Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.
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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.
07-31-2009 14:20:22 | More by Cresant
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?
01-14-2012 07:21:49 | More by illidurit
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.
07-14-2011 01:11:28 | More by afksports
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.
07-26-2011 23:01:18 | More by bayougutter
District of Columbia
3.3/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
12-28-2010 03:17:25 | More by craytonic
3.33/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
09-10-2009 04:59:12 | More by Wegbier
3.38/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
11-28-2010 08:08:12 | More by withliterature
3.38/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
09-01-2010 22:04:13 | More by crossovert
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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