make a great IPA, but the bitterness is pleasant and not at all overwhelming.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A very nice feel for sure.

OVERALL: This is a pretty solid beer. It is indeed rather bitter in flavor, with a mild yet unrelenting bitter finish, but it’s certainly a pleasant bitterness. Very piney and lacks some of the citrus flavors I’d expected after experiencing the nose, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this. A good look and a great feel for an IPA, this is one I’d certainly drink again. Thanks again for bringing this one back Doopie. Recommended.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to davidbowers13 for sending a can of this my way.

A: This beer pours a deep gold, almost amber, with a thin white head. The colors in this beer lean more towards oranges and reds, than the standard yellows and golds of many IPAs. There is some minimal lacing left on my nonic glass as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up a nice mix of sweet malts and pine hops. It doesn't seem like this beer is overly complicated. I will say though, that the hops in this beer begin to shine through as it warms.

T: I get some nice malt character right off the bat. However that almost immediately changes to some nice hop bitterness. There is a great balance between the hops and malt while drinking it. The lasting flavors on the palate are pure grapefruit, and the only way to get rid of the bitterness is to have another sip. Which I will do right now.

M: I’d say this beer is medium bodied. There is some heft in the malty characteristics of this beer, but it’s not overpowering.

O: I think this is a pretty decent IPA. Sold marks for this beer all the way around.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Extra dark body with crisp puffy white head

S - More pine notes than citrus - pleasant hop aroma

T - Malty start with hop middle and bitter finish. Good, but would have preferred more depth and a bit more balance.

M - Nice carbonation and creamy texture gives it a heartier feel.

O - Good beer. I like it enough to drink it again, but I wasn't wowed by anything.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, goblet, best by date of 01/26/11.

This IPA is a deep sunset orange with wheat and tequila highlights, quite gorgeous. The topping is an equally nice two-finger dark eggshell head that fades but drapes some thick lace on the glass.

Orange and grapefruit peel, pear, and some honey sweetness. This is not a dominant nose.

Caramel and honey malt, orange and orange peel, grapefruit pith, with a solid bitterness. Things seem muted, leading me to believe this can is not as fresh as I believed. Rosemary in the finish.

The feel is lightly resinous with a moderate body, so actually right where it should be for this type of IPA.

As a drinkable IPA, this is probably right in the sweet spot. It has good, if standard, American IPA flavors, weighs in under seven percent abv, and is not a palate wrecker (as tasty as those are).

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice golden amber with a large foam head that lasts for 20-30 seconds. Smell is citrus in nature like a bitters smell. Taste is full of pine and hope flavors with a grapefruit dryness on finish. Very smooth drinking with a lot of body and character. This beer grows on your as you drink them, very full flavor and not too heavy, highly enjoyable summer beer.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12OZ can; fresh; pours a murky orange-brown color, with a beautiful, frothy, light-yellowish head; decent amount of citrus in aroma; very sparky flavor, with lots of pop, and a lingering bitterness. I really like this beer, as it has tons of flavor, yet, near the end of it, I start to feel the bitterness is perhaps a little too much. Still, this is an IPA I would be happy to drink just about anytime.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brought back from the brewery in Durango, CO.

A- Can pour to a snifter with a clear golden body. A small white cap rises up to about half a finger with a frothy texture and fair retention. A small ring leaves seldom spotty lace.

S- Citrus and floral hops with hints of malts coming through but not enough to really affect the hops.

T- Grapefruit and orange zesty citrus hops with pine, floral and bitter grassy notes as well. Lightly malty but no significant sweets or caramelized notes to interrupt the clean hops. Light yeast bread but clean beyond that.

MF- Lighter end body with a crisp, creamy consistency. Carbonation comes in moderately high with a clean, medium bitterness lingering in the finish.

Citrus forward with nice pine and floral hops to round it out. Hints of grains but the hops are still the emphasis and delivered just fine.

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Photo of chilly460
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber, with minimal white head. Surprising amount of lacing.

S - Get plenty of piney hops in there, but something like tart green apples as well, interesting. Biscuit malt aroma as well.

T - Pretty solid piney hop here, almost resiny in strength. Less of the "apple" shows up in the taste, but it's there, tangy. Not much malt balance, this one was a straight up hopped flavor profile to me.

M - Felt light and medium carbonation.

O - Solid but not extraordinary to me, not enough malt balance. Too bad as the green apple aspect made it an interesting beer.

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Photo of chaz410
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at flying saucer.
Smells of sweet orange citrus and piney hops. SOme nice caramel and pilsner malt underlying the hop profile.
Taste of sweet caramel slathered with spicey citus and mango style hops. Finishes with an earthy pine hop and slight alcohol ring.
Smooth mouthfeel with crsip finish.
Easy to drink IPA I like it better in can though

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Photo of Fenris244
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my duvel tulip.

Pours a dark amber, almost no head good retention on what little there is, even some lacing, good clarity little strings of carbonation can be seen in the beer.

Apple sweetness, big hop piney aromas, citrus peel aromas as well.

Apple like sweetness, hop flavors are huge, pig pine and citrus peel. Little bits of malty sweetness on the finish, the bitterness lingers forever.

Light in body, super crisp and very refreshing

Overall, Im loving this and in a can too? Got my new campground/beach/where ever I feel like having it beer

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