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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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2,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,107
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 207
Gots: 232 | 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 blakelive784
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can served in a standard pint glass:

A - Pours a transparent copper color with a 1.5 finger head of decent cream. The head recedes rather quickly, but leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S - Sweet honey, musty hops, grapefruit and pine. Standard fare, though inviting.

T - Much maltier than expected. Sweet caramel opens, followed by some bittering hops. Less pronounced flavors than predicted by the nose. Bitter on the climax, but well balanced.

M - Smooth, and almost light bodied. Not traditional, but works well.

D - Decent overall, but not great. Doesn't embody the style very well at all.

blakelive784, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pleasant surprise. I'm not generally a huge fan of Ska's beers, but this one is a notable exception. If you like an IPA with a strong malt backbone, this will hit the spot. It has roughly the same flavor profile as Surly Furious and is not a bad substitute if you don't have a Minnesota trading hookup.

Strong but complex hop flavors run the gamut from pineapple and lemon, to spice. All the while, the hop kick is balanced nicely by a sweet caramel malt. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than usual, but the lively carbonation ensures that all of the hop flavors hit the tongue at the right moment. This is not for those that want a pure pine bomb, but for me this will likely have a recurring space in the fridge. With my attention span, that's high praise.

chicagobeerriot, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of the some of the great christmas ales I have in the past with the really strong tastes of pine.

A good strong IPA from a brewery that I have not heard of before (but doesn't seem to be too well loved), I got this brew on tap at one of my favorite bars.

A damn good brew if you can find it....

Shibbykaiyai, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of zander4dawin
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, awesome can and cleaver name. Amber colored beer with a fluffy tan colored head. Good nose, sweet and floral. Get more bitterness off the beer than you think for the appearance and nose. Has classic floral notes, pine, and orange peel tastes. Bitterness lingers in back of the throat. Good everyday drinking IPA.

zander4dawin, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was incredibly excited to get a can of this stuff in my recent trade with tripelhops – from what I’ve heard, it’s basically a can of hops. Yes please.

The date on the bottom of the can says “10/28/11,” which is before I got the beer – I’m guessing it’s a best-by date, then. Ah well, close enough.

A: This one pours a relativity dark apple-cider orange-red; an off-white, oily head raises to medium height with pretty good lacing afterwards. Retention is minimal; surprisingly thick-looking.

S: Damn juicy in the nose: big grapefruit hops and creamy, fruity malts. It’s just what I want in an IPA. Light piney tastes and a bit of grainy aromas on the end. Love it.

T: Good candy sweets and light, drinkable hop-bitters on the front of the tongue; herbal and a bit funky, even. As the palate extends, so does the hop bitterness; it’s strong and resiny. Grains are dark and a bit roasty, with solid orange rind on the end. Aftertaste, as expected, is powerfully dry with a hint of sweet cream. Good, balanced flavor.

M: Drinkable, just like the palate. Smooth and refreshing with, surprisingly, only a mild astringency.

O: Very drinkable – a great IPA for the can. Grip ‘n sip, son!

BarryMFBurton, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into my Duvel tulip, copper/orange color with about two fingers of off white head that faded with minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of citrus, orange/grapefriut. Big on hops with moderate maltiness.

Very smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation which makes this beer very easy to drink.

For me a very drinkable IPA.

InspectorBob, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of osusullins
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I love the little green cans, and I love this brewery. I have been enjoying the cans for some time, and recently had the pleasure of having on tap. Just a perfect example of an american IPA.

Pours a nice orange with an off-white head. Very nice lacing. Beautiful beer.

The aroma is pine, pine and more pine. Hops is the word of the day when it comes to this beer.

The taste does not dissappoint. It is like a Christmas tree in a glass. I love it. 75 IBUs and it is amazing. Any hop head should definitly taste this beer. Ska has a few good beers, but I think this is head and shoulders above the rest. A great IPA.

osusullins, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this brew in my BIF box!

A: Coppered colored brew that was topped with a 1 fingered off white head that exhibited some retention, and good lacing.

S: Piney floral hops with hints of citrus. Candied malts follow and accompany nicely.

T: This beer balances the hops and malts well. I really enjoyed drinking this one, just wish it was slightly more complex.

M: Medium/light bodied, well carbonated.

O: Tasty brew that I would gladly drink again.

tjkinate, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of ChristianBlack
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the can! Poured into a glass. Nice looking color and head generated. Good carbonation. And, it smelled wonderful. Nice and hoppy! Great taste. Really enjoyed it. Mouthfeel was good and overall this beer belongs in the family of really good ipas.

ChristianBlack, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a standard pint glass at frig temp.

A - brilliant copper color with a finger of thick solid off white head. Retains and laces well.

S - nice piney hop notes with some hints of citrus... Great aroma.

T - nice balance of caramel malt and citrusy hops. Finishes with good bitterness

M - slight astringent feel... Bitterness lingers a little too long

O - a great IPA everyone should try

csiewert, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of MammothBrew
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy deep amber/caramel color with an eggshell white head that measures one finger. Sticky lacing and excellent retention!

S: Hoppy, piney, citrusy goodness! Some malt and floral notes in there as well.

T: Hoppy, piney, and grapefruit. Yum.

M: Thinner body with medium carbonation. Pine and grapefruit resin that clings to tongue.

O: I wasn't expecting much from this but turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

MammothBrew, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No reassuring psssst sounds as I opened the undated 12 oz can, but a decent head formed with a moderate pour.

Hazy, orange-amber with a smallish white head that does leave some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Citrus, mainly orange and grapefruit, with pine, and traces of caramel malts.

Taste: citrus hops dominate but mix in good balance (for an IPA) with the sweet malts. Slightly earthy. Grapefruit in the lingering, moderately bitter, aftertaste.

Feel: medium-light body; a bit under-carbonated.

O - good flavor balance. Rather hoppy American IPA leans towards a DIPA.

chinchill, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice light caramel color with a great off white head.

The aroma of piney and earthy hops greats the nose and tempting the drinker to take their first sip.

The caramel color leaves the drinker expecting a malt backbone to this beer but the beer is not as sweet as I would have thought.

The beer is medium bodied.

Overall it is a very refreshing beer with a nice bitter piney finish.

LeeryLeprechaun, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick gold with a finger of off-white head. Floral and grapefruit hops on the nose with some malt sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Clean caramel malt backbone with some gentle floral hops up front and mildly bitter citrus on the finish.

An easy-drinking IPA with good malt/hop balance and nice clean flavors.

grittybrews, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Gooball201
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just returned from business trip to Chicago! Did pub crawls on 2 consecutive nightrs. Not major crawls! Anyway I am heading back as NJ is barron for great west coast style IPA's. I know this is from CO but should be CA.

Needless to say between SKA and 3 Floyds availability my house is on the NJ market. Windy City here I come!

A must have beer for Western Hopheads!

Gooball201, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of smellandsip37
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can at 48F into a pint glass BBD 11/06/11

A- Clear copper with bout a half finger head that stuck around a while and laced a little as well

S- grass, pine, and floral hop tones, has a pleasant aroma

T- the citrus and pine flavors come though first and the bitterness follows, I have not had many beers that go this way. I can really taste the hop flavor before the bitter takes it away. This alone could keep me drinking this one beer alone for a good week

M- smooth and easy, just as an IPA should be, not too think even with the warm serving temp

O- I really enjoyed this even though I tend to stay away from canned beers. The layers of hop flavor were great, I will buy this again at least in a sixer rather than one at a time, as I do for reviewing purposes

smellandsip37, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of mjhorn
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a can poured into a pint glass. Pours a very clear golden orange. Thin head that turns to just a touch of lacing that lasts throughout. Nose is mainly scents of citrus. After what I'd heard about this brew before trying, I actually expected a much bigger pop with a little wider range. Taste is definitely focuses on the hop side of the spectrum, sharp and citrusy up front, which then gives way to a nice hit of bitterness that sticks around on the palate. Mouthfeel is nice, a little fuller than expected, but with a nice carbonation that keeps it from feeling heavy. Overall I enjoyed this and will probably pick up some more in the future. My one thought would be a bit heavier hand on the malt side to add a bit more balance.

mjhorn, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber color. Much darker than most IPAs. Reminds me a bit of the Green Flash West Coast IPA, but slightly lighter in color. Minor amount of off-white head. No sediment or haze.

S: Grassy, piney scent mostly. Some lemon zest and grapefruit as well. Hints of floral and some resin. Lots of hop overall, though.

T: Very hoppy. Wow! Lots of bitter, resiny piney flavors. Some of the citrus as well, and the floral elements come through only in the after taste. Definitely more of a west-coast IPA style, as the malt is a secondary thought.

M: Good, dense mouthfeel with ample but not overwhelming carbonation. Seems more like a DIPA in a good way. Nicely done.

O: Very solid beer. Perhaps the only west-coast style IPA I've had in a can to-date. Beats out Avery IPA for sure in that competition, and is up there with Green Flash's West Coast IPA.

jnn4v, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of azjoel
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Off-white two finger head, dissipates to a half finger that lingers. Caramel orange color

Smell- Tons of juicy citrus. Absolutely delicious

Taste- Citrus, some sweet malts, nice bitter finish

Mouthfeel- Perfect

Overall- Awesome IPA! One of my favorites

azjoel, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of cvm4
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper color with may'be a half finger head.

S - Citrus flavors hit your nose with floral nuances intertwined. Smells pretty hoppy.

T - I get a lot of floral flavors with citrus undertones. The bitterness exposes itself in the aftertaste. There's a good amount of lacing.

M - Seems about on par with this style of beer. Nothing out off the ordinary.

O - This is not an IPA that you'll lose yourself in. But, I'd buy it consistently if it was available here. Just a beer I can see myself drinking over hours and never get tired of.

cvm4, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of climax
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.

climax, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear dark orange color with a pillowy white head. Somewhat restrained on the nose, but the hoppy aroma is still there. On the palate, there is some sweetness, with a decent amount of hops, yet something is still missing, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

emmasdad, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of sureshot08
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber color with 1 finger off-white head that dissipates with some lacing.

Smell: Floral and citrus, but also has some malty presence like an amber ale.

Taste: Lots of floral bitterness, some grapefruit. The bitterness seems most present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Has some body with good carbonation. On par for this style.

Overall: An enjoyable IPA. Not the best I've had, but solid.

sureshot08, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of MayLattimore
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can with a very hazy orange color, and a modest white head. This is certainly not the most fragrant IPA, but the aroma is pleasant. Nicely bitter in the flavor but certainly more balanced, characteristics of grapefruit. The texture is fine, with a glimmer of the citrusy bitterness lingering long after each sip. Overall, this is a good representation of the style.

MayLattimore, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of smbslt
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear rich orange maybe even an aged shellac color. Carbonation is only a memory now only evidenced by a thin coarse head generated by pouring straight down into a pint. I found this was the best result (5th try). The lacing is thick and no nonsense.

Smell is straight forward hops with some pine and caramel undertones.

Good solid hop punch upfront but a syrupiness moderates the bitterness and lets the malt co-mingle thru to the end. Feel (helped by the low carbonation) compliments the taste experience very well.

This is a good beer. Simple but not simplistic. A working man's IPA? This is the kind of beer that will generate good conversations. It's only drawback is that I cannot add to my supply of bottles for home brewing.

smbslt, Sep 24, 2011
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.