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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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2,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 210
Gots: 246 | 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 blackearth
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Binny's Beverage Depot in Warrenville, IL. Pours a bright, clear amber body with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is very thick on the hops! Big malt backbone that supports the very long hop finish. This beer is a hop head's delight! Awesome IPA.

blackearth, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Baraka
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

A: dark amber with a 2-fingered head that leaves significant lacing around the glass

S: wonderful pine and citrus hop aromas that engulf any other smells

T: awesome flavorful, bitter hops with very little balance to be had (a good thing in IPAs imo) Some oily hop goodness leftover on my tongue after each sip.

M: medium with a dry finish

D: fantastically hoppy, crisp & refreshing. Very highly recommended, I'm glad this is being distributed in MO!

Baraka, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Had a best by date of 11/05/10 lasered onto bottom lip. It was a slightly hazy orange color with just a few stray carb bubbles. It however had a large pillowy head white helped along by a hard pour to stir up the aroma. It slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Good lacing and lots sticking.

The aroma is heavy on pine and grapefruit with sweet caramel malt backing it up. Can tell this one is going to be on the bitter side from the aroma. The taste follows the aroma with good bitter hop bite mellowed slightly by the sweet malt. Bitter with a pine after-taste. I'm working my way into the really bitter ones and this one is a good one for that. It's bitter but not overly bitter. Can see growing into this one. Mouthfeel was medium to creamy. Could use a bit more carbonation.

Overall, a really good bitter AIPA that is a good bitter hop trainer for me. Looked at this one several times but never grabbed it till now. Glad I waited as the timing is right. High recommend. Only my 2nd Ska brew but looking forward to more. Available here in TX. Rotation - good bitter hop trainer so see getting a 6xer every so often. [O,Y,BHT]

TexIndy, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome IPA in a can, this one thanks to dvelcich.

A: It pours into the glass with a large 2+ finger fluffy head that fades semi slowly, even forcing me to stop pouring just before I finish the can. The beer is mostly clear with a reddish orange hue, more red than orange and just a little darker than most IPAs. The head even leaves a slight fluffy lacing on the glass.

N: I could smell it on the pour easily. Lots of nice hops, some spicy hops, a little citrus, some pine, floral and slightly grassy, and even some earthy musty fresh hop resin aromas. Just the slightest hint of malt behind that somewhere in the background.

T: Starts with more fruity hops, some spicy and little fresh musty hop resin and slightly resinous. A slight juicy flavor too, but a little watery and much lighter overall than expected. Pretty much no malt backbone here, just hops. It gets a little astringent with all the crazy spicy and floral hops. There's also some nice pine and citrus. Even the taste is semi dry though.

M: Very light, too light and a little watery, with lower carbonation, seems to have all been lost in the pour I guess.

F: Some spicy hops really linger with lots of resinous musty fresh hops lingering. A strong bitterness and pretty dry. Some more pine lingering as well, and just a hint of citrus and floral hops. It's a pretty good IPA, just needs more body, malts, and touch of sweetness to balance out the heavy bitterness and hops and it would be an A.

jlindros, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness level. Tastes of strong floral hops, sweet malt, strong dark citrus, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, a good body, blend, and appearance.

Tone, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of jobcrackerbah
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - orange-red with a small thin white head. Legs slowly recede down sides of glass

S - Has the basic pine citrus smell with a decent malt backbone. The smell isn't explosive but it does the job.

T - Harsh bittering hops with a slight malt backbone. The finish is all bitterness. The beer started as a 4.0 and became 3.5 with the lack of balance coated my tongue with more and more hops.

M - Moderate carbonation with a nice sticky medium mouthfeel.

D - Decent but I feel it needs more malt or less hops to balance the beer out. There is decent amount of residual sugar but it is covered up by the excessive bitterness.

jobcrackerbah, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of arizcards
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine last weekend for $7.49.

Beer poured an amber orange, great clarity, nice head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is wonderful, citrus hop flowers are wonderfully fresh. Taste has a decent malt back bone, citrus hops come forward in the middle and piney hop oil finishes. Initially the residual piney oil was overpowering but after several sips the citrus has made a nice comeback which results in a wonderful aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice complimentary carbonation. There is enough malt there to keep things smooth. Overall drinkability is quite good. This is a solid ipa that rates up there with the best out there. Definitely try this if you are a hop head!

arizcards, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a trade with emmasdad, 12 oz. can into a standard pint
Poured a dark, burnt orange with a 2-finger head that quickly settled into a frothy coating. Lacing is abundant and lasting. Nose is citrus (orange/lemon/grapefruit), piney and floral. Taste is citrus up front, oily and pine, some expected bitter edges with a pretty nice sweetness to balance this all the way through. Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation. Good taste and reasonable ABV make this very sessionable. This is a nicely balanced, tasty brew I will seek out again for sure.

regspeir, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can in to a pint glass. This is my first venture into canned craft beer.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong copper color with a nice 1 inch off-white head that is nice and dense and seems sticky. There is some great lacing and head retention as the head slowly recedes to a thick mat.

S - Delicious strong citrus aroma from the hops. Very grassy and earthy. Totally hop infused nose with some mild biscuit malt backbone. There is also some nice piney resin and sweetness from the hops. Delicious nose.

T - In terms of flavor there is a very bready malt component to this beer but it obviously is an IPA so the malts ride the backs seat to the nice earthy and citric tones of strong hop flavors. Very delicious. There is a nice sweet almost caramel like quality to the malt that melds well with the hop resin flavors. Good balanced IPA.

M & D - Great medium body for an IPA with nice CO2 content and good flavor balance. Great drinkability as well, with a good ABV.

JoEBoBpr, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint

A - Pours a light brown color - somewhat opaque, but not at all hazy. Little bubbling. Head formation is strong, well retained - off white in color. Looks creamy.

S - Very strong hop aroma, earthy, chewy, grapefruit - very thick. Seems like summit or amarillo. No strong malts detected.

T - Starts off with a light malt touch, that is made even sweeter by a floral hop hit. That hop hit bitters it out like crazy through the mid-stream. Rolls to a hefty grassy note in the finish, very tongue grabbing.

M - Thick and clingy beer profile. Go carbonation body, noticeable on the palette without being sticky. Finishes somewhat resinous.

D - Moderate drinkability for an AIPA - abv is fairly potent, but manageable. Hopping is aggressive enough at times to cause palette fatigue. Not filling at all.

Very good IPA - reminds me quite a bit of furious, or perhaps it's the other way around. Highly recommended.

katan, May 31, 2010
Photo of edwino
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A short review here, my first.

I love this beer and have it often. Pours a lovely color.

Aroma is delightful. In a pint glass, aroma is strong of hops. Nose stinging even.

Strong hops right on the tongue, and lingers. Cuts through other issues, including gum, food, ginger, whatever.

This evening, perhaps contrary to convention, had a couple right out if the can! Still tough to beat.

Have had these before in similar style on an extended camping trip, cooled in the creek. Delightful.

edwino, May 30, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber color with lighter golden orange edges when held to anlight source and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing left behnd.

Dank earhy hop aroma with hintsnr pine needle and slight citrus fruit. There is also a decent caramel and biscui maln presence onthe jos which is slightly toasty but this beer's aroma is all about the fresh piney hops.

Slghtly chewy medium body with a very fresh and dry hop resence that lingers throughout over the malt backbone into a long dry finish. Very dry and piney with subtle citrus peel balanced by slightly toasty caramel malts. Pretty quaffable but really dry.

corby112, May 30, 2010
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this several times but have never reviewed until now. On special for $3 at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is a dark copper with a tan head. Awesome sheets of lacing!

I like the pine and citrus nose.

The taste leads with a nice hop blast. There is pine, caramel and grapefruit. Maybe a bit unbalanced, but it works for me.

The mouth is pleasantly oily and a bit coating.

May not be a true "session" beer, but it is easy to throwback a couple.

Redrover, May 27, 2010
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of ska music and a fan of beer, this brewery has always intrigued me. The beer has made it into North Carolina this year and this was one of the Ska Brewing products I picked up on a recent trip north. I find an IPA is rarely a bad place to start when you're checking out a new brewery.

If you needed a picture of what an IPA was supposed to look like, this beer could be the example. It pours bright copper and is topped with a frothy ivory head. Intricate, fine lacing left on the glass. A lovely aroma, grassy and herbal hops with a strong grapefruit smell wrapped around it all.

As the aroma indicates, the mouth is filled with tons of juicy hop flavors. There's the grapefruit but also orange rind, lemon zest and a bit of tangerine. Moving past the citrus, there are piney, herbal and floral hops. Underneath, the malt gives a nice caramel and biscuity malt profile. A creamy texture. Smooth and finishes with a bitter citrusy aftertaste.

It doesn't break any new ground but it delivers all you would want from an IPA. Tasty!

ViveLaChouffe, May 27, 2010
Photo of ghebel
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours copper colored, slight haze with 2 finger, creamy off-white orange tinged head that that covers the glass with laces upon dissipation.

S - Sweet caramel malt with floral, citrus, piney hops. Nice balance. Smell is inviting. Slight alcohol in the background.

T - Profile follows aroma with just the right amount of bitterness. Dry hopped "vegetal" character is noticeable on the tongue, but not over the top. Adds a bit of complexity.

M - Carbonation bite followed by sweet malts and bitterness. The bitterness is lingering and leaves the tongue numb. Warm on the swallow. Finishes dry. Body is moderate. Hop flavors coat the mouth for a few minutes post swallow.

D - Could drink plenty. Does not leave a full sensation.

Overall - Balanced IPA with both malt and hop characters, but neither are too much. Gives the impression of both working together, neither competing to be up front.

ghebel, May 25, 2010
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
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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