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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,329
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 221
Gots: 298 | 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 litheum94
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. "10:57 Best" stamped on it. Whatever that means. Reviewed on 5/24/11.

Ruddy-amber in color. Thick head that's light tan in color. Clings to the glass tightly. Nice big bubbles. Looks like soapy dishwater, but in a good way.

Loads of pine and grapefruit hops on the nose. Brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Biscuit malts. Floral.

Starts off with some burnt orange rind flavors with a slight tartness. Caramel and biscuit malts. Floral hops with a dose of pine bitterness. Some tropical fruit sweetness towards the end. Crisp, with moderate carbonation. Finish has a great balance of sweetness and bitterness, only slightly drying out the mouth.

Yes, great IPAs do come in cans!

Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this at Whole Foods in Austin while on vacation here last month, notes from then.

Appearance is a nice cloudy burnt orange tone with a one finger head. Modus Hoperandi has a fairly mild hop smell, with pine, orange peel, grapefruit. Its` taste has an earthy quality, more hops coming out, a mild sweetness to it. MF is clean with some bitterness in the end. Overall, a very good IPA. After having read a couple notes on SKA over the years, it was nice to finally drink one of their beers.

Photo of kbutler1
2.86/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can. Best by date of 12/01/11 - this being only 6/21/11 I wouldn’t want to hold onto it unitl December but meh what do I know. Poured into a tulip glass dark copper color with a 1 finger light tan head that settles down at a medium pace. Not overly fruity aroma but definite notes of grapefruit/orange. Some floral type notes as well. Medium mouthfeel. Grapefruit, metallic, and then a building bitterness that seems to get fairly bitter. Lingering bitterness. This IPA just didn’t fit well with me. IMO not very balanced and had some off flavors both in the nose and the taste. Minimal lace.

Photo of drewba
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orange/red, nearly amber in color. This pours with an off colored two finger head that quickly recedes down to a bubbly film. Lacing is splotchy and inconsistent.

T - Light citrus, pine and grass. The hops aren't jumping out of the smell, but they're there. There is a little garlic and onions action going on in the end.

T - Dry grass, pine and lemon rind. An impressive malt profile creeps in towards the middle of the flavor offering up caramel, light nut, bread. The finish is more grass and grapefruit which ends fairly bitter.

M - body is low and the carbonation pops; nothing to write home about.

O - This is kind of unusual for an ipa; which there is definitely a hop profile, more of it comes out more in bitterness, than taste.

Photo of robbrandes
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can with a best buy date of 10/23/11.

crystal-clear amber color, thin head, nice lacing on the sides of the tulip. well-balanced nose - big malts, peppery hops, excellent stuff!

taste is full palate of florals and pine resins, huge malt profile, nice tight finish. a touch light on the legs, and i could use a bit more carbonation.

really enjoyed this beer, always love another solid can offering! great extra in a trade with seeswo. thanks chris!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear orange-brown with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy clumps of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, malt/biscuit, and flowers. Taste is of citrus zest, sweet malt, flowers, with a bit of a soapy taste too. Mild hop bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has good carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the soapy taste is weird. I think I would like to try this one again from a can to see how it compares. My first beer from Ska.

Photo of aval89
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by 10-25-2011, pretty fresh to me :)

a: pours an amber, nearly copper color.. nice 2 fingers of off white head..

s: bouquet of hops hit the nose..pine, freshly sliced oranges, some grapefruits & also some mild tropical fruits.. there is some caramel malt deep in there, as well as some bready notes & a slight earthiness.

t: more of those hops. grapefruit bitterness, mandarins. sticky pine.. touch of caramel malt to some what balance it out.. finish is a great amount of citrus peel bitterness, but not too aggressive. a hop heads delight.

mf: nice medium body with spot on carbonation for the style. goes down easy..

o: really great IPA. you'll be sure to get your hop fix with this one.

Photo of meliaem
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I also love Ska's Decadence as well. I do not usually drink beers from a can, but this is exceptional. I definitely recommend this IPA. I just wish I could find it easily. There is only one store that carries this beer in my area. I love the hopiness in the beer.

Photo of JayAre46
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - we got a green 12 oz can here with the 3 stooges walking down the middle, pours a heavy deep transparent ruby amber copper tone i call ramberton, gives a nice fluffy head that falls to a thin ring around the circle, good retention...im reviewing too many ipa/dipas, just realized imona kick...

A - caramel malt, piney resinous, makes me feel like im in a pine tree forest that is raining caramel malted barley, smells decent. give some cirtrus notes as well that are in and out

T - BIG CARAMEL MALT, PINE AND LEMONY CITRUS, sappy molasses, strong hop bitterness, well balanced although it is a hop bomb and boom goes the dynamite,

M - not bad not good, not smooth not prickly everything on the outskirts, (no idea what i mean) medium body, moderate carbonation and slightly drinkable

O - i love it because its in a can and that is sweet (craftinacan), drink it ya twat!

Photo of iadler
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz. can.

A- Poured aggressively into a pint glass with a dark amber hue. Fluffy two finger head

S- Pine, citrus and floral hop notes followed by some fresh herbs, as well as bready and caramel malt

T- Some grapefruit, orange peel, and pine upfront with a big dose of bread and caramel malt that follows with a slight mint in the aftertaste. Much less hoppy compared to the nose.

M- Medium carbonation that’s has a little crisp at the beginning and finishes slightly dry

O- A nice session IPA. Really no sign of bitterness until the aftertaste, which leaves the taste buds craving more. First beer from Ska, and am interested in trying their other offerings.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear amber color that resembles iced tea. A 1 finger white head melts into a frothy cap with a raised collar that holds on to the glass.

S - Sweet ruby red grapefruit, woody pine, toffee malt, mint.

T - Pine comes out first then a blast of mint leaf hits, the caramel malt brings in some cookie-like sweetness and rides out until the finish. Leafy mint and grapefruit rind take over toward the finish and coat the mouth with different kind of bitterness.

M - Medium body, crisp, adequate carbonation.

I picked this up randomly and I'm glad I did. Lots of leafy mint and citrus rind hops going on as well as a solid malt bill. This provides an afterburner type bitterness. Well done. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

Photo of lnashsig
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my staples...I'm lucky to be able to get this. Easily the best IPA in a can available in my local market.

Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a transparent dark amber color, with awesome frothy white foam that fills the glass, then recedes slowly leaving lacing all over the glass. This has the visual appearance of an Imperial IPA all the way around. Smell- piney and citrus hops, some sweetness from the malt. Taste- piney bitterness, balanced by a nice smooth caramel maltiness. This is perfectly bodied and nice and smooth. Love my Modus....and will continue to buy it on a weekly basis.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear light amber with a lot of visible small carbonation bubbles. The head is light tan and very foamy, though it forms larger bubbles around the edge of the glass. It fades over a few minutes leaving some fairly heavy lacing for an IPA.

S: The smell of hops is powerful and complex. There is a strong citrus component reminiscent of grapefruit and bitter orange peel. This is rounded out by an herbal smell consisting of pine, grass cuttings and flowers. I can detect a light sweet malt backbone behind all the hops.

T: It tastes light and fruity. I can make out a few tropical fruit flavors, although they don’t contribute too much sweetness to the brew. There is a mild pervasive bitterness with an herbal tone throughout the beer. Sweet caramel malt balances out the beer nicely. The aftertaste is short but dry.

M: Less carbonation that it looks like and fairly thin. I can feel the alcohol but only slightly.

O: A fairly complex yet drinkable IPA.

Photo of Beertinez
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can, awesome artwork by the way, into a pint glass. Pours an orangey/amber color with a finger and half worth of white head.

Smell of hops as soon as I crack the can open. It has my mouth watering already. Pouring it and can't get enough of the smell! Aroma of floral hops, a touch of citrus in there.

Excellent IPA. Flowery hops coat the tongue. Kind of "perfume-y," in a good way. I get some sweeter malts in there. Not in your face, really. Its hiding behind the hop profile but its pleasant when it decides to pop out. It keeps the brew from being a boring IPA. They seem to come out more as it warms while sitting in the glass.

Really drinkable, I've also had this before straight out of the can a couple times. (No glass available.) Not sure of the ABV but it doesn't seem like its up there. (Sorry, typing this up as I'm drinking the last one from the 6 and I don't see it on the can) In between a light/medium body, decent carbonation.

Overall, a great IPA! Convenience of a can, (no light getting in + no bottle openers) reasonably priced for a 6 pack, and great tasting. This is going on my "go-to" list whenever I am shopping for beers or at the bar.

Photo of TIMMYJ21
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange light amber, very nice head with a good amount of lace, very wonderful lookin brew

S-strong pine, citrus, hops really overpower in the one, malt also in the mix on this one

T-Sweet with fruity, earthy hops. good amount bitterness that goes away fairly quick. Malt backbone after.

O- This really is my go to disc golf brew and other events, whenever i can get some from some awesome BA, one of the best IPA in a can

Photo of BeerLover99
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: honey/deep orange body, 2 finger pillow head, very nice lacing

S: big fresh cut pine, pineapple, and fair amount of malt

T: fresh citrus front, fair malt, big pine, long sticky bitter finish

M: med body, hint of creamy, good slick/oily mouth

O: WOW! This is the American IPA handed to me
by my beer guy (Kyle @ Binny's in Buffalo Grove).
My palate had grown wearing of hops and bitter IPAs.
This was a refreshing treat and in a can, too!
Could be a regular staple in my frig.


Photo of nhindian
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. Beer generously provided by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Pours a hazy amber color, with a distorted view of the opposite side of the glass. A two-fingered tan head builds slowly, composed of medium-sized bubbles. Retention is pretty good, lasting for around 5 minutes or so, and as it dissipates, it leaves thick masses of foam behind.

S - The smell of this beer is a nice combination between tropical and pine hops, with a big part of the aroma consisting of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine sap. There's a lot of hops here and the malts are more subdued. There is some backbone here though, but don't expect the most balanced beer!

T - As the in the nose, the flavors are bursting with fresh hops, although the malts do come across a bit more here. It starts with a good amount of caramel malts to pave the way for the bitter malts, and they are strong enough to influence the taste well into the finish. More of the grapefruit comes across here, and the pine steps it up as well. This is pretty aggressively hopped for a single IPA.

M - The mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with decent carbonation. It's a little on the low side of the carbonation spectrum, but it doesn't feel syrupy at all. You can definitely feel the hop resin weighing down the tongue and numbing it, which is always a cool feeling.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I think the best aspect of this beer is the numbing aspect of the hops. I don't think I've had an IPA affect the palate so much as this one has, which is a testament to how well Ska has extracted the resin. The alcohol is nigh-impossible to detect and this drinks very smoothly.

Photo of readbaron
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/amber with plentiful off white head that is lOng lasting and leaves lots of lacing behind.

Smell is initially tropical - pineapple - with some piney hops underneath. If I try hard, I get a bit of cereal in there as well, but this one us almost all hops.

Taste is initially very hop forward - piney and bitter, with a surprising amount of malty biscuit backbone underneath. A bit more malt than I love, but still an impressive IPA.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker and heavier than I prefer.

Photo of Lerxst
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chugalug06 for this extra. My first beer from Ska. Can dated best by 8/7/11 into a pint glass.

A-Pours a semi hazy dark amber with a two finger off white head that has excellent retention and leaves ample amount of lace. Looks really good.

S-The nose is understated but pleasant. Citrus and pine predominantly with a semi sweet, bready malt back. A more prominent nose would really help out here, but what we do have is pleasant.

T-Follows the nose but with a slightly more piney, resinous presence here along with some nice citrus. The bready malt is there, but it lingers in the back for the most part and is a nice complement to the hops without trying to compete with them.

M-Medium body and carbonation, a bit slick and oily.

O-A nice IPA that I'd certainly have again.

Photo of MrTopher
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thank you RatedZ (Jim) for this fine can beer, I’m getting on a can kick and I think because of this beer.
Poured into a Stone IPA glass, seemed fitting.

A – A rich orange/honey color that is a little hazy has a small white head that has good retention.

S – This has a great smell; citrus with a little pine, the malt is present but hops are the king of the castle here.

T – WOW, this is just good. Has a good crisp taste, the hops make this beer but it blends really well with the malt that adds just a hint of sweetness. You get grapefruit, citrus, pine resin and the sweetness from the malt. Very very impressive.

M – Creamy and medium bodied, must have been a fresh can because I thought it was right in there with other great IPAs.

O – Its hard for me to pick between this and Odell’s for my favorite single IPA from CO, this is REALLY good, and thankfully I have one more can I’m going to save to share with a friend.

Photo of Rampage1
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Darker,Amber color to it with a nice,fluffy head to it.

Smell: Has some nice fruity, citrus smells to it followed my a sweet, malty smell. A little biscuit to it but barely.

Taste: Up front it has a nice bitterness followed my some carmel malt flavors. I had a feeling from the color of it that it would have a decent malt body to it but there is enough hops in it to let you know that this is a ipa.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation that lends to a easy to drink ipa.

Overall: I like this ipa but am not a huge fan of the malt bill. Although i like my ipa's on the bitter side- I also like a little malt backbone but not too much of one. Pretty good ipa overall.

Photo of slentz
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeepCop for this can! Best by 10/1/11. Poured at 40 degrees F into my Bells Tulip.

A: Respectable pour leads to a finger wide head recedes at a slow rate after about 10 minutes a thin ring remains. Very nice lacing on the glass. Color is an orange/golden hue reminds me of my golden retriever Lark.

S: Smell is not very strong. Grapefruit, citrus, malt. Smell is definitely not this beers strongest aspect.

T: Taste is nice, very light, crisp, and refreshing. Slightly bitter and easy to drink. Would like to see some more bitterness and hops here but I guess we leave that to the double IPA's.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and not very impressive. Almost on par with a pale ale instead of an india pale ale.

O: Overall this beer is very average compared to come of the better IPA's. But this one is definitely a good beer for the warmer weather we are seeing now as it is lighter and not as high in abv. All in all a nice offering and I am glad I got to try it.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this when I was out visiting some friends in Kansas City. Poured from the can into a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange color with a one finger head that dissipates into a nice plane of tiny bubbles and a collar of foam around the edges of the glass.

The beer is a bit too cold right now but a sniff of it reveals a sweet citrus and piney hop quality to it. Some of the sweetness obviously attributed to the malts as well and would be best described as a honey like bread quality or maybe graham crackerish. Not bad on the nose but a little more aroma would be nice.

The taste begins with a malty sweetness for maybe half a second then transitions into a bitter, resiny taste. The bitter hop flavor is the one that lingers in your mouth and has a bit of a drying character to it. After a bit more warming the beer becomes sweeter and the hops become a little less apparent. Not necessarily a balanced IPA, the flavor leans more towards the bittering aspect of the style. Not bad though.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with an appropriate carbonation. The bitter flavors leave a some-what pleasant drying affect on your tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this isn't a bad IPA. Just not my favorite. If you like bittering hops and an alright nose in your IPAs, you'd like it. Definitely cool that it comes in a can though, I really wish more beers would.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a clear honey orange color with two fingers very fluffy pale tan head. Excellent retention and lace.

S: Lots of pine and grapefruit, quite nice, good dose of sweet malt underneath.

T: Bitter resins up front yield to moderate amount of sweet malt. Sweetness lingers through the finish with a bit of bitterness rejoining. Nice and piney, almost gin-like in its astringence.

M: Light and creamy, a tad thin but still good.

O: Another fine American IPA. Sure wish we could get this in Iowa, but Illinois isn't that far away. Will buy it again.

Photo of PatLarsen
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured can into a pint glass. Light amber color with a bit of orange. Looks good with nice head.

S: Citrus hops very prominent.

T: Like the malt balanced with the hops. Good hop presence here.

Mf: Nicce mouthfeel with a really good carbonation. I like the can deal.

Overall: Love the can for a really good beer. It makes for less room in my fridge for a good beer.

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,329 ratings.