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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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2,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,325
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 221
Gots: 294 | 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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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of sitarist
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color, a bit of haze, one finger of off white head falls to a ring that leaves spots of lacing.

Scents of pine, biscuit, and citrus. It is sweet, and herbal.

I taste grapefruit, honey, bread, and cannabis. Nice mix of sweet and bitter.

Medium body, light carbonation, a bit sticky. Sweet up front with a long astringent finish.

Love the name, love the can, and the beer is good too. Uneventful, but solid. I would drink more of this.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

“Lip Up Fatty”

12 oz. can to pint glass – BB date is smeared but looks to be in 05/2012

A: Modus pours a dark orange amber hue with some light hazing and a good two fingers of light tan head on it. Carb seems low with some large formatted bubbles and a bit of sticky lace on the glass.

S: Smells of dank pine needles with some light undertones of citrus fruits. Some sweet bready pale malts but real herbal in aroma.

T: Taste follows suit with a big evergreen presence. Very hempy and herbal, almost wet-hop like. Fresh clipped leaf with some sweet candied orange. Moderate level of bitterness, not offensively sharp. Nice bready pale malt base. Super sticky with lingering hop resins. Has some nice floral orange-blossom notes. Tasty stuff.

M: The mouthfeel is medium in body with a lighter feel overall. Somewhat smooth and creamy. Carb on the lower side it seems. Bit of drying astringency you get from dry-hopping with a sticky resinous mouth coating.

D: Very drinkable and again almost fresh hop like but in a can. Real floral, pine, and hemp flavs with an established bready pale malt.

I will be seeking this one out again for sure.

Photo of nrs207
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a 1 finger off-white head that leaves a really nice lacing after each sip. Color is a hazy golden orange. A little darker than most IPAs. Really nice looking.

S - This is really a citrus bomb. It smells really nice with a lot of pungent grapefruit thrown in. There is definitely a malt sweetness there too.

T - Backs up the smell, but not quite as good. There is a light bitterness, and citrus and grapefruit are the dominant flavors. It's pretty sweet to balance out the bitterness, but not overpowering. I'm one who thinks 90 Minute can be overly sweet, but this is a nice balance of sweetness without going overboard at all.

M - Fairly smooth and creamy. No alcohol presence. Well carbonated.

O - I'd definitely buy this again. The malt backbone could hold up over time. I have a feeling this isn't super fresh, but it's solid. Definitely recommend. I normally don't find IPAs to be flavorful enough, but this one was. I normally stick to DIPAs for this reason.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear copper color into a pint glass, lots of white fluffy head. smells like a hoppy forest of pine and honey. seriously, straight up pine trees and sweet honey. the taste doesn't fall far from the (pine tree).. lots of hop flavors explode in your mouth as you take the first sip.. bitter, sweet, citrusy - every hop profile seems to appear in this fine beverage! it's a medium body beer but goes down like a light bodied beer - perfect carbonation, lacing to the bottom of the glass.. this beer is excellent.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Chirpie
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Poured into a pint glass

A friend showed up with this a couple weeks ago. I feel bad. I saw cans, I wrote it off. 2 hours later, I popped one open just to be social. What. The. Hell.

Wow, how unapologetic is this? Hopped up and ready to go. Bitter, yeah, but not crazy over the top, and certainly less than double IPAs. Don't let the first taste scare you off if you haven't sipped a bitter one in a while, it's par for the course and just right by the end of the can.

A grapefruit flavor follows the zesty bitter just about right. It honestly cracks me up how kick butt this beer is pouring out of a can. A great rebellion against what normally comes to mind for a beer and it's packaging.

Good crisp bite to the proceedings, and likable can art to boot!

Photo of Leftbob
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once over the can presentation which I admit should not be limiting this is a VERY nice IPA

While appearance is a function of handling it pours well and is well behaved poured into a tilted pint but responds well to a vertical pour with a nice head on a clear dark amber body.

The beer laces well (not that I have the slightest idea of why this is important other than being visually interesting) and has a strong pine scent with a citrus (grapefruit ) finish to its aroma.

The taste mirrors aroma with a stronger bitter base which is a good thing.

All in all a VERY drinkable IPA. Its a nice balance of tart and bitter which for me makes for an IPA that one can ask for another pour...

Photo of illini4x4
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft a few months back and loved it, so picked up a few cans recently.

A: Pour a clear copper, pretty pale for an IPA. Less than one finger head, which dissipates quickly. Don't let the can throw you off, no metallic taste whatsoever.

S: Wonderful, very piney and resinous, with almost sativa-like overtones. This is what a hoppy IPA should smell like.

T: I'm a hop hound, I love a nice hoppy beer. This misses the uber bitterness of a typical double IPA, but has a nice balance between the piney hop elements, the resin like tastes and some very light citrus background. My overall assessment is that this is a very balanced IPA and the way a well made IPA SHOULD taste.

M: Crisp, not overly carbonated, but refreshing with a little bit of astringency at the end. I could pound these at a baseball game, just as well as I could sip them on my back porch while I was grilling out a steak.

D: One of my top 2 or 3 IPA's and probably one of my top 10 beers overall. Search it out.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,325 ratings.