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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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2,322 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,322
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 221
Gots: 292 | 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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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on my wants list foreeeever, thanks to phillyswear for hooking it up with a great box of beers. 12oz can into Newport Storm pint glass.

A- Caramel in color, a nice orange/ruby hue with a sandy off-white head that's 3 fingers and endless. Thick, cake-frosting lacing on this one. Wow.

S- Very hoppy, fruity, tangerine and clementine. Great bouquet here.

T- This reminds me of Red Racer IPA in flavor, although this one has more of an orangey/mint thing going on. The finish is decidedly minty and herbal, which compliments the citrus sweetness.

M- Nice body, good carbonation, no issues here.

D- If I had access to it, I'd have a fridge full of it. Worth seeking out if you like IPAs- this is a stellar beer.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep amber in color. Lots of red shades in the highlights. Very clear. Light tan foam. Decent retention, slowly fades to a white film.

S - huge hop aroma. Very resiny. Tons of citrus notes. Lots of pine as well. Decent amount of honey like sweetness from the malts.

T - mild malty sweetness on the front of the tongue. Sweetness lasts through the big burst of citrus hoppy bitterness. Malt flavors fades on the finish but the hop flavor lasts well past it. No metallic flavors despite coming from a can.

M - medium full bodied. Lower on the carbonation.

D - I could drink this all the time. Damn fine IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Falling Rock pub in Denver. From notes.

This is a real gorgeous beer. A real glowing amber red, almost ruby, with hints of orange hues all around the edges. Light off white head presented with a finger. Fast thin rising bubbles with huge sheets of lacing coating in rings while drinking.

Nose is wonderfuly balanced and subtle. Hints of hop citrus zest and light caramel. Very nice airy toast grain and powdered cinnamon. Not a blast but real nice.

Palate hits with a nice light caramel like malt richness. Incredibly chewy brown sugar, with a hop warmth freshness in the mid palate. After taste hits somewhere between herbal tea and citrus orange. Feel is just a good bite of malt density with wonderful chewy grains and bread like character.

Not a hop lovers dream brew, but a fantastic slightly hoppy amber that really delivers, I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the coolest labels and beer names I have seen, veeery nice. Pours a fairly cloudy amber color with a nice coating of fine-bubbled light beige head. Foam recedes slowly and leaves behind some nice lace patterns.

Bright citrus and tropical aroma with a fairly substantial malty base. Something in there has almost a nostril-clearing menthol effect for me. The nose is fresh and clean and very much smells like a west coast beer.

The hops focus as much on the flavor as the bitterness, which is the way I prefer it. The malts are sweet and grainy, and do a pretty decent job of balancing things out. The beer tastes bright and citrusy, maintaining a refreshing and drinkable quality while providing plenty of flavor. Good beer here, Ska puts out some pretty delicious stuff.

Photo of MedMatt
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very Nice amber colour, nice floral bouquet, slight citrus- orange flavour with sharp hoppy notes. leaves a clean wet finish. Very palatable, for one or several. Don't let the can fool you. Damn find representation of a good pour. It would be nice to find on tap at local pub for a fair decent pint!

Photo of msumike89
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hardy008
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange with 1 finger of white head. Has nice retention and leaves a nice lace. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, tangerines, pine and some caramel malt. smells like it should have a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness.

The taste is very much like the aroma with grapefruit, tangerines, citrus zest, pine, and light caramel malt. It does not taste as balanced as it smells. The taste is more bitter than the aroma suggested, but it is not overly bitter or harsh at all. It is very nice.

Medium bodied with below average carbonation. Has a grapefruit aftertaste. Overall very good. If I get another chance while out of state, I will be sure to pick this up again.

Photo of aapike86
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of JoeD77
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EliRix
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of ebraun
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a deep copper with a pillow-y sticky head that left a goodly amount of lacing down the glass.

S: Hops and more hops. Pine up front fading to grapefruit.

T: Whoo wee. A lot going on here. The nose would lead you to believe it's going to be nothing but hops. The taste however is quite complex. After the hop bite fades it mellows to pineapple and a touch of caramel and vanilla. Really, really great.

M: Surprisingly smooth and creamy with a little peppery burn in the back of the mouth. Not a terribly dry finish.

D: Very drinkable, not really a session beer, but you could knock back a few, for sure.

Funny packaging with comic on the bottom of the sixer. I like the sort of attitude of this brewery, different and fun.

Photo of doldham
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Gushue3
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 1+ finger white head that wont go away. Turns foamy and is leaving great lacing as it starts its descent. A clear orange copper colored beer sits in my glass.

S- Heavy on the pine with citrus and bitter smells really good

T- nice bitterness thats complimented nicely by similar notes as the nose.

M- light light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O- I really liked this IPA. bitter with just enough citrus tastes and balance.

Photo of JohnnyK
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

P - Pours a dark shade of amber. There was about a 2 finger white with hint of orange colored head that lasted quite a while. There was a bit of lacing as well.

S - The smell a burst of citrus hops and grapefruit and pine.

T&M - Taste was very hop forward, could taste rind of citrus, pine, powerful hops. Malt brings just the right amount of sweetness. The mouthfeel was of oily hops and carbonation. The bitterness seems to linger forever.

D - Ska Brewing isn't something that I turn to very often, but this is one I always look forward to. Oily hop bitterness keeps me from enjoying more than two at a time, but it is still one of my favorite IPAs and definitely my favorite from a can.

Photo of Inflames
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of willardt09
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Baraka
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

A: dark amber with a 2-fingered head that leaves significant lacing around the glass

S: wonderful pine and citrus hop aromas that engulf any other smells

T: awesome flavorful, bitter hops with very little balance to be had (a good thing in IPAs imo) Some oily hop goodness leftover on my tongue after each sip.

M: medium with a dry finish

D: fantastically hoppy, crisp & refreshing. Very highly recommended, I'm glad this is being distributed in MO!

Photo of CalvinTorres
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtlamkin
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sallerj
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from 7/8/2012: pours hazy reddish amber color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left a creamy layer on top and great foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of grapefruit, blood oranges, citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt, light grains and juicy hops like mango or other citrus fruit; a really nice smelling IPA that has a bit of booze, but enough sweetness to cover it and make it inviting.

Tastes of grapefruit, blood oranges, citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, sweet malt, grains, brown sugar, light spices like cinnamon, pepper and coriander, piney hops/pine cones and more juicy hops like mango or pineapple, almost like wet hops were used. Very tasty out of the can and on par for a solid West Coast IPA. The aftertaste is bitter and either chalky or like tobacco residue, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light fizzy carbonation, a medium body and sweet bitter aftertaste.

Very tasty overall, this was a juicy brew that was full of citrus flavor, easy to drink and hid the ABV very well. I'd definitely have this again if I can get it on the East Coast.

Photo of Klimm
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Atlas1
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently, we're now getting Ska beers in San Antonio. A buddy of mine recently picked up a six of this at the Rainbow Spirits liquor store on N. St. Mary's Street, right next to the SA Hombrew supply. Good to see some new stuff on the shelves.

Pours a nice bright copper color with a frothy white head and good lace. Good looking, but nothing I've never seen before. The nose, however, is quite a treat. Fresh and bursting with hops. Mostly pine scented (very fresh pine) but some juicy citrus in there as well to keep us honest. Taste is also quite notable. Very fresh with lots of tart hoppy bitterness. Strong pine, again, and a clean, but potent, finish that is strangely reminiscent of some grass I smoked back in college. Yeah, the good kind. All hopped up, indeed. The mouthfeel dances like a tweaker at prom, but mellows out just in time for the last song.

What a fine beer we have here. Bold and hoppy, this is a hophead's delight. A strong, west coast style IPA brewed in the shadow of the Rockies in souther Colorado. Who'd a thunk it? I will happily (hoppily?) return to this offering in the future, and look forward to whatever else the crew at Ska brewing company have out there.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first can review. thanks goes out to Doodler for this one.

A- pours an light orange/amber color with a finger of thick white head. nice head retention and heavy lacing

S- some pungent stuff. full of citrus and sticky pine. very inviting IPA.

T- not as much citrus flavors. centered more around pine and a load of bitterness. a tad bit of sweetness. everything melds very well into a great beer.

M- nice sticky feel while not being to heavy in body for an IPA. carbonation is at a very pleasant level, too.

D- a great beer that goes down super easy. one that feels at home filling a cooler ready to taken fishing, camping, etc.

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,322 ratings.