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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 763
Hads: 2,516
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 233
Gots: 402 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009

65 IBU
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Reviews: 763 | Hads: 2,516
Photo of resce
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry, bitter, and a slam to the mouth and nose. This is an excellent and very hoppy example of an American IPA. It is able to combine both an excellent aroma and initial taste and then back it up with a sufficient malt body.

Only negative marks or mostly for the drinkability. This is not a drink all night kind of beer and nor should it be. I would not recommend it for those weary of an IPA. (393 characters)

Photo of joshuadlight
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and mouth drying out of a green can. One of the darker IPAs out there, nice head on the pour, small retention and lacing. Malt backbone is barely present, and a huge hop bouquet takes over. Puckering for a single IPA, paired decent with some seared pork chops. (267 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in an Imperial pint glass, Raleigh Times, Raleigh, NC

Poured a very nice deep rich amber, not clear, with an off white, thick but light head that had good retention and when it dissolved it left a small thin cap and some very nice lacing.

The aroma was very good, citrus hops perhaps, not much else was noticeable. Very well done.

The taste was really good, not over powering, citrus hop and I think that I got some peach as well. The malted barely can be found, but very much in the background, but provides some needed balance.

Medium body, nice bitter aftertaste, smooth, creamy and rich, but not overly so, and very good drinkability. Overall, this is probably the second best American IPA that I have had, right after Bell's Two Hearted. (761 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill!

Pours orange amber with a creamy, turning rocky, off-white head that leaves plenty of ringed/ sheeted lacing.

The smell is minty/spicy, menthol-like with herbal/resinous, and citric notes. Beautifully hoppy!

The taste is minty with resin/pine with a splash of grapefruit. It is backed/balanced by a sweet caramel maltiness. Pine and a touch of alcohol in the finish, combines with a menthol-like character that leaves a refreshing dryness.

It has a smooth, slightly oily, medium body with mild carbonation.

Nice hop spicing with a caramel backround. Great to see a delicious IPA in a can! If it were available in my area, would certainly purchase!

Thanks again, Bill! (695 characters)

Photo of rye726
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours tan with a thin beige head. Nose has subtle malts and some grassy hops. The flavor profile was light and seemed a bit stale. Needed a bit more pop to it. Grainy hops and subtle malts. Body is a bit thin and under carbonated. Decent session beer from Ska. (260 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great looking beer. The body is a juicy looking hazy orange with a large billowing head, great retention and lacing to follow.

Fresh scent of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. There's also a light pine resin smell.

Same in the taste, citrus fruits galore. The grapefruit being the most predominant and adding a pleasant bitterness. The finish is caramel sweet malt.

The mouthfeel is creamy, fresh, and juicy. Good carbonation. As it warms it gets a little sticky and sweeter.

Alcohol is not detectable. This is very refreshing and 6.8% abv is shocking to me. But for the high(er) abv that could sneak up on you, this could be very sessionable. (662 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of badbassrandy
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden-tinted light amber with cloud-like tufts of off-white, yellow-tinged head and sticky lacing.

S - Resinous, funky and oily hop aromas burst from the billowing head promising dank, earthy, piny hop spice with just a hint of citrus. Make no mistake, these hop scents foreshadow very bitter flavors of the dark side of the hop continuum and alcohol.

T - Fresh green, oily, piny, resinous, botanical, dank and noticeably bitter hop flavors completely outshine the lovely, bready malt characteristics that do a good job playing "second fiddle" to the hop onslaught. The taste is heavy on the bitter and borderline epic.

M - A great blend of chewiness and slipperiness that does not leave much cloying bitterness or prickles from hops on the tongue. Very dry.

D - For hop lovers, this one is easy to keep quaffing. Before it warms too much it's gone. I like bitter, thankfully, but the bitterness is on the edge of drinkability. The complexity of the hop bouquet kept me coming back. (991 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kpruim01 for sending me a few of these. Out of a 12 ounce can and into my standard shaker glass. The IPA appears a clear golden copper color akin to pale dry ginger ale. The glass is topped off with around two fingers of bone white head. A moderate lacing clings to the inside of my glass with each sip. Aromas and flavors consist of resinous pine, bitter grapefruit peel with slightly less pronounced citrus notes, mainly lemon rind then a bit of orange peel, white grapefruit juice, just enough caramelized malt to barely cut some of the bitterness, some nicely toasted bread, very fresh tasting. Rather smooth and approaching full bodied for an IPA, and amply carbonated as well. Really nice stuff! (711 characters)

Photo of hopredhead24
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep orange, amber color with thick foam head and good lacing.

S- Hope it tastes as good as it smells! Plenty of citrus grapefruit and floral hops, along with some hints of pine.

T- Initial bitter bite that molds into a rush of grapefruit and pine with a sweet, caramel finish.

M- Medium body with nice carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish with not much aftertaste.

D- Nice drinkability with the cool and refreshing factor that I love about good IPAs. Wish I could find this one around here...very tasty! (524 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from KenGage, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a good-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a great blend of strong floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a nice strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is followed by sweet flavors of citrus fruits and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and is exactly where it should be for the style. The hops bitterness fades just enough to allow the other flavors to come into balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great IPA that is worth drinking for an entire evening, the type of beer where if it were available to me, I wouldn't look for anything else as there would be very few beers that would supersede it. (1,097 characters)

Photo of littlekidlover
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this out of a can into my beer tasting wine glass. The appearance is on the darker end for IPA a orange amber color, there was initially a two finger head that reduced fairly quickly with good lacing. There is a lot of pine and grapefruit on the nose. The taste is mostly pine and grapefruit, nice hop malt balance. The mouthfeel is almost resiny. This is a very drinkable tasty fine example of an IPA. (411 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Body is golden honey in color and translucent. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is big on hops. Lots of pine and citrus coming through, its making my mouth water. Malt is very subtle

Taste is very similar to smell, lots of hops. Very piny, somewhat bitter, like lime. Malt is in the background and there is a sweet honey taste, not sure where that is coming from.

Mouth feel is pretty good. Carbonation is well balanced and body is nice and smooth. Head leaves some creaminess to the body through most of the glass. Bitter after taste is coating my mouth

Drink ability is very good. A very hoppy beer but goes down pretty smooth. Alcohol isnt detected very much at all. One of the best IPA's I've had, this is a very good beer and I'm not even really a fan of very hoppy beers (826 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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! (986 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green can with cool graphics...no best by date that I saw

Appearance: Hazy dark amber beer with a tight creamy cap which leaves nice sticky, patchy lacing down the pint glass

Smell: Big, FRESH malt and juicy citrus and pine hoppiness...this is quite nicely balanced between malt and hop characteristics...both are quite forward, but neither overpowers the other

Taste: Nice light toasted biscuity malt, sharp fresh resiny hops...the balance suggested in the aroma is present here as well...this is crisp and refreshingly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a bit slippery

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: This is a very nice balanced American IPA...fresh, resiny, malty, GOOD... (and its in a can!!!) :) (730 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was as if I had a CANopy in my sleeper car on this trip! I was certainly enjoying the fruits of my short visit to CHI, so much so that I called the brewery and found out that they have only been CANning this beer since February 2009. It's label read: "Walk, Kite, Recycle, Hide, Seek, Plant, Recycle, Grow, Shower, HHH, Tube, Recycle."

I got a rocky one-and-a-half fingers of ecru head with great retention from my pour. The nose smelled like a pine forest. Now, we were talkin'! Heck, I'd trade for more of this in a heartbeat. Color was a deep BUPGOO amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a hops bite that put everything else that I had drank thus far on the trip to shame. Oily, resinous, truly piney, yow! The finish was bone-dry. There must have been malt at some point in the brewing process, but you could not prove it by me. Man, was this goood.

Beach/Shore: Hell, no! Take this camping! It screams mountainous pine forest. More, more, more. (973 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was semi-cloudy and bright cooper. One finger of manilla envelop colored head formed. When opened it sound flat, not much carbonation evident, but a vigorous pour created adequate head which remained throughout. Some lacing remained. The can art reflects the Ska culture.

Smell was piney and earthy. An organic rotting hay aroma.

Taste was grapefruit pith. Caramel sweetness was eclipsed by the hops which left a long lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and had moderate carbonation. (578 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with two fingers of sticky, rocky white head.

Scent of caramel, hops, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. A pretty good balance to the scent, but I would like more hoppiness.

Taste of caramel, light hops, and not much else. Even though it is still pretty fresh, I just can't find enough to like this as an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with decent carbonation. (387 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

smell strong earthy pine and grapefruit hops

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

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

mouthfeel is a medium body beer wih good carbonation

drinkability is good but i will only drink one since i dont feel like destroying my taste buds tonight (529 characters)

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Sam's Wine and Spirits (South Loop), Chicago. Poured into a Hopleaf Bar pint glass.

A: Dark orange/red/brown in color, little cloudy, nice off white fluffy head and killer lacing.

S: Pine resin off the first wiff, mellow citrus as well. Very pungent indeed! Classic.

T: Little bitter on the intake, and a great hop presence throughout the sipping display.

M: Sticky on the palate, chewy, mild carbonation, abv played well.

D: Its the real deal, a true IPA in every fashion. Kudos to the guy who sold me this sixer, and the brewery for making it easy to take home to Buffalo. Highly recommended. (613 characters)

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.