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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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2,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 208
Gots: 233 | 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 Inflames
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first can was at the Flagstaff brewing co. a few days later picked up a six pack in Albuquerque, then a week later another sixer at a different place in Albuquerque.
My first experience was, "wow this stuff is delicious" second time was, "I love this and I wish it were was available in California. The 3rd place I got this at, there was a noticable off flavor to the brew. I hope this is a rare instance.
Easily one of my new favorite brews, I will seek this out when I get back to an area this is sold.
A very average looking IPA, the selling point is the flavor and aroma, fresh citrus and pine engulf the senses with much pleasure. Some super hoppy brews aren't easy drinkers but this isn't one of those. I find myself moving on to the second without a second thought.
Proud of Ska for creating such a tasty IPA.

Inflames, May 24, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours clear, ruddy orange with two fingers of stiff and craggy beige head that sticks around. Mountainous lacing - does that make sense?

Smell -- Fresh cut grass, grapefruit, caramel, a little breadiness.

Taste -- Definitely hop forward; the grassy aroma gives way to pine resin and some grapefruit rind. Tropical fruit and caramel balance out a little toward the end. Finish is all bitter pine resin.

Mouthfeel -- Just on the heavier side of medium body, smooth, some prickly carbonation on the back of the tongue as you swallow. Resiny and somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability -- This beer is solid. I would've liked more malt sweetness to balance out all of that resiny bitterness, but I still really enjoyed this.

yeahnatenelson, May 22, 2010
Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear translucent copper with a rocky thick yellow tinted head that holds great retention and leaves chunky rings of lace.

Pine driven aroma with a good dose of caramel malt thrown in. A bit earthy with a minimial amount of citrusy ester.

Big malt bready, biscuity and full of caramel. With piney oily hops driving the bitterness. Well balanced yet slightly undercarbonated. Any easy drinker I wish I could get in Ohio regularly...hint.

mcallister, May 21, 2010
Photo of myost88
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the new ska can into a shaker style pint

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear amber/copper with a 2 finger head that quickly subsides and leaves a thin layer floating. Patchy lacing. I have to applaud Ska for the clarity of this beer. Typically I could care less about clarity but this beer is so outstandingly clear that I think it deserves merit for that.

Smell- Citrus/Floral hop bouquet. Not really as piny as I expected after reading the description on Ska's website. The aroma was a tad disappointing only in that it wasn't as pungent as one might think and it faded quickly.

Taste- Citrus and a kind of earthy-grassy taste. Reminded me of a kolsch at first. It's a very clean sharp bitter bite that won be over here. The bite gives way to a sweet breadiness that in turn gives way to another burst of bitterness left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Smoooth. Very smooth. If I didn't know it wasn't a nitro can I would have thought it was. Not peppery and highly carbed like many American IPAs.

Drinkability- Could certainly kill more than my fair share of these floating down a TX river. Excellent easy gulping beer for a hot day or a night out on the porch or pretty much anything.

Overall- More and more I am coming around to the idea of craft beer in cans. I was skeptical at first, but after trying this, some of the Oskar Blues offerings, and of course my local Southern Star's brews, I have to say that its not such a bad idea. Anyways give this beer a shot it you like your pale's nice and balanced and smooth; you won't be disappointed.

myost88, May 19, 2010
Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nothing special here, just an average golden pour with medium head, medium retention

S. Smells of grapefruit, lemon rinds and pine. really hoppy.

T: Nice and bitter. The taste mirrors the nose. The fruit accents from the hops are nice and tart!

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium stickiness left in the mouth from the hops.

D: This is a REAL good go-to beer for picnics, poker with buddies, or just when you want to pound a few great beers but don't want to pop open a bomber of something fancy.

VERY drinkable!

bigdonniebrasco, May 18, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've sat down with this beer a handful of times with the intention of reviewing it, but for a myriad of reasons I just end up drinking her without analysis.

Pretty orange pour with a snow white head nearly an inch and half tall

Smells like a post rainstorm forest drenching....a little leafy and an abundance of pine

Heavy bitterness from front to back, unrelenting. I also pull fresh lime from this beer along with the pine from the nose. Biting bitter finish remains well after the sip.

Medium bodied with nice appropriate carbonation. Modus leaves a nice lacing on my tulip and is quite enjoyable to drink. This beer has been, and continues to remain along with Furious, a favorite go-to example of the style.

BarrytheBear, May 16, 2010
Photo of aglose45
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pokesbeerdude for this as an extra!

A: Pours a clear dark golden brown, with a ruby hue. Nice fluffy head at first, that subsides a few minutes later and leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Some sticky lacing left on the glass.

S. Smells of white grapefruit, lemon rinds and pine. This is nice and hoppy. There is a nice malty presence in the back, maybe a bit too much for me.

T: Nice and bitter. The taste mirrors the nose. The fruit accents from the hops are nice and tart! The malty backbone is sweeter than the nose led on. Again, maybe a bit too much for me.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium stickiness left in the mouth from the hops. Gets a bit watery as I move through the beer. Average.

D: This is a good beer. While I had a dig at the level of malt presence, I still am enjoying this beer.

aglose45, May 15, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass best before: 09-15-2010 on the can

A: Pours a dark copper with an extra hazy body one of the most hazy IPA's I have seen off white head that sticks around

S: citrus and nice malts too mixed in the citrus is mainly grapefruit

T: not that much going on here same as smell grapefruit and malt

M: med mouth nice carbonation correct for an ipa

D: yea its a pleasing to drink

overall: nothing wowing me here but a solid IPA that looks good in a glass lace was good head retention was good I liked the really hazy beer thats kind of cool, they also can almost all of the beer they make and that is a plus.

JamisonM, May 14, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber with a big white head that fades to a big ring and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is all hops in the form of pine, tropical fruits, apricot, and dank earth. Very reminicent of Gubna...I'd be willing to bet this has Summit hops in it.

T: The taste follows the nose with bitter pine on top of an apricot backbone and the finish is a slightly bitter earthy flavor. This even tastes like Gubna...has to be Summit hops.

M: The feel is crisp and well carbonated...very refreshing.

D: Great hop flavors and the ABV isn't too bad. Very drinkable IMO.

Glad I finally took a chance on a 6er of this one. Found my new hop fix that's not as expensive as Gubna. I will be keeping this one around from time to time. Survey says: No Summit at all...apparently from the brewers mouth it has Cascade and Centennial hops in it.

GregSVT, May 08, 2010
Photo of towersfall
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A good lookin copper/amber color with a nice tan head that rests up top. Thick lacing clings to the glass.

S: Hops. Hops. Hops. Did I put enough emphasis on the hops? There's some malts (caramel?) and citrus scents lingering, but the hops bring the party.

T: From the scent I expected a total explosion of hops and ridiculous amount IBUs, but I couldn't be more wrong. Crisp with a hop attack that's easy on the palate and brings out the best of the floral hops/piney aroma.

M: Medium body with a clean/fresh aftertaste.

D: Great summertime canned beer. Not too light, not too heavy. A fully drinkable brew that hop heads can enjoy an entire 6-pack of.

towersfall, May 06, 2010
Photo of mcfisty
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the really appealing looking 12oz can.

Ap= Amber color with nice clarity, and and three finger off white head

Ar= Smells fantastic, Pine and grapefruit peel. Dominated by pine though. This is how American IPAs should smell imho.

F= Flavor follows the nose but with a very pleasant burnt sugar edge to round out the hops. Bitterness way out in front, I love it.

M/D= I would say that this is fairly medium bodied the bitterness does alot for the mouthfeel, but stays pretty easy to drink.

Phenomenal beer all around!!

mcfisty, May 06, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Greg for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a solid coppper amber color with very good head retention and impressive, lingering lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, and is fairly sweet and very perfumy, with almost a rose petal like bitternes coupled with a wheatberry aroma. Very, very nice. Flavors replicate the nose in this surprisingly sweet IPA. This has to be one of the sweeter IPA's I've ever tried, but the hoppy bitterness in the finish counters that sweetness very nicely. Also, the alcohol doesn't come through too much, which enhances this beer's drinkability. Ultimately, I'm really impressed by the spicey, hoppy bitterness on the finish, which keeps the sweetness in check with this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I guess, but the beer finishes well with a fairly crisp and refreshing finish. Drinkability is quite good, despite the level of sweetness I get in this beer.

Interesting stuff, and quite unlike most IPA's I've had on the East and West Coast. Not going to make me trade this in for Sculpin any time soon, but this is a solid IPA.

John_M, May 05, 2010
Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark orange with a big old two finger white head and very thick lacing on the walls of the glass

S: hops, malts, hops, grapefruit, citrus, spicy hops.

T: hops are the main point of emphasis here but they do balance very well with the nice malty backbone

M: very oily and sticky. medium carbonation. dry and bitter

D: very smooth and easily drinkable. at 6.8% abv it's amazingly drinkable even tastes good straight from the can

Overall I'd say this is in my top 3 session IPA's. Easy to drink, no alcohol burn, goes down smooth and bitter at the same time. Very highly recommended to all hop fans. You can't beat the price either at $7.99/6pk

CosmoHopHead, May 04, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. No abv listed, best before 9/27/10. Pours a very clear copper color. White rocky head holds together very well, and leaves some nice patches of sticky lace.

Great pine resin, citrusy hop aroma. Good malt background, some caramel and slightly toasty.

Very solid malt base, not simply pale, but some underlying caramel notes. A great blast of piney hops. A bit of sweetness remains, but helps with balance. Some citrusy notes continue towards the end. Long lingering resiny hop finish.

Medium body, good carbonation. Such an easy drinker. Great hop profile, while not being out of balance too much. Very enjoyable.

Bierguy5, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a recent thread, multiple people professed their love for this IPA over Two Hearted. Crazy talk, I thought, but I had to find out for myself. Thanks to ry726, I get that chance. Best by 22 Sept

The pour is shiny copper in color with a dense off-white head with fantastic retention and lacing. Great clarity.
The nose really reminds me of Nugget Nectar (which can only be a good thing) Big pine hop character with some citrus. Bitter orange peel is quite prominent, and there's a delicate fruity and floral character as well. Mild caramel character is present as well. The palate opens big and bitter with a grapefruit and orange zest bitterness up front. Hop flavor is moderate, with some pine and more grapefruit. Malt character is light but noticeable, with some caramel. Drying and bitter on the finish with a great grapefruit character, this is great on the palate. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this feels really soft and smooth on the palate. Thoroughly drinkable, and for the price ($8/6-pack?), it's tough to beat.

DefenCorps, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Sallerj
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a classic American IPA. It has a strong, funky, citrusy aroma. It has a ton of resiny bitterness (but none of the oniony bitterness that I hate). It has enough malt to back it up, while not leaving any doubt that hops are the star of the show. It has a firm, lingering, bitter, finish. There's a little too much stickiness for the ABV. Overall, delicious.

Sallerj, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dull amber. Very nice, rocky light tan head with good lacing.

S: Light caramel malt. Piney hops and maybe a little citrus. Nose is somewhat muted.

T: Starts with a malt sweetness that moves to pine and a mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body and carbonation. Mild bitterness.

D: Easily drinkable and a very sessionable beer, though I felt this one was a little light for an IPA. While the beer had a nice aroma and flavor profile, it was as if some one had turned the down the volume on it.

Florida9, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a cool beer, a very solid canned beer so it's great for camping trips, and pretty easy to find for most states also, unlike alot of the other quality canned beers like Gordons & Surly.

Poured into a massive snifter.

This stuff has a noticably visible malt backbone from its copper colored body, with a fluffy pillowy head.

Dank. You could get searched for possesion of pot from this stuff. It has such a sticky hoppy resin aroma and flavor. It's awesome. Pretty nice hop bite but the malt is keeping it from going all west-coast on you, Hops hit up front and Malt on the finish. Very creamy for a IPA. easy drinking camping beer to drink lots of.

ChadQuest, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of raoulduke37
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a Stone IPA glass. Immediately a very nice head was formed atop a dark copper-orange body. Steady stream of bubbles is quite prevalent. Intense hop aroma - freshly cut grass, some lemon zest, and a strong malt body. This one starts off pretty strong on the malt, with the hops kicking in here and there. Taste resembles malt-forward IPA's like Dark Horse or many other homebrews I've tried. A good solid American IPA, in my book.

raoulduke37, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden colour, with generous white head, and leaving lace. Some hop aromas. Substantial alpha, hop and carbonation burning was my experience. A good hop flavour, however, and good drinkability (next time on a fuller stomach). Fresh, with above average carbonation.

Sammy, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 12 oz can with a best by date of 7/10.

Appearance: Clear dark orange-amber. Fluffy off-white head with good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops and a whiff of caramel malt. The bright hoppy aroma way overshadows the malt.

Taste: Bitter orange and grapefruit with pine hops flavors. This beer is quite bitter with minimal sweetness from the malt, but it doesnt become overpowering or astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess from the head and nice carbonation. Leaves a sticky, oily coating of bitter hoppy goodness.

Drinkability: A very solid hop-forward and bitter-refreshing IPA. This one is a taste bud destroyer though due to its high bitterness.

rapidsequence, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my favorite IPA's and since it is now available in cans, it will be a great pool beer for the summer. It pours a great amber color that is a bit darker than other IPA's, with a frothy white head. Strong aromas of citrus, banana and fresh pine. the palate was big, bold and kinda oily, with great pine flavors complimenting the citurs.

WhatsNewinBooze, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of moz9
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz can into a DFH signature snifter.

Nice amber color, a little darker than a typical IPA, but very nice.

Smell is of citrus, hops with a piney finish. Not an overpowering nose, but very pleasant.

Taste is well balanced, with a nice finish. It doesn't have a lingering aftertaste, although you definitely taste the hops all the way through. The bitterness is just about perfect, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is light. The overall drinkability of this beer is great. In terms of a "session" IPA I would highly recommend this. The fact that it comes in a can certainly doesn't hurt.

Top Notch!

moz9, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a very fresh 12 oz. can into a Ruination pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep auburn that lights up to a bright amber when held up to the light. It's not such a hazy IPA, but it's difficult to see throw on account of the darker color. Atop the beer is a thicker two-finger head that leaves loads of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can tell this can is super fresh because of the immensely intense hop aroma. The smell is just a huge presence of piny and citric hops. I think this is probably one of the pinier IPA's I've smelled, and I'm enjoying it greatly. There is a nice caramel malt background present as well, but the hops are without a doubt the main character in the scent.

Taste: Again, the hops come in full force in the taste. If you're not a hophead, I wouldn't recommend trying Modus Hoperandi - but if you are, this brew is a delight. I've gone back and forth between giving this a 4 or a 4.5 in the taste, but ultimately had to give it a 4.5 because of the wonderfully thick and chewy hop presence in the taste. The caramel malts are not all forgotten, though, and provide a nice undercurrent to (slightly) balance the hops. Make no mistake, though, this is a hopcentric IPA, just as God intended them to be.

Mouthfeel: Modus Hoperandi is somewhere in between an IPA and a DIPA for me in terms of mouthfeel. It's a bit on the thicker side and all those hops give it a big, chewy feel. The aftertaste is particularly extended, but in the case I'll savor it, because it's quite pleasant.

Drinkability: This is a very nice drinking beer, especially at almost 7% ABV, but I'm not sure if I could drink too many of these because of the strength of the flavor.

Overall, this is very impressive IPA and was a pleasant surprise to me. I'm glad I picked up a sixer because, for a hophead, this is a very enjoyable beer. This is one is very under the radar but is absolutely worth trying.

zoso493, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a big ska fan at this point, but I'll try anything once, and i've had this beer recommended to me on several occasions.

A: light gold color, good sticky head retention. Inviting and pleasent. Pretty clear.

S: resinous, dank, and piney. Smells somewhat floral and herbal. A heavy hop aroma, I would guess that there is definately some chinook or columbus in this beer.

T: Sweet upfront, but finishes dry enough to keep drinking. Very piney and resinous like the smell. A little tangey. Not super bitter, but you can tell there is plenty of late addition hops. the malt is there, but somewhat subdued. the piney hops dominate this beer. Its a different beer that I would buy again. The aftertaste lasts forever, and is not unpleasent.

M: Nice body to the mouthfeel, leaves you wanting more and finishes smoothly. The taste lingers on your tongue for quite some time.

D: I couldn't sit here and chug these all night, but this beer definitely is drinkable enough for a few. The combination of piney hops is a little too much for me to really say this is a super drinkable beer. The alcohol content is sessionable enough that you can handle it though.

Ricelikesbeer, Apr 10, 2010
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.