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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,050 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,050
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 TheManiacalOne
4.93/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

nickfl, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

Kegatron, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

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

russpowell, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

MasterSki, May 14, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Modus Hoperandi, Ska Brewing Company

Hazy, deep orange, nearly crimson, smallish white head.

Grapefruit, pine, and citrus pith in the nose, not too loud, but perky and delightful.

Taste: citrus zest blasts the palate, mixed well with caramel malt, sweetness up against bitter. Delicious. Mildish mouthfeel, cool and even, but with never-ending bitterness hanging in there, riding right along. Bright fruit, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bumps up against tasty malt.
Great balance. Nice.

feloniousmonk, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is amber and clear with a big head and mod carb.

Super pine aroma. Nice.

Medium body, chewy hops, nice bitterness. Wow, I am impressed. This is probably the best IPA from a can I've ever had. Its definitely of the piny variety but simcoe is a good hop too. Well done ska.

drabmuh, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

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!

StonedTrippin, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

jlindros, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Rifugium, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

oline73, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is full of pine and grapefruit, with some nice sweet biscuit malt notes also thrown in. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of big, resinous pine notes and a medium amount of bitterness. There is also some orange citrus in there, but it hides behind the pine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA.

Mora2000, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mendvicdog, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev 0%

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!

jwc215, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -3.1%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%

Bottled February 2009; Sampled June 2009
A soft'ish pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that has some staying power to it. The beer is a dark copper, amber color that shows an almost clear, full copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a herbal and citrus note to it, though it doesn't jump out of the glass. Notes of Meyer lemon, a touch of lychee as well as some grapefruit zest notes seem to be drowned out at times by a dusty, cracker like malt note. The aroma is not bad, but it certainly isn't remotely brash like a decent IPA should be.

The beer is fairly dry, but does have some malt body to it that makes it cling to the palate just a bit. Herbal and menthol hop notes define the up front flavors and there is a biting bitterness here as well. The citrus hop notes take a distant backseat, but provide some just noticeable orange flavors. The malt character here is defined by the crystal malt which contributes a touch of toffee, some caramelized grain character and some biscuit like grain notes.

In many ways this seems a bit like a mildly hop focused Amber Ale, it does have a biting bitterness to it, but other than that the hop character is severely lacking.

Gueuzedude, May 31, 2009
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

MarkyMOD, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.1%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

12 oz. can at the FBC,

A: Pours a medium orange with a solid white head, good lace.

S: Nice aroma, some tropical fruit - I definitely get notes of pineapple and grapefruit.

T: This has a fair amount of malt to it, but the strong pine needle, mint and grapefruit shine through in the end. Fantastic overall IPA flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, doesn't have a flabby carbonation as a lot of canned beers I've found have. Crisp and resiny.

D: If my train in Flagstaff hadn't been delayed I never would have gotten to try this wonderful IPA. A great first impression from Ska.

Halcyondays, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2" head that lasts. Some spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: grapefruit, hint of pine, and some soft fruity sweetness.

Taste: bready malt character, caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, soft pine, red apples, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness and citrus.

Drinkability: easy to consume IPA. Nicely refreshing too. Definite sessionable IPA.

Gavage, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%

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+

kojevergas, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +9%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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!

oriolesfan4, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

InspectorBob, Oct 30, 2011
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,050 ratings.