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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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Reviews: 766
Hads: 2,534
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 235
Gots: 410 | 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: 766 | Hads: 2,534
Photo of MiloTheLazy
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Outstanding! Its great to see a truly great IPA in a can. Low carbonation, full bodied hops with a floral/herbaceous/light citrus aroma and flavor. Pours a very clear amber with a beautiful creamy head. Moderate to strong bitterness makes this a great IPA to sit down and kick back with.

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Photo of smanders
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a can last time I was in Denver. Interesting name and logo.

Appearance - copper with a foamy head.

Smell - pepper, grapefruit, and pine.

Taste - spicy pepper with lingering grapefruit notes. The pine really comes through on this one. Good balance.

Mouthfeel - medium

Drinkability - hard to go wrong with micros in a can. This is a tasty example of the APA style. I'd recommend it to friends.

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Photo of backfat
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i love micro's in a can! i know it's wrong, but i don't care. damn this one was good. of course my first sip was out of the can, just to get the whole experience, but then i poured it in an oversized wine glass. my buddy brought this beast back from colorado for me. thanks manahansf! lip up fatty. pours a beautiful amber with superb lacing of a frothy two finger head. citrus hops. very fresh smell. taste is fruity and juicy with a subtle malt balence. i want to take it camping or fishing. mmmm GO TRY SOME! cheers

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Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased from Sam's in Durham. Best by date is 5/18/10.

A - A deep golden color with great clarity and a moderate, creamy head. It looks perfect. The head stays around quite a while and leaves some great lacing.

S - Loads of citrusy and floral hops with a touch of toasted malt.

T - A great combination of citrusy, piney hops and toasted malt. The bitterness lingers forever. The hops certainly dominate the experience but the malts refuse to give up.

M - A creamy consistency with a low to moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - I really like this beer. It's incredibly fresh and exceptionally flavorful.

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Photo of blackjack000
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Can poured into goblet.

Appearance: A light, golden apricot or a dark amber. The head is an eggshell color, with a mixture of fine foam with islands of larger, full bubbles. The head leaves a thick film clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Intense grapefruit and candied white sugar, fresh pine wood and sap.

Taste/Feel: Overwhelming grapefruit sweetness and sourness with a heavy woody bitterness. Moderate amount of carbonation does not allow the strong hop presence to overpower the senses. After the intense hops, a light and sweet maltiness comes through. I find the hop profile a bit overpowering and unbalanced.

Aftertaste: Long-lasting citric sourness and bitterness hangs around shortly.

Drinkability: The hop profile is very well-developed, and I find it to overpower a weak malt presence.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It never ceases to amaze me how a great beer can be poured from a can; gets me every time.

A billowing eggshell colored head forms in broad, froathy fashion and holds its structure for some time. Skeletons of lacing left on the glass. Brilliant clarity through a sturdy copper-amber color. This is one pretty beer.

Hop aroma leaps out of the glass with bold citrus rinds, pine resins, and a fresh grass note. Malts hold a deep caramel, almost toffee, character; but the beer is certainly hop dominant in the nose. Flavors still favor the hops but the malts make a far greater impact here than in the nose. Sweet caramels and toffees hold a greater-than-expected sticky sweetness with shortbreads, biscuits, cookie dough, and fruitcake. Estery pineapples, white grapes, and appricots, these are accompanied by hoppy orange and grapefruit zest. Hop bitterness is quite high, allowing for a clean and crisply bitter finish.

A fantastic beer that boarders on Imperial IPA status with the alcohols and residual sweetness. The beer may be a bit better if it were less sweet and a bit drier. But, it's a wonderful beer as it is. Thanks russpowell

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12fl oz can poured into my mug

Pours a medium copper like color with a two inch slightly tan dense head. Great head retention with huge amounts of soapy lacing covering the sides of my glass.

Smell consist of huge pine and citrus flavors with some floral highlights. Pine sap with hints of grapefruit, tangerines, pears,
and apricots.

Taste is more on the citrus side with the taste of grapefruit and tangerines. Malts can be tasted in the backbone as a balance which is nicely done.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I have tried this beer on more then multiple occasions and to me its a great IPA with good drink ability. Highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a mostly clear deep coppery amber, with 2 firm fingers of off-white head. Retains with about a ¼ finger of smooth and creamy froth, leaving some heavy lacing back that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is bit dank and herbal feel in the nose, being punctuated by extra notes of spice and pine. Some tropical fruit character and bready malts give this a backing tang while a floral feel helps pull the flavors together.

The taste is similar, with an overall more earthy feel up front, as bitter citrus and toasted grains try to offer some balance. Resins and spice run wild in the back of the profile, giving the finish a gritty raw hop flavor that is tough to shake. The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the most part but this has a watery softness to it in spots that takes any kind of force away from the flavors. There is some warmth here to the body but it mostly serves to help strengthen that overly bitter finish.

While I appreciate having another IPA out there in cans, this one just didn't work for me. Way to unbalanced with the hops towards the back and the body felt like it was seriously lacking some substance. Considering the majority of the reviews for this, I think that I'm going to have to try a couple more cans of this to see if I missed something.

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Photo of DrMalt
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Bright orange color with a medium white head.

Terrific hop aroma with loads of citrus.

The taste I look for in an IPA with grapefruit, piney, grassy but some balancing maltiness.

Mouthfeel is quite good...maybe slightly thin.

Drinkability is top notch. Nothing to detract from this beer. A session beer for sure.

Sampled alongside other IPA's. This IPA faired very well!

Thx to the Fishman for getting us sum of this small Colorado brewery IPA!

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Photo of jkwikkel
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20 oz tumbler.

A - Light clear amber, massive dense 3 inch white head, sticky lacing down the side of the glass as the head dissipates.
S - Scent is light, but very clean and piney, slight citrus smell, a hint of tea.
T - Brilliant bitter start with the same piney/citrus/tea flavour, slight bitter aftertaste prepares the palate for the next sip.
M - Smooth, thin, refreshing, hits all areas of the tongue.
D - Extremely smooth, not overpowering, goes down easy, refreshes immensely.

Wonderful beer, easy to drink, inexpensive. I hope to keep it in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tumbler.

Pours a hazy amber/wheat color with almost no head and just a bit of lacing. Nose is nice and hoppy, fruity, fresh and crisp.

Damn, very good. Very bitter and hoppy, almost to the point of an IIPA w/ a low abv. It's still got a light maltiness, a bit weak but for a West coast IPA I think it's perfect. Smooth and sweet at first with a bitterness in the back that lingers for a bit.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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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 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 mwa423
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of aeminter
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep honey gold color, very slight haze with persistent effervescence...foamy offwhite to cream colored head with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - Piney, resinous, grapefruit and herbal smells take the foreground. There is a slight fruity/floral sweetness in the background.

T/M - Hop bitterness is high with floral, citrus and pine flavors that match the smell. The malt character is low, but balances well. The finish is medium dry and the bitterness lingers only for a minute or two. Very smooth with just a touch of alcohol warming.

O - This is a great beer. It very well may become my new first choice for IPAs.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly hazed beer with a soft white head only a half inch thick. The beer is pretty and laces nicely as you drink. The color of the brew reminds me of tarnished copper with a little bit of red splashed in.

Smell is fantastic. This is a hop bomb that is packed with grapefruit aromas and some subtle caramel malts. Slightly fruity and in the neighborhood of tropical juicy fruit gum.

Taste is clean and crisp with a nice emphasis on the hop. The nose hints at the citrus, piney green little cones and the flavor backs it up. An initial bitter bite fades to a zesty lemon and a pithy grapefruit. The tongue pinch fades to a sweet subtle malt that lasts well into the after taste.

Not bad mouthfeel. I love the pucker from the bitterness and the release to a creamy malt backbone. It has more then the average brew in feel but it unfortunately moves towards a dusty powder dry finish.

What can I say other then this is a solid brew. Tasty, with a great nose, nice feel and a good appearance. Easy to drink and satisfying.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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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 thecarster1
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- can poured into a pint, two finger head with wonderful retention that falls to a nice layer of lace that clings and leaves rings around the glass, hazy orangey brown coloring, great can design, really neat ring around the top of the can with recycling words, very attractive brew.

s- nice and hoppy, grapefruit, lots of pine, bit flowery.

t- mmm, nice and bitter, more hoppy with a nice caramel malt upfront, pure grapefrut with some notes of rind and pith.

m- medium body.

d- really drinkable, i cracked this open for my birthday a couple weeks back and really loved it, i wish this was a local beer for me, i'd keep a couple on hand.

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Photo of koopa
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a nice BA thanks!

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper body with a 1 finger khaki crown that shows a some retention and lace.

Smell: Very well blended citrus hop, floral hop, caramel malt IPA with grassy notes.

Taste: Good amount of bitter hops and tangerine notes flowing over a light caramel malt body. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and well carbonated but paradoxically with a nice coating quality. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A good flavor profile and excellent mouthfeel make this a very drinkable brew.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.