Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 212
Gots: 262 | 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 DoreenAndDave
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glazeman
2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of craytonic
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DPFRD
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A flip, a tumble, and then a cascade down, like so many raindrops down a glinting metal slide in the summer sun, the suds a-gurgling
the bubbles floating lazily, popping in the torrent only to reform just-so
such a strange thing, the pouring rain in the golden afternoon sunshine, galoshes a-plopping about and the smallish bubbles leaving a coating, a sheet as it were, the beauty and one expects only just to see a rainbow
A Cascade and a fresh pine-tree just broken off at the top by the earlier, as the sap comes just a-dribbling
jogging, ever so slowly as it tries to catch itself, the dense aroma of just-so greenery in a heavy, plodding sort of way, though bright as this afternoon sunshine which glows
golden, a green gold, this, honeysuckle and green leavery, as the raindrops glisten off of every bit of evergreen still stood out against the warm golden sky

A flavour unique, just of the dense green shifting this way and that across the tongue, caressing the tastebuds in a glamorous
yet wholesome and genuine display of frasier fir body with the grandness of the mildest touch of grapefruit and a sensible measure of background dewdrop sweetness to keep the wheels a-turning and the leaves just a-swaying and a-bending beneath the weight of all that water as it glistens
in the sun
Clean, just right
just a perfect balance and one could have one
after another
after another
but there is only one as the slinking grandeur of this altogether delectable
and the utter refreshment of just simply gulping
and enjoying the green
in a sunshiney rainstorm.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful orange-amber color, slightly cloudy, one finger head and fine lacing that sticks.

Piney, floral citrus hops dominate the smell, with just a touch of background malts and earthy aromas.

Tastes lovely, piney citrus hops is dominant, but a flowery, almost lilac flavor seems to dance behind the ample malt base.

Seems to be mildly carbonated for the style resulting in a creamy mouthfeel, but still smooth and tasty going down, with just enough zest to make me want more. A mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste lingers.

Drink is off the scale. Even my less discerning but nevertheless adventurous beer lover friends like this one.

GREAT beer, hands down one of my top three favorite canned beers, and in fact a favorite in any container. I like to give this one as an extra for trades these days. Highly recommended.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:
Look: More yellow than amber with a thick off-white head. The lacing is great but it looks more like a lager.
Smell: Citrus hops are right up front but there is something in the background that is a bit unpleasant and I can't quite put my finger on it.
Taste: Very citric, very earthy with some caramel maltiness to round it out.
Mouth: Thick and sticky. A little nasty by the end. It needs to be mellowed out a little bit.
Drink: Not bad. I was in Colorado trying out some CO brew and this didn't quite hit the top of my charts, but it was decent.

Photo of NefariousR
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. aluminum can into a tulip pint glass.

A - Deep orange amber with a frothy, off-white head that stuck around for ages. Slightly hazy.

S - Very floral hops, sweet citrus fruit, and pine. Malt is noticeable, not in the fore or background, but just sort of "there."

T - Follows through from the smell. One of the most genuinely "citrusy" IPAs I've had. Grapefruit rounded out with bitter hops and a brief sweet malt influence. Slightly bready aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied with a decent bit of stickiness. Flavors remain in the mouth for a quite a while after swallowing. Slight warming alcohol in the stomach.

D - A great IPA that was a bit of a surprise. This is the first beer I've had from Ska, and the (somewhat gimmicky) name didn't have me expecting much, but this is a fantastically drinkable IPA. Highly recommended.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As always, Ska gets this disclosure: It is currently my favorite brewery in the country, and Modus has become my standard. When I'm out, if I see it, I buy it.

APPEARANCE: Brilliant, crystal clear, deep copper with a fluffy, perfectly white, quarter-inch head. Of course, it is all poured out of one of the best looking containers on the market, the nearly solid green can. Excellent layered lacing. Sort of reminded me of an archeological dig - each layer of perfectly preserved lacing represented a sip.

SMELL: Not your typical IPA, hoppy nose to be sure, but a much more earthy and grassy smell than most IPAs.

TASTE: This is not a sweet IPA - the clear focus is on the hops, not the malt that many brewers try to cut it with. Not sure exactly how many IBUs this one is (one BAer says 65), but you can rest assured each one will be experienced in this bitter, but completely drinkable beer. A very bitter, earthy and hoppy beer leaving just the faintest of citrus-flavored aftertaste. A hophead's delight.

MOUTHFEEL: Somewhat oily, but with a nice sparkle to it. As with almost everything else Ska does, the mouthfeel of the Modus Hoperandi is well balanced. Refreshing as it is delicious.

OVERALL: What more can I say? This is my standard beer at the moment. Good thing they're served in 12oz. cans is these things came in bombers it might be trouble...kind of like the Decedent.

Photo of bishopgary
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant yellow to gold. One finger of tight white head, slowly dissipating to a fine lace. Good carbonation. Not too light or too dark, the way you would imagine an IPA should look.
S: Hop forward for sure, grapefruit and pine with a hint of spice/pepper. A faint malt aroma. Malt bill is not too complex on this one.
T: Just like the smell, best IPA I have had. It has a quality that all great bears have, and that is being two or more things at the same time. This is bitter yet smooth somehow. All the bitter citrus and spice, not muddied up with too much malt and cut with the right amount of alcohol.
M: Light and crisp, great tingle. Highly hopped without burning tooth enamel off.
D Highly, could drink this all day long. Very balanced. It is great that Ska continues to package great beer in cans without losing any quality.

Photo of photomancottrell
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wish I could find this beer in a store somewhere.

This is the best tasting IPA that I have ever had. Perfect drinkability. I like it because it's bitter but somehow smooth at the same time.

I went into the restaurant specifically because the Ska site said it was carried there. The waitress told me they were out. So I had another un-remarkable beer that was OK. The she came back with the green can and said "look what I found"....there were smiles.

Went very well with my greasy burger and hand cut fries.

Photo of withliterature
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured a rich coppery red color with a thin white head that cleared to a fine lace.

The scent was pine-y, and reminded me of a milder Green Flash IPA. Nice scent for sure, exactly what I would want out of a good IPA.

Unfortunately, the taste did not live up to the name. "Modus Hoperandi" had me pumped up for a really intense IPA, and this wasn't quite what I expected. Not weak by any means, but not the punch I was looking for. Keep in mind that I must be pretty inured to strong hops by now, because my fellow taster found it fairly strong. However, a great beer for its price: it was cheaper than the vast majority of good IPAs on the menu at the pub I was patronizing.

The mouthfeel was nice. Not sticky, not watery, but just right. As far as drinkability, they could have served this in a pint glass instead of a 10oz. I would have enjoyed a full glass.

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

chalk up another excellent ipa in a can. after having been drinking racer 5 pretty regularly for the past few months, i got an opportunity to branch off. thanks to oakedcanuck for this one.
A. just how youd hope. pours with an inch, inch and a half cloud white head. disappears after a short while. slightly cloudy amber, its an attractive looking beer.
S. dont laugh, (well go ahead and laugh) i accidentaly stuck my nose in the froth, and got a huge whiff of ripe, pleasant citrus. it kind of accentuated the smell. just a little bit of pine rounds it out.
T. its like a slightly tamed west coast ipa. each aspect is just slightly muted, not in a bad way.
M. its up there with the other greats in the sense that it just overtakes your mouth and makes it happy. love the hop presence but want just a little more.
D. i can kill several in a row, and will without being exhausted from the hops. its fresh tasting and yummy.
wish i had more regular access to it, and will enjoy it just the same whenever it comes back around.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into SA perfect pint.

Thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for another beer I have been wanting to try.

A- Pours a reddish apricot with a nice finger and half worth of head that leaves a good cap on the beer. The head also leaves good lacing along the side of the glass. Just the slightest bit of haze.

S- Big bursts of citrusy hops and some sweet biscuit and malt. I can pick up a little bit of yeast to go along with a little bit of orange rind. Reminds me of a stronger NG Moon Man.

T- Hops, hops and more hops. Tropical and bitter but not palate crushing. As much as the hops stick out initially, the malt is not completely hidden. The bready character is still present as well.

M- Medium bodied with bubbly carbonation with a sharp hop bite. Just a little dry on the finish.

D- I have been waiting to try this beer for a while now and I was not disappointed. Great hop profile but not unbalanced. Another beer in a can that will change the stigma.

Photo of Sideswipe
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer courtesy of Palmej1. Thanks buddy! 12 oz. Can into my FFF glass.

A- The beer pours a clear dark copper color with an inch and a half of dense white foam. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring and some nice lacing.

S- Smells of floral hops. Sweet. I'm getting some bready malt and caramel as well.

T- Taste follows the nose. Bitter hops balanced by sweet malts and velvety caramel. Finishes smoothly with some lingering bitterness coming in late.

M- Feel is right for this one. Carbonation is spot-on and the oily, hoppy viscosity is quite pleasant.

D- Drinkability is great given the moderate ABV and pleasing taste of this beer.

I really enjoyed this one. It is definitely not my usual west coast hop bomb, but everything going on in this beer works, and works quite well. Glad I got to try this. Would be in my regular rotation if it were available here. Cheers!

Photo of philbertk
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ska Brewing Company--Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale--Hand Crafted Durango--Walk, Kite, Recycle, Hide, Seek, Plant, Recycle, Grow, Shower, HHH, Tube, Recycle--12 oz. Can purchased at Colorados Liquor Outlet, Colorado Springs, Colorado on 11/21/2010. Sampled 11/21/2010 and 11/24/2010. 6.8% ABV. 65 IBU's. Thick pour. Thin white light lace head. Clear bright amber gold color. Rich floral hop front. Smooth rich zesty mild sweet tangy caramel smooth hop infused crisp rich IPA body. Dry balanced tangy clean bitter hop spice end. 6-Pack $9.99. (4.25 / 5.0)

Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark transparent amber orange with two fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing

S- Sweet pine notes are fluent throughout with faint booze underneath the hoppiness

T- Similar to the scent. Sweet and piney up front with a light bitterness on the end. Not really complex but is a great example of how an American IPA should taste

M- Almost covers the palate but is a bit thin. Carbonation combined with a light bitterness is exceptional

D- Goes down smooth and has a well masked ABV. What more could you ask for? Great tasting IPA

Photo of stephens101
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loving the cover-art and style of these brews.

One-finger of tan head sits stagnant atop a dark amber brew. I look away for a few moments, and it's mostly gone, leaving a thin and unbroken lace around the glass. Big resiny hops hit the nose, followed by some slight notes of grapefruit. Lots of piny hops run rampant across the tongue. Some tangy notes and a tenuous malt backbone to finish. Medium body and meaty chewy makes for one hell of a rude beer baby.

Photo of Lukafer
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with 2 fingers of head, leaves great lacing.  Smells are citrus hops, malts and some piney hops.  Tastes are citrus hops, malty sweetness, a nice bitter finish.   Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is great.  Really good beer, would definitely like to get this one often.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/9/11

A - Slightly hazy deep orange with an off white head that quickly fades to strands of sticky lace.

S - Grapefruit hops with hints of pine and sweet caramel malt.

T - Sweet caramel malts followed by a good amount of hop bitterness. Grapefruit and piney hops give way to a sweet caramel finish.

M - Medium body with a bit of resiny mouthfeel. There is hop bitterness but I get a lingering sweetness.

D - Sometimes I have had this and it seems really sweet and other times it seems nicely balanced. I think I would like it better with a little less caramel sweetness.

Photo of DelMontiac
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into an Anchor pint glass.

A: A rapid rough pour yields a 2-finger white head atop a clear amber-orange body. Head dissipates rapidly, but the thin remains leave a fine lace all the way down the glass. Very nice.

S: Piney, grassy, grapefruit.

T: Pine, grapefriut, oranges balanced with sweet malts and a really great bitter finish.

M: Unexpected - silky satin smooth.

D: Very good. As with most IPAs, I would not drink more than 2 or 3 at a sitting. Great with a smokey grilled burger with swiss cheese!

Overall: Can't believe a sixer only cost me a little over $6! I was skeptical of the cans at first. Recommended by the owner of the store - he sold a pallet in one day! Hellzyeah at that price! I'm going back for more, no doubt.

Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/21/11

Clear orange-amber with a nice, thick, frothy head. Sweet citrus, pineapple, fresh herbal, resinous hoppy aroma. Sugary grapefruit, bitter citrus, pine needles, and a solid balancing caramel malt presence. Medium bodied and bitter...slightly oily before drying out in the finish. Good IPA in convenient can format!

Photo of codewarrior
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz Can from a 6-pack poured into a Chalice.

This beer has a cult following round these parts. To the point that non-drunk random persons in Argonaut audibly cheered me for pulling it.

L: Deep apricot and clear, with dollops of rich, beautiful head. Great retention.

S: Overwhelming hops up front, with futile massive sweetness trying to overcome in the back.

T: Hop bomb! Sweetness is even more absent in the mouth than the nose. This thing has a one-track mind, and that mind wants to be as hop-ridiculous as possible. No balance, or even an attempt at it. To be admired?

F: Great feel here, perfect carbonation, perfect thickness, consistant, good as it opens up.

D: Like it a lot, aside from the taste. Minor details.

Still, any brewery that open sources it's beer recipes is OK by me.

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,237 ratings.