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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 rowew
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has three thugs on what looks to be a Durango street. Bottled date is notched on the side.

Appearance: Orangish brown, cloudy - nice thick head with good retention.

Smell: Nice combination of hops and just a bit of sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Very nice hops flavor - piney and a nice level of bitterness, but plenty of malt to keep it balanced.

Overall impression: This one is almost in to the realm of DIPA. Hugely drinkable - despite the high ABV I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A flip, a tumble, and then a cascade down, like so many raindrops down a glinting metal slide in the summer sun, the suds a-gurgling
the bubbles floating lazily, popping in the torrent only to reform just-so
such a strange thing, the pouring rain in the golden afternoon sunshine, galoshes a-plopping about and the smallish bubbles leaving a coating, a sheet as it were, the beauty and one expects only just to see a rainbow
A Cascade and a fresh pine-tree just broken off at the top by the earlier, as the sap comes just a-dribbling
jogging, ever so slowly as it tries to catch itself, the dense aroma of just-so greenery in a heavy, plodding sort of way, though bright as this afternoon sunshine which glows
golden, a green gold, this, honeysuckle and green leavery, as the raindrops glisten off of every bit of evergreen still stood out against the warm golden sky

A flavour unique, just of the dense green shifting this way and that across the tongue, caressing the tastebuds in a glamorous
yet wholesome and genuine display of frasier fir body with the grandness of the mildest touch of grapefruit and a sensible measure of background dewdrop sweetness to keep the wheels a-turning and the leaves just a-swaying and a-bending beneath the weight of all that water as it glistens
in the sun
Clean, just right
just a perfect balance and one could have one
after another
after another
but there is only one as the slinking grandeur of this altogether delectable
and the utter refreshment of just simply gulping
and enjoying the green
in a sunshiney rainstorm.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Meddlesome Moth while traveling in Dallas. It poured golden with some amberish glows. Had a Low nose bt I did detect some grassy-earhty aromas from the hops. Balanced. The beer was an explosion of hoppy flavors and more on the Grassy, Earthy side. Kinda of made it taste like Belgian yeast was added.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This, bar none, is the greatest beer ever placed into a can. Deeelicious.

Looks like your typical good beer. But seriously, I wouldn't even pour this out, drinking it straight out of the can is half the experience. So delicious, piney aromatic hops, but yet, somehow the massive hop quotient is not matched by a similar bitterness quality.

You could drink this beer all day. Maintains consistency throughout the serving size, maintains the deliciousness beer after beer. This beer might as well be called ruination too, because all hoppy beers falter after this bomb drops on your palate.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft a few months back and loved it, so picked up a few cans recently.

A: Pour a clear copper, pretty pale for an IPA. Less than one finger head, which dissipates quickly. Don't let the can throw you off, no metallic taste whatsoever.

S: Wonderful, very piney and resinous, with almost sativa-like overtones. This is what a hoppy IPA should smell like.

T: I'm a hop hound, I love a nice hoppy beer. This misses the uber bitterness of a typical double IPA, but has a nice balance between the piney hop elements, the resin like tastes and some very light citrus background. My overall assessment is that this is a very balanced IPA and the way a well made IPA SHOULD taste.

M: Crisp, not overly carbonated, but refreshing with a little bit of astringency at the end. I could pound these at a baseball game, just as well as I could sip them on my back porch while I was grilling out a steak.

D: One of my top 2 or 3 IPA's and probably one of my top 10 beers overall. Search it out.

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Photo of D11
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from can into tulip

A- pours a hazy amber orange, with a 1-finger light caramel colored head with nice lacing. depending on how you pour, a thicker head is possible; seems to last somewhat.

S- sweet roasted malt, hops, pine, citrus and some caramel

T- sweet roasted malt, hops, grapefruit, some pine, maple syrup and butter

M- has an oily feeling which i enjoyed. still feels a tad thin on the mouth though not in a bad way... but the delicious head makes up for it. just stir your glass a bit before you take a drink and get some of that head in there. carbonation a tad low for me.

O- this is an excellent beer and well worth trying. the complexity of smell and taste are very impressive. this is a great IPA to have fun with trying to 'pick out' everything in it. somewhat bitter aftertaste (that i enjoyed). the bitterness of the hops and also the alcohol come out a bit more as it warms up. try this brew. Delicious.

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Photo of Zorro
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed orange colored ale with a smallish tan colored head.

From the moment you pop this one open the hops hit you. Citrus, pine, eucalyptus, pineapple and onion in the scent. Quite a lot of hop funk in this one. Smell wise this is VERY strong for an AIPA.

Starts out strong and very herbal. Lots of citrus and hop funk here including an onion flavor. Little bit woody but this is pretty much a high IBU AIPA that could be a DIPA if the alcohol level was higher.

Mouthfeel is good.

Hard to be objective here, I plain just love this stuff. A great beer if you like really strong AIPAs.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a clear, bright-copper color with a 1/2 finger of eggshell colored foam on top. The head didn't stick around long but left some nice "melty" lace rings in the glass.

S: Piney. Fresh pine sap and cut pine bough. Smells like a cool breeze through a west MI pine forest. As it warms, aromas of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and slightly sweet bready malt begin to emerge.

T: Exactly as above. The flavor of grapefruit is very apparant but it doesn't overshadow the delicious piney-ness that holds court here. It merely adds balance as does the biscuity malt.

M: Slightly thin but nicely oily and resinous. The finish is an exercise in bone-dry, hoppy astringency.

D: I really liked this. I've seen it around the CHI for a few months now and was finally convinced to try it by neubernie who said it was excellent. I just may have found my "go to" canned IPA! No Surly (cans) and no Oskar Blues in the CHI but we got SKA, damnit!

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally took the opportunity to try this at Big Muddy Pub in Alton,Illinois on 7/31/10.

A-Slightly murky orange with two fingers of sturdy,chalky white head that showed good retention and left decent,clingy lacing.

S-This beer has a gorgeous nose.Very deliberate and straightforward grapefruit with some notes of pineapple and nectarine.A little,tangy pine
and fresh hop aroma was also present

T-Big,citrus and piney notes competing perfectly on the initial taste.Some subdued,sweet caramel malt added to this beer's well-rounded flavor.
Very nice sweet/tart contrast.

M-Nice and medium bodied.Excellent balance and overall mouthfeel.Good use of moderate carbonation to round this beer out.

D-Maybe the can has something to do with it,but this beer just seems made for summer,beer-league softball and fishing trips.Very quaffable!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful orange-amber color, slightly cloudy, one finger head and fine lacing that sticks.

Piney, floral citrus hops dominate the smell, with just a touch of background malts and earthy aromas.

Tastes lovely, piney citrus hops is dominant, but a flowery, almost lilac flavor seems to dance behind the ample malt base.

Seems to be mildly carbonated for the style resulting in a creamy mouthfeel, but still smooth and tasty going down, with just enough zest to make me want more. A mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste lingers.

Drink is off the scale. Even my less discerning but nevertheless adventurous beer lover friends like this one.

GREAT beer, hands down one of my top three favorite canned beers, and in fact a favorite in any container. I like to give this one as an extra for trades these days. Highly recommended.

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Photo of portia99
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of nonstick. Thanks again, Chris! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear, pale orange/amber color. Short white creamy head dies a bit, but a layer persists througout the glass. Decent lacing as the beer disappears.

S - Very pungent hop aroma. Overwhelming pine, like a forest or one of the those tree shaped air fresheners. A good amount of spicyness too in this hop profile. Hard to tell, probably getting a little citrus, but the pine buries this with its intensity. No malt, all hops...this is the pineyest beer I've ever smelled...so pungent, vaguely reminiscient of a menthol eucalyptus cough drop...this will clear your sinuses.

T - Not as potent as I expected from the nose, but still tons of pine in the taste. Quite bitter and resiny...I imagine this is how pine extract would taste. Malt presence is trivial, just a touch there that shows as sugar sweetness (has about as much affect as a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in a large Starbucks coffee). This is a sharply bitter beer swimming in pine. Very different, and quite good, in an unusual way.

M - Medium body. Tons of carbonation - very prickly. Leaves a tingly feeling on the tongue and in the mouth...don't know if this is the carbonation or the hops. Very lively and intense.

D - I'm liking this beer a lot, but it is seriously intense. Not sure how many of these I could have in a session. I imagine this beer is extremely fresh given the intensity of the experience here. Not an easy drinker, but well worth the effort put into it.

Really enjoyed this beer. Really unlike any other IPA I've had (at least in my recent memory). Quite hoppy and full of intense flavor. No freshness date noticed, but this has to be extremely fresh. Wouldn't want this one any other way - I'm afraid it will lose it's edge with a little bit of time on it. Seek this one out...I know I'm looking for more.

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Photo of Beertinez
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can, awesome artwork by the way, into a pint glass. Pours an orangey/amber color with a finger and half worth of white head.

Smell of hops as soon as I crack the can open. It has my mouth watering already. Pouring it and can't get enough of the smell! Aroma of floral hops, a touch of citrus in there.

Excellent IPA. Flowery hops coat the tongue. Kind of "perfume-y," in a good way. I get some sweeter malts in there. Not in your face, really. Its hiding behind the hop profile but its pleasant when it decides to pop out. It keeps the brew from being a boring IPA. They seem to come out more as it warms while sitting in the glass.

Really drinkable, I've also had this before straight out of the can a couple times. (No glass available.) Not sure of the ABV but it doesn't seem like its up there. (Sorry, typing this up as I'm drinking the last one from the 6 and I don't see it on the can) In between a light/medium body, decent carbonation.

Overall, a great IPA! Convenience of a can, (no light getting in + no bottle openers) reasonably priced for a 6 pack, and great tasting. This is going on my "go-to" list whenever I am shopping for beers or at the bar.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured amber color with a thick creamy white head an lots of lacing.
S: the thick head kept much of the aroma lingering. Hops is the best way to put the smell and boy did it make my mouth water.
T: smokey cedar with the aromatic hop flavors makes it a great hop quencher.
M/D: smooth and medium bodied that doesn't dry out the tongue. Which leads to a refreshing and easy drinkability.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on a business trip to Arizona a few weeks ago and brought home two 6-packs. I found this beer at a Whole Foods, never heard of it, consulted BA, then bought a 6. Tried at the hotel, liked it, went back before flying home and bought more.

Had this one in a 12 ounce can, pretty cool. Pours a nice clear copper color. Nice amount of cream colored foam on top (about a fingers worth), low to medium amount of carbonation - looks absolutely great.

Smells of oily, tangy, citrusy hops with a little floral character (but not much). Taste is great for an IPA, the malt backbone is not prominent but gives just enough caramel sweetness and dough to bring some of the bitterness in check, the hops dominate this beer. Has a piney, grapefruit resinous bite up front but slowly subsides. The malts feel a little grainy underneath, finishes grapefruit bitter and sticky.

This is a medium body beer, carbonation prickles the tongue a little, a very drinkable beer. If I could get this beer in PA it would be a regular in my beer fridge, very, very good.

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Photo of buck1futter
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear copper, with an orange hue. Nice big thick frothy head that sticks around for most of the glass, lacing last throughout.

S- Very Very sweet, with a lot of pine. Bready character also makes it's way through. All comes together to make a very floral aroma, very nice.

T- Mild bitterness at start, beginning from the tip of the tongue down the sides, with the carbonation tipping off the top. The malts and hops balance each other really good, the malt meets in the middle then lets the hops finish the beer slightly dry. After taste is like a nice baked bread. Piney hops and bready malts.

M- Slightly water downed, but easy to drink with mild carbonation, not the best mouth feel you want on a beer but pretty decent, and that makes it an excellent summer beer.

O- A very solid IPA, easily on my top ten ipa's and making its way to the top 5. It is very balanced for an ipa still hoppy of course and pairs with food very well, bbq, sandwiches, etc. My go to beer that I can take to the river or lake. Superb.

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Photo of biggitybait
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. The last time I went out of state to buy it the brewery was sold out. I was heart broken. A: pretty red with a nice tan head that had staying power. S: like Simcoe and cascade hops. Not citrus. T: follows the smell. But sweet for such a low abv. M: what you expect in a nice drinkable ipa. Velvety and easy to drink. O: cheaper for a 6 pack than you can make at home and probably better. Buy it and drink it.

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Photo of Finatic
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Myrcenary IPA pint glass.

A: Pours a dark orange hue with a nice white frothy head. Nice lacing retention throughout the glass.

S: Nice assortment of hops ranging from piney to citrus fruits.

T: Tastes just like it smells.

M: Full bodied and very well carbonated.

O: Just what I have come to expect from a Colorado IPA.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from The Cave, Glasgow (355ml, £3.29):
Bright amber with a nice sized, half centimetre tall head that stays well initially before turnings to a thick looking and solid lacing that is foamy and white looking.

Pine & floral hops with a strong, tropical fruit aroma that consists of some pineapple, peach and mango; all very refreshing. There is some grapefruit and some subdued malts with a slightly sweet and bitter end.

Sweet & tropical fruits to begin with, there is some pine and grapefruit with quite a bit of bitterness. There is some mango and floral flavours with a bit of a kick and some lighter caramel malts.There is also a lot of citrus too.

Medium with a creamy texture with some nice floral notes and plenty of bitterness. The finish is crisp and very dry one yet somehow still seems refreshing.

Great pine and floral hops with some excellent tropical fruit flavours that are strong but not quite overpowering. The bitterness levels are pretty high but the beer remains an easy one to drink and goes down particularly well.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper hue with a one finger head. Mild carbonation rising to the top of the glass.
Strong hits of citrus on the nose, namely fresh cut grapefruit. Nice mix of sweetness from the malts as well.
Taste is once again hop dominated. Balancing malts trying to fight the hops but are losing this one.
Bitter in the end as expected.
This one is a keeper.

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Photo of arizcards
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine last weekend for $7.49.

Beer poured an amber orange, great clarity, nice head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is wonderful, citrus hop flowers are wonderfully fresh. Taste has a decent malt back bone, citrus hops come forward in the middle and piney hop oil finishes. Initially the residual piney oil was overpowering but after several sips the citrus has made a nice comeback which results in a wonderful aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice complimentary carbonation. There is enough malt there to keep things smooth. Overall drinkability is quite good. This is a solid ipa that rates up there with the best out there. Definitely try this if you are a hop head!

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Photo of dizknee24
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this so i figured St Pats day was a good day.

A orangeish amber with a finger of bubbly thick head. Nice lacing around the glass.

S Hops are the keynote speaker of this brew. Sweet malty and hoppy. What more could you ask for.

T hop bomb up in heeeyaaa

M nice and thick. just the way i like my ipa's. allot are thin and dissapate quick. not this one.

O - This i believe has a chance to become the new fave ipa of mine. it hits on all cylinders IMO. IPA's from a can? Yes please.

oh and did i mention the artwork on the can is awesome as well.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear copper color into a pint glass, lots of white fluffy head. smells like a hoppy forest of pine and honey. seriously, straight up pine trees and sweet honey. the taste doesn't fall far from the (pine tree).. lots of hop flavors explode in your mouth as you take the first sip.. bitter, sweet, citrusy - every hop profile seems to appear in this fine beverage! it's a medium body beer but goes down like a light bodied beer - perfect carbonation, lacing to the bottom of the glass.. this beer is excellent.

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Photo of alli4051
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a perfect pint.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy amber. Produces an above average sized, foamy head that perfectly fills the glass to the rim, very picturesque. Scent is very hoppy and aromatic. Taste follows suit with lots of resiny, grassy hops and a faint malt backbone. Perhaps my favorite aspect is the big hop punch without a sticky lingering bitterness. Drinkability is really good with this one too. Could have easily finished the whole sixer despite clocking in at just under 7%.

Edit: Picked this up again as part of a mix pack and had to tweak my review a little bit as it was more flavorful and aromatic than I remember, maybe I got a fresher can this time.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a schooner. Best before appeared to be 10/28/2011.

A - very slightly cloudy amber with a one finger head that dissipates after a minute leaving some streaky lacing.

S - very solid resinous/pine hops nose

T - big hops attack with pine and juniper; fresh and sticks to the tongue. Just enough malt to balance things out, some grapefruit peel lingering at the very end.

M - slightly heavy with a hint of oiliness.

D - powerful and concentrated, but also goes down easy

Extremely solid beer; much better than anything you'd ever expect from a can. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a good IPA fix.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange amber color with a small white head that retains nicely and leaves some good bits of lacing.

Aroma starts with some piney hops upfront and soon gives rise to some fresh tropical fruits.

The pine comes out in the taste more predominantly than anything else. Lighter notes of grapefruit and pineapple show up in the back along with a touch of caramel. Some more caramel and a little orange show up in the finish.

Meidum body and medium carbonation. This turned out to be a great IPA, with an excellent hop profile that wasn't completely overdone. The slight malt background blended nicely with the hops and made this very enjoyable.

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