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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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2,224 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 210
Gots: 260 | 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 sammimag
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dh brought this home from some sort of recommendation. We both really liked it. We appreciate most IPAs and stronger tasting beers. We thought this was a nice balance of lighter and bite. We thought is was a refreshing beer after some yard work or some home improvements. A tasty thirst quencher.

Photo of jimbus
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep golden/burnt orange hue, nice two finger head and excellent lacing all over the glass

S: Smells like sticky, sweet, hoppy goodness. Not really getting much floral or pine, but a slight grapefruit aroma pokes through.

T: Lovin' this beer. Nice and bitter, with the malt hiding perfectly behind the bitter hops...be afraid malt...be very afraid.

M: Resin coats the mouth with a slight numbing of the tongue. Honestly, I would drink this over many DIPAs out there eight days a week. Great carbonation.

D: Keep em comin'

Photo of Spineypanda
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark golden color with a good head.
Smells of strong citrus and bitterness from the large amount of hops used.
Taste is grassy, and citrusy, but also has a nice sweet flavor, that is not at all overdone.
Less carbonated than I remember from when I had it in bottle, but still delicious.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this can!

Finally bustin' into the box I recently received from Paul. This bit o' haul pours a clear sunset amber topped by about a finger of white micro-foam. The nose is a lovely see-saw ride piloted on the one side by some sharp grapefruit and on the other by some lusciously sweet caramel. The taste shows that, as you get closer to the aforementioned playground scene, the grapefruit (who's wearing a Pine jersey) is actually decently fatter than the caramel, but, at the same time, he's nice and laid-back (I've seen some asshole kids who look very similar to this one). They play pretty well together, even if it looks a bit awkward. Ahem. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that doesn't overdo it on the hops and yet doesn't fall victim to over-malting. Good times.

Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, mixed 12pack from Binny's in Schaumburg

appearance: sharp green can, served in a great dane imperial pint, bright amber-copper body, huge sticky off-white foam with strong retention

smell: pulpy grapefruit, bitter citrus rind, orange/tangerine, sweet malt

taste: Hops in a can - a wonderful thing. High bitterness levels, grapefruit and citrus rind, sticky hops, sweet caramel. Pretty strong IPA and probably the best i've seen in a can

mouthfeel: oily and sticky, medium body

drinkability: pretty good, bitterness levels a little high

Photo of kk73
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours out a nice amber color into a small pillowy white head. Head disappeared and left some foam around the edge and some lacing. This looks good.

S - Scent of piney, citrus, and floral hops. Fresh and fruity with some light maltiness.

T - Again a nice combo of piney and citrus hops. The bitterness last until the back where the sweet carmel malt kicks in to give the beer some balance.

M - This was crisp and refreshing. Light bodied with a little stickiness. Malt was not overdone here. No alcohol burn.

D - Well made IPA. Perfect for me on nice hot day, which we get plenty of. Easy drinking beer that I wish I could get here. Nice hop profile for the piney hop lovers.

Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy amber with a finger and a half off white head, fair enough lacing. Nice grassy citrus hops aromas with hints of carmel malts. Musty grass and sweet pine on the palate. Desent carbonation for this medium bodied I.P.A.
Two thumbs up!

Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 02/21/11 printed on can.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium golden amber with a 2-3 finger fluffy light tan head. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Sweet citrus, grapefruit and piney hops with a light caramel malt background.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine up front with a hint of toasted malt in the middle and more bitter grapefruit at the finish. Very bitter lemon zest aftertaste. The taste is nowhere near as sweet as the aroma. Not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Quite sticky from the oily hops.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back a few without much difficulty.

Overall: Very solid IPA. I prefer a little more sweetness to balance out the bitterness but this will definitely do. Worth trying for sure.

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

12oz can with Best by Date of 2/18/2011.

A - Orange/Amber color with a half Finger of off White Head that faded quickly.

S - Smells of Orange, Minerals, Grass, Pine and Caramel.

T - Tastes of Lemon, Brown Sugar, Peaches and Pine.

M - Carbonation is good, kind of Bitter, and a little watery but doesn't distract.

D - The Drinkability of this beer is very good and I will be buying this one again.

Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can.

Clear, clean golden orange body. Tall, two fingers of light khaki brown head. Nose full of pine, grapefruit, and floral hops. Oily and pungent and nice. Caramel cookie malt backing.

Toasted malts briefly up front before sharp hop bitterness takes over. Piny, resinous, and citrusy. Fruit and caramel malt backbone sits underneath the huge hop flavor and bitterness. Citrus rind and herbal hop notes toward the finish. Oily, yet perfume-y. Some grassiness in the very bitter, dry finish. Delicious! Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. I could drink this by the case!

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into shaker pint.

A - clear, lighter amber color. Fluffy white head with nice lacing

S - Piney hops, some citrus

T - Awesome bitter hop explosion, grassy. Exactly what you'd expect from the style. A tad bit of sweetness on the back.

M - Chewy, resiny, medium body. Not over-carbonated.

D - Awesome. I love this beer and it is easy to drink wherever you are, camping, tailgate, BBQ etc...

Photo of jpro
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Sam's in Durham on a recent trip. Poured from the can into a standard shaker pint glass...

A: Pours a slightly hazed coppery amber, with a one-finger light almond head that recedes quickly to half its original stature; lots of webby lace gets left on the glass as this one is consumed (with pleasure).

S: A lot going on with the hop nose on this one... grapefruit, citrus rind, hemp oil / herbiness, freshly cut grass and some tropical fruit aroma, too; big time hops here, malt is playing second fiddle, fo' sho'.

T: There is some caramel malt sweetness... that is heavily subdued by a hop bitterness characterized by grapefruit rind, pine and resin. Mmmm...

M: Medium to full bodied; creamy; moderate carbonation; finishes dry with a tonsil puckering bitter bite.

D: A fine IPA! The aroma on this one makes me just want to keep drinking it, although the taste is heavier than the nose would imply. I wouldn't mind having a couple, but probably no more, for fear of melting my taste buds.

A hop head's delight! Really good stuff here. Probably my favorite canned beer yet...

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

Let's hear it for good beer in a can! Nice, bright IPA with plenty of citrus and pine notes in the hops. Body was moderate, with a slightly sweet character. ETOH was well blended in the flavor profile, with just a touch of pepper at the finish. A very pleasant and easy to drink beer.

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

Poured very syrupy out of the can into my pint glass. About an inch of head that turns into a nice film with good lacing.

Strong, citrusy, piney hop aroma. Very inviting, with a trace of sweetness.

Taste has a big hop flavor on the front of the palate leading to a course down the tongue, where the malts try to seep up, but are beaten back again thanks to a rebirth of the hops. Citrus is the predominant hop flavor.

Carbonation is mild, with only a slight tinge of alcohol as it warms. Very drinkable and a great canned IPA, no doubt.

Photo of daliandragon
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Neat looking can caught my eye at Whole Foods the other day. I haven't seen much Ska lately so it's good to see that they are still kicking. Modus pours a golden orange color with sticky beige head retreating but leaving lots of frosty lace behind. Aroma wise it's a tasty but not haltingly strong grapefruit and pine combo.

Balanced and a little understated, this one levels off and follows through nicely. Some caramel malt shows up early but its the pine that stays on the roof of your mouth a minute or more after the sip. Good taste but outstanding aftertaste. Not a hop bomb as I expected but pleasant and enough bitterness for all but the true hop addicts. Probably not my first choice for sessioning but I'd defionitely look for it again.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, medium copper in color, with a good finger.5 of soapy head, leaving nice lacing.

The aroma is a pleasant bouquet of earth, pine needles/cones, with a sprinkling of sweet citrus.

Bitterness is stark and sharp, stabbing the back of my tongue. Conversely, a bit of bittersweet citrus caresses the front. As a whole, it's very woodsy, and floral. Seems like a nice combo of hops here. There is a bit of a malt backbone the helps this thing not be completely one-sided.

The feel is a tad slick, and a tad under-carbonated. Body is pushing medium, which is okay, but a slight carbonation bite would do the trick.

Pretty stellar drinkability.
This is a solid IPA, and bonus points for the can!

Photo of jmp485
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a package as an extra from emmasdad. This one was already on my radar and he kept from having to trade for it blindly.

Poured into a SA perfect pint

Smell is full of aromatic hop aromas. A little pine and grapefruit in there too. So far so good.

My perfect pint glass looked like something out of a commercial, 1 1/2 inches of foamy off-white to beige head and a rich coppery orange color.

You can taste the freshness of the hops in this. Piney and slightly sticky. Lots of grapefruit so I assume there's a bit of amarillo in the mix.

Mouthfeel is fairly clean. Nice bitterness without going overboard, lingering sticky aftertaste. Haven't had a sip in over 10 minutes and I still feel the tickle in the back of my throat.

Overall this was a very nice IPA which reminds me of a hoppier version of New Glarus Moon Man. I will be sure to look for in trades. Would love to see it distributed into Wisconsin, but was glad to have tried it.

Thanks Dan

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

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp bubbly deep orange with a nice frothy off white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of pine and citrus hops with sweet caramel malts. The taste is a nice amount of pine hops with a strong backbone of burnt caramel malts that leaves a nice lingering pine hop finish. The beer is medium bodied with nice carbonation and slight dryness. This is a very enjoyable canned beer, one I may be buying more often for the canned convenience.

Photo of obireidkenobi
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love that craft beer is adopting cans more and more. That said,
this IPA really blew me away. This fresh hop nose really got me on board quickly.

Lots of pine in the nose, flavor follows suit. Caramel malt is the backbone of this IPA and balances very well.

It's very drinkable, the flavors really pop with this beer - pine, grapefruit, pineapple.

Excellent example of an IPA in can.

Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms at first, but recedes in a second. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big citrus aromas up front. Lots of floral and grassy hops that I really like. A bit of spiciness as well. A light piny and resinous aroma, and some sweetness rounds everything out. Tons of hops with a light sweetness.
T: There is a nice citrus, floral, and grassy flavor that I like. Though the resinous pine just takes over a little to much with a lingering bitterness. Some sweetness as well.
M/D: A medium to full body with good carbonation. There is a dryness that I really like. Crisp and smooth at the same time. It is sticky and syrupy. Not hard to drink. Though the sticky and syrupy consistency keeps this from being a beer I will come back to again and again.

I do enjoy this. A really good American IPA. There are lots of hop flavors going on. It does get a bit over barring, however. I can see why hop heads enjoy this. Overall, not my favorite though still enjoyable. Even for a malt head.

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is amber and clear with a big head and mod carb.

Super pine aroma. Nice.

Medium body, chewy hops, nice bitterness. Wow, I am impressed. This is probably the best IPA from a can I've ever had. Its definitely of the piny variety but simcoe is a good hop too. Well done ska.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, goblet, best by date of 01/26/11.

This IPA is a deep sunset orange with wheat and tequila highlights, quite gorgeous. The topping is an equally nice two-finger dark eggshell head that fades but drapes some thick lace on the glass.

Orange and grapefruit peel, pear, and some honey sweetness. This is not a dominant nose.

Caramel and honey malt, orange and orange peel, grapefruit pith, with a solid bitterness. Things seem muted, leading me to believe this can is not as fresh as I believed. Rosemary in the finish.

The feel is lightly resinous with a moderate body, so actually right where it should be for this type of IPA.

As a drinkable IPA, this is probably right in the sweet spot. It has good, if standard, American IPA flavors, weighs in under seven percent abv, and is not a palate wrecker (as tasty as those are).

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to emmasdad for this one. Best by 2-9-11 so this must be pretty fresh!

Poured into surly pint.

I crack the can and I instantly smell hops! Craft beer from the can ftw.

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves some lace along the way. Color is a copper hued orange.

Aroma: Lots of pine hops and citrus flavors. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some caramel malt. As it warms a touch, I get some apricot flavors. Pretty solid! Very fresh.

Taste: Fresh pine hops up front. Very earthy. A decent amount of sticky sweet citrus shows as well. Big grapefruit and a bit of pineapple like in the nose. The end finishes with some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but ever so smooth and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin taste. Awesome feel to it.

Overall, this ipa is legit! This is very drinkable and something I would like to see around here. Reminds me a bit of furious with the caramel malts (more of a midwest ipa). I am very happy to have tried this one.

Thanks Dan for an awesome beer!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Meddlesome Moth while traveling in Dallas. It poured golden with some amberish glows. Had a Low nose bt I did detect some grassy-earhty aromas from the hops. Balanced. The beer was an explosion of hoppy flavors and more on the Grassy, Earthy side. Kinda of made it taste like Belgian yeast was added.

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

Got this one in a package as an extra thanks to xpimptastikx - great! Cant beat fresh IPA!!
Im also a huge fan of IPA's in cans, they keep better/fresher.

Smells good but nothing over the top. Citrusy hops, grapefruit, light orange and pine needle.

Looks like its going to a malty one by it's rich brown color (which is less to my liking), but to my delight its med bodied, crisp, nice balanced malts with a great fresh hop taste.

Love to have this one in my corner store, sadly Ill have to trade to get more

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,224 ratings.