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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,063 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 199
Gots: 223 | 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 coldmeat23
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Okay, this one pours up a medium shade of amber in color, which I wasn't expecting it to be this dark. This is a good sign for me and my tastes. A two-fingered head of fluffy, eggshell colored, foam sits on top. The retention is great and the lacing is thick and sticky.

Loads of crisp, fresh, hops dominate the nose. Bold pine scent hits me first but is quickly overpowered by yellow grapefruit and a ton of other citrus notes. Orange and lemon are also standouts, and I get hints of mango and even a touch of peach. There is a very light hint of caramel malt, but I had to look for it.

The caramel malts are a touch more obvious in the taste. They reach out to your tastebuds first, then get pummeled by the hops attacking. They do remain throughout the glass, but they are way down at the base of the flavors. Hops are the shining star of this brew. They follow the same characteristics that they had in the nose. Big pine and citrus notes weave in and out, saying 'look at me!'. A nice, medium level of bitterness.

This is medium, almost full, bodied. It's much thicker than expected, for the style. It goes down nicely though, with a light touch of creaminess.

All-in-all, this is a fairly good american IPA. Smooth enough to drink several, yet bitter enough to keep a hophead interested.
Well done, Ska. Pick it up, pick it up!

coldmeat23, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of JMC_TM
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this great brew poured out of a can at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC

This IPA pours a deep orange color with a thick frothy off white head that leaves great lacing down the side of your glass as you sip away. A grapefruit and pine cone smell dominate the nose with faint hints of orange peel lingering in the background. This beer is definitely hoppy with lots of citrus, but it is well balanced by the caramel malts that come out after the initial hop explosion. Medium-bodied with an abv of 6.8%, this beer could be considered sessionable for Hopheads.

JMC_TM, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of jdklks
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is quite nice, though more like an amber than an ipa. Dark, unfiltered amber color with a soft white head that lingers and laces the glass thickly. bits of hops are actually floating around in the brew, only to settle at the bottom. crazy. Smell is fantastic. I can't not give it a 5. Rivals the best ipas and Dipas. Tons of hops, citrusy, piney. orange and mango, with a hint of a malt profile. outstanding.

The flavor is great up front, but trails off in the finish. Lots of citrusy, piney notes up front, with a great fruit sweetness. The middle is where the hops shine, though perhaps not as pronounced as they are in finish. The finish and aftertast are of grapefruit bitterness. Whats the problem? The balancing malts, don't do the hops justice, and just really dont blend well in the finish and aftertaste, leaving a dry bitterness that makes you want to take another drink to have to avoid the aftertaste. Okay, it's not that bad, but it does bring its score down a little.

Mouthfeel is great. Well carbonated and medium bodied. well done for an ipa. Drinkability is definitely up there. Refreshing as you want the style to be.

jdklks, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of chaz410
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at flying saucer.
Smells of sweet orange citrus and piney hops. SOme nice caramel and pilsner malt underlying the hop profile.
Taste of sweet caramel slathered with spicey citus and mango style hops. Finishes with an earthy pine hop and slight alcohol ring.
Smooth mouthfeel with crsip finish.
Easy to drink IPA I like it better in can though

chaz410, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2/15/10

Ska Brew. Co

Modus Hoperandi
IPA
Canned

L= 4.0 average white medium sustaining head

S= 4.0 decent nose of Grapefruit and light pine

T= 4.0 Light sweet malt backing with grapefruit and pine upfront.

F= 3.5 Good feel

D= 4.5 It comes in a can! Whats not to love about this beer. You can take it everywhere and it taste great. I cant imagine going camping without this one. Good beer

tippebrewcrew2, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with strong orange hues. Very large, frothy 2-finger head. One of the creamiest heads in recent memory. Excellent retention and very nice lacing.

Bright, floral hop nose. Very sharp. Wide variety of citrus with grapefruit, lemon, orange, and maybe even some mango on the back end.

Nice hop bite on entry and grows very nicely from there. Slightly sour up front, but tart grapefruit takes over quickly. Finishes very strong in the bitters, but just the slightest note of honey sweetness present.

Nice creamy body offsets the bitterness very well.

The creamy body makes this very easy to down.

beer2day, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of ebraun
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a deep copper with a pillow-y sticky head that left a goodly amount of lacing down the glass.

S: Hops and more hops. Pine up front fading to grapefruit.

T: Whoo wee. A lot going on here. The nose would lead you to believe it's going to be nothing but hops. The taste however is quite complex. After the hop bite fades it mellows to pineapple and a touch of caramel and vanilla. Really, really great.

M: Surprisingly smooth and creamy with a little peppery burn in the back of the mouth. Not a terribly dry finish.

D: Very drinkable, not really a session beer, but you could knock back a few, for sure.

Funny packaging with comic on the bottom of the sixer. I like the sort of attitude of this brewery, different and fun.

ebraun, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Vengeance526
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange amber color with a small white head that retains nicely and leaves some good bits of lacing.

Aroma starts with some piney hops upfront and soon gives rise to some fresh tropical fruits.

The pine comes out in the taste more predominantly than anything else. Lighter notes of grapefruit and pineapple show up in the back along with a touch of caramel. Some more caramel and a little orange show up in the finish.

Meidum body and medium carbonation. This turned out to be a great IPA, with an excellent hop profile that wasn't completely overdone. The slight malt background blended nicely with the hops and made this very enjoyable.

Vengeance526, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Joeynocturnum
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again special thanks from LongBeachHopHead great extras every trade.

A- Cloudy orange and amber color with a one finger head and some great lacing.

S- Piney with a heavy citrus kick with a very small hint of honey.

T- Very good IPA, great hop taste balanced with hints of Citrus maybe grapefruit.

M- Sticky and light overall a well balanced IPA.

D- Extremely drinkable went down very smooth.

Joeynocturnum, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Freethyhops
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first can review. thanks goes out to Doodler for this one.

A- pours an light orange/amber color with a finger of thick white head. nice head retention and heavy lacing

S- some pungent stuff. full of citrus and sticky pine. very inviting IPA.

T- not as much citrus flavors. centered more around pine and a load of bitterness. a tad bit of sweetness. everything melds very well into a great beer.

M- nice sticky feel while not being to heavy in body for an IPA. carbonation is at a very pleasant level, too.

D- a great beer that goes down super easy. one that feels at home filling a cooler ready to taken fishing, camping, etc.

Freethyhops, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear copper, with a nice creamy head, light retention, some lacing

very floral with hints of pineapple, orange, and pine

starts out floral. the malts then kick in and a bitter citrus and pine emerges. lots of white grapefruit, pine, and orange through the finish. bitter orange aftertaste.

light body and light carbonation

ABV is a little up there but this is delicious and i could drink this all night long. great hoppy bitterness through. one of the better IPAs ive had in a long time.

hooliganlife, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Another excellent beer out of a can! Pours dark copper, nice thick off white head that leaves to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Skunky, piney, malt follows. I like it.

T - Nice solid malt core bittered to equilibrium by the hops.

M - Medium body, good balance and coating, carb.

D - I really like this one.

srandycarter, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of jonesy613
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange with a thick creamy head that slowly fades to leave nice lacing throughout the glass.

Hoppy, dank, piney smells all hit the nose with no remorse. This one is definitely for hopheads.

The taste follows the smell on this one. Sharp piney bite with a bitter grapefruit quality as well. Thanks for the hops! There are malty qualities to this, but I cannot note anything specific... I'm just loving the sharp hop taste.

Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent. Finishes dry and crisp.

This is drinkable, but it has the potential to be a palate wrecker. Few things will be able to follow the hops in this, so schedule your drinking accordingly.

jonesy613, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into my Cigar City pint glass. Got this one as part of the BA Bowling winnings.

A: Caramley, deep orange color. The pour creates a quater of fluffy, off white head that leaves some nice lace.

A: Orange, grapefruit, a little caramel, and pine. Nice hoppy brew that is balanced by the sweet malt.

T: Pretty solid here as well. Great balance between the citrus and pine hops and the sweet malt. Same flavors as in the nose. The brew finishes dry and bitter, just as it should.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Tingley and nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is quite nice, the ABV accompanied with the balance of the brew, means I could put away a few of these. Overall, a good example of an IPA, nothing outstanding, just really solid. Would have again. Skal.

Gtreid, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of vdread
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modus Hoperandi pours a pretty amber color with a small off white head that leaves spots of lace behind.

the smell: jesus christ! grapefruit and hops come up and punch you in the nose. i could sit and smell this for a few moments, and in fact, it is exactly what i do.

when the glass finally meets my lips, the grapefruit and citrus hops come to the front, backed by some bready malts. very bitter and tasty, without being offensive. not really a complex flavor, but very satisfying. sip after sip brings delicious pink grapefruit to mind.

well carbonated, thick enough to satisfy, slightly dry finish. this is a great beer, especially for people that like big hoppy IPAs.

the brightly colored bottle, prominently displayed hop cones, and the skeletal 'men in black' image is what initially attracted me. i had never heard of Ska Brewing before, but now i am officially a fan.

+ well balanced but still very hoppy, and a great aroma make this a world class beer.

+ an interesting label from a creative brewery that just happens to make great beer. this bottle of beer is the epitome of what craft beer should be. not only great brewers, but creatively pushing the boundaries of what beer can be.

vdread, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of deanhead
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bitter and clingy with hints of citrus fruit. hints of dust in the nose with mild solvent like essence.

Finish is dank and clingy. Dry and stickiness that clings to my tongue.

Borderline harsh with vegetable like flavors. The skin of an eggplant comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is sticky. Very warming on the palate.

Drinkable but dry beer. One of the better beers I have had out of a can.

deanhead, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of mjl21
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on the 4th week of December. Comes in at 6.8%.

A-Pours a clear dark amber with some red and orange highlights. It has a one finger off white head that fairly quickly dissolves to a frothy layer that covers the majority of the beer. Has some nice lace.

S-Not an overwhelming nose. There is a subtle aroma of pine and citrus hops that are blended with toasted pale malt.

T-Pine and earthy hop flavors come out first. This is quickly followed by a malt background that tastes of caramel and toasted pale malt. The citrus hops are noticeable towards the back. There is a grassy finish. The aftertaste is composed of bitter grapefruit. The pine gets stronger as it warms up.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, and lightly carbonated.

D-The grassy finish was a little too off-putting for me. It has some nice bitterness.

Another IPA that I would file in the not great, not bad category. This was consumed less than a month after it was bottled so it was about as fresh as you are going to get.

mjl21, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours out a hazy caramel amber with a finger or so of off-white head that leaves pretty good lacing.

Initial aroma is a nice punch of pine, although after repeated swirls/sniffs, it becomes a bit obscured by sweet caramel. The pine holds up better in the flavors, sticking around from start to finish. It doesn't linger too long, though, and could be a notch stronger. Thickish body with plenty of bready malt and a touch of citrus rind. Pretty tasty brew.

PDXHops, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of carolinahophead
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Flying Saucer Charlotte.
A: A darker gold than a typical American IPA , the can keeps the color quite well.

S: Wonderful fresh hop aroma , alot of citrus and a good choice of malt in this brew.

T: Really liked the smooth taste , the hops are not overwhelming and ejoyed the freshness of this Colorado beer.

M: A medium body and a nice after taste. The bitterness is well presented with alot going on.

O: I liked this beer , probably my second Americam IPA in a can and other craft beers should take note. Nothing wrong with a nice craft beer in a can.

carolinahophead, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can into a tulip. Weird, huh?

Hazy, dark brown sugar color. Lumpy dense head. Pretty nice appearance.

Smells citrusy, hoppy, malty, sweet, and fruity. Caramel is in there and slight hint of spoiled milk. Not a huge aroma but it has it's complexity. Malt is somewhat dominant.

Flavor is very juicy. Taste a little sweet combined with a nice citrus character. Wonderfully smooth to drink. Still has a small hop bite that lasts after you swallow. Nothing too overboard but I feel like there's something missing. Maybe just a little more hops to balance out that sweetness. Doesn't taste much like an IPA, it's more of an APA.

The mild carbonation make this beer even easier to drink. Mouthfeel is just about right, not too thin. Great drinkability.

BearsOnAcid, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of EighchBrews
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into tulip glass. Hazy, honey color at the edges while the middle of the glass is a dark, brownish-orange. A nice fluffy off-white head rests on the surface. A few swirls leave a bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is wonderful. Definite notes of grapefruit give way to just enough sweet malty aroma. Smells like a boiling kettle of freshly hopped wort! The taste is a bit more hop forward than I was expecting after smelling the beer. The flavor is basically hops from start to finish, however the amount of malt in there keeps the bitterness from being over the top. Carbonation is maybe a bit much, definitely tingles the tongue and in combination with the low malt presence, leaves the palate dry and ready for another drink. Could easily drink a few of these. Good beer. Nice to have an IPA this refreshing in a can.

EighchBrews, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on a business trip to Arizona a few weeks ago and brought home two 6-packs. I found this beer at a Whole Foods, never heard of it, consulted BA, then bought a 6. Tried at the hotel, liked it, went back before flying home and bought more.

Had this one in a 12 ounce can, pretty cool. Pours a nice clear copper color. Nice amount of cream colored foam on top (about a fingers worth), low to medium amount of carbonation - looks absolutely great.

Smells of oily, tangy, citrusy hops with a little floral character (but not much). Taste is great for an IPA, the malt backbone is not prominent but gives just enough caramel sweetness and dough to bring some of the bitterness in check, the hops dominate this beer. Has a piney, grapefruit resinous bite up front but slowly subsides. The malts feel a little grainy underneath, finishes grapefruit bitter and sticky.

This is a medium body beer, carbonation prickles the tongue a little, a very drinkable beer. If I could get this beer in PA it would be a regular in my beer fridge, very, very good.

jzeilinger, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of MiloTheLazy
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Outstanding! Its great to see a truly great IPA in a can. Low carbonation, full bodied hops with a floral/herbaceous/light citrus aroma and flavor. Pours a very clear amber with a beautiful creamy head. Moderate to strong bitterness makes this a great IPA to sit down and kick back with.

MiloTheLazy, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of smanders
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a can last time I was in Denver. Interesting name and logo.

Appearance - copper with a foamy head.

Smell - pepper, grapefruit, and pine.

Taste - spicy pepper with lingering grapefruit notes. The pine really comes through on this one. Good balance.

Mouthfeel - medium

Drinkability - hard to go wrong with micros in a can. This is a tasty example of the APA style. I'd recommend it to friends.

smanders, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of backfat
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i love micro's in a can! i know it's wrong, but i don't care. damn this one was good. of course my first sip was out of the can, just to get the whole experience, but then i poured it in an oversized wine glass. my buddy brought this beast back from colorado for me. thanks manahansf! lip up fatty. pours a beautiful amber with superb lacing of a frothy two finger head. citrus hops. very fresh smell. taste is fruity and juicy with a subtle malt balence. i want to take it camping or fishing. mmmm GO TRY SOME! cheers

backfat, Jan 20, 2010
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.