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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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Ratings: 1697
Reviews: 688
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 jwinship83


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can with no freshness date poured into a pint glass.

A- copper colored body with a large off white head. the head reduces to a thin layer across the top of my glass and leaves a solid ring of sticky lace on the sides.

S- the nose is dominated by hops. loads of piny and grassy hops. some hints of a caramel malt tries to balance it out but fails.

T- the taste is basically nothing but hops. lots of floral and pine. some citrus notes as well. theres a very faint toffee/caramel malt trying to be noticed, but its hard to do so.

M- thinner than your average IPA with a high level of carbonation. crisp and refreshing.

D- very easy to finish and almost low enough ABV to drink all night. great beer for anything outside in the summer. i cant wait to bring this one camping!

Serving type: can

04-07-2009 02:31:59 | More by jwinship83
Photo of SpruceFish

Burkina Faso

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have had this beer on tap, in the bottle, and in the can my favorite being on tap but the other 2 are still pretty good

A- dark cloudy amber color what ad IPA should look like

S- lots of fresh hops and some pine the freshness really come out when drink it from the tap

T- great fresh hop taste some citrus and grapefruitty taste and some good pine floating around in there

M- good level of carbonation medium body

D- great smooth drinkability i could well i have sat down and drank a few of these

notes: ska is the biggest brewery in durango and till now i have not been to impressed with their beers yet this one really raises the bar in my opinion its not the greatest IPA but its a real solid beer the cans are great if you are going hiking or some thing and want a tasty beer in an interesting place

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 00:53:00 | More by SpruceFish
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very nice, an ipa in a can. bright golden orange in color, a bit of haze, and decent creamy head and lacing in a kolsch type cylindrical glass. requisite citrus and pine in the nose, but mostly resiny pine; also toffee, which i don't favor for an ipa. lightly sweet biscuity malts are quickly washed out by the big hop bitterness. medium-bodied with a long, drying, bitter finish. well-carbonated. was bright and fresh out of the can.

Serving type: can

03-29-2009 05:13:03 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid, sandy red-amber body with a poofy, meringuey head the color of ivory with very good retention.

Smell: There is a lovely bouquet of hops up front: carrot, geranium, evergreen, and lemon, very spicy, rosy, pleasant and complex. The malts keep quiet for the most part, lending just a bit of rye bread and apple juice.

Taste: This is a nicely balanced yet bold IPA, with strong, nutty malts to counter the lively floral hops. Lots of woody resin, minty herbal notes, and lemon peel make for a very tasty beer. Robust.

Mouthfeel: Dry and light- to medium- bodied, good for the flavor.

Drinkability: This isn't an amazing beer, but it is very solid and tasty. Plus they get ska bonus points!

Serving type: can

03-17-2009 14:39:31 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of BretSikkink


3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color, looks pretty vibrant in the glass, with a tall creamy head of pockmarked bubbles that look like their in for the long haul. Great lacing.

Tons of citrics on the nose, only a hint of pine, and something a little odd that I can't yet put my finger on. Grain base is toasted, with a touch of pale malt sweetness.

In the mouth there are more of the citric qualities while an aquatic something or other comes through quite heavily. There's a little bit of pine, an herbal component to the hop oils, and even a bit of tobacco in there. Malts are overwhelmed by the hops, but A. what's new? and B. who cares?

Bitter, oily finish, with the same alpha acidic texture lingering deep into the aftertaste. Sweet and pretty thick most of the way through, despite the hops overwhelming the flavor.

The aftertaste to me was unusual, but I'll chalk it up to grapefruits and call this one pretty darn good. Solid canned craft beer.

Serving type: can

03-17-2009 02:54:50 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of wobblepop


4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice to see another micro recognizes the benefits to the user and the brewery of canning beer. This will be in my fridge again for sure.

Very fresh taste, with an overall impression that takes me back to the early days of a Dales Pale Ale.

I would love to try this on tap sometime, probably be one of my new favs.

Serving type: can

03-17-2009 02:00:50 | More by wobblepop
Photo of Bitterbill


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a bright orange gold with a 2 finger and growing head of foam. Lots of bubbles doing their thing.

The smell is a delicate mix of grapefruit, pine, and malt. I was hoping for a bolder nose but this will work.

The taste is nicely bitter with the grapefruit up front and being supported by some pine and a bit of malt sweetness mid palate that fades near the finish. The finish itself returns to a big juicy hop bitterness that makes me crave for another sip.

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is also medium. The foam lasted forever and the lacing was impressive.

Drinkability? Tasty, easy drinking, and the abv doesn't get in your way....darn good. Oh, and I was thrilled to see this in cans. I'm glad I bought some.

Serving type: can

03-15-2009 18:41:59 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of scruffwhor


3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very bright orange peeko amber color. Clear color, but has a lot of suspended particles just sort of hanging out. Lacking in head and foam or stickage for an IPA. Very sunny smelling IPA. Citrus meets some ambery cereal grains. Maybe just a sprinkle of powdered caramel on some fresh cut orange peels. Maybe some pine tar and tobacco as well. Needs a little more malt to achieve a closer balance of flavor. The palate is pretty bitter and lacking some malt to tone down some of the hops bitterness. like the oily texture though. This is a great session beer for a hop head.

Serving type: can

03-14-2009 04:49:31 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of IPAs4lyfe


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, Pours a clear amber with a nice white head. Good retention, left some nice lacing.

The aroma is piney hops, grapefruit, some melon undertones.

The flavor is piney hop resin, followed by some caramel and sweet fruit notes from the malt, finish is HOPPY, bitter, and lingering.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, carbonation is a tad high but overall its fine.

Drinkability is great for the 7% alcohol. Went through my 6-pack pretty fast.

Overall its a solid beer. A nice change-up for an IPA in my opinion. Worth trying.

Serving type: can

03-12-2009 05:31:52 | More by IPAs4lyfe


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant to try an IPA in a can. However, I'm so glad I did!

The beer poured a beautiful dark amber color, and the head almost looked "nitro delivered!" I took my first sip and was pleasantly surprised-- excellent hop bitterness balanced well by malts, so really no zingy aftertaste. I love hops, and although it wasn't over-the-top like I usually enjoy, it was hoppy enough for a regular IPA.

I will definitely buy more of this beer-- very easy to drink!

Serving type: can

03-08-2009 01:16:02 | More by IPALOVER
Photo of bigbelcher


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though I had this on tap, I am really looking forward to drinking it out of the cans I bought later today.

Pours a light golden color, huge hop aroma of grassy hops. Decent white head with minimal lacing. Flavor was overly bitter without much actual hop flavor so not totally balanced but a really good drinkable IPA anyway. At 6.8% abv it is at the upper end of an American IPA and with the hop bitterness is actually a lower alcohol double IPA in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 17:36:19 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of Beaver13


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 3rd week of Feb. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laced the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and piney resinous hops.

The flavor is sweet caramelly fruits quickly followed by a big bitter bang. The hops are piney with charred resin and linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall, a big hop monster. A pleasant surprise from SKA. I do prefer my IPAs a little more balanced with more fruity tones, but this is very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 20:37:08 | More by Beaver13
Photo of ArrogantB


3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green can with the same logo as the bottle pictured here. Clear golden orange, decent head, a little sticky lace. Smells fairly hoppy with a faint bit of fruits in the back. The flavor is not so hoppy except for a very bitter finish. Its like malts and then just bitterness. Its cool to see more beer in cans but this is just so-so.

Serving type: can

03-06-2009 02:57:04 | More by ArrogantB
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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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