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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 775
Hads: 2,596
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.12%
Wants: 244
Gots: 441 | FT: 9
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Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009

65 IBU
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Reviews: 775 | Hads: 2,596
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

... got this as an extra a while back... shared with Steven..

Poured into my small La Trappe glass.. great 1" white head atop a hazy orange/copper brew... good leopard spot lace.

Nose is pretty piney with a fair amount of caramel sweetness.. smells pretty fresh..

Flavor has a nice bitter backbone that flows into some pale malt puddles and then a bright citrus hops open up with some minor pine... some yeasty fruitiness is pleasant and reminds me of peach skin... The body is verging on DIPA territory without the expected complexities... this is definitely a big-boned IPA... plenty of maltiness to carry all the hop flavors from front to back ...that means a pretty damn big body too.. the carbonation seems on the light side given the body, but it's not completely out of whack.. the caramel maltiness becomes a bit too much for me toward the end of the glass... pretty oily citrus finish.


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Photo of tipnsip
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've always found Ska Brewing to be better at packaging than brewing. While the names & graphics have been great the beers have been drinkable just not noteworthy ... up till now.

Modus Hoperandi is a fantastic IPA that pours dark copper (almost amber) from a can. Its off-white head foams up & laces the glass. Pine, dirt & a hint of citrus aromas waft up from the glass. Flavor-wise it has a great bite to it. Bitter at first followed by a touch of sweetness & finishing with a lingering hop presence. I'd say this is a medium bodied IPA.

I've only been able to find it in 6-pack cans in Chicagoland and it seems like stores have a difficult time keeping it in stock. Bars are slowly catching on to it as well.

Kudos to Ska Brewing ... Modus Hoperandi is one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-I really don't think you can get any better than this beautiful alure of this gorgeous IPA. It pours a clear, deep golden color with a hint of amber.It boasts a large off white head that has excellent retention and strong, luscious lacing all the way down the glass. It's a looker for sure.

S-Huge aroma of scrumptious pine hops finds it's way to my nose first, then the slight sweetness of both pale and caramel malts come next and quite underneath, but not hidden. The nose also is very floral as well as piney. Very nice. I don't think the aroma could be improved any either. So far this is a winner. Very impressive

T-And the flavor has a HUGE hop character as well. Pine first, then slightly floral and a bit sweet caramel in the finish. Of coarse there is a big, bold bitterness that is very clean and refreshing that makes me want to drink more and more of this wonderful IPA.

M-This had a full, creamy body that coates the mouth well and a wee tad bit of dryness in the finish. Perfect!

D-I could slowly session this all night long and be very happy. Please, if you haden't had this IPA yet, you need to go and find it and buy it. This is what an IPA should be like. It's very rare that I give a perfect score on any given beer, but this one deserves it, for real. Very impressed indeed.

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Photo of fropones
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt orange with a finger and a half of white foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. Smell of grapefruit and citrus, a little bit of pine. Very inviting. Taste is hoppy, obviously, with some citrus and a hint of malt in the back. Citrus zest. Light mouthfeel, creamy. Very drinkable. A good all around IPA.

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Photo of EliottJW
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

came in as an extra from mpetersen! Thanks again, dude!

DAMMIT this is an attractive beer... pours a beautifully hazy amber with a pillowy, cloudy head that sticks around for quite a while. I haven't even taken a sip yet and every fraction of an inch of head that once was has turned to a thick lace sticking to the sides of the glass... it's beautiful, really.

smells awesome! citrusey and bready with just a touch of pine. I expect this to be just perfectly sweet.

WOW... this is almost straight pine needles! Just a touch of grapefruit at the start lingers for a minute then gives way to HEAVY pine that stings for a while. finally finishes up with an almost sourdough kick. I really like bready, yeasty beers, so this works well for me.

mouth on this guy is great. medium body, though the carbonation seems a touch off. it starts out with a stong bite but fades rather quickly.. it's got an almost sticky, creamy consistency as a result... and while it's not bad, I just don't know that it's quite right.

overall, this is a wonderful beer that I would probably drink a WHOLE lot of if it were readily available to me!

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Photo of scifan
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark honey color with a two finger head that leaves a ton of sticky lacing along the glass.
This thing totally reeks of juicy, sticky, resinous hoppy goodness. Piney, grassy hops hit me first with some citrusy notes as well. There some sweet malty aromas as well, it has a nice caramel quality to it. The malts really aren't are factor though, as the hops steal the show.
Taste follows the nose. Big hop profile here, with just a touch of malt to provide just a hint of balance. Taste really good. Has a nice clean bitter finish that keeps the sips in quick succession. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but the flavors more than make up for it. This is one IPA that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured dark honey-orange color, with 2 finger white head. Smell on this is incredible, big piney, citrusy hops, with sweet carmel malt in there to round it out. I could smell this all day! If it taste half as good as it smells, this will be a winner winner chicken dinner. Taste - when i took the initial sip and this nectar hit my tounge, i thought, wow, this has a really nice sweet carmel malt taste, then i breathed in and the brew washed over my tounge into the back of my throat, i thought, Whoa this is one hoppy beer, and where did all those sweet malts go....oh there they are...barely. When the beer first hit my tounge i really thought this was going to be a bit malt forward, or at the least a pretty well balanced IPA, then it turned into this bitter beast that never let my tounge go! I actually wish there was just a little bit more body to this beer, durin my initial drink i thought it was a tad on the watery side, but i think the bitter hops took control and i soon forgot all about that.

Overall, if you crave, and i mean CRAVE big piney, citrusy hops, like a grapefruit and an orange mated and you sucked on the rind continually....then you need to go out and try this beer, I talk about the hops in this beer as its a bad thing, but actually it is really pretty nice, it has Juuust enough malt in there to keep this thing from ripping your face off!

also....i just noticed I am the 100th review of this beer! It means absolutely nothing, I just thought it was cool...for no reason whatsoever.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear red/brown with copper edges. Poured a 2 finger bubbly tan head with good retention to a rocky cap. Sticky lacing in thick rings.

S: Big floral hops; citrus, pine and grapefruit

T: Grapefruit up front. Pine and slightly sweet caramel malt follow. Light malt sweetness lingers to a bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and coating resiny hops.

D: Very tasty and very easy to drink. A very sessionable AIPA.

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Photo of Wegbier
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this is a proper copper ale with light carbonation and whip cream head, it is a stubborn and strong sticky big head that doesnt give up. the fluffy head sits a half inch above the glass.

grassy piney kiwi hops in the smell, spicy and sweet. a little lightly toasted bread.

piney oranges in the taste, slightly sweetened by the malt, but not actually balanced by it. bitter! almost like the pine cones are still in there with the fresh pine scent.

oily smooth to scratchy bitter

this is a one in a night kind of beer, it might not be so rough on tap. leaves unpleasant lasting bitter.

cool to try but not on my shopping list.

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Photo of sevopie
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A medium to dark red-brown with a fluffy tan head that laces well.

Some smoky woodiness interlaces a good dose of Cascade hops - in their citrusy and piney goodness.

Grapefruit and wood chips greet you, followed by some pine and a touch of sweet caramel on the finish.

Attacks the tongue nicely, while being slightly lighter than "oily."

Overall just a fantastically easy drinking IPA. This jumped into my personal top 5 upon first sip of the first can, and its just getting better the more I drink it a few days later. This is even better than Gordon in the "Canned Red IPA" category, and challenges Odell IPA for my favorite period. I am absolutely loving it.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a creamy thick off-white head. Lots of lace. Distinct Cascade hops aroma, grapefruit and pine. Over the top hoppiness of a DIPA with a medium mouthfeel. Long bitter finish. I loved it, but I favor West Coast DIPAs. Maybe too many IBUs and aggressive Cascade hop profile for the style.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head when poured. Nice reddish orange color. Good lacing, good retention.

S. Big hop smell. Citrus and Piney hops. Grapefruit. Not much malt smell, definitely dominated by the hops.

T. Nice hit of hops upfront. More of a piney hop taste. Caramel malt ending. Good balance.

M. Medium bodied. Not much carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness.

D. Pretty easy drinking. Good session IPA. Nice hop bitterness, but stil balanced. Got to love the cans.

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

Dry, bitter, and a slam to the mouth and nose. This is an excellent and very hoppy example of an American IPA. It is able to combine both an excellent aroma and initial taste and then back it up with a sufficient malt body.

Only negative marks or mostly for the drinkability. This is not a drink all night kind of beer and nor should it be. I would not recommend it for those weary of an IPA.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and mouth drying out of a green can. One of the darker IPAs out there, nice head on the pour, small retention and lacing. Malt backbone is barely present, and a huge hop bouquet takes over. Puckering for a single IPA, paired decent with some seared pork chops.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2" head that lasts. Some spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: grapefruit, hint of pine, and some soft fruity sweetness.

Taste: bready malt character, caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, soft pine, red apples, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness and citrus.

Drinkability: easy to consume IPA. Nicely refreshing too. Definite sessionable IPA.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in an Imperial pint glass, Raleigh Times, Raleigh, NC

Poured a very nice deep rich amber, not clear, with an off white, thick but light head that had good retention and when it dissolved it left a small thin cap and some very nice lacing.

The aroma was very good, citrus hops perhaps, not much else was noticeable. Very well done.

The taste was really good, not over powering, citrus hop and I think that I got some peach as well. The malted barely can be found, but very much in the background, but provides some needed balance.

Medium body, nice bitter aftertaste, smooth, creamy and rich, but not overly so, and very good drinkability. Overall, this is probably the second best American IPA that I have had, right after Bell's Two Hearted.

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Photo of bfields4
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper effervescent body with a large lacy head.

The smell just belts out of this one. Piny hops and a sweet herbal spiciness all very hopish.

Caramel malts hit first surprisingly enough. Then there's a citrusy zest and a nice herbal quality. Grapefruit is not far behind, but the majority of the flavor lies in the piny herbal malts.

Smooth creamy ipa with just enough carbonation. Very tasty brew that will have me coming back for more.

I really think there is something about the can that just keeps the hop life, and this will be a long time staple for me anytime I want to buy more than just one IPA.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color with a thick off white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of a big citrus and pine flavor. A little maltiness can also be found.

Tastes of the big citrus and pine hops upfront with a good malty backbone to support it. The malt is a nice sweet caramel malt. This is not unbalanced.

The mouthfeel has a medium body with a creamy and smooth finish.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill!

Pours orange amber with a creamy, turning rocky, off-white head that leaves plenty of ringed/ sheeted lacing.

The smell is minty/spicy, menthol-like with herbal/resinous, and citric notes. Beautifully hoppy!

The taste is minty with resin/pine with a splash of grapefruit. It is backed/balanced by a sweet caramel maltiness. Pine and a touch of alcohol in the finish, combines with a menthol-like character that leaves a refreshing dryness.

It has a smooth, slightly oily, medium body with mild carbonation.

Nice hop spicing with a caramel backround. Great to see a delicious IPA in a can! If it were available in my area, would certainly purchase!

Thanks again, Bill!

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Photo of rye726
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours tan with a thin beige head. Nose has subtle malts and some grassy hops. The flavor profile was light and seemed a bit stale. Needed a bit more pop to it. Grainy hops and subtle malts. Body is a bit thin and under carbonated. Decent session beer from Ska.

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

This is a great looking beer. The body is a juicy looking hazy orange with a large billowing head, great retention and lacing to follow.

Fresh scent of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. There's also a light pine resin smell.

Same in the taste, citrus fruits galore. The grapefruit being the most predominant and adding a pleasant bitterness. The finish is caramel sweet malt.

The mouthfeel is creamy, fresh, and juicy. Good carbonation. As it warms it gets a little sticky and sweeter.

Alcohol is not detectable. This is very refreshing and 6.8% abv is shocking to me. But for the high(er) abv that could sneak up on you, this could be very sessionable.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 12-ouncer pours reddish-orange hued copper in color with a trim collar of fine white foam. A trace of haze in suspension catches and filters passing sunlight, darkening the heart of the drink to dimmed crimson while lightening the edges to golden amber. Fine wisps of drippy lacing mark the passing drink.

The smell is loaded to the gills with fruity hops a-go-go, splattering me in the nose with juicy notes of ripe mango, crushed lime, and succulent golden pineapple augmented with a bracing streak of pungent juniper-piney evergreen.

Toasted caramel malt with a trace of char forms the backbone of Modus Hoperandi's flavor-base, allowing grassy, dryly-citrusy bitterness to take command of the drink mid-swallow. A pinch of bitter lemon zest, a dash of powdered pine rosin, and a nug of sticky cannabis linger in the aftertaste.

The drink is medium-bodied and refreshing on the palate with just the right amount of near-perfect carbonation. Highly quaffable; Modus Hoperandi is definitely one of my favorites yet from Ska Brewing.

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

A - Golden-tinted light amber with cloud-like tufts of off-white, yellow-tinged head and sticky lacing.

S - Resinous, funky and oily hop aromas burst from the billowing head promising dank, earthy, piny hop spice with just a hint of citrus. Make no mistake, these hop scents foreshadow very bitter flavors of the dark side of the hop continuum and alcohol.

T - Fresh green, oily, piny, resinous, botanical, dank and noticeably bitter hop flavors completely outshine the lovely, bready malt characteristics that do a good job playing "second fiddle" to the hop onslaught. The taste is heavy on the bitter and borderline epic.

M - A great blend of chewiness and slipperiness that does not leave much cloying bitterness or prickles from hops on the tongue. Very dry.

D - For hop lovers, this one is easy to keep quaffing. Before it warms too much it's gone. I like bitter, thankfully, but the bitterness is on the edge of drinkability. The complexity of the hop bouquet kept me coming back.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kpruim01 for sending me a few of these. Out of a 12 ounce can and into my standard shaker glass. The IPA appears a clear golden copper color akin to pale dry ginger ale. The glass is topped off with around two fingers of bone white head. A moderate lacing clings to the inside of my glass with each sip. Aromas and flavors consist of resinous pine, bitter grapefruit peel with slightly less pronounced citrus notes, mainly lemon rind then a bit of orange peel, white grapefruit juice, just enough caramelized malt to barely cut some of the bitterness, some nicely toasted bread, very fresh tasting. Rather smooth and approaching full bodied for an IPA, and amply carbonated as well. Really nice stuff!

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Photo of hopredhead24
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep orange, amber color with thick foam head and good lacing.

S- Hope it tastes as good as it smells! Plenty of citrus grapefruit and floral hops, along with some hints of pine.

T- Initial bitter bite that molds into a rush of grapefruit and pine with a sweet, caramel finish.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish with not much aftertaste.

D- Nice drinkability with the cool and refreshing factor that I love about good IPAs. Wish I could find this one around here...very tasty!

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 775 ratings.