Y’ALL! So excited to talk to you guys today. Due to unforeseen circumstances (failure to research on my behalf) I find myself writing a whole new article at the last minute and I AM SO GLAD that happened. I always have a fridge stocked full of beer so I knew I’d have something else to write about. Luckily, I had a couple of these babies sitting in my fridge, so I grabbed one quickly so I could sit down and write.
Y’all, I’m giddy. To say that I’m excited about this beer is an understatement. I’m enthusiastic. I’m enlivened. I’m thrilled! I’m thanking the beer gods that have bestowed upon me the gift of a delicious brew. I’ll stop ranting now because I’m getting weird.
Modus Hoperandi: The Basics
- Brewery: Ska Brewing (Durango, CO)
- Style: India Pale Ale
- ABV: 6.8
- IBU: 88
Modus Hoperandi: The Details
As soon as you pop the can open, you get this wonderful scent. I actually sat here and sniffed my glass for a while because I fell in love with the aroma. It’s a combination of citrus, some lemon zest, and some orange, mixed with a woodsy aspect. It poured wonderfully into the glass and settled with a thick, frothy yellow head. As you drink it, it leaves behind a very pretty lacing around the glass – something I’m always happy to see. I may be wrong but I always contribute lacing to be a quality of a stronger flavored beer. The beer itself is a dark orange, almost amber hue with a lot of clarity. Now for the best part- the taste! The initial taste I got was a note of caramel and the pine, making it mildly sweet. Lots of bitterness comes through with an orange peel flavor. If you’ve ever chewed on actual orange peel then you’ll recognize this right away. There’s also a subtle grapefruit flavor that appears, but I would have to say that the orange steals the show. I was left with an aftertaste of orange peel and pine. I’m impressed by how balanced the malt is compared to the hoppiness. I may only be saying that because I prefer hoppy over malty, so for me, this beer has the perfect amount of malt and still finishes with a strong bitterness from the hops.
I highly recommend this one. Please go out, find it, and enjoy it. I would consider this to be more of a west coast style IPA so if you’re into that you’ll love Modus Hoperandi. Their website has a little tidbit about this beer stating: “A mix of citrus and pine that will remind you of the time you went on a vision quest and woke up in a pine-grove full of grapefruit trees.” How adequate. But, also, where is this pine-grove? I need to sleep here and wake up to this beer every day.
The artwork on the can is also pretty cool. Three men dressed in suits, ala Rude Boys popular in the ska music scene. One is smoking a cigar, another guy has a skull for a head. I imagine they just woke up in this pine-grove of grapefruit trees and are on their way to start their day with an ice cold pint of Modus Hoperandi IPA.