Ska Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale

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This IPA from Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado is an American IPA, which is noticeable in that there’s a fair amount of sweetness balancing out some of the traditional hoppy bitterness.  There’s a creamy velvety head that adds a nice texture, and notes of grapefruit and pine in the nose.  The middle is bitter with lemon zest and grapefruit rind, followed by sugary sweetness from the malts, and finishing with pine.  I didn’t really didn’t have any expectations for this beer coming in, but even so, I’m pleasantly surprised.   I’m not generally a huge fan of American style IPAs, as they tend to be too sweet for me, but this is a really nice beer.  I like it a lot.

I give it a 4.2 out of 5.

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