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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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768 Reviews
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Reviews: 768
Hads: 2,561
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 240
Gots: 419 | 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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Reviews: 768 | Hads: 2,561
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 ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of photomancottrell
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wish I could find this beer in a store somewhere.

This is the best tasting IPA that I have ever had. Perfect drinkability. I like it because it's bitter but somehow smooth at the same time.

I went into the restaurant specifically because the Ska site said it was carried there. The waitress told me they were out. So I had another un-remarkable beer that was OK. The she came back with the green can and said "look what I found"....there were smiles.

Went very well with my greasy burger and hand cut fries.

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Photo of PaleZombie
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ordered this one on tap at Wings Over Broadway.

A- Beautiful color, amber/copper like color to it with about 1 finger worth of head which dissipated fairly slowly. Moderate lacing was left on the glass.

S- This had a wonderful smell to it, the first whif was filled with a blast of hops followed by some mild citrusy sent such as grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

T- Taste of hops and some citrus with a fairly bitter finish.

M- Moderate to high amounts of carbonation with a medium body which was pretty pleasant.

O- I enjoyed this one, still a bit bitter for me but I am new to IPA's and I'm really starting to like them. Give this one a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is wonderful. Pungent smells of pine, resins, and nuts. Lovely copper hue with good carbonation. Great brew for the autumn, winter time. Good companion for trips too. The head is a good show with a cinnamon color to it. Bitter or spice at the end which gives it a good twist. Get that dry sticky taste at the back of my throat. Lacing is delicious as is the brew.

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Photo of jsh420
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper orange with a 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smell strong earthy pine and grapefruit hops

taste: well i dont if its because this is the 2nd beer i have had in 3 weeks but this ipa might be the most bitter one i have had

hops is all i get from this one pine and grapefruit - this has west coast style ipa all over it and i love it

mouthfeel is a medium body beer wih good carbonation

drinkability is good but i will only drink one since i dont feel like destroying my taste buds tonight

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Photo of BeanBone
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear copper orange body capped by a little more than a finger of off-white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Pungent green and piney hops over a caramel malt body. Big and bold, this is promising so far.

Flavor: A complex blast of leafy, herbal, piney, spicy, and lightly citrusy hops that are nicely bitter throughout. Underneath, there's a biscuity malt backbone keeping the hops grounded nicely. It's not exactly unbalanced, but certainly has the spotlight on the hops. Leafy bitterness and mild grains in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: As long as you're not put off by bitterness, this is an easy drinker.

Verdict: A full and flavorful IPA that's easy to session with brilliantly complex hops, Modus Hoperandi is fantastic little beer. This is something I'd like to have on hand from time to time. Here's hoping the rest of their beers are this solid.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a beer snifter glass. A beautiful orange copper color with a creamy off-white head.
Aroma is of wonderful hops with pine, grapefruit, orange zest, tropical fruits, and caramel sweetness.
Taste is just as the smell... huge bitter hops with pine grapefruit and tropical flavors... a light sweet caramel taste from the malt is present as well... very well balanced in my opinion.
I was happy to have discovered this... it is one of my favorite IPA's now. Definitely one i will get often.

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Photo of areich6
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with my friend pschul4

A: Very little head. Dark orange/copper color that looks pretty inviting.

S: The smell is very promising, with strong, citrusy hop scents.

T: Good hoppy flavor that one can expect from an IPA. Not too strong, however, it lingers in the mouth for quite a while.

M: Very little carbonation and very smooth and drinkable. Incredibly good.

O: Great IPA. My only complaint is that I wish it had a little more of a hoppy flavor, but all in all a really good beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark tan, transparent, thick white foamy head with moderate lacing, some head retention

S: nice fresh hop profile is prevalent, notes of grapefruit, pine, and earthiness are on the front. Some funky dank notes in there as well.

T: nice bright hoppy notes on the front with some sweet fruity notes as well as some earthy tea notes,, this is followed by a modest bready malt profile, very well balanced

MF: nice light body, medium to high carbonation

D: another great IPA from the can. I can never get enough of these! At 7.99 a 6er (on sale) this is simply a magnificent deal. I would definitely recommend this to others.

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Photo of paxchristi
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Schlafly pint glass. Friend bought me this beer at the Tin Can in South Saint Louis.

Appearance: Pours a dark honeycomb color with Half a finger of white head. Very hazy and hardly any clarity. Delicious looking beer. One of the more hazy IPAs I've seen. Its essentially a witbier type of appearance to the eye.

Smell: Deep, pungent and piny hops. A very strong West Coast IPA style. In the middle is sweet, bready hops and citrus on the tail end.

Taste: Hell yeah! Hard hops wreck the palate. Its a wrecking ball of flavor. Accenting the intensity is some sweet citrus and sweet breads to give it some real balance. Maltier in the taste than in the nose, however. Alcohol hidden very well begind the intensity and the sweet malts.

Mouth: Creamy in the mouth. Less carbonation than the typical IPA. I liked it alot. It drinks more like a stout than your traditional IPA without the added heaviness.

Overall: Probably the best beer I've ever had in a can. I shall be returning to this one. Next time, I shall get a six pack. Excellent.

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to emmasdad for this one. Best by 2-9-11 so this must be pretty fresh!

Poured into surly pint.

I crack the can and I instantly smell hops! Craft beer from the can ftw.

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves some lace along the way. Color is a copper hued orange.

Aroma: Lots of pine hops and citrus flavors. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some caramel malt. As it warms a touch, I get some apricot flavors. Pretty solid! Very fresh.

Taste: Fresh pine hops up front. Very earthy. A decent amount of sticky sweet citrus shows as well. Big grapefruit and a bit of pineapple like in the nose. The end finishes with some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but ever so smooth and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin taste. Awesome feel to it.

Overall, this ipa is legit! This is very drinkable and something I would like to see around here. Reminds me a bit of furious with the caramel malts (more of a midwest ipa). I am very happy to have tried this one.

Thanks Dan for an awesome beer!

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Photo of littlekidlover
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this out of a can into my beer tasting wine glass. The appearance is on the darker end for IPA a orange amber color, there was initially a two finger head that reduced fairly quickly with good lacing. There is a lot of pine and grapefruit on the nose. The taste is mostly pine and grapefruit, nice hop malt balance. The mouthfeel is almost resiny. This is a very drinkable tasty fine example of an IPA.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear light amber with a lot of visible small carbonation bubbles. The head is light tan and very foamy, though it forms larger bubbles around the edge of the glass. It fades over a few minutes leaving some fairly heavy lacing for an IPA.

S: The smell of hops is powerful and complex. There is a strong citrus component reminiscent of grapefruit and bitter orange peel. This is rounded out by an herbal smell consisting of pine, grass cuttings and flowers. I can detect a light sweet malt backbone behind all the hops.

T: It tastes light and fruity. I can make out a few tropical fruit flavors, although they don’t contribute too much sweetness to the brew. There is a mild pervasive bitterness with an herbal tone throughout the beer. Sweet caramel malt balances out the beer nicely. The aftertaste is short but dry.

M: Less carbonation that it looks like and fairly thin. I can feel the alcohol but only slightly.

O: A fairly complex yet drinkable IPA.

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Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite IPA in a can. This is way better than the Decandent IIPA, just by aroma alone. This one is very, very dank with lots of pine and herbs and a sticky, resinous scent. The first thing I think is that I need to buy some cans every time I go to the store. The palate is spot on, just sticky enough. Great flavor here too. Lots of evergreen and even notes of mint with some smooth caramel-tasting malts.

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Photo of --Dom--
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Pours and orange-copper with a sizeable head. Smells of strong danky pine, awesome aroma.

Taste opens with a straight shot of piney hops, followed by some bitter grapefruit. Gets more bitter toward the back end with a strong bitter finish. The malt presence is well in balance. Mouthfeel is crisp, not too heavy.

Overall it's a great sessionable ipa. Great balance, good price at 8.99 a six. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of MrStark
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a quite clear amber that is topped with a massive off-white head after the pour. After it settled it still had great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is definitely hoppy and herbal upfront with some light pine and citrus notes.

Taste is certainly strong with bittering hops with a bit of citrus in the finish. There is also a nice light malt backbone in the beer to balance it out however the hops definitely take center stage.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. Its pretty smooth and seems to coat the tongue fairly well leaving the bitterness to linger for a while.

Drinkability is pretty nice! A good example of the style that goes down pretty easy. Great session beer for me and I would enjoy having quite a few more in the future.

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Photo of nhindian
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. Beer generously provided by Exiled, thanks Jason!

A - Pours a hazy amber color, with a distorted view of the opposite side of the glass. A two-fingered tan head builds slowly, composed of medium-sized bubbles. Retention is pretty good, lasting for around 5 minutes or so, and as it dissipates, it leaves thick masses of foam behind.

S - The smell of this beer is a nice combination between tropical and pine hops, with a big part of the aroma consisting of grapefruit, tangerine, and pine sap. There's a lot of hops here and the malts are more subdued. There is some backbone here though, but don't expect the most balanced beer!

T - As the in the nose, the flavors are bursting with fresh hops, although the malts do come across a bit more here. It starts with a good amount of caramel malts to pave the way for the bitter malts, and they are strong enough to influence the taste well into the finish. More of the grapefruit comes across here, and the pine steps it up as well. This is pretty aggressively hopped for a single IPA.

M - The mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with decent carbonation. It's a little on the low side of the carbonation spectrum, but it doesn't feel syrupy at all. You can definitely feel the hop resin weighing down the tongue and numbing it, which is always a cool feeling.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I think the best aspect of this beer is the numbing aspect of the hops. I don't think I've had an IPA affect the palate so much as this one has, which is a testament to how well Ska has extracted the resin. The alcohol is nigh-impossible to detect and this drinks very smoothly.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to see Ska finally show up in Missouri. I was missing me so Modus Hoperandi.

Poured a 12oz can into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a varnished copper with a big 3 inch, frothy white head that leaves medium lacing as it recedes down my glass. A thin lip of lacing is constantly sitting atop my beer. The nose is hoppy. Resiny pine cones backed by light tangerine citrus. Subtle notes of sweetness from the malt backbone pair well with big hops. The flavor is exactly the same. Up front comes (not overly) piney hops with light citrus following. A malt backbone adds just a hint of sweetness at the tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light and crisply carbonated leaving a nice dryness on the palate. Modus really is a great IPA. Now that Ska is in MO, this is going to go into my regular Hop rotation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Poured aggressivly a very nice slight hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, very slight malt notes, citrus and pines. The taste is a hop bomb, slight malty notes, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice and bitter/hoppy. Very drinkable, this one really surprised the shit out of me, highly recommend, thanks Billy Boy, lol

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden/copper color our of the can with two fingers of head and lacing that is quite nice from my perspective

S - Piney hop aroma that is very inviting. Some citrus and floral notes as well.

T - Pine and citrus yet again, they hops are delightful and the malty finish left behind is great too.

M - High in carbonation but very smooth, really dances on the palate.

D - This IPA is great, and to my surprise comes from a can... Keep an open mind and enjoy those craft brews, even if they come from a can!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber with a thick off-white head that sinks into quite nice lacings.

S: Kind of rich sweet caramell malt over-powered by the hops, floral and bitter. The hops are very piney and citric; grapefruit and lemon sezt.

M: Toffee sweetness to the caramell malt, quite rich. Lots of hops, mostly floral but also bitter. There's grapefruit and lemon, and some orange sezt. Kind of bready.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter with a sweet touch. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: This beer is a treat. You can enjoy it for a long time. My best suggestion is to buy a bunch and spend a night with only this beer (before, during and after dinner).

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my favorite IPA's and since it is now available in cans, it will be a great pool beer for the summer. It pours a great amber color that is a bit darker than other IPA's, with a frothy white head. Strong aromas of citrus, banana and fresh pine. the palate was big, bold and kinda oily, with great pine flavors complimenting the citurs.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had originally sampled this IPA a couple years ago and have had it ranked on my #1 IPA shelf for quite some time. It is time to officially review it and see if it will stay on the top shelf. Aroma is very hoppy and floral...definitely a west coast IPA smell. Good balance between malt and hops but the hops hit first and the malt follows. The malt is smooth, slightly caramelly and bready/grainy...not too sweet although it has a sweet aroma to it. This is a very nice IPA and will remain on my top IPA shelf. Some reviewers mentioned a metallic taste from the can, I poured this into a glass and did not taste any metallic flavors.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.