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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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92
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1,695 Ratings
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Ratings: 1695
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%


Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009)
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Thur123

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-06-2013 06:20:16 | More by Thur123
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magictacosinus

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to jdhowe for bringing this out from Colorado. Freshness date is listed at the bottom side of the can as "May 05 14." Cracked this open about a week ago.

One of the darkest, reddish-amber IPAs since Surly Furious immediately graced my glass, with a gigantic head that rose all the way to the top, almost overflowing, when poured gently. Took a while for the frothy, off-white looking head to dissipate, but when it did, it didn't really leave behind too much stickiness. Definitely strives to be stellar, but I've started to notice that this appearance is pretty common to a lot of IPAs from Colorado.

Smells unbelievably refreshing, with intense grapefruit, pine, and blood orange immediately hitting my nostrils. Those were the main aromas throughout, but I definitely picked on some pear and apple notes as well. Light white pepper, sage, and light tropical notes that I'm finding difficult to define. I'm honestly blaming the malt profile there, which is relatively sweet and earthy, evoking caramel and toffee, as well as some nice biscuit notes throughout. Not too complex, but a wonderful pleasure is certain respects - nothing harsh or too intense, as an IPA aroma should be.

The flavor is pretty much the same here, and it's good enough for me that it ended up as such. Big grapefruit, pine, and orange, with a strong malt backbone delivering caramel and toffee to the fullest form. Sage, pepper, and light pineapple follows soon after to deliver some extra sweetness, but the finish is more pine and bitter toasted grains, which keeps things interesting and cleanse the palate appropriately for the next sip. It's definitely malt forward, and while the hop phenols do dominate, the malt thickness adds a creamy, bready characteristic that makes this highly drinkable, while still putting the hop oils at ease. Never feels thin or lacking in carbonating. Really refreshing, and definitely has top potential to be food-friendly.

What a delicious IPA - others I've had in the past from this brewery have been too malty, but this is particular found the right balance without merely stacking itself as a "dry-hopped pale ale." It's definitely similar to a good quality West Coast IPA, but it retains its own regional charm to great success. I would love to have a 6-pack around the house every once in a while, but too bad the distro laws concerning Colorado beer are so strange out here...

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 04:33:49 | More by magictacosinus
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New Jersey

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sommersb

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-17-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Mostly clear amber beer with an offwhite head. The creamy head has very good retention as well as the lacing.

Aromas have floral and piney hops plus a little malty sweetness.

Flavors are firstly of piney hop bitterness, with tropical fruits like pineapple in support. Finally there's a little dose of caramel malt sweetness.

Body is in between medium and full. The finish is dry and quite hoppy, with some astringency as a detraction.

Overall a powerful IPA, very good but marred somewhat by astringency.

Thank you goes out to Craig for bringing me this

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 18:09:40 | More by sommersb
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Arkansas

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Maryland

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Illinois

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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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blue-dream

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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ricecracker420

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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jrhottle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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HopHog87

Kentucky

4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving- Can into a Syrofoam cup (definitely not preferable but it was all I had at time)

Apperance- First off, this things was super carbonated. Not saying that's a bad thing necessarily, but it's definitely got a lot of carbonation in solution. The head was very prominent and stuck around most of the drink from small cup. I finally got a glimpse of beer before I hit the bottom and it was a beautiful gold-copper

Nose- Different from a lot of IPA's I've had but not in a bad way. First off, it's hops. I mean it is an IPA. But beyond the hops, which are primarily light citrus (think tangerine and lemon), there were some aromas I've previously not experienced in an IPA. The primary one was light apple.

Taste- Light orange and possibly some ripe grape. There is a also undeniable malty sweetness which is really balanced well with the bitter finish. Finishes also with tangerine and more alcohol bite than I expected for a 6.8%.

Mouthfeel- Foamy head and Medium-thin mouthfeel.

Overall- I really enjoy my IPA's more than any other style. I'm always looking for a good one. This one fits the bill. It's got a great and unique aroma that sets it apart from all the other IPA's Ive tried thus far and it is robust but not so strong ABV wise to keep you coming back for another. Superb.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 03:53:31 | More by HopHog87
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snaotheus

Washington

3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. 31026B2BA is printed on the side of the can, but it's not clear to me whether this is related to the beer or the can (it's not a stamp or anything, it's printed like the can label). Bought in Arizona, flown to WA.

Pours slightly cloudy with a biggish coarse pale head, some carbonation. Orange/copper in color. Smell is good, but muted. Pine and slight floral, a little citrus.

Taste has a slight metallic hint, which I never like. Slow piney finish. Somewhat bready or toasty. Again, slight citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel also hints at metal.

Overall, if it wasn't for that metallic hint, I think this would be a pretty solid beer. Even as it is, if I was going to be sitting in one place for a while and it was this beer or no beer, I'd have another. But there are many, many beers I would choose over this as is.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,695 ratings.