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Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-03-2009

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Reviews: 787 | Ratings: 2,638
Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A nice bubble show creates a frothy two inches of foam atop the hazy amber liquid; spots of lacing hang around

Smell: Dank and resinous with pine dominant and slight citrus element

Taste: Piney, up front, with just a hint of grapefruit underneath; the caramel malts buttress the hops, in the middle, as the beer grows ever more bitter and resinous; slightly sweet and sticky, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of those beers that I would have rated higher a few years ago but it now feels like an IPA from the past; the hops whack you over the head but lack the fruity subtleties of some of the newer varieties I have grown to love

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into Modus Hoperandi glass. Pours an almost amber in color with a thin white head with great sticky lacing. Average hop aroma. The taste has great dankness with citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is well balanced.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance had a glossy amber color with a slim finger's worth of white head that dissipated immediately. Lacing is few and far between.
The smell was sweet to earthy to slightly citrusy hops.
The taste copied the smell and had a slight caramel sweet aftertaste. There's a semi-dry finish.
The mouthfeel had a medium bodied feel with a decent carbonation to it.
Overall, its a good AIPA with a nice caramel backbone to it. I'd have it again.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good viscuous look in the glass with a mellow yet spritzy carbonation leaving a decent head and lace.
Piney resin nose with fruit and caramel
Juicy mouth; very mellow alcohol and a citrus finish with mellow bitterness.

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - medium Amber, Little bit of head that dissipated quickly
S - earthy dank hops
T - nice balance, malt then hops
F - great coating, better when warm
O - very nice well rounded IPA

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Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/29/15, 12oz can poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear deep copper color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top, a bit of lacing left behind

S- piney and earthy hop, mint, sweet caramel malt

T- big blast of piney & grassy hops up front, supported by some juicy citrus notes. Underlying caramel biscuit malt kicks in mid-palate, before finishing with citrus rind & leafy hop

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- nice and juicy hop finish with high drinkability, very good

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Photo of Dikfour
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy amber in color. Inch and a half of creamy white head has some sticking power. Settles to a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Thick heavy lacing.

Smell: Earthy and Forest-y. Lots of pine.

Taste: Extremely well balanced. Big dank citrusy hops is paired brilliantly with a toasted, almost chocolatey malt.

Feel: Medium body with a nice semi dry finish. Kinda oily.

Overall: Not out of this world complex but hits all the tent posts for a good American IPA and has some nice, interesting, unexpected qualities. I love constantly trying bad beer after bad beer because eventually something like this comes around and knocks your pants off when you weren't necessarily expecting it.

Try this beer already

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Photo of mdagnew
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml can bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy juicy fruits (apricots, limes, oranges), piney / grassy hops, nice caramel and biscuity malt sweetness, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, nice caramel malty sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), light medicinal hints, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite smooth with just a little sharpness coming through... Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superbly quaffable IPA - this could easily become my goto IPA... highly recommended...

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Photo of Mschury
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer delivers a piney IPA for a price that won't break your bank. I bought a six pack of cans and was impressed with the taste and feels of this beer . Well done.

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Photo of diablo14
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rock solid IPA for the money, MH isn't a heavy hitter like others in the style, but that's part of its appeal.

Lovely copper/amber color with a generous head, the nose is quiet, consisting mainly of piney hops. The taste offers much more, a good backbone of malt and citrus, with a firm yet lingering hop finish. Has a slightly resinous body, but not enough to make it a one and done type of beer. Very smooth.

Overall, Ska's most consistent and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Amber body with a two finger off white head. Great head retention and a lot of sticky lacing as take several sips.
S- All I get is hops, hops and more hops! Just a fantastic invasion of piney, fruity and citrus aroma as I take each sip.
T- now this is what I love, relatively low hop bitterness but a massive amount of hop flavors. Primarily sticky pine, grapefruit and peppery bitterness (in a wonderfully subtle way.) It's malt base only comes through slightly in the end to balance out the hop bitterness.
F-Medium-light body, slightly sticky lingering bitterness.
O- The IPA that got me into the style. I first had it fresh of the canning line before they topped the can on a brewery tour in Durango. In my top 5, maybe 3 CO IPA's!

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty tasty and much lighter than I expected. It has a nice balance between the hops and the malt backbone.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 ounce can, this beer is a deep Amber with a white head, thick and stable. The aroma is a mix of fruit and hops..herbal and spicey. The flavor is balanced. Nice lingering bitterness.

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Photo of WVU
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this gem on tap at Great Northern in Denver last weekend.
Hop heads seek this out! Smooth complex IPA that leaves you looking for another.
At only 6.8%, you can easily polish off several.

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Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355ml (12 US fl.oz) can served into a tulip glass

Look: Much darker than I expected, for some reason - a rich, dark coppery amber with a couple of fingers worth of off-white head. Good lacing left behind and decent enough head retention despite being served a bit 'warm'.

Smell: Blimey - this is a bit of a hop-bomb and no mistake. It's all there: pineapple, passion-fruit, assorted other citrus and monstrous amounts of pine resin. There's a good balance though, and even given the sheer number of American IPAs this one definitely stands out as a sinus-clearer.

Taste: Much like it smells - hops-aplenty and that's not necessarily a bad thing. There are tentative hints of maltiness in there, but really it's the hops that do it for me and the balance between fruitiness and bitterness is pretty much bang on the money.

Feel: Smooth, dry and bitter - big head notwithstanding, this isn't a carbonation monster, although the slight fizziness gives the hoppiness an additional bit of bite.

Overall: Absolutely top notch - Ska Brewing are relatively new in the UK, but on the strength of this I'd like to see more of thier stuff especially as the market for highly-hopped beers is viable (look at the likes of Siren for proof). As American IPAs go this one is up there amongst my favourites and is a strong contender for the best, certainly the most refreshing, beer I've had this year. Want a hop fix? This will do you.

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Photo of bigsteve45
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Transparent amber with thick one finger creamy head.
Smell: The smell draws you in big time. Pine, Citrus, Malty/Hoppy goodness. Smells well Balanced.
Taste: Taste follows the nose. Super smooth. Sweet with the perfect amount of bitterness. Malty bready backbone really balanced the whole beer out.
Feel: Smooth, Slightly oily. Lower carbonation. Carbonation is at the perfect place.
Overall: Was REALLY impressed by this beer. It is so well balanced and I believe that its a highly underated beer. Should be a Beer Advocate top 250.

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Photo of Eagleyes
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass with very little head. Color is a red amber and the smell is not very prominent. Taste is citrus and light, feel is very smooth and drinkable. For a 6.8% this is very drinkable and good. I could drink several of these with ease.

Best by 4/8/15

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Photo of gungopea
3.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge head with significant lacing. Rich amber color. Rather silky feel; oils are present. Pine, ginger, and a faint hint at sweetness underneath it all. Good alcohol balance - an easy drink. Not super awesome, but a well balanced representation. Enough malt to round it out.

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Photo of SourPat91
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it on draft. It was decent, but after two there was no way I'd be able to finish a third. It was just too average, a very middle of the line type of IPA. Nothing that left me saying, "oh I can't wait to have that again".

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Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 355 mL can poured into an IPA glass (stamped "BEST BY 23 MAR 15").

Appearance: Almost clear, orange amber with a tall, thick, bubbly head of khaki foam. Dense, clumpy lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit rind, pine needles and floral hops.

Taste: Smoothly balanced caramel malt and light honey sweetness with plenty of hop character: pine resin, citrus and herbal bitterness.

Taste: Medium body with smooth, light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Hop forward but well integrated and somehow almost balanced - a solid, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

12oz can. Pours a dark brown with an inch of frothy white head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is piney and dank hops with some caramel. Floral and resinous. The taste is more pine and resinous hops. Floral, grassy hops as well as some more caramel malt flavor. Earthy. Finishes with more of the pine sap taste. Medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Overall, very piney, resinous IPA.

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Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, best before July 2, 2015, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

The beer pours a very dark amber color, clear with orange hues with a big soapy, foamy head, about 2 fingers high with very nice retention yielding plenty of webbed lace. The aroma is bitter, plenty of piney hops, grapefruit rind, earthy and grassy flavors with a big malt backbone, sweet, rich and balancing. The flavors are nice, piney, sappy, sticky hops, a bit of citrus, heavy on the bitter and earthy rind, but some juiciness is there too, grassy, dirty, earthy, plenty of amber malts, not too heavy, less so than the nose suggested, more bitter than the 65 IBU indicates, which I like. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, medium body, ample carbonation, lively texture, easy finish that has a dry bite.

Verdict: A really nice staple IPA from Ska Brewing, definitely one that can be put away easily and is still rewarding. Simple but enjoyable, refreshing but substantial.

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Photo of Prefabu
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one didn't do much for me. Maybe expectations were too high. I'm not new to IPAs, but this one is too bitter for my taste. Almost all of the flavors seem piled up at the bitter end, so for me they really didn't unfold as I swallowed and exhaled. I am somewhat sensitive to bitter and sour flavors, so that probably plays a role.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky dark amber. Forms a finger of off-white creamy head. Leaves whispy lacing.
S - The aroma reminds me HEAVILY of Lagunita's Lil Sumpin' ale. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, peach and piney citrusy hops.
T - Crisp and bitter. Not much sweetness in here. More of a savory IPA than a sweet one to be sure. Lots of grapefruit meat and rind and piney floral hops. Is very crisp and refreshing, but not a good beginners IPA due to it's quite high bitterness.
O - A quite good IPA, my "go to" session beer.
V - Very good, comes in a six pack of cans.

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Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite beer. This beer introduced me to IPA's and I have yet to find one that I enjoy as much as this one. Great copper color and for me, the perfect aroma and taste.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.