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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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2,062 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,062
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 200
Gots: 222 | 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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Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Mayor of Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO

Poured a clear, golden orange with a huge white head that retained through the session and left copious amounts of creamy lace. Best head I've ever seen on an IPA. Smell of pine and citrus hops, mainly. A good-tasting IPA, everything where it should be, with a sweet yet subdued malt base, and a generous amount of pine and citrus hops. Smooth but a little bitter, medium-bodied, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost a ruby with decent lacing but not much head.

There is a lack of dry hopping on this one. Some slight pine and a little malt.

The taste is bitter, bitter, and, bitter. Not much balance here but that is to be desired from time to time in an IPA.

I am glad to be able to pick up some Ska Brewing on my road trip out east as I have been a major Ska fan for 10 years now. Pick it up!

Eriktheipaman, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can of this stuff while in AZ.

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice orange to red. Almost copper. Nice two finger head with a good amount of lacing as the head goes away.

Pine and citrus on the nose. Typical West Coast IPA smells.

Flavors or should I say one flavor: bitterness. Not much going on here.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation fairly dry finish.

I expected more of this one. The bitterness is one dimensional. If you are in the mood for something bitter this is the beer to get. If you are looking for a IPA full of flavor there are a lot of better offerings

doopiedoopiedoo, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear copper with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like resin and bready malt and light caramel, with some citrus and copper.
T: It tasted like bitter resin and pine, with a little sweet honey and caramel and bread. It had a strong and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an alright IPA, but nothing special. The scent was ok, the taste was good, and the body was good. The finish was a bit harsh, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. About on par with 60 Minute. Meh.

Pencible, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite IPA in a can. This is way better than the Decandent IIPA, just by aroma alone. This one is very, very dank with lots of pine and herbs and a sticky, resinous scent. The first thing I think is that I need to buy some cans every time I go to the store. The palate is spot on, just sticky enough. Great flavor here too. Lots of evergreen and even notes of mint with some smooth caramel-tasting malts.

GeorgeAldi, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of chilly460
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber, with minimal white head. Surprising amount of lacing.

S - Get plenty of piney hops in there, but something like tart green apples as well, interesting. Biscuit malt aroma as well.

T - Pretty solid piney hop here, almost resiny in strength. Less of the "apple" shows up in the taste, but it's there, tangy. Not much malt balance, this one was a straight up hopped flavor profile to me.

M - Felt light and medium carbonation.

O - Solid but not extraordinary to me, not enough malt balance. Too bad as the green apple aspect made it an interesting beer.

chilly460, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm my modus operandi is to buy a good example of a ultra hoppy american beer for a decent price. I think I've reached my goal. The look is amber with a thin frothy head and good lacing. It smells grassy and a tinge funky bread. It tastes like grapefruit with malt and a hint of that grassiness. The mouthfeel is very good - soft yet carbonated. At $17 bucks for a 12 sample pack you cant really go wrong and the cans don't bother me a bit. Invite the whole crew over!

OttoPeeWee, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber-orange color with just a tint of haze. Two finger head with decent retention and some nice lacing. Grapefruit peel and fresh pineapple juice on the nose. Some malty sweetness as well. Medium bodied on the palate with just enough carbonation. Sweetness from the malt is kept in check by the bitterness from the hops. A really nicely balanced delicious beer from Ska.

BeerAmbassador, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of hustlesworth
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

hustlesworth, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of coldriver
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the can into Sam Adams glass. Decent head and very nice lacing - hopefully the same sort of lacing that's going on in my larynx with this one. Wonderful and inviting citrusy piney aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are what they should be for an IPA - bitter but balanced, citrusy, resinous. Not from the West Coast but a nice West Coast style.

coldriver, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of GabrielM
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the can because that's how I drink Modus!

A - the can looks good.

S - a fresh blast of citrus hops explodes from the can when I crack it open.

T - awesome! Bitter hop bite that is perfectly eased with some sweet malt action on the way down.

M - tart, sweet, refreshing all at once. Creamy even. Freaking delicious!

O - Modus is not only an outstanding IPA, but one you can take anywhere. Love this brew and always have my fridge stocked with it.

GabrielM, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of huhl23
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who says you can't get a good IPA from a can? This poured a dark amber with two finger head that stays around for most of the beer. Good lacing. Nose is good. Very good smelling beer. The beer isn't as balanced as I'd like with a little more hop than the malt. Overall still a good beer. Big props to beergynt for hooking me up with this one.

huhl23, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the can with a very hazy orange color, and a modest but sticky eggshell-white head. This is certainly not the most fragrant IPA, but the aroma is pleasant, with a decidedly hop-forward combination of wildflowers and oranges being prominent over a subtle backbone of bread and caramel. Nicely bitter in the flavor but certainly more balanced, characteristics of grapefruit and flowers are big without (drastically) overpowering the underlying caramel sweetness. The texture is moderately resinous, with a glimmer of the citrusy bitterness lingering long after each sip. Overall, this is a flavorful yet highly drinkable IPA.

devilben02, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of bayougutter
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper amber with about a finger off white head that settled to cap and left decent lacing.

The dominant smell is pine, then citrus. Also some grassy but mostly pine.

The taste is heavy on the pine as well, and very bitter. One dimensional in that the bitter pine taste overwhelms anything else trying to come through.

Light to medium body with good carbination

Overall I enjoyed this one as a change but can't get by the dominant pine taste to have regular.

bayougutter, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

tdm168, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 1+ finger white head that wont go away. Turns foamy and is leaving great lacing as it starts its descent. A clear orange copper colored beer sits in my glass.

S- Heavy on the pine with citrus and bitter smells really good

T- nice bitterness thats complimented nicely by similar notes as the nose.

M- light light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O- I really liked this IPA. bitter with just enough citrus tastes and balance.

Gushue3, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of zoolzoo
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent all around IPA. This one is resiny, sticky, bitter, and surprisingly fruity in the finish. Impression of fruit is zest and rind. Initial malt sweetness opens up the palate. A high amount of carbonation keeps drinkability high, quite refreshing overall.

zoolzoo, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can best by Nov. 17, reviewed July 19.

Copper/amber, very clear, small head leaves decent lacing.

Smells like pine resin, grapefruit and sweet malt.

Flavor is heavy on pine hops, with some caramel malt beneath. Grapefruit is there too. I'm not a fan of the syrupy pine-sap hop profile that I sometimes get out of this, but the citrus saves it a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium. Not too light-bodied but a bit watery on the end.

Drinkable, but not really my kind of IPA. I'd go for more citrus and less pine.

musicforairports, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper/orange color with one finger of frothy cream colored foam. Decent retention as the head slowly dropped to half of its original thickness leaving a nice solid ring of lacing around the glass - the bubbles are rising steadily from the bottom. Smells of a mixture of sweet fruits and resinous pine all balanced out by a subtle caramel hint that's just barely showing through. I'm getting a sweet flavor bump up front overwhelmed by an earthy pine bitterness that takes over the palate at the end (in a very good way) - not a whole lot of malt in the taste. The mouthfeel is very refreshing upfront with a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer then leaves the back of my mouth sticky and wanting another drink - not sure if its the bitterness of the hops or the alcohol that cause a slight burn. I love this beer and drink it quite often just never got around to reviewing. Ska has excellent offerings and I recommend getting a hold of there beers.


antlerwrestler19, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass, best before date of 9/11/11.

Pours a deep amber / copperish color with an off white head (maybe a light tan) which leaves a nice lacing and has decent retention. The smells are of hops, lots of pine, after it warmed up to room temperature, the smell is very different, almost nothing but caramel malts with a hint of hops. The feel is medium to light. The taste is first of lots of malts, mostly caramel, not as much hop bitterness up front as I expected, but then there is a highly hoppy after flavor which hits oddly a second or two after I drink, maybe a hint of pepper. Overall a good IPA, I could see myself taking to the lake and drinking out of the can.

DavidST, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of ssimpson89
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/orange with small white head. Slightly hazy, but looks like a good IPA should. Nose hits with orange/grapefruit with a slight smell of carmally malt. A good looking beer that smells great.

Full flavored hops! This beer is a touch sweet up front, then really hits you with a nice bitterness that lingers after the finish. As the bitterness fades I find myself wanting more.

Nice body that encourages a roll around the mouth.

This is a very good single IPA that's definitely in my top 5. It also has the added bonus of being in a can and is reasonably priced at $1-2/sixer below many others. Great tasting and a great value.

ssimpson89, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Robtobfest
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep copper/amber color with a very sticky dense off white head. Very dark for an IPA. Looks beautiful though!

S- smell is full of hops and equally balanced with malt. This beer smells alot more balanced that I thought it would. I'm guessing cascade hops?

T- More of the samehere. The hops and malt play perfectly togher and make this a great beer to drink around the campfire and ponder the meaning of life.

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Really coats the palate for a single IPA.

O- This is an amazingly balanced well crafted canned offering from Durango, CO! I have not had anything else from Ska but they have really stolen my heart with this one! Can is a huge plus too. Gotta say too, when you crack the can there is almost no hint of carbonation, strange. Awesome beer. Get it!

Robtobfest, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of jmvecchio1
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours out deep orange in color with a thick head that dissipates into some nice lacing. On the nose you get pine hops up front giving way to citrus (grapefruit) hops at the end. Either way, this beer drinks smooth and doesn't have a heavy hop bite on the finish of the sip. Even though this beer is close to 7% ABV, it is light enough in body and not overpowering in hops to make it a session worthy brew.

jmvecchio1, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of afksports
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm. Cool can, man. But damn I'm all dried out. And it wasn't totally worth it. You see, I'm sitting here cooking some food (veggie sausage with peppers and onions) and thinking about all the good fist-pumping beers I've had. And then this Modus Hoperandi hops along and gets all up in my palate and I'm not Jersey Shorin' it anymore.

It looks fantastic-- deep amber hues the body as the lace takes over the glass and the head stays on top saying drink me. But the smell is less appealing, consisting of mostly pine and some sea / earth type of stuff. Maybe some grapefruit zest but hardly any citrus or malt. It tastes clean but drying. And that gets clingy. At 6.8% it goes down easy, but the cling of that hippy dryness isn't balanced, and I'm forced to think of ex-girlfriends.

I'll probably finish it. I mean, I'm pretty good at drinking beer. And although it definitely hits that dry hop head note, it's off key for me.

Still, it's not unredeemable, and there are some really well done parts to it - outside of the great label - so this beer settles right in there at average to slightly above.

Which is more than I can say for my cooking.

afksports, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of firkinhophead
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From State Line Liquors in El Paso. Excited to try this, as we don't have it at home.

Poured into a white plastic hotel cup, so appearance and aroma somewhat affected.

Nice tight head of cream-colored latte-like foam. Holds nicely and sticks like mad. Color looks like an amber tone, perhaps a shade or two darker than average.

Aroma is piney, with some citrus zest.

Taste is sharp and pungent. Some green onion (Centennial hops?), pine resin, grapefruit pith, pollen. Barely any malt here, but enough to make it beery.

Body is solid enough, with a creamy mouthfeel that counters the bitterness. Bit of asprin in the aftertaste, lingers too long for my liking.

Well put together IPA when you want a big kick of hops., especiallly the piney variety. I'd like to have a bit more tropical notes.

firkinhophead, Jul 13, 2011
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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