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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 776
Hads: 2,596
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 244
Gots: 443 | FT: 9
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Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 776 | Hads: 2,596
Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 7/1/09
Ska Brewing Co.
Modus Hoperandi
American IPA
6.8% Abv.
12oz. can into American Ale (not mine) Pint glass


Appearance= regular pour into glass yields a fat 1 finger head. Deep menacing looking beer. Not black, not brown deep, but a deep orange redish beer. Nice lacing.

Smell= Hops! Yay! Grass, a little citrus. Lovin it!

Taste= Awesome! Excellent hoppy IPA. Almost perfect IPA.

Mouthfeel= Nice slick, thin mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.

Drinkability= High. Quite the hoppy quaffer, yet not over the top. Super enjoyable beer in a can, @ a decent price, it's hard to beat this IPA. Holla!

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this American IPA from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured a dark orange amber color, slightly hazy, produced a nice thick off white head. Excellent retention and lacing left on the glass. Aroma of this AIPA consists of wonderful pine and citrus- some malted grain aroma as well. Medium in body this IPA features a base of malted grain, super pine flavor, herbal notes and citrus orange. Somewhat bitter this is the perfect IPA session beer- It doesnt make your face pucker but it has an awesome amount of hop flavor. Excellent Beer! I will be seeking this one out again. Prost!

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Photo of edwino
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A short review here, my first.

I love this beer and have it often. Pours a lovely color.

Aroma is delightful. In a pint glass, aroma is strong of hops. Nose stinging even.

Strong hops right on the tongue, and lingers. Cuts through other issues, including gum, food, ginger, whatever.

This evening, perhaps contrary to convention, had a couple right out if the can! Still tough to beat.

Have had these before in similar style on an extended camping trip, cooled in the creek. Delightful.

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Photo of ghebel
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours copper colored, slight haze with 2 finger, creamy off-white orange tinged head that that covers the glass with laces upon dissipation.

S - Sweet caramel malt with floral, citrus, piney hops. Nice balance. Smell is inviting. Slight alcohol in the background.

T - Profile follows aroma with just the right amount of bitterness. Dry hopped "vegetal" character is noticeable on the tongue, but not over the top. Adds a bit of complexity.

M - Carbonation bite followed by sweet malts and bitterness. The bitterness is lingering and leaves the tongue numb. Warm on the swallow. Finishes dry. Body is moderate. Hop flavors coat the mouth for a few minutes post swallow.

D - Could drink plenty. Does not leave a full sensation.

Overall - Balanced IPA with both malt and hop characters, but neither are too much. Gives the impression of both working together, neither competing to be up front.

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Photo of rarbring
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is nearly clear copper toned amber, a large fluffy off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smelling of sweetened pressed grape-fruit juice, sunny pine needles. Nice!

Upfront toffee sweetness, then grape-fruit: fresh juice, peel and crushed seeds.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, a smooth texture and big body, a nice lingering dryness.

A canonical welldone AIPA!

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Photo of Hergestridge
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome flavour, aroma , hoppiness, taste, colour, essence, experience, aura, transcends most other IPA's kick most APA's asses.. this stuff is the beer they make up legends about.. My taste-buds are having a beergasm!!!
As Always,,,,
~Carry on Citizens!!!~

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Photo of MammothBrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy deep amber/caramel color with an eggshell white head that measures one finger. Sticky lacing and excellent retention!

S: Hoppy, piney, citrusy goodness! Some malt and floral notes in there as well.

T: Hoppy, piney, and grapefruit. Yum.

M: Thinner body with medium carbonation. Pine and grapefruit resin that clings to tongue.

O: I wasn't expecting much from this but turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've sat down with this beer a handful of times with the intention of reviewing it, but for a myriad of reasons I just end up drinking her without analysis.

Pretty orange pour with a snow white head nearly an inch and half tall

Smells like a post rainstorm forest drenching....a little leafy and an abundance of pine

Heavy bitterness from front to back, unrelenting. I also pull fresh lime from this beer along with the pine from the nose. Biting bitter finish remains well after the sip.

Medium bodied with nice appropriate carbonation. Modus leaves a nice lacing on my tulip and is quite enjoyable to drink. This beer has been, and continues to remain along with Furious, a favorite go-to example of the style.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a darker yellow almost red color. Super duper piney smell. Very unique smell beyond the normal IPA smell. Very hoppy taste on the front end. Get a ton of pine and a little fruit. There is something there that I don't get with other IPAs. Easy finish and a smooth taste all the way through. I really enjoy this one and I don't get to have it that often.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Another excellent beer out of a can! Pours dark copper, nice thick off white head that leaves to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Skunky, piney, malt follows. I like it.

T - Nice solid malt core bittered to equilibrium by the hops.

M - Medium body, good balance and coating, carb.

D - I really like this one.

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Photo of santomark
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

This beer was damn good. Great body, little to no head, very sweet hop in the nose, not that citric acid smell that some fruits give off, but a very sweet smell. The taste was exactly like the smell, almost floral at times, jasmine, blooming orange or lemon tree, very very floral in the taste, biscuity, and that classic wet hop profile we all love. The body is light-medium, oily at times, very smooth, refreshing, and dry. If you love IPAs and want to transition into DIPAs, this is the beer for you. It's a great introduction into the heavier style. Note, if you're use to DIPAs you probably will not find of an "X" factor with this brew. But considering it's style, it's a solid brew. The only down side for the consumer is it's price tag. For this, I'd be much happier going for the 4pck pints of Modern Times.

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Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Had this on tap at Green Man Taproom in Colorado Springs, and the next day in Denver at Falling Rock Taphouse. Delicious beer you can't find in NJ, DE or Southeastern PA.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is amber and clear with a big head and mod carb.

Super pine aroma. Nice.

Medium body, chewy hops, nice bitterness. Wow, I am impressed. This is probably the best IPA from a can I've ever had. Its definitely of the piny variety but simcoe is a good hop too. Well done ska.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz can into a nonic. Big thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this one as an outstanding extra in a trade!

A- Slightly hazy amber/copper. Pours with 2+ fingers of creamy off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap; excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Delightful pine/grapefruit hoppiness. Slight malty notes hide behind the onslaught of hops.

T- Grapefruit and pine resin hops, combining for a superbly bitter finish. Fairly solid, sweet caramel malt provides good balance. Alcohol is well blended.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel. Slightly slick and coating oiliness.

D- Rock solid. Looks, smells, and taste are all excellent....goes down easy. This is good stuff, and I certainly wish I had another in front of me.

Future outlook: What a great extra...damn shame I can't readily purchase/obtain this little gem.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bonsreeb85 for this one!

Coppery in color with a 1.5 finger head of fluff. Leave lots of sticky lace.

Amazing piney and citrus hops fill the nose. Reminds me of Furious!

Big biting pine hops. Citrus takes a back seat to the pine in the hops. Solid moderately sweet malt backbone. Again, this reminds me of Furious a lot. There is a bit of a rye taste present too. I'm guessing they may have similar hop profiles?

Medium bodied and smooth on the feel. Finishes pretty moist.

Nice drinkability. This is an IPA that is near the top of the food chain. It is an all around great beer. This is a hopheads delight. I still think this beer resembles Furious in many ways. It even comes from a can! Great beer.

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Photo of Walken
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ska: Modus Hoperandi, IPA (Best by 11/26/10) (Tasted 07/20/10)
12 oz. can, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Sunkist amber beer with a big foamy off-white head that fills the glass, then takes its sweet time to die down, leaving loads of sticky lace and a nice three millimeter cap.
Odor: Orange oil, a bit of mango-ish tropical fruit, pine needles in back, suggestions of rich, low lovibond crystal malt. Big, oily nose, I dig it!
Consistency: Light bodied, a little bit of oil in the mix, some dry cracker-y graininess to the feel. Carbonation is mellow, low-ish for style, but assertive enough to contribute a slight crispness.
Taste: Herbal/citric bitterness steps up like a big dog from the get-go, accompanied by a cadre of grapefruit and orange hop flavor, slightly waxy/grassy, but not all that offensive, it adds some character. Bitterness continues to dominate as sweet, light caramel flavors and a cracker-y grain character phase in and out. Finish is long, bitter and hoppy with a light coating of oils.

This is a really solid IPA, great hop character from nose to tongue, just enough malt to get by, drinkable as hell. Cheers to Mike @ Bruisin' Ales for recommending that I pick this up, noting that it was freshly canned.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, golden copper / amber with a one finger head that dissipated to a 1/2 finger throughout. Minimal lacing.

S - Awesome bouquet of smells with this one. Definitely get a nice blend of citrus, pine, and grapefruit.

T & M - This is definitely a beer for hopheads. Very sharp hop flavor that starts out bitter and finishes smooth. Flavors are balanced with nice carbonation.

D - Just under 7% ABV, so this makes a nice session beer.

Nice hoppy, citrusy effort from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark copper color with a big, foamy head. Very clear. Sheets of lacing

S- Wet citrus hops with aromas of grapefruit and lime. Some sweet, darker caramel

T- The flavor is nice and hoppy, with a fresh, bitter flavor covered in caramel that reminds me of biting into a very sweet lime.

M- Medium body with silky smooth carbonation

D- Very good IPA with alot of unique character without being odd, off, or cloying.

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Photo of NefariousR
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. aluminum can into a tulip pint glass.

A - Deep orange amber with a frothy, off-white head that stuck around for ages. Slightly hazy.

S - Very floral hops, sweet citrus fruit, and pine. Malt is noticeable, not in the fore or background, but just sort of "there."

T - Follows through from the smell. One of the most genuinely "citrusy" IPAs I've had. Grapefruit rounded out with bitter hops and a brief sweet malt influence. Slightly bready aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied with a decent bit of stickiness. Flavors remain in the mouth for a quite a while after swallowing. Slight warming alcohol in the stomach.

D - A great IPA that was a bit of a surprise. This is the first beer I've had from Ska, and the (somewhat gimmicky) name didn't have me expecting much, but this is a fantastically drinkable IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Prostman81
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been eyeing this one in the liquor store for quite awhile now, but have (foolishly) passed it up for other choices. A buddy picked up a sixer on a whim, and I'm very glad he did.

Its got a great color that is a little darker than your run of the mill west coast IPA, but not as dark as some east coast varietes.

Smell and taste-wise, this, to me, is exactly what an IPA should be like. The nose is like a bowl of candied fruit, and this comes through all the way in the taste. The body of the beer is perfectly matched, so that the hop flavor has some nice carmel notes to balance it out. The beer has a very smooth bitterness throughout, and lends itself to being completely drinkable, without being either too sweet or too dry.

I think this is a sleeper IPA. It really reminds me of my homebrewed IPAs, which is probably why I like it so much, and for it's price, it can't be beat in quality. Don't hesitate to pick this one up if you see it and you can't make up your mind.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately not in a position to decant. Aroma is dominated by pine tree/grapefruit, intensely fresh smelling. Taste is dominated by a beautiful burst of in your face hop bitterness. Tongue biting. Definitely out of balance with virtually no malt presence. Exactly as expected, an out of balance ipa, delivering in no uncertain terms. Bitter as can be, yet very easy to drink. Great ipa.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/orange with small white head. Slightly hazy, but looks like a good IPA should. Nose hits with orange/grapefruit with a slight smell of carmally malt. A good looking beer that smells great.

Full flavored hops! This beer is a touch sweet up front, then really hits you with a nice bitterness that lingers after the finish. As the bitterness fades I find myself wanting more.

Nice body that encourages a roll around the mouth.

This is a very good single IPA that's definitely in my top 5. It also has the added bonus of being in a can and is reasonably priced at $1-2/sixer below many others. Great tasting and a great value.

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Photo of bishopgary
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant yellow to gold. One finger of tight white head, slowly dissipating to a fine lace. Good carbonation. Not too light or too dark, the way you would imagine an IPA should look.
S: Hop forward for sure, grapefruit and pine with a hint of spice/pepper. A faint malt aroma. Malt bill is not too complex on this one.
T: Just like the smell, best IPA I have had. It has a quality that all great bears have, and that is being two or more things at the same time. This is bitter yet smooth somehow. All the bitter citrus and spice, not muddied up with too much malt and cut with the right amount of alcohol.
M: Light and crisp, great tingle. Highly hopped without burning tooth enamel off.
D Highly, could drink this all day long. Very balanced. It is great that Ska continues to package great beer in cans without losing any quality.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the can because that's how I drink Modus!

A - the can looks good.

S - a fresh blast of citrus hops explodes from the can when I crack it open.

T - awesome! Bitter hop bite that is perfectly eased with some sweet malt action on the way down.

M - tart, sweet, refreshing all at once. Creamy even. Freaking delicious!

O - Modus is not only an outstanding IPA, but one you can take anywhere. Love this brew and always have my fridge stocked with it.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Petrol Station. Amazingly, this looks identical to the Saint Arnolds Spring Bock I finished directly before ordering this, clear copper with a thin head. Actually this IPA has more lacing, other than that it looks really similar. The aroma is NICE, so strong with various hops notes that I'd take this for a DIPA. My nose reports pine resin, all kinds of citrus fruit (mainly grapefruit but also orange and/or apricots), maybe some grassiness too. All of this comes through in the taste, along with a strong malt base, enough sweet caramel counterplay to again make a case for this being a DIPA. The bitterness in the aftertaste is lower than that point which I'd consider objectionable, just excellent flavor all the way through. This is easily my favorite from Ska, I'll make a point of picking up bottles or cans when I see them.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.