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Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-03-2009

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Photo of thatsright
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a medium head, short retention

Smells and tastes very much like bitter hoppy grapefruit. Slightly sweet malt, with a clean hoppy bite at the end. My only complaint is that while the resiny citrus taste is bold, it doesn't for me unfold with depth and complexity. Still, the hops- somewhere in the Simcoe-chinook vein- is in your face good

Body and mouthfeel is middle of the road, which seems appropriate for an American IPA

This is an exceptional IPA- very drinkable

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My nephew took me on a beer run and told me to pick out something and before i could say 'modus hoperandi' he had a six pack of this gem in his hand. I said 'i'll take that, too.' Poured aggressively in a Duvel tulip. A - 4 inch frothy head forms, then when that recedes some nice lacing drapes the curvature of the glass. S - A cross between Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale and Bell's Two Hearted. T - Same as smell with an intense oily hop bitterness. M - Just the right carbonation. D - A real crowd pleaser.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date: 9/8/10

Pours into a pint glass transparent orange with a thick frothy head. Good lacing all the way down the glass. The scent isn't too terribly strong to me because of allergy season. The taste has a slight hop bite, with floral and grassy notes. It's not bad, it's just not great. Making this a decent session beer, but I've had better session quality AIPA's.

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Photo of abrand
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Best by date of 7.13.2010.

The Modus IPA pours an amber almost copper color with a very frothy off white head and lots of retention on the glass. Very good start with this pour. Aromas are sweet hops, citrus fruits, and some caramel. The quaff is much like the nose with a very well balanced combination of bitter hops and oranges. Other flavors that pop out include pines and malts. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied. Drinkability is great. A very sessionable brew with a decently high ABV that is well hidden. Great stuff from a new brewery to me.

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

Fantastic beer that I was thrilled to enjoy last night. Never really saw how good this one was before, Served from a can and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/03/2010.

Great pour as the orange tinted amber came out of the can and splashed and poured a huge three inch head of white foam that stuck to the side with incredible lacing and a formidable amount of foam. Tons of carbonation was streaming up to the surface throughout the session. Aroma was grapefruit and pineapple heaven. Not piercing bitter, rather totally sweet and fruity and mellow. Wonderful balance of aroma and completely fresh. Really well done. Each sip followed suit as the hops were dripping with freshness and ripe citrus flavor. Touches of sweetness balancing it out nicely as even in the final sips I was pickin up hints of buttery and biscuit like notes before a rich and dry grapefruit finish sealed the deal.

Overall one the best sessionable IPA;s I have had in a long, long time. And probably the best I have ever had out of a can. Blown away by this one.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint

Pours a deep orange with a hazy body and a small, yellow infused cap. Spider web lacing inside the glass.

The aroma is of pithy grapefruit and pine needles. Not overly assertive, more playful than anything. Lightly toasted biscuits lay low and allow the hops to stand tall.

Citrus peel hits you first with caramel malt close behind. The caramel brings some sweetness to the plate while the grapefruit and orange peel bring a hearty dose of bitterness.

The body is medium with ruby red grapefruit bitterness in the finish. A good balance and very tasty.

There is enough balance in this to make it a pretty drinkable IPA while still delivering a strong bitter bite. This was a joy to drink.

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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 Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can, best by 09/15/10, served into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours out a dark amber that glows with light because it has sterling clarity. Perfectly translucent (there must be hop extract involved in the brewing of this beer). The head was 2 fingers of tight, bumpy terrain. Gorgeous lacing. This is magazine cover quality.

Dank-ass hops permeate the nose at all times, even upon the immediate opening of the can. Deep pine, some musty pollen and a touch of marijuana make for a lovely dankness. There is some sweet caramel sweetness present but you're mostly thinking about how bitter this should taste. This is pretty much one-note, but what a lovely note it is.

The bitterness strikes first. Its been a long time since I've had an IPA with such flat-out bitterness and guess what? I LIKE IT. Lots of floral and vegetal flavors develop as the beer sits on your tongue. There is a mysterious lack of citrus until the very end, when the garden taste gives way to the subtle, fleeting flavors of tangerine and lemon. The finish is all pine and bitterness.

Refreshing bitterness! The mouthfeel is nearly medium-bodied. It is pretty light but the active carbonation thickens things up a wee bit. It feels like the best of both worlds when it comes to IPA mouthfeel preferences. I just typed that because some people like their double IPAs on the thick side. ... I just compared Modus Hoperandi to a double IPA, didn't I? Well, that's how much hop flavor is packed into this single IPA. Tons of flavor, yet very easily drinkable.

I'm pretty damn impressed with this offering from Ska Brewing. I like Modus Hoperandi more than other well-regarded canned IPAs like Caldera IPA or Surly Furious. I'd love to bring this dankfest along with me fishing sometime.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer is a super dark orange that is slightly clear. The head is off white, pretty light looking. It rises about a finger is gone quickly leaving a very thin head. Lacing is pretty good.

The aroma is strong and complex. It starts off with a little citrus in the grapefruit variety then it finishes a very strong fresh hoppiness. Bitterness is there buts its more of dry hopped fresh in your hand hoppiness.

The taste is super hoppy, almost a little to bitter for my liking, plus it dominates from start to finish with little complexity. There is some definite pine.

The feel is a little watery, but has a very dry bitter finish.

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Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool looking can courtesy of abrand, thanks again!

Best by 7/13/10, so this should be pretty fresh.

Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are quite nice. Some hard candies, a hint of pine, and sweet citrus, kind of like oranges.

Taste is pretty hoppy and bitter. Starts out with some crispness, a mineral like hop bite, and some undertones of creamy malts. Finish has another blast of hops, pine, and a general aspirin like bitterness. Pretty dry too.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth, and full, but not heavy.

Drinkability is up there for me. This is my kind of IPA, lots of bitter hops flavors, but not too much so, and not overly high in ABV. I could easily drink a handful of these, very good stuff. Wish it was available to me locally, this would be a staple in my backpack over the summer.

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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 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 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 spointon
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz can into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a hazed orange color with a 3/4" sudsy white head that dropped to a broken skim failry quickly. Lots of clingy web lace left on my glass.

S= Hop forward in the nose, even for an IPA. Lots of pine and citrus hop character and some hoppy dankness all present. Slight alcohol and a hint of malt/caramel.

T= Slight malt base offered a bit of caramel here and ther but this was mostly a hop explosion. Resiny pine hop character was greater than the citrus component but bot were present. A leafy, earthy hop flavor in there too. Base bitterness was substantial but not scraping-my-teeth bitter. Not a lot in the way of fruity esters came through the hop onslaught. Some alcohol in the dry finish but nothing offensive.

MF= Medium bodied with a fairly soft carbonation that was right in the zone for this style.

D= A well made IPA that certainly delivers on the hop bitterness and provides the kind of hop flavor that the piney-hop lovers will appreciate.

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Photo of omahawk
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - it's a hazy, amber with a decent head.
S - Terrific hops aroma - citrus and pine.
T - Perfect balance of mild malt, hop bitterness, hop flavor / aroma. Most beers with this much flavor have alot of malt backbone as well, and for me seems a little "extreme". This beer has it just right, I could definitely crack open another.
D - Per the taste comments above, this is very drinkable for a heavily hopped beer.

Modus in cans is as good as it gets.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with best by date 7/05/10. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is hazy amber with slightly off-white head that stands up two inches or so. Nose is leafy hoppy citrusy and some candied hop notes. Palate is sharp and aggressively bitter and defined. Finish is short and with lots of leafy notes.

Notes: An awesomely hoppy, bitter and highly sessionable, if slightly extreme, IPA. Can is a bonus for portability.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce green can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light amber color with a OK amount of head that left a little lacing.

Smell: Very nice fruity hop smell with more of a citrus but with a little berry as well.

Taste: This is quite bitter with some of the fruity flavors. It would be nice if there was maybe a little more of the fruity hop flavor.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Hazy copper orange, topped with a loose and soapy looking one inch head that washes away into bits of bubbly head clinging around the sides of the glass. Lacing good

S; Loads of hops, earthy hops dominate but citrus flavors are not far behind. A great balance struck between over-the-top hoppiness and sweet, biscuity malt.

t/MF: Thick, resiny hop oils, pine, pine nuts, light biscuity maltiness. This beer promises hops and does not disappoint. Finish is pine mixed with a bit of apricot. Feel is softly carbonated, light enough to not be sticky and without an oppressive dryness.

D: Interesting beer from Ska, never was really wild about any of their offerings until I came across their pale ale and figured that their IPA could only be better and it certainly did not disappoint.

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Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Ska Brewing

A: Slightly cloud amber color with an inch thick head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Head retention isnt great. Some rising carbonation

S: Light herbal hoppy note, with hints of pininess and citrus. Also present is a flowery hop note. Behind that there is some nice caramel flavors, definitely more on the balanced side

T: Probably slightly past its peak hoppiness but still very tasty. The hops are very floral and grassy with light bits of pine and citrus. Also present is quite a bit of caramel to balance out the hops

M: Slightly rough around the edges but there is a good amount of body and no heat

D: I think a could put down quite a few of these and it would be quite enjoyable and I look forward to trying more from this brewery

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll give SKA bonus points for this beer. Very clever.

My ale poured a big two fingered head of amber, fine foam that exhibited nice lacing throughout this drinking session. The color was a nice tea colored golden brown with moderate clarity.

The aroma is of piney resinous hops. I'm not sure what else is there as the hop aroma was so robust that it burned out my olfactory senses!

This beer is not for anyone that isn't in love with hops. There is a very intense resinous hop flavor with a nice sweet malt background, but not much else in the way of depth of flavor. But who cares! If you love hops, this ale with satisfy your craving for sure.

Drinkability is average unless you want to burn out your taste buds on bitter hops. Still, a respectable IPA. I'd enjoy another if I had one.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amber copper pour with medium creamy white head and nice lacing. Steady carbonation. Looks good. Refreshing smell. Reminiscent of a classic West coast IPA with its raw, gritty hop character. Very fresh and inviting. The nose brings more citrus up front than anything aside from the green grassy goodness. Pine settles in behind it along with a touch of caramel. Taste has the pine coming through more quickly. Still raw, gritty, fresh hop flavors abound. I'd say it's on the bitter side for sure but well restrained all the same. Nice and crisp, lightly dry bitterness in the end that only suckers you in for more. Pretty mouth watering if I do say so myself. The ESB has always been solid in my book, this one does it more than justice. Don't overlook these guys.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Petrol Station. Amazingly, this looks identical to the Saint Arnolds Spring Bock I finished directly before ordering this, clear copper with a thin head. Actually this IPA has more lacing, other than that it looks really similar. The aroma is NICE, so strong with various hops notes that I'd take this for a DIPA. My nose reports pine resin, all kinds of citrus fruit (mainly grapefruit but also orange and/or apricots), maybe some grassiness too. All of this comes through in the taste, along with a strong malt base, enough sweet caramel counterplay to again make a case for this being a DIPA. The bitterness in the aftertaste is lower than that point which I'd consider objectionable, just excellent flavor all the way through. This is easily my favorite from Ska, I'll make a point of picking up bottles or cans when I see them.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly dark amber color with a finger+ of off-white head. The head dissipated to a little less than a finger after several minutes - so decent retention. Lots of sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Smells like a good IPA should, IMHO. A nice mix of pine and grapefruit hops meet the nose. A nice mix of floral and earthy.

T: Lots of bitter hops throughout each sip sit on top of a slightly sweet malt backbone. A fair amount of pine mixes with some bread and just a touch of lemon and orange. Lacks the complexity and balance of a great IPA, but a respectable flavor nonetheless.

M: Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D: A decent IPA. It probably wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't mind having it again. The flavor could use a little more sweetness to balance out the grainy malt and bitter hops.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Okay, this one pours up a medium shade of amber in color, which I wasn't expecting it to be this dark. This is a good sign for me and my tastes. A two-fingered head of fluffy, eggshell colored, foam sits on top. The retention is great and the lacing is thick and sticky.

Loads of crisp, fresh, hops dominate the nose. Bold pine scent hits me first but is quickly overpowered by yellow grapefruit and a ton of other citrus notes. Orange and lemon are also standouts, and I get hints of mango and even a touch of peach. There is a very light hint of caramel malt, but I had to look for it.

The caramel malts are a touch more obvious in the taste. They reach out to your tastebuds first, then get pummeled by the hops attacking. They do remain throughout the glass, but they are way down at the base of the flavors. Hops are the shining star of this brew. They follow the same characteristics that they had in the nose. Big pine and citrus notes weave in and out, saying 'look at me!'. A nice, medium level of bitterness.

This is medium, almost full, bodied. It's much thicker than expected, for the style. It goes down nicely though, with a light touch of creaminess.

All-in-all, this is a fairly good american IPA. Smooth enough to drink several, yet bitter enough to keep a hophead interested.
Well done, Ska. Pick it up, pick it up!

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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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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.