Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance: Pours a clear slightly reddish orange color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles that was there for at least 45 seconds before it ended up as a small ring at the edge of the glass where it meets the beer. There isn't really any lacing left on the glass after drinking.
Aroma: The aroma is obviously dominated by the citrusy American hops, but there is a noticeable solid malty background here, so the hops aren't the only thing in this beer. The hops have a very mild chalkiness to it that suggests that this beer is pretty bitter, but not necessarily a hop-bomb.
Taste: The flavor follows what the aroma alluded to pretty well. A wholesome amount of hops in the beginning with a little bit of oils noticeable on the tongue. There is some sweet toasty malt notes that is noticeable in the middle of the flavor profile, but they stay reserved the whole time. The finish is ran by the bitterness of the hops and there is a little bit of chalk left on the back of the throat from the water, but overall it is pretty well balanced.
Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good AIPA. It has a pretty good balance, though the hops are ruling the beer, that is what you expect with this style. The water is reacting with the hops a bit, and I would like to to be a little less, but that is personal preference. As it is, this is a good example of the style, and if you are into IPA's, you especially should give this one a try.
06-24-2011 00:41:16 | More by SkeeterHawk
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United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
Good appearance. Dark amber with ruby hints. Nice head and lacing.
Very appealing mild citrus and stronger pine aroma. Totally correct for the style. Not a super strong aroma but quite good.
Taste is typical American IPA and similar to SN Torpedo to my taste buds. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Not huge citrus tatses but a bit of orange is there. Nice piney flavour, resinous feel and solid malt core make this a good drinking IPA. IBUs are noticeable and welcome!
Overall, a very solid offering and rendition of this renown style of beer. Perhaps nothing outstanding or remarkable for those who've tried a few of this style but definitely enjoyable. This would have a wow factor for anyone not used to big, hoppy US beers.
08-13-2014 10:14:28 | More by LagerCognoscenti
4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
Great to see Ska come with an IPA and a top notch one at that.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed amber/bronze with a super clingy 1/2 finger white that left rings of lace behind as it never fully settled.Wow resin,resin,and more resin in the nose!That along with grapefruit rind a some caramel,for me its perfect,hence the rating.Flavors dont hit quite as hard as the nose but the hops rule,big pine resin and citrus,the caramel base does hold strong though making for not quite balance but near balance.A great IPA with assertive hops...the way it should be.
04-17-2009 21:14:25 | More by oberon
3.38/5 rDev -18.2%
This beer was poured a rich coppery red color with a thin white head that cleared to a fine lace.
The scent was pine-y, and reminded me of a milder Green Flash IPA. Nice scent for sure, exactly what I would want out of a good IPA.
Unfortunately, the taste did not live up to the name. "Modus Hoperandi" had me pumped up for a really intense IPA, and this wasn't quite what I expected. Not weak by any means, but not the punch I was looking for. Keep in mind that I must be pretty inured to strong hops by now, because my fellow taster found it fairly strong. However, a great beer for its price: it was cheaper than the vast majority of good IPAs on the menu at the pub I was patronizing.
The mouthfeel was nice. Not sticky, not watery, but just right. As far as drinkability, they could have served this in a pint glass instead of a 10oz. I would have enjoyed a full glass.
11-28-2010 08:08:12 | More by withliterature
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
A - Copper color, 1 finger off white head, moderate carbonation, clear with a bit of particulate matter.
S - Immediately hit by a nice hop presence, citrus with mostly grapefruit notes. A bit of caramel malt in there also once you get past the hops.
T - Like the aroma, there is a lot of hops here. Lots of citrus, but some pine notes come through also. The malt definitely takes a back seat, would like a bit more to help balance all those IBUs.
M - Has a rather light body, just a touch too light for my liking. With all the hop bitterness, a little more body would help balance it.
O - For a beer and brewery I had not heard of before, I was very happy with the beer. Would recommend and enjoy again.
12-06-2011 04:07:38 | More by steelerguy
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
Purchased from Binny's Beverage Depot in Warrenville, IL. Pours a bright, clear amber body with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is very thick on the hops! Big malt backbone that supports the very long hop finish. This beer is a hop head's delight! Awesome IPA.
06-15-2010 23:12:12 | More by blackearth
4.08/5 rDev -1.2%
Love to see another canned brew, especially an IPA! Pours into my glass a deep red orange like an autumn night harvest. Big creamy two fingers of eggshell head on that lingers on and leaves webbed lacing all over the glass. Aromas of biscuit malt with a touch of caramel that is bathed in a wall of herbaceous, resinous hops. Pine sap scents along with earthy accents. Hops are bold and a bit cheesy too.
First sip brings smooth biscuity malt with a touch of caramel that is quickly overtaken by herbal, earthy, pine resin hops. Bitterness kicks in full force and rides its way to the finish. A bit fruity and grassy as well. An interesting IPA that is blasting with a wild hop profile.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth. Goes down like water with creamy carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking IPA and being in a can is an extra plus. I know what IPA I will be grabbing for beach trips next summer. Thanks vasdef42.
10-27-2009 01:52:16 | More by orbitalr0x
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
12 oz bottle, bottled 3rd week of Feb. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laced the glass.
The aroma is sweet melon and piney resinous hops.
The flavor is sweet caramelly fruits quickly followed by a big bitter bang. The hops are piney with charred resin and linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.
Overall, a big hop monster. A pleasant surprise from SKA. I do prefer my IPAs a little more balanced with more fruity tones, but this is very good.
03-06-2009 20:37:08 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev -3.1%
A- Pours a coppery gold with lots of little bubbles and a bit of haze. Head is half an inch of pure white with good retention but only moderate lacing.
S- Huge aroma comes out the second you open the can. Lots of fruits coming through with pineapple and blueberry bursting out. A little bit of bready malt and some earthiness are hidden in the mix of aromas.
T- Up front there is a light tingly tropical fruit flavor followed by a juicy fruity middle and a bitter hop bite on the end to bring it back to focus. It’s a pleasant experience all around but the bitterness on the end is just a touch too high for the rest of the flavors.
M- Thin and dry with moderate carbonation, its fitting for the style but nothing exceptional.
D- I’m not a huge hop head but this is an IPA not overdone but with good focus and flavor and one I would certainly enjoy a few more of.
07-03-2011 21:12:06 | More by Guden
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
12 ounce can purchased at Brawleys in Charlotte, NC. Best by dating towards the bottom of the can.
Pours darker honey amber, under a medium tan head.
Resiny hop nose
Pleasantly balanced IPA, nice level of honey infused malts, some vanilla, and soft and smooth yummy hops. Tasty better then respectable IPA, perhaps a bit on the amber side of the IPA/Pale ale/amber scale of things.
09-13-2012 00:33:04 | More by Billolick
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours a nice frothy thick off white head. Golden hazy body. Huge citrus, fruity(mango, pineapple, lime). This is one of the best smelling beers I've had. The strength, note quite the same flavors, of this beer smell compares to "Flower Power", "Ghandi-Bot" and "Un-Earthy". Tastes of pale sweet dextrins, citrus, tobacco, oily slick sticky bitterness in the finish. Very chewy and full bodied. Medium carbing. I want to enjoy a few of these at a time. Thank you Mike for sharing.
01-09-2011 00:49:15 | More by Homebrew35
4.23/5 rDev +2.4%
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is full of pine and grapefruit, with some nice sweet biscuit malt notes also thrown in. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of big, resinous pine notes and a medium amount of bitterness. There is also some orange citrus in there, but it hides behind the pine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA.
08-04-2012 04:47:05 | More by Mora2000
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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