As far as IPA’s go, this one is a cautionary tale for chugging. It’s hugely bitter and hoppy and unless you have an esophagus of steel, it’s not going to want to go down in a hurry. As you can see, I do possess such an esophagus. Plus, I’m a goddamn professional.
How Much:  7
I paid $9.99 for a six-pack of Modus and my local liquor store. I have had this many times in a can, but this is the first time I had ever seen it in a bottle. I had to buy it, because I get geeked over stuff like that. Anyway, that’s a standard price for a good beer, but there are typically a few other IPA’s in that range that I’d prefer. It absolutely still has a place in my rotation, though, when I want an IPA that punches me in the face. Sometimes I need that.
Like I said, this IPA has a monster of a bitter finish. It’s like having a piney hop-grenade explode in your mouth. Don’t get me wrong…it’s not unpleasant, but it’s also not for the hop-novice. If you want to introduce your Budweiser-drinking friend to the world of IPA’s, don’t start here. They need to work their way up to this level. It’s smooth, but it’s certainly not mild. I find myself buying more of it in the winter months when I want something a little more substantial and less so in the summer months when I prefer an easier finish. All in all it’s a good beer and if you consider yourself a hophead, then you should definitely give it a try.
Modus Hoperandi is a year-round offering and Ska Brewing distributes to 9 states.
Overall Rating: 8.2
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