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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 766
Hads: 2,536
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 235
Gots: 411 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

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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Photo of krbrevard
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - gorgeous dark copper, about an inch of head poured into a wine glass from a can
S - glass smells of citrus (orange peel, mango, grapefruit) and flowery pine, can smells incredible after the pour with lingering floral notes. Getting it over an arms length away.
T - medium body.. small bitterness with the malt up front. Good balance with hop residual in the back. Not overpowered whatsoever - good malt presence with good balance.
M - bubbly and warm. Thins out a bit near the end.
O - this is solid. Hands down one of the best IPAs I've had...

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice half inch head-lacing sticks around the rim nicely.

Smell is grapefruit, orange zest and muted malts.

Taste is dry bitter grapefruit rind-slight sweet malts but the hope are winning.

Good mouthfeel-goes down easy.

Not a bad beer by any means. I would have again but wouldn't neccessary weak out. A bit thin and on dementional.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber color. Aroma of pine and hops. Taste has a lsome pine, citrus, hopss, and a little funk. A relatively nice feel but nothing special. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12OZ can; fresh; pours a murky orange-brown color, with a beautiful, frothy, light-yellowish head; decent amount of citrus in aroma; very sparky flavor, with lots of pop, and a lingering bitterness. I really like this beer, as it has tons of flavor, yet, near the end of it, I start to feel the bitterness is perhaps a little too much. Still, this is an IPA I would be happy to drink just about anytime.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange-Amber color. 1 finger of white fluffy head.

Aroma is of concentrated pine, resin, and hop florelness.

Taste starts with a little citrus and bitter red cherry juice. This is very brief and transitions into a harsh pine slap. Big resinous beer. The finale is bitterness. This bitterness finishes into the aftertaste. This bitterness lingers and coats the palate.

Overall, this is not my type of beer. I love IPA's, but I prefer the more citrusy IPA's. This is both harsh and one noted: pine and bitterness. I would pair this with sweet chile glazed fried coconut crusted shrimp. It gets a 81.5/100.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a short white head. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Taste is piney with a minor level of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A nice bubble show creates a frothy two inches of foam atop the hazy amber liquid; spots of lacing hang around

Smell: Dank and resinous with pine dominant and slight citrus element

Taste: Piney, up front, with just a hint of grapefruit underneath; the caramel malts buttress the hops, in the middle, as the beer grows ever more bitter and resinous; slightly sweet and sticky, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of those beers that I would have rated higher a few years ago but it now feels like an IPA from the past; the hops whack you over the head but lack the fruity subtleties of some of the newer varieties I have grown to love

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into Modus Hoperandi glass. Pours an almost amber in color with a thin white head with great sticky lacing. Average hop aroma. The taste has great dankness with citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is well balanced.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance had a glossy amber color with a slim finger's worth of white head that dissipated immediately. Lacing is few and far between.
The smell was sweet to earthy to slightly citrusy hops.
The taste copied the smell and had a slight caramel sweet aftertaste. There's a semi-dry finish.
The mouthfeel had a medium bodied feel with a decent carbonation to it.
Overall, its a good AIPA with a nice caramel backbone to it. I'd have it again.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good viscuous look in the glass with a mellow yet spritzy carbonation leaving a decent head and lace.
Piney resin nose with fruit and caramel
Juicy mouth; very mellow alcohol and a citrus finish with mellow bitterness.

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - medium Amber, Little bit of head that dissipated quickly
S - earthy dank hops
T - nice balance, malt then hops
F - great coating, better when warm
O - very nice well rounded IPA

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Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/29/15, 12oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear deep copper color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top, a bit of lacing left behind

S- piney and earthy hop, mint, sweet caramel malt

T- big blast of piney & grassy hops up front, supported by some juicy citrus notes. Underlying caramel biscuit malt kicks in mid-palate, before finishing with citrus rind & leafy hop

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- nice and juicy hop finish with high drinkability, very good

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Photo of Dikfour
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy amber in color. Inch and a half of creamy white head has some sticking power. Settles to a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Thick heavy lacing.

Smell: Earthy and Forest-y. Lots of pine.

Taste: Extremely well balanced. Big dank citrusy hops is paired brilliantly with a toasted, almost chocolatey malt.

Feel: Medium body with a nice semi dry finish. Kinda oily.

Overall: Not out of this world complex but hits all the tent posts for a good American IPA and has some nice, interesting, unexpected qualities. I love constantly trying bad beer after bad beer because eventually something like this comes around and knocks your pants off when you weren't necessarily expecting it.

Try this beer already

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Photo of mdagnew
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml can bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy juicy fruits (apricots, limes, oranges), piney / grassy hops, nice caramel and biscuity malt sweetness, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, nice caramel malty sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), light medicinal hints, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite smooth with just a little sharpness coming through... Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superbly quaffable IPA - this could easily become my goto IPA... highly recommended...

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Photo of Mschury
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer delivers a piney IPA for a price that won't break your bank. I bought a six pack of cans and was impressed with the taste and feels of this beer . Well done.

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Photo of diablo14
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rock solid IPA for the money, MH isn't a heavy hitter like others in the style, but that's part of its appeal.

Lovely copper/amber color with a generous head, the nose is quiet, consisting mainly of piney hops. The taste offers much more, a good backbone of malt and citrus, with a firm yet lingering hop finish. Has a slightly resinous body, but not enough to make it a one and done type of beer. Very smooth.

Overall, Ska's most consistent and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Amber body with a two finger off white head. Great head retention and a lot of sticky lacing as take several sips.
S- All I get is hops, hops and more hops! Just a fantastic invasion of piney, fruity and citrus aroma as I take each sip.
T- now this is what I love, relatively low hop bitterness but a massive amount of hop flavors. Primarily sticky pine, grapefruit and peppery bitterness (in a wonderfully subtle way.) It's malt base only comes through slightly in the end to balance out the hop bitterness.
F-Medium-light body, slightly sticky lingering bitterness.
O- The IPA that got me into the style. I first had it fresh of the canning line before they topped the can on a brewery tour in Durango. In my top 5, maybe 3 CO IPA's!

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty tasty and much lighter than I expected. It has a nice balance between the hops and the malt backbone.

Would purchase and drink again.

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Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 ounce can, this beer is a deep Amber with a white head, thick and stable. The aroma is a mix of fruit and hops..herbal and spicey. The flavor is balanced. Nice lingering bitterness.

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Photo of WVU
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this gem on tap at Great Northern in Denver last weekend.
Hop heads seek this out! Smooth complex IPA that leaves you looking for another.
At only 6.8%, you can easily polish off several.

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Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355ml (12 US fl.oz) can served into a tulip glass

Look: Much darker than I expected, for some reason - a rich, dark coppery amber with a couple of fingers worth of off-white head. Good lacing left behind and decent enough head retention despite being served a bit 'warm'.

Smell: Blimey - this is a bit of a hop-bomb and no mistake. It's all there: pineapple, passion-fruit, assorted other citrus and monstrous amounts of pine resin. There's a good balance though, and even given the sheer number of American IPAs this one definitely stands out as a sinus-clearer.

Taste: Much like it smells - hops-aplenty and that's not necessarily a bad thing. There are tentative hints of maltiness in there, but really it's the hops that do it for me and the balance between fruitiness and bitterness is pretty much bang on the money.

Feel: Smooth, dry and bitter - big head notwithstanding, this isn't a carbonation monster, although the slight fizziness gives the hoppiness an additional bit of bite.

Overall: Absolutely top notch - Ska Brewing are relatively new in the UK, but on the strength of this I'd like to see more of thier stuff especially as the market for highly-hopped beers is viable (look at the likes of Siren for proof). As American IPAs go this one is up there amongst my favourites and is a strong contender for the best, certainly the most refreshing, beer I've had this year. Want a hop fix? This will do you.

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Photo of bigsteve45
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Transparent amber with thick one finger creamy head.
Smell: The smell draws you in big time. Pine, Citrus, Malty/Hoppy goodness. Smells well Balanced.
Taste: Taste follows the nose. Super smooth. Sweet with the perfect amount of bitterness. Malty bready backbone really balanced the whole beer out.
Feel: Smooth, Slightly oily. Lower carbonation. Carbonation is at the perfect place.
Overall: Was REALLY impressed by this beer. It is so well balanced and I believe that its a highly underated beer. Should be a Beer Advocate top 250.

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Photo of Eagleyes
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass with very little head. Color is a red amber and the smell is not very prominent. Taste is citrus and light, feel is very smooth and drinkable. For a 6.8% this is very drinkable and good. I could drink several of these with ease.

Best by 4/8/15

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Photo of gungopea
3.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge head with significant lacing. Rich amber color. Rather silky feel; oils are present. Pine, ginger, and a faint hint at sweetness underneath it all. Good alcohol balance - an easy drink. Not super awesome, but a well balanced representation. Enough malt to round it out.

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Photo of SourPat91
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it on draft. It was decent, but after two there was no way I'd be able to finish a third. It was just too average, a very middle of the line type of IPA. Nothing that left me saying, "oh I can't wait to have that again".

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.