Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 756
Hads: 2,483
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 232
Gots: 385 | FT: 7
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Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

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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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden colour, with generous white head, and leaving lace. Some hop aromas. Substantial alpha, hop and carbonation burning was my experience. A good hop flavour, however, and good drinkability (next time on a fuller stomach). Fresh, with above average carbonation. (275 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear orange-brown with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy clumps of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, malt/biscuit, and flowers. Taste is of citrus zest, sweet malt, flowers, with a bit of a soapy taste too. Mild hop bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has good carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the soapy taste is weird. I think I would like to try this one again from a can to see how it compares. My first beer from Ska. (620 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head really on a clear light amber body. Excellent aroma with nice degree of bitterness including earthy, citrus hops and caramel notes. Flavor follows nicely with the citrus hops providing some tartness up front moving to caramel and toffee then finishing with earthy hop bitterness. medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a nice bitter hopped IPA. Fairly complex and doesnt overwhelm. (396 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off whit head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of caramel from the underlying malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink hop-frward IPA and is a good representation of the style. (632 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel copper color with a white head. The nose is some light pine hops with faint hints of citrus. The taste is quite bitter without too much malt, but also does not have all that much hop flavor. Feel is nice with dry bitterness. Other than being bitter--which I always thoroughly enjoy--there isn't too much for me to get exabout about here. (384 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another good ska beer. pours amber colored with some sticky white lace on top. smells like a wet hop brew, really the essence of hops, oily and strong. flavor is a little sweet for me as far as ipa's are concerned, not enough bitter bite going on here, but a nice balance between the sweet malts and the piney hops. mouthfeel is fuller bodied and plenty carbonated. this beer takes on a sappy sort of complexion as it warms. more proof that great beers come in cans too! (470 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It never ceases to amaze me how a great beer can be poured from a can; gets me every time.

A billowing eggshell colored head forms in broad, froathy fashion and holds its structure for some time. Skeletons of lacing left on the glass. Brilliant clarity through a sturdy copper-amber color. This is one pretty beer.

Hop aroma leaps out of the glass with bold citrus rinds, pine resins, and a fresh grass note. Malts hold a deep caramel, almost toffee, character; but the beer is certainly hop dominant in the nose. Flavors still favor the hops but the malts make a far greater impact here than in the nose. Sweet caramels and toffees hold a greater-than-expected sticky sweetness with shortbreads, biscuits, cookie dough, and fruitcake. Estery pineapples, white grapes, and appricots, these are accompanied by hoppy orange and grapefruit zest. Hop bitterness is quite high, allowing for a clean and crisply bitter finish.

A fantastic beer that boarders on Imperial IPA status with the alcohols and residual sweetness. The beer may be a bit better if it were less sweet and a bit drier. But, it's a wonderful beer as it is. Thanks russpowell (1,142 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tropical sunset tangerine with a gorgeous glow when backlit with morning sunshine. A little yeasty haziness would have been nice, but it looks like the beer was filtered. Up top sits a good-sized chunk of pastel orange-ivory foam that is loaded with character. It's also sticky enough to plaster the glass with gobs of lace.

Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops do what C-hops do best... provide a big blast of citrus fruitiness and pine. Pink grapefruit and orange peel dominate. Thankfully, there's a minimal amount of caramel maltiness. This could be a good one.

It tastes like Ska's modus operandi with Modus Hoperandi was to brew a scathingly hoppy, citrus zesty American India pale ale that pays only the scantest attention to the malt side of its personality. They have succeeded. Anyone with a persistent hop itch should find that MH is a more than worthy scratcher. All 70 IBUs are used to great effect.

A (strong) hint of caramel malt isn't enough to take the flavor spotlight away from the hops. Actually, there's enough malt sweetness to smooth the potentially buzz saw-like edges off the alpha acids. Calling the beer balanced is a stretch, but it isn't unbalanced either. White grapefruit pith and bitter orange tantalize the taste buds with each large gulp. A bomber would have been just the ticket.

The mouthfeel just earns the above score. It's at least medium for the style and manages to avoid fading away too quickly on the finish. Well-buried bubbles keep things impressively smooth and borderline silky.

Other than (the great) Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter and (the good) Ten Pin Porter!, I haven't been too impressed with Ska. Until now. Modus Hoperandi is a classic American IPA that does pretty much everything right. It's a sleeper. And a keeper. Drink it fresh! (1,800 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz pint at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver (actually out in Littleton).

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one finger of foamy, mostly creamy beige head, which leaves a speckled wall of fuzzy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of pine resin, orange and grapefruit pith, caramel cream malt, and a further floral bitter hoppiness. The taste is a whole lot more astringent, the fruity hops gaining a certain metallic edge, the malt twisting closer to a bready sort of nature, and an edgy perfume essence arising.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but mostly easygoing, the body medium-light in weight, and teetering in its smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, the perfumed and crackery notes persisting.

A decent enough hop-heavy IPA, even if said hops go off the reservation a bit. The metallic, flinty character might make a huge dent in the overall desire for another, that is if there weren't already so many other options around here. (976 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with orange highlights. It had a three-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of a good deal of pine with citrus notes. It had a burnt toast malt aroma.

T - It had a very sharp burnt toast flavor with a sweet malt backbone. It had a piney, grassy flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very delicious IPA. I loved the pine aroma and flavor. (488 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see Ska come with an IPA and a top notch one at that.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed amber/bronze with a super clingy 1/2 finger white that left rings of lace behind as it never fully settled.Wow resin,resin,and more resin in the nose!That along with grapefruit rind a some caramel,for me its perfect,hence the rating.Flavors dont hit quite as hard as the nose but the hops rule,big pine resin and citrus,the caramel base does hold strong though making for not quite balance but near balance.A great IPA with assertive hops...the way it should be. (571 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours with ones finger of white foam on top of a clear, dark copper body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Pine, onion, and sweaty hops with some toffee in the background.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with pine hops. Some onion and sweat in the middle and a finish of toffe, grapefruit, and moderate bitterness.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Hoppy, well balanced and drinkable. The hop aroma is pungent and while things aren't overly complex, it is a nice example of a malty IPA. (575 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this can!

Finally bustin' into the box I recently received from Paul. This bit o' haul pours a clear sunset amber topped by about a finger of white micro-foam. The nose is a lovely see-saw ride piloted on the one side by some sharp grapefruit and on the other by some lusciously sweet caramel. The taste shows that, as you get closer to the aforementioned playground scene, the grapefruit (who's wearing a Pine jersey) is actually decently fatter than the caramel, but, at the same time, he's nice and laid-back (I've seen some asshole kids who look very similar to this one). They play pretty well together, even if it looks a bit awkward. Ahem. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that doesn't overdo it on the hops and yet doesn't fall victim to over-malting. Good times. (916 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear deep coppery amber, with 2 firm fingers of off-white head. Retains with about a ¼ finger of smooth and creamy froth, leaving some heavy lacing back that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is bit dank and herbal feel in the nose, being punctuated by extra notes of spice and pine. Some tropical fruit character and bready malts give this a backing tang while a floral feel helps pull the flavors together.

The taste is similar, with an overall more earthy feel up front, as bitter citrus and toasted grains try to offer some balance. Resins and spice run wild in the back of the profile, giving the finish a gritty raw hop flavor that is tough to shake. The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the most part but this has a watery softness to it in spots that takes any kind of force away from the flavors. There is some warmth here to the body but it mostly serves to help strengthen that overly bitter finish.

While I appreciate having another IPA out there in cans, this one just didn't work for me. Way to unbalanced with the hops towards the back and the body felt like it was seriously lacking some substance. Considering the majority of the reviews for this, I think that I'm going to have to try a couple more cans of this to see if I missed something. (1,337 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome IPA in a can, this one thanks to dvelcich.

A: It pours into the glass with a large 2+ finger fluffy head that fades semi slowly, even forcing me to stop pouring just before I finish the can. The beer is mostly clear with a reddish orange hue, more red than orange and just a little darker than most IPAs. The head even leaves a slight fluffy lacing on the glass.

N: I could smell it on the pour easily. Lots of nice hops, some spicy hops, a little citrus, some pine, floral and slightly grassy, and even some earthy musty fresh hop resin aromas. Just the slightest hint of malt behind that somewhere in the background.

T: Starts with more fruity hops, some spicy and little fresh musty hop resin and slightly resinous. A slight juicy flavor too, but a little watery and much lighter overall than expected. Pretty much no malt backbone here, just hops. It gets a little astringent with all the crazy spicy and floral hops. There's also some nice pine and citrus. Even the taste is semi dry though.

M: Very light, too light and a little watery, with lower carbonation, seems to have all been lost in the pour I guess.

F: Some spicy hops really linger with lots of resinous musty fresh hops lingering. A strong bitterness and pretty dry. Some more pine lingering as well, and just a hint of citrus and floral hops. It's a pretty good IPA, just needs more body, malts, and touch of sweetness to balance out the heavy bitterness and hops and it would be an A. (1,476 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this down on the Outer Banks in NC, brought one back to MD to review. Hoppy aroma oozes out as you pour it. Nice cloudy copper color, smallish head to it. Good mouthfeel, great balance in this one, of the better I've come across. Huge bitter hop taste but nice malt backbone that finishes clean and smooth. Definitely one of the better IPAs out there, in a can none the less! (383 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A medium sized off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear golden honey colored beer.

A big hops aroma with floral, pine, and citrus all begging for time.

A big pine and floral hops taste with some of a sweet malt tries to work its way in there.

A dry and almost tart aftertaste with some if the citrus hops hanging around on this medium bodied IPA.

Very well done SKA. (385 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my. What the hell is this? I ordered this beer after seeing a can in the cooler that I didn't recognize. What good fortune!

The hop oils on this are so thick that if I immediately wonder if this is wet hopped. Thick resin tones. It's so thick and that I almost want to say that it's too much. But, too much? Who knows about all of that. I like this one though. One of the more unique and interesting beers I have had in a long time. (436 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for sending some my way, cheers Bill! Good looking can!

Pours amber with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Floral & piney hops, plus leafy hops as this warms, plus slight biscuitty malt presence

T: Grapefruit, slight tangerine & pineyness up front. More grapefruit as this warms along an ever so slight pear fruittyness, plus leafy/minty hops too. finishes with slight caramel sweetness & a load of grapefruit, plus a bit of dryness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, starts to get juicy as it warms, lack of malt presence detracts from the balance IMO

This drinks pretty easy & the ABV is well hidden, the hop selection doesn't come together, plus a lack of malt presence detracts a bit to me. Hop heads will disagree. i think I'll their ESB as my favorite can from these guys, but would still happily keep this in the summer rotation if possible (906 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Mayor of Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO

Poured a clear, golden orange with a huge white head that retained through the session and left copious amounts of creamy lace. Best head I've ever seen on an IPA. Smell of pine and citrus hops, mainly. A good-tasting IPA, everything where it should be, with a sweet yet subdued malt base, and a generous amount of pine and citrus hops. Smooth but a little bitter, medium-bodied, and quite drinkable. (457 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aluminum can into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; Ska tends to be underwhelming.

Served cold. Side-poured. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream and thickness, and light white-khaki colour. Retention is good. Decent lacing. Body colour is a clear textbook copper with no visible yeast particles. No bubble show. Par for the style. I like the head.

Sm: Nectary and floral hops. Caramel. Pale malts. Sticky sweet malts. A hoppy appealing aroma of moderate strength.

T: Nectary and floral, with some evident hop bitterness. Caramel and pale malts form the unobtrusive foundation. It's incredibly simple, and the balance isn't quite good. I do like it, but there's little to say about it in light of its simplicity. Lacks subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat refreshing. Standard carbonation. Not as crisp as I'd like. A bit too thick. Generally good for the style, but it's far from custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: A drinkable IPA from Ska. I've had this from the can and it's much better from a glass. ABV is well hidden. I doubt I'd get this again; maybe fresh on draught. A passable IPA with high ratings that I don't understand. Another meh beer from Ska.

C+ (1,322 characters)

Photo of InspectorBob
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into my Duvel tulip, copper/orange color with about two fingers of off white head that faded with minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of citrus, orange/grapefriut. Big on hops with moderate maltiness.

Very smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation which makes this beer very easy to drink.

For me a very drinkable IPA. (329 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixer of this from Binny's - served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly with tons of sticky lacing. Hazed brown-orange color that is a little bit muted (doesn't have that "glow").

S - Huge piney hops with notes of lemony citrus and fresh-cut grass. There's a tiny bit of caramel maltiness, but this is really hop-forward. Pretty potent stuff!

T - Taste is a little more malt-forward with some nice toffee and caramel notes to go with some nice citrus and tropical flavors. The aftertaste is surprisingly light, and there's is only mild hop bitterness at the top of the palate.

M - Refreshing, somewhere between thin and medium-bodied and moderate carbonation that provides a light tingle on the upper lip.

D - This is probably the best value IPA available in Chicago - it was something like $7 for a sixer. Goes down easy and tastes pretty good - and there is nothing to prevent having multiple brews (carbonation, aftertaste, etc.)

This is going to be my new go-to brew for parties and outdoorsy stuff - at least until I get more cans of Furious. (1,105 characters)

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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