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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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2,060 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 718
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 MrTopher
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thank you RatedZ (Jim) for this fine can beer, I’m getting on a can kick and I think because of this beer.
Poured into a Stone IPA glass, seemed fitting.

A – A rich orange/honey color that is a little hazy has a small white head that has good retention.

S – This has a great smell; citrus with a little pine, the malt is present but hops are the king of the castle here.

T – WOW, this is just good. Has a good crisp taste, the hops make this beer but it blends really well with the malt that adds just a hint of sweetness. You get grapefruit, citrus, pine resin and the sweetness from the malt. Very very impressive.

M – Creamy and medium bodied, must have been a fresh can because I thought it was right in there with other great IPAs.

O – Its hard for me to pick between this and Odell’s for my favorite single IPA from CO, this is REALLY good, and thankfully I have one more can I’m going to save to share with a friend.

MrTopher, May 18, 2011
Photo of Rampage1
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Darker,Amber color to it with a nice,fluffy head to it.

Smell: Has some nice fruity, citrus smells to it followed my a sweet, malty smell. A little biscuit to it but barely.

Taste: Up front it has a nice bitterness followed my some carmel malt flavors. I had a feeling from the color of it that it would have a decent malt body to it but there is enough hops in it to let you know that this is a ipa.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation that lends to a easy to drink ipa.

Overall: I like this ipa but am not a huge fan of the malt bill. Although i like my ipa's on the bitter side- I also like a little malt backbone but not too much of one. Pretty good ipa overall.

Rampage1, May 17, 2011
Photo of slentz
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeepCop for this can! Best by 10/1/11. Poured at 40 degrees F into my Bells Tulip.

A: Respectable pour leads to a finger wide head recedes at a slow rate after about 10 minutes a thin ring remains. Very nice lacing on the glass. Color is an orange/golden hue reminds me of my golden retriever Lark.

S: Smell is not very strong. Grapefruit, citrus, malt. Smell is definitely not this beers strongest aspect.

T: Taste is nice, very light, crisp, and refreshing. Slightly bitter and easy to drink. Would like to see some more bitterness and hops here but I guess we leave that to the double IPA's.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and not very impressive. Almost on par with a pale ale instead of an india pale ale.

O: Overall this beer is very average compared to come of the better IPA's. But this one is definitely a good beer for the warmer weather we are seeing now as it is lighter and not as high in abv. All in all a nice offering and I am glad I got to try it.

slentz, May 13, 2011
Photo of auroracrisis
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this when I was out visiting some friends in Kansas City. Poured from the can into a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange color with a one finger head that dissipates into a nice plane of tiny bubbles and a collar of foam around the edges of the glass.

The beer is a bit too cold right now but a sniff of it reveals a sweet citrus and piney hop quality to it. Some of the sweetness obviously attributed to the malts as well and would be best described as a honey like bread quality or maybe graham crackerish. Not bad on the nose but a little more aroma would be nice.

The taste begins with a malty sweetness for maybe half a second then transitions into a bitter, resiny taste. The bitter hop flavor is the one that lingers in your mouth and has a bit of a drying character to it. After a bit more warming the beer becomes sweeter and the hops become a little less apparent. Not necessarily a balanced IPA, the flavor leans more towards the bittering aspect of the style. Not bad though.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with an appropriate carbonation. The bitter flavors leave a some-what pleasant drying affect on your tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this isn't a bad IPA. Just not my favorite. If you like bittering hops and an alright nose in your IPAs, you'd like it. Definitely cool that it comes in a can though, I really wish more beers would.

auroracrisis, May 13, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a clear honey orange color with two fingers very fluffy pale tan head. Excellent retention and lace.

S: Lots of pine and grapefruit, quite nice, good dose of sweet malt underneath.

T: Bitter resins up front yield to moderate amount of sweet malt. Sweetness lingers through the finish with a bit of bitterness rejoining. Nice and piney, almost gin-like in its astringence.

M: Light and creamy, a tad thin but still good.

O: Another fine American IPA. Sure wish we could get this in Iowa, but Illinois isn't that far away. Will buy it again.

AmericanGothic, May 09, 2011
Photo of PatLarsen
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured can into a pint glass. Light amber color with a bit of orange. Looks good with nice head.

S: Citrus hops very prominent.

T: Like the malt balanced with the hops. Good hop presence here.

Mf: Nicce mouthfeel with a really good carbonation. I like the can deal.

Overall: Love the can for a really good beer. It makes for less room in my fridge for a good beer.

PatLarsen, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of TangTKE402
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a can into a pint glass. Tan/Orange/Brown in color with a nice haze (though not opaque) and a great, frothy, ecru 2-finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine cone on the nose in a pleasant, clean and dry way. Not sticky smelling.

T: Citrus rind up front with a bark-flavored middle, and a dry, piney swallow. Flavors of grapefruit, tin, oat nut toast, and a pine cone swallow. Earthy without being crunchy, clean, and crisp flavors.

M: Clear and crisp feeling, with some tanins in the mouth and a bone-dry afterfeel.

O: This is a great, tasty session IPA. Just enough flavor to be delicious, but not so much as to limit you to just one. In fact, I may crack open another can right now...

TangTKE402, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish color with a nice whitish head. Smell is strong pine resin and hop. A touch of malt hangs out in there as well. Taste like the nose - big hoppy resin pine hops. Maybe a touch of tropical hops behind that and malt balance. Really tasty. The mouthfeel is good carbonation and a slightly sticky body. A killer canned IPA, this is really drinkable with a really enjoyable hop blast. The only knock is that the hop flavor isn't quite as clean as I prefer. That said, this is a really good one.

seeswo, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum, that's a tasty canned beer!

Very cool to see a dark copper colored beer pouring out of a can into my new begium goblet...a bit surprising...in a good way. Abundant lacing, sticky...me like.

Definite resinous piney, hoppy scent...fresh. Some tropical fruit, but buried beneath the pine needles.

Taste follows smell...pine...fresh pine needles, a bit bitter, but in a good way. Refreshing.

Moderate carbonation, dry...makes me want another sip right away.

Very nice beer! I like this one better than Dale's Pale Ale as it has a more pronounced smell and taste. Buy it. Take it to the beach, or any place cans are allowed. You won't regret it.

obrike, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can is stamped best by 9/11/11. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Light amber colored body that is slightly hazy and has a touch of orange hue. Three-finger off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some ringed lacing down the glass.

Nice citrus and floral hop aroma. The hops are very prominent in the aroma and include orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and some floral notes. Only a slight note of sweet malt on the backside.

Wow, the flavor is much more bitter than the aroma would have suggested. But that is GOOD! Nice piney and grapefruit hops dominate the flavors. Just a slight amount of malt balance. Great mix of flavors here.

Medium mouthfeel that is nonetheless smooth for an IPA. I'm very impressed with this brew and extremely happy it comes in cans. Will be a regular one for me.

FanofHefe, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice can. Golden orange color in the glass with froth, sticky lacing that follows in layers. Aromas are nice and hoppy, pine, citrus, bark. Flavor is crisp. orange peel, pine, and fresh tree bark dominate the palate and the finish lingers with a firm hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Tripphop, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of bbkd3b
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful merrygold tone. 1 ½ finger head with excellent retention and a great lacing covers the entire glass. Great looking beer.

S - Floral hops balanced out by a sweet malt scent. Some grapefruit give it a pleasant, citrus aroma as well. This is exactly what I’ve come to expect from an IPA, really. Nice and potent.

T - Earthy hops and a citrus underbelly… Great balance in the flavor with a nice, malty sweetness that lasts throughout the entire tasting. Finishes on a not-harsh bitter kick to really round off the flavor.

M - Full, smooth body with a laidback carbonation. Clean and easy finish.

O - Excellently made IPA. One of the most balanced I’ve come across. Ranks right up there with Lagunitas IPA as a top-tier brew. Certainly going to revisit this one in the future.

bbkd3b, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of gregshead
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours w/ 2 fingers of head, copper color

S: Grapefruit on the nose, pretty strong smell.

T: Grapefruit hop presence is there but not as much pop as I prefer. Little on the malty side.

M: light feel for the dark/caramel IPA, plenty of carbonation

D: Overall, drinkable but not memorable with all the other IPAs in CO, this IPA doesn't hit the right note for me.

gregshead, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep amber in color. Lots of red shades in the highlights. Very clear. Light tan foam. Decent retention, slowly fades to a white film.

S - huge hop aroma. Very resiny. Tons of citrus notes. Lots of pine as well. Decent amount of honey like sweetness from the malts.

T - mild malty sweetness on the front of the tongue. Sweetness lasts through the big burst of citrus hoppy bitterness. Malt flavors fades on the finish but the hop flavor lasts well past it. No metallic flavors despite coming from a can.

M - medium full bodied. Lower on the carbonation.

D - I could drink this all the time. Damn fine IPA.

Teleweizen2, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew to start a great night! Checking out Arcade Fire Live tonight!!!

A - A great golden orange color that's slightly murky. Head pours strong like a puffy off-white pillow. Great lacing is left behind, wonderful "tiers"

S - Vary citrus. Delicately hopped, with great aroma. Slight lime and grapefruit smoothed in orange

T - Medium bitterness, silky-smooth. Slight roughness at the back-end of the brew... Mild alcoholic taste too. Very good, almost beer out a can than glass... NAH

M - Smooth carbonation and silky smooth brew

D - Awesome! Slight "wet" taste Leaves you reminiscing about your last sip

A must try! This is one of my favorite brews to bring camping, hiking, and backpacking... Yes, I backpack with beer. Great job SKA on another wonderful brew! Will definitely distribute to friends and family.

Cheers to Saturday!

chugalug06, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, deep copper bordering on red with a tan three finger high head, settles rocky with good retention and rings of lacing all over the glass.

Wow, brilliant nose, exceptionally floral, hop oils paired with grapefruit, pineapple, slightly pine and somewhat tropical. Malt sits nicely in the back ground adding some sweetness and depth.

Hops bright and bashing bitterness all on the front but fades rather quickly with little to deliver on the back end. Initial front of grapefruit and citrus hops rather spicy as well. Malts are slightly sweetening adding balance, from there the taste is bittering but lacks any further depth. There's no drying quality but rather a little chalky residue on the finish.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Would like to see this dry a little better and be rid of the chalky bitterness.

Overall a very well put together IPA, well balanced and great presentation in the aroma. Was a little let down in the taste as it didn't deliver the whole way through but definitely one worth coming back to, especially for travel.

rawfish, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to miikezombie, one of BA's up and coming traders for supplying the first brews I've ever tasted by Ska Brewing.

Fills the cup with a brilliantly clear, medium orange elixir. Yellow highlights around the edges. Dense, off-white head, ever so slightly cratered sits atop the brew, persists throughout the session and leaves sticky lacing footprints as the beer depletes. Very prominent pineapple and citrus hops, orange flavor-ice. Hops are fresh and persistent. Sips ooze hoppy goodness with herbally/mango/tropical fruity hops playing a dominant role. Moderately high in bitterness, medium dry finish. Maltiness supports. Medium body, moderate almost moderately high carbonation.

Overall a damn fine IPA, punchy hops supported by a malt backbone that does its job without interfering. Looking forward to more though a drier finish could improve its standing.

BrewerB, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit on the hoppy side, considerably bitter, not much else. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth. Overall not a bad beer, but I feel it could use a little more balance.

tone77, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a perfect amber, the kind you find bugs in, with a nice two finger just off-white head that leaves some lace. On the nose the grapefruit sits right up front, gigantic, almost overpowering. There is one other note behind it that I can't place, some spice of some sort, along with some pine resin and just a hint of bready malts. In the mouth the grapefruit and a buzzsaw of bitterness come first, then some caramel malts and a huge spice presence sit on the middle of the tongue. The finish is long, but it's a combination of the spice on the middle of the tongue with the more normal bitterness at the back. The feel is medium, easy enough to drink several of these, but the finish is long enough to make it enough to drink one and feel like you've had a nice big beer. I'm a big fan and I love the cans that they come in. One of my favorite beers to bring places.

EricCioe, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of suspect
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Best by date of 5/22/11 (I think at least. The month was smudged). Thanks to Dubinsky for the hookup.

A: beautiful crystal clear amber color. Normal pour led to a pretty two-finger fluffy white head. Strong lacing remained throughout the drink.

S: Not an overpowering smell but the hops were definitely the most present with some slight citrus and slight pine. Definitely did not punch me in the face with hops like I would expect beer with "hoperandi" in the name.

T: Exceptional flavor. Primarily hop forward - much more so than the smell would have had me guess. Wonderfully balanced bitter with malty sweetness.

M: Lightly carbonated, Medium body. Spicy aftertaste doesn't linger too long.

O: Overall this is a perfectly balanced beer- one that I wish was readily available in my area. I would definitely tailgate with this one.

suspect, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Darker than I would imagine. Nice big fluffy off white head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma- Smells like orange hard candy. Nice flowery hops and malts to back it up.

Taste- Sweet with fruity, earthy hops. Big bitterness that goes away fast. Malt backbone after.

Mouthfeel - I would not mind this to be a little thinner.

Overall - Not too boozy even with the amount of malt. This is a good beer. Maybe a little too much malt. I tend to like my IPAs a little drier. I am happy to try this though.

Thanks to jenray for sending it to me.

MADhombrewer, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately not in a position to decant. Aroma is dominated by pine tree/grapefruit, intensely fresh smelling. Taste is dominated by a beautiful burst of in your face hop bitterness. Tongue biting. Definitely out of balance with virtually no malt presence. Exactly as expected, an out of balance ipa, delivering in no uncertain terms. Bitter as can be, yet very easy to drink. Great ipa.

KickbacksSteve, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of utah44
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a WWI German mug at the appropriate temperature exhibited a clear amber coloration with a one finger creamy white head that sticks around for a while with some great lacing left behind. The aromas are crisp, clean and delicious with hints of Western red cedar and mirlitons. Taste was citrus and pine, hops and malt. Mouthfeel was pretty standard for the style, crisp, dry and medium carbonation. Overall this is a great beer that i would love to enjoy on a frequent basis.

utah44, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of slowbie
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Can dated best by 9/11/11.

Pours a clear copper color with a one finger head with poor retention. This must be filtered, because it's incredibly clear for an IPA.

Grapefruit hops in the aroma, but I can also pick up some sweet bready malts as well.

Taste is grapefruit hops up front fading to a malt backbone that is more subtle than I expected from the aroma. It then fades to that bitter, dry, tongue coating finish -- in a good way. A hint of alcohol near the end too. Looking back on this paragraph, it's accurate, but sounds better than I think the beer actually is. I think the beer is good, but I would like more bitterness and a more complex hoppy flavor. Part of this may be influenced by the mouthfeel.

As I just mentioned in my last sentence, I think more carbonation or more bitterness is necessary in this beer. This beer does manage to be thick and dry at the same time, which lends itself to this moderately low carbonation, but it lacks the bite I'm looking for up front.

If not for the $2 price difference here (this was 10.99 for six), this beer could easily compete with Dale's Pale ale as my go to tailgate (i.e. I have to drink from a can) beer. However, although the beer is enjoyable, I probably wouldn't buy it again for home consumption with all the other better IPAs available to me at similar or lower prices.

slowbie, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a slightly chilled Sam Adams Lager glass. Dark burn orange, very mild bubbles. More on the side of clear than cloudy but barely. Only a one finger head tha is thick and creamy in appearance and off white tan in color. Lace is not really sticking.

Grapefruit hop smell with a bit of malt sweetness.

Not even close to as balanced as the nose. This one takes your tongue and puts it in a "twister hold" (UFC 128). It is definitely a yellow grapefruit, citrus taste. After the bitterness there is some sweetness, which I am licking off of my lips as I type. I love this type of IPA, so my score must reflect that. Most will score this on it being unbalanced but I am left coast and call this exceptional for the style.

The mouth is a lot better than what a common IPA should be. It is rich, full bodied, well carbonated. I can't go to 4.5 on this though. It is close!!

I must say that I am very lucky to live in the West. I have had many more balanced IPA's but learned to love the style from the West Coasters and tend to side with this kind of over the top citrus hop bitter IPA.

azdback, Mar 28, 2011
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.