Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,423
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 228
Gots: 357 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009

65 IBU
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Ratings: 2,423 | Reviews: 765
Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 ounce can, this beer is a deep Amber with a white head, thick and stable. The aroma is a mix of fruit and hops..herbal and spicey. The flavor is balanced. Nice lingering bitterness.

Photo of WVU
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this gem on tap at Great Northern in Denver last weekend.
Hop heads seek this out! Smooth complex IPA that leaves you looking for another.
At only 6.8%, you can easily polish off several.

Photo of jacobdunne
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a delicious beer! Very citrusy in taste with plenty of hops. Good at all times of the year!

Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355ml (12 US fl.oz) can served into a tulip glass

Look: Much darker than I expected, for some reason - a rich, dark coppery amber with a couple of fingers worth of off-white head. Good lacing left behind and decent enough head retention despite being served a bit 'warm'.

Smell: Blimey - this is a bit of a hop-bomb and no mistake. It's all there: pineapple, passion-fruit, assorted other citrus and monstrous amounts of pine resin. There's a good balance though, and even given the sheer number of American IPAs this one definitely stands out as a sinus-clearer.

Taste: Much like it smells - hops-aplenty and that's not necessarily a bad thing. There are tentative hints of maltiness in there, but really it's the hops that do it for me and the balance between fruitiness and bitterness is pretty much bang on the money.

Feel: Smooth, dry and bitter - big head notwithstanding, this isn't a carbonation monster, although the slight fizziness gives the hoppiness an additional bit of bite.

Overall: Absolutely top notch - Ska Brewing are relatively new in the UK, but on the strength of this I'd like to see more of thier stuff especially as the market for highly-hopped beers is viable (look at the likes of Siren for proof). As American IPAs go this one is up there amongst my favourites and is a strong contender for the best, certainly the most refreshing, beer I've had this year. Want a hop fix? This will do you.

Photo of bigsteve45
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Transparent amber with thick one finger creamy head.
Smell: The smell draws you in big time. Pine, Citrus, Malty/Hoppy goodness. Smells well Balanced.
Taste: Taste follows the nose. Super smooth. Sweet with the perfect amount of bitterness. Malty bready backbone really balanced the whole beer out.
Feel: Smooth, Slightly oily. Lower carbonation. Carbonation is at the perfect place.
Overall: Was REALLY impressed by this beer. It is so well balanced and I believe that its a highly underated beer. Should be a Beer Advocate top 250.

Photo of Eagleyes
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass with very little head. Color is a red amber and the smell is not very prominent. Taste is citrus and light, feel is very smooth and drinkable. For a 6.8% this is very drinkable and good. I could drink several of these with ease.

Best by 4/8/15

Photo of gungopea
3.09/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge head with significant lacing. Rich amber color. Rather silky feel; oils are present. Pine, ginger, and a faint hint at sweetness underneath it all. Good alcohol balance - an easy drink. Not super awesome, but a well balanced representation. Enough malt to round it out.

Photo of Weixiaobao
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A citrus-y yet still bitter IPA. A beautiful brew.

Photo of SourPat91
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it on draft. It was decent, but after two there was no way I'd be able to finish a third. It was just too average, a very middle of the line type of IPA. Nothing that left me saying, "oh I can't wait to have that again".

Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 355 mL can poured into an IPA glass (stamped "BEST BY 23 MAR 15").

Appearance: Almost clear, orange amber with a tall, thick, bubbly head of khaki foam. Dense, clumpy lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit rind, pine needles and floral hops.

Taste: Smoothly balanced caramel malt and light honey sweetness with plenty of hop character: pine resin, citrus and herbal bitterness.

Taste: Medium body with smooth, light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Hop forward but well integrated and somehow almost balanced - a solid, drinkable IPA.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

12oz can. Pours a dark brown with an inch of frothy white head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is piney and dank hops with some caramel. Floral and resinous. The taste is more pine and resinous hops. Floral, grassy hops as well as some more caramel malt flavor. Earthy. Finishes with more of the pine sap taste. Medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Overall, very piney, resinous IPA.

Photo of ColoradoPhil
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious IPA. I could drink this everyday, and love it.

Photo of JonCaytion
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Piny, Danky, Floral, My "go-to" any day

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a biter, but a good one! Smell is awesome, taste gets better after a few sips. Wish we got it in GA!

Photo of boblee
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A Very good IPA with a lingering bitterness at the end.

Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, best before July 2, 2015, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.


The beer pours a very dark amber color, clear with orange hues with a big soapy, foamy head, about 2 fingers high with very nice retention yielding plenty of webbed lace. The aroma is bitter, plenty of piney hops, grapefruit rind, earthy and grassy flavors with a big malt backbone, sweet, rich and balancing. The flavors are nice, piney, sappy, sticky hops, a bit of citrus, heavy on the bitter and earthy rind, but some juiciness is there too, grassy, dirty, earthy, plenty of amber malts, not too heavy, less so than the nose suggested, more bitter than the 65 IBU indicates, which I like. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, medium body, ample carbonation, lively texture, easy finish that has a dry bite.


Verdict: A really nice staple IPA from Ska Brewing, definitely one that can be put away easily and is still rewarding. Simple but enjoyable, refreshing but substantial.

Photo of Stigh
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little bit on the sweet side, except that tis I really an excellent beer

Photo of AJNIDEK
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap amazing. In a can great.

Photo of Prefabu
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one didn't do much for me. Maybe expectations were too high. I'm not new to IPAs, but this one is too bitter for my taste. Almost all of the flavors seem piled up at the bitter end, so for me they really didn't unfold as I swallowed and exhaled. I am somewhat sensitive to bitter and sour flavors, so that probably plays a role.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky dark amber. Forms a finger of off-white creamy head. Leaves whispy lacing.
S - The aroma reminds me HEAVILY of Lagunita's Lil Sumpin' ale. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, peach and piney citrusy hops.
T - Crisp and bitter. Not much sweetness in here. More of a savory IPA than a sweet one to be sure. Lots of grapefruit meat and rind and piney floral hops. Is very crisp and refreshing, but not a good beginners IPA due to it's quite high bitterness.
O - A quite good IPA, my "go to" session beer.
V - Very good, comes in a six pack of cans.

Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've always had easy access to this one so I usually pass, but decided to give it a whirl... Very pleasant surprise!

Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can. Very hoppy but yet sweet. Just like lagunitas ipa but maltier

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite beer. This beer introduced me to IPA's and I have yet to find one that I enjoy as much as this one. Great copper color and for me, the perfect aroma and taste.

Photo of Lianne_Weaver
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too hoppy for my taste.

Photo of silverevo9
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is wonderful. Pungent smells of pine, resins, and nuts. Lovely copper hue with good carbonation. Great brew for the autumn, winter time. Good companion for trips too. The head is a good show with a cinnamon color to it. Bitter or spice at the end which gives it a good twist. Get that dry sticky taste at the back of my throat. Lacing is delicious as is the brew.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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