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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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1,880 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,880
Reviews: 703
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 189
Gots: 161 | 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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Serving type: can

10-03-2012 23:58:11 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 16:09:44 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit pith hops over a very light caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A very nice hop forward west coast IPA that is easy to drink. Enjoyable with well hidden alcohol. Been a long time since I had this one and it was nice to re-visit it (it was also quite fresh).

Serving type: can

05-23-2014 02:45:25 | More by dbrauneis
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Zorro

California

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

Chill hazed orange colored ale with a smallish tan colored head.

From the moment you pop this one open the hops hit you. Citrus, pine, eucalyptus, pineapple and onion in the scent. Quite a lot of hop funk in this one. Smell wise this is VERY strong for an AIPA.

Starts out strong and very herbal. Lots of citrus and hop funk here including an onion flavor. Little bit woody but this is pretty much a high IBU AIPA that could be a DIPA if the alcohol level was higher.

Mouthfeel is good.

Hard to be objective here, I plain just love this stuff. A great beer if you like really strong AIPAs.

Serving type: can

12-13-2009 22:49:17 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid IPA. Pours amber with a decent head, and some scant lacing. Lovely citrus aromas up front, followed by a hit of pine, and some clean, sweet malt on the back end. Very balanced in the taste, with the citrus and pine playing nicely together, and with some nice herbal flavors up front as well. The finish has a nice lingering bitterness that is well supported by the sweet malt. A nice beer.

Serving type: can

07-31-2012 01:46:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.1%

08-02-2012 14:58:29 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Paramount Cafe in Denver, on to the beer:

Looks copper orange in color with a semi-creamy texture of head on top. The nose is very aggresive with the hops, with a good combination of piney grapefruit and crystal malt, and its hoppy nature continues into the taste. Citrusy flavors of orange, grapefruit, and lemon mix well together. There's is a thin layer of caramel from the malt which provides just a little sweetness. In a city filled with a number of good hop options, Modus Hoperandi can hold its own.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 00:25:00 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Poured aggressivly a very nice slight hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, very slight malt notes, citrus and pines. The taste is a hop bomb, slight malty notes, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice and bitter/hoppy. Very drinkable, this one really surprised the shit out of me, highly recommend, thanks Billy Boy, lol

Serving type: can

05-23-2009 02:12:06 | More by Wasatch
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

05-21-2013 04:55:56 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to emmasdad for this one. Best by 2-9-11 so this must be pretty fresh!

Poured into surly pint.

I crack the can and I instantly smell hops! Craft beer from the can ftw.

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves some lace along the way. Color is a copper hued orange.

Aroma: Lots of pine hops and citrus flavors. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some caramel malt. As it warms a touch, I get some apricot flavors. Pretty solid! Very fresh.

Taste: Fresh pine hops up front. Very earthy. A decent amount of sticky sweet citrus shows as well. Big grapefruit and a bit of pineapple like in the nose. The end finishes with some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but ever so smooth and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin taste. Awesome feel to it.

Overall, this ipa is legit! This is very drinkable and something I would like to see around here. Reminds me a bit of furious with the caramel malts (more of a midwest ipa). I am very happy to have tried this one.

Thanks Dan for an awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:10:24 | More by mothman
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-14-2013 22:22:29 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

Oregon

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

Many thanks to Greg for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a solid coppper amber color with very good head retention and impressive, lingering lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, and is fairly sweet and very perfumy, with almost a rose petal like bitternes coupled with a wheatberry aroma. Very, very nice. Flavors replicate the nose in this surprisingly sweet IPA. This has to be one of the sweeter IPA's I've ever tried, but the hoppy bitterness in the finish counters that sweetness very nicely. Also, the alcohol doesn't come through too much, which enhances this beer's drinkability. Ultimately, I'm really impressed by the spicey, hoppy bitterness on the finish, which keeps the sweetness in check with this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I guess, but the beer finishes well with a fairly crisp and refreshing finish. Drinkability is quite good, despite the level of sweetness I get in this beer.

Interesting stuff, and quite unlike most IPA's I've had on the East and West Coast. Not going to make me trade this in for Sculpin any time soon, but this is a solid IPA.

Serving type: can

05-05-2010 21:56:26 | More by John_M
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

A gracious extra from xpimptastikx. Thanks Michael.

The beer is transparent and copper to orange in color. The aroma is the best aspect of the beer. Fresh, dank hop scents, nice notes of pine. Good flavor as well. Hop forward with a pleasant, lingering bitterness. Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A solid IPA. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 01:59:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15%

11-29-2011 19:34:51 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-17-2012 05:00:25 | More by drewone
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good chestnut pour produced a fluffy white head that chunked up in the middle and laced around the side.
Big aroma and hop taste. Pine and slippery resin, somewhat buttery. Malts are well balanced and keep this IPA from running away. Mellowed out as it warmed and lost some bite. Fairly drinkable, would like to see more citrus in this AIPA. Overall, very good.

Serving type: can

05-03-2009 18:14:03 | More by Mebuzzard
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz can, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange, big and thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles down to a very thick ring, lots of lace chunks stick, looks good. Smell is real nice, tons of C hop, grapefruit and pine, caramel, very juicy, floral, biscuit, clean and malty, real big hoppiness. Taste is nice, tending towards the malty end, biscuit and caramel, light grapefruit and pine, orange peel, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A pretty damn nice IPA, thanks Russ!

Serving type: can

10-13-2009 15:51:31 | More by Viggo
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Falling Rock pub in Denver. From notes.

This is a real gorgeous beer. A real glowing amber red, almost ruby, with hints of orange hues all around the edges. Light off white head presented with a finger. Fast thin rising bubbles with huge sheets of lacing coating in rings while drinking.

Nose is wonderfuly balanced and subtle. Hints of hop citrus zest and light caramel. Very nice airy toast grain and powdered cinnamon. Not a blast but real nice.

Palate hits with a nice light caramel like malt richness. Incredibly chewy brown sugar, with a hop warmth freshness in the mid palate. After taste hits somewhere between herbal tea and citrus orange. Feel is just a good bite of malt density with wonderful chewy grains and bread like character.

Not a hop lovers dream brew, but a fantastic slightly hoppy amber that really delivers, I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 16:01:25 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

Thanks to lnashsig for hooking me up with this one! Received and consumed on the same day!

First off, the can is awesome! Poured into a DFH snifter.

A: Pours a clear ruby/amber color with a very chunky 2 finger head. It slowly dissipates to about 1/2 finger of small bubbles and this lasts for quite some time. Nice chunky lacing down the sides.

S: Extremely floral aroma. There is some nice citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind at the back end. There is a little bit of a toasted aroma, but extremely faint, mostly hops going on here.

T: Nice citrus flavor, with grapefruit predominantly. There is also a little bit of pine that leads way to some smooth caramel malt.

M/D: Leaves a dry sticky finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, very happy with this beer. Extremely drinkable, would have guessed it a little lower abv, which is always good. Glad I have some more of this in the fridge!

Serving type: can

02-25-2011 01:37:13 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This, bar none, is the greatest beer ever placed into a can. Deeelicious.

Looks like your typical good beer. But seriously, I wouldn't even pour this out, drinking it straight out of the can is half the experience. So delicious, piney aromatic hops, but yet, somehow the massive hop quotient is not matched by a similar bitterness quality.

You could drink this beer all day. Maintains consistency throughout the serving size, maintains the deliciousness beer after beer. This beer might as well be called ruination too, because all hoppy beers falter after this bomb drops on your palate.

Serving type: can

12-21-2009 02:04:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-11-2012 02:05:58 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep amber with a 1/4" head. Nose is of citrus hops. Taste is flowers, grapefruit-citrus, and piney hops with a moderate bitterness and mild malts in the finish. This beer light to medium bodied and well carbonated.

This was a nice find. I like a good beer coming in a can. I'll definitely drink this again.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 19:38:49 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%

04-15-2013 05:34:51 | More by Kelp
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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