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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1694
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009)
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Photo of DenverHopHead


4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Appearance - almost like an amber, nice and bubbly; forms an impressive head and leaves sticky lacing up and down the glass.
Smell - Floral hops, with some citrus fruit! Noticeable malt presence that balances it out!
Taste - This is smooth and easy to drink. Compliments the nose...you want more of this hop forward, yet well balanced brew!
Feel - The palate is alive after the first sip; bitter hops, with a nice compliment of carbonation!
Overall - underrated, and in a can, which I like to give kudos for convenience! Not a top 10 beer, but every time I have it I develope a new appreciation! Don't overlook.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 23:59:29 | More by DenverHopHead


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with orange highlights. Healthy 2 fingers of cream colored head that lasted. As is dissipated, there was an abundance of oils. Beautiful sticky frosty laces.

Grapefuit and tropical fruit, spicy pine and resin. Hop domination over a toasty caramel malt profile.

Loads of grapefruit and tropical fruits up front followed by a bashing of spicy piney resins. Slightly sweet caramel and toasty backing. Great tongue punching pine bitterness that leaves a great aftertaste.

Dry and Sticky. Medium body. Slow medium carbonation.

Very drinkable, tasty, and refreshing. Great bitterness and hop profile. Would love to have this as an option around my neck of the woods, but I can settle with it as a great standby when I visit friends and family in Colorado.

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 00:07:40 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of BucannonXC5


3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 3, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel amber color with two fingers of off-white head. Nice amount of spread out lacing on the sides. Average retention all the way down.

Smelled all sorts of hops, starting with resin hops. Also citrus hops (grapefruit, orange peel) and floral hops. Skunky resin really dominates here.

Taste was a bit out of whack. Lots of different flavors that really didn’t work well together. The resin hops comes in first, but is not as dominant as the smell. Could taste the alcohol for sure and it reminded me a bit of aftershave. Kind of heavy and grainy. Faint floral hops and some grapefruit citrus hops. Very bitter.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish that was way too much alcohol.

The alcohol here just dominates. Not a big fan and I’ll do my best not to try it again. Maybe just a skunky can?

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 06:41:10 | More by BucannonXC5
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3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly hazy, deep orange with a white head. Nice lace. No bubbles.

S - unusual aroma for the style. The malt note is stronger than the grapefruit/pine hops. Fresh can too. Overall, the aroma is nice, but it reminds me of a cross between a robust ESB and an English IPA more than an American IPA.

T - is similar to the aroma with respect to style. Again, it's more malty than hoppy. It's dry malty, not sweet malty and moderately hoppy. The combination works for me. The flavor was tasty, but quite different from beers normally classified as an American IPA.

O - it wasn't what I expected in terms of style, but it's a well made beer that I enjoyed drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 22:08:22 | More by GuzzLah
Photo of TheBrewo


4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the tabs and pour a brew of rich amber honey into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two finger head of cream colored cakey bubbles, showing good retention. Honeycomb lacing is left around the glasses as it slowly bubbles away like a stew. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be medium. The aroma is big, with spicy grapefruity, earthen, and herbal hops, deeply toasted caramel and pale malts, dried oregano, honey, lemon iced tea, and soft fruity apricot. With warmth comes soft bubblegum juiciness, enhanced earth, dirt, and dust, and faint fruitiness of passion fruit. Our first impression is that the flavoring is just as deep and spicy as you would expect from that nose, with brightness, freshness, and fullness. As we sip, the taste opens with vegetal bite of zucchini and radishes, with citric, earthy, and lightly piney hops. To mix are bittered pales, baker’s yeast, black pepper booziness, tannic lemon tea, and cooked brown sugar sweetness. Coming to the peak are notes of dirty earthiness of hops, bittered grapefruity rind, apricot sweetness, tobacco leafiness, more fusel booziness, and under ripe strawberry fruitiness. The finish comes with bite of graphite, light woodiness, fresh dill, faint bubblegum esters, syrupy caramel malts, nectary hops, and freshly pulled lemongrass. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of kale leafiness, mineral, newspaper inkiness, more bittered pales, more peppery booze, hop bitterness of citric rind and herbal grassiness, solid plastics, and biting English breakfast tea. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with an oily coating all around the mouth. This gives way to boozy dryness and pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its robustness and fullness of flavoring for a “single” IPA. From the nose you can tell this guy is going to be huge. The hops are heavy, syrup-laden cones, while the malts are dark, toasty, and sweet in their own cereal way. The sip is everything you would expect, striking an even, refreshing blend. The bitterness is strong, however, and it is easy to see why this might defer the faint of heart. With a soft slurp to back it up, this guy lives up to the hype, and would certainly become a fridge sippin’ for us if it were in our market.

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 00:38:15 | More by TheBrewo
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New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pub glass

A: Clear, copper color. Thin creamy head. Laces nicely

S: Very piney, bready.

T: Piney in taste. Malty, a bit sweet and very bitter. Dank, a little earthy as well.

M: Medium body. Coats the mouth and lingers.

Overall: Very good IPA. Another beer that kicks the stupid can myth in the.. well, can! Overall I think it's an excellent beer, and hits me the same way Torpedo does from SN minus a few notches in ABV.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 23:39:24 | More by Roose13
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
Best By: 11AUG13
Tasted: 09APR13

A – Translucent and bright copper. Head is tall then recedes, but leaves very nice lacing down the inside of the glass.

S – Piney and earthy hops dominate. Light muted citrus comes through as well. Very complex, and more aromas come about as the beer warms. Pineapple, lemon, and a light peachiness.

T – Crisp, bitter, piney. Not very resinous, but the bitterness is not over the top. It makes this quite enjoyable. Flavors of fresh pine, and bitter citrus fruits come through.

M – Dry, clean, crisp...refreshing. Very drinkable, though the finish trails off rather quickly.

O – This is one of the driest I've had in the style. It has a great hop bitterness to it, but that leads to a lack of complexities overall. Somewhat one dimensional, though still very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 05:38:37 | More by Moose90
Photo of bradmclaughlin


4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

Appearance: 1 inch head (with great lacing while drinking), beautiful copper/bronze color, really clear. From the look of the head, the carbonation seemed like it would be heavy, but it was standard for an IPA.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, biscuit, herbal.

Taste: Initial taste is bitter with pine tones, finishes really with sweet malt and begging to try another sip. The taste is influenced by the smell and is delicious. Grapefruit rind is prominent and the IBUs seem way higher than the given 65, but the finish begs to differ.

Mouthfeel: Balanced malt with the hops, really a perfected IPA.

Overall: This beer has won me over, from the initial pour, I knew I was going to love it. Ska Brewing has created a masterful IPA, highly recommend! If you see it at your local shop, buy it.

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 23:34:39 | More by bradmclaughlin
Photo of bambam2517


3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can best by May 21, 2013. Poured into a pint glass and drank at 45F.

A - Bright rusty orange body with a solid cover of white froth, very little lacing but the cover lasted all the way down the glass.

S - Extremely hoppy, piney. Peppery notes, some pear, apricot and citrus present also. Smells like a lot of complexity squeezed in here.

T - Yikes! Hop-bomb to bitterness, killed it in a bad way for me. Can't speak to any complexity going on at all, just a bitter medicinal quality. It settles down after the first taste, but then nothing more to speak of than bitter hoppiness.

M - Very dry.

O - A beer with aspirations of being great but suffers from overexuberance. More exciting than a macro brew, but less drinkable. I'd like to put it down below a 3.0 where i rate the macros in that regard, but I appreciate the effort.

Serving type: can

04-01-2013 22:19:37 | More by bambam2517
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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours and orange-copper with a sizeable head. Smells of strong danky pine, awesome aroma.

Taste opens with a straight shot of piney hops, followed by some bitter grapefruit. Gets more bitter toward the back end with a strong bitter finish. The malt presence is well in balance. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too heavy.

Overall it's a great sessionable ipa. Great balance, good price at 8.99 a six. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 04:47:02 | More by --Dom--
Photo of AmitC


4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. Best by date of 4/7/2013

Color is amber. Some haze and may be very fine suspensions. A good one finger thick off white head with excellent retention. Some very good lacing on the sides. Calm, translucent and with no bubbles.

Aroma is a lot of earthy and weed like hops. A little bit of pine flavor. Grapefruit notes. Strength is good.

Taste has some well balanced bitterness throughout. A nice slight bitter finish. A good amount of grapefruit and other citrus notes. Nice bread like malt.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced yet delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 16:23:55 | More by AmitC
Photo of rodlavers


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt orange amber brown color, somewhat hazy, with a about a finger of white head, recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

Pine and malt aromas up front, plenty of hops as well.

Similar flavors of pine malt and hops, with a prominent malt character also present. There is also a sweet floral aspect as well. Very piney and resinous.

Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. It's what they call chewy, I suppose.

Overall this has been one of my favorite IPAs since first trying it a few years ago. Can't get it in my region, but am glad to try it down in NC. Cheers.

Serving type: can

03-24-2013 23:35:31 | More by rodlavers
Photo of maximum12


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to blakelive784 for dropping this extra, a long-time want, into a box that landed a copule days back. 12 oz. can with varied & strange stuff stamped on it. I dig. Officially my first beer from Ska Brewing. 'Best by' date on the bottom is at a weird angle, & only the '13' is readable.

The Pour is like a vibrant redhead-in-a-bottle, & my wife dubs it "pretty" from across the room. Big head, if anyone cares. Nose reaches me on the pour, which is always impressive: I don't need to get my short & curlies damp to tease out the aroma. Big time bitterness, pine, all that good hoppy stuff.

Modus Hoperandi whispers like the consonants of Mordor to my hop-loving senses. There's a heavy caramel base here that conjures up a stern maltiness, but somehow doesn't interfere with the hop bite; that's a nice sleight of hand. Hops are strongly floral, high plateau meadow, citrus, & bitterness in moderation. Metallic hint as it warms knocks the taste back a touch. Nice & oily, but the strong point of this brew is the drinkability, I'm slugging this like Barry Bonds after an HGH injection.

This beer is a rat's ass whisker away from being excellent. A very good beer that I'm glad isn't distributed around here, because at the rate I'm drinking it, I'd need a new liver every couple of years.

Serving type: can

03-17-2013 01:10:52 | More by maximum12
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can says best by 6 or 8 May 2013. Sweet! Tasted 7 February 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-dark amber, clear. One finger of amber-hued off-white head, decent retention and good lacing.

Smell is a pleasant blend of varied hops and clean caramel malts. It's balanced in the nose, with light toasted notes on a solid malt base. The hops ride on top like icing on the cake, bringing a bit of pine and some juicy fruit (not Juicy Fruit).

Taste is clean, clear, and moderately bitter. I'm liking it more and more as I drink it. The malts, mildly sweet, assert themselves, then the hops come rushing through. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is delightful. Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Persistent. Spot-on across the board.

A very solid IPA. There are ones I like better, and I'm lucky enough to have a number of them local to me. But there are a whole lot of them that I like less than this. Definitely balanced, but with enough hop presence that I would never forget it's an IPA. I'm impressed, in particular, by the balance and purity of the beer.

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 04:44:31 | More by zeledonia
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ordered this one on tap at Wings Over Broadway.

A- Beautiful color, amber/copper like color to it with about 1 finger worth of head which dissipated fairly slowly. Moderate lacing was left on the glass.

S- This had a wonderful smell to it, the first whif was filled with a blast of hops followed by some mild citrusy sent such as grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

T- Taste of hops and some citrus with a fairly bitter finish.

M- Moderate to high amounts of carbonation with a medium body which was pretty pleasant.

O- I enjoyed this one, still a bit bitter for me but I am new to IPA's and I'm really starting to like them. Give this one a try if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2013 06:47:04 | More by PaleZombie
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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Falling Rock pub in Denver. From notes.

This is a real gorgeous beer. A real glowing amber red, almost ruby, with hints of orange hues all around the edges. Light off white head presented with a finger. Fast thin rising bubbles with huge sheets of lacing coating in rings while drinking.

Nose is wonderfuly balanced and subtle. Hints of hop citrus zest and light caramel. Very nice airy toast grain and powdered cinnamon. Not a blast but real nice.

Palate hits with a nice light caramel like malt richness. Incredibly chewy brown sugar, with a hop warmth freshness in the mid palate. After taste hits somewhere between herbal tea and citrus orange. Feel is just a good bite of malt density with wonderful chewy grains and bread like character.

Not a hop lovers dream brew, but a fantastic slightly hoppy amber that really delivers, I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 16:01:25 | More by smakawhat
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3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aluminum can into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; Ska tends to be underwhelming.

Served cold. Side-poured. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream and thickness, and light white-khaki colour. Retention is good. Decent lacing. Body colour is a clear textbook copper with no visible yeast particles. No bubble show. Par for the style. I like the head.

Sm: Nectary and floral hops. Caramel. Pale malts. Sticky sweet malts. A hoppy appealing aroma of moderate strength.

T: Nectary and floral, with some evident hop bitterness. Caramel and pale malts form the unobtrusive foundation. It's incredibly simple, and the balance isn't quite good. I do like it, but there's little to say about it in light of its simplicity. Lacks subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat refreshing. Standard carbonation. Not as crisp as I'd like. A bit too thick. Generally good for the style, but it's far from custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: A drinkable IPA from Ska. I've had this from the can and it's much better from a glass. ABV is well hidden. I doubt I'd get this again; maybe fresh on draught. A passable IPA with high ratings that I don't understand. Another meh beer from Ska.


Serving type: can

01-13-2013 03:21:51 | More by kojevergas
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear copper orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white bubbly head that reduced down to a thin puddled film and small collar with excellent sticky sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, pine hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, citrus (grapefruit) and a light tropical fruitiness (pineapple I believe).

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a hint of caramel and a mild fruitiness from the start, becoming nice and hoppy with dose of citrus, a hint of toffee and a bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted for a good long time following the swallow, with a slightly sweet bitter hoppy taste that was left to linger for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body with an exceptionally dry texture and a carbonation that was a little more than mild.

Overall this was a decent enough IPA with a good strong bitterness along with a touch of fruit and mild sweetness, making this a nice and easy to drink brew...


Serving type: can

12-31-2012 18:49:01 | More by KajII
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4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Pours a darkish amber with a 1-finger, creamy beige head. Aroma is loaded with citrus and pine, crusty white bread, bread dough, caramel, toast and light mineral notes. Flavor is big on toast and some ceral grain up front, fruity yeast, honey and floral hops. Citrus and pine hops wash over everything, surprisingly late in the game, in a good way, leaving a citrus, mineral and bitter hop finish. Palate is nicely light to medium and mostly crisp and clean, though there is a lightly oily feel in the middle and end along with a fairly light, but blanketing and a little sharp carbonation, which fits this beer really well. Overall, a very nice and solid IPA that I found in Tucson.

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 19:13:31 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my oversized HF wine-glass.

Appeared a dark burnt orange color with very little head. Very clear but a bit darker than expected.

Smelled of some pine hops and a bit of roasted malts. No alcohol scent detected. Slight honey presences.

Taste was fairly sweet, definite honey notes with some bitter hops throughout. Not as fruity as I would expect, more of the bitterness than citrus flavors from the hops.

I thought this beer was a bit flat. Could certainly use some more carbonation. Felt very thin IMO.

Interesting brew. Can't say it was my favorite of the style but overall it was solid. Could definetely use some more carbing - it lacked in this department. Also, more citrus hops could balance out the malted notes a bit more.

Serving type: can

12-19-2012 01:22:34 | More by TWStandley
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, BB marked, poured into a stemmed pint glass

a - amber colour, some head that quickly dissipates into a ring, not much lacing

s - some citrussy, grassy hops, bit of malt, nice.

t - strong bitterness, some malt. Well balanced, not very aggressive.

m - light, well carbonated, not too thin

o - better than sum of it's parts, it hides the alcohol nicely, almost sessionable for a near 7% beer. Would be good to introduce non-US IPA drinkers to the style without terrifying them

Serving type: can

12-01-2012 00:06:39 | More by aidanskinner
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick finger head that stood on top for what felt like forever. The color is an amber almost brown, which is nice and surprising. The scent is subtle, almost too subtle as I get a bit of pine air freshener. The taste is smooth, bold but not overpowering; malt and hops together in a single package. The maltiness in this IPA is stronger than I'm accustomed and I like it! It cuts the bitter hoppiness down and makes this beer more flavorful and enjoyable than several I've recently had. There is a hint of sweetness and complexity that makes me want more.

Serving type: can

11-30-2012 22:51:00 | More by KYGunner
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, best by 3/16/2013. So, presumably very fresh.

A: Vigorous pour into a glass, 2 finger head. Clear amber body. Nice look to it.

S: Citrusy hops, some pine to it. Maybe a little nicer than your standard IPA.

T: Nice, big hop flavor here, and balanced well with caramel malts. Hop bitterness sticks around and is pleasant.

M: Decent carbonation, medium-bodied. Thick and full of resin.

O: Slightly ahead of the curve. I'd pick this IPA up over a lot of other ones. Cans are good for camping.

Serving type: can

11-23-2012 23:34:14 | More by hoppytobehere
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3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a sam adams pint glass:

Apparence: poured a medium amber color (i'd guess something like 12.5-13.5 SRM), crystal clear, looks very nice, but maybe not how a IPA SHOULD look..

Aroma: piny, earthy, with some malt sweetness coming out, also slightly "green" tasting. Smells like an average IPA, but thats not a bad thing.

Flavor: flavor is almost even between malt sweetness and the btterness of the hops, i get a sweet caramel flavor with some crystalized sugar (crystal malt) hops are definetly present, and taste nice, i just wish the sweet malt wasnt there fighting with the hops as much, i would prefer a more hop domonent flavor, but again, this is average for most IPAs ive tried.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is nice, the after-mouth-feel is kind of cloying, it completely saturated my tongue, almost like a DIPA. Bitterness is, well, bitter, slight flavor of pine and "earth" come to mind. Again, sweetness is on the high side, which tends to stick around for a while on the tongue and battles the hops, which some people might like.

Overall: this one tasted pretty average to me, it's a good "go-to" but something i would crave or drool over, eh, I dont know. It takes a lot for me to say a beer is above average, so by no means is this a bad beer, just nothing to really take note of. Pretty average down the line.

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 02:11:10 | More by YeastWrangler88
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rackhouse Pub in a pint glass.

I had this a few years ago from the can and wasn't that impressed so I thought I'd give it another try.

Amber in color and with very good clarity and a 1/4" of white head.

Aroma is very hoppy and fresh with all of the good citrus and piney hops you could ask for in a standard IPA.

Flavor is big in hoppiness and bitterness but not overwhelming in either, which is a hood thing. The amber malt base is big enough to stand up to the hops but not too big to get in the way of the hops. It's a hop head's IPA but still fairly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and perfectly carbonated for the style. Balanced enough but still plenty bitter.

Overall a really good Colorado IPA and I'm glad I gave it another try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 18:45:00 | More by GilGarp
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,694 ratings.