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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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2,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,006
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 200
Gots: 204 | 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 Evil_Pidde


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours amber with a thick off-white head that sinks into quite nice lacings.

S: Kind of rich sweet caramell malt over-powered by the hops, floral and bitter. The hops are very piney and citric; grapefruit and lemon sezt.

M: Toffee sweetness to the caramell malt, quite rich. Lots of hops, mostly floral but also bitter. There's grapefruit and lemon, and some orange sezt. Kind of bready.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter with a sweet touch. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: This beer is a treat. You can enjoy it for a long time. My best suggestion is to buy a bunch and spend a night with only this beer (before, during and after dinner).

02-23-2011 20:10:58 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

A: poured amber color with a thick creamy white head an lots of lacing.
S: the thick head kept much of the aroma lingering. Hops is the best way to put the smell and boy did it make my mouth water.
T: smokey cedar with the aromatic hop flavors makes it a great hop quencher.
M/D: smooth and medium bodied that doesn't dry out the tongue. Which leads to a refreshing and easy drinkability.

02-22-2011 00:38:56 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of rarbring


4.5/5  rDev +9%

The beer is nearly clear copper toned amber, a large fluffy off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smelling of sweetened pressed grape-fruit juice, sunny pine needles. Nice!

Upfront toffee sweetness, then grape-fruit: fresh juice, peel and crushed seeds.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, a smooth texture and big body, a nice lingering dryness.

A canonical welldone AIPA!

02-21-2011 17:04:54 | More by rarbring
Photo of bbeane


4/5  rDev -3.1%

Recently sent to me as an extra... thanks Dale!

A- Poured into my DFH chalice from can... starts with a nice head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Beer is a nice amber in color with a decent amount of sediment

S- Very grapefruity with a malty sweet aspect in the mix

T- Interesting... despite the hint of malty sweetness in the nose, this one is far from being balanced. Has a nice hoppy flavor, but not in your face hoppy

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

D- Pretty tasty stuff. Easily drank and the can offering is cool. I'm pretty stoked that more of the crafts are getting into canning beers, as it means I no longer have to drink shitty beer on the golf course


02-18-2011 02:57:51 | More by bbeane
Photo of wheatyweiss


2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a tulip.

Pours a medium honey with a moderate cloud. Two finger head recedes to a decent cap and sticks well.

Aroma is a unique, very floral hop. The hops yield to a spicy malt, cinnamon and allspice, bit of clove. Skanky, dirty malt aroma in the finish.

Flavor is..odd. Metallic hops take the fore front. Medicinal and phenolic, this is not a good flavor, the phenolic flavors are over the top. Malt is spicy and the hops are extremely floral, But the band aid phenolic is just too much, it is sour and chemical and not good at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is good.

At first I thought I had an infected beer, but I had more from the six and they were all the same. This beer was forced past a drain pour, not recommended in this form.

02-17-2011 01:01:12 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of JMad


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

I poured a 12 oz can into a glass mug...

The beer was a reddish copper color with a thick, off-white head that had medium sized bubbles and clung to the glass.

I could smell mostly pine, orange, mango and a candy-like sweetness.

When I took a sip, it kind of puckered the sides of my mouth, there was lots of resiny bitterness, some fruit flavors like grapefruit and pineapple, it was bitter, then sweet, then had a nice long bitter finish.

This beer dries out your mouth after a swig, it's medium bodied with soft carbonation and smooth as can be.

I thought this was a very enjoyable brew. It has a great hoppy profile and the ABV to make it count. I highly recommend this one.

02-12-2011 19:18:29 | More by JMad
Photo of sampstar

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -16.5%

Can to pint glass.

Light copper amber color.

i smell light fruit tones but mostly pine.

Taste - For the first few drinks, the bitter then the pine was not pleasing to my old taste buds. Pine is just not what i typically look for, however, after the taste buds got accustomed to it, i enjoy it.

Easy drinker. Leaves you with a citrus pine taste.

02-10-2011 13:16:33 | More by sampstar
Photo of levifunk


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

another nice extra from pokesbeerdude.

a - much darker and cloudier than most IPA's. large thick fluffy head with high retention and nice lacing. this is looking a lot like a DIPA.

s - pine hops and caramel malts.

t - bitter grapefruit citrus and pine hops. some residual malt sweetness. I've had a couple canned beers lately and, while i know I'm not suppose to, i get a metallic off flavor.

m - medium body, dry bitter finish. good carbonation

overall - very enjoyable. nothing mindblowing, but a very good beer.

02-10-2011 03:35:36 | More by levifunk
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

A-Pours an amber/burn orange with a thick, rocky off-white head.

S-Grapefruit and caramel malt stand out the most.

T-Grapefruit dominates the flavor profile with a hint of lemon and a nice malt backbone to balance out the hops.

M-Pretty thick with the right amount of carbonation.

D-This beer is extremely drinkable. It is hoppy and refreshing and doesn't have an overly dry finish which makes enhances its drinkability.

Overall, this is a really good example of the style and I hope to drink more in the future.

02-06-2011 21:22:58 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Spider889


3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

I sampled this for the first time in NM, my brother got this one and I was really jealous that I was stuck with a Black Hawk stout instead. Got a six pack of this in Chicago last weekend.

Live review.

I still dislike cans overall, but they are convenient, and the artwork is good. The beer itself pours a dark caramel amber with ruby twinges in the light. There's a very small head of white bubbles. It doesn't last long, but I get a little bit of droopy spotted lace.

Smells wonderful. Lots of really green hops - vegetal and super piney. The resins make this beer really sing. There are also crisp amber malts detectable as well.

This is a really bitter IPA. The hop profile is once more pine heavy; the greenness of the hops is also present which gets a little detracting at times. I also get some bitter spruce and juniper as well as some acidic alcohol. This isn't the best IPA out there in the flavor department, but it's certainly solid and refreshing. The beer finishes with more bitterness, awww yeah...

The mouthfeel is quite dry. Moderate carbonation delivers the brew well. Heavy pine bites along with the alcohol to serve a mild numbness to the tongue.

This one is very drinkable in my book. It's simply a tasty beer that serves its role very well. I drank three in a row while hanging out in Chicago.

02-04-2011 08:30:04 | More by Spider889
Photo of xnicknj


3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12 oz can poured into DFH signature glass - best by 3/11/11

Pours a hazed copper orange with some darker hues. Smaller white head fades quickly into spotty film with rings and patches of lacing on the glass.

A thick dose of sweeter malt in the nose quickly followed by some pine hops.

Slightly sweet up front, touches of caramel and slightly roasted malt. Grapefruit hop bitterness with ruby red juiciness and blood orange. Doughy malt, slightly syrupy with honey. Bittersweet hoppiness towards the finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a little dry and slightly chewy. Pretty quick, smooth drinking but I would have liked to see more hop profile and less malted sweetness.

02-04-2011 02:33:59 | More by xnicknj
Photo of dali27


4.83/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: A hazy orange gold. This is an odd looking color, but it is not unatractive. Nice foamy head which stays with the beer as it is comsumed.

S: Sweet smell of citrus. Pineapple, orange, apricot and grapefruit. I love sweetness, only I question too much sweet in a beer. The sweetness is balanced with the crisp scent of pine and this beer smells beautiful.

T: Taste follows the sweet route. I cannot believe how much I am liking this right now. The strong citrus hops along with the pine, take the taste from sweet to bitter in moments. Each taste follows suit, and is a great experience. Enjoying this one a lot.

M: Medium body, each area of my tongue reacts to some flavor.

D: Excellent.

I tried this one in a bar the other night, and all I can say is, I am hooked. Sign me up. Next trip to the store, this is on the must buy list.

01-31-2011 05:42:21 | More by dali27
Photo of imagese


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

A- hazy dark gold with a one finger head that faded fast and had decent lacing

S- incredible pine aroma followed by a nice citrus hop and sweet malt push

T- very piney splash with a great balanced sweet back end. Very crisp

M- medium body with moderate carbonation. The pine resin coats the tongue

D- solid IPA. Always love it when I can get it!

01-31-2011 04:45:55 | More by imagese
Photo of AleWatcher


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured this can into a standard pint.

An orange tinted copper brew with almost 2 fingers of white. Decent retention. Very nice lacing.

Smells dry. Some piney notes are big... Citrusy hop notes are a welcomed change of pace from the past 10 or so beers I've had lately!

I've had this one many times, was surprised I hadn't reviewed it. The flavor is very nice. Dry bready malts are a good start for a big hop punch... And niiice. Grapefruit and pine. Resin notes linger hard with a great deal of lasting bitterness.

Body is nice. Excellent carbonation and oily feel that coats my teeth with hoppy bitter goodness.

This is a damn fine IPA-- especially from a can. This would be a good IPA from a bottle too! Tasty and hoppy enough to satisfy my urges-- obediently and available enough to pick up whenever I want.

01-31-2011 04:18:56 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of sweemzander


3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz. can poured into a nonic. Thank you yet again, Beerwolf!

(A)- Pours a caramel amber color that produced a decent off-white yellow/tan colored head that dissipated eventually. Plenty of lacing involved.

(S)- Dry piney citrus of lemon and pineapple with a subtle caramel sweetness.

(T)- A good combo of minimal sweet caramel-like malts with dry piney citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth malts and dry piney hops. A present bitterness.

(D)- A good IPA, nothing extraordinary or unique, but definitely works for a hop fix. A no-nonsense beer easy to drink and enjoy when looking for the style its in.

01-28-2011 00:04:14 | More by sweemzander
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a nice reddish shade of dark amber with a decent head and good lacing. Lots of hops in the nose that range from grapefruit citrus to pine notes, but plenty of caramel malt flavor is present as well along with some bubble gum like fruit esters.

Full bodied for an IPA, though the carbonation level seems to be good, with quite a bit of sweetness that rides through to the end. Hops are assertive, but never overpower the malt backbone. A bit of alcohol is also present in the finish.

Overall, a good IPA that I have actually had sitting in my fridge for a few months. Even though I am drinking it before it's "best before" date, I definitely remember it being hoppier (and better) for an IPA. Still, a damn good brew. And hey, who wouldn't like to be sipping on a nice canned IPA where you cannot take glass?

01-21-2011 09:17:32 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of nickhiller


4/5  rDev -3.1%

A: rust colored, medium clarity, nice wisps of bubbly head here and there that, some lacing.

S: strong grassy, citrusy hops with a sweet malty underbelly.

T: lots of citrus, sour as lemon juice, grassy earthy pine, super duper bitter.

M: good carbonation, medium body, smooth and creamy.

D: if being able to drink many of these at a sitting is a measure of a beer's drinkability, I'd say this one excels.

01-15-2011 03:33:54 | More by nickhiller
Photo of rrski198


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

A: Small white head. Decent lacing. Dark golden color that is transparent.

S: Holy hops! I'm getting some great citrus hops. Pine in the background. Good balance. Sweetness is there, but again, the hops rein SUPREME.

T: Piney, citrus hops again. Grassy, earthy dryness. My mouth is puckering from the bitterness and dryness.

M: Full in the mouth with big carbonation. Very dry, bitter, and not overly thick.

O: A fairly solid hop bomb. Decent balance but this beer definitely focuses onthe hop biterness and flavor. If in the mood to have your palate ruined, give it a try.

01-14-2011 03:05:40 | More by rrski198
Photo of charlotteBeerMan

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

To start, Modus Hoperandi is probably one of my favorite beers served in a can. Poured this guy into a Pisgah Brewing pint glass and could smell the piney citrus/grapefruit right off the bat.

Those citrus pine notes continued once tasted....quite bitter on the finish which I like. This guy is a sipper!

All in all, a great value. 6pack of cans cost $9.99 in Charlotte, NC.

01-12-2011 16:18:09 | More by charlotteBeerMan
Photo of DoreenAndDave


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Beer is a nice light amber color with a beige head that lingers nicely. Smell is great: lots of floral hops with some citrus and bread. Taste is excellent: it's complex and hoppy with a nice floral yet bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good; it's nicely carbonated and quite drinkable. All in all, an excellent IPA. Flavorful hops, aggressive but not overpowering.

01-11-2011 07:48:22 | More by DoreenAndDave
Photo of glazeman


2.68/5  rDev -35.1%

A: orange in color with a one finger white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

S: I don't get much on the nose, there's a little bit of lemon zest and citrus, but not much.

T: I have had this beer on two separate occassions and found it to be quite soapy both times. The hops are not balanced and not plesant. It is very bitter up front, but only soapy in the aftertaste.

M: Nice level of carbonation and viscosity, but not a very good aftertaste.

D: I wouldn't want more than one of these in a night. There are so many better IPAs out there.

01-09-2011 21:51:17 | More by glazeman
Photo of Homebrew35


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a nice frothy thick off white head. Golden hazy body. Huge citrus, fruity(mango, pineapple, lime). This is one of the best smelling beers I've had. The strength, note quite the same flavors, of this beer smell compares to "Flower Power", "Ghandi-Bot" and "Un-Earthy". Tastes of pale sweet dextrins, citrus, tobacco, oily slick sticky bitterness in the finish. Very chewy and full bodied. Medium carbing. I want to enjoy a few of these at a time. Thank you Mike for sharing.

01-09-2011 00:49:15 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -20.1%

This is for Modus Hoperandi.

Appearance: Crimson brown copper with decent head and lacing. Not the color I was expecting.

Smell: Citrus hoppiness and tea leaves.

Taste: Strong hoppiness with caramel malts taking a backseat. Some tea and herbal flavors really dominate. Not overtly bitter, well done on that end. Some orange, grapefruit and pine sap.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost thin, could use a touch more carbonation

Drinkability: The odd tea element ruined this one, I might have had an off can.

12-28-2010 03:17:25 | More by craytonic
Photo of joepais


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to Santa Adam for this. I poured the can into a Sam Adams pint glass and was greeted with a good three finger off white head that just stuck around. The body of the brew was a hazy orange amber in color. I got a ton of hop aromas from this one tons of floral and pine notes. The flavor was bitter and grassy not much in the way of malts showing up in it at all. It was almost oily to the mouth with good carbonation. I could drink a couple of these but I don't know how many more than that due to the bitterness

12-27-2010 20:13:07 | More by joepais
Photo of DPFRD


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

A- Bronze to amber hue, medium head.

S- Cirtus and pine hops all up in the nose, earthy malt background.

T: Great... Citrus and pine hop flavors dominate up front, some caramel malt and bitter finish.

M: Medium light, decent carbonation.

D: WINNER. I keep a sixer of this in my fridge at all times. Great session beer, great to just sip on and enjoy. Stand up to any IPA blow for blow. Just a pleasure to drink.

12-24-2010 08:41:07 | More by DPFRD
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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