Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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92
outstanding

2,452 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,452
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 232
Gots: 370 | FT: 7
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,452 | Reviews: 772
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 355ml can with a BB of Dec 2012. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. I like the label imagery - but what inspired it? Lip up fatty...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A rich marmalade-orange hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of intensely juicy hop notes: grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine and faint tropical fruit hints. This is underpinned by subtle caramel malt and dry yeast. Slightly sweet. A warming and rather solventy note of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of overwhelming aromatic hops and caramel malt with a stinging bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, caramel, earthy yeast and a hint of brown sugar. Faintly sweet. A seriously dry bitterness upon swallowing; spicy and astringent. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly, with good body. Could be just a smidge thicker (but I'm splitting hairs). Dries the palate, and leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and malt.

Superb - another quality American IPA. An avalanche of hops assault the senses, with the malt taking a back seat but providing good balance. My only minor complaint is that the aroma had a slightly estery/solventy quality - albeit very subtle. All said, a tasty and very drinkable IPA. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

93/100

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 oberon
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of withliterature
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of blackearth
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +1%

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.
Pours a lovely copper color with a foamy, two-finger head that quickly dissipated and left some spotty lacing.
Great aroma! Lots of citrus and floral notes hitting my nose.
The taste is really nice. Bitter pine and grapefruit pith up front with a hint of lemon and a bitter, yet refreshing finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Overall, really tasty and a very refreshing IPA that I just wanted to keep on drinking.

Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Guden
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tumbler.

Pours a hazy amber/wheat color with almost no head and just a bit of lacing. Nose is nice and hoppy, fruity, fresh and crisp.

Damn, very good. Very bitter and hoppy, almost to the point of an IIPA w/ a low abv. It's still got a light maltiness, a bit weak but for a West coast IPA I think it's perfect. Smooth and sweet at first with a bitterness in the back that lingers for a bit.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great amber hue with a fingernail of off white head covering the top of the beer. Nice Brussels lacing. Moderately strong aroma of piney hops. The taste is a burst of piney hops on the front of the palate. There is a presence of light malt but it is definitely a background note throughout the palate. The mouth is a bit sticky and fairly dry.

Photo of joeworrall
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tonight I am comparing several different IPA's that are all poured from a can. In addition to this one, I am tasting Santa Fe Brewing's Happy Camper IPA, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA and Marble Brewery IPA.

Poured from a 12 oz can into a large tulip glass, this is a dark amber or orange brew with just a slightly cloudy appearance. The aroma has hints of malt, but the orange and pine hops scent dominate. The flavor is nicely balanced, with a just slightly bitter aftertaste.

This is a top 20 IPA, one that I will be drinking again.

Photo of PatLarsen
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured can into a pint glass. Light amber color with a bit of orange. Looks good with nice head.

S: Citrus hops very prominent.

T: Like the malt balanced with the hops. Good hop presence here.

Mf: Nicce mouthfeel with a really good carbonation. I like the can deal.

Overall: Love the can for a really good beer. It makes for less room in my fridge for a good beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This, bar none, is the greatest beer ever placed into a can. Deeelicious.

Looks like your typical good beer. But seriously, I wouldn't even pour this out, drinking it straight out of the can is half the experience. So delicious, piney aromatic hops, but yet, somehow the massive hop quotient is not matched by a similar bitterness quality.

You could drink this beer all day. Maintains consistency throughout the serving size, maintains the deliciousness beer after beer. This beer might as well be called ruination too, because all hoppy beers falter after this bomb drops on your palate.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date: 9/8/10

Pours into a pint glass transparent orange with a thick frothy head. Good lacing all the way down the glass. The scent isn't too terribly strong to me because of allergy season. The taste has a slight hop bite, with floral and grassy notes. It's not bad, it's just not great. Making this a decent session beer, but I've had better session quality AIPA's.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No reassuring psssst sounds as I opened the undated 12 oz can, but a decent head formed with a moderate pour.

Hazy, orange-amber with a smallish white head that does leave some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Citrus, mainly orange and grapefruit, with pine, and traces of caramel malts.

Taste: citrus hops dominate but mix in good balance (for an IPA) with the sweet malts. Slightly earthy. Grapefruit in the lingering, moderately bitter, aftertaste.

Feel: medium-light body; a bit under-carbonated.

O - good flavor balance. Rather hoppy American IPA leans towards a DIPA.

Photo of rudylaw
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last six pack at St. Charles Binny's

Pours a hazy, gold/amber color with a huge, fluffy head. Extremly well-carbonated.

Smells piney, grassy and loads of citrus.

There are tons of hops in this! Malt is present but settles for a supporting role. This is very, very drinkable and went perfect with pizza on the porch on a nice summer's afternoon.

This is highly recommended!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a thick creamy light tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets and is supported by a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a big green dark earthy hop smell.

T- The taste of resin hops are green and earthy with a pine needle hop finish. The finish has a very soft bitterness that increases only slightly as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat which enhances the hops.

D- This beer has a big solid hop flavor with some good depth and they are pretty dark compared to bright citrusy IPAs. The malt was buried underneath but the hops didn't have a big bitterness that needed some balance.

Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A medium sized off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear golden honey colored beer.

A big hops aroma with floral, pine, and citrus all begging for time.

A big pine and floral hops taste with some of a sweet malt tries to work its way in there.

A dry and almost tart aftertaste with some if the citrus hops hanging around on this medium bodied IPA.

Very well done SKA.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly hazed beer with a soft white head only a half inch thick. The beer is pretty and laces nicely as you drink. The color of the brew reminds me of tarnished copper with a little bit of red splashed in.

Smell is fantastic. This is a hop bomb that is packed with grapefruit aromas and some subtle caramel malts. Slightly fruity and in the neighborhood of tropical juicy fruit gum.

Taste is clean and crisp with a nice emphasis on the hop. The nose hints at the citrus, piney green little cones and the flavor backs it up. An initial bitter bite fades to a zesty lemon and a pithy grapefruit. The tongue pinch fades to a sweet subtle malt that lasts well into the after taste.

Not bad mouthfeel. I love the pucker from the bitterness and the release to a creamy malt backbone. It has more then the average brew in feel but it unfortunately moves towards a dusty powder dry finish.

What can I say other then this is a solid brew. Tasty, with a great nose, nice feel and a good appearance. Easy to drink and satisfying.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,452 ratings.