Description:"It's old-man bitter. A mix of citrus and pine that will remind you of the time you went on a vision quest with your native American cousin and woke up in a pine-grove of full of grapefruit trees."— Ska Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: I've sampled a few of Ska's beers and have enjoyed them all. I picked this up while on a trip to Arizona (Ska doesn't distribute in Oregon). Modus Hoperandi is part of my IPA Diversity series.
The tasting: Golden orange in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of citrus, pine, and caramel malt sweetness—very nice! Flavor mirrors the aroma. It starts with bitter grapefruit and light pine. In the middle, the caramel malt backbone comes through providing a light sweetness, but not as much as the nose would have you expect. Hop bitterness pervades. Modus Hoperandi is light to medium bodied, softly carbonated (seems a touch under carbonated), and finishes dry with light alcohol and lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! Another solid brew from Ska! I love the flavors of citrus and pine in IPAs, and this beer had them in spades. While I can't buy Modus Hoperandi in Oregon, it's on my short list when I travel.
Have you tasted Modus Hoperandi or any other Ska brews?