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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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1,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 1692
Reviews: 687
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 siradmiralnelson


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head when poured. Nice reddish orange color. Good lacing, good retention.

S. Big hop smell. Citrus and Piney hops. Grapefruit. Not much malt smell, definitely dominated by the hops.

T. Nice hit of hops upfront. More of a piney hop taste. Caramel malt ending. Good balance.

M. Medium bodied. Not much carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness.

D. Pretty easy drinking. Good session IPA. Nice hop bitterness, but stil balanced. Got to love the cans.

Serving type: can

09-04-2009 00:12:09 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of resce


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry, bitter, and a slam to the mouth and nose. This is an excellent and very hoppy example of an American IPA. It is able to combine both an excellent aroma and initial taste and then back it up with a sufficient malt body.

Only negative marks or mostly for the drinkability. This is not a drink all night kind of beer and nor should it be. I would not recommend it for those weary of an IPA.

Serving type: can

09-02-2009 20:26:03 | More by resce
Photo of joshuadlight


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and mouth drying out of a green can. One of the darker IPAs out there, nice head on the pour, small retention and lacing. Malt backbone is barely present, and a huge hop bouquet takes over. Puckering for a single IPA, paired decent with some seared pork chops.

Serving type: can

08-29-2009 04:29:13 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in an Imperial pint glass, Raleigh Times, Raleigh, NC

Poured a very nice deep rich amber, not clear, with an off white, thick but light head that had good retention and when it dissolved it left a small thin cap and some very nice lacing.

The aroma was very good, citrus hops perhaps, not much else was noticeable. Very well done.

The taste was really good, not over powering, citrus hop and I think that I got some peach as well. The malted barely can be found, but very much in the background, but provides some needed balance.

Medium body, nice bitter aftertaste, smooth, creamy and rich, but not overly so, and very good drinkability. Overall, this is probably the second best American IPA that I have had, right after Bell's Two Hearted.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 16:28:58 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of jwc215


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill!

Pours orange amber with a creamy, turning rocky, off-white head that leaves plenty of ringed/ sheeted lacing.

The smell is minty/spicy, menthol-like with herbal/resinous, and citric notes. Beautifully hoppy!

The taste is minty with resin/pine with a splash of grapefruit. It is backed/balanced by a sweet caramel maltiness. Pine and a touch of alcohol in the finish, combines with a menthol-like character that leaves a refreshing dryness.

It has a smooth, slightly oily, medium body with mild carbonation.

Nice hop spicing with a caramel backround. Great to see a delicious IPA in a can! If it were available in my area, would certainly purchase!

Thanks again, Bill!

Serving type: can

08-21-2009 17:49:53 | More by jwc215
Photo of rye726


3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours tan with a thin beige head. Nose has subtle malts and some grassy hops. The flavor profile was light and seemed a bit stale. Needed a bit more pop to it. Grainy hops and subtle malts. Body is a bit thin and under carbonated. Decent session beer from Ska.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 04:46:34 | More by rye726
Photo of Vonerichs


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great looking beer. The body is a juicy looking hazy orange with a large billowing head, great retention and lacing to follow.

Fresh scent of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. There's also a light pine resin smell.

Same in the taste, citrus fruits galore. The grapefruit being the most predominant and adding a pleasant bitterness. The finish is caramel sweet malt.

The mouthfeel is creamy, fresh, and juicy. Good carbonation. As it warms it gets a little sticky and sweeter.

Alcohol is not detectable. This is very refreshing and 6.8% abv is shocking to me. But for the high(er) abv that could sneak up on you, this could be very sessionable.

Serving type: can

08-20-2009 00:14:00 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of badbassrandy


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden-tinted light amber with cloud-like tufts of off-white, yellow-tinged head and sticky lacing.

S - Resinous, funky and oily hop aromas burst from the billowing head promising dank, earthy, piny hop spice with just a hint of citrus. Make no mistake, these hop scents foreshadow very bitter flavors of the dark side of the hop continuum and alcohol.

T - Fresh green, oily, piny, resinous, botanical, dank and noticeably bitter hop flavors completely outshine the lovely, bready malt characteristics that do a good job playing "second fiddle" to the hop onslaught. The taste is heavy on the bitter and borderline epic.

M - A great blend of chewiness and slipperiness that does not leave much cloying bitterness or prickles from hops on the tongue. Very dry.

D - For hop lovers, this one is easy to keep quaffing. Before it warms too much it's gone. I like bitter, thankfully, but the bitterness is on the edge of drinkability. The complexity of the hop bouquet kept me coming back.

Serving type: can

08-16-2009 04:28:38 | More by badbassrandy
Photo of ClockworkOrange


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

Thanks to kpruim01 for sending me a few of these. Out of a 12 ounce can and into my standard shaker glass. The IPA appears a clear golden copper color akin to pale dry ginger ale. The glass is topped off with around two fingers of bone white head. A moderate lacing clings to the inside of my glass with each sip. Aromas and flavors consist of resinous pine, bitter grapefruit peel with slightly less pronounced citrus notes, mainly lemon rind then a bit of orange peel, white grapefruit juice, just enough caramelized malt to barely cut some of the bitterness, some nicely toasted bread, very fresh tasting. Rather smooth and approaching full bodied for an IPA, and amply carbonated as well. Really nice stuff!

Serving type: can

08-16-2009 04:03:17 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of hopredhead24


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep orange, amber color with thick foam head and good lacing.

S- Hope it tastes as good as it smells! Plenty of citrus grapefruit and floral hops, along with some hints of pine.

T- Initial bitter bite that molds into a rush of grapefruit and pine with a sweet, caramel finish.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish with not much aftertaste.

D- Nice drinkability with the cool and refreshing factor that I love about good IPAs. Wish I could find this one around here...very tasty!

Serving type: can

08-16-2009 03:33:39 | More by hopredhead24
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a good-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a great blend of strong floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a nice strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is followed by sweet flavors of citrus fruits and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and is exactly where it should be for the style. The hops bitterness fades just enough to allow the other flavors to come into balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great IPA that is worth drinking for an entire evening, the type of beer where if it were available to me, I wouldn't look for anything else as there would be very few beers that would supersede it.

Serving type: can

08-16-2009 01:27:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of littlekidlover


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-11-2009 02:56:32 | More by littlekidlover
Photo of angelmonster


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

Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Body is golden honey in color and translucent. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is big on hops. Lots of pine and citrus coming through, its making my mouth water. Malt is very subtle

Taste is very similar to smell, lots of hops. Very piny, somewhat bitter, like lime. Malt is in the background and there is a sweet honey taste, not sure where that is coming from.

Mouth feel is pretty good. Carbonation is well balanced and body is nice and smooth. Head leaves some creaminess to the body through most of the glass. Bitter after taste is coating my mouth

Drink ability is very good. A very hoppy beer but goes down pretty smooth. Alcohol isnt detected very much at all. One of the best IPA's I've had, this is a very good beer and I'm not even really a fan of very hoppy beers

Serving type: can

08-06-2009 02:49:31 | More by angelmonster
Photo of GbVDave


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear, bright-copper color with a 1/2 finger of eggshell colored foam on top. The head didn't stick around long but left some nice "melty" lace rings in the glass.

S: Piney. Fresh pine sap and cut pine bough. Smells like a cool breeze through a west MI pine forest. As it warms, aromas of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and slightly sweet bready malt begin to emerge.

T: Exactly as above. The flavor of grapefruit is very apparant but it doesn't overshadow the delicious piney-ness that holds court here. It merely adds balance as does the biscuity malt.

M: Slightly thin but nicely oily and resinous. The finish is an exercise in bone-dry, hoppy astringency.

D: I really liked this. I've seen it around the CHI for a few months now and was finally convinced to try it by neubernie who said it was excellent. I just may have found my "go to" canned IPA! No Surly (cans) and no Oskar Blues in the CHI but we got SKA, damnit!

Serving type: can

08-01-2009 13:24:36 | More by GbVDave
Photo of BedetheVenerable


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

Presentation: 12oz green can with cool graphics...no best by date that I saw

Appearance: Hazy dark amber beer with a tight creamy cap which leaves nice sticky, patchy lacing down the pint glass

Smell: Big, FRESH malt and juicy citrus and pine hoppiness...this is quite nicely balanced between malt and hop characteristics...both are quite forward, but neither overpowers the other

Taste: Nice light toasted biscuity malt, sharp fresh resiny hops...the balance suggested in the aroma is present here as well...this is crisp and refreshingly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit slippery

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: This is a very nice balanced American IPA...fresh, resiny, malty, GOOD... (and its in a can!!!) :)

Serving type: can

08-01-2009 05:21:13 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of woodychandler


4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was as if I had a CANopy in my sleeper car on this trip! I was certainly enjoying the fruits of my short visit to CHI, so much so that I called the brewery and found out that they have only been CANning this beer since February 2009. It's label read: "Walk, Kite, Recycle, Hide, Seek, Plant, Recycle, Grow, Shower, HHH, Tube, Recycle."

I got a rocky one-and-a-half fingers of ecru head with great retention from my pour. The nose smelled like a pine forest. Now, we were talkin'! Heck, I'd trade for more of this in a heartbeat. Color was a deep BUPGOO amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a hops bite that put everything else that I had drank thus far on the trip to shame. Oily, resinous, truly piney, yow! The finish was bone-dry. There must have been malt at some point in the brewing process, but you could not prove it by me. Man, was this goood.

Beach/Shore: Hell, no! Take this camping! It screams mountainous pine forest. More, more, more.

Serving type: can

07-31-2009 23:40:38 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Cresant


3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was semi-cloudy and bright cooper. One finger of manilla envelop colored head formed. When opened it sound flat, not much carbonation evident, but a vigorous pour created adequate head which remained throughout. Some lacing remained. The can art reflects the Ska culture.

Smell was piney and earthy. An organic rotting hay aroma.

Taste was grapefruit pith. Caramel sweetness was eclipsed by the hops which left a long lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and had moderate carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-31-2009 14:20:22 | More by Cresant
Photo of paco1029384756


3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with two fingers of sticky, rocky white head.

Scent of caramel, hops, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. A pretty good balance to the scent, but I would like more hoppiness.

Taste of caramel, light hops, and not much else. Even though it is still pretty fresh, I just can't find enough to like this as an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with decent carbonation.

Serving type: can

07-31-2009 01:31:52 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of jsh420


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper orange with a 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smell strong earthy pine and grapefruit hops

taste: well i dont if its because this is the 2nd beer i have had in 3 weeks but this ipa might be the most bitter one i have had

hops is all i get from this one pine and grapefruit - this has west coast style ipa all over it and i love it

mouthfeel is a medium body beer wih good carbonation

drinkability is good but i will only drink one since i dont feel like destroying my taste buds tonight

Serving type: can

07-28-2009 00:00:58 | More by jsh420
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Sam's Wine and Spirits (South Loop), Chicago. Poured into a Hopleaf Bar pint glass.

A: Dark orange/red/brown in color, little cloudy, nice off white fluffy head and killer lacing.

S: Pine resin off the first wiff, mellow citrus as well. Very pungent indeed! Classic.

T: Little bitter on the intake, and a great hop presence throughout the sipping display.

M: Sticky on the palate, chewy, mild carbonation, abv played well.

D: Its the real deal, a true IPA in every fashion. Kudos to the guy who sold me this sixer, and the brewery for making it easy to take home to Buffalo. Highly recommended.

Serving type: can

07-26-2009 23:40:28 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a thick creamy light tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets and is supported by a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a big green dark earthy hop smell.

T- The taste of resin hops are green and earthy with a pine needle hop finish. The finish has a very soft bitterness that increases only slightly as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat which enhances the hops.

D- This beer has a big solid hop flavor with some good depth and they are pretty dark compared to bright citrusy IPAs. The malt was buried underneath but the hops didn't have a big bitterness that needed some balance.

Serving type: can

07-24-2009 19:07:09 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Grabbin2nd


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

From Notes: 7/1/09
Ska Brewing Co.
Modus Hoperandi
American IPA
6.8% Abv.
12oz. can into American Ale (not mine) Pint glass


Appearance= regular pour into glass yields a fat 1 finger head. Deep menacing looking beer. Not black, not brown deep, but a deep orange redish beer. Nice lacing.

Smell= Hops! Yay! Grass, a little citrus. Lovin it!

Taste= Awesome! Excellent hoppy IPA. Almost perfect IPA.

Mouthfeel= Nice slick, thin mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.

Drinkability= High. Quite the hoppy quaffer, yet not over the top. Super enjoyable beer in a can, @ a decent price, it's hard to beat this IPA. Holla!

Serving type: can

07-15-2009 21:10:58 | More by Grabbin2nd
Photo of projectflam86


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bonsreeb85 for the trade!

A- Pours a nice sunset orange color with a thick fluffy white foam that leaves some lacing.

S- Great nose of citrus orange and floral hops. Some nice piney scents as well as a bit of sweetness and pear.

T- Nice rush of bitterness upfront with some light citrus fruits and pine flavors. A well balanced amount of malt sweetness and caramel.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Finishes crisp with no real aftertaste.

D- A great balanced(at least for an IPA) brew. Easily drinkable and the can is pretty sweet as well.

Serving type: can

07-13-2009 05:43:28 | More by projectflam86
Photo of jacobseyb


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=nice clear copper color, one finger off white head

S=notes of pine, definite bitterness, some malty hints on the tail end

T=smell more aggressive than taste, though similar. Hops present piney tastes, with the aftertaste presenting the malts

M=carbonation is light, but tight small bubble feel on the tongue

D=good flavor, enjoyable and not killer amount of alcohol all lead to a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: can

07-09-2009 03:14:10 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of KBomb


3.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a tulip. Dark copper color with large fluffy head. Big hop aroma coming off the top! Smells like the vacuum after you throw out the Christmas tree and clean up all the needles that have fallen into the carpet. As you'd imagine by the smell, taste is super-hoppy. Mostly piney cascade flavor, a hint of grapefruit peel. Very bitter. There isn't much malt background at all. Hops are a little one dimensional and there's a touch of mustiness to it all. Pretty dry finish and slightly heavy. Couldn't see myself pounding these.

Hop maniacs might like this for its insane bitterness. I prefer my IPAs to have a little more nuance to their hop flavor and a little more malt for contrast. I like having craft beer in a can, so I'll consider this to keep in the mix for camping and golfing, but its far from my favorite IPA.

Serving type: can

06-11-2009 16:11:54 | More by KBomb
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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