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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,842 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,842
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 184
Gots: 149 | FT: 7
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-16-2010 00:36:04 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-27-2013 14:58:43 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 16:05:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15%

08-16-2012 22:42:21 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: can

10-25-2010 22:27:17 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 12:58:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 01:28:34 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-03-2010 22:36:35 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

10-15-2013 17:04:53 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Serving type: can

01-07-2010 03:07:00 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15%

08-16-2012 23:02:34 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-05-2011 22:37:44 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-20-2013 22:08:02 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-13-2013 20:58:47 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-03-2012 05:14:03 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 21:14:25 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-25-2012 03:27:38 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-14-2010 23:33:12 | More by TMoney2591
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -9%

03-13-2014 20:52:15 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-23-2012 11:57:41 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-02-2009 01:38:10 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 00:43:39 | More by biboergosum
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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

10-25-2012 03:28:09 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 14:43:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,842 ratings.