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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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2,291 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,291
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 215
Gots: 283 | 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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Photo of beagle75
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a goblet.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with a peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very piney with a solid backbone of caramel. Lesser tropical fruit is well-integrated and clean.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined toasted malt and strong citric acidity that accentuates aggressive pine hop aromatics. The middle is lively and fruity from yeast esters, floral hop aromatics, or both; dryness is more pronounced. Bitterness is fairly mild in the finish, and a little oniony.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a worthy all-purpose American IPA, with plenty of West Coast appeal backed by an ever-present malt backbone. While malt is a contributor, balance is not only retained but seems to always lean slightly toward hop contributions. This brewery did not come with a good reputation, but I found this beer to be better than expected.

Photo of beaubarnett10
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of duff247
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of BigD44
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can via Beermasons, poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Has a glowing orange appearance with an off-white head of foam that measured in at a couple of fingers and laced in waves as it fell.

Smell is candied citrus, pine and grapefruit. Well present, not over the top.

Taste is consistent with the smell, plenty of citrus and pine with the grapefruit playing a support role.

Medium bodied, ABV well hidden. Crazily drinkable and a nice bitter finish that lingers on well after sipping.

Very impressive IPA, super sessionable and with plenty going on. By far the best green can of beer i've ever come across. Could easily be a go to beer if it was distributed here regularly.

Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Despite the rather negative connotation I have with canned beer, this one was actually rather good. Not quite up to the same level of some of my favorite IPA's, but overall I was very satisfied. I may not buy this again, however it's always nice to try a new brew from a new brewery.

Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left some nice lacing on the glass. an amber orange color was great clarity and some signs of carbonation coming from the middle of the glass.

Smell: Light citrus and grapefruit aroma. All followed by sweet and bready malts.

Taste: The citrus above is right up front. Bitterness is a little high with the sweet and bready malts pretty mellow. Bitterness lingers around a little bit, but not too long.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, chewy, easy to drink even though you get bitterness on the tail end of the sip that sticks around for a while.

Overall: Another good IPA from the lovely state of Colorado. Just wish the brewery was not so far away from Denver. Will be enjoying more of these while in Denver.

Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of KDawg
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass from can. Pours a dark orange color with a small head

Very resiny aromas along with hops, christmas spices and citrus aromas

medium bodied with a nice feel. There is a very resiny finish with some spices as well. The flavors are slightly disjointed a bit

a very solid hoppy beer. On the fresher side, but doesn't do anything that is amazing.

Photo of TTAmod
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

A: Clear amber with a really thick and fluffy off-white head.

S: Really hoppy, mostly of the grapefruit and pine variety.

T: Dang, this is one of the more hoppier regular IPAs that I've had in awhile. Basically get a smack of really strong and bitter pine and grapefruit hops that last well after the beer goes down. There is a balancing sweet malt profile, but it isn't too prolific. Also have some various other typical IPA herbs going on behind the scenes. Great taste if you like strong hops.

M: Oily, medium, slick...good for an IPA.

O: Like I said before, this is a very hop-forward regular IPA. It's done really well, but if you don't like strong, piney hops, you will not enjoy this beer. This is seriously more hoppy than a lot of DIPAs that I've had before.

Hard to grade this one. It isn't really balanced too well, but I love hops a lot, so I'm a fan of this beer.

Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of SterlingRed
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of D11
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from can into tulip

A- pours a hazy amber orange, with a 1-finger light caramel colored head with nice lacing. depending on how you pour, a thicker head is possible; seems to last somewhat.

S- sweet roasted malt, hops, pine, citrus and some caramel

T- sweet roasted malt, hops, grapefruit, some pine, maple syrup and butter

M- has an oily feeling which i enjoyed. still feels a tad thin on the mouth though not in a bad way... but the delicious head makes up for it. just stir your glass a bit before you take a drink and get some of that head in there. carbonation a tad low for me.

O- this is an excellent beer and well worth trying. the complexity of smell and taste are very impressive. this is a great IPA to have fun with trying to 'pick out' everything in it. somewhat bitter aftertaste (that i enjoyed). the bitterness of the hops and also the alcohol come out a bit more as it warms up. try this brew. Delicious.

Photo of PhatAtUT
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Daveychu
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of justinlaz
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Onenote81
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on-tap at Lindley Park Filling Station in GSO the other day.

Pour yielded a dark amber-orange with a thin head. What little head was there created some killer lacing though. Pretty beer in the glass. Mild citrus nose. Orange, pineapple, green hops. Flavor is dull and bitter. Faded grapefruit-like bitterness. Bitter hops for sure, but not all that flavorful. Decent finish. Alright IPA, but I expected more. I guess that's the danger of checking reviews *before* having the beer, something I try not to do too often.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Big 3 finger off white head that dissipates slowly, nice lacing that coats the side of the glass. Clear burnt orange/copper color.
S- Really nice hoppy aroma, citrus, grapefruit, some peach, nice bready/nutty notes from the malt in the background.
T- Taste very similar to the aroma, really easy drinking, pretty tasty, sweet citrus and grapefruit upfront, big malt presence as well, bready notes.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, clean finish, bitter aftertaste.
O- Overall this is a solid IPA, not sure how fresh the can is, the hops have faded a bit with the malt characteristics coming out, would love to try this beer when its fresh. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Photo of fergster75
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,291 ratings.