Dismiss Notice
Get FREE shipping on all US orders of $25 or more from the BeerAdvocate Store.

No promo code required. Offer valid through 4/30.

Ready to gear up? Start shopping →

Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
91
outstanding
784 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
784
Ratings:
2,629
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
19.12%
 
 
Wants:
248
Gots:
464
For Trade:
8
Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-03-2009

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 784 | Ratings: 2,629
Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Great head retention. Body is a hazy copper / amber color with active carbonation bubbles.
S) Sweet orange. Subtle peach. Caramel malt.
T) Caramel, nice and rich with a healthy dose of hop bite. Some bitterness in the finish, but not overpowering or obnoxious... call it "just right". The whole flavor profile is very well balanced and a pleasure to drink.
M) Fizzy up front. Medium body with some heft.
D) Yum. A delicious IPA, well crafted and true to form.

 502 characters

Photo of BenZ
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice IPA. This 6 pack was about the only thing interesting for sale near my hotel. I'd only vaguely heard of it, and my expectations weren't super high.

The beer looked really nice and the aroma really filled my hotel room. The flavor was great - nice pine/citrus blend. A very easy drinker, I rarely have multiples of the same beer in a row, but that was easy for MH. Highly recommended!

 396 characters

Photo of TangTKE402
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a can into a pint glass. Tan/Orange/Brown in color with a nice haze (though not opaque) and a great, frothy, ecru 2-finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine cone on the nose in a pleasant, clean and dry way. Not sticky smelling.

T: Citrus rind up front with a bark-flavored middle, and a dry, piney swallow. Flavors of grapefruit, tin, oat nut toast, and a pine cone swallow. Earthy without being crunchy, clean, and crisp flavors.

M: Clear and crisp feeling, with some tanins in the mouth and a bone-dry afterfeel.

O: This is a great, tasty session IPA. Just enough flavor to be delicious, but not so much as to limit you to just one. In fact, I may crack open another can right now...

 709 characters

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer poured a clear, coppery gold with an incredible, fluffy off white head. Lacing was present throughout the sort life of this brew.

Smell: Wonderful hints of grapefruit and pine.

Taste: A nice bready maltiness with hints of grapefruit, mint citrus and pine. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy, medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Damn this is a great well balanced IPA. The bitterness from the hops is balanced extremely well with the malts. Very easy drinking IPA.

 518 characters

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with orange highlights. It had a three-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of a good deal of pine with citrus notes. It had a burnt toast malt aroma.

T - It had a very sharp burnt toast flavor with a sweet malt backbone. It had a piney, grassy flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very delicious IPA. I loved the pine aroma and flavor.

 488 characters

Photo of pschul4
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a mix6 from Binny's shared with ariech6

A- Pours a dark gold with a lot of head (2") because I'm a newb pourer :(

S- Tons of big piney hops in the scent. I am developing high hopes for this one, please don't let me down

T- A decent amount of hops with a surprisingly tasty malt background. I am really enjoying this although it's far off from what I expected

M- Super creamy and smooth which is uncommon for an IPA but I am really digging this one

O- Awesome! It still blows my mind that a canned beer can be this great, can't wait to buy more of this one

 566 characters

Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell is loaded with classic American hops: Grapefruit juice, a grand yet gentle bitterness with smooth sweet notes and hints of resin, chalk, pine and juniper needles. Everything is crisp, clean and perhaps just a little bit too obvious.

The colour is amber with a tint of red (24 EBC). The liquid is clear and the two finger compact head is off-white, almost a bit orange. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The taste is fresh and hoppy with light notes of dough and candy. The crispy bitterness is medium to strong. Citric notes of grapefruit juice, orange and bitter orange peels and a touch of lime. Apricots, fruit candy and flowers, however mild, give an English-inspired flavour in the background. The body is medium to full. Some clean sour hints gives balance to the smooth growing sweetness. The aftertaste is fresh and bitter with some sweet fruity notes, with hints of bread and musk.

The carbonation is strong, the bubbles very small. The liquid is smooth.

A solid AIPA: Just give it a little more hop complexity and it will become perfect.

 1,067 characters

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fun sample from my friends George & Dale, this one shows a clear copper color with a goodly off-white head and decent dashes of lace. The aroma is piny hops and grainy malt, very pleasant. The taste brings beautiful piny hops and grassy highlights with a subtle caramel malt. The feel is a tad tangy with orange citrus in a solidly mid bodied brew. A delicious IPA in a can with solid carbonation and highly drinkable!

 426 characters

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from kiltedtxn and aggieboudreux, Thanks Guys!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a white head that left a sheet of lacing.

S - citrus and piney hops.

T - bitter bite upfront being somewhat balanced out with malt at halftime before getting dry and bitter on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - easy drinking and very tasty.

 410 characters

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep copper appearance, but clear. 2 fingers, huge head! Nice sticky lacing all over the glass. This is how an IPA should always look!

S - Tons of piny, and citrusy hops.

T - Like the smell, tons of hops! Piny and citrusy! Very well balanced. Alcohol is pretty prevelant for a 6.5% brew, or I would have given it a 4.5

M - Full bodied and well carbonated!

O - About as good of an IPA out there. Very cool that it comes in cans. Wish I could get this in Georgia. Thanks to my bro who got this for me for Christmas, brought back while out west on vacation!

 565 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can at the FBC,

A: Pours a medium orange with a solid white head, good lace.

S: Nice aroma, some tropical fruit - I definitely get notes of pineapple and grapefruit.

T: This has a fair amount of malt to it, but the strong pine needle, mint and grapefruit shine through in the end. Fantastic overall IPA flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, doesn't have a flabby carbonation as a lot of canned beers I've found have. Crisp and resiny.

D: If my train in Flagstaff hadn't been delayed I never would have gotten to try this wonderful IPA. A great first impression from Ska.

 571 characters

Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - Nice amber/orangey color with a big fluffy head. Clean pour with nice carbonation. You could drink this straight from the can but you'd be missing out on just how good it looks in a glass.

Aroma - BIG intense floral hop aroma. Plenty of that piney and citrusey goodness. Definitely some grapefruit along with a decent amount of sweetness. Ooh la la.

Taste - What can I say? It's awesome! Loads of bitter hop flavor that's balanced extremely well. You want grapefruit, you got it. You want to feel like someone rung out a pine tree in your glass, you got it. This is the real deal when it comes to a very well put together American IPA. Plenty of hops are packed in to this aluminum package, open a can and take advantage.

Overall - My favorite hoppy beer in a can. Extremely drinkable, full bodied with all of the IBUs needed to satisfy my hop fix.

 859 characters

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head when poured. Nice reddish orange color. Good lacing, good retention.

S. Big hop smell. Citrus and Piney hops. Grapefruit. Not much malt smell, definitely dominated by the hops.

T. Nice hit of hops upfront. More of a piney hop taste. Caramel malt ending. Good balance.

M. Medium bodied. Not much carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness.

D. Pretty easy drinking. Good session IPA. Nice hop bitterness, but stil balanced. Got to love the cans.

 493 characters

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on my wants list foreeeever, thanks to phillyswear for hooking it up with a great box of beers. 12oz can into Newport Storm pint glass.

A- Caramel in color, a nice orange/ruby hue with a sandy off-white head that's 3 fingers and endless. Thick, cake-frosting lacing on this one. Wow.

S- Very hoppy, fruity, tangerine and clementine. Great bouquet here.

T- This reminds me of Red Racer IPA in flavor, although this one has more of an orangey/mint thing going on. The finish is decidedly minty and herbal, which compliments the citrus sweetness.

M- Nice body, good carbonation, no issues here.

D- If I had access to it, I'd have a fridge full of it. Worth seeking out if you like IPAs- this is a stellar beer.

 733 characters

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep amber in color. Lots of red shades in the highlights. Very clear. Light tan foam. Decent retention, slowly fades to a white film.

S - huge hop aroma. Very resiny. Tons of citrus notes. Lots of pine as well. Decent amount of honey like sweetness from the malts.

T - mild malty sweetness on the front of the tongue. Sweetness lasts through the big burst of citrus hoppy bitterness. Malt flavors fades on the finish but the hop flavor lasts well past it. No metallic flavors despite coming from a can.

M - medium full bodied. Lower on the carbonation.

D - I could drink this all the time. Damn fine IPA.

 614 characters

Photo of photomancottrell
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wish I could find this beer in a store somewhere.

This is the best tasting IPA that I have ever had. Perfect drinkability. I like it because it's bitter but somehow smooth at the same time.

I went into the restaurant specifically because the Ska site said it was carried there. The waitress told me they were out. So I had another un-remarkable beer that was OK. The she came back with the green can and said "look what I found"....there were smiles.

Went very well with my greasy burger and hand cut fries.

 510 characters

Photo of blindtiger24
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber / copper color that is cloudy. Two finger frothy head that is sticky.

S: Strong floral and citrus and slight pine aromas.

T: Slight orange citrus sweetness on the front followed by sharp bitterness. Spicy, piney resinous hops cloak your tongue, and a bit of malt, biscuit, and caramel flavors seep in, but that bitterness clings to your taste buds.

M: A full bodied beer that dries the tongue due to the oily hop resin. Relief does come from the caramel malts which slightly diminishes the bitterness. Gentle carbonation and warm finish on the throat.

O: A staple of hop bomb canned beers. Even with it's huge hop bitterness, the flavor and mouthfeel isn't astringent or harsh. The caramel flavors stick around on the tongue and blend with the resin, but the drying effect is a bit much.

 846 characters

Photo of PaleZombie
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ordered this one on tap at Wings Over Broadway.

A- Beautiful color, amber/copper like color to it with about 1 finger worth of head which dissipated fairly slowly. Moderate lacing was left on the glass.

S- This had a wonderful smell to it, the first whif was filled with a blast of hops followed by some mild citrusy sent such as grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

T- Taste of hops and some citrus with a fairly bitter finish.

M- Moderate to high amounts of carbonation with a medium body which was pretty pleasant.

O- I enjoyed this one, still a bit bitter for me but I am new to IPA's and I'm really starting to like them. Give this one a try if you get a chance.

 667 characters

Photo of silverevo9
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is wonderful. Pungent smells of pine, resins, and nuts. Lovely copper hue with good carbonation. Great brew for the autumn, winter time. Good companion for trips too. The head is a good show with a cinnamon color to it. Bitter or spice at the end which gives it a good twist. Get that dry sticky taste at the back of my throat. Lacing is delicious as is the brew.

 372 characters

Photo of jsh420
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper orange with a 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smell strong earthy pine and grapefruit hops

taste: well i dont if its because this is the 2nd beer i have had in 3 weeks but this ipa might be the most bitter one i have had

hops is all i get from this one pine and grapefruit - this has west coast style ipa all over it and i love it

mouthfeel is a medium body beer wih good carbonation

drinkability is good but i will only drink one since i dont feel like destroying my taste buds tonight

 529 characters

Photo of BeanBone
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear copper orange body capped by a little more than a finger of off-white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Pungent green and piney hops over a caramel malt body. Big and bold, this is promising so far.

Flavor: A complex blast of leafy, herbal, piney, spicy, and lightly citrusy hops that are nicely bitter throughout. Underneath, there's a biscuity malt backbone keeping the hops grounded nicely. It's not exactly unbalanced, but certainly has the spotlight on the hops. Leafy bitterness and mild grains in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: As long as you're not put off by bitterness, this is an easy drinker.

Verdict: A full and flavorful IPA that's easy to session with brilliantly complex hops, Modus Hoperandi is fantastic little beer. This is something I'd like to have on hand from time to time. Here's hoping the rest of their beers are this solid.

 940 characters

Photo of Tuey13
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a beer snifter glass. A beautiful orange copper color with a creamy off-white head.
Aroma is of wonderful hops with pine, grapefruit, orange zest, tropical fruits, and caramel sweetness.
Taste is just as the smell... huge bitter hops with pine grapefruit and tropical flavors... a light sweet caramel taste from the malt is present as well... very well balanced in my opinion.
I was happy to have discovered this... it is one of my favorite IPA's now. Definitely one i will get often.

 507 characters

Photo of areich6
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with my friend pschul4

A: Very little head. Dark orange/copper color that looks pretty inviting.

S: The smell is very promising, with strong, citrusy hop scents.

T: Good hoppy flavor that one can expect from an IPA. Not too strong, however, it lingers in the mouth for quite a while.

M: Very little carbonation and very smooth and drinkable. Incredibly good.

O: Great IPA. My only complaint is that I wish it had a little more of a hoppy flavor, but all in all a really good beer.

 498 characters

Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark tan, transparent, thick white foamy head with moderate lacing, some head retention

S: nice fresh hop profile is prevalent, notes of grapefruit, pine, and earthiness are on the front. Some funky dank notes in there as well.

T: nice bright hoppy notes on the front with some sweet fruity notes as well as some earthy tea notes,, this is followed by a modest bready malt profile, very well balanced

MF: nice light body, medium to high carbonation

D: another great IPA from the can. I can never get enough of these! At 7.99 a 6er (on sale) this is simply a magnificent deal. I would definitely recommend this to others.

 627 characters

Photo of paxchristi
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Schlafly pint glass. Friend bought me this beer at the Tin Can in South Saint Louis.

Appearance: Pours a dark honeycomb color with Half a finger of white head. Very hazy and hardly any clarity. Delicious looking beer. One of the more hazy IPAs I've seen. Its essentially a witbier type of appearance to the eye.

Smell: Deep, pungent and piny hops. A very strong West Coast IPA style. In the middle is sweet, bready hops and citrus on the tail end.

Taste: Hell yeah! Hard hops wreck the palate. Its a wrecking ball of flavor. Accenting the intensity is some sweet citrus and sweet breads to give it some real balance. Maltier in the taste than in the nose, however. Alcohol hidden very well begind the intensity and the sweet malts.

Mouth: Creamy in the mouth. Less carbonation than the typical IPA. I liked it alot. It drinks more like a stout than your traditional IPA without the added heaviness.

Overall: Probably the best beer I've ever had in a can. I shall be returning to this one. Next time, I shall get a six pack. Excellent.

 1,066 characters

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.