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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,835 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,835
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 183
Gots: 147 | 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:
65 IBU

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

Ethiopia

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

12-29-2013 13:46:41 | More by MacarthurParker
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2009 14:20:22 | More by Cresant
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roodie

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

09-01-2013 22:44:32 | More by roodie
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Tickon

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

07-01-2013 18:52:50 | More by Tickon
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justinp

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

08-07-2012 23:27:33 | More by justinp
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skyisland

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

10-08-2012 01:00:58 | More by skyisland
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Hultkrantz

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

02-15-2013 19:39:34 | More by Hultkrantz
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

08-06-2012 16:48:05 | More by nheinzie57
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AnnArborJoe

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

05-10-2013 17:00:23 | More by AnnArborJoe
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Amerikon

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

05-24-2013 01:22:57 | More by Amerikon
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craftbrew502

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

01-04-2013 21:56:39 | More by craftbrew502
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Cronkite11

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

10-01-2013 22:39:44 | More by Cronkite11
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

01-25-2014 16:20:31 | More by schnarr84
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illidurit

California

3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

Serving type: can

01-14-2012 07:21:49 | More by illidurit
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afksports

New York

3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

07-14-2011 01:11:28 | More by afksports
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bayougutter

Louisiana

3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

07-26-2011 23:01:18 | More by bayougutter
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is for Modus Hoperandi.

Appearance: Crimson brown copper with decent head and lacing. Not the color I was expecting.

Smell: Citrus hoppiness and tea leaves.

Taste: Strong hoppiness with caramel malts taking a backseat. Some tea and herbal flavors really dominate. Not overtly bitter, well done on that end. Some orange, grapefruit and pine sap.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost thin, could use a touch more carbonation

Drinkability: The odd tea element ruined this one, I might have had an off can.

Serving type: can

12-28-2010 03:17:25 | More by craytonic
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Wegbier

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this is a proper copper ale with light carbonation and whip cream head, it is a stubborn and strong sticky big head that doesnt give up. the fluffy head sits a half inch above the glass.

grassy piney kiwi hops in the smell, spicy and sweet. a little lightly toasted bread.

piney oranges in the taste, slightly sweetened by the malt, but not actually balanced by it. bitter! almost like the pine cones are still in there with the fresh pine scent.

oily smooth to scratchy bitter

this is a one in a night kind of beer, it might not be so rough on tap. leaves unpleasant lasting bitter.

cool to try but not on my shopping list.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 04:59:12 | More by Wegbier
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withliterature

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 08:08:12 | More by withliterature
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crossovert

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can best by 01/09/11, I much prefer when IPas have canned on dates.

It pours a deep caramel amber color with a foamy and creamy off white head that seems to stick forever.

The smell is good, but not spectacular. It has a lot of tropical fruit notes along with some herbal, grassy bitterness. It has a moderate sweet smell.

The taste is also good but not super amazing. It is pretty watery for the style. But it does have a nice hop flavor and a decent hop bitterness. The hops are perhaps a bit too grassy and vegetal though, the tropical flavor isn't carried over. There is some pineyness but it seems off. It doesn't seem to have a proper malt bill as ti ends up tasting like hoppy water.

The mouthfeel is way to under carbonated and watery for the style.

It is middle of the road for IPAs.

Serving type: can

09-01-2010 22:04:13 | More by crossovert
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johnnytfresh245

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've left my original review below but I have changed my ratings after tasting the beer again.

The smell was the the biggest change in the beer this time around. I got a resiny piny character that I liked and there was no diacetyl that I could smell.

I had this beer in a blind taste test so I didn't know what I was having.

When I saw this beer I was excited because it looked a rich amber color and a nice light tan head. The smell was horrible though. I was expecting a rich hoppy smell but what I got was diacetyl and cheesy hops. The can could have been old but that wouldn't explain the diacetyl. I was incredibly let down by this beer.

I would be incredibly hesitant to ever try this again.

Serving type: can

08-27-2010 20:02:30 | More by johnnytfresh245
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YeastWrangler88

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a sam adams pint glass:

Apparence: poured a medium amber color (i'd guess something like 12.5-13.5 SRM), crystal clear, looks very nice, but maybe not how a IPA SHOULD look..

Aroma: piny, earthy, with some malt sweetness coming out, also slightly "green" tasting. Smells like an average IPA, but thats not a bad thing.

Flavor: flavor is almost even between malt sweetness and the btterness of the hops, i get a sweet caramel flavor with some crystalized sugar (crystal malt) hops are definetly present, and taste nice, i just wish the sweet malt wasnt there fighting with the hops as much, i would prefer a more hop domonent flavor, but again, this is average for most IPAs ive tried.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is nice, the after-mouth-feel is kind of cloying, it completely saturated my tongue, almost like a DIPA. Bitterness is, well, bitter, slight flavor of pine and "earth" come to mind. Again, sweetness is on the high side, which tends to stick around for a while on the tongue and battles the hops, which some people might like.

Overall: this one tasted pretty average to me, it's a good "go-to" but something i would crave or drool over, eh, I dont know. It takes a lot for me to say a beer is above average, so by no means is this a bad beer, just nothing to really take note of. Pretty average down the line.

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 02:11:10 | More by YeastWrangler88
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit on the hoppy side, considerably bitter, not much else. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth. Overall not a bad beer, but I feel it could use a little more balance.

Serving type: can

04-03-2011 16:21:57 | More by tone77
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at Lindley Park Filling Station in GSO the other day.

Pour yielded a dark amber-orange with a thin head. What little head was there created some killer lacing though. Pretty beer in the glass. Mild citrus nose. Orange, pineapple, green hops. Flavor is dull and bitter. Faded grapefruit-like bitterness. Bitter hops for sure, but not all that flavorful. Decent finish. Alright IPA, but I expected more. I guess that's the danger of checking reviews *before* having the beer, something I try not to do too often.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 14:47:11 | More by Onenote81
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Clean copper with mild carbonation leading to a foamy off white head. Lacing absolutely coats the inside of the glass. Film of head retains throughout. Delicious looking IPA

S- Big west cost style nose. Lots of citrus and fresh pine trees. Somewhat dank. Mainly just hops, but not an overly powerful nose for the style

T- Hop forward again. A little more pine that citrus detected here. It is as bitter as it claims as it attempts to pound the palate into submission with hop oils. The hop profile seems a little discombobulated, if not messy. A lack of malt gives this one a "hot" quality as it goes down, but then it redeems itself with a surprisingly smooth finish.

M- Fairly drinkable, mild carbonation, bitter as can be, but not too dry

O- Looks great, but just seems to lack anything truly inspiring in my opinion. Better than average, but doesn't really set itself apart from a very competitive pack

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 20:17:27 | More by Bosoxfan20
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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