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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: 786 | Ratings: 2,635
Photo of TheDoctor
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
Best Before: March-13-2015

Pours a clear orange-copper with 3+ fingers of active beige head that has an airy slow settle; stays pretty big. Great retention; even, scummy lacing. (4.25)

Spicy hops. Dusty hops, caramel, citrus, toasty malt, pine sap. (4)

Sappy hops and some malt. Potpourri, orange rind, pine, medicinal finish. (4)

Easy drinking with a light-medium body, a slightly bitter finish that hangs around and soft carbonation. (4)

Very solid IPA. Nothing too over-the-top, but a crisp resinous IPA that doesn't burn your taste buds too awful bad.
Pours beautiful with a sappy character backed by toasted malt in both aroma and flavor. Generally solid and well-made.
Would definitely have again; well worth a try if you see it and are curious. (4.25)

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

Man, such an underrated brew. I mean, it has a perfectly respectable score here, so I guess it's much ado about nothing, but, to my palate, this is an absolute go-to IPA, one with a legitimately unique character (not just another citrus, tropical, whatever IPA). This has some earth to it, some pungency, some character! Always has great head and tremendous lacing in the glass. Rather a dark, almost mahogony color. As I understand, this brew is Columbus heavy in the late hop/flameout/and dry hop phases, and I guess that makes perfect sense, since I'm huge Columbus fan. Overall, this is an excellent brew and one I'm so glad to have readily available.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Semi-cloudy amber, with a rich head of off-white carbonation. Beautiful, intricate lacing.

Aroma: Crisp and bright floral and citrus hops, including some grapefruit and orange notes). I get a touch of tropical fruit, too. Very nice.

Taste: Tangy with intense tropical and bittering hops, Malt presence provides some balance. Finishes dry with a tingly bitter note on tongue. Overall, a solid and enjoyable American IPA.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pint on tap at O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano-Brewery in Phoenix, AZ; unknown bottling/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.
Pours a lovely copper color with a foamy, two-finger head that quickly dissipated and left some spotty lacing.
Great aroma! Lots of citrus and floral notes hitting my nose.
The taste is really nice. Bitter pine and grapefruit pith up front with a hint of lemon and a bitter, yet refreshing finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Overall, really tasty and a very refreshing IPA that I just wanted to keep on drinking.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Caramel/amber color with mostly clear visibility. Pours a one finger, foamy white head.

Aroma- Very big aroma coming from this with resinous pine and citrus shining through. Very little malt aroma to speak of, maybe a little sweetness, but the hops dominate.

Taste- Once again the pine is most noticeable with the initial sip providing a big slap of bitterness. As it progresses fruitier citrus flavors come in while the pine continues to play a big role in the flavor. Some minimal caramel malt sweetness is present, but the hops are clearly the centerpiece.

Feel- A little resinous at first, but finish is very thin. Makes for an easy drinker, but a fuller finish would be ideal.

Overall- This is a really enjoyable ipa thats big on the pine and citrus flavors that linger with tons of resinous hop flavor and feel. Definitely reminiscent of some west coast ipas. Really lacking a body in the finish, which is only a minor complaint. Worth trying, but it doesn't do much to stand from the pack.

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Photo of Somebody_Else
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

This is a fun, strong hop-rush. Tons of pine and citrus rind up front with a long resiny finish. The malt tastes very repressed -- not much sweetness or roastiness. Would buy again!

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Photo of Omnium
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > Mason Pint

A - Hazy light amber with two fingers of dense frothy off white head, thick lacing.
S - Tons of pine, some light floral notes, very dank and resinous, some sweet orange juice in there, grapefruit, bread malt.
T - Massive bitterness, lots of pine and grapefruit, citrus bite, orange, malt doesnt really make an appearance as much as the onslaught of bitterness, but its good stuff.
M - Very mild feel outside of the bitterness, there's a little malty chewiness to it, but the alcohol doesnt make a large presence as well.
O - Good stuff, glad to have picked up a 6 of it.

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Photo of Dogstickfetch
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Smells fruity and piney.

Tastest citrusy, SUPER piney, bitter. A kick in the teeth of hops. With a resiny, sticky finish that lasts FOREVER like an awesome American IPA should. It reminds me of Stone Go To IPA with a little more body. Pardon my Stone reference, but I've been trying to find an IPA like Go To and this is the closest one yet. LOVE it.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a darker yellow almost red color. Super duper piney smell. Very unique smell beyond the normal IPA smell. Very hoppy taste on the front end. Get a ton of pine and a little fruit. There is something there that I don't get with other IPAs. Easy finish and a smooth taste all the way through. I really enjoy this one and I don't get to have it that often.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Look: Deep golden honey with a super aggressive white head

Smell: super dank smell. Getting pine, honey, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and sweet malt on the finish.

Taste: Huge hop punch at the beginning. Getting pine, lime, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, more pine, kiwi, honey, and sweet malt with pine on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with mild carbonation. It's really smooth but sticky and resiny. Hop bitter bite rounds it out with a dry finish that lingers on the tongue. Alcohol is just barely there.

Overall: Solid IPA. Nothing revolutionary but a solid pick up if your in the mood.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: a dark, rich amber color. so rich it almost has some purple and ruby red notes. pretty clear. 3 finger tan white head

s: smell is juicy citrus - grapefruit, mango, hint of passion fruit. nice rich pine syrup, big bready malty backbone as well. aroma finishes with clean hops. its a really well balance smelling beer

t: taste is much more pine-forward than the aroma. pine, sap, earthy bitterness, unsweetened tea all at the front. middle of the mouth hits you with some of that piney, grapefruit bitterness. the finish is some sweet caramel malt and a slightly syrup-like flavor

m: medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation to make you feel it in your stomach after a few sips

o: reminds me of a toned-down Torpedo. i'm not a huge Torpedo guy, and for some reason this isn't really catching me either. if you like pine-forward beers, this will really be down your alley. its clean, has a real nice pine & pine bitterness taste. it feels a little too rich for a 6.8%, but if you drink it a little colder that won't really matter so much. overall, i can tell its a really solid beer, however it just isn't speaking to me

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Photo of ELS
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer came to me as an extra in a trade. I'm really glad it did because this IPA was a big surprise. I'm partial to IPA's with citrus notes that are well balanced. This one had a hint of citrus but is strong on the pine smell and taste. Pine dominant beers usually aren't my thing, but it works so well with this beer that it was a great change from my usual rotation of IPA's. The balance comes in with a nice malt finish that sneeks in just enough sweetness to make this beer very drinkable. I recommend that you seek Modus out if you can buy it in your area.

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Photo of cbutova
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brought back from the brewery in Durango, CO.

A- Can pour to a snifter with a clear golden body. A small white cap rises up to about half a finger with a frothy texture and fair retention. A small ring leaves seldom spotty lace.

S- Citrus and floral hops with hints of malts coming through but not enough to really affect the hops.

T- Grapefruit and orange zesty citrus hops with pine, floral and bitter grassy notes as well. Lightly malty but no significant sweets or caramelized notes to interrupt the clean hops. Light yeast bread but clean beyond that.

MF- Lighter end body with a crisp, creamy consistency. Carbonation comes in moderately high with a clean, medium bitterness lingering in the finish.

Citrus forward with nice pine and floral hops to round it out. Hints of grains but the hops are still the emphasis and delivered just fine.

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Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear amber colour, one finger of white head good lace. Smell is quite hoppy and fruity, mango, grapefruit and pineapple, sweet caramel backbone as well. Taste is of dank pine and tropical fruits, mango and some grapefruit, sweet caramel with a malty mid palate sweetness, light-medium bitterness but big hop flavour. Lightly carbonated, medium sticky-oily body. Really good reminds me in ways of a dank Red Racer which is never a bad thing.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a can into my Spiegelau IPA glass. Golden amber with a white head. Loads of citrus in the nose, a bit of pine. Taste is very citrusy and piney. Balanced nicely with the malt backbone. A bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit thick. Someone mentioned the similarities with Torpedo and I can see that as well. Both have a thick, almost sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is good. Overall, a pretty good, easy drinking IPA. Nothing special. Not gonna go out of my way to get it again. San Diego is spoiled in the IPA department.

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Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice name, let's see if creativity is up to deliver its hop promise.
Amber color with a two finger beige head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice fruity aroma with notes of passion fruit, caramels, honey and peaches.
Bitter predominant flavor of pine resins, some grapefruit, toasted malts and a bit of mango. But, pine is the key word. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Nome bacana, vamos ver se a criatividade consegue entregar o que prometeu.
Medium bordering full body with mild carbonation.
A hoppy piney IPA, but still with a decent malty base to support it. Assertive and not much complex. If pine is your thing, you got to try this.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4 Sab.4 Sens.3,75 C.4

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Photo of santomark
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

This beer was damn good. Great body, little to no head, very sweet hop in the nose, not that citric acid smell that some fruits give off, but a very sweet smell. The taste was exactly like the smell, almost floral at times, jasmine, blooming orange or lemon tree, very very floral in the taste, biscuity, and that classic wet hop profile we all love. The body is light-medium, oily at times, very smooth, refreshing, and dry. If you love IPAs and want to transition into DIPAs, this is the beer for you. It's a great introduction into the heavier style. Note, if you're use to DIPAs you probably will not find of an "X" factor with this brew. But considering it's style, it's a solid brew. The only down side for the consumer is it's price tag. For this, I'd be much happier going for the 4pck pints of Modern Times.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Served cool from 355ml can into straight pint glass.

A) Light copper colour, head is thin, slightly off-white but persistent. Only slight carbonation visible.

S) More muted than other American IPAs I've had, but fruity hops are detectable. Alcohol also smellable.

T) Nicht so gut. Quite bitter. I bought a few well-known American IPAs to see what the hype is all about. They have all been fantastic but I have feared getting one like this. Bitter up front masking the fruity hops and malts behind.

M) Almost flat. Bitter astringency at the back of the mouth.

O) No better than the American IPA imitations you can buy in English pubs now, and the strong alcohol content is pointless. Go for SN Torpedo or the Founders IPAs instead.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Dark amber color with minimal white head

Smell: Pine and resin nose

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, and resin

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: This is a very good brew, excellent example of the style, but only something I would buy if readily available. Nothing about it is really above and beyond other readily available IPAs.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Copper amber, filtered with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, 3 fingers of light tan chunky frothy head. Nice chunky lacing.

S: Pine, orange, caramel, toffee, that’s about it.

T: Pine, orange, caramel, toffee, light dull bitterness on the end. Well balanced.

M: Medium syrupy body, little carbonation.

O: Well done. Not up to the caliber I was expecting by far, but hugely drinkable and well balanced. Bought in Asheville, NC at Earthfare, drank in Kunming, China Aug 30th 2014. Reminds me of Brooklyn Pre- Prohibition Lager.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz can with a best by date of 11/07/2014 poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep amber with 1 finger of head and fine lace

Smell: Citric zest and pine

Taste: Malty up front with earth and pine notes in the middle with a slightly resin finish; the hop bitterness remains subdued throughout

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with some syrup feel in the finish

Overall: A nice IPA with pine notes. There is a strong malt backbone which keeps the bitterness from getting too strong.

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Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a clear amber color with a nice big fluffy tan head that falls slow and laces well.
Aroma is big pine, some citrus rind and floral hints on a good malt base smells bready but with a caramel kick to it also. Taste is good lots of pine notes but grapefruit rind like bitterness that lashes the tongue. Finish is softer floral notes with some pine mingled in. Overall this is a better then good IPA and one that I would purchase again and keep on hand.

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Photo of TaylorIPA19
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Just okay... Guess I'm more of a West Coast Style IPA fan at this point... Dark amber color that smells and tastes of sweet caramel maltiness. Small khaki colored foam head with a few wispy streaks on the drink down. Low carbonation, kind of thick and resinous... Doesn't blow me away but doesn't blow either...

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Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Had this on tap at Green Man Taproom in Colorado Springs, and the next day in Denver at Falling Rock Taphouse. Delicious beer you can't find in NJ, DE or Southeastern PA.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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