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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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2,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,050
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 200
Gots: 220 | 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:
65 IBU

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009)
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Photo of blakelive784
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%

12 oz can served in a standard pint glass:

A - Pours a transparent copper color with a 1.5 finger head of decent cream. The head recedes rather quickly, but leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S - Sweet honey, musty hops, grapefruit and pine. Standard fare, though inviting.

T - Much maltier than expected. Sweet caramel opens, followed by some bittering hops. Less pronounced flavors than predicted by the nose. Bitter on the climax, but well balanced.

M - Smooth, and almost light bodied. Not traditional, but works well.

D - Decent overall, but not great. Doesn't embody the style very well at all.

blakelive784, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Sheepdog
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%

A= As I drank from the can all I can tell you is that the can was different and very green.

S= Very hoppy spicy smell. I don't know if the aluminum can threw me off or not. Could definitely tell it was an IPA.

T= First taste threw me back a little. To me this was a very strong IPA for the little IBU it had. As it may be a true IPA I had a hard time swallowing it.

M= The finish killed this beer for me. It left a very oily pine cone taste in my mouth that I couldn't get rid of.

O= Not a bad beer for someone else. I like to call myself a Hophead but this beer is not for me.

Sheepdog, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of fishkab
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

fishkab, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

12 oz. can poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Copper with an off-white head. Nice head with good retention and nice rings of lace down the glass. A little dark.

Smell - Musty pine hops with a hint of grapefruit citrus. Toasty malts. No sweetness. Kind of a weak hop aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel malt is significantly stronger than the hops. The pine and citrus play second fiddle. The bitterness is intense and lingering.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness at least covers some of that malt. It's not sweet, but there's nowhere near enough malt to back it up. It's pretty drinkable though, especially with food.

Overall - Nothing special. Nothing bad, either. More hops, please.

Alieniloquium, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of DownInToMyBelly
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

DownInToMyBelly, Dec 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

user785335, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of MacarthurParker
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

MacarthurParker, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Cresant
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was semi-cloudy and bright cooper. One finger of manilla envelop colored head formed. When opened it sound flat, not much carbonation evident, but a vigorous pour created adequate head which remained throughout. Some lacing remained. The can art reflects the Ska culture.

Smell was piney and earthy. An organic rotting hay aroma.

Taste was grapefruit pith. Caramel sweetness was eclipsed by the hops which left a long lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and had moderate carbonation.

Cresant, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of roodie
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

roodie, Sep 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Tickon, Jul 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

justinp, Aug 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

skyisland, Oct 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Hultkrantz, Feb 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

nheinzie57, Aug 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

AnnArborJoe, May 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Packard, Aug 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

atpca, Jul 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Amerikon, May 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

craftbrew502, Jan 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

ipakingdom, Jul 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Cronkite11, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

schnarr84, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of illidurit
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%

Can courtesy of scray24, poured into a pint glass. Brownish color with a lacy white head. Aroma of grass clippings, lychee, and bread, heavy on the malt overall. Flavor is similar, malt-forward especially with crystal and caramel, mild fruitiness. Hops? Please?

illidurit, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of afksports
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%

Hmm. Cool can, man. But damn I'm all dried out. And it wasn't totally worth it. You see, I'm sitting here cooking some food (veggie sausage with peppers and onions) and thinking about all the good fist-pumping beers I've had. And then this Modus Hoperandi hops along and gets all up in my palate and I'm not Jersey Shorin' it anymore.

It looks fantastic-- deep amber hues the body as the lace takes over the glass and the head stays on top saying drink me. But the smell is less appealing, consisting of mostly pine and some sea / earth type of stuff. Maybe some grapefruit zest but hardly any citrus or malt. It tastes clean but drying. And that gets clingy. At 6.8% it goes down easy, but the cling of that hippy dryness isn't balanced, and I'm forced to think of ex-girlfriends.

I'll probably finish it. I mean, I'm pretty good at drinking beer. And although it definitely hits that dry hop head note, it's off key for me.

Still, it's not unredeemable, and there are some really well done parts to it - outside of the great label - so this beer settles right in there at average to slightly above.

Which is more than I can say for my cooking.

afksports, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of bayougutter
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%

Poured a copper amber with about a finger off white head that settled to cap and left decent lacing.

The dominant smell is pine, then citrus. Also some grassy but mostly pine.

The taste is heavy on the pine as well, and very bitter. One dimensional in that the bitter pine taste overwhelms anything else trying to come through.

Light to medium body with good carbination

Overall I enjoyed this one as a change but can't get by the dominant pine taste to have regular.

bayougutter, Jul 26, 2011
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,050 ratings.