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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 768
Hads: 2,561
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 240
Gots: 419 | 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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Reviews: 768 | Hads: 2,561
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of edwino
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of ghebel
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Inflames
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of myost88
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of aglose45
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of towersfall
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of mcfisty
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the really appealing looking 12oz can.

Ap= Amber color with nice clarity, and and three finger off white head

Ar= Smells fantastic, Pine and grapefruit peel. Dominated by pine though. This is how American IPAs should smell imho.

F= Flavor follows the nose but with a very pleasant burnt sugar edge to round out the hops. Bitterness way out in front, I love it.

M/D= I would say that this is fairly medium bodied the bitterness does alot for the mouthfeel, but stays pretty easy to drink.

Phenomenal beer all around!!

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Greg for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a solid coppper amber color with very good head retention and impressive, lingering lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, and is fairly sweet and very perfumy, with almost a rose petal like bitternes coupled with a wheatberry aroma. Very, very nice. Flavors replicate the nose in this surprisingly sweet IPA. This has to be one of the sweeter IPA's I've ever tried, but the hoppy bitterness in the finish counters that sweetness very nicely. Also, the alcohol doesn't come through too much, which enhances this beer's drinkability. Ultimately, I'm really impressed by the spicey, hoppy bitterness on the finish, which keeps the sweetness in check with this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I guess, but the beer finishes well with a fairly crisp and refreshing finish. Drinkability is quite good, despite the level of sweetness I get in this beer.

Interesting stuff, and quite unlike most IPA's I've had on the East and West Coast. Not going to make me trade this in for Sculpin any time soon, but this is a solid IPA.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark orange with a big old two finger white head and very thick lacing on the walls of the glass

S: hops, malts, hops, grapefruit, citrus, spicy hops.

T: hops are the main point of emphasis here but they do balance very well with the nice malty backbone

M: very oily and sticky. medium carbonation. dry and bitter

D: very smooth and easily drinkable. at 6.8% abv it's amazingly drinkable even tastes good straight from the can

Overall I'd say this is in my top 3 session IPA's. Easy to drink, no alcohol burn, goes down smooth and bitter at the same time. Very highly recommended to all hop fans. You can't beat the price either at $7.99/6pk

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. No abv listed, best before 9/27/10. Pours a very clear copper color. White rocky head holds together very well, and leaves some nice patches of sticky lace.

Great pine resin, citrusy hop aroma. Good malt background, some caramel and slightly toasty.

Very solid malt base, not simply pale, but some underlying caramel notes. A great blast of piney hops. A bit of sweetness remains, but helps with balance. Some citrusy notes continue towards the end. Long lingering resiny hop finish.

Medium body, good carbonation. Such an easy drinker. Great hop profile, while not being out of balance too much. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a recent thread, multiple people professed their love for this IPA over Two Hearted. Crazy talk, I thought, but I had to find out for myself. Thanks to ry726, I get that chance. Best by 22 Sept

The pour is shiny copper in color with a dense off-white head with fantastic retention and lacing. Great clarity.
The nose really reminds me of Nugget Nectar (which can only be a good thing) Big pine hop character with some citrus. Bitter orange peel is quite prominent, and there's a delicate fruity and floral character as well. Mild caramel character is present as well. The palate opens big and bitter with a grapefruit and orange zest bitterness up front. Hop flavor is moderate, with some pine and more grapefruit. Malt character is light but noticeable, with some caramel. Drying and bitter on the finish with a great grapefruit character, this is great on the palate. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this feels really soft and smooth on the palate. Thoroughly drinkable, and for the price ($8/6-pack?), it's tough to beat.

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Photo of Sallerj
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a classic American IPA. It has a strong, funky, citrusy aroma. It has a ton of resiny bitterness (but none of the oniony bitterness that I hate). It has enough malt to back it up, while not leaving any doubt that hops are the star of the show. It has a firm, lingering, bitter, finish. There's a little too much stickiness for the ABV. Overall, delicious.

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Photo of Florida9
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dull amber. Very nice, rocky light tan head with good lacing.

S: Light caramel malt. Piney hops and maybe a little citrus. Nose is somewhat muted.

T: Starts with a malt sweetness that moves to pine and a mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body and carbonation. Mild bitterness.

D: Easily drinkable and a very sessionable beer, though I felt this one was a little light for an IPA. While the beer had a nice aroma and flavor profile, it was as if some one had turned the down the volume on it.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a cool beer, a very solid canned beer so it's great for camping trips, and pretty easy to find for most states also, unlike alot of the other quality canned beers like Gordons & Surly.

Poured into a massive snifter.

This stuff has a noticably visible malt backbone from its copper colored body, with a fluffy pillowy head.

Dank. You could get searched for possesion of pot from this stuff. It has such a sticky hoppy resin aroma and flavor. It's awesome. Pretty nice hop bite but the malt is keeping it from going all west-coast on you, Hops hit up front and Malt on the finish. Very creamy for a IPA. easy drinking camping beer to drink lots of.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.