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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 776
Hads: 2,597
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 244
Gots: 443 | FT: 9
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Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 776 | Hads: 2,597
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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Photo of hwwty4
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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).

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of samie85
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of JLeege
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a creamy thick off-white head. Lots of lace. Distinct Cascade hops aroma, grapefruit and pine. Over the top hoppiness of a DIPA with a medium mouthfeel. Long bitter finish. I loved it, but I favor West Coast DIPAs. Maybe too many IBUs and aggressive Cascade hop profile for the style.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can, best by 5/29/11, to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a very slightly hazy copper/amber color with a HUGE 3 finger fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

S - A nice aroma of orange, grapefruit, mango, and pine hop character. A bit of of sweetness prevelant. Very nice.

T - The beer hits with the resiny oily hop character with flavors found on the nose. The middle of the beer brings the bitterness with melds with a nice crisp malt character. The beer finishes with a fruity hop character to match the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a little carbonation. Very smooth. Good.

D - Yes.

Overall, this is a very good American IPA. I would buy it again without hesitation and strongly recommend it.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: can

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Photo of charlotteBeerMan
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To start, Modus Hoperandi is probably one of my favorite beers served in a can. Poured this guy into a Pisgah Brewing pint glass and could smell the piney citrus/grapefruit right off the bat.

Those citrus pine notes continued once tasted....quite bitter on the finish which I like. This guy is a sipper!

All in all, a great value. 6pack of cans cost $9.99 in Charlotte, NC.

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Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased from Sam's in Durham. Best by date is 5/18/10.

A - A deep golden color with great clarity and a moderate, creamy head. It looks perfect. The head stays around quite a while and leaves some great lacing.

S - Loads of citrusy and floral hops with a touch of toasted malt.

T - A great combination of citrusy, piney hops and toasted malt. The bitterness lingers forever. The hops certainly dominate the experience but the malts refuse to give up.

M - A creamy consistency with a low to moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - I really like this beer. It's incredibly fresh and exceptionally flavorful.

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Photo of zoso493
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a very fresh 12 oz. can into a Ruination pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep auburn that lights up to a bright amber when held up to the light. It's not such a hazy IPA, but it's difficult to see throw on account of the darker color. Atop the beer is a thicker two-finger head that leaves loads of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can tell this can is super fresh because of the immensely intense hop aroma. The smell is just a huge presence of piny and citric hops. I think this is probably one of the pinier IPA's I've smelled, and I'm enjoying it greatly. There is a nice caramel malt background present as well, but the hops are without a doubt the main character in the scent.

Taste: Again, the hops come in full force in the taste. If you're not a hophead, I wouldn't recommend trying Modus Hoperandi - but if you are, this brew is a delight. I've gone back and forth between giving this a 4 or a 4.5 in the taste, but ultimately had to give it a 4.5 because of the wonderfully thick and chewy hop presence in the taste. The caramel malts are not all forgotten, though, and provide a nice undercurrent to (slightly) balance the hops. Make no mistake, though, this is a hopcentric IPA, just as God intended them to be.

Mouthfeel: Modus Hoperandi is somewhere in between an IPA and a DIPA for me in terms of mouthfeel. It's a bit on the thicker side and all those hops give it a big, chewy feel. The aftertaste is particularly extended, but in the case I'll savor it, because it's quite pleasant.

Drinkability: This is a very nice drinking beer, especially at almost 7% ABV, but I'm not sure if I could drink too many of these because of the strength of the flavor.

Overall, this is very impressive IPA and was a pleasant surprise to me. I'm glad I picked up a sixer because, for a hophead, this is a very enjoyable beer. This is one is very under the radar but is absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of jonesy613
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange with a thick creamy head that slowly fades to leave nice lacing throughout the glass.

Hoppy, dank, piney smells all hit the nose with no remorse. This one is definitely for hopheads.

The taste follows the smell on this one. Sharp piney bite with a bitter grapefruit quality as well. Thanks for the hops! There are malty qualities to this, but I cannot note anything specific... I'm just loving the sharp hop taste.

Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent. Finishes dry and crisp.

This is drinkable, but it has the potential to be a palate wrecker. Few things will be able to follow the hops in this, so schedule your drinking accordingly.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence; medium amber with a light to little head.
Smell; a large citrus/ piney nose, balanced with a malty background.
Taste; expecting some big bursting taste with that nose, but hit's with a medium punch, and finishes with lingering hop's, almost drying out your mouth.
Mouthfeel; a very balanced and tasty brew, reminds me of the better NorCal IPA's.
Drinkability; I would love to go into every detail about this beer, but really can't, I have nothing more to say but that it's just a solid beer that taste great. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of moz9
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz can into a DFH signature snifter.

Nice amber color, a little darker than a typical IPA, but very nice.

Smell is of citrus, hops with a piney finish. Not an overpowering nose, but very pleasant.

Taste is well balanced, with a nice finish. It doesn't have a lingering aftertaste, although you definitely taste the hops all the way through. The bitterness is just about perfect, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is light. The overall drinkability of this beer is great. In terms of a "session" IPA I would highly recommend this. The fact that it comes in a can certainly doesn't hurt.

Top Notch!

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.