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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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1,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 1689
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%

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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 biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz pint at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver (actually out in Littleton).

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one finger of foamy, mostly creamy beige head, which leaves a speckled wall of fuzzy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of pine resin, orange and grapefruit pith, caramel cream malt, and a further floral bitter hoppiness. The taste is a whole lot more astringent, the fruity hops gaining a certain metallic edge, the malt twisting closer to a bready sort of nature, and an edgy perfume essence arising.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but mostly easygoing, the body medium-light in weight, and teetering in its smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, the perfumed and crackery notes persisting.

A decent enough hop-heavy IPA, even if said hops go off the reservation a bit. The metallic, flinty character might make a huge dent in the overall desire for another, that is if there weren't already so many other options around here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 00:43:39 | More by biboergosum
Photo of br3wmeister


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Big off white head with nice lacing and moderate retention. Bright copper colored beer

S- Big grassy, pine aroma. Some sweet caramel and spicy aromas also come through.

T- Lots of pine flavor in this beer it almost taste like chewing on a new branch on a pine tree. Strong almost harsh bite to it, this is a mouth tingling beer. There is some sweetness in there as well but it does not make a big impression, mostly dry bitter pine hops.

This is a very strongly hopped IPA. Not much to talk about other then hops here. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: can

06-09-2009 03:00:00 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of joshuadlight


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2009 04:29:13 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of JamisonM


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-13-2010 23:09:06 | More by JamisonM
Photo of brewcrew76


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 2/9/11

A - Slightly hazy deep orange with an off white head that quickly fades to strands of sticky lace.

S - Grapefruit hops with hints of pine and sweet caramel malt.

T - Sweet caramel malts followed by a good amount of hop bitterness. Grapefruit and piney hops give way to a sweet caramel finish.

M - Medium body with a bit of resiny mouthfeel. There is hop bitterness but I get a lingering sweetness.

D - Sometimes I have had this and it seems really sweet and other times it seems nicely balanced. I think I would like it better with a little less caramel sweetness.

Serving type: can

11-21-2010 00:34:30 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of OttoPeeWee


3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm my modus operandi is to buy a good example of a ultra hoppy american beer for a decent price. I think I've reached my goal. The look is amber with a thin frothy head and good lacing. It smells grassy and a tinge funky bread. It tastes like grapefruit with malt and a hint of that grassiness. The mouthfeel is very good - soft yet carbonated. At $17 bucks for a 12 sample pack you cant really go wrong and the cans don't bother me a bit. Invite the whole crew over!

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 22:24:11 | More by OttoPeeWee
Photo of aidanskinner

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
Photo of whoneeds8


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date: 9/8/10

Pours into a pint glass transparent orange with a thick frothy head. Good lacing all the way down the glass. The scent isn't too terribly strong to me because of allergy season. The taste has a slight hop bite, with floral and grassy notes. It's not bad, it's just not great. Making this a decent session beer, but I've had better session quality AIPA's.

Serving type: can

04-06-2010 22:49:19 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of birchstick


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light caramely brown with a huge head

S - there is a reason Hoperandi is part of this beer's name - loads of piney hops with some bready malt

T - the taste is loads of bitter, piney hops with a little bit of grapefruit mixed in. The bready malts serve as the base from which the hops launch. Not bad a bad little IPA.

M - nice and full with a good amount of carbonation

D - this is a solid IPA...the only flaw I see in it is that it is a tad bit bitter for my liking. Glad I picked this up;I am excited for the rest of the sampler pack.

Serving type: can

08-21-2010 22:58:33 | More by birchstick
Photo of champ103


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms at first, but recedes in a second. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big citrus aromas up front. Lots of floral and grassy hops that I really like. A bit of spiciness as well. A light piny and resinous aroma, and some sweetness rounds everything out. Tons of hops with a light sweetness.
T: There is a nice citrus, floral, and grassy flavor that I like. Though the resinous pine just takes over a little to much with a lingering bitterness. Some sweetness as well.
M/D: A medium to full body with good carbonation. There is a dryness that I really like. Crisp and smooth at the same time. It is sticky and syrupy. Not hard to drink. Though the sticky and syrupy consistency keeps this from being a beer I will come back to again and again.

I do enjoy this. A really good American IPA. There are lots of hop flavors going on. It does get a bit over barring, however. I can see why hop heads enjoy this. Overall, not my favorite though still enjoyable. Even for a malt head.

Serving type: can

09-19-2010 03:58:01 | More by champ103
Photo of rrski198


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Small white head. Decent lacing. Dark golden color that is transparent.

S: Holy hops! I'm getting some great citrus hops. Pine in the background. Good balance. Sweetness is there, but again, the hops rein SUPREME.

T: Piney, citrus hops again. Grassy, earthy dryness. My mouth is puckering from the bitterness and dryness.

M: Full in the mouth with big carbonation. Very dry, bitter, and not overly thick.

O: A fairly solid hop bomb. Decent balance but this beer definitely focuses onthe hop biterness and flavor. If in the mood to have your palate ruined, give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 03:05:40 | More by rrski198
Photo of gregshead


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours w/ 2 fingers of head, copper color

S: Grapefruit on the nose, pretty strong smell.

T: Grapefruit hop presence is there but not as much pop as I prefer. Little on the malty side.

M: light feel for the dark/caramel IPA, plenty of carbonation

D: Overall, drinkable but not memorable with all the other IPAs in CO, this IPA doesn't hit the right note for me.

Serving type: can

04-11-2011 04:00:30 | More by gregshead
Photo of emmasdad


3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear dark orange color with a pillowy white head. Somewhat restrained on the nose, but the hoppy aroma is still there. On the palate, there is some sweetness, with a decent amount of hops, yet something is still missing, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:48:54 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can best by 4 Aug 14 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of pine
Head huge (10.5 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 1-2mm layer,
Lacing good, very full rings with varying size bubbles
Body orange-amber, clear
Flavor piney, slightly bitter, ending chalky; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, carbonation lively

Overall, a decent IPA. Not out of the ordinary. Meh.

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 11:53:15 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of jrallen34


3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer is a super dark orange that is slightly clear. The head is off white, pretty light looking. It rises about a finger is gone quickly leaving a very thin head. Lacing is pretty good.

The aroma is strong and complex. It starts off with a little citrus in the grapefruit variety then it finishes a very strong fresh hoppiness. Bitterness is there buts its more of dry hopped fresh in your hand hoppiness.

The taste is super hoppy, almost a little to bitter for my liking, plus it dominates from start to finish with little complexity. There is some definite pine.

The feel is a little watery, but has a very dry bitter finish.

Serving type: can

03-26-2010 00:53:29 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel copper color with a white head. The nose is some light pine hops with faint hints of citrus. The taste is quite bitter without too much malt, but also does not have all that much hop flavor. Feel is nice with dry bitterness. Other than being bitter--which I always thoroughly enjoy--there isn't too much for me to get exabout about here.

Serving type: can

10-25-2010 22:27:17 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Rampage1


3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Darker,Amber color to it with a nice,fluffy head to it.

Smell: Has some nice fruity, citrus smells to it followed my a sweet, malty smell. A little biscuit to it but barely.

Taste: Up front it has a nice bitterness followed my some carmel malt flavors. I had a feeling from the color of it that it would have a decent malt body to it but there is enough hops in it to let you know that this is a ipa.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation that lends to a easy to drink ipa.

Overall: I like this ipa but am not a huge fan of the malt bill. Although i like my ipa's on the bitter side- I also like a little malt backbone but not too much of one. Pretty good ipa overall.

Serving type: can

05-17-2011 20:49:13 | More by Rampage1
Photo of jsanford


3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Pint Glass. Can't make out the "Best By" date, got smudged somehow. Hopefully it's a fresh one.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a slight haze and thin ring.
S - Pungent hop aromas of pine resin, grapefruit, and pineapple with a solid caramel malt backbone. Smells nice and juicy.
T - More grapefruit and pine resin with the same caramel malt profile and a long lasting bitter finish. Fairly straightforward, this doesn't have a lot of complexity, but it's a tasty IPA nonetheless.
M - Moderately crisp, with a medium mouth-feel and good carbonation.
O - A solid IPA, but can't really compete with the Sculpin's and Masala Mama's of the world.

Serving type: can

06-23-2011 23:37:54 | More by jsanford
Photo of syrupjoe


3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass

Pours with a 1.5 finger cream-caramel color. Good lacing. Slightly hazy amber brown with no particulates.

Nose is piney, resinous, grainy, sweet, and grapefruity.

Smooth and light right off the bat. Nice light caramel malt base. Piney citrus flavors come in, and then the beer becomes very bitter, almost bothersomely so. The bitterness remains very strong for a decent amount of time.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, but found the bitterness to be a bit too much. Would drink it again if it was readily available, but would not actively seek it out.

Serving type: can

08-27-2011 00:58:31 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of Meshuggah135

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer out of a can at a local beer shoppe. The smell is a very strong, hoppy, leafy smell. It's a very original smell. The mouthfeel is very light, with a very light carbonation. The taste is pretty good. It has that typical bitter, hoppy IPA taste, with a bitter aftertaste. It leaves a chewy feeling in your mouth. Overall, a decent IPA, I would recommend this beer

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 02:50:36 | More by Meshuggah135
Photo of RyanC84

South Carolina

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

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy amber with a nice one finger head that leaves moderate lacing. Plenty of floating particles in this one, doesn't really bother me but they do seem a bit excessive.

S: Not getting the fresh, piney hop smell others have noted. Very faint citrus hops, with a decent caramel backing. Nothing to out of the ordinary here.

T: Found the hops. Pine and grapefruit dominate with the malt struggling to come through on the end. While it's not an unbearable bitter flavor, it's not exactly pleasant either. Something just isn't quite right with this one.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D: A drinkable IPA, but there are better options out there. Something about this one that just seems a bit off.

Serving type: can

05-24-2009 20:24:40 | More by RyanC84
Photo of mjl21


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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on the 4th week of December. Comes in at 6.8%.

A-Pours a clear dark amber with some red and orange highlights. It has a one finger off white head that fairly quickly dissolves to a frothy layer that covers the majority of the beer. Has some nice lace.

S-Not an overwhelming nose. There is a subtle aroma of pine and citrus hops that are blended with toasted pale malt.

T-Pine and earthy hop flavors come out first. This is quickly followed by a malt background that tastes of caramel and toasted pale malt. The citrus hops are noticeable towards the back. There is a grassy finish. The aftertaste is composed of bitter grapefruit. The pine gets stronger as it warms up.

M-Medium bodied, creamy, and lightly carbonated.

D-The grassy finish was a little too off-putting for me. It has some nice bitterness.

Another IPA that I would file in the not great, not bad category. This was consumed less than a month after it was bottled so it was about as fresh as you are going to get.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 17:20:15 | More by mjl21
Photo of KajII

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
Photo of dubinsky


3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip. Best by date unreadable.

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber with mostly red highlights with a nice fluffy two finger cream color head. The head slowly recedes leaving some amazing lacing. Its been a while since i have seen retention like this.

S - Extremely floral aroma with some strong citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. There is a little hint of the malts present, but its well hidden. of a toasted aroma, but extremely faint, mostly hops going on here.

T - Nice citrus and grapefruit flavors, but the pine flavor is dominant here. Slightly grassy, and a slight malt profile present. Its not as well balanced as some other IPAs of this caliber, but its a wonderful tasting beer nonetheless.

M - Oily and medium bodied with nice carbonation. Bitter finish is a tad drier than others of this style .

O - I really enjoyed this beer and understand the hype, but its not my favorite of this category of top notch bees. Its extremely drinkable, and perhaps if this was readily available, i would enjoy more often, but im not sure i would trade for it again.

Serving type: can

03-16-2011 03:40:34 | More by dubinsky
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear orange-brown with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy clumps of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, malt/biscuit, and flowers. Taste is of citrus zest, sweet malt, flowers, with a bit of a soapy taste too. Mild hop bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has good carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the soapy taste is weird. I think I would like to try this one again from a can to see how it compares. My first beer from Ska.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 16:05:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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