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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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Ratings: 1696
Reviews: 688
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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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009)
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Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Thanks, Pudge43!

Amber-orange pour. Two fingers of dense, creamy foam retain well and stick nicely.

Big time piney nose. This is definitely all hops. Maybe a little bit of malt sweetness underneath, but there's not much. There's also a bit of underlying citrus, but I'd definitely say the pine dominates.

Flavor follows. Really, the flavor doesn't remind me of any IPA I've ever had. Lots and lots of pine, yet there's still plenty of citrus peel, with just enough sweet malt to keep it from being too bitter. The bitter finish is almost sappy.

Medium-light body. Carbonation level is appropriate, making this a pretty smooth drinking IPA. Light creaminess.

Serving type: can

12-22-2009 03:59:10 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

12-21-2009 02:04:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Zorro


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

12-13-2009 22:49:17 | More by Zorro
Photo of mwa423


4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of the wonderful Cans I got from woodychandler. I have had this before in bottles and loved it so I was excited to get some more of it.

A - Pours a hazy brown (about the same color of most of Ska's other beers) along with a finger of very fluffy white head that stuck to my glass quite hard.

S - Delightful hop profile fills the nose with a hint of malt at the end.

T - Taste is just as good as I remembered it. Strong mouth blowing citrus and pine hop profile which is quickly chased by bitter hops and malt. After the malt, the aftertaste is the same as the beginning with the citrus hops.

M/D - Mouthfeel is spot on with the carbonation adding a bit of extra kick to go along with the hops. The taste is a bit strong to be all that drinkable, but it's a fantastic beer regardless.

Serving type: can

12-13-2009 21:32:45 | More by mwa423
Photo of billab914


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

Thanks to emmasdad for getting me this as an extra. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a dark copper color with a bubbly white head. Moderate lacing and head retention.

Aroma is very good and strong with hops. I could smell the hops as soon as I cracked the can. A lot of pine and citrus flavors in the nose.

Taste is very good as well, very citrusy with some grapefruit and pine flavors. The malt adds a little sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. This is a very delicious IPA that I could easily drink several of. I enjoyed this one very much.

Serving type: can

12-12-2009 20:59:14 | More by billab914
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New York

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

Pours a darker iced tea amber with a nice deep foamy off white head that leaves a nice amount of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is an aggressive piny citrus. The mouth feel is surprisingly light. Full flavored, the citrus pine flavor is mirrored from the nose. At 6.8% ABV, this one is a really fine drinker. The piny resin lingers on and on. This one is REALLY surprise!! MH would be a steady if Ska was available locally. Many thanks, Pops!

Serving type: can

12-11-2009 01:06:13 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with orange highlights. It had a three-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of a good deal of pine with citrus notes. It had a burnt toast malt aroma.

T - It had a very sharp burnt toast flavor with a sweet malt backbone. It had a piney, grassy flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very delicious IPA. I loved the pine aroma and flavor.

Serving type: can

12-02-2009 01:38:10 | More by zeff80
Photo of jera1350


4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bonsreeb85 for this one!

Coppery in color with a 1.5 finger head of fluff. Leave lots of sticky lace.

Amazing piney and citrus hops fill the nose. Reminds me of Furious!

Big biting pine hops. Citrus takes a back seat to the pine in the hops. Solid moderately sweet malt backbone. Again, this reminds me of Furious a lot. There is a bit of a rye taste present too. I'm guessing they may have similar hop profiles?

Medium bodied and smooth on the feel. Finishes pretty moist.

Nice drinkability. This is an IPA that is near the top of the food chain. It is an all around great beer. This is a hopheads delight. I still think this beer resembles Furious in many ways. It even comes from a can! Great beer.

Serving type: can

11-27-2009 23:14:25 | More by jera1350
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a bright clean amber color with a big off-white head.

Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine along with caramel malts as well.

The taste and the aroma match up well. Big bites of grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a bitter malty bite.

Medium bodied, crisp yet slick, with a sharp carbonation.

This is a pretty tasty canned IPA from the folks at Ska. So drinkable with huge hops, yet nicely balanced.

Serving type: can

11-19-2009 22:21:06 | More by Monkeyknife
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-18-2009 01:53:18 | More by portia99
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love to see another canned brew, especially an IPA! Pours into my glass a deep red orange like an autumn night harvest. Big creamy two fingers of eggshell head on that lingers on and leaves webbed lacing all over the glass. Aromas of biscuit malt with a touch of caramel that is bathed in a wall of herbaceous, resinous hops. Pine sap scents along with earthy accents. Hops are bold and a bit cheesy too.

First sip brings smooth biscuity malt with a touch of caramel that is quickly overtaken by herbal, earthy, pine resin hops. Bitterness kicks in full force and rides its way to the finish. A bit fruity and grassy as well. An interesting IPA that is blasting with a wild hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth. Goes down like water with creamy carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking IPA and being in a can is an extra plus. I know what IPA I will be grabbing for beach trips next summer. Thanks vasdef42.

Serving type: can

10-27-2009 01:52:16 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of indiapaleale


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

Pour - Nice amber/orangey color with a big fluffy head. Clean pour with nice carbonation. You could drink this straight from the can but you'd be missing out on just how good it looks in a glass.

Aroma - BIG intense floral hop aroma. Plenty of that piney and citrusey goodness. Definitely some grapefruit along with a decent amount of sweetness. Ooh la la.

Taste - What can I say? It's awesome! Loads of bitter hop flavor that's balanced extremely well. You want grapefruit, you got it. You want to feel like someone rung out a pine tree in your glass, you got it. This is the real deal when it comes to a very well put together American IPA. Plenty of hops are packed in to this aluminum package, open a can and take advantage.

Overall - My favorite hoppy beer in a can. Extremely drinkable, full bodied with all of the IBUs needed to satisfy my hop fix.

Serving type: can

10-26-2009 17:23:11 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of Jayli


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a nice slightly hazy copper color with a two finger of creamy, rocky offwhite head. Head slowly recedes leaving nice sticky ringlets of lacing the whole way down and stay the whole way down.

S: Nose is big on floral hops, a touch of grapefruit citrusy hops and nice blend of pine hops.

T: Taste is big floral hops up front, touch of roasted malts in the middle, finish is piney and citrusy leaving a nice bitter hop aftertaste to the beer.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, one of the most oily beers - literally feels like it coats your tongue, nice bite aftertaste.

D: This is a well balanced IPA, nice kick to it, and one to sit with for a good chunk of time.

Serving type: can

10-18-2009 21:18:36 | More by Jayli
Photo of mulder1010


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

Ah, a can... Poured in to a normal pint glass.

A-- somewhat aggressive pour, poured a yellowish orange color with a fluffy white head. left thick lacing on the glass and a 2 finger head. Not as cloudy as other IPA's that I have had of late. Good carbonation.

S-- Lots of hops, lemon, and grapefruit. Grapefruit being most dominant. Decently floral as well.

T-- Not overpowering hops but a good amount. Citrus also comes in and start getting a bit of malt with this.

M-- Good carbonation and more of the citrus in the finish. A good amount of acid in this. Not as much of the hops in the finish.

D-- Oh yea, it is quite drinkable. Not a hop bomb but a solid IPA. A sessionable IPA. Good beer from a very good brewery. I am not a hop head but this is one I would want to drink. I would lable this as something to work to the bigger IPA's out there

Serving type: can

10-18-2009 04:47:57 | More by mulder1010
Photo of Anthony1


3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange color, looks pretty vibrant in the glass, with a tall creamy head of pockmarked bubbles that look like their in for the long haul. Great lacing.

hint of pine, and something a little odd that I can't yet put my finger on. Grain base is toasted, with a touch of pale malt sweetness. taste a little bit of pine, an herbal component to the hop oils, and even a bit of tobacco in there. Malts are overwhelmed by the hops .Bitter, oily finish, with the same alpha acidic texture lingering deep into the aftertaste. Sweet and pretty thick most of the way through, despite the hops overwhelming the flavor.

Serving type: can

10-14-2009 21:33:38 | More by Anthony1
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz can, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange, big and thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles down to a very thick ring, lots of lace chunks stick, looks good. Smell is real nice, tons of C hop, grapefruit and pine, caramel, very juicy, floral, biscuit, clean and malty, real big hoppiness. Taste is nice, tending towards the malty end, biscuit and caramel, light grapefruit and pine, orange peel, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A pretty damn nice IPA, thanks Russ!

Serving type: can

10-13-2009 15:51:31 | More by Viggo
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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. occasion: having lunch with my dad the day before my wedding. first time drinking anything from Ska Brewing.

A: brilliant copper color with a thick creamy foam, 2 fingers +. excellent retention on the head, becomes beautifully rocky as it settles. a thick lacing remains on the glass as I drink. I find myself staring at my glass as much as drinking from it.

S: oh the hoppy goodness. lots of pine with hints of grapefruit and a well balanced caramel malt. if this beer tastes half as good as it smells, I'm gonna be in for a real treat.

T: thank goodness, it tastes every bit as good as it smells. the piney hops really linger, but this brew also has a perfectly crafted malt backbone. just enough grapefruit and other citrus fruits.

M: full bodied, particularly early on as the foam is still at its thickest. settles into a nice medium bodied, refreshing brew. the well balanced hops and malt really fill the mouth and linger perfectly through the end of each sip and beyond.

D: incredibly drinkable beer for being so hoppy. I liked it so much I had 3 or 4 more after the rehearsal dinner later in the evening. the best part was encouraging two of my groomsmen (both are award-winning homebrewers) to also partake of Modus Hoperandi and seeing them enjoy it as much as I did. IPA is my favorite style, and this is now one of my favorites. Definitely gonna look out for this one at my local bottle shop and make sure to keep some in the beer fridge.

Serving type: can

10-12-2009 02:46:47 | More by jhoban19
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Ontario (Canada)

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

got this one as a bonus in a recent trade with rgtravers. thanks ryan!

12oz can. sampled oct 11/09.

pours deep reddish orange with just a touch of haze. a big fluffy cream coloured head forms, dropping very slowly and leaving tons of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. tons of big fresh green hops. grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pine. it's honestly like putting a handful of fresh hops under your nose. hiding under the hops is a hint of alcohol, white bread and cracker, and just a touch of caramel sweetness.

taste is good. right around medium bitterness level. as in the aroma, the first thing you get is a big blast of fresh juicy hops. pine, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. light caramel sweetness. whole wheat bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. after a few sips the bitterness seems to fade, leaving me wishing they'd bumped it up with just a few more IBUs. still, those tasty hops just keep me going back for more.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. with just a touch more bitterness this one would be damn near perfect. there's just a slight unbalance toward sweetness. even so, the abundance of bright fresh hops is great and i can't get enough. a delicious IPA.

Serving type: can

10-12-2009 01:23:26 | More by grub
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper orange with a solid finger of cream colored foam that leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is pungent, sticky dank and tropical fruity hops with a splash of caramel malt. Fresh floral hops and toast slathered in melted caramel are the main flavors here. The mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied with creamy carbonation that adds to the drinkability. Highly drinkable and delicious, it's a shame this isn't available in Indy as I could see this being part of my regular rotation.

Serving type: can

10-05-2009 23:25:56 | More by biggred1
Photo of nickd717


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

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours a deep clear amber color with a thick and creamy white head that lasts. Aroma is caramel malt, earth, cannabis, and citrusy hops. Flavor is caramel malt balanced by citrusy/weedy/piney hops. A little pine as well. The sweet/bitter balance is at a perfect level. Palate is medium with average carbonation and some nice hop oils. Drinkability is high. Well-crafted.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 19:21:02 | More by nickd717
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4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've always found Ska Brewing to be better at packaging than brewing. While the names & graphics have been great the beers have been drinkable just not noteworthy ... up till now.

Modus Hoperandi is a fantastic IPA that pours dark copper (almost amber) from a can. Its off-white head foams up & laces the glass. Pine, dirt & a hint of citrus aromas waft up from the glass. Flavor-wise it has a great bite to it. Bitter at first followed by a touch of sweetness & finishing with a lingering hop presence. I'd say this is a medium bodied IPA.

I've only been able to find it in 6-pack cans in Chicagoland and it seems like stores have a difficult time keeping it in stock. Bars are slowly catching on to it as well.

Kudos to Ska Brewing ... Modus Hoperandi is one of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: can

09-28-2009 19:08:24 | More by tipnsip
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt orange with a finger and a half of white foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. Smell of grapefruit and citrus, a little bit of pine. Very inviting. Taste is hoppy, obviously, with some citrus and a hint of malt in the back. Citrus zest. Light mouthfeel, creamy. Very drinkable. A good all around IPA.

Serving type: can

09-22-2009 02:20:18 | More by fropones
Photo of EliottJW


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

came in as an extra from mpetersen! Thanks again, dude!

DAMMIT this is an attractive beer... pours a beautifully hazy amber with a pillowy, cloudy head that sticks around for quite a while. I haven't even taken a sip yet and every fraction of an inch of head that once was has turned to a thick lace sticking to the sides of the glass... it's beautiful, really.

smells awesome! citrusey and bready with just a touch of pine. I expect this to be just perfectly sweet.

WOW... this is almost straight pine needles! Just a touch of grapefruit at the start lingers for a minute then gives way to HEAVY pine that stings for a while. finally finishes up with an almost sourdough kick. I really like bready, yeasty beers, so this works well for me.

mouth on this guy is great. medium body, though the carbonation seems a touch off. it starts out with a stong bite but fades rather quickly.. it's got an almost sticky, creamy consistency as a result... and while it's not bad, I just don't know that it's quite right.

overall, this is a wonderful beer that I would probably drink a WHOLE lot of if it were readily available to me!

Serving type: can

09-21-2009 00:11:04 | More by EliottJW
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North Carolina

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

Pours a dark honey color with a two finger head that leaves a ton of sticky lacing along the glass.
This thing totally reeks of juicy, sticky, resinous hoppy goodness. Piney, grassy hops hit me first with some citrusy notes as well. There some sweet malty aromas as well, it has a nice caramel quality to it. The malts really aren't are factor though, as the hops steal the show.
Taste follows the nose. Big hop profile here, with just a touch of malt to provide just a hint of balance. Taste really good. Has a nice clean bitter finish that keeps the sips in quick succession. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but the flavors more than make up for it. This is one IPA that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

09-20-2009 03:11:48 | More by scifan
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4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A medium to dark red-brown with a fluffy tan head that laces well.

Some smoky woodiness interlaces a good dose of Cascade hops - in their citrusy and piney goodness.

Grapefruit and wood chips greet you, followed by some pine and a touch of sweet caramel on the finish.

Attacks the tongue nicely, while being slightly lighter than "oily."

Overall just a fantastically easy drinking IPA. This jumped into my personal top 5 upon first sip of the first can, and its just getting better the more I drink it a few days later. This is even better than Gordon in the "Canned Red IPA" category, and challenges Odell IPA for my favorite period. I am absolutely loving it.

Serving type: can

09-06-2009 06:20:45 | More by sevopie
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,696 ratings.