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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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2,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,290
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 215
Gots: 282 | 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 jar2574
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Charlie Hooper's in KC. Great looking pour out of a fresh keg. Big head, excellent lacing all the way down. Very hoppy smell. The flowery kind, not the grassy kind. The smell really blows you away with hoppy goodness on the first sniff. Very good. Taste is very good, a well blended IPA. The hops aren't overly powerful, excessively bitter or too grassy. Good mouthfeel, carbonation. Extremely drinkable, could have several.

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

The smell is loaded with classic American hops: Grapefruit juice, a grand yet gentle bitterness with smooth sweet notes and hints of resin, chalk, pine and juniper needles. Everything is crisp, clean and perhaps just a little bit too obvious.

The colour is amber with a tint of red (24 EBC). The liquid is clear and the two finger compact head is off-white, almost a bit orange. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The taste is fresh and hoppy with light notes of dough and candy. The crispy bitterness is medium to strong. Citric notes of grapefruit juice, orange and bitter orange peels and a touch of lime. Apricots, fruit candy and flowers, however mild, give an English-inspired flavour in the background. The body is medium to full. Some clean sour hints gives balance to the smooth growing sweetness. The aftertaste is fresh and bitter with some sweet fruity notes, with hints of bread and musk.

The carbonation is strong, the bubbles very small. The liquid is smooth.

A solid AIPA: Just give it a little more hop complexity and it will become perfect.

Photo of rsdaugherty
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Can into a pint glass
A - Could not pour the full can into my pint as the platinum blonde head was 2+ fingers, dissipated quickly but a thin layer stuck around, hazy light golden brown amber 4
S - Citrus & floral forward scent with pine notes, a subtle sweetness 4
T - Pine really comes forward on my first taste and fades away, bitter finish not the hop bomb I was expecting, nicely balanced, slightly herbal finish/aftertaste 4
M - light and thin character does not diminish the flavor, just very light in mouthfeel 3
D - a middle weight IPA, I (and likely most beer lovers) could sit down and finish several of these 4.5

Photo of StLThrash
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, golden copper / amber with a one finger head that dissipated to a 1/2 finger throughout. Minimal lacing.

S - Awesome bouquet of smells with this one. Definitely get a nice blend of citrus, pine, and grapefruit.

T & M - This is definitely a beer for hopheads. Very sharp hop flavor that starts out bitter and finishes smooth. Flavors are balanced with nice carbonation.

D - Just under 7% ABV, so this makes a nice session beer.

Nice hoppy, citrusy effort from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the flying saucer.

A- Poured a nice and slightly dark color. Almost close to a dark brown. A little hard to see through. Showed nice signs of carbonation. Not too much lacing on the glass.

S- A nice a wheat-like smell. Overpowering smell of a grass like hops note. Citrusy. Floral. Pine. Grain.

T- Slight hop presence up front. A good meld of hops and malt. I did get a real wheat kind of flavor from this brew. Also pine, fruit, grain, sugary sweet.

M&D- A nice brew to drink. Not too much alcohol so its an easy drinker. Nice session-able brew.

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

This is the first time in over a year that I've bought a beer in a can. I bought it at Beertopia because the name was interesting.
It's a ruby-ish color with so much foam it overwhelmed my glass. The aroma is lush with hops to the point where my eyes almost popped out of my skull. The taste is a bit more tamed, with floral and cinnamon notes. It has a bit of a sting going down but it's good for one this hoppy. The body is a bit thick for the style it's still nice. I would definitely get this one again, especially if they start selling it in Iowa.

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

A: Amber orange, clear through. Unfortunately poured with minimal/nonexistent head.

S/T: Pine and citric components, plus some grain and stone fruit notes for balance, in addition to slight bread and butterscotch/orange/toffee notes. Great overall balance... Nothing is overpowering.

M: The balance and weight here, without being heavy, makes this very palatable.

D: Again, the balance is pleasant. Medium-bodied. Not too dry, or sweet... off-dry. Could certainly have a few of these.

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

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: amber gold with a thick head on top; nice and clear.

Smell: Sharp floral hops.

Taste: Light bodied, crisp amber malt, peanuts, robust hop flavor with a light flavor of hop leaves. Fantastic harmony of flavors.

I love that Modus Hoperandi comes in a can, it's inexpensive and it delivers a ton of flavor. This brew is a keeper.

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

Thanks to lnashsig for hooking me up with this one! Received and consumed on the same day!

First off, the can is awesome! Poured into a DFH snifter.

A: Pours a clear ruby/amber color with a very chunky 2 finger head. It slowly dissipates to about 1/2 finger of small bubbles and this lasts for quite some time. Nice chunky lacing down the sides.

S: Extremely floral aroma. There is some nice citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind at the back end. There is a little bit of a toasted aroma, but extremely faint, mostly hops going on here.

T: Nice citrus flavor, with grapefruit predominantly. There is also a little bit of pine that leads way to some smooth caramel malt.

M/D: Leaves a dry sticky finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, very happy with this beer. Extremely drinkable, would have guessed it a little lower abv, which is always good. Glad I have some more of this in the fridge!

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber with a thick off-white head that sinks into quite nice lacings.

S: Kind of rich sweet caramell malt over-powered by the hops, floral and bitter. The hops are very piney and citric; grapefruit and lemon sezt.

M: Toffee sweetness to the caramell malt, quite rich. Lots of hops, mostly floral but also bitter. There's grapefruit and lemon, and some orange sezt. Kind of bready.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter with a sweet touch. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: This beer is a treat. You can enjoy it for a long time. My best suggestion is to buy a bunch and spend a night with only this beer (before, during and after dinner).

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured amber color with a thick creamy white head an lots of lacing.
S: the thick head kept much of the aroma lingering. Hops is the best way to put the smell and boy did it make my mouth water.
T: smokey cedar with the aromatic hop flavors makes it a great hop quencher.
M/D: smooth and medium bodied that doesn't dry out the tongue. Which leads to a refreshing and easy drinkability.

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

The beer is nearly clear copper toned amber, a large fluffy off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smelling of sweetened pressed grape-fruit juice, sunny pine needles. Nice!

Upfront toffee sweetness, then grape-fruit: fresh juice, peel and crushed seeds.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, a smooth texture and big body, a nice lingering dryness.

A canonical welldone AIPA!

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

Recently sent to me as an extra... thanks Dale!

A- Poured into my DFH chalice from can... starts with a nice head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Beer is a nice amber in color with a decent amount of sediment

S- Very grapefruity with a malty sweet aspect in the mix

T- Interesting... despite the hint of malty sweetness in the nose, this one is far from being balanced. Has a nice hoppy flavor, but not in your face hoppy

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

D- Pretty tasty stuff. Easily drank and the can offering is cool. I'm pretty stoked that more of the crafts are getting into canning beers, as it means I no longer have to drink shitty beer on the golf course


Photo of wheatyweiss
2.56/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a tulip.

Pours a medium honey with a moderate cloud. Two finger head recedes to a decent cap and sticks well.

Aroma is a unique, very floral hop. The hops yield to a spicy malt, cinnamon and allspice, bit of clove. Skanky, dirty malt aroma in the finish.

Flavor is..odd. Metallic hops take the fore front. Medicinal and phenolic, this is not a good flavor, the phenolic flavors are over the top. Malt is spicy and the hops are extremely floral, But the band aid phenolic is just too much, it is sour and chemical and not good at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is good.

At first I thought I had an infected beer, but I had more from the six and they were all the same. This beer was forced past a drain pour, not recommended in this form.

Photo of JMad
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz can into a glass mug...

The beer was a reddish copper color with a thick, off-white head that had medium sized bubbles and clung to the glass.

I could smell mostly pine, orange, mango and a candy-like sweetness.

When I took a sip, it kind of puckered the sides of my mouth, there was lots of resiny bitterness, some fruit flavors like grapefruit and pineapple, it was bitter, then sweet, then had a nice long bitter finish.

This beer dries out your mouth after a swig, it's medium bodied with soft carbonation and smooth as can be.

I thought this was a very enjoyable brew. It has a great hoppy profile and the ABV to make it count. I highly recommend this one.

Photo of sampstar
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can to pint glass.

Light copper amber color.

i smell light fruit tones but mostly pine.

Taste - For the first few drinks, the bitter then the pine was not pleasing to my old taste buds. Pine is just not what i typically look for, however, after the taste buds got accustomed to it, i enjoy it.

Easy drinker. Leaves you with a citrus pine taste.

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

another nice extra from pokesbeerdude.

a - much darker and cloudier than most IPA's. large thick fluffy head with high retention and nice lacing. this is looking a lot like a DIPA.

s - pine hops and caramel malts.

t - bitter grapefruit citrus and pine hops. some residual malt sweetness. I've had a couple canned beers lately and, while i know I'm not suppose to, i get a metallic off flavor.

m - medium body, dry bitter finish. good carbonation

overall - very enjoyable. nothing mindblowing, but a very good beer.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an amber/burn orange with a thick, rocky off-white head.

S-Grapefruit and caramel malt stand out the most.

T-Grapefruit dominates the flavor profile with a hint of lemon and a nice malt backbone to balance out the hops.

M-Pretty thick with the right amount of carbonation.

D-This beer is extremely drinkable. It is hoppy and refreshing and doesn't have an overly dry finish which makes enhances its drinkability.

Overall, this is a really good example of the style and I hope to drink more in the future.

Photo of Spider889
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this for the first time in NM, my brother got this one and I was really jealous that I was stuck with a Black Hawk stout instead. Got a six pack of this in Chicago last weekend.

Live review.

I still dislike cans overall, but they are convenient, and the artwork is good. The beer itself pours a dark caramel amber with ruby twinges in the light. There's a very small head of white bubbles. It doesn't last long, but I get a little bit of droopy spotted lace.

Smells wonderful. Lots of really green hops - vegetal and super piney. The resins make this beer really sing. There are also crisp amber malts detectable as well.

This is a really bitter IPA. The hop profile is once more pine heavy; the greenness of the hops is also present which gets a little detracting at times. I also get some bitter spruce and juniper as well as some acidic alcohol. This isn't the best IPA out there in the flavor department, but it's certainly solid and refreshing. The beer finishes with more bitterness, awww yeah...

The mouthfeel is quite dry. Moderate carbonation delivers the brew well. Heavy pine bites along with the alcohol to serve a mild numbness to the tongue.

This one is very drinkable in my book. It's simply a tasty beer that serves its role very well. I drank three in a row while hanging out in Chicago.

Photo of xnicknj
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into DFH signature glass - best by 3/11/11

Pours a hazed copper orange with some darker hues. Smaller white head fades quickly into spotty film with rings and patches of lacing on the glass.

A thick dose of sweeter malt in the nose quickly followed by some pine hops.

Slightly sweet up front, touches of caramel and slightly roasted malt. Grapefruit hop bitterness with ruby red juiciness and blood orange. Doughy malt, slightly syrupy with honey. Bittersweet hoppiness towards the finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a little dry and slightly chewy. Pretty quick, smooth drinking but I would have liked to see more hop profile and less malted sweetness.

Photo of dali27
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: A hazy orange gold. This is an odd looking color, but it is not unatractive. Nice foamy head which stays with the beer as it is comsumed.

S: Sweet smell of citrus. Pineapple, orange, apricot and grapefruit. I love sweetness, only I question too much sweet in a beer. The sweetness is balanced with the crisp scent of pine and this beer smells beautiful.

T: Taste follows the sweet route. I cannot believe how much I am liking this right now. The strong citrus hops along with the pine, take the taste from sweet to bitter in moments. Each taste follows suit, and is a great experience. Enjoying this one a lot.

M: Medium body, each area of my tongue reacts to some flavor.

D: Excellent.

I tried this one in a bar the other night, and all I can say is, I am hooked. Sign me up. Next trip to the store, this is on the must buy list.

Photo of imagese
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy dark gold with a one finger head that faded fast and had decent lacing

S- incredible pine aroma followed by a nice citrus hop and sweet malt push

T- very piney splash with a great balanced sweet back end. Very crisp

M- medium body with moderate carbonation. The pine resin coats the tongue

D- solid IPA. Always love it when I can get it!

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

Poured this can into a standard pint.

An orange tinted copper brew with almost 2 fingers of white. Decent retention. Very nice lacing.

Smells dry. Some piney notes are big... Citrusy hop notes are a welcomed change of pace from the past 10 or so beers I've had lately!

I've had this one many times, was surprised I hadn't reviewed it. The flavor is very nice. Dry bready malts are a good start for a big hop punch... And niiice. Grapefruit and pine. Resin notes linger hard with a great deal of lasting bitterness.

Body is nice. Excellent carbonation and oily feel that coats my teeth with hoppy bitter goodness.

This is a damn fine IPA-- especially from a can. This would be a good IPA from a bottle too! Tasty and hoppy enough to satisfy my urges-- obediently and available enough to pick up whenever I want.

Photo of sweemzander
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a nonic. Thank you yet again, Beerwolf!

(A)- Pours a caramel amber color that produced a decent off-white yellow/tan colored head that dissipated eventually. Plenty of lacing involved.

(S)- Dry piney citrus of lemon and pineapple with a subtle caramel sweetness.

(T)- A good combo of minimal sweet caramel-like malts with dry piney citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth malts and dry piney hops. A present bitterness.

(D)- A good IPA, nothing extraordinary or unique, but definitely works for a hop fix. A no-nonsense beer easy to drink and enjoy when looking for the style its in.

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

Pours a nice reddish shade of dark amber with a decent head and good lacing. Lots of hops in the nose that range from grapefruit citrus to pine notes, but plenty of caramel malt flavor is present as well along with some bubble gum like fruit esters.

Full bodied for an IPA, though the carbonation level seems to be good, with quite a bit of sweetness that rides through to the end. Hops are assertive, but never overpower the malt backbone. A bit of alcohol is also present in the finish.

Overall, a good IPA that I have actually had sitting in my fridge for a few months. Even though I am drinking it before it's "best before" date, I definitely remember it being hoppier (and better) for an IPA. Still, a damn good brew. And hey, who wouldn't like to be sipping on a nice canned IPA where you cannot take glass?

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,290 ratings.