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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,051 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,051
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 200
Gots: 220 | 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:
65 IBU

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

Sammy, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.1%

t0rin0, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -14%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

djrn2, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

metter98, May 27, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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!

BuckeyeNation, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

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

BEERchitect, Jan 07, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

mikesgroove, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

GRG1313, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

kylehay2004, Oct 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

jaydoc, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

oberon, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

TMoney2591, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

zeff80, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

biboergosum, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

JAHMUR, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

SocalKicks, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Jason, May 10, 2012
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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.