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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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1,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 1689
Reviews: 686
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 climax


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am confused by the graphics on the can.... I like that. Upon cracking and pouring from this anomalous can, it seemed a bit flat, but a quick sip to the lip dis-confirmed my assumption. This one is just a sleeper.

It pours a cloudy amber with a previously stated tame head. The retention around the edge, however, was very good.

Upon approaching my nose to this beer, I was assured it was going to be a hop bomb, excellent. In the can it almost smelled like 7-Up, but that's irrelevant. Poured into a SA perfect pint, it spews with floral and pine notes. Grapefruit and earth don't stagger too far behind.

The flavor is exactly what Ska implies, a Christmas tree hung with fresh grapefruit. Right when it touches the tongue, the citrus flavors explode with sharp lemon and lime flavors. The aggressive white grapefruit tones linger long through the finish.

The medium body is laced with sharp carbonation. The sharpness dies abruptly, leaving the aggressive bitterness to take the helm through the finish. This beer only needs to be sipped, because that's all it takes to get smacked by the flavor. I appreciate that, for it makes me feel like I'm not drinking it as fast (even though I am).

This beer really grabs your taste buds by the pigtails and throws 'em in the back of it's mobbed up hot rod and hits the gas. If your looking for an aggressively citrus and pine IPA that throws balance to the birds, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 22:50:48 | More by climax
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear dark orange color with a pillowy white head. Somewhat restrained on the nose, but the hoppy aroma is still there. On the palate, there is some sweetness, with a decent amount of hops, yet something is still missing, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:48:54 | More by emmasdad
Photo of WoodBrew


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

The Modus Hoperandi....is not only an awesome name...but a pretty good beer! Our local watering hole had this on tap...Yeah BABY! Teh appearance was a darker copper, clear with finger thick head which laced every step of teh way! The smell was pine and citrus....more pine though than citrus. The taste was apine cirtus balanced by malt. very good IPA. Themouthfeel was also good....and not tooo over the top with only 6.8% abv as compared to the Decadent that had 10%+. Abosolutely a must try!

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 04:50:45 | More by WoodBrew
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Mayor of Old Town, Ft. Collins, CO

Poured a clear, golden orange with a huge white head that retained through the session and left copious amounts of creamy lace. Best head I've ever seen on an IPA. Smell of pine and citrus hops, mainly. A good-tasting IPA, everything where it should be, with a sweet yet subdued malt base, and a generous amount of pine and citrus hops. Smooth but a little bitter, medium-bodied, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 12:59:59 | More by Rifugium
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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper/orange color with one finger of frothy cream colored foam. Decent retention as the head slowly dropped to half of its original thickness leaving a nice solid ring of lacing around the glass - the bubbles are rising steadily from the bottom. Smells of a mixture of sweet fruits and resinous pine all balanced out by a subtle caramel hint that's just barely showing through. I'm getting a sweet flavor bump up front overwhelmed by an earthy pine bitterness that takes over the palate at the end (in a very good way) - not a whole lot of malt in the taste. The mouthfeel is very refreshing upfront with a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer then leaves the back of my mouth sticky and wanting another drink - not sure if its the bitterness of the hops or the alcohol that cause a slight burn. I love this beer and drink it quite often just never got around to reviewing. Ska has excellent offerings and I recommend getting a hold of there beers.


Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:47:54 | More by antlerwrestler19
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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours out deep orange in color with a thick head that dissipates into some nice lacing. On the nose you get pine hops up front giving way to citrus (grapefruit) hops at the end. Either way, this beer drinks smooth and doesn't have a heavy hop bite on the finish of the sip. Even though this beer is close to 7% ABV, it is light enough in body and not overpowering in hops to make it a session worthy brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 19:15:50 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of ZenAgnostic


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

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Fucking amber. Offwhite head. Clear.

Smell - Moderately hoppy. Typical of a mod.

Taste - Bitter hop. Possibly oxidized. Has some complexity. Not harsh.

Mouthfeeel - Smooth. Foamy.

Overall Drinkability - Good IPA. High-middle end. Would do it again. Very hoppy and bitter. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 20:52:27 | More by ZenAgnostic
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3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear orange-brown with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy clumps of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, malt/biscuit, and flowers. Taste is of citrus zest, sweet malt, flowers, with a bit of a soapy taste too. Mild hop bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has good carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the soapy taste is weird. I think I would like to try this one again from a can to see how it compares. My first beer from Ska.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 16:05:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of TheBeerVoyager


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

(This is my first review)

The bottle looks pretty cool with it's almost Tarantino-esque label.

It pours a nice amber colour with a rich head - almost too large, but I have a certain love for large heads.

S - Citrus with a touch of something else. Caramel? Lots of hops.

T - As expected, there is a lot of hop in the taste, but there's also a hint of citrus and something sweet. Again, caramel?
Starts of sweet and very fresh and then the taste of hops comes crawling slowly and stays for a rather long while. The hop-hopes (I had to have a bad pun in my first review) that the name and the smell induces are thus fulfilled. However, I've had hoppier beers.

M - Rather rich, but still smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Bitter, but enjoyable.

A great IPA that ranks among my favourites at the moment. I only bought two, but I will definitely buy some more.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 20:46:21 | More by TheBeerVoyager
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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Coppery, amberstyle with light foam.

S - Well balanced. citrus and apples but yet not to much green apples so they must have scored high while brewing..?

T - Hop, hop, hop, hop, all in balance to the pine

M - Nice but dies to soon i think. the real pun in the end is not really there.

D - Perfect beer for most times. Nothing to strugel with, easy to understand but if you are a greenhorn you should aim for something less hopy i guess.

Served on Bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 15:30:34 | More by erikwibaeus
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: orangish red with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus hops, sweet caramel malts,

taste: bitter, little dry finish, refreshing IPA

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, sticky, crisp

Drinkability: highly drinkable IPA. Leaving me wanting another.


The cpj

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 18:12:32 | More by THECPJ
Photo of jar2574


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

On-tap at Charlie Hooper's in KC. Great looking pour out of a fresh keg. Big head, excellent lacing all the way down. Very hoppy smell. The flowery kind, not the grassy kind. The smell really blows you away with hoppy goodness on the first sniff. Very good. Taste is very good, a well blended IPA. The hops aren't overly powerful, excessively bitter or too grassy. Good mouthfeel, carbonation. Extremely drinkable, could have several.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 22:44:47 | More by jar2574
Photo of bark


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

The smell is loaded with classic American hops: Grapefruit juice, a grand yet gentle bitterness with smooth sweet notes and hints of resin, chalk, pine and juniper needles. Everything is crisp, clean and perhaps just a little bit too obvious.

The colour is amber with a tint of red (24 EBC). The liquid is clear and the two finger compact head is off-white, almost a bit orange. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The taste is fresh and hoppy with light notes of dough and candy. The crispy bitterness is medium to strong. Citric notes of grapefruit juice, orange and bitter orange peels and a touch of lime. Apricots, fruit candy and flowers, however mild, give an English-inspired flavour in the background. The body is medium to full. Some clean sour hints gives balance to the smooth growing sweetness. The aftertaste is fresh and bitter with some sweet fruity notes, with hints of bread and musk.

The carbonation is strong, the bubbles very small. The liquid is smooth.

A solid AIPA: Just give it a little more hop complexity and it will become perfect.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 20:54:48 | More by bark
Photo of HOPPYKC


3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the flying saucer.

A- Poured a nice and slightly dark color. Almost close to a dark brown. A little hard to see through. Showed nice signs of carbonation. Not too much lacing on the glass.

S- A nice a wheat-like smell. Overpowering smell of a grass like hops note. Citrusy. Floral. Pine. Grain.

T- Slight hop presence up front. A good meld of hops and malt. I did get a real wheat kind of flavor from this brew. Also pine, fruit, grain, sugary sweet.

M&D- A nice brew to drink. Not too much alcohol so its an easy drinker. Nice session-able brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 04:42:41 | More by HOPPYKC
Photo of JonathanG


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

A: Amber orange, clear through. Unfortunately poured with minimal/nonexistent head.

S/T: Pine and citric components, plus some grain and stone fruit notes for balance, in addition to slight bread and butterscotch/orange/toffee notes. Great overall balance... Nothing is overpowering.

M: The balance and weight here, without being heavy, makes this very palatable.

D: Again, the balance is pleasant. Medium-bodied. Not too dry, or sweet... off-dry. Could certainly have a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2011 22:33:22 | More by JonathanG
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber with a thick off-white head that sinks into quite nice lacings.

S: Kind of rich sweet caramell malt over-powered by the hops, floral and bitter. The hops are very piney and citric; grapefruit and lemon sezt.

M: Toffee sweetness to the caramell malt, quite rich. Lots of hops, mostly floral but also bitter. There's grapefruit and lemon, and some orange sezt. Kind of bready.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and bitter with a sweet touch. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate.

D: This beer is a treat. You can enjoy it for a long time. My best suggestion is to buy a bunch and spend a night with only this beer (before, during and after dinner).

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 20:10:58 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of rarbring


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

The beer is nearly clear copper toned amber, a large fluffy off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smelling of sweetened pressed grape-fruit juice, sunny pine needles. Nice!

Upfront toffee sweetness, then grape-fruit: fresh juice, peel and crushed seeds.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, a smooth texture and big body, a nice lingering dryness.

A canonical welldone AIPA!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 17:04:54 | More by rarbring
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently sent to me as an extra... thanks Dale!

A- Poured into my DFH chalice from can... starts with a nice head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Beer is a nice amber in color with a decent amount of sediment

S- Very grapefruity with a malty sweet aspect in the mix

T- Interesting... despite the hint of malty sweetness in the nose, this one is far from being balanced. Has a nice hoppy flavor, but not in your face hoppy

M- Light/medium body with light carbonation

D- Pretty tasty stuff. Easily drank and the can offering is cool. I'm pretty stoked that more of the crafts are getting into canning beers, as it means I no longer have to drink shitty beer on the golf course


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:57:51 | More by bbeane
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Small white head. Decent lacing. Dark golden color that is transparent.

S: Holy hops! I'm getting some great citrus hops. Pine in the background. Good balance. Sweetness is there, but again, the hops rein SUPREME.

T: Piney, citrus hops again. Grassy, earthy dryness. My mouth is puckering from the bitterness and dryness.

M: Full in the mouth with big carbonation. Very dry, bitter, and not overly thick.

O: A fairly solid hop bomb. Decent balance but this beer definitely focuses onthe hop biterness and flavor. If in the mood to have your palate ruined, give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 03:05:40 | More by rrski198
Photo of Homebrew35


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

Pours a nice frothy thick off white head. Golden hazy body. Huge citrus, fruity(mango, pineapple, lime). This is one of the best smelling beers I've had. The strength, note quite the same flavors, of this beer smell compares to "Flower Power", "Ghandi-Bot" and "Un-Earthy". Tastes of pale sweet dextrins, citrus, tobacco, oily slick sticky bitterness in the finish. Very chewy and full bodied. Medium carbing. I want to enjoy a few of these at a time. Thank you Mike for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 00:49:15 | More by Homebrew35
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3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured a rich coppery red color with a thin white head that cleared to a fine lace.

The scent was pine-y, and reminded me of a milder Green Flash IPA. Nice scent for sure, exactly what I would want out of a good IPA.

Unfortunately, the taste did not live up to the name. "Modus Hoperandi" had me pumped up for a really intense IPA, and this wasn't quite what I expected. Not weak by any means, but not the punch I was looking for. Keep in mind that I must be pretty inured to strong hops by now, because my fellow taster found it fairly strong. However, a great beer for its price: it was cheaper than the vast majority of good IPAs on the menu at the pub I was patronizing.

The mouthfeel was nice. Not sticky, not watery, but just right. As far as drinkability, they could have served this in a pint glass instead of a 10oz. I would have enjoyed a full glass.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 08:08:12 | More by withliterature
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 03/19/11.

A: Not an expected golden pale, but a nice bronze-amber hue instead. Huge head and beautiful lacing are left on the glass with every sip.

S: Big grapefruit, woodsy pine aroma.

T: Pine, grapefruit, orange peel with a slight herbal bitterness at the end. Malt balances out with caramel / cotton candy sweetness.

M/D: I had a hard time drinking this straight out of the fridge cold, but when its warmed up to around 50 F and the carbonation has died down a bit, the beer goes down smooth. A great, solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 06:38:36 | More by diamondc
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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a beautiful red hued, root beer color with a tallow one and a half fingers of head, gorgeous sponge lacing.

Fills the nose with a boat of hops and citrus.

Taste is thistle and bitter hops with a minimum balance of sweet pine and malts.

Mouthfeel nice and light for a heavy flavor, beautiful cold and refreshing carbonation, my favorite IPA in the last few months.

I would have maybe two or three of these, interesting and delicious enough :)

Good price for a good IPA sixer for 8.50

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:51:57 | More by JoeAmerican77
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 02/21/11 printed on can.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium golden amber with a 2-3 finger fluffy light tan head. Excellent head retention.

Smell: Sweet citrus, grapefruit and piney hops with a light caramel malt background.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine up front with a hint of toasted malt in the middle and more bitter grapefruit at the finish. Very bitter lemon zest aftertaste. The taste is nowhere near as sweet as the aroma. Not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Quite sticky from the oily hops.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could knock back a few without much difficulty.

Overall: Very solid IPA. I prefer a little more sweetness to balance out the bitterness but this will definitely do. Worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 18:53:04 | More by adam42381
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to emmasdad for this one. Best by 2-9-11 so this must be pretty fresh!

Poured into surly pint.

I crack the can and I instantly smell hops! Craft beer from the can ftw.

Pours 1 finger of beige head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves some lace along the way. Color is a copper hued orange.

Aroma: Lots of pine hops and citrus flavors. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Some caramel malt. As it warms a touch, I get some apricot flavors. Pretty solid! Very fresh.

Taste: Fresh pine hops up front. Very earthy. A decent amount of sticky sweet citrus shows as well. Big grapefruit and a bit of pineapple like in the nose. The end finishes with some caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but ever so smooth and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin taste. Awesome feel to it.

Overall, this ipa is legit! This is very drinkable and something I would like to see around here. Reminds me a bit of furious with the caramel malts (more of a midwest ipa). I am very happy to have tried this one.

Thanks Dan for an awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:10:24 | More by mothman
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,689 ratings.