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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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2,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,324
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 221
Gots: 293 | 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 brstls4drmrs
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. It was an amber almost copper color with a white foam head and produces some lacing. A translucent brew that's a bit cloudy.

S - Very nice fruit scents of apple and citrus mixing in with some pine and some sugars.

T - Very crisp with some slight lemon, a good amount of pine, and those wonderful hops.

M - Feels again nice and crisp with a dry finish. Not too much of an aftertaste which is nice in my opinion.

D - A great IPA altogether. Just the right amount of bitterness for an IPA with a nice finish.

Photo of terber
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picking a hop explosion probably wasn't the best idea for a first-time reviewer, but I reallly liked Modus Hoperandi from Ska. It's an IPA that definitely stands out from other IPAs.

I had it poured from a can to an (impeccably clean) glass. It had a solid light beige-ish two-finger head that stuck around for nearly the entire 12oz. This beer made me realize what lacing actually was, so I'm gonna give it props for that. The beer itself was a deep copper color that turned a brilliant orange when light hit it.

Honesty, I forgot to check the aroma. When I did catch a whiff of it, my brain yelled "HOLY HOPS!" and my jaw tingled.

Flavor-wise, there seemed to be a couple waves of different hoppy bitterness. First wave was a wash of pine and something citrusy, Cascade? Then, the bitterness seem to subside momentarily to something that was almost sweet, but not quite there. Then, wham! ending bitterness that sticks around until you clear it out with another sip. It felt balanced, in an odd way.

I remember thinking the carbonation was pin-pricky but welcomed, since the end felt resin-y, almost as if you licked a pat of rosin. Other than that, I thought it wasn't too thick, and actually rather thinner than I thought it would be.

It was incredibly drinkable to me, or maybe incredibly drinkable compared to what I -thought- it would be. All in all, I think this might be one of my favorite IPAs, but not something I'd stock my fridge with. I'll probably continue to drink this puppy on occasion, most likely when I feel like I've been drinking the IPA equivalent of re-run TV shows.

Photo of wstuart
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a decent brew, but i think the can bottling technique makes the beer a bit sour and slightly dry. bitter and hoppy, modus is a fun summer ipa. hot days and beaches seem to mix very well with hoperandi. i havent had this brew too many times, but i wont be looking for it specifically next time i go shoppin'. smells like opium...just sayin.

Photo of drewy813
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper. Decent head that dissipates over time leaving small layer. Lacing is light, but present.

Smells great. Sweet, little hints of fruitiness, some light spicing, fresh hops.

Taste is slightly better than average. First sip brings out the fullness of the is IPA, hop flavor is good, slight taste that reminds me of the color present, but not too bad. Flavor lingers at the back of the throat for too long.

Carbonation is spot on. But feels somewhat 'greasy'.

Drinkability is low... I crave one every now and then, but I couldn't drink it back to back.

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

12oz can courtesy of Spider889 as an extra for getting him a couple bottles of Pumking at my local shop for his wife. Thanks Chris, appreciate it.

Poured into my Weasel Boy pint glass.

A: Pours a deep gold/amberish orange, decent 1 finger eggshell head that settles into a thin ring, nice lacing on the glass, and excellent retention to the lacing, it sticks to my glass and won't let go.

S: Another canned beer with a pretty damned good aroma. Nice grapefruit, pineapple, and pine off the bat, with a slight fresh bread note coming in behind it with a little bit of sweetness. Quite nice.

T: Very nice, bitter pine, resin, grapefruit, slight alcohol notes here and there, and a very weak sweetness. What malt that does show up is very faint, and is just sweet enough to keep the bitterness from overpowering everything.

M: Nice body, not thick, but decent weight on the palate. Oily, and slightly bitter finish. Nice carbonation.

D: Very good. ABV is pretty well hidden, and the bitterness/flavor hops in this one are very well done, and even though it's a pretty bitter IPA, the bitterness doesn't keep you from drinking it.

This is a really good IPA. I wouldn't have seen myself trading for this, or seeking it out, but if I find any of this on the shelves, or if I decide to trade, I'm going to get more of this one. Very nice.

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: orangish red with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus hops, sweet caramel malts,

taste: bitter, little dry finish, refreshing IPA

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, sticky, crisp

Drinkability: highly drinkable IPA. Leaving me wanting another.


The cpj

Photo of Prostman81
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been eyeing this one in the liquor store for quite awhile now, but have (foolishly) passed it up for other choices. A buddy picked up a sixer on a whim, and I'm very glad he did.

Its got a great color that is a little darker than your run of the mill west coast IPA, but not as dark as some east coast varietes.

Smell and taste-wise, this, to me, is exactly what an IPA should be like. The nose is like a bowl of candied fruit, and this comes through all the way in the taste. The body of the beer is perfectly matched, so that the hop flavor has some nice carmel notes to balance it out. The beer has a very smooth bitterness throughout, and lends itself to being completely drinkable, without being either too sweet or too dry.

I think this is a sleeper IPA. It really reminds me of my homebrewed IPAs, which is probably why I like it so much, and for it's price, it can't be beat in quality. Don't hesitate to pick this one up if you see it and you can't make up your mind.

Photo of dbhall
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can:
Pours a dark amber with orange around the edges with a nice foamy head. moderate to light lacing.
smells of slight citrus, and hops. little bit of floral
upfront there is slight watery characteristic then followed by grapefruit, and hop bitterness. at the back there is that watery characteristic again.
mouthfeel is pretty standard with nothing to complain about.
im going to finish the can. that answer drinkability?

this is a pretty good ipa. not as amazing as other ipas, but it gets the job done. i would like to have this on tap at some point. thanks for the extra HopsSchnapps!

Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Great head retention. Body is a hazy copper / amber color with active carbonation bubbles.
S) Sweet orange. Subtle peach. Caramel malt.
T) Caramel, nice and rich with a healthy dose of hop bite. Some bitterness in the finish, but not overpowering or obnoxious... call it "just right". The whole flavor profile is very well balanced and a pleasure to drink.
M) Fizzy up front. Medium body with some heft.
D) Yum. A delicious IPA, well crafted and true to form.

Photo of jar2574
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +4.6%
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 -2.7%
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 +9.2%
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 -2.9%
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 +2.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +5.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.4%
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 +7.5%
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 +9.5%
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 -2.7%
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 -37.7%
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 +1.5%
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 -16.5%
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.

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,324 ratings.