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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 768
Hads: 2,559
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 240
Gots: 420 | 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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009

65 IBU
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Reviews: 768 | Hads: 2,559
Photo of mountdew1
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Color was a darker amber, almost an orange with a thin bubbly head. Head clung to sides extremely well, but didn't last long, with only small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was citrus up front, more sweet orange than else, with a small bit of bitter piney underneath. Flavro started off with the expected bitter tang, but quickly mellowed out to show a bit more complex flavors. Coated ok, perhaps a bit thin, but left some flavor in the mouth. Overall a bit more complex than expected, without being a total slam of hops.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, dark, slightly hazed, copper-amber coloring with a frothy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas are super-resinous, with a blast of pine pitch and tropical fruit notes. Wow. Some caramel notes and pepper spice in the background, too. Smells great. Flavors are very balanced, with a solid does of pineapple and mango on the forward tongue, and just enough resin and bitter hops to balance it perfectly. Spicy notes here and there, with subtle caramel notes ribboning in the backbone, as well. Amazingly balanced IPA, and very drinkable. The body is smooth and robust, but it finishes very light, dry, and slightly astringent. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink. Hop-heavy, fruity aftertaste, with a building bitterness. This is a great beer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Transparent, golden, copper color. Cloudy, billowing head right off the pour. Retreats to a solid half-finger layer of froth that maintains for the entire drink. Coats half the glass in gorgeous, delicate lacing.

Malty whole wheat and rye bread aroma. Spicy with pine, herbs and grass.

Solid bready, biscuity malt with just a hint of caramel sweetness. Hop dominate from middle to end with a pungent grapefruit, pine and detergent bitterness. Good balance for an IPA.

Sturdy medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Somewhat grainy texture. Dry finish.

Solid IPA. Complex and well-balanced.

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Photo of joeworrall
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tonight I am comparing several different IPA's that are all poured from a can. In addition to this one, I am tasting Santa Fe Brewing's Happy Camper IPA, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA and Marble Brewery IPA.

Poured from a 12 oz can into a large tulip glass, this is a dark amber or orange brew with just a slightly cloudy appearance. The aroma has hints of malt, but the orange and pine hops scent dominate. The flavor is nicely balanced, with a just slightly bitter aftertaste.

This is a top 20 IPA, one that I will be drinking again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OZ. can
Served in a perfect pint glass
Best by 17 JAN 14

A - It is burnt orange with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of beige head.

S - I get some hints of citrus and pine.

T - The taste is a nice combination of citrus and pine. The flavors intermingle with the pine winning out on the finish.

M - It is medium and smooth.

O - It has more pine than I care for. I prefer more citrus and tropical fruit. It is good and bitter.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz pint at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver (actually out in Littleton).

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one finger of foamy, mostly creamy beige head, which leaves a speckled wall of fuzzy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of pine resin, orange and grapefruit pith, caramel cream malt, and a further floral bitter hoppiness. The taste is a whole lot more astringent, the fruity hops gaining a certain metallic edge, the malt twisting closer to a bready sort of nature, and an edgy perfume essence arising.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but mostly easygoing, the body medium-light in weight, and teetering in its smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, the perfumed and crackery notes persisting.

A decent enough hop-heavy IPA, even if said hops go off the reservation a bit. The metallic, flinty character might make a huge dent in the overall desire for another, that is if there weren't already so many other options around here.

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Photo of kell50
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can purchased at Whole Foods for $2. No freshness date found. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours amber/copper like color with roughly an inch of a super fluffy head which dissipated quite slowly. Moderate lacing was left down the glass.

S- Again, this can didn't have a freshness date, but damn, it's gotta be fresh. Big blast of piney hops followed by some mild citrus such as grapefruit, lemon, black pepper, and orange peel.

T- Taste follows the nose. Pine, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel and fresh cut grass. The finish is quite bitter. (This has got to be the coldest canned IPA I've ever had.)

M- Moderate amount of carbonation with a medium body. Super drinkable.

O- I love this beer. I don't usually crave this beer, nor seek it out, but whenever I pop a can I always wonder why. Oh, the price is pretty aweome too at $8-$9 a six pack.


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Photo of zimm421
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of brurevu
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Modus Hoperandi was excellent. It was thirst quenchingly delicious and the initial grapefruit and citrus hop flavors made my mouth water. As the beer began to warm a more piney hop taste appeared on the back end coating my palate with hoppy deliciousness. The Modus Hoperandi is a beautiful copper colored brew that is a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of matjack85
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at the local Jewel-Osco store as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz can. There is some kind of code on the side of the can but it's a mish mash of letters and numbers that make no sense, so as far as I'm concerned there is no freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/orange color with a huge 3-finger white head that lasted several minutes. The lacing was also incredible.

The aroma was a nice mix of pine and citrus hops.

Pine and grapefruit hop flavors dominate the taste, but there is also plenty of sweet caramel malt for balance. Lots of bitterness, but it's not harsh. 65 IBU's.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium bidied, with moderate carbonation. Nice lingering butter aftertaste.

This is a delicious IPA.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Clean copper with mild carbonation leading to a foamy off white head. Lacing absolutely coats the inside of the glass. Film of head retains throughout. Delicious looking IPA

S- Big west cost style nose. Lots of citrus and fresh pine trees. Somewhat dank. Mainly just hops, but not an overly powerful nose for the style

T- Hop forward again. A little more pine that citrus detected here. It is as bitter as it claims as it attempts to pound the palate into submission with hop oils. The hop profile seems a little discombobulated, if not messy. A lack of malt gives this one a "hot" quality as it goes down, but then it redeems itself with a surprisingly smooth finish.

M- Fairly drinkable, mild carbonation, bitter as can be, but not too dry

O- Looks great, but just seems to lack anything truly inspiring in my opinion. Better than average, but doesn't really set itself apart from a very competitive pack

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark amber, almost reddish, with thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing is excellent. Nice citric, piney hops aroma. Malty taste up front, quickly followed by a piney hoppy bitterness with a citrus flavor right at the end. A bitter citric flavor predominates the aftertaste. There is excellent transition between the malts and hops. Excellent beer. One of my favorites

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Photo of ISmith87
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a nice copper amber color with about 2 fingers of off white head that dissipates down to a thick film of bubbles, leaving thick lacing on the glass. Can is cool.

Smell is citrusy/grapefruit/piney hops, with some bready malt smell too.

Taste is grapefruit and pine needles. Nice bitter bite to this one.

Mouthfeel is light-medium, lots of bitterness in the aftertaste, alc completely covered.

Nice IPA, nothing to write home about. The most impressive part to me was the rich, clear color.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a deep ruby-orange with filmy white head.

aroma- smells of stone fruit and citrus hops! and some sweet malt- very effervescent!

taste- hits with orangey hoppiness up front, lemonade and stone fruit, soft grapefruit, some herbal and soft floral character, and malt, finishes bitter with more herbal notes/pine and biscuity malt

feel- medium bodied, fairly boozy for 6.8 abv, i don't know how much of this you could take down

a great IPA. reminds me of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed in some of its flavor profile. But alas some great flavor here on its own. Not a ton of bite from the hops but vibrant flavor.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep golden orange, with a large, sticky off-white head, which retains very well. The lacing is thick and scattered, the carbonation is profuse.

Aroma: An absolutely massive aroma of pine, grapefruit rind, and sweet orange hops burst forth. There is sweet caramel mat as well, but the malt is quite secondary to the staggering hop aroma.

Taste: AS with the aroma, tasting yields a surge of hops, predominately pine, but grapefruit and sweet orange hops are present as well. The caramel malt presence seems understated, bu that is probably only when considered against the hops. In a lesser-hopped beer, the malt would probably stand out. That being said, while this is a very hoppy beer, it still seems graceful ad pleasing. Finishes with a lingering medicinal hop bitterness, The relatively high ABV (6.8%) is handled so artfully that it almost escapes notice.

Mouth feel: Soft and full with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted and drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of brewskis
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark orange color with a finger length head that dissipates slowly and leaves a blanket of lacing. Smells of lots of resinous pine, grapefruit zest, lemon, grass, and a significant amount of carmel/candy sweetness. Smells pretty balanced. Taste starts with a little pine and grapefruit. Then the middle provides a nice malt backbone. Good amount of carmel sweetness and a nice breadiness somewhat balance the hops. Then the finish brings back a lot more pine, but more resinous this time. Also get flavors of grapefruit zest, tangerine, grass, and more carmel sweetness and breadiness. Very balanced. Medium body with a smooth, creamy, and oily mouthfeel. The resinous pine lingers for a while on the finish. A well done ipa that is light on the wallet, not on the hops.

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Photo of hardy008
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange with 1 finger of white head. Has nice retention and leaves a nice lace. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, tangerines, pine and some caramel malt. smells like it should have a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness.

The taste is very much like the aroma with grapefruit, tangerines, citrus zest, pine, and light caramel malt. It does not taste as balanced as it smells. The taste is more bitter than the aroma suggested, but it is not overly bitter or harsh at all. It is very nice.

Medium bodied with below average carbonation. Has a grapefruit aftertaste. Overall very good. If I get another chance while out of state, I will be sure to pick this up again.

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Photo of biggitybait
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. The last time I went out of state to buy it the brewery was sold out. I was heart broken. A: pretty red with a nice tan head that had staying power. S: like Simcoe and cascade hops. Not citrus. T: follows the smell. But sweet for such a low abv. M: what you expect in a nice drinkable ipa. Velvety and easy to drink. O: cheaper for a 6 pack than you can make at home and probably better. Buy it and drink it.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for delivering us this beer.

A: Pours a clear and deep amber colour with 2 fingers of bone white head which settles to a thin film with plenty of lacing along the sides of the glass. Small amounts of sediment cover the bottom of the glass.

S: Upfront scents of tropical fruit, floral notes of orange flower water and fresh cut grass which is layered along side of a strong backbone of sweet malts.

T: Initial notes of citrus peels, grapefruit rind and lemon pith, followed by dark sweet malts. Finishes with a hint of vegetativeness that lingers.

M: Medium bodied with fairly active carbonation.

O: A very hop forward brew that will please those looking for citrus based hops. Quite balanced with a solid backbone of malts, but not over complex.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Extra dark body with crisp puffy white head

S - More pine notes than citrus - pleasant hop aroma

T - Malty start with hop middle and bitter finish. Good, but would have preferred more depth and a bit more balance.

M - Nice carbonation and creamy texture gives it a heartier feel.

O - Good beer. I like it enough to drink it again, but I wasn't wowed by anything.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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!!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with best by date of October 08, 2013 printed on the bottom lip of the can. I haven't had this stuff in quite some time, but I remember liking it a lot last time I drank it. My third beer from Ska Brewing Co.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Gentle pour yields one finger of doughy fluffy off-white / tan colored head on top of a nice coppery dark orange colored body. Lots of sediment maneuvering around the glass, and some bubbles lazily floating to the top. Thin cavernous lacing streaking down the glass.

S - Smell is initially of bitter piney hops and citric grapefruit, but mellows out quickly. Not a very powerful aroma, but decent.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter grapefruit & pine hops, sugary tea leaf sweetness, malts, & some alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Feel is dry and bitter, with some intense hop resins coating the palate. Bit of heat on the finish, again.

Overall, this is probably the best beer I've tried from Ska Brewing Co. as of yet, and it stands as a pretty decent IPA. Not a groundbreaking beer by any means, but highly palatable and insanely drinkable, and reasonably priced. A winner for sure.

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi ---4/5.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Out of a can and into the Russian River tulip up at the cabin in Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Raul ain't a hater like some peeps out there. I mean, just because Ke$ha and Nicky Minaj need to be thrown off a cliff, Raul ain't gonna hate on them.

So here we have Ska's Modus Hoperandi. And although Raul can respect it, it really ain't his thang. Raulsky is a West Coast city boy, so it's a lil too heavy on the East Coast pine for him. Kind of like a Green Flash IPA with less juice.

Like many activities in life, Raul enjoyed his time with it, but he prob won't venture back.

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Photo of Barkley912
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My. Fuck.

Pardon my French. This is an incredible brew. I've heard a lot about this beer, but never gave it a chance. Boy am I glad I did. The moment I poured this beer, I felt a sense of warmth inside. A good warmth. A warmth that soothes the soul. What I'm trying to say is my soul has never felt so warm.

Anyway, the smell is hoppy greatness. Just too good (possible)?
The mouthfeel is something to write home about.
The taste? Get the Hell out of here. The taste is incredible.

The only thing left to review is the way this beer leaves you feeling. Um, fucking outstanding? Need me to draw you a blueprint? Too bad. Buy this right now.

That's it. Barkley signing out.

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Photo of mick303
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Edinburgh BrewDog. From notes.
oily appearance of a dark caramel colour

Smell is full of resin-y hops, some bready malt.
Taste is smooth and complex, satisfying rich body, and a touch of molasses sweetness and full dry hops, quite solid all-round ipa. Rich citrus with grapefruit and resin, hops and a piney aftertaste with walnut and a bit of herbal dryness. Very tasty and rich.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.