Ska Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale. Ska Brewing, Durango, Colorado. 6.8% ABV.
Once again, another great out-of-state brewery has entered our market. That wonderful Sample Man brought me some cans, including one that I first reviewed many years ago. So, here are notes on Ska's Modus Hoperandi IPA from August, 2009.
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.