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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 775
Hads: 2,596
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 244
Gots: 442 | FT: 9
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Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

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: 775 | Hads: 2,596
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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Thanks to emmasdad for this one. Best by 2-9-11 so this must be pretty fresh!

Poured into surly pint.

I crack the can and I instantly smell hops! Craft beer from the can ftw.

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves some lace along the way. Color is a copper hued orange.

Aroma: Lots of pine hops and citrus flavors. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some caramel malt. As it warms a touch, I get some apricot flavors. Pretty solid! Very fresh.

Taste: Fresh pine hops up front. Very earthy. A decent amount of sticky sweet citrus shows as well. Big grapefruit and a bit of pineapple like in the nose. The end finishes with some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but ever so smooth and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin taste. Awesome feel to it.

Overall, this ipa is legit! This is very drinkable and something I would like to see around here. Reminds me a bit of furious with the caramel malts (more of a midwest ipa). I am very happy to have tried this one.

Thanks Dan for an awesome beer!

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

I poured this out of a can into my beer tasting wine glass. The appearance is on the darker end for IPA a orange amber color, there was initially a two finger head that reduced fairly quickly with good lacing. There is a lot of pine and grapefruit on the nose. The taste is mostly pine and grapefruit, nice hop malt balance. The mouthfeel is almost resiny. This is a very drinkable tasty fine example of an IPA.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear light amber with a lot of visible small carbonation bubbles. The head is light tan and very foamy, though it forms larger bubbles around the edge of the glass. It fades over a few minutes leaving some fairly heavy lacing for an IPA.

S: The smell of hops is powerful and complex. There is a strong citrus component reminiscent of grapefruit and bitter orange peel. This is rounded out by an herbal smell consisting of pine, grass cuttings and flowers. I can detect a light sweet malt backbone behind all the hops.

T: It tastes light and fruity. I can make out a few tropical fruit flavors, although they don’t contribute too much sweetness to the brew. There is a mild pervasive bitterness with an herbal tone throughout the beer. Sweet caramel malt balances out the beer nicely. The aftertaste is short but dry.

M: Less carbonation that it looks like and fairly thin. I can feel the alcohol but only slightly.

O: A fairly complex yet drinkable IPA.

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

This is my favorite IPA in a can. This is way better than the Decandent IIPA, just by aroma alone. This one is very, very dank with lots of pine and herbs and a sticky, resinous scent. The first thing I think is that I need to buy some cans every time I go to the store. The palate is spot on, just sticky enough. Great flavor here too. Lots of evergreen and even notes of mint with some smooth caramel-tasting malts.

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Photo of --Dom--
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours and orange-copper with a sizeable head. Smells of strong danky pine, awesome aroma.

Taste opens with a straight shot of piney hops, followed by some bitter grapefruit. Gets more bitter toward the back end with a strong bitter finish. The malt presence is well in balance. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too heavy.

Overall it's a great sessionable ipa. Great balance, good price at 8.99 a six. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of MrStark
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a quite clear amber that is topped with a massive off-white head after the pour. After it settled it still had great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is definitely hoppy and herbal upfront with some light pine and citrus notes.

Taste is certainly strong with bittering hops with a bit of citrus in the finish. There is also a nice light malt backbone in the beer to balance it out however the hops definitely take center stage.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. Its pretty smooth and seems to coat the tongue fairly well leaving the bitterness to linger for a while.

Drinkability is pretty nice! A good example of the style that goes down pretty easy. Great session beer for me and I would enjoy having quite a few more in the future.

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Photo of nhindian
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. Beer generously provided by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Pours a hazy amber color, with a distorted view of the opposite side of the glass. A two-fingered tan head builds slowly, composed of medium-sized bubbles. Retention is pretty good, lasting for around 5 minutes or so, and as it dissipates, it leaves thick masses of foam behind.

S - The smell of this beer is a nice combination between tropical and pine hops, with a big part of the aroma consisting of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine sap. There's a lot of hops here and the malts are more subdued. There is some backbone here though, but don't expect the most balanced beer!

T - As the in the nose, the flavors are bursting with fresh hops, although the malts do come across a bit more here. It starts with a good amount of caramel malts to pave the way for the bitter malts, and they are strong enough to influence the taste well into the finish. More of the grapefruit comes across here, and the pine steps it up as well. This is pretty aggressively hopped for a single IPA.

M - The mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with decent carbonation. It's a little on the low side of the carbonation spectrum, but it doesn't feel syrupy at all. You can definitely feel the hop resin weighing down the tongue and numbing it, which is always a cool feeling.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I think the best aspect of this beer is the numbing aspect of the hops. I don't think I've had an IPA affect the palate so much as this one has, which is a testament to how well Ska has extracted the resin. The alcohol is nigh-impossible to detect and this drinks very smoothly.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.