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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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1,700 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the tabs and pour a brew of rich amber honey into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two finger head of cream colored cakey bubbles, showing good retention. Honeycomb lacing is left around the glasses as it slowly bubbles away like a stew. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be medium. The aroma is big, with spicy grapefruity, earthen, and herbal hops, deeply toasted caramel and pale malts, dried oregano, honey, lemon iced tea, and soft fruity apricot. With warmth comes soft bubblegum juiciness, enhanced earth, dirt, and dust, and faint fruitiness of passion fruit. Our first impression is that the flavoring is just as deep and spicy as you would expect from that nose, with brightness, freshness, and fullness. As we sip, the taste opens with vegetal bite of zucchini and radishes, with citric, earthy, and lightly piney hops. To mix are bittered pales, baker’s yeast, black pepper booziness, tannic lemon tea, and cooked brown sugar sweetness. Coming to the peak are notes of dirty earthiness of hops, bittered grapefruity rind, apricot sweetness, tobacco leafiness, more fusel booziness, and under ripe strawberry fruitiness. The finish comes with bite of graphite, light woodiness, fresh dill, faint bubblegum esters, syrupy caramel malts, nectary hops, and freshly pulled lemongrass. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of kale leafiness, mineral, newspaper inkiness, more bittered pales, more peppery booze, hop bitterness of citric rind and herbal grassiness, solid plastics, and biting English breakfast tea. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth to each sip, with an oily coating all around the mouth. This gives way to boozy dryness and pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its robustness and fullness of flavoring for a “single” IPA. From the nose you can tell this guy is going to be huge. The hops are heavy, syrup-laden cones, while the malts are dark, toasty, and sweet in their own cereal way. The sip is everything you would expect, striking an even, refreshing blend. The bitterness is strong, however, and it is easy to see why this might defer the faint of heart. With a soft slurp to back it up, this guy lives up to the hype, and would certainly become a fridge sippin’ for us if it were in our market.

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 00:38:15 | More by TheBrewo
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Roose13

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pub glass

A: Clear, copper color. Thin creamy head. Laces nicely

S: Very piney, bready.

T: Piney in taste. Malty, a bit sweet and very bitter. Dank, a little earthy as well.

M: Medium body. Coats the mouth and lingers.

Overall: Very good IPA. Another beer that kicks the stupid can myth in the.. well, can! Overall I think it's an excellent beer, and hits me the same way Torpedo does from SN minus a few notches in ABV.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 23:39:24 | More by Roose13
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Moose90

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
Best By: 11AUG13
Tasted: 09APR13

A – Translucent and bright copper. Head is tall then recedes, but leaves very nice lacing down the inside of the glass.

S – Piney and earthy hops dominate. Light muted citrus comes through as well. Very complex, and more aromas come about as the beer warms. Pineapple, lemon, and a light peachiness.

T – Crisp, bitter, piney. Not very resinous, but the bitterness is not over the top. It makes this quite enjoyable. Flavors of fresh pine, and bitter citrus fruits come through.

M – Dry, clean, crisp...refreshing. Very drinkable, though the finish trails off rather quickly.

O – This is one of the driest I've had in the style. It has a great hop bitterness to it, but that leads to a lack of complexities overall. Somewhat one dimensional, though still very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 05:38:37 | More by Moose90
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bradmclaughlin

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

Appearance: 1 inch head (with great lacing while drinking), beautiful copper/bronze color, really clear. From the look of the head, the carbonation seemed like it would be heavy, but it was standard for an IPA.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, biscuit, herbal.

Taste: Initial taste is bitter with pine tones, finishes really with sweet malt and begging to try another sip. The taste is influenced by the smell and is delicious. Grapefruit rind is prominent and the IBUs seem way higher than the given 65, but the finish begs to differ.

Mouthfeel: Balanced malt with the hops, really a perfected IPA.

Overall: This beer has won me over, from the initial pour, I knew I was going to love it. Ska Brewing has created a masterful IPA, highly recommend! If you see it at your local shop, buy it.

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 23:34:39 | More by bradmclaughlin
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can best by May 21, 2013. Poured into a pint glass and drank at 45F.

A - Bright rusty orange body with a solid cover of white froth, very little lacing but the cover lasted all the way down the glass.

S - Extremely hoppy, piney. Peppery notes, some pear, apricot and citrus present also. Smells like a lot of complexity squeezed in here.

T - Yikes! Hop-bomb to bitterness, killed it in a bad way for me. Can't speak to any complexity going on at all, just a bitter medicinal quality. It settles down after the first taste, but then nothing more to speak of than bitter hoppiness.

M - Very dry.

O - A beer with aspirations of being great but suffers from overexuberance. More exciting than a macro brew, but less drinkable. I'd like to put it down below a 3.0 where i rate the macros in that regard, but I appreciate the effort.

Serving type: can

04-01-2013 22:19:37 | More by bambam2517
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt orange amber brown color, somewhat hazy, with a about a finger of white head, recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

Pine and malt aromas up front, plenty of hops as well.

Similar flavors of pine malt and hops, with a prominent malt character also present. There is also a sweet floral aspect as well. Very piney and resinous.

Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. It's what they call chewy, I suppose.

Overall this has been one of my favorite IPAs since first trying it a few years ago. Can't get it in my region, but am glad to try it down in NC. Cheers.

Serving type: can

03-24-2013 23:35:31 | More by rodlavers
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to blakelive784 for dropping this extra, a long-time want, into a box that landed a copule days back. 12 oz. can with varied & strange stuff stamped on it. I dig. Officially my first beer from Ska Brewing. 'Best by' date on the bottom is at a weird angle, & only the '13' is readable.

The Pour is like a vibrant redhead-in-a-bottle, & my wife dubs it "pretty" from across the room. Big head, if anyone cares. Nose reaches me on the pour, which is always impressive: I don't need to get my short & curlies damp to tease out the aroma. Big time bitterness, pine, all that good hoppy stuff.

Modus Hoperandi whispers like the consonants of Mordor to my hop-loving senses. There's a heavy caramel base here that conjures up a stern maltiness, but somehow doesn't interfere with the hop bite; that's a nice sleight of hand. Hops are strongly floral, high plateau meadow, citrus, & bitterness in moderation. Metallic hint as it warms knocks the taste back a touch. Nice & oily, but the strong point of this brew is the drinkability, I'm slugging this like Barry Bonds after an HGH injection.

This beer is a rat's ass whisker away from being excellent. A very good beer that I'm glad isn't distributed around here, because at the rate I'm drinking it, I'd need a new liver every couple of years.

Serving type: can

03-17-2013 01:10:52 | More by maximum12
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can says best by 6 or 8 May 2013. Sweet! Tasted 7 February 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-dark amber, clear. One finger of amber-hued off-white head, decent retention and good lacing.

Smell is a pleasant blend of varied hops and clean caramel malts. It's balanced in the nose, with light toasted notes on a solid malt base. The hops ride on top like icing on the cake, bringing a bit of pine and some juicy fruit (not Juicy Fruit).

Taste is clean, clear, and moderately bitter. I'm liking it more and more as I drink it. The malts, mildly sweet, assert themselves, then the hops come rushing through. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is delightful. Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Persistent. Spot-on across the board.

A very solid IPA. There are ones I like better, and I'm lucky enough to have a number of them local to me. But there are a whole lot of them that I like less than this. Definitely balanced, but with enough hop presence that I would never forget it's an IPA. I'm impressed, in particular, by the balance and purity of the beer.

Serving type: can

02-10-2013 04:44:31 | More by zeledonia
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kojevergas

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aluminum can into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; Ska tends to be underwhelming.

Served cold. Side-poured. Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream and thickness, and light white-khaki colour. Retention is good. Decent lacing. Body colour is a clear textbook copper with no visible yeast particles. No bubble show. Par for the style. I like the head.

Sm: Nectary and floral hops. Caramel. Pale malts. Sticky sweet malts. A hoppy appealing aroma of moderate strength.

T: Nectary and floral, with some evident hop bitterness. Caramel and pale malts form the unobtrusive foundation. It's incredibly simple, and the balance isn't quite good. I do like it, but there's little to say about it in light of its simplicity. Lacks subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat refreshing. Standard carbonation. Not as crisp as I'd like. A bit too thick. Generally good for the style, but it's far from custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Dr: A drinkable IPA from Ska. I've had this from the can and it's much better from a glass. ABV is well hidden. I doubt I'd get this again; maybe fresh on draught. A passable IPA with high ratings that I don't understand. Another meh beer from Ska.

C+

Serving type: can

01-13-2013 03:21:51 | More by kojevergas
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KajII

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear copper orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white bubbly head that reduced down to a thin puddled film and small collar with excellent sticky sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, pine hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, citrus (grapefruit) and a light tropical fruitiness (pineapple I believe).

The taste was lightly malty sweet with a hint of caramel and a mild fruitiness from the start, becoming nice and hoppy with dose of citrus, a hint of toffee and a bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted for a good long time following the swallow, with a slightly sweet bitter hoppy taste that was left to linger for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was a few steps above light in body with an exceptionally dry texture and a carbonation that was a little more than mild.

Overall this was a decent enough IPA with a good strong bitterness along with a touch of fruit and mild sweetness, making this a nice and easy to drink brew...

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Serving type: can

12-31-2012 18:49:01 | More by KajII
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Pours a darkish amber with a 1-finger, creamy beige head. Aroma is loaded with citrus and pine, crusty white bread, bread dough, caramel, toast and light mineral notes. Flavor is big on toast and some ceral grain up front, fruity yeast, honey and floral hops. Citrus and pine hops wash over everything, surprisingly late in the game, in a good way, leaving a citrus, mineral and bitter hop finish. Palate is nicely light to medium and mostly crisp and clean, though there is a lightly oily feel in the middle and end along with a fairly light, but blanketing and a little sharp carbonation, which fits this beer really well. Overall, a very nice and solid IPA that I found in Tucson.

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 19:13:31 | More by CuriousMonk
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my oversized HF wine-glass.

Appeared a dark burnt orange color with very little head. Very clear but a bit darker than expected.

Smelled of some pine hops and a bit of roasted malts. No alcohol scent detected. Slight honey presences.

Taste was fairly sweet, definite honey notes with some bitter hops throughout. Not as fruity as I would expect, more of the bitterness than citrus flavors from the hops.

I thought this beer was a bit flat. Could certainly use some more carbonation. Felt very thin IMO.

Interesting brew. Can't say it was my favorite of the style but overall it was solid. Could definetely use some more carbing - it lacked in this department. Also, more citrus hops could balance out the malted notes a bit more.

Serving type: can

12-19-2012 01:22:34 | More by TWStandley
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aidanskinner

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, BB marked, poured into a stemmed pint glass

a - amber colour, some head that quickly dissipates into a ring, not much lacing

s - some citrussy, grassy hops, bit of malt, nice.

t - strong bitterness, some malt. Well balanced, not very aggressive.

m - light, well carbonated, not too thin

o - better than sum of it's parts, it hides the alcohol nicely, almost sessionable for a near 7% beer. Would be good to introduce non-US IPA drinkers to the style without terrifying them

Serving type: can

12-01-2012 00:06:39 | More by aidanskinner
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick finger head that stood on top for what felt like forever. The color is an amber almost brown, which is nice and surprising. The scent is subtle, almost too subtle as I get a bit of pine air freshener. The taste is smooth, bold but not overpowering; malt and hops together in a single package. The maltiness in this IPA is stronger than I'm accustomed and I like it! It cuts the bitter hoppiness down and makes this beer more flavorful and enjoyable than several I've recently had. There is a hint of sweetness and complexity that makes me want more.

Serving type: can

11-30-2012 22:51:00 | More by KYGunner
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hoppytobehere

Colorado

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

12 oz. can, best by 3/16/2013. So, presumably very fresh.

A: Vigorous pour into a glass, 2 finger head. Clear amber body. Nice look to it.

S: Citrusy hops, some pine to it. Maybe a little nicer than your standard IPA.

T: Nice, big hop flavor here, and balanced well with caramel malts. Hop bitterness sticks around and is pleasant.

M: Decent carbonation, medium-bodied. Thick and full of resin.

O: Slightly ahead of the curve. I'd pick this IPA up over a lot of other ones. Cans are good for camping.

Serving type: can

11-23-2012 23:34:14 | More by hoppytobehere
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YeastWrangler88

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a sam adams pint glass:

Apparence: poured a medium amber color (i'd guess something like 12.5-13.5 SRM), crystal clear, looks very nice, but maybe not how a IPA SHOULD look..

Aroma: piny, earthy, with some malt sweetness coming out, also slightly "green" tasting. Smells like an average IPA, but thats not a bad thing.

Flavor: flavor is almost even between malt sweetness and the btterness of the hops, i get a sweet caramel flavor with some crystalized sugar (crystal malt) hops are definetly present, and taste nice, i just wish the sweet malt wasnt there fighting with the hops as much, i would prefer a more hop domonent flavor, but again, this is average for most IPAs ive tried.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is nice, the after-mouth-feel is kind of cloying, it completely saturated my tongue, almost like a DIPA. Bitterness is, well, bitter, slight flavor of pine and "earth" come to mind. Again, sweetness is on the high side, which tends to stick around for a while on the tongue and battles the hops, which some people might like.

Overall: this one tasted pretty average to me, it's a good "go-to" but something i would crave or drool over, eh, I dont know. It takes a lot for me to say a beer is above average, so by no means is this a bad beer, just nothing to really take note of. Pretty average down the line.

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 02:11:10 | More by YeastWrangler88
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - The beer pours with ones finger of white foam on top of a clear, dark copper body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Pine, onion, and sweaty hops with some toffee in the background.

T - Sweet, caramel malt up front with pine hops. Some onion and sweat in the middle and a finish of toffe, grapefruit, and moderate bitterness.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Hoppy, well balanced and drinkable. The hop aroma is pungent and while things aren't overly complex, it is a nice example of a malty IPA.

Serving type: can

10-25-2012 03:28:09 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head really on a clear light amber body. Excellent aroma with nice degree of bitterness including earthy, citrus hops and caramel notes. Flavor follows nicely with the citrus hops providing some tartness up front moving to caramel and toffee then finishing with earthy hop bitterness. medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a nice bitter hopped IPA. Fairly complex and doesnt overwhelm.

Serving type: can

10-25-2012 03:27:38 | More by kylehay2004
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Tuey13

Illinois

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

Poured from a can into a beer snifter glass. A beautiful orange copper color with a creamy off-white head.
Aroma is of wonderful hops with pine, grapefruit, orange zest, tropical fruits, and caramel sweetness.
Taste is just as the smell... huge bitter hops with pine grapefruit and tropical flavors... a light sweet caramel taste from the malt is present as well... very well balanced in my opinion.
I was happy to have discovered this... it is one of my favorite IPA's now. Definitely one i will get often.

Serving type: can

10-24-2012 01:47:22 | More by Tuey13
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my. What the hell is this? I ordered this beer after seeing a can in the cooler that I didn't recognize. What good fortune!

The hop oils on this are so thick that if I immediately wonder if this is wet hopped. Thick resin tones. It's so thick and that I almost want to say that it's too much. But, too much? Who knows about all of that. I like this one though. One of the more unique and interesting beers I have had in a long time.

Serving type: can

10-16-2012 14:43:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Copper with an off-white head. Nice head with good retention and nice rings of lace down the glass. A little dark.

Smell - Musty pine hops with a hint of grapefruit citrus. Toasty malts. No sweetness. Kind of a weak hop aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel malt is significantly stronger than the hops. The pine and citrus play second fiddle. The bitterness is intense and lingering.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness at least covers some of that malt. It's not sweet, but there's nowhere near enough malt to back it up. It's pretty drinkable though, especially with food.

Overall - Nothing special. Nothing bad, either. More hops, please.

Serving type: can

10-15-2012 00:17:35 | More by Alieniloquium
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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

A 355ml can with a BB of Dec 2012. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. I like the label imagery - but what inspired it? Lip up fatty...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A rich marmalade-orange hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of intensely juicy hop notes: grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine and faint tropical fruit hints. This is underpinned by subtle caramel malt and dry yeast. Slightly sweet. A warming and rather solventy note of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of overwhelming aromatic hops and caramel malt with a stinging bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, caramel, earthy yeast and a hint of brown sugar. Faintly sweet. A seriously dry bitterness upon swallowing; spicy and astringent. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly, with good body. Could be just a smidge thicker (but I'm splitting hairs). Dries the palate, and leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and malt.

Superb - another quality American IPA. An avalanche of hops assault the senses, with the malt taking a back seat but providing good balance. My only minor complaint is that the aroma had a slightly estery/solventy quality - albeit very subtle. All said, a tasty and very drinkable IPA. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

Serving type: can

10-14-2012 23:43:59 | More by jazzyjeff13
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afrokaze

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in Tucson, excited to finally check out the buzz.

Pours a nice golden orange/brown with decent head and minimal lacing.

Aroma is dense and tropical, herbal, a little heat, honey, lemon citrus.

Taste is orange, pineapple, lemon lime, some grassy herbal hops, followed by some catty notes, piney resin and a mildly sweet finish almost like a hoppy red ale. Heat becomes nice and slightly warming as it comes to room temp.

Mouth is medium and firm, somewhat dextrous, sits on the palate long enough but doesn't get cloying. Finish is clean and on the drier side.

Another great beer for a can, juicy hops and pretty drinkable put packs a decent punch. A shame I can't get more at home.

Serving type: can

10-14-2012 03:42:20 | More by afrokaze
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

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

Enjoyed this down on the Outer Banks in NC, brought one back to MD to review. Hoppy aroma oozes out as you pour it. Nice cloudy copper color, smallish head to it. Good mouthfeel, great balance in this one, of the better I've come across. Huge bitter hop taste but nice malt backbone that finishes clean and smooth. Definitely one of the better IPAs out there, in a can none the less!

Serving type: can

10-03-2012 23:58:11 | More by marlinsfan4
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ChuckHardslab

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass. A lovely clear dark copper color with a two finger off white head that hangs around for a few minutes before settling into a thin cap. There is visible carbonation and lots of sticky lacing down the glass. The mouthfeel is a little thin.

The smell is a nice malty sweetness with a wonderful piney and citrus hop scent that opens up a bit as it warms. There is also a slight grassy smell.

The taste pretty much follows the smell. It starts with malt up front, followed by lemon, grapefruit and pine notes from the hops, It finishes with a clean bitterness that doesn't last too long. It's very refreshing and goes down very easily.

This is one of my favorite IPA's with a distinct flavor and wonderful smell, highly recommended.

Serving type: can

09-29-2012 03:46:32 | More by ChuckHardslab
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.