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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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92
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1,836 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,836
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 183
Gots: 147 | 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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CesarLopes

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-18-2013 17:52:38 | More by CesarLopes
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Sturmthis

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9%

05-09-2013 02:58:42 | More by Sturmthis
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rxthree

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9%

09-17-2013 02:22:11 | More by rxthree
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krl2112

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-09-2014 03:15:39 | More by krl2112
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brbrocc

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-25-2012 02:34:33 | More by brbrocc
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mpenning13

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-10-2013 00:46:33 | More by mpenning13
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zimm421

Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can marked best by 13 NOV 13. Poured into a tulip. Only a small amount of head appeared, but wasn't an overly aggressive pour. Retention is good with some decent lacing. Color is dark amber, and the head is off-white.

Nose is fairly sweet, but there is good tropical fruit and citrus coming through. Taste is simply very bitter, with a bit of tropical fruit and pine. Not much else seems to be going on here; starts out bitter, some of the sweetness coming through in the middle, but then finishes extremely bitter as well. The aftertaste sticks around for quite a while as well.

The feel has good carbonation, but finishes pretty sticky. Just not clean enough for me here. Overall, this is a straight hop bomb, with tons of bitterness coming through. Almost a bit too much for me, as the bitterness covers up most of the flavor. Not bad, but expected a bit more from this.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 00:45:33 | More by zimm421
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bundy462

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-04-2013 19:26:59 | More by bundy462
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Ska Brewing

A: Slightly cloud amber color with an inch thick head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Head retention isnt great. Some rising carbonation

S: Light herbal hoppy note, with hints of pininess and citrus. Also present is a flowery hop note. Behind that there is some nice caramel flavors, definitely more on the balanced side

T: Probably slightly past its peak hoppiness but still very tasty. The hops are very floral and grassy with light bits of pine and citrus. Also present is quite a bit of caramel to balance out the hops

M: Slightly rough around the edges but there is a good amount of body and no heat

D: I think a could put down quite a few of these and it would be quite enjoyable and I look forward to trying more from this brewery

Serving type: can

03-02-2010 23:30:44 | More by mikey711
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a cool beer, a very solid canned beer so it's great for camping trips, and pretty easy to find for most states also, unlike alot of the other quality canned beers like Gordons & Surly.

Poured into a massive snifter.

This stuff has a noticably visible malt backbone from its copper colored body, with a fluffy pillowy head.

Dank. You could get searched for possesion of pot from this stuff. It has such a sticky hoppy resin aroma and flavor. It's awesome. Pretty nice hop bite but the malt is keeping it from going all west-coast on you, Hops hit up front and Malt on the finish. Very creamy for a IPA. easy drinking camping beer to drink lots of.

Serving type: can

04-17-2010 23:23:20 | More by ChadQuest
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-15-2013 01:53:35 | More by Dave1999
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-06-2013 16:40:38 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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kemoarps

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The initial pour is super enticing. Rich deep amber, crisp and clear with a big frothy head that dissipates leaving minimal reminders of its time on earth.

A bubblegum maltiness underpins the piney and grapefruit hops. I love this aroma combination. almost a cedar character to it that endears it immediately to this PNWers heart.

The taste sees less of the malt than the nose, as the hops take front stage. A combination of citrus and evergreen bursts forth, but even without any readily prominent malt flavour it still feels whole and balanced. The citus is somewhat pithy with some ruby grapefruit, and the evergreen is mainly pine sap, but there's that nagging cedar presence that reminds me of my childhood home and really pushes this to a higher plane for me.

resinous and oily, the little carbonation stabs with the spices to provoke complete gibberish from this reviewer. The fact that this is a production shelf beer that is readily available in my area makes me very ha(o)ppy.
Buy it. Drink it. Skank along with it in your hand. Just enjoy it!!

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 03:46:13 | More by kemoarps
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-13-2014 20:46:20 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz can into a nonic. Big thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this one as an outstanding extra in a trade!

A- Slightly hazy amber/copper. Pours with 2+ fingers of creamy off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap; excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Delightful pine/grapefruit hoppiness. Slight malty notes hide behind the onslaught of hops.

T- Grapefruit and pine resin hops, combining for a superbly bitter finish. Fairly solid, sweet caramel malt provides good balance. Alcohol is well blended.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel. Slightly slick and coating oiliness.

D- Rock solid. Looks, smells, and taste are all excellent....goes down easy. This is good stuff, and I certainly wish I had another in front of me.

Future outlook: What a great extra...damn shame I can't readily purchase/obtain this little gem.

Serving type: can

05-21-2009 03:05:22 | More by DoctorDog
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-08-2014 01:11:48 | More by LarryMyers
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep copper appearance, but clear. 2 fingers, huge head! Nice sticky lacing all over the glass. This is how an IPA should always look!

S - Tons of piny, and citrusy hops.

T - Like the smell, tons of hops! Piny and citrusy! Very well balanced. Alcohol is pretty prevelant for a 6.5% brew, or I would have given it a 4.5

M - Full bodied and well carbonated!

O - About as good of an IPA out there. Very cool that it comes in cans. Wish I could get this in Georgia. Thanks to my bro who got this for me for Christmas, brought back while out west on vacation!

Serving type: can

01-01-2012 02:13:47 | More by BeerDawgs
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csmalley

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-07-2013 16:25:09 | More by csmalley
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Camjmorton

Arizona

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-31-2014 21:23:12 | More by Camjmorton
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this American IPA from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured a dark orange amber color, slightly hazy, produced a nice thick off white head. Excellent retention and lacing left on the glass. Aroma of this AIPA consists of wonderful pine and citrus- some malted grain aroma as well. Medium in body this IPA features a base of malted grain, super pine flavor, herbal notes and citrus orange. Somewhat bitter this is the perfect IPA session beer- It doesnt make your face pucker but it has an awesome amount of hop flavor. Excellent Beer! I will be seeking this one out again. Prost!

Serving type: can

04-05-2012 01:50:43 | More by GossageBrewery
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unless held up to light, this IPA looks pretty dark in the glass---garnet, with a modicum of a cap (though I think it's poured a taller head previously...). The aroma is just outstanding. I can't think of an IPA that really struck me like this in a while. It reminds me of a harvest ale, with gooey, fresh green hops alive in the glass. There's a definite herbal quality to them, as well as a bit of bubble gum and pine. Ska really nailed the aroma. Thankfully the taste doesn't disappoint. Those pungent hops really assault the palate in a good way. Again, I can't recall an IPA that really took me aback in a while, and this one's doing it. I like how there's a minimal malt sweetness and the body feels just right. The hops leave an enjoyable stinging bitterness long after the sip. I drank one of these in 100F weather at the pool and it went down great. Ska's IPA just skanked its way on through to my current top 5 list of IPAs, shouldering up to Avery, Great Divide, Odell, and Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: can

08-08-2010 22:02:58 | More by JEdmund
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minterro

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-25-2013 14:33:45 | More by minterro
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mcdsports

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

09-12-2013 02:08:59 | More by mcdsports
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climax

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am confused by the graphics on the can.... I like that. Upon cracking and pouring from this anomalous can, it seemed a bit flat, but a quick sip to the lip dis-confirmed my assumption. This one is just a sleeper.

It pours a cloudy amber with a previously stated tame head. The retention around the edge, however, was very good.

Upon approaching my nose to this beer, I was assured it was going to be a hop bomb, excellent. In the can it almost smelled like 7-Up, but that's irrelevant. Poured into a SA perfect pint, it spews with floral and pine notes. Grapefruit and earth don't stagger too far behind.

The flavor is exactly what Ska implies, a Christmas tree hung with fresh grapefruit. Right when it touches the tongue, the citrus flavors explode with sharp lemon and lime flavors. The aggressive white grapefruit tones linger long through the finish.

The medium body is laced with sharp carbonation. The sharpness dies abruptly, leaving the aggressive bitterness to take the helm through the finish. This beer only needs to be sipped, because that's all it takes to get smacked by the flavor. I appreciate that, for it makes me feel like I'm not drinking it as fast (even though I am).

This beer really grabs your taste buds by the pigtails and throws 'em in the back of it's mobbed up hot rod and hits the gas. If your looking for an aggressively citrus and pine IPA that throws balance to the birds, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 22:50:48 | More by climax
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damienblack

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

10-10-2013 03:32:42 | More by damienblack
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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