Ska Brewing Company Modus Hoperandi American IPA at 6.8% ABV ($1.88 at Specs Main Branch, 355ml, best before 23-Mar-2015)
Pours hazy medium amber with one finger of off-white head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, spotty lacing. (4/5) Nose is piney resin, pithy citrus, mild caramel malt, faint tropical fruit. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderately strong bitter. (7/10) Medium body, moderate to low carbonation, building bitter finish. (4/5)
A fairly emphatic A/IPA that comes pretty close to a DIPA in pretty much every regard: intensity of flavour, ABV, IBU’s (65), colour, and body. Although it’s not malt forward by any means, the malt is lurking not far under the surface, and I expect this one could get fairly caramelly, fairly quickly, as it ages. As it stands, though, it’s a nice, sharply bitter IPA with good support from the malt. (15/20)
My 130th from the 2013 Edition (new to that edition) and 144th combining both editions.