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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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2,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 220
Gots: 315 | FT: 7
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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Ratings: 2,355 | Reviews: 758
Photo of BeerAmbassador
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber-orange color with just a tint of haze. Two finger head with decent retention and some nice lacing. Grapefruit peel and fresh pineapple juice on the nose. Some malty sweetness as well. Medium bodied on the palate with just enough carbonation. Sweetness from the malt is kept in check by the bitterness from the hops. A really nicely balanced delicious beer from Ska.

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

A- hazy persimmon color when held up to the light with dense beige foam on top that laces and pits and doesn't quit. i really dig the can art.

S- very pleasant and bright grapefruit aroma with some caramel malt sweetness and a touch of orange peel.

T- full resinous bitterness from start to finish with grapefruit, bitter orange, and pine being most notable. there's some grassy and solvent notes as well and a lemony and cheesy tartness. malt is pretty much on the chill side but does lay a solid foundation for the hops. finishes tart with a drawn out hoppiness.

MF- somewhere over medium with carbonation that really hits the spot. it's prominent at first, but doesn't wear out its welcome. nice resinous feel as expected.

D- with hop profile being mega citrus/pine/cheese/solvent, i can't guess what hops were used but they blend together well and i'm glad i picked up this sixer.

Photo of coldriver
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the can into Sam Adams glass. Decent head and very nice lacing - hopefully the same sort of lacing that's going on in my larynx with this one. Wonderful and inviting citrusy piney aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are what they should be for an IPA - bitter but balanced, citrusy, resinous. Not from the West Coast but a nice West Coast style.

Photo of GabrielM
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the can because that's how I drink Modus!

A - the can looks good.

S - a fresh blast of citrus hops explodes from the can when I crack it open.

T - awesome! Bitter hop bite that is perfectly eased with some sweet malt action on the way down.

M - tart, sweet, refreshing all at once. Creamy even. Freaking delicious!

O - Modus is not only an outstanding IPA, but one you can take anywhere. Love this brew and always have my fridge stocked with it.

Photo of huhl23
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who says you can't get a good IPA from a can? This poured a dark amber with two finger head that stays around for most of the beer. Good lacing. Nose is good. Very good smelling beer. The beer isn't as balanced as I'd like with a little more hop than the malt. Overall still a good beer. Big props to beergynt for hooking me up with this one.

Photo of devilben02
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the can with a very hazy orange color, and a modest but sticky eggshell-white head. This is certainly not the most fragrant IPA, but the aroma is pleasant, with a decidedly hop-forward combination of wildflowers and oranges being prominent over a subtle backbone of bread and caramel. Nicely bitter in the flavor but certainly more balanced, characteristics of grapefruit and flowers are big without (drastically) overpowering the underlying caramel sweetness. The texture is moderately resinous, with a glimmer of the citrusy bitterness lingering long after each sip. Overall, this is a flavorful yet highly drinkable IPA.

Photo of bayougutter
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper amber with about a finger off white head that settled to cap and left decent lacing.

The dominant smell is pine, then citrus. Also some grassy but mostly pine.

The taste is heavy on the pine as well, and very bitter. One dimensional in that the bitter pine taste overwhelms anything else trying to come through.

Light to medium body with good carbination

Overall I enjoyed this one as a change but can't get by the dominant pine taste to have regular.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a 1/4" head. Nose is of citrus hops. Taste is flowers, grapefruit-citrus, and piney hops with a moderate bitterness and mild malts in the finish. This beer light to medium bodied and well carbonated.

This was a nice find. I like a good beer coming in a can. I'll definitely drink this again.

Photo of Gushue3
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 1+ finger white head that wont go away. Turns foamy and is leaving great lacing as it starts its descent. A clear orange copper colored beer sits in my glass.

S- Heavy on the pine with citrus and bitter smells really good

T- nice bitterness thats complimented nicely by similar notes as the nose.

M- light light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O- I really liked this IPA. bitter with just enough citrus tastes and balance.

Photo of zoolzoo
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent all around IPA. This one is resiny, sticky, bitter, and surprisingly fruity in the finish. Impression of fruit is zest and rind. Initial malt sweetness opens up the palate. A high amount of carbonation keeps drinkability high, quite refreshing overall.

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

12oz can best by Nov. 17, reviewed July 19.

Copper/amber, very clear, small head leaves decent lacing.

Smells like pine resin, grapefruit and sweet malt.

Flavor is heavy on pine hops, with some caramel malt beneath. Grapefruit is there too. I'm not a fan of the syrupy pine-sap hop profile that I sometimes get out of this, but the citrus saves it a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium. Not too light-bodied but a bit watery on the end.

Drinkable, but not really my kind of IPA. I'd go for more citrus and less pine.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper/orange color with one finger of frothy cream colored foam. Decent retention as the head slowly dropped to half of its original thickness leaving a nice solid ring of lacing around the glass - the bubbles are rising steadily from the bottom. Smells of a mixture of sweet fruits and resinous pine all balanced out by a subtle caramel hint that's just barely showing through. I'm getting a sweet flavor bump up front overwhelmed by an earthy pine bitterness that takes over the palate at the end (in a very good way) - not a whole lot of malt in the taste. The mouthfeel is very refreshing upfront with a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer then leaves the back of my mouth sticky and wanting another drink - not sure if its the bitterness of the hops or the alcohol that cause a slight burn. I love this beer and drink it quite often just never got around to reviewing. Ska has excellent offerings and I recommend getting a hold of there beers.


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

Poured from a can into a pint glass, best before date of 9/11/11.

Pours a deep amber / copperish color with an off white head (maybe a light tan) which leaves a nice lacing and has decent retention. The smells are of hops, lots of pine, after it warmed up to room temperature, the smell is very different, almost nothing but caramel malts with a hint of hops. The feel is medium to light. The taste is first of lots of malts, mostly caramel, not as much hop bitterness up front as I expected, but then there is a highly hoppy after flavor which hits oddly a second or two after I drink, maybe a hint of pepper. Overall a good IPA, I could see myself taking to the lake and drinking out of the can.

Photo of ssimpson89
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber/orange with small white head. Slightly hazy, but looks like a good IPA should. Nose hits with orange/grapefruit with a slight smell of carmally malt. A good looking beer that smells great.

Full flavored hops! This beer is a touch sweet up front, then really hits you with a nice bitterness that lingers after the finish. As the bitterness fades I find myself wanting more.

Nice body that encourages a roll around the mouth.

This is a very good single IPA that's definitely in my top 5. It also has the added bonus of being in a can and is reasonably priced at $1-2/sixer below many others. Great tasting and a great value.

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

A- Deep copper/amber color with a very sticky dense off white head. Very dark for an IPA. Looks beautiful though!

S- smell is full of hops and equally balanced with malt. This beer smells alot more balanced that I thought it would. I'm guessing cascade hops?

T- More of the samehere. The hops and malt play perfectly togher and make this a great beer to drink around the campfire and ponder the meaning of life.

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Really coats the palate for a single IPA.

O- This is an amazingly balanced well crafted canned offering from Durango, CO! I have not had anything else from Ska but they have really stolen my heart with this one! Can is a huge plus too. Gotta say too, when you crack the can there is almost no hint of carbonation, strange. Awesome beer. Get it!

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours out deep orange in color with a thick head that dissipates into some nice lacing. On the nose you get pine hops up front giving way to citrus (grapefruit) hops at the end. Either way, this beer drinks smooth and doesn't have a heavy hop bite on the finish of the sip. Even though this beer is close to 7% ABV, it is light enough in body and not overpowering in hops to make it a session worthy brew.

Photo of afksports
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm. Cool can, man. But damn I'm all dried out. And it wasn't totally worth it. You see, I'm sitting here cooking some food (veggie sausage with peppers and onions) and thinking about all the good fist-pumping beers I've had. And then this Modus Hoperandi hops along and gets all up in my palate and I'm not Jersey Shorin' it anymore.

It looks fantastic-- deep amber hues the body as the lace takes over the glass and the head stays on top saying drink me. But the smell is less appealing, consisting of mostly pine and some sea / earth type of stuff. Maybe some grapefruit zest but hardly any citrus or malt. It tastes clean but drying. And that gets clingy. At 6.8% it goes down easy, but the cling of that hippy dryness isn't balanced, and I'm forced to think of ex-girlfriends.

I'll probably finish it. I mean, I'm pretty good at drinking beer. And although it definitely hits that dry hop head note, it's off key for me.

Still, it's not unredeemable, and there are some really well done parts to it - outside of the great label - so this beer settles right in there at average to slightly above.

Which is more than I can say for my cooking.

Photo of firkinhophead
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From State Line Liquors in El Paso. Excited to try this, as we don't have it at home.

Poured into a white plastic hotel cup, so appearance and aroma somewhat affected.

Nice tight head of cream-colored latte-like foam. Holds nicely and sticks like mad. Color looks like an amber tone, perhaps a shade or two darker than average.

Aroma is piney, with some citrus zest.

Taste is sharp and pungent. Some green onion (Centennial hops?), pine resin, grapefruit pith, pollen. Barely any malt here, but enough to make it beery.

Body is solid enough, with a creamy mouthfeel that counters the bitterness. Bit of asprin in the aftertaste, lingers too long for my liking.

Well put together IPA when you want a big kick of hops., especiallly the piney variety. I'd like to have a bit more tropical notes.

Photo of Guden
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a coppery gold with lots of little bubbles and a bit of haze. Head is half an inch of pure white with good retention but only moderate lacing.

S- Huge aroma comes out the second you open the can. Lots of fruits coming through with pineapple and blueberry bursting out. A little bit of bready malt and some earthiness are hidden in the mix of aromas.

T- Up front there is a light tingly tropical fruit flavor followed by a juicy fruity middle and a bitter hop bite on the end to bring it back to focus. It’s a pleasant experience all around but the bitterness on the end is just a touch too high for the rest of the flavors.

M- Thin and dry with moderate carbonation, its fitting for the style but nothing exceptional.

D- I’m not a huge hop head but this is an IPA not overdone but with good focus and flavor and one I would certainly enjoy a few more of.

Photo of Bockrules
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass

A - Pours a copper with a orange tine with beautiful tan, two finger head that slopes on the sides to the rim of my pint glass. Whisps of cloudy material and minimal carbonation.Head stays intact all the way down the glass, leaves behind substantial lacing.

S - Cascade hops on a slightly sweet malt background.

T - Cascade hops upfront. The body is a nice balance of peppy hop bitterness and biscuity malts. Biscuity, dry finish with an aftertaste reminiscent of the body.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Plenty chewy.

Despite my initial reservations due to the seemingly shroom-inspired can, this is a damn good american IPA. Reminds me a bit of the marble IPA I had a few weeks ago, but darker, hoppier and a tick better. So far I've been impressed with the quality of beer the local breweries are putting out in the southwest. Definitely a keeper.

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

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Fucking amber. Offwhite head. Clear.

Smell - Moderately hoppy. Typical of a mod.

Taste - Bitter hop. Possibly oxidized. Has some complexity. Not harsh.

Mouthfeeel - Smooth. Foamy.

Overall Drinkability - Good IPA. High-middle end. Would do it again. Very hoppy and bitter. Delicious.

Photo of Fenris244
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my duvel tulip.

Pours a dark amber, almost no head good retention on what little there is, even some lacing, good clarity little strings of carbonation can be seen in the beer.

Apple sweetness, big hop piney aromas, citrus peel aromas as well.

Apple like sweetness, hop flavors are huge, pig pine and citrus peel. Little bits of malty sweetness on the finish, the bitterness lingers forever.

Light in body, super crisp and very refreshing

Overall, Im loving this and in a can too? Got my new campground/beach/where ever I feel like having it beer

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright copper with a good-sized off-white head that dissipates to a film, leaving moderate lacing.

N- Huge hoppy nose as soon as I cracked the can. Big bitter grapefruit up front with some pine resin adding a pungent quality. Faint fruitiness and subtle caramel malt underneath. Also some herbal hoppiness and faint wisps of flowers.

T- Sweet biscuity grain with a touch of caramel and tons of hoppiness layered on top. Nice fruity, herbal hop notes ride on a biting, powdery grapefruit-rind bitterness. Some light citrus accents provide refreshment while sticky pine resin makes the bitterness cling to the tongue and last into the aftertaste. The finish is crisp and bone dry, leaving a perfume of herbs, flowers, pine, grapefruit, and a hint of grain.

M- Medium-light body, sticky, with light carbonation and a dry finish.

D- Overall, a bitter hop bomb with enough malty sweetness to keep you coming back for more. A solid beer in my book.

Photo of RSchaeffer
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #14
12oz can into pint glass.
Best-By Date smudged, though likely fresh considering I'm in CO.

A - Pours slightly hazy copper-amber in color. Thin off-white head that disappears quickly. Clings to the glass nicely.

S - Aroma is dominated by pine and grapefruit hops. Slight sweetness evident from the malt.

T - Grapefruit and pine resin, balances fairly nicely with the biscuit/caramel malts.

M - Crisp finish with medium carbonation.

O - Pretty solid IPA. Will likely be one of my go-to beers while in Colorado for the summer.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly reddish orange color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles that was there for at least 45 seconds before it ended up as a small ring at the edge of the glass where it meets the beer. There isn't really any lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma is obviously dominated by the citrusy American hops, but there is a noticeable solid malty background here, so the hops aren't the only thing in this beer. The hops have a very mild chalkiness to it that suggests that this beer is pretty bitter, but not necessarily a hop-bomb.

Taste: The flavor follows what the aroma alluded to pretty well. A wholesome amount of hops in the beginning with a little bit of oils noticeable on the tongue. There is some sweet toasty malt notes that is noticeable in the middle of the flavor profile, but they stay reserved the whole time. The finish is ran by the bitterness of the hops and there is a little bit of chalk left on the back of the throat from the water, but overall it is pretty well balanced.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good AIPA. It has a pretty good balance, though the hops are ruling the beer, that is what you expect with this style. The water is reacting with the hops a bit, and I would like to to be a little less, but that is personal preference. As it is, this is a good example of the style, and if you are into IPA's, you especially should give this one a try.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.