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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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2,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,079
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 201
Gots: 229 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Kenai4, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into my Cigar City pint glass. Got this one as part of the BA Bowling winnings.

A: Caramley, deep orange color. The pour creates a quater of fluffy, off white head that leaves some nice lace.

A: Orange, grapefruit, a little caramel, and pine. Nice hoppy brew that is balanced by the sweet malt.

T: Pretty solid here as well. Great balance between the citrus and pine hops and the sweet malt. Same flavors as in the nose. The brew finishes dry and bitter, just as it should.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Tingley and nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is quite nice, the ABV accompanied with the balance of the brew, means I could put away a few of these. Overall, a good example of an IPA, nothing outstanding, just really solid. Would have again. Skal.

Gtreid, Jan 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

drdiesel9483, May 30, 2014
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Hazy copper orange, topped with a loose and soapy looking one inch head that washes away into bits of bubbly head clinging around the sides of the glass. Lacing good

S; Loads of hops, earthy hops dominate but citrus flavors are not far behind. A great balance struck between over-the-top hoppiness and sweet, biscuity malt.

t/MF: Thick, resiny hop oils, pine, pine nuts, light biscuity maltiness. This beer promises hops and does not disappoint. Finish is pine mixed with a bit of apricot. Feel is softly carbonated, light enough to not be sticky and without an oppressive dryness.

D: Interesting beer from Ska, never was really wild about any of their offerings until I came across their pale ale and figured that their IPA could only be better and it certainly did not disappoint.

bluemoonswoon, Mar 05, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

lakersfan16, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JSchock7, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

illini4x4, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of ncvbc
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amber copper pour with medium creamy white head and nice lacing. Steady carbonation. Looks good. Refreshing smell. Reminiscent of a classic West coast IPA with its raw, gritty hop character. Very fresh and inviting. The nose brings more citrus up front than anything aside from the green grassy goodness. Pine settles in behind it along with a touch of caramel. Taste has the pine coming through more quickly. Still raw, gritty, fresh hop flavors abound. I'd say it's on the bitter side for sure but well restrained all the same. Nice and crisp, lightly dry bitterness in the end that only suckers you in for more. Pretty mouth watering if I do say so myself. The ESB has always been solid in my book, this one does it more than justice. Don't overlook these guys.

ncvbc, Mar 01, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Zonian1, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Ego
2.95/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

bought down in the outer banks...

best by 2.21.11
like their decadent I tried last night the head really boils up on this, a good full two fingers, damn, poured side by side this might be a twin of the Decadent sans a slight red hue not present on modus....
carbonation is apparent, clean and clear looking through the brew, head retention and lacing is very good. man... this seems like a rewrite of my last review... hopefully this one kicks it in the taste pants...

underwhelming nose (the beer, not mine), some hops, some sticky smelling caramel malt, nothing that sings... pretty average but not bad.

taste etc...
just like the decadent the carbonation feels flat, I can see the bubbles but the structure is strange, this taste's like watered down Decadent... the bitterness is there but the overall hop flavor is lacking, the malt is also just "meh". Rarely is bitterness off putting to me... but this is.

there are much better IPAs in a can... let alone bottles.

Ego, Nov 09, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Boilerfood, Sep 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

xdefeatsy, Oct 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

wdarcy77, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of azdback
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a slightly chilled Sam Adams Lager glass. Dark burn orange, very mild bubbles. More on the side of clear than cloudy but barely. Only a one finger head tha is thick and creamy in appearance and off white tan in color. Lace is not really sticking.

Grapefruit hop smell with a bit of malt sweetness.

Not even close to as balanced as the nose. This one takes your tongue and puts it in a "twister hold" (UFC 128). It is definitely a yellow grapefruit, citrus taste. After the bitterness there is some sweetness, which I am licking off of my lips as I type. I love this type of IPA, so my score must reflect that. Most will score this on it being unbalanced but I am left coast and call this exceptional for the style.

The mouth is a lot better than what a common IPA should be. It is rich, full bodied, well carbonated. I can't go to 4.5 on this though. It is close!!

I must say that I am very lucky to live in the West. I have had many more balanced IPA's but learned to love the style from the West Coasters and tend to side with this kind of over the top citrus hop bitter IPA.

azdback, Mar 28, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncketchum for the opportunity to give this one a go. Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking amber, good clarity. There were two fingers worth of cream colored head, which had nice retention, eventually settling to a dusting. Layers of sticky lacing were left on the glass. Good looking brew...

S) Decent malt presence on the nose, primarily a caramel aroma. Plenty of tropical fruit, pineapple, fruit cocktail syrup. There is light grass/pine. A very enticing scent.

T) Does not quite live up to the nose. The flavor is just not quite as pronounced. There is light caramel and tropical fruit, but really what stands out from my perspective was lots of citrus peel tingle and light alcohol.

M) A lighter medium body, pretty well carbonated. It's fairly smooth overall, right up to the slightly dry, zesty rind finish. The aftertaste lingers a bit.

O) This was a very enjoyable IPA. It's not readily available in these parts, but I won't lose much sleep over that fact. Even so, it was definitely worth a try. Glad to recommend...

RoamingGnome, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

fionn13, Feb 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Domvan, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of fmccormi
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz can to an oversized wine glass (HF stemware). Best-by date of August 30, 2012 printed in blue ink on the bottom collar of the can (right on the side, right next to the very bottom: “10:07 BEST BY 08/30/12”)

Appearance (4.0): About one finger of very fine foam with a light khaki color, fading to a haze on top of the body, leaving fine sheets of lacing. The body is a very nice reddish-amber color, slightly hazy and rich-looking.

Smell (4.0): The hop profile jumps out first with a very resinous, extremely floral character—slightly piney, a little dank, and sweet-smelling with orange and sweet citrus tones in back. There’s caramel maltiness here that fuses well with that sweet floral-citrus character, which really is ideal, to me, for an IPA like this.

Taste (4.5): On the palate, the hops come out as much more piney, and moderately dank: all the bitterness is locked up in pine needles and what turns into a strong citrus pith character. Classic American, and very well done. There’s that sweet citrus character underneath the bitterness again, melding with a moderate (but definitely noticeable) caramel tone that anchors everything. Very, very nice, and very well done. No alcohol and no yeast noticeable here, just really clean, full-flavored, and drinkable.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Right on the money here, too. Just on the full- side of medium-bodied, tingly carbonation that’s never coarse but also never dissapointing, foaming nicely on the way down. And the body is dry but oily, like a good dry-hopped IPA ought to be. Damn solid.

Overall (4.0): Can I give it 4.25? I’ll go low here to err on the side of caution. This is a really, really solid IPA, and I’m very glad to have tried it. To think that a lot of folks in this country can pick this up for $10/ sixer is ridiculous, though I suppose a lot of folks feel the same about Flower Power, which I am blessed with! This is a well-crafted, smooth, full-flavored and bold IPA that fits the style to the American T. Way to go, Ska.

fmccormi, Jun 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jriggins6, Apr 09, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

DCLAguy11, Monday at 05:38 PM
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

KG710, Sep 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

teamwiggum, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

moarmare, Aug 29, 2013
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,079 ratings.