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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,111 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 208
Gots: 233 | 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:
65 IBU

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009)
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Photo of keithricker
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been getting this by the can ever since it arrived in town.

Pours a beautiful copper, with lacing that clings nicely to the glass. Nice aroma of citrus hop; mostly of the typical grapefruit variety.

This is really a nice surprise. Has a mild west coast vibe to the flavor with pink grapefruit, pineapple and some resin. Starts out with a nice bitter hoppy sting, which quickly subsides in to a very clean, bright and citrusy/sweet aftertaste. Hops are present but not overpowering. Mildly sweet malt is also there but doesn't try to steel the show. What a great session IPA. These are like potato chips, and I just want to eat the whole bag at once.

This one deserves a lot more attention than it gets, and I am predicting that it will be talked about quite a bit as more people get a chance to try it. I'm giving this one extra points for coming in a can, but I'm also docking it points for being so good I can't stop drinking them. Highly recommended.

keithricker, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of mdbilkey
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

mdbilkey, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of BPJH
4/5  rDev -2.9%

BPJH, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Kasper1511
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Kasper1511, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of peacefrog70
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

peacefrog70, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of beers-r-us
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

beers-r-us, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of anthonymingo
4/5  rDev -2.9%

anthonymingo, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of jmoses11
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

jmoses11, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Beasticles
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a pint glass. Light amber with a 2 finger tan head. Not just a ton of aroma when poured into a glass, surprisingly.

This little dude is a hop head's best friend. Strong bitter hops with the slightest hint of grapefruit at the end. Not incredibly balanced (favors the bitter side), but not overpowering as some IPA's can be. The flavors linger on the tongue well after the brew is down the tube. All in all, an enjoyable IPA, not for the newcomer or the faint of heart. Plus it comes in a can, which it kinda bitchin.

Beasticles, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of mrjoshuac
4/5  rDev -2.9%

mrjoshuac, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Leftbob
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once over the can presentation which I admit should not be limiting this is a VERY nice IPA

While appearance is a function of handling it pours well and is well behaved poured into a tilted pint but responds well to a vertical pour with a nice head on a clear dark amber body.

The beer laces well (not that I have the slightest idea of why this is important other than being visually interesting) and has a strong pine scent with a citrus (grapefruit ) finish to its aroma.

The taste mirrors aroma with a stronger bitter base which is a good thing.

All in all a VERY drinkable IPA. Its a nice balance of tart and bitter which for me makes for an IPA that one can ask for another pour...

Leftbob, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of JasonLRose
1/5  rDev -75.7%

JasonLRose, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Toynk
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Toynk, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of mcfisty
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the really appealing looking 12oz can.

Ap= Amber color with nice clarity, and and three finger off white head

Ar= Smells fantastic, Pine and grapefruit peel. Dominated by pine though. This is how American IPAs should smell imho.

F= Flavor follows the nose but with a very pleasant burnt sugar edge to round out the hops. Bitterness way out in front, I love it.

M/D= I would say that this is fairly medium bodied the bitterness does alot for the mouthfeel, but stays pretty easy to drink.

Phenomenal beer all around!!

mcfisty, May 06, 2010
Photo of swillis4035
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

swillis4035, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of buckeye16
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

buckeye16, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of tipnsip
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

tipnsip, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of irespectbeer
3.75/5  rDev -9%

irespectbeer, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

brethartt, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of YeastWrangler88
3.38/5  rDev -18%
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.

YeastWrangler88, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Stoutamus-Maximus
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Stoutamus-Maximus, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of TIMMYJ21
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange light amber, very nice head with a good amount of lace, very wonderful lookin brew

S-strong pine, citrus, hops really overpower in the one, malt also in the mix on this one

T-Sweet with fruity, earthy hops. good amount bitterness that goes away fairly quick. Malt backbone after.

O- This really is my go to disc golf brew and other events, whenever i can get some from some awesome BA, one of the best IPA in a can

TIMMYJ21, May 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

smallz0307, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

googam, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of HalfNelson
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A deep dark sunburst orange with a nice blonde two finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice thick lacing throughout

S: Very pleasant a lot of floral and fruity hops and good whiff of pine that comes through.

T: You get hit with an awesome rush of floral hops with great piney hops coming through saying hello. Then like waves in the ocean you get hit immediately right after with the delicious piney hops. Finishes very clean and leaves you wanting more.

M: very smooth and creamy almost silky.

O: I love this beer definitely one of my go to IPAs

HalfNelson, Jun 06, 2013
Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.