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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 766
Hads: 2,530
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 232
Gots: 407 | 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: 766 | Hads: 2,530
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark copper color with a big, foamy head. Very clear. Sheets of lacing

S- Wet citrus hops with aromas of grapefruit and lime. Some sweet, darker caramel

T- The flavor is nice and hoppy, with a fresh, bitter flavor covered in caramel that reminds me of biting into a very sweet lime.

M- Medium body with silky smooth carbonation

D- Very good IPA with alot of unique character without being odd, off, or cloying.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above average IPA. Lacking special character in any department but well-rounded in it's character. Doesn't quite do it for a hophead. Sprucy and grassy with some bitter citrus to back it up. Mouthfeel was too dry, crispy and even a little foamy. If the mouthfeel was a little better I might find this one more appealing.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of jhoban19
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence; medium amber with a light to little head.
Smell; a large citrus/ piney nose, balanced with a malty background.
Taste; expecting some big bursting taste with that nose, but hit's with a medium punch, and finishes with lingering hop's, almost drying out your mouth.
Mouthfeel; a very balanced and tasty brew, reminds me of the better NorCal IPA's.
Drinkability; I would love to go into every detail about this beer, but really can't, I have nothing more to say but that it's just a solid beer that taste great. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked a sixer of this up while in Dallas recently and I finally get a chance to crack one...

This is perhaps the clearest beer ever.... Its like amber water with a rich foamy head on top... Very very attractive...

Very pungent aromas of citrusy and piney hops ooze off of this... You can almost see the aromas if that makes sense...a full-on hop assault all the way..

Very hoppy citrusy piney flavors that are surprisingly balanced with a bold maltiness... Piney and citrusy and zingy, this is a dang nice little brew...

I really really enjoyed this brew a lot... Wish I could access this here but I will have to make due with the rmaining 5...

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops with caramel malt

T - Has a nicely balanced taste between the citrus hops and caramel flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit its a well made well balanced IPA not just a hop bomb worth trying sometime

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Photo of biggred1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a thin white head. The head leaves some good lacing down the glass.

S: There is a big citrus, pine hop aroma with some sweet caramel malt aromas.

T: A nice pine, citrus, and noble hop flavor that coats the tongue. The malts are overpowered by the hop flavor, but it is not a problem since the hop flavor is very good. The finish starts bitter and then mellows out leaving a fresh, almost menthol, feel. It's definitely interesting.

M: Mouthfeel is a little bit on the syrupy side with some spiciness but could maybe use a little more carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer. Good hop flavor and easy drinking, a good combination for a session beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

... got this as an extra a while back... shared with Steven..

Poured into my small La Trappe glass.. great 1" white head atop a hazy orange/copper brew... good leopard spot lace.

Nose is pretty piney with a fair amount of caramel sweetness.. smells pretty fresh..

Flavor has a nice bitter backbone that flows into some pale malt puddles and then a bright citrus hops open up with some minor pine... some yeasty fruitiness is pleasant and reminds me of peach skin... The body is verging on DIPA territory without the expected complexities... this is definitely a big-boned IPA... plenty of maltiness to carry all the hop flavors from front to back ...that means a pretty damn big body too.. the carbonation seems on the light side given the body, but it's not completely out of whack.. the caramel maltiness becomes a bit too much for me toward the end of the glass... pretty oily citrus finish.


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Photo of tipnsip
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-I really don't think you can get any better than this beautiful alure of this gorgeous IPA. It pours a clear, deep golden color with a hint of amber.It boasts a large off white head that has excellent retention and strong, luscious lacing all the way down the glass. It's a looker for sure.

S-Huge aroma of scrumptious pine hops finds it's way to my nose first, then the slight sweetness of both pale and caramel malts come next and quite underneath, but not hidden. The nose also is very floral as well as piney. Very nice. I don't think the aroma could be improved any either. So far this is a winner. Very impressive

T-And the flavor has a HUGE hop character as well. Pine first, then slightly floral and a bit sweet caramel in the finish. Of coarse there is a big, bold bitterness that is very clean and refreshing that makes me want to drink more and more of this wonderful IPA.

M-This had a full, creamy body that coates the mouth well and a wee tad bit of dryness in the finish. Perfect!

D-I could slowly session this all night long and be very happy. Please, if you haden't had this IPA yet, you need to go and find it and buy it. This is what an IPA should be like. It's very rare that I give a perfect score on any given beer, but this one deserves it, for real. Very impressed indeed.

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Photo of fropones
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of EliottJW
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of scifan
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured dark honey-orange color, with 2 finger white head. Smell on this is incredible, big piney, citrusy hops, with sweet carmel malt in there to round it out. I could smell this all day! If it taste half as good as it smells, this will be a winner winner chicken dinner. Taste - when i took the initial sip and this nectar hit my tounge, i thought, wow, this has a really nice sweet carmel malt taste, then i breathed in and the brew washed over my tounge into the back of my throat, i thought, Whoa this is one hoppy beer, and where did all those sweet malts go....oh there they are...barely. When the beer first hit my tounge i really thought this was going to be a bit malt forward, or at the least a pretty well balanced IPA, then it turned into this bitter beast that never let my tounge go! I actually wish there was just a little bit more body to this beer, durin my initial drink i thought it was a tad on the watery side, but i think the bitter hops took control and i soon forgot all about that.

Overall, if you crave, and i mean CRAVE big piney, citrusy hops, like a grapefruit and an orange mated and you sucked on the rind continually....then you need to go out and try this beer, I talk about the hops in this beer as its a bad thing, but actually it is really pretty nice, it has Juuust enough malt in there to keep this thing from ripping your face off!

also....i just noticed I am the 100th review of this beer! It means absolutely nothing, I just thought it was cool...for no reason whatsoever.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear red/brown with copper edges. Poured a 2 finger bubbly tan head with good retention to a rocky cap. Sticky lacing in thick rings.

S: Big floral hops; citrus, pine and grapefruit

T: Grapefruit up front. Pine and slightly sweet caramel malt follow. Light malt sweetness lingers to a bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and coating resiny hops.

D: Very tasty and very easy to drink. A very sessionable AIPA.

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Photo of Wegbier
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this is a proper copper ale with light carbonation and whip cream head, it is a stubborn and strong sticky big head that doesnt give up. the fluffy head sits a half inch above the glass.

grassy piney kiwi hops in the smell, spicy and sweet. a little lightly toasted bread.

piney oranges in the taste, slightly sweetened by the malt, but not actually balanced by it. bitter! almost like the pine cones are still in there with the fresh pine scent.

oily smooth to scratchy bitter

this is a one in a night kind of beer, it might not be so rough on tap. leaves unpleasant lasting bitter.

cool to try but not on my shopping list.

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