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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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2,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,182
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 210
Gots: 247 | 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 LSUPT
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this favorite of mine thanks to a much appreciated extra from HopSchnapps. 12oz can poured to my Fantôme tulip.

Easily the most impressive appearance of any single IPA I’ve had. Perfectly clear deep amber in color. An average pour yields a 1 1/2” head that hangs around for a minute leaving lace on nearly every area it touched.

Smell is mostly pine with some resinous hop scents in the background and a good swirl brings out some caramel sweetness. Huge pine and huge amount of bitterness and caramel on the backend. Mouthfeel is the only downfall to this beer. I’ve had it many times and the low carbonation and light body don’t support the big hop flavors very well, but it is still quite drinkable.

Love this beer and it’s in my top 5 favorite IPAs, thanks again Joshua.

LSUPT, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a clear copperwith a full finger of frothy off white head. after a minute of sitting the head recedes to a cap but leaves behind big thick patches of lacing.

s: big pine smell here with malts to balance.

t: like getting slapped with a christmas tree. the malts balance this out perfectly with a touch of sweetness.

m: full body with a smooth slick finish. very low bitterness for a ipa.

o: an excellent ipa that should be on everyones to do list.

match1112, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of DoktorZee
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a schooner. Best before appeared to be 10/28/2011.

A - very slightly cloudy amber with a one finger head that dissipates after a minute leaving some streaky lacing.

S - very solid resinous/pine hops nose

T - big hops attack with pine and juniper; fresh and sticks to the tongue. Just enough malt to balance things out, some grapefruit peel lingering at the very end.

M - slightly heavy with a hint of oiliness.

D - powerful and concentrated, but also goes down easy

Extremely solid beer; much better than anything you'd ever expect from a can. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a good IPA fix.

DoktorZee, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to davidbowers13 for sending a can of this my way.

A: This beer pours a deep gold, almost amber, with a thin white head. The colors in this beer lean more towards oranges and reds, than the standard yellows and golds of many IPAs. There is some minimal lacing left on my nonic glass as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up a nice mix of sweet malts and pine hops. It doesn't seem like this beer is overly complicated. I will say though, that the hops in this beer begin to shine through as it warms.

T: I get some nice malt character right off the bat. However that almost immediately changes to some nice hop bitterness. There is a great balance between the hops and malt while drinking it. The lasting flavors on the palate are pure grapefruit, and the only way to get rid of the bitterness is to have another sip. Which I will do right now.

M: I’d say this beer is medium bodied. There is some heft in the malty characteristics of this beer, but it’s not overpowering.

O: I think this is a pretty decent IPA. Sold marks for this beer all the way around.

trxxpaxxs, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, this is the beer that is always in my fridge.

The color is a darker amber shade. Nice 1.5 finger head that sticks around for a bit.

The nose is nice. I think that it has a nic mix of floral notes as well as some sweeter citric layers. (Grapefruit)

Very citric and bitter but an amazing flavor profile!!! Nice crisp finish.

This is the beer I've looked for. For an IPA it's exactly what I enjoy. Also it comes in cans so it's easy to take with you wherever.

midwestbrewers, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Schlafly pint glass. Friend bought me this beer at the Tin Can in South Saint Louis.

Appearance: Pours a dark honeycomb color with Half a finger of white head. Very hazy and hardly any clarity. Delicious looking beer. One of the more hazy IPAs I've seen. Its essentially a witbier type of appearance to the eye.

Smell: Deep, pungent and piny hops. A very strong West Coast IPA style. In the middle is sweet, bready hops and citrus on the tail end.

Taste: Hell yeah! Hard hops wreck the palate. Its a wrecking ball of flavor. Accenting the intensity is some sweet citrus and sweet breads to give it some real balance. Maltier in the taste than in the nose, however. Alcohol hidden very well begind the intensity and the sweet malts.

Mouth: Creamy in the mouth. Less carbonation than the typical IPA. I liked it alot. It drinks more like a stout than your traditional IPA without the added heaviness.

Overall: Probably the best beer I've ever had in a can. I shall be returning to this one. Next time, I shall get a six pack. Excellent.

paxchristi, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Modus Hoperandi....is not only an awesome name...but a pretty good beer! Our local watering hole had this on tap...Yeah BABY! Teh appearance was a darker copper, clear with finger thick head which laced every step of teh way! The smell was pine and citrus....more pine though than citrus. The taste was apine cirtus balanced by malt. very good IPA. Themouthfeel was also good....and not tooo over the top with only 6.8% abv as compared to the Decadent that had 10%+. Abosolutely a must try!

WoodBrew, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with best by date 12/7/11 printed on can. Poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 9/9/11.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with light tan head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Balanced aroma of both citrus and pine hops with some base and crystal malts.

T: Some hop bitterness with a nice clean slightly resinous pine and citrus hop flavor. The sweet pale malts bring a great balance to this IPA.

M: Crisp medium body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: Nice and clean easy drinking balanced IPA.

Azurescens, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip.

A: Pours a honey-amber with a solid white cap.

S: Deep, dank, piney hops and sweet malts jump out of the glass. I smell a West Coast IPA coming on...

T: Damn straight! Sharp, bitter resiny hops wreck the palate. Aromas intensify after tasting and the flavour hangs in the mouth for a long time.

D: Its solid hophead fare. Average IPA ABV is hidden and the flavours are strong enough to keep bringing you back for more.

Overall: Up there with Surly's and Red Racer as the best canned single IPAs out there! This is a classic West Coast IPA that's readily available and comes at $8.99 for six 12oz cans. A true staple.

JohnnyChicago, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin tan head. Smells strongly of vinous fruits. taste is up front like chewing on a hop flower, piney resinous, citrus. Followed by a hint of malt and finally a moderately bitter earthy finish. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall a very good IPA. I plan on getting this again.

tronester, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of julian
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very good clarity, dark copper in color with a decent 1-1.5 finger slightly almond colored head that fades quickly to a bubble layer on the surface. Very nice lacing all around the glass. Sticky icky!

S: Blast of pine and oily hop resin balanced with a caramel/toffee malt profile. Alcohol not apparent on the nose.

T&M: Hoppy, resinous and piney with a smooth creamy caramel backbone. This is a well balanced beer and actually leans more to the maltier side in the taste than the nose lets on. Pretty round and full body with a nice creaminess and clean sweet finish with a mild hoppy bite.

O: Overall, this is a piney IPA with a big body and malt base. Easily drinkable and quenching. Not my personal favorite style of IPA (I prefer citrusy IPAs) but I can definitely appreciate it. Great piney IPA. And it comes in a can!

julian, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper/amber/orange color with a light tan head.

aroma of pine and toasty malt.

Has nice piney, resinous, citrusy hop taste, the kind that most people these days taste and go, "yeah - that's an IPA." I certainly would call this an IPA. Yeah. Hops - unmistakable.

medium body with some sweet malt in the mid-palette before finishing with some resinous hop bitterness.

It's an IPA. It has a consistent high score over many reviews. People recognize it as a quality IPA. So do I. I spend money on stuff like this time and again, as do many others. New craft brewers with boring/ wimpy IPA's should take note, especially if their sales aren't where they would like them to be.

dedrinker, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of thydarkprevails
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a duvel tulip. Pours an amber orange with a light tan/off white 2 finger head that shrinks to a pinkey and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is strong pine. There's something sweet there too. Taste is very bitter. Pine resin, grapefruit, and sweet caramel. Thin mouthfeel but the bitterness hangs on the back of the mouth. Not too bad and pretty sessionable.

thydarkprevails, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass

Pours with a 1.5 finger cream-caramel color. Good lacing. Slightly hazy amber brown with no particulates.

Nose is piney, resinous, grainy, sweet, and grapefruity.

Smooth and light right off the bat. Nice light caramel malt base. Piney citrus flavors come in, and then the beer becomes very bitter, almost bothersomely so. The bitterness remains very strong for a decent amount of time.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, but found the bitterness to be a bit too much. Would drink it again if it was readily available, but would not actively seek it out.

syrupjoe, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Dark amber with a one-finger head.
S: Very piney, with grapefruit and a bit of caramel.
T: Mirrors the nose with pine, grapefruit and caramel. The hops are definitely the focus, but the malt is there in the background.
M: Bold and bitter, but balanced and doesn't overwhelm your palate.
O: I don't routinely like my beer to be this hopped, but when the mood strikes, this certainly fits the bill.

ONUMello, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark red amber in color. Head is tan and rock with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Very bitter smelling. Lots or pine and citrus hops in the front with some sweet balancing fruits. Undertones of pineapples, sweet orange malts tone down the bitterness a bit. Nicely done. Smells fantastic.

T - Wow. Mostly bitter with the sweet fruit characters not playing as big a part. Lots of bitter grapefruit mixed with sweet orange and sugary grainy malts. There is a bit of a caramel sweetness in the middle that seemed to replace the fruit sweetness in the nose.

M - Medium bodied and mostly soft on the palate. Carbonation is lite but adds to the softness.

O - If every you need a hop fix this is sure to do. Provided its fresh. I enjoyed this IPA very much.

depechemode1983, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep orange-amber into the glass, with a firm sticky suds head that leaves thick lace. Huge pine and grapefuit nose. Bold bitters surround grapefuit and some malts. Long bitter pine finish. Bold palate and sticky mouthfeel. Wasn't sure if an IPA can go in a can. But, this is a Great IPA.

ChrisSimpson1968, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copperish amber, clear. Two fingers of soapy white head that leaves behind loads of sticky lacing and a cap with large bubbles.

S: Very nice smelling beer. Grapefruity citrus, pine and caramel malts. The hops are out in front, but the malts provide a nice balance.

T: Again, hops are front and center, but the sweet malt backbone keeps this from being out of control bitter. Citrus and pine hops with caramel and biscuity malts.

M: Nice, rich mouthfeel..almost creamy. Leaves behind a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: Modus Hoperandi is a well crafted and balanced IPA..for IPA lovers. Even though the malts are a present, this will still leave most non-IPA fans puckering and reaching for a glass of water. With that said, I like IPAs and this scratches the itch. Hope to come across this again.

titosupertramp, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of yesferro
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this in a trade with Jenray, thanks! Always love to try new canned brews

Pours with a beautiful head into my Sam Adams 'perfect' glass. Very pretty beer, smells very promising, I like my ipa's to be grapefruity and sweet and that's what I get.
Hmmm, bitter, bitter bitter, wheew I was fooled! I still like this, but after that sweet smell I'm a bit a bit disappointed. It's bitter, then that's IT, not much too it, no lingering aftertaste other then just a slight bitterness.

I'm glad I tried this, I'll drink my 2nd can with a smile on my face, but I won't go out of my way to get this again. I would however love to have an airfreshner with the beautiful scent of this beer!

yesferro, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doopie flew this, along with a sweet beer T-shirt, back from his holiday in AZ, then dropped them on me when I was over the other night. And I had nothing for him. I felt terrible. I will make this up to you with some Heineken Oud Bruin one day. Thanks dude.

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a bubbly wisp and ring, clinging to the sides of the glass. A clear mahogany red in color with medium levels of carbonation. Splotchy wish and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A pretty nice nose with decent strength. Some pale malts, honeydew melon and some pine aromas. Some citrus notes in there as well; mostly grapefruit and lemon tones. Pretty good.

TASTE: Some pale malts up front with some of caramel sweetness through the middle. A bit of pine and honeydew melon combine well at the finish, moving into a piney, bitter hop finish with a note of caramel sweetness as balance. A mild yet very persistent aftertaste is quite bitter indeed, relatively piney, and lingers and lingers on the palate. Other reviewers have said that the beer is bitter without much of the patented citrus hop flavors that make a great IPA, but the bitterness is pleasant and not at all overwhelming.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A very nice feel for sure.

OVERALL: This is a pretty solid beer. It is indeed rather bitter in flavor, with a mild yet unrelenting bitter finish, but it’s certainly a pleasant bitterness. Very piney and lacks some of the citrus flavors I’d expected after experiencing the nose, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this. A good look and a great feel for an IPA, this is one I’d certainly drink again. Thanks again for bringing this one back Doopie. Recommended.

Jeffo, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Mayor of Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO

Poured a clear, golden orange with a huge white head that retained through the session and left copious amounts of creamy lace. Best head I've ever seen on an IPA. Smell of pine and citrus hops, mainly. A good-tasting IPA, everything where it should be, with a sweet yet subdued malt base, and a generous amount of pine and citrus hops. Smooth but a little bitter, medium-bodied, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost a ruby with decent lacing but not much head.

There is a lack of dry hopping on this one. Some slight pine and a little malt.

The taste is bitter, bitter, and, bitter. Not much balance here but that is to be desired from time to time in an IPA.

I am glad to be able to pick up some Ska Brewing on my road trip out east as I have been a major Ska fan for 10 years now. Pick it up!

Eriktheipaman, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can of this stuff while in AZ.

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice orange to red. Almost copper. Nice two finger head with a good amount of lacing as the head goes away.

Pine and citrus on the nose. Typical West Coast IPA smells.

Flavors or should I say one flavor: bitterness. Not much going on here.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation fairly dry finish.

I expected more of this one. The bitterness is one dimensional. If you are in the mood for something bitter this is the beer to get. If you are looking for a IPA full of flavor there are a lot of better offerings

doopiedoopiedoo, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear copper with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like resin and bready malt and light caramel, with some citrus and copper.
T: It tasted like bitter resin and pine, with a little sweet honey and caramel and bread. It had a strong and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an alright IPA, but nothing special. The scent was ok, the taste was good, and the body was good. The finish was a bit harsh, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. About on par with 60 Minute. Meh.

Pencible, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite IPA in a can. This is way better than the Decandent IIPA, just by aroma alone. This one is very, very dank with lots of pine and herbs and a sticky, resinous scent. The first thing I think is that I need to buy some cans every time I go to the store. The palate is spot on, just sticky enough. Great flavor here too. Lots of evergreen and even notes of mint with some smooth caramel-tasting malts.

GeorgeAldi, Aug 10, 2011
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,182 ratings.