Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 757
Hads: 2,486
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 232
Gots: 387 | FT: 7
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Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009

65 IBU
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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +6.1%
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)

Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (1,075 characters)

Photo of littlekidlover
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of --Dom--
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of MrStark
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of nhindian
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,659 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to see Ska finally show up in Missouri. I was missing me so Modus Hoperandi.

Poured a 12oz can into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a varnished copper with a big 3 inch, frothy white head that leaves medium lacing as it recedes down my glass. A thin lip of lacing is constantly sitting atop my beer. The nose is hoppy. Resiny pine cones backed by light tangerine citrus. Subtle notes of sweetness from the malt backbone pair well with big hops. The flavor is exactly the same. Up front comes (not overly) piney hops with light citrus following. A malt backbone adds just a hint of sweetness at the tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light and crisply carbonated leaving a nice dryness on the palate. Modus really is a great IPA. Now that Ska is in MO, this is going to go into my regular Hop rotation. (832 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Poured aggressivly a very nice slight hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, very slight malt notes, citrus and pines. The taste is a hop bomb, slight malty notes, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice and bitter/hoppy. Very drinkable, this one really surprised the shit out of me, highly recommend, thanks Billy Boy, lol (486 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden/copper color our of the can with two fingers of head and lacing that is quite nice from my perspective

S - Piney hop aroma that is very inviting. Some citrus and floral notes as well.

T - Pine and citrus yet again, they hops are delightful and the malty finish left behind is great too.

M - High in carbonation but very smooth, really dances on the palate.

D - This IPA is great, and to my surprise comes from a can... Keep an open mind and enjoy those craft brews, even if they come from a can! (518 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber with a thick off-white head that sinks into quite nice lacings.

S: Kind of rich sweet caramell malt over-powered by the hops, floral and bitter. The hops are very piney and citric; grapefruit and lemon sezt.

M: Toffee sweetness to the caramell malt, quite rich. Lots of hops, mostly floral but also bitter. There's grapefruit and lemon, and some orange sezt. Kind of bready.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter with a sweet touch. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: This beer is a treat. You can enjoy it for a long time. My best suggestion is to buy a bunch and spend a night with only this beer (before, during and after dinner). (666 characters)

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my favorite IPA's and since it is now available in cans, it will be a great pool beer for the summer. It pours a great amber color that is a bit darker than other IPA's, with a frothy white head. Strong aromas of citrus, banana and fresh pine. the palate was big, bold and kinda oily, with great pine flavors complimenting the citurs. (357 characters)

Photo of THE-DUDE
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had originally sampled this IPA a couple years ago and have had it ranked on my #1 IPA shelf for quite some time. It is time to officially review it and see if it will stay on the top shelf. Aroma is very hoppy and floral...definitely a west coast IPA smell. Good balance between malt and hops but the hops hit first and the malt follows. The malt is smooth, slightly caramelly and bready/grainy...not too sweet although it has a sweet aroma to it. This is a very nice IPA and will remain on my top IPA shelf. Some reviewers mentioned a metallic taste from the can, I poured this into a glass and did not taste any metallic flavors. (632 characters)

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with orange highlights. Healthy 2 fingers of cream colored head that lasted. As is dissipated, there was an abundance of oils. Beautiful sticky frosty laces.

Grapefuit and tropical fruit, spicy pine and resin. Hop domination over a toasty caramel malt profile.

Loads of grapefruit and tropical fruits up front followed by a bashing of spicy piney resins. Slightly sweet caramel and toasty backing. Great tongue punching pine bitterness that leaves a great aftertaste.

Dry and Sticky. Medium body. Slow medium carbonation.

Very drinkable, tasty, and refreshing. Great bitterness and hop profile. Would love to have this as an option around my neck of the woods, but I can settle with it as a great standby when I visit friends and family in Colorado. (766 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange/amber with a white head.

S-Dank, resiny pine with grapefruit, orange, pineapple and caramel malt

T-Pineapple, pine and grapefruit bitterness with sweet caramel malt backing. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slick, and it has low carbonation.

D-Deliciously drinkable, the aroma starts things off full speed and the taste doesn't disappoint. (386 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, dark, slightly hazed, copper-amber coloring with a frothy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas are super-resinous, with a blast of pine pitch and tropical fruit notes. Wow. Some caramel notes and pepper spice in the background, too. Smells great. Flavors are very balanced, with a solid does of pineapple and mango on the forward tongue, and just enough resin and bitter hops to balance it perfectly. Spicy notes here and there, with subtle caramel notes ribboning in the backbone, as well. Amazingly balanced IPA, and very drinkable. The body is smooth and robust, but it finishes very light, dry, and slightly astringent. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink. Hop-heavy, fruity aftertaste, with a building bitterness. This is a great beer. (807 characters)

Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: amber gold with a thick head on top; nice and clear.

Smell: Sharp floral hops.

Taste: Light bodied, crisp amber malt, peanuts, robust hop flavor with a light flavor of hop leaves. Fantastic harmony of flavors.

I love that Modus Hoperandi comes in a can, it's inexpensive and it delivers a ton of flavor. This brew is a keeper. (370 characters)

Photo of JLeege
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my "comfort" beers for some time now. I generally will drink it straight from the can, but this is in a pint for reviewing purposes.

Canned on 9/11/10

Appearance- Pours a clear light amber color with a two finger, just off-white head. Good retention and lace.

Smell- Mostly piney hops, with some faint citrus in the background.

Taste- Incredibly well balanced. A nice blend of pine and citrus hops, that is just a tad bit resinous. Some caramel malt. Finishes a bit prickly but not overbearingly bitter.

Mouthfeel- medium body and carbonation, very nice.

Overall- This is one of my go-to beers. In a convienent can, versatile for any situation, has a very nice flavor, and very affordable. This wont blow you away or destroy your taste buds, but it is very solid and overly drinkable! (811 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice light caramel color with a great off white head.

The aroma of piney and earthy hops greats the nose and tempting the drinker to take their first sip.

The caramel color leaves the drinker expecting a malt backbone to this beer but the beer is not as sweet as I would have thought.

The beer is medium bodied.

Overall it is a very refreshing beer with a nice bitter piney finish. (402 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill haze dark bronze, with lumpy, stiff french vanilla-white meringue head that leaves chunky speckled sheets.
Stupendous floral, orange, caramel, skunk, lemon Italian ice, fresh hop nose.
Soft toffee up front with big lemon sorbet, spruce, and sugared grapefruit hops.
Pink grapefruit juice finish and pithy linger.
Lt-med, round, slight cling, creamy.

Malt sweetness evidences as straight sugar, which pulls off the trick of the malts being minimal yet balancing. And then comes lots of bright, juicy pale citrus - lemon and grapefruit. 70+ IBUs are nowhere to be found. So sessionable, even good for rookies.

Stands right up there with Racer 5 as the epitome of C hop goodness.

Repeated tastings find a big whack of resiny dank to finish off each sip. Cuts through palate fatigue against some fairly hoppy yet lesser IPAs. Rapidly become a stand-by. (860 characters)

Photo of JMC_TM
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this great brew poured out of a can at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC

This IPA pours a deep orange color with a thick frothy off white head that leaves great lacing down the side of your glass as you sip away. A grapefruit and pine cone smell dominate the nose with faint hints of orange peel lingering in the background. This beer is definitely hoppy with lots of citrus, but it is well balanced by the caramel malts that come out after the initial hop explosion. Medium-bodied with an abv of 6.8%, this beer could be considered sessionable for Hopheads. (564 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew to start a great night! Checking out Arcade Fire Live tonight!!!

A - A great golden orange color that's slightly murky. Head pours strong like a puffy off-white pillow. Great lacing is left behind, wonderful "tiers"

S - Vary citrus. Delicately hopped, with great aroma. Slight lime and grapefruit smoothed in orange

T - Medium bitterness, silky-smooth. Slight roughness at the back-end of the brew... Mild alcoholic taste too. Very good, almost beer out a can than glass... NAH

M - Smooth carbonation and silky smooth brew

D - Awesome! Slight "wet" taste Leaves you reminiscing about your last sip

A must try! This is one of my favorite brews to bring camping, hiking, and backpacking... Yes, I backpack with beer. Great job SKA on another wonderful brew! Will definitely distribute to friends and family.

Cheers to Saturday! (847 characters)

Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear tapered glass goblet. Best by 8/6/10 stamped on can. Purchased as 6-pack at Skee-Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $8.99.

A: Medium amber hue with prodigious 2-finger beige head with nice retention and several dense lines of lacing

S: Herbal and earthy aromas blend with citrus and floral notes to deliver a delicious hops component. A slight pale malty sweetness lingers in the background.

T: Hops are strong and very bitter with pine, herbal, and woody-earthy hops qualities finished with substantial citrus and floral contributions. Serious hoppiness. Pale malts play a one-dimensional supporting role throughout.

M: Nice coating quality to the feel with solid medium-or-slightly higher body with mid-range carbonation and good earthy, citrus hops aftertaste.

D: An IPA to be reckoned with -- exceptional range of different hops aromas and flavors on a substantial but uncomplicated malt base is a recipe for an exceptional brew. (973 characters)

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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