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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 766
Hads: 2,536
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 235
Gots: 411 | 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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Reviews: 766 | Hads: 2,536
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to davidbowers13 for sending a can of this my way.

A: This beer pours a deep gold, almost amber, with a thin white head. The colors in this beer lean more towards oranges and reds, than the standard yellows and golds of many IPAs. There is some minimal lacing left on my nonic glass as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up a nice mix of sweet malts and pine hops. It doesn't seem like this beer is overly complicated. I will say though, that the hops in this beer begin to shine through as it warms.

T: I get some nice malt character right off the bat. However that almost immediately changes to some nice hop bitterness. There is a great balance between the hops and malt while drinking it. The lasting flavors on the palate are pure grapefruit, and the only way to get rid of the bitterness is to have another sip. Which I will do right now.

M: I’d say this beer is medium bodied. There is some heft in the malty characteristics of this beer, but it’s not overpowering.

O: I think this is a pretty decent IPA. Sold marks for this beer all the way around.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Extra dark body with crisp puffy white head

S - More pine notes than citrus - pleasant hop aroma

T - Malty start with hop middle and bitter finish. Good, but would have preferred more depth and a bit more balance.

M - Nice carbonation and creamy texture gives it a heartier feel.

O - Good beer. I like it enough to drink it again, but I wasn't wowed by anything.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, goblet, best by date of 01/26/11.

This IPA is a deep sunset orange with wheat and tequila highlights, quite gorgeous. The topping is an equally nice two-finger dark eggshell head that fades but drapes some thick lace on the glass.

Orange and grapefruit peel, pear, and some honey sweetness. This is not a dominant nose.

Caramel and honey malt, orange and orange peel, grapefruit pith, with a solid bitterness. Things seem muted, leading me to believe this can is not as fresh as I believed. Rosemary in the finish.

The feel is lightly resinous with a moderate body, so actually right where it should be for this type of IPA.

As a drinkable IPA, this is probably right in the sweet spot. It has good, if standard, American IPA flavors, weighs in under seven percent abv, and is not a palate wrecker (as tasty as those are).

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12OZ can; fresh; pours a murky orange-brown color, with a beautiful, frothy, light-yellowish head; decent amount of citrus in aroma; very sparky flavor, with lots of pop, and a lingering bitterness. I really like this beer, as it has tons of flavor, yet, near the end of it, I start to feel the bitterness is perhaps a little too much. Still, this is an IPA I would be happy to drink just about anytime.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brought back from the brewery in Durango, CO.

A- Can pour to a snifter with a clear golden body. A small white cap rises up to about half a finger with a frothy texture and fair retention. A small ring leaves seldom spotty lace.

S- Citrus and floral hops with hints of malts coming through but not enough to really affect the hops.

T- Grapefruit and orange zesty citrus hops with pine, floral and bitter grassy notes as well. Lightly malty but no significant sweets or caramelized notes to interrupt the clean hops. Light yeast bread but clean beyond that.

MF- Lighter end body with a crisp, creamy consistency. Carbonation comes in moderately high with a clean, medium bitterness lingering in the finish.

Citrus forward with nice pine and floral hops to round it out. Hints of grains but the hops are still the emphasis and delivered just fine.

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Photo of chilly460
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber, with minimal white head. Surprising amount of lacing.

S - Get plenty of piney hops in there, but something like tart green apples as well, interesting. Biscuit malt aroma as well.

T - Pretty solid piney hop here, almost resiny in strength. Less of the "apple" shows up in the taste, but it's there, tangy. Not much malt balance, this one was a straight up hopped flavor profile to me.

M - Felt light and medium carbonation.

O - Solid but not extraordinary to me, not enough malt balance. Too bad as the green apple aspect made it an interesting beer.

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Photo of chaz410
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at flying saucer.
Smells of sweet orange citrus and piney hops. SOme nice caramel and pilsner malt underlying the hop profile.
Taste of sweet caramel slathered with spicey citus and mango style hops. Finishes with an earthy pine hop and slight alcohol ring.
Smooth mouthfeel with crsip finish.
Easy to drink IPA I like it better in can though

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Photo of Fenris244
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my duvel tulip.

Pours a dark amber, almost no head good retention on what little there is, even some lacing, good clarity little strings of carbonation can be seen in the beer.

Apple sweetness, big hop piney aromas, citrus peel aromas as well.

Apple like sweetness, hop flavors are huge, pig pine and citrus peel. Little bits of malty sweetness on the finish, the bitterness lingers forever.

Light in body, super crisp and very refreshing

Overall, Im loving this and in a can too? Got my new campground/beach/where ever I feel like having it beer

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into DogFish Head signature glass (June 17, 2010). "Best By 12/05/2010" is printed on the lower rim.

Eyes: Pours an darkish orange-copper color with almost zero haze. A modest head of eggshell-orange foam forms and laces modestly after a vigorous pour.

Nose: A solid jolt of citrus and pine notes.

Tongue: Very hop forward in the "West Coast" style; bitter, zesty, citrus rind, pine, with just a hint of malt. A good combination of flavors, but not as perfectly balanced as I might have liked.

Mouth: Quite smooth for the bitterness, and the carbonation is set well so as not to sharpen the hoppyness too much.

Libation: Despite my less that stellar experience with another IPA from Ska, I've heard good things about Ska in general, and this beer in particular. Though this is very good, and much better than their Decadent DIPA, I'm not sure if this particular type of IPA suits my taste. I like the hop statement made, but I'm not sure there is enough malt to make this great.

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Photo of IPAs4lyfe
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, Pours a clear amber with a nice white head. Good retention, left some nice lacing.

The aroma is piney hops, grapefruit, some melon undertones.

The flavor is piney hop resin, followed by some caramel and sweet fruit notes from the malt, finish is HOPPY, bitter, and lingering.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, carbonation is a tad high but overall its fine.

Drinkability is great for the 7% alcohol. Went through my 6-pack pretty fast.

Overall its a solid beer. A nice change-up for an IPA in my opinion. Worth trying.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness level. Tastes of strong floral hops, sweet malt, strong dark citrus, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, a good body, blend, and appearance.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

chalk up another excellent ipa in a can. after having been drinking racer 5 pretty regularly for the past few months, i got an opportunity to branch off. thanks to oakedcanuck for this one.
A. just how youd hope. pours with an inch, inch and a half cloud white head. disappears after a short while. slightly cloudy amber, its an attractive looking beer.
S. dont laugh, (well go ahead and laugh) i accidentaly stuck my nose in the froth, and got a huge whiff of ripe, pleasant citrus. it kind of accentuated the smell. just a little bit of pine rounds it out.
T. its like a slightly tamed west coast ipa. each aspect is just slightly muted, not in a bad way.
M. its up there with the other greats in the sense that it just overtakes your mouth and makes it happy. love the hop presence but want just a little more.
D. i can kill several in a row, and will without being exhausted from the hops. its fresh tasting and yummy.
wish i had more regular access to it, and will enjoy it just the same whenever it comes back around.

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Photo of firkinhophead
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From State Line Liquors in El Paso. Excited to try this, as we don't have it at home.

Poured into a white plastic hotel cup, so appearance and aroma somewhat affected.

Nice tight head of cream-colored latte-like foam. Holds nicely and sticks like mad. Color looks like an amber tone, perhaps a shade or two darker than average.

Aroma is piney, with some citrus zest.

Taste is sharp and pungent. Some green onion (Centennial hops?), pine resin, grapefruit pith, pollen. Barely any malt here, but enough to make it beery.

Body is solid enough, with a creamy mouthfeel that counters the bitterness. Bit of asprin in the aftertaste, lingers too long for my liking.

Well put together IPA when you want a big kick of hops., especiallly the piney variety. I'd like to have a bit more tropical notes.

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Photo of suspect
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Best by date of 5/22/11 (I think at least. The month was smudged). Thanks to Dubinsky for the hookup.

A: beautiful crystal clear amber color. Normal pour led to a pretty two-finger fluffy white head. Strong lacing remained throughout the drink.

S: Not an overpowering smell but the hops were definitely the most present with some slight citrus and slight pine. Definitely did not punch me in the face with hops like I would expect beer with "hoperandi" in the name.

T: Exceptional flavor. Primarily hop forward - much more so than the smell would have had me guess. Wonderfully balanced bitter with malty sweetness.

M: Lightly carbonated, Medium body. Spicy aftertaste doesn't linger too long.

O: Overall this is a perfectly balanced beer- one that I wish was readily available in my area. I would definitely tailgate with this one.

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Photo of carolinahophead
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Flying Saucer Charlotte.
A: A darker gold than a typical American IPA , the can keeps the color quite well.

S: Wonderful fresh hop aroma , alot of citrus and a good choice of malt in this brew.

T: Really liked the smooth taste , the hops are not overwhelming and ejoyed the freshness of this Colorado beer.

M: A medium body and a nice after taste. The bitterness is well presented with alot going on.

O: I liked this beer , probably my second Americam IPA in a can and other craft beers should take note. Nothing wrong with a nice craft beer in a can.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

A: Clear amber with a really thick and fluffy off-white head.

S: Really hoppy, mostly of the grapefruit and pine variety.

T: Dang, this is one of the more hoppier regular IPAs that I've had in awhile. Basically get a smack of really strong and bitter pine and grapefruit hops that last well after the beer goes down. There is a balancing sweet malt profile, but it isn't too prolific. Also have some various other typical IPA herbs going on behind the scenes. Great taste if you like strong hops.

M: Oily, medium, slick...good for an IPA.

O: Like I said before, this is a very hop-forward regular IPA. It's done really well, but if you don't like strong, piney hops, you will not enjoy this beer. This is seriously more hoppy than a lot of DIPAs that I've had before.

Hard to grade this one. It isn't really balanced too well, but I love hops a lot, so I'm a fan of this beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok - so apart from this being an IPA in a can, and pouring a wonderful deep orange copper colour with a lovely looking head, I find myself thinking 'another American IPA'.

Lacing is fabulous, it has all the grapefruit and orange rind flavours, goes down well, but at the end of the day....

It's just another American IPA.

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Photo of SmithwicksNut
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark golden brown, with a ruby hue. Nice fluffy head at first, that subsides a few minutes later and leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Some sticky lacing left on the glass.

S. Smells of white grapefruit, lemon rinds and pine. This is nice and hoppy. There is a nice malty presence in the back, maybe a bit too much for me.

T: Nice and bitter. The taste mirrors the nose. The fruit accents from the hops are nice and tart! The malty backbone is sweeter than the nose led on. Again, maybe a bit too much for me.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium stickiness left in the mouth from the hops. Gets a bit watery as I move through the beer. Average.

D: This is a good beer. While I had a dig at the level of malt presence, I still am enjoying this beer.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: orangish red with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus hops, sweet caramel malts,

taste: bitter, little dry finish, refreshing IPA

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, sticky, crisp

Drinkability: highly drinkable IPA. Leaving me wanting another.


The cpj

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Photo of julian
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very good clarity, dark copper in color with a decent 1-1.5 finger slightly almond colored head that fades quickly to a bubble layer on the surface. Very nice lacing all around the glass. Sticky icky!

S: Blast of pine and oily hop resin balanced with a caramel/toffee malt profile. Alcohol not apparent on the nose.

T&M: Hoppy, resinous and piney with a smooth creamy caramel backbone. This is a well balanced beer and actually leans more to the maltier side in the taste than the nose lets on. Pretty round and full body with a nice creaminess and clean sweet finish with a mild hoppy bite.

O: Overall, this is a piney IPA with a big body and malt base. Easily drinkable and quenching. Not my personal favorite style of IPA (I prefer citrusy IPAs) but I can definitely appreciate it. Great piney IPA. And it comes in a can!

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a cool beer, a very solid canned beer so it's great for camping trips, and pretty easy to find for most states also, unlike alot of the other quality canned beers like Gordons & Surly.

Poured into a massive snifter.

This stuff has a noticably visible malt backbone from its copper colored body, with a fluffy pillowy head.

Dank. You could get searched for possesion of pot from this stuff. It has such a sticky hoppy resin aroma and flavor. It's awesome. Pretty nice hop bite but the malt is keeping it from going all west-coast on you, Hops hit up front and Malt on the finish. Very creamy for a IPA. easy drinking camping beer to drink lots of.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

324th review on BA
can to SN globe

Thanks to my wife for bringing this back from AZ for me.

App- Agressive pour due to being tipsy from Abacus produced a larger head than I wanted. A giant 3 finger cushiony head erupted into the glass. A vibrant dark orange/amber. Spotty clinging as well.

Smell- Smells great out of a can. Huge hoppy, spicy citrusy aroma. Very earthy and very pungeant.

Taste- It fell a bit hard from scoring so high on the nose. A bit flat and buttery. Well balanced but thin. I did notice as it warms it mellows and tempers the flat/buttery flavors and becomes a bit smoother.

Mouth- A lighter medium bodied beer paired with a medium carb level. Produced a nice spicy after taste.

Drink- Aroma and aftertaste are redeeming qualities. Taste was a bit flat but was still pretty good. I'd probably like to have this one again on draft.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly dark amber color with a finger+ of off-white head. The head dissipated to a little less than a finger after several minutes - so decent retention. Lots of sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Smells like a good IPA should, IMHO. A nice mix of pine and grapefruit hops meet the nose. A nice mix of floral and earthy.

T: Lots of bitter hops throughout each sip sit on top of a slightly sweet malt backbone. A fair amount of pine mixes with some bread and just a touch of lemon and orange. Lacks the complexity and balance of a great IPA, but a respectable flavor nonetheless.

M: Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D: A decent IPA. It probably wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't mind having it again. The flavor could use a little more sweetness to balance out the grainy malt and bitter hops.

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Photo of sommersb
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.