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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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1,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,965
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 198
Gots: 192 | 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 wedge

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Best by 3/21/11

Clear orange-amber with a nice, thick, frothy head. Sweet citrus, pineapple, fresh herbal, resinous hoppy aroma. Sugary grapefruit, bitter citrus, pine needles, and a solid balancing caramel malt presence. Medium bodied and bitter...slightly oily before drying out in the finish. Good IPA in convenient can format!

11-15-2010 00:44:23 | More by wedge
Photo of codewarrior

New York

3.08/5  rDev -25.4%

12oz Can from a 6-pack poured into a Chalice.

This beer has a cult following round these parts. To the point that non-drunk random persons in Argonaut audibly cheered me for pulling it.

L: Deep apricot and clear, with dollops of rich, beautiful head. Great retention.

S: Overwhelming hops up front, with futile massive sweetness trying to overcome in the back.

T: Hop bomb! Sweetness is even more absent in the mouth than the nose. This thing has a one-track mind, and that mind wants to be as hop-ridiculous as possible. No balance, or even an attempt at it. To be admired?

F: Great feel here, perfect carbonation, perfect thickness, consistant, good as it opens up.

D: Like it a lot, aside from the taste. Minor details.

Still, any brewery that open sources it's beer recipes is OK by me.

11-10-2010 02:11:08 | More by codewarrior
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -28.6%

bought down in the outer banks...

best by 2.21.11
like their decadent I tried last night the head really boils up on this, a good full two fingers, damn, poured side by side this might be a twin of the Decadent sans a slight red hue not present on modus....
carbonation is apparent, clean and clear looking through the brew, head retention and lacing is very good. man... this seems like a rewrite of my last review... hopefully this one kicks it in the taste pants...

underwhelming nose (the beer, not mine), some hops, some sticky smelling caramel malt, nothing that sings... pretty average but not bad.

taste etc...
just like the decadent the carbonation feels flat, I can see the bubbles but the structure is strange, this taste's like watered down Decadent... the bitterness is there but the overall hop flavor is lacking, the malt is also just "meh". Rarely is bitterness off putting to me... but this is.

there are much better IPAs in a can... let alone bottles.

11-09-2010 04:39:42 | More by Ego
Photo of Star80


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

Beer pours out a dark copper color quite dark for an India Pale Ale. Date on the can is at the bottom best before April 2011. Smell is not unlike their Euphoria, perhaps a little more subdued in that the hops don't taste quite as "wild". Some lacing on my glass. Smells like resinous pine with some pungent grapefruit and sweet malt. Actually smells kinda atypical for an IPA. But that doesn't mean it isn't nice, just not that groundbreaking. Anyway, the taste greets you with a very citric grapefruit bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. As it warms you can taste some of the alcohol but it isn't overwhelming. I am sensing that this is dry hopped, and despite the freshness date I am detecting that "extra layer" afforded by the dry hopping, which is always the first to go, is dying a little giving way to a certain malt flavor I am altogether too familiar with. Anyway, mouthfeel is smooth not overly rich and these are somewhat drinkable. Overall this is a good IPA just a tad bit underwhelming.

11-08-2010 02:19:43 | More by Star80
Photo of Arbitrator


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Chilled can into a glass. A generous gift from ShogoKawada. Thanks, Phil.

A: Pours a clear, orange-amber body capped with a half finger of off-white foam. It leaves the occasional tendril of lace down the glass.

S: Juicy, wet pine needles and a small grapefruit rind aroma. Noticeable dark crystal malt aroma (caramel, slight hint of toffee).

T: Pine, a touch of white grapefruit, and an accompanying bitterness. A nice caramel backbone prevents this from tasting like vegetal hop juice. There is a small lingering bitterness that showcases just how many IBUs this beer has, but during the main taste, there's enough flavor to take your mind off of it. It's not exactly balanced, but it's not an overwhelming hop-bomb, either.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. It delivers the flavors well, leaves a little bitterness, and scrubs everything nicely. It falls away a little fast, but it's not unsatisfying. Well done.

D: Insanely drinkable. I had a hard time resisting the urge to crack my second can as well. I complain about too many beers in bombers, but if this were in one... I'd understand.

11-03-2010 09:31:21 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of JLeege


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

This has been one of my "comfort" beers for some time now. I generally will drink it straight from the can, but this is in a pint for reviewing purposes.

Canned on 9/11/10

Appearance- Pours a clear light amber color with a two finger, just off-white head. Good retention and lace.

Smell- Mostly piney hops, with some faint citrus in the background.

Taste- Incredibly well balanced. A nice blend of pine and citrus hops, that is just a tad bit resinous. Some caramel malt. Finishes a bit prickly but not overbearingly bitter.

Mouthfeel- medium body and carbonation, very nice.

Overall- This is one of my go-to beers. In a convienent can, versatile for any situation, has a very nice flavor, and very affordable. This wont blow you away or destroy your taste buds, but it is very solid and overly drinkable!

11-03-2010 07:32:11 | More by JLeege
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Darker bronze-gold color. Nice head and lacing.

S: Pine, and bitter citrus. Ends with a caramel malt smell.

T: Slams you with the pine right off the bat, then breaks into a more citrus and nice caramel malt taste. This is seriously tasty and I could drink this entire 6er in one sitting. That is, if my budget would allow such a thing...

M: Light and pretty high in carbonation. Not too carbonated, quite pleasant actually.

D: A+++ This is the perfect session IPA.

Notes: Best IPA I have had since I was introduced to Rock Art.

I never tried this due to it only being available in cans as far as I have ever seen in my area. I now will reconsider and give cans a try more often. I still prefer bottles though.

11-03-2010 02:52:40 | More by jeffaz02t
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Best by 03/19/11.

A: Not an expected golden pale, but a nice bronze-amber hue instead. Huge head and beautiful lacing are left on the glass with every sip.

S: Big grapefruit, woodsy pine aroma.

T: Pine, grapefruit, orange peel with a slight herbal bitterness at the end. Malt balances out with caramel / cotton candy sweetness.

M/D: I had a hard time drinking this straight out of the fridge cold, but when its warmed up to around 50 F and the carbonation has died down a bit, the beer goes down smooth. A great, solid IPA.

11-01-2010 06:38:36 | More by diamondc
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured out a beautiful red hued, root beer color with a tallow one and a half fingers of head, gorgeous sponge lacing.

Fills the nose with a boat of hops and citrus.

Taste is thistle and bitter hops with a minimum balance of sweet pine and malts.

Mouthfeel nice and light for a heavy flavor, beautiful cold and refreshing carbonation, my favorite IPA in the last few months.

I would have maybe two or three of these, interesting and delicious enough :)

Good price for a good IPA sixer for 8.50

11-01-2010 02:51:57 | More by JoeAmerican77
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3.05/5  rDev -26.2%

This extra can was kicked to me generously by Ryan011235. I penned out some notes over at his place after GLBC's public sales.

A- I am faced with a deep, clouded copper colored beer. A darker take on the style, which it seems is something Ive been seeing more of lately. It sports a parchment colored head that gets up to about a finger (the standard BA unit of measure) in height.

S- Quite malty on the initial whiffs. Caramel malts seem apparent. The aroma then moves through a floral and tea-like phase on its way to a piney and bitter grapefruit spike.

T- Herbal, floral and tea like hops kick things off. A caramel maltiness peaks its head out in the middle, just before some grapefruits make themselves known. The finish is caramely with a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness.

M- Sharp and stinging. Dry, crisp finish.

10-31-2010 01:56:12 | More by MbpBugeye
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

I got this beer from kiltedtxn and aggieboudreux, Thanks Guys!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a white head that left a sheet of lacing.

S - citrus and piney hops.

T - bitter bite upfront being somewhat balanced out with malt at halftime before getting dry and bitter on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - easy drinking and very tasty.

10-26-2010 00:04:37 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel copper color with a white head. The nose is some light pine hops with faint hints of citrus. The taste is quite bitter without too much malt, but also does not have all that much hop flavor. Feel is nice with dry bitterness. Other than being bitter--which I always thoroughly enjoy--there isn't too much for me to get exabout about here.

10-25-2010 22:27:17 | More by Thorpe429
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a snifter on 10/21/10

Best by 3/9/11

Pours a caramel/amber color & settles fairly dark with a rusty hue. One & a half fingers of foam dwindle slowly; stringy rings of lace remain. Thin, bubbly retention & pretty good lace throughout.

I love the smell a can of IPA let off right after it's opened. Potent pine hop aroma with a zesty, if mild, citric peppering. Solid balance of caramel & biscuit. Not too shabby.

The taste is more potent, bitter pine tar. There are hints of citrus crackle on the peripheries; but yeah, lots of pine. Dry pine, at that. I can tell the malt bill is fairly substantial though, impressively, it doesn't interfere with the hops. Toasty hints of caramel & bread crumbs.

Modus Hoperandi is a hefty medium body. Resinous & gritty. Carbonation isn't too vigorous; just enough to push the hops to the foreground. The finish is dry; I mean my tongue feels like a vapid wasteland of dried parchment. Make that parchment covered in sand, cause it's gritty, too.

Ska Brewing has a good thing going with this one. I've found it to be especially good as a "second or third beer of the night" sort of beer. I'd be inclined to drink the last one from the six pack but I already promised it to MbpBugeye.

10-22-2010 21:10:15 | More by Ryan011235
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz can -> american pint
best by 02/21/11 is screened on the bottom side of the can

Pours a slightly hazed copper with a thick creamy head that settles to a thin blanket. Large cliffs of lace. Carbonation is slow and abundant.

Nose: Pine, pear, bubblegum

Good full body. Bready caramel sweat malt heeds quickly to piney citrus hops. A full helping of bitterness almost hides some of the flavors, but orange peel and pineapple blast their way through. This is how I like my session IPA's, full hop flavors, bitter and with that above average punch. Could of used a little more hops on the back end, but that just being picking. If I'm being picky, a little run through a hop back would probably push this brew into the incredible category.

One of the beers i picked up in Charlotte on a recent road trip. Wish we could get this in PA

10-21-2010 01:54:06 | More by beerphan
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: A clear copper with a one-finger, frothy tan head that laces well.

Smell: Bright citrusy hops, smells of grapefruit and sweet caramel malt.

Taste: A big IPA taste with a strong presence of grapefruit and good balance of sweet malts an hoppy bitterness with a bit of pine.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a good balance of carbonation. Light to medium body and a wee bit sticky. Buttery aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. Would be a session beer if not for the alcohol content.

10-21-2010 00:51:23 | More by Zundo
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Dh brought this home from some sort of recommendation. We both really liked it. We appreciate most IPAs and stronger tasting beers. We thought this was a nice balance of lighter and bite. We thought is was a refreshing beer after some yard work or some home improvements. A tasty thirst quencher.

10-18-2010 23:46:56 | More by sammimag
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep golden/burnt orange hue, nice two finger head and excellent lacing all over the glass

S: Smells like sticky, sweet, hoppy goodness. Not really getting much floral or pine, but a slight grapefruit aroma pokes through.

T: Lovin' this beer. Nice and bitter, with the malt hiding perfectly behind the bitter hops...be afraid malt...be very afraid.

M: Resin coats the mouth with a slight numbing of the tongue. Honestly, I would drink this over many DIPAs out there eight days a week. Great carbonation.

D: Keep em comin'

10-18-2010 22:13:14 | More by jimbus
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a nice dark golden color with a good head.
Smells of strong citrus and bitterness from the large amount of hops used.
Taste is grassy, and citrusy, but also has a nice sweet flavor, that is not at all overdone.
Less carbonated than I remember from when I had it in bottle, but still delicious.

10-17-2010 03:42:00 | More by Spineypanda
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this can!

Finally bustin' into the box I recently received from Paul. This bit o' haul pours a clear sunset amber topped by about a finger of white micro-foam. The nose is a lovely see-saw ride piloted on the one side by some sharp grapefruit and on the other by some lusciously sweet caramel. The taste shows that, as you get closer to the aforementioned playground scene, the grapefruit (who's wearing a Pine jersey) is actually decently fatter than the caramel, but, at the same time, he's nice and laid-back (I've seen some asshole kids who look very similar to this one). They play pretty well together, even if it looks a bit awkward. Ahem. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that doesn't overdo it on the hops and yet doesn't fall victim to over-malting. Good times.

10-14-2010 23:33:12 | More by TMoney2591
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

12oz can, mixed 12pack from Binny's in Schaumburg

appearance: sharp green can, served in a great dane imperial pint, bright amber-copper body, huge sticky off-white foam with strong retention

smell: pulpy grapefruit, bitter citrus rind, orange/tangerine, sweet malt

taste: Hops in a can - a wonderful thing. High bitterness levels, grapefruit and citrus rind, sticky hops, sweet caramel. Pretty strong IPA and probably the best i've seen in a can

mouthfeel: oily and sticky, medium body

drinkability: pretty good, bitterness levels a little high

10-10-2010 20:04:44 | More by dirtylou
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 12oz. can into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours out a nice amber color into a small pillowy white head. Head disappeared and left some foam around the edge and some lacing. This looks good.

S - Scent of piney, citrus, and floral hops. Fresh and fruity with some light maltiness.

T - Again a nice combo of piney and citrus hops. The bitterness last until the back where the sweet carmel malt kicks in to give the beer some balance.

M - This was crisp and refreshing. Light bodied with a little stickiness. Malt was not overdone here. No alcohol burn.

D - Well made IPA. Perfect for me on nice hot day, which we get plenty of. Easy drinking beer that I wish I could get here. Nice hop profile for the piney hop lovers.

10-09-2010 03:48:02 | More by kk73
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a finger and a half off white head, fair enough lacing. Nice grassy citrus hops aromas with hints of carmel malts. Musty grass and sweet pine on the palate. Desent carbonation for this medium bodied I.P.A.
Two thumbs up!

10-07-2010 23:44:24 | More by Bizz88
Photo of adam42381


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 02/21/11 printed on can.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium golden amber with a 2-3 finger fluffy light tan head. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Sweet citrus, grapefruit and piney hops with a light caramel malt background.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine up front with a hint of toasted malt in the middle and more bitter grapefruit at the finish. Very bitter lemon zest aftertaste. The taste is nowhere near as sweet as the aroma. Not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Quite sticky from the oily hops.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back a few without much difficulty.

Overall: Very solid IPA. I prefer a little more sweetness to balance out the bitterness but this will definitely do. Worth trying for sure.

10-07-2010 18:53:04 | More by adam42381
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz can with Best by Date of 2/18/2011.

A - Orange/Amber color with a half Finger of off White Head that faded quickly.

S - Smells of Orange, Minerals, Grass, Pine and Caramel.

T - Tastes of Lemon, Brown Sugar, Peaches and Pine.

M - Carbonation is good, kind of Bitter, and a little watery but doesn't distract.

D - The Drinkability of this beer is very good and I will be buying this one again.

10-06-2010 03:35:32 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

12 oz. can.

Clear, clean golden orange body. Tall, two fingers of light khaki brown head. Nose full of pine, grapefruit, and floral hops. Oily and pungent and nice. Caramel cookie malt backing.

Toasted malts briefly up front before sharp hop bitterness takes over. Piny, resinous, and citrusy. Fruit and caramel malt backbone sits underneath the huge hop flavor and bitterness. Citrus rind and herbal hop notes toward the finish. Oily, yet perfume-y. Some grassiness in the very bitter, dry finish. Delicious! Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. I could drink this by the case!

10-02-2010 01:13:34 | More by alexgash
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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