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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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92
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2,360 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,360
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 220
Gots: 318 | 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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009

65 IBU
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Ratings: 2,360 | Reviews: 759
Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark transparent amber orange with two fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing

S- Sweet pine notes are fluent throughout with faint booze underneath the hoppiness

T- Similar to the scent. Sweet and piney up front with a light bitterness on the end. Not really complex but is a great example of how an American IPA should taste

M- Almost covers the palate but is a bit thin. Carbonation combined with a light bitterness is exceptional

D- Goes down smooth and has a well masked ABV. What more could you ask for? Great tasting IPA

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really solid IPA easy drinker nothing over the top and nothing lacking

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:
Look: More yellow than amber with a thick off-white head. The lacing is great but it looks more like a lager.
Smell: Citrus hops are right up front but there is something in the background that is a bit unpleasant and I can't quite put my finger on it.
Taste: Very citric, very earthy with some caramel maltiness to round it out.
Mouth: Thick and sticky. A little nasty by the end. It needs to be mellowed out a little bit.
Drink: Not bad. I was in Colorado trying out some CO brew and this didn't quite hit the top of my charts, but it was decent.

Photo of TWStandley
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my oversized HF wine-glass.

Appeared a dark burnt orange color with very little head. Very clear but a bit darker than expected.

Smelled of some pine hops and a bit of roasted malts. No alcohol scent detected. Slight honey presences.

Taste was fairly sweet, definite honey notes with some bitter hops throughout. Not as fruity as I would expect, more of the bitterness than citrus flavors from the hops.

I thought this beer was a bit flat. Could certainly use some more carbonation. Felt very thin IMO.

Interesting brew. Can't say it was my favorite of the style but overall it was solid. Could definetely use some more carbing - it lacked in this department. Also, more citrus hops could balance out the malted notes a bit more.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of litheum94
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. "10:57 Best" stamped on it. Whatever that means. Reviewed on 5/24/11.

Ruddy-amber in color. Thick head that's light tan in color. Clings to the glass tightly. Nice big bubbles. Looks like soapy dishwater, but in a good way.

Loads of pine and grapefruit hops on the nose. Brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Biscuit malts. Floral.

Starts off with some burnt orange rind flavors with a slight tartness. Caramel and biscuit malts. Floral hops with a dose of pine bitterness. Some tropical fruit sweetness towards the end. Crisp, with moderate carbonation. Finish has a great balance of sweetness and bitterness, only slightly drying out the mouth.

Yes, great IPAs do come in cans!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Goliath
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy copper color with a half inch of yellowed head sitting on top. Decent retention, and there's some nice bits of lacing as well.

The aroma is quite nice. A good bit of hops showing some citrus and pine. Just like I like.

The taste is fine. A decent hop presence with a bit of citrus and more pine. A slight malt following comes through, and then the beer finishes with a growing hop bitterness. Kind of like a reminder that there were hops in that beer. Not the best IPA ever, but certainly good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile is simple, but nice and acurate. The ABV is modertately high, but certainly easy to manage and it's well incorporated into the beer. All in all this is a pretty nice IPA to have on hand.

Photo of Kromes
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a thin white head. The head leaves some good lacing down the glass.

S: There is a big citrus, pine hop aroma with some sweet caramel malt aromas.

T: A nice pine, citrus, and noble hop flavor that coats the tongue. The malts are overpowered by the hop flavor, but it is not a problem since the hop flavor is very good. The finish starts bitter and then mellows out leaving a fresh, almost menthol, feel. It's definitely interesting.

M: Mouthfeel is a little bit on the syrupy side with some spiciness but could maybe use a little more carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer. Good hop flavor and easy drinking, a good combination for a session beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, best before July 2, 2015, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.


The beer pours a very dark amber color, clear with orange hues with a big soapy, foamy head, about 2 fingers high with very nice retention yielding plenty of webbed lace. The aroma is bitter, plenty of piney hops, grapefruit rind, earthy and grassy flavors with a big malt backbone, sweet, rich and balancing. The flavors are nice, piney, sappy, sticky hops, a bit of citrus, heavy on the bitter and earthy rind, but some juiciness is there too, grassy, dirty, earthy, plenty of amber malts, not too heavy, less so than the nose suggested, more bitter than the 65 IBU indicates, which I like. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, medium body, ample carbonation, lively texture, easy finish that has a dry bite.


Verdict: A really nice staple IPA from Ska Brewing, definitely one that can be put away easily and is still rewarding. Simple but enjoyable, refreshing but substantial.

Photo of hustlesworth
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- hazy persimmon color when held up to the light with dense beige foam on top that laces and pits and doesn't quit. i really dig the can art.

S- very pleasant and bright grapefruit aroma with some caramel malt sweetness and a touch of orange peel.

T- full resinous bitterness from start to finish with grapefruit, bitter orange, and pine being most notable. there's some grassy and solvent notes as well and a lemony and cheesy tartness. malt is pretty much on the chill side but does lay a solid foundation for the hops. finishes tart with a drawn out hoppiness.

MF- somewhere over medium with carbonation that really hits the spot. it's prominent at first, but doesn't wear out its welcome. nice resinous feel as expected.

D- with hop profile being mega citrus/pine/cheese/solvent, i can't guess what hops were used but they blend together well and i'm glad i picked up this sixer.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,360 ratings.