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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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1,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 1689
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009)
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Photo of a0lbudman


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazey dark gold that has a nice white head that lingers and leaves a heavey lace
S-pine, grapefruit and a slight smoke aroma
T-Deep pine resin taste with a citrus grapefruit background that stays with you til the end
M-Medium body and medium carbonation
O-it has a very hoppy bitterness with a citrus backgound that stays with and fades slowly to a dry crisp finish

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 02:39:55 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for delivering us this beer.

A: Pours a clear and deep amber colour with 2 fingers of bone white head which settles to a thin film with plenty of lacing along the sides of the glass. Small amounts of sediment cover the bottom of the glass.

S: Upfront scents of tropical fruit, floral notes of orange flower water and fresh cut grass which is layered along side of a strong backbone of sweet malts.

T: Initial notes of citrus peels, grapefruit rind and lemon pith, followed by dark sweet malts. Finishes with a hint of vegetativeness that lingers.

M: Medium bodied with fairly active carbonation.

O: A very hop forward brew that will please those looking for citrus based hops. Quite balanced with a solid backbone of malts, but not over complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 21:21:02 | More by FondueVoodoo
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from The Cave, Glasgow (355ml, £3.29):
Bright amber with a nice sized, half centimetre tall head that stays well initially before turnings to a thick looking and solid lacing that is foamy and white looking.

Pine & floral hops with a strong, tropical fruit aroma that consists of some pineapple, peach and mango; all very refreshing. There is some grapefruit and some subdued malts with a slightly sweet and bitter end.

Sweet & tropical fruits to begin with, there is some pine and grapefruit with quite a bit of bitterness. There is some mango and floral flavours with a bit of a kick and some lighter caramel malts.There is also a lot of citrus too.

Medium with a creamy texture with some nice floral notes and plenty of bitterness. The finish is crisp and very dry one yet somehow still seems refreshing.

Great pine and floral hops with some excellent tropical fruit flavours that are strong but not quite overpowering. The bitterness levels are pretty high but the beer remains an easy one to drink and goes down particularly well.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 15:07:17 | More by flyingpig
Photo of GuzzLah


3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly hazy, deep orange with a white head. Nice lace. No bubbles.

S - unusual aroma for the style. The malt note is stronger than the grapefruit/pine hops. Fresh can too. Overall, the aroma is nice, but it reminds me of a cross between a robust ESB and an English IPA more than an American IPA.

T - is similar to the aroma with respect to style. Again, it's more malty than hoppy. It's dry malty, not sweet malty and moderately hoppy. The combination works for me. The flavor was tasty, but quite different from beers normally classified as an American IPA.

O - it wasn't what I expected in terms of style, but it's a well made beer that I enjoyed drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 22:08:22 | More by GuzzLah
Photo of --Dom--


4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 04:47:02 | More by --Dom--
Photo of AmitC


4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. Best by date of 4/7/2013

Color is amber. Some haze and may be very fine suspensions. A good one finger thick off white head with excellent retention. Some very good lacing on the sides. Calm, translucent and with no bubbles.

Aroma is a lot of earthy and weed like hops. A little bit of pine flavor. Grapefruit notes. Strength is good.

Taste has some well balanced bitterness throughout. A nice slight bitter finish. A good amount of grapefruit and other citrus notes. Nice bread like malt.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced yet delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 16:23:55 | More by AmitC
Photo of bmwats


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly quickly leaving a blanket of foam on the surface, and a substantial beer ring. Very spotty lacing.

S: Hoppy pine, with a hint of indistinct sweetness.

T: Subdued hoppy goodness.

M: Full flavor; hoppy, dry finish.

D: Goes down easy, but lends itself to a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice color, decent head, but lacking lacing. Nose is simple but full, and representative of the style. Flavor is hops...enough said. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 04:04:16 | More by bmwats
Photo of parris


3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour from can into small glass

Grassy and citrus aroma

Amber/copper color, very good clarity, Thin head, not much carbonation apparent.

Sweet malt up front, a bit metallic, quickly followed up with grapefruity, hoppy bitterness. The hops really linger.

Medium body, good carbonation, I enjoy the level of carbonation more drunk from the can than glass.

Overall a solid IPA, I'm pretty impressed with how long the hop bitter lingers for.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 22:26:37 | More by parris
Photo of areich6


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 05:07:57 | More by areich6
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gracious extra from xpimptastikx. Thanks Michael.

The beer is transparent and copper to orange in color. The aroma is the best aspect of the beer. Fresh, dank hop scents, nice notes of pine. Good flavor as well. Hop forward with a pleasant, lingering bitterness. Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A solid IPA. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:59:22 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of chicagobeerriot


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pleasant surprise. I'm not generally a huge fan of Ska's beers, but this one is a notable exception. If you like an IPA with a strong malt backbone, this will hit the spot. It has roughly the same flavor profile as Surly Furious and is not a bad substitute if you don't have a Minnesota trading hookup.

Strong but complex hop flavors run the gamut from pineapple and lemon, to spice. All the while, the hop kick is balanced nicely by a sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than usual, but the lively carbonation ensures that all of the hop flavors hit the tongue at the right moment. This is not for those that want a pure pine bomb, but for me this will likely have a recurring space in the fridge. With my attention span, that's high praise.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 23:43:50 | More by chicagobeerriot
Photo of zander4dawin


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, awesome can and cleaver name. Amber colored beer with a fluffy tan colored head. Good nose, sweet and floral. Get more bitterness off the beer than you think for the appearance and nose. Has classic floral notes, pine, and orange peel tastes. Bitterness lingers in back of the throat. Good everyday drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 18:26:12 | More by zander4dawin
Photo of MammothBrew


4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy deep amber/caramel color with an eggshell white head that measures one finger. Sticky lacing and excellent retention!

S: Hoppy, piney, citrusy goodness! Some malt and floral notes in there as well.

T: Hoppy, piney, and grapefruit. Yum.

M: Thinner body with medium carbonation. Pine and grapefruit resin that clings to tongue.

O: I wasn't expecting much from this but turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 12:49:59 | More by MammothBrew
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 21:49:09 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of jnn4v


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color. Much darker than most IPAs. Reminds me a bit of the Green Flash West Coast IPA, but slightly lighter in color. Minor amount of off-white head. No sediment or haze.

S: Grassy, piney scent mostly. Some lemon zest and grapefruit as well. Hints of floral and some resin. Lots of hop overall, though.

T: Very hoppy. Wow! Lots of bitter, resiny piney flavors. Some of the citrus as well, and the floral elements come through only in the after taste. Definitely more of a west-coast IPA style, as the malt is a secondary thought.

M: Good, dense mouthfeel with ample but not overwhelming carbonation. Seems more like a DIPA in a good way. Nicely done.

O: Very solid beer. Perhaps the only west-coast style IPA I've had in a can to-date. Beats out Avery IPA for sure in that competition, and is up there with Green Flash's West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 00:51:13 | More by jnn4v
Photo of climax


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am confused by the graphics on the can.... I like that. Upon cracking and pouring from this anomalous can, it seemed a bit flat, but a quick sip to the lip dis-confirmed my assumption. This one is just a sleeper.

It pours a cloudy amber with a previously stated tame head. The retention around the edge, however, was very good.

Upon approaching my nose to this beer, I was assured it was going to be a hop bomb, excellent. In the can it almost smelled like 7-Up, but that's irrelevant. Poured into a SA perfect pint, it spews with floral and pine notes. Grapefruit and earth don't stagger too far behind.

The flavor is exactly what Ska implies, a Christmas tree hung with fresh grapefruit. Right when it touches the tongue, the citrus flavors explode with sharp lemon and lime flavors. The aggressive white grapefruit tones linger long through the finish.

The medium body is laced with sharp carbonation. The sharpness dies abruptly, leaving the aggressive bitterness to take the helm through the finish. This beer only needs to be sipped, because that's all it takes to get smacked by the flavor. I appreciate that, for it makes me feel like I'm not drinking it as fast (even though I am).

This beer really grabs your taste buds by the pigtails and throws 'em in the back of it's mobbed up hot rod and hits the gas. If your looking for an aggressively citrus and pine IPA that throws balance to the birds, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 22:50:48 | More by climax
Photo of emmasdad


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear dark orange color with a pillowy white head. Somewhat restrained on the nose, but the hoppy aroma is still there. On the palate, there is some sweetness, with a decent amount of hops, yet something is still missing, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:48:54 | More by emmasdad
Photo of antlerwrestler19


4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper/orange color with one finger of frothy cream colored foam. Decent retention as the head slowly dropped to half of its original thickness leaving a nice solid ring of lacing around the glass - the bubbles are rising steadily from the bottom. Smells of a mixture of sweet fruits and resinous pine all balanced out by a subtle caramel hint that's just barely showing through. I'm getting a sweet flavor bump up front overwhelmed by an earthy pine bitterness that takes over the palate at the end (in a very good way) - not a whole lot of malt in the taste. The mouthfeel is very refreshing upfront with a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer then leaves the back of my mouth sticky and wanting another drink - not sure if its the bitterness of the hops or the alcohol that cause a slight burn. I love this beer and drink it quite often just never got around to reviewing. Ska has excellent offerings and I recommend getting a hold of there beers.


Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:47:54 | More by antlerwrestler19
Photo of TheBeerVoyager


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(This is my first review)

The bottle looks pretty cool with it's almost Tarantino-esque label.

It pours a nice amber colour with a rich head - almost too large, but I have a certain love for large heads.

S - Citrus with a touch of something else. Caramel? Lots of hops.

T - As expected, there is a lot of hop in the taste, but there's also a hint of citrus and something sweet. Again, caramel?
Starts of sweet and very fresh and then the taste of hops comes crawling slowly and stays for a rather long while. The hop-hopes (I had to have a bad pun in my first review) that the name and the smell induces are thus fulfilled. However, I've had hoppier beers.

M - Rather rich, but still smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Bitter, but enjoyable.

A great IPA that ranks among my favourites at the moment. I only bought two, but I will definitely buy some more.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 20:46:21 | More by TheBeerVoyager
Photo of erikwibaeus


4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Coppery, amberstyle with light foam.

S - Well balanced. citrus and apples but yet not to much green apples so they must have scored high while brewing..?

T - Hop, hop, hop, hop, all in balance to the pine

M - Nice but dies to soon i think. the real pun in the end is not really there.

D - Perfect beer for most times. Nothing to strugel with, easy to understand but if you are a greenhorn you should aim for something less hopy i guess.

Served on Bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 15:30:34 | More by erikwibaeus
Photo of THECPJ


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: orangish red with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus hops, sweet caramel malts,

taste: bitter, little dry finish, refreshing IPA

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, sticky, crisp

Drinkability: highly drinkable IPA. Leaving me wanting another.


The cpj

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 18:12:32 | More by THECPJ
Photo of bark


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 20:54:48 | More by bark
Photo of Sunnanek


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 20:10:58 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of rarbring


4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is nearly clear copper toned amber, a large fluffy off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smelling of sweetened pressed grape-fruit juice, sunny pine needles. Nice!

Upfront toffee sweetness, then grape-fruit: fresh juice, peel and crushed seeds.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, a smooth texture and big body, a nice lingering dryness.

A canonical welldone AIPA!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 17:04:54 | More by rarbring
Photo of bbeane


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently sent to me as an extra... thanks Dale!

A- Poured into my DFH chalice from can... starts with a nice head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Beer is a nice amber in color with a decent amount of sediment

S- Very grapefruity with a malty sweet aspect in the mix

T- Interesting... despite the hint of malty sweetness in the nose, this one is far from being balanced. Has a nice hoppy flavor, but not in your face hoppy

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

D- Pretty tasty stuff. Easily drank and the can offering is cool. I'm pretty stoked that more of the crafts are getting into canning beers, as it means I no longer have to drink shitty beer on the golf course


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:57:51 | More by bbeane
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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,689 ratings.