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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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1,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 1692
Reviews: 687
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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Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a beautiful red hued, root beer color with a tallow one and a half fingers of head, gorgeous sponge lacing.

Fills the nose with a boat of hops and citrus.

Taste is thistle and bitter hops with a minimum balance of sweet pine and malts.

Mouthfeel nice and light for a heavy flavor, beautiful cold and refreshing carbonation, my favorite IPA in the last few months.

I would have maybe two or three of these, interesting and delicious enough :)

Good price for a good IPA sixer for 8.50

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:51:57 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of Star80


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours out a dark copper color quite dark for an India Pale Ale. Date on the can is at the bottom best before April 2011. Smell is not unlike their Euphoria, perhaps a little more subdued in that the hops don't taste quite as "wild". Some lacing on my glass. Smells like resinous pine with some pungent grapefruit and sweet malt. Actually smells kinda atypical for an IPA. But that doesn't mean it isn't nice, just not that groundbreaking. Anyway, the taste greets you with a very citric grapefruit bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. As it warms you can taste some of the alcohol but it isn't overwhelming. I am sensing that this is dry hopped, and despite the freshness date I am detecting that "extra layer" afforded by the dry hopping, which is always the first to go, is dying a little giving way to a certain malt flavor I am altogether too familiar with. Anyway, mouthfeel is smooth not overly rich and these are somewhat drinkable. Overall this is a good IPA just a tad bit underwhelming.

Serving type: can

11-08-2010 02:19:43 | More by Star80
Photo of auroracrisis


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this when I was out visiting some friends in Kansas City. Poured from the can into a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange color with a one finger head that dissipates into a nice plane of tiny bubbles and a collar of foam around the edges of the glass.

The beer is a bit too cold right now but a sniff of it reveals a sweet citrus and piney hop quality to it. Some of the sweetness obviously attributed to the malts as well and would be best described as a honey like bread quality or maybe graham crackerish. Not bad on the nose but a little more aroma would be nice.

The taste begins with a malty sweetness for maybe half a second then transitions into a bitter, resiny taste. The bitter hop flavor is the one that lingers in your mouth and has a bit of a drying character to it. After a bit more warming the beer becomes sweeter and the hops become a little less apparent. Not necessarily a balanced IPA, the flavor leans more towards the bittering aspect of the style. Not bad though.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with an appropriate carbonation. The bitter flavors leave a some-what pleasant drying affect on your tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this isn't a bad IPA. Just not my favorite. If you like bittering hops and an alright nose in your IPAs, you'd like it. Definitely cool that it comes in a can though, I really wish more beers would.

Serving type: can

05-13-2011 06:27:22 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can best by Nov. 17, reviewed July 19.

Copper/amber, very clear, small head leaves decent lacing.

Smells like pine resin, grapefruit and sweet malt.

Flavor is heavy on pine hops, with some caramel malt beneath. Grapefruit is there too. I'm not a fan of the syrupy pine-sap hop profile that I sometimes get out of this, but the citrus saves it a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium. Not too light-bodied but a bit watery on the end.

Drinkable, but not really my kind of IPA. I'd go for more citrus and less pine.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 02:54:02 | More by musicforairports
Photo of Pencible


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear copper with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like resin and bready malt and light caramel, with some citrus and copper.
T: It tasted like bitter resin and pine, with a little sweet honey and caramel and bread. It had a strong and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an alright IPA, but nothing special. The scent was ok, the taste was good, and the body was good. The finish was a bit harsh, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. About on par with 60 Minute. Meh.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 00:53:59 | More by Pencible
Photo of KDawg


3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass from can. Pours a dark orange color with a small head

Very resiny aromas along with hops, christmas spices and citrus aromas

medium bodied with a nice feel. There is a very resiny finish with some spices as well. The flavors are slightly disjointed a bit

a very solid hoppy beer. On the fresher side, but doesn't do anything that is amazing.

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 06:17:06 | More by KDawg
Photo of QualityOverQty

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

MH has good look, decent smell and, at best, decent taste. It has bitterness but not quite enough flavor to back it up. I'm not disappointed with it but for the price I don't think it measures up. The best way to put it is that is doesn't taste bad but rather bland or lacking.

Serving type: can

01-03-2012 23:59:52 | More by QualityOverQty
Photo of snaotheus


3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. 31026B2BA is printed on the side of the can, but it's not clear to me whether this is related to the beer or the can (it's not a stamp or anything, it's printed like the can label). Bought in Arizona, flown to WA.

Pours slightly cloudy with a biggish coarse pale head, some carbonation. Orange/copper in color. Smell is good, but muted. Pine and slight floral, a little citrus.

Taste has a slight metallic hint, which I never like. Slow piney finish. Somewhat bready or toasty. Again, slight citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel also hints at metal.

Overall, if it wasn't for that metallic hint, I think this would be a pretty solid beer. Even as it is, if I was going to be sitting in one place for a while and it was this beer or no beer, I'd have another. But there are many, many beers I would choose over this as is.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 03:40:34 | More by snaotheus
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
Photo of drewba


3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orange/red, nearly amber in color. This pours with an off colored two finger head that quickly recedes down to a bubbly film. Lacing is splotchy and inconsistent.

T - Light citrus, pine and grass. The hops aren't jumping out of the smell, but they're there. There is a little garlic and onions action going on in the end.

T - Dry grass, pine and lemon rind. An impressive malt profile creeps in towards the middle of the flavor offering up caramel, light nut, bread. The finish is more grass and grapefruit which ends fairly bitter.

M - body is low and the carbonation pops; nothing to write home about.

O - This is kind of unusual for an ipa; which there is definitely a hop profile, more of it comes out more in bitterness, than taste.

Serving type: can

06-18-2011 05:30:44 | More by drewba
Photo of Flounder57


3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left some nice lacing on the glass. an amber orange color was great clarity and some signs of carbonation coming from the middle of the glass.

Smell: Light citrus and grapefruit aroma. All followed by sweet and bready malts.

Taste: The citrus above is right up front. Bitterness is a little high with the sweet and bready malts pretty mellow. Bitterness lingers around a little bit, but not too long.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, chewy, easy to drink even though you get bitterness on the tail end of the sip that sticks around for a while.

Overall: Another good IPA from the lovely state of Colorado. Just wish the brewery was not so far away from Denver. Will be enjoying more of these while in Denver.

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 20:00:17 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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

From 12oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/28/11
*From notes

-- boatshoes, you're the man for supplyin' this one --

A: A firm pour yields a big and dense three finger white head. Nice lacing and retention. The hue of the beer is a clean reddish-amber.

S: Resinous. Concentrated pine attacks the nose. No real fruit here.

T: Quite similar. Lots of pine oil - it pricks the tongue and really makes for a full palate assault.

M: This is a pretty full bodied IPA. It's got plenty of creamy carbonation and texture.

O: Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperandi has been a longtime want, so you can understand my excitement to see this extra peering out from my trade box. It may not beer the beer I wanted it to be (floral, tropical fruity hops), but it ain't half bad and would certainly fill my daily hop fix, given I was in it's distro window.

Serving type: can

01-09-2012 23:18:00 | More by Rhettroactive
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 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 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 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 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
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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