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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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1,700 Ratings

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Ratings: 1700
Reviews: 689
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009)
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Photo of Wegbier


3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this is a proper copper ale with light carbonation and whip cream head, it is a stubborn and strong sticky big head that doesnt give up. the fluffy head sits a half inch above the glass.

grassy piney kiwi hops in the smell, spicy and sweet. a little lightly toasted bread.

piney oranges in the taste, slightly sweetened by the malt, but not actually balanced by it. bitter! almost like the pine cones are still in there with the fresh pine scent.

oily smooth to scratchy bitter

this is a one in a night kind of beer, it might not be so rough on tap. leaves unpleasant lasting bitter.

cool to try but not on my shopping list.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 04:59:12 | More by Wegbier
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2" head that lasts. Some spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: grapefruit, hint of pine, and some soft fruity sweetness.

Taste: bready malt character, caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, soft pine, red apples, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness and citrus.

Drinkability: easy to consume IPA. Nicely refreshing too. Definite sessionable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 14:51:02 | More by Gavage
Photo of bfields4


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper effervescent body with a large lacy head.

The smell just belts out of this one. Piny hops and a sweet herbal spiciness all very hopish.

Caramel malts hit first surprisingly enough. Then there's a citrusy zest and a nice herbal quality. Grapefruit is not far behind, but the majority of the flavor lies in the piny herbal malts.

Smooth creamy ipa with just enough carbonation. Very tasty brew that will have me coming back for more.

I really think there is something about the can that just keeps the hop life, and this will be a long time staple for me anytime I want to buy more than just one IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:39:02 | More by bfields4
Photo of ocelot2500


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color with a thick off white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of a big citrus and pine flavor. A little maltiness can also be found.

Tastes of the big citrus and pine hops upfront with a good malty backbone to support it. The malt is a nice sweet caramel malt. This is not unbalanced.

The mouthfeel has a medium body with a creamy and smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 02:27:24 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 12-ouncer pours reddish-orange hued copper in color with a trim collar of fine white foam. A trace of haze in suspension catches and filters passing sunlight, darkening the heart of the drink to dimmed crimson while lightening the edges to golden amber. Fine wisps of drippy lacing mark the passing drink.

The smell is loaded to the gills with fruity hops a-go-go, splattering me in the nose with juicy notes of ripe mango, crushed lime, and succulent golden pineapple augmented with a bracing streak of pungent juniper-piney evergreen.

Toasted caramel malt with a trace of char forms the backbone of Modus Hoperandi's flavor-base, allowing grassy, dryly-citrusy bitterness to take command of the drink mid-swallow. A pinch of bitter lemon zest, a dash of powdered pine rosin, and a nug of sticky cannabis linger in the aftertaste.

The drink is medium-bodied and refreshing on the palate with just the right amount of near-perfect carbonation. Highly quaffable; Modus Hoperandi is definitely one of my favorites yet from Ska Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 14:14:24 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of feloniousmonk


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modus Hoperandi, Ska Brewing Company

Hazy, deep orange, nearly crimson, smallish white head.

Grapefruit, pine, and citrus pith in the nose, not too loud, but perky and delightful.

Taste: citrus zest blasts the palate, mixed well with caramel malt, sweetness up against bitter. Delicious. Mildish mouthfeel, cool and even, but with never-ending bitterness hanging in there, riding right along. Bright fruit, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bumps up against tasty malt.
Great balance. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 22:02:14 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:51:53 | More by dmamiano
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 18:42:12 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of nms1987

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great bronze color. Some orange color in there too. Big soft, foamy head thought it doesn't stick around long.

Smells... hoppy. A very pure, oil-y kind of hop aroma. It is on the citric side in its hopping. Very obviously an American IPA.

Really nice body. Thick, malty and smooth but with tons of hopping. Again, it is very pure in its hop oil-y ness. Nice finish.

A very good IPA, though maybe not superdistinctive... the biggest problem with the style

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 00:37:14 | More by nms1987
Photo of COBeerBuff


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on our last trip to Texas. I've been looking forward to this beer for a while...

Appearance: Pours a great dark golden-copper color with a solid two finger cream colored head that looks like it wants to stay around for a while.

Smell: Pine hops, pine hops, pine hops! You can smell the bitterness of this beer, and it makes you swoon.

Taste: Some hints of citrus, but mostly hop bitterness strikes the tongue right off the bat. Many reviews mentioned a bit of maltiness, but right now, I'm struggling to pick any of that up. Maybe a tad bit on the tail end, but all in all, this is hoppiness through and through.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, hop-coating goodness for my tongue. This beer is nothing if not sticky and yummy.

Drinkability: The 6.8% ABV puts this beer on the far end of sessionable, but it is great smelling and tasting nonetheless. If this were more attainable around our neck of the woods, I could see this becoming a staple in the household.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 19:55:14 | More by COBeerBuff
Photo of atpben


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this nice beer at the Gingerman in Houston. Poured into a pint glass and appeared a nice hazy orange color with a medium head. Aromas of very sharp citrus and pine (which I like) and some caramel in the end. Taste was even better with more pine and citrus and other fruity flavors. Definately very smooth with medium carbonation with a nice finish. Good beer

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:20:41 | More by atpben
Photo of bbothen


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear light orange amber color with a thick, creamy, and bubbly off white head.

Subdued aromas of pine, grapefruit, floral, and herbal hop aromas. Some sweet caramel as well.

Nice sharp hop bitterness up front, pine, tropical, grapefruit, some spiciness, sweet caramel maltiness, followed by juicy hops again towards the finish. Quite tasty.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slick, sticky, nice.

Sessionable for me at under %7. Gimme. The best Ska Brewing beer I tried from a "grab bag" I picked up while in AZ.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:01:25 | More by bbothen
Photo of elniko


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. According to label bottled during third week of May.

A: Pretty deep rich amber with less head than I expected but very nice heavy lacing. Good looking IPA.

S: Surprisingly sweet on the nose. A little caramel with some piney notes as well. Quite interesting.

T & M: Taste comes across as pretty standard West Coast IPA as compared with the nose. There is some sweet maltiness up front but the finish is nice bitterness. Balance solid, slight citrus tones are apparent as well.

D: Quite drinkable, this just came to the Metroplex and I would not be opposed to buying again. Definitely the first Ska brew that I have been impressed with.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 22:27:46 | More by elniko
Photo of allengarvin


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a lovely amber-red color, with a thick, very creamy and dense head, and excellent retention. The aroma is good, with a lot of intensely citrus hops. The taste is very bitter, with plenty of resiny, citrusy hop to back up the flavor. The malt lurks far in the background. Interestingly, a fair amount of tasty fruitiness comes through. The finish is dry.

The best beer I've had yet from Ska, which has tended to the bland and undistinguished.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 03:15:04 | More by allengarvin
Photo of hopdog


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine and floral hoppiness. Tastes of the same floral hops, citrus and ended in a peppery spiciness. Some lacing left on the glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 23:27:39 | More by hopdog
Photo of mmcary


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First offering from Ska and I am very impressed. Picked this up along with the Lagunitas A LittleSumpin' Sumpin', together they are a nice way to start a Father's day weekend!

A- Pours a nice amber orange, darker than expected, but looks great, almost like a hazy sunset.

S- Wow, a lot going on in this one, piney, with a hint of citrus mainly grapefruit, some unusual mustiness as well, very interesting.

T- Man this is very bitter, hops up front, citrus and pine followed by a slight malt background. Not bad at all, very tasty. Not overpowered by grapefruit as many west coast IPA's can be, but it is there. Tangy and sweet, as it warms the malt comes through more.

M- Very dry and well carbonated, not to much at all, very balanced for the style.

D- Alcohol is well hidden, and the flavor makes this one very drinkable. This is one to have a few of, but the higher ABV makes it dangerous.

Overall I really enjoy this IPA, it has a great flavor and is well balanced for a west coast IPA. I will be enjoying this all summer!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 19:41:29 | More by mmcary
Photo of nc41

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a very nice typical fruity( citrus) IPA. Looks good, pours nice, holds the head to the last drop, nice nose the taste follows. Definitely better than the average IPA out there. Not overwhelmingly anything but solid. Definitely a drinkable IPA, maybe dangerously so. Easily worthy of buying in volume, and this one could never disappoint.

Edit: On this one fresh really counts. The original review was in bottles the can version was better. Between Racer 5 and Modus they are my everyday go to IPA's.

Edit: The points keep climbing. The more IPA's I drink the more I appreciate this brew. Fresh this is 1st rate stuff equal to almost anything put there. A hair better than Racer 5 due to the citrus lick.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:20:59 | More by nc41
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tropical sunset tangerine with a gorgeous glow when backlit with morning sunshine. A little yeasty haziness would have been nice, but it looks like the beer was filtered. Up top sits a good-sized chunk of pastel orange-ivory foam that is loaded with character. It's also sticky enough to plaster the glass with gobs of lace.

Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops do what C-hops do best... provide a big blast of citrus fruitiness and pine. Pink grapefruit and orange peel dominate. Thankfully, there's a minimal amount of caramel maltiness. This could be a good one.

It tastes like Ska's modus operandi with Modus Hoperandi was to brew a scathingly hoppy, citrus zesty American India pale ale that pays only the scantest attention to the malt side of its personality. They have succeeded. Anyone with a persistent hop itch should find that MH is a more than worthy scratcher. All 70 IBUs are used to great effect.

A (strong) hint of caramel malt isn't enough to take the flavor spotlight away from the hops. Actually, there's enough malt sweetness to smooth the potentially buzz saw-like edges off the alpha acids. Calling the beer balanced is a stretch, but it isn't unbalanced either. White grapefruit pith and bitter orange tantalize the taste buds with each large gulp. A bomber would have been just the ticket.

The mouthfeel just earns the above score. It's at least medium for the style and manages to avoid fading away too quickly on the finish. Well-buried bubbles keep things impressively smooth and borderline silky.

Other than (the great) Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter and (the good) Ten Pin Porter!, I haven't been too impressed with Ska. Until now. Modus Hoperandi is a classic American IPA that does pretty much everything right. It's a sleeper. And a keeper. Drink it fresh!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 12:58:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled February 2009; Sampled June 2009
A soft'ish pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that has some staying power to it. The beer is a dark copper, amber color that shows an almost clear, full copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a herbal and citrus note to it, though it doesn't jump out of the glass. Notes of Meyer lemon, a touch of lychee as well as some grapefruit zest notes seem to be drowned out at times by a dusty, cracker like malt note. The aroma is not bad, but it certainly isn't remotely brash like a decent IPA should be.

The beer is fairly dry, but does have some malt body to it that makes it cling to the palate just a bit. Herbal and menthol hop notes define the up front flavors and there is a biting bitterness here as well. The citrus hop notes take a distant backseat, but provide some just noticeable orange flavors. The malt character here is defined by the crystal malt which contributes a touch of toffee, some caramelized grain character and some biscuit like grain notes.

In many ways this seems a bit like a mildly hop focused Amber Ale, it does have a biting bitterness to it, but other than that the hop character is severely lacking.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 15:56:03 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear dark orange/amber color. Big creamy head with excellent retention and lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Mild hop aroma with citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Caramel malts. Not bad, but could be more intense.

4.0 T: Not too big on hops like I like my IPAs, but this is a winner none the less. It's an elegant mix of piney hops and a great malt bill. Caramel malts add a touch of roasted flavor that is not overwhelming, but rather meshes well with the rest of the brew.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and creamy like I like these.

4.0 D: Solid brew. Thanks to scray24 for the chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 21:50:19 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of wagenvolks


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a dimpled beer mug.

Modus Hoperandi pours a clear, tawny copper hue with a decent patch of light khaki bubbles. Nice retention and lacing all around. Classic West Coast IPA aroma, with a fresh, foresty, piny hop burst that puts me in the mindset of Stone IPA or a Sierra Nevada Harvest release. Solid caramel backbone adds a nice balance of sweet maltiness.

On to the taste: I just can't put my finger on it, but something is lacking in this IPA. The hops are there, and do their job quite well, delivering a moderate bitterness with notes of pine resin and grapefruit peel. But the more I drink of this one, the more the malt balance seems a bit off / off-flavored to me, as the slightly stale biscuit and caramel notes feel watery and thin. Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit fuller and creamier, although I do appreciate the bitter alpha acids that coat the back of my palate. Although there are many better options out there, this is a very good IPA, and a drinkable one at that. Probably the best release from Ska Brewing that I've encountered.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 05:29:59 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of jasonjlewis


4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice IPA. Not a whole lot of crystal malts messing up the place. Grapefruit and piney hops come through on the nose and on the tongue.

This is an IPA done right. The smell is bold enough, the taste is of citrusy/piney american hops and the malt balance takes a back seat.

I've been disappointed with ska in the past, but this is one nicely done IPA. Nice crisp mouthfeel. A hop head's delight for sure!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 05:08:21 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of HardTarget


4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Easy on the eyes, solid sticky cover of foam holds at about a half finger. Body is amber brunette with clarity and some fading toward the edge into a lighter yellow. My glass is left with a solid coat and tidemarks.

S) Sticky cones of west coast harvest, pine needles, grapefruit rind, over the top oily alpha acid bitterness. I'm a little worried as I'm not getting any malt to back up this monster.

T) The hops aren't as bitter as I expected, but very full of flavor. The base is a bit English, almost an Old Ale quality. I think this would be a Stock Ale, like Arrogant Bastard. There's a tea quality here as well with some orange pith as it warms.

M) Sticky oil coats the palate with each sip with a mild numbing effect. Body is fairly heavy and has a bit of chew. Carbonation is lively without being fizzy.

D) An easy way to get your week's allotment of hops in a glass. Hoperandi manages to load up the hop flavor without blistering your tongue for the effort. It's wicked good stuff, but the hop blend goes a bit too pine for my personal tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 04:49:20 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Atlas1


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 22:40:31 | More by Atlas1
Photo of ckeegan04


4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color with a two finger light brown head. Excellent retention and lacing. Lots of little carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Big grapefruit citrus aroma. Hints of a little orange as well. Faint biscuity sweetness underneath.

T - Citrusy hops up front that carry through the entire beer. Lots of grapefruit and even a touch of some tropical fruits. The malt backbone is present but very muted and gives a light biscuity taste. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is at a good level, could be a touch higher. Very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 21:06:04 | More by ckeegan04
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.