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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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2,360 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,360
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 220
Gots: 319 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009

65 IBU
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Ratings: 2,360 | Reviews: 759
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.33/5  rDev -19%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of withliterature
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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4.84/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SpruceFish
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have had this beer on tap, in the bottle, and in the can my favorite being on tap but the other 2 are still pretty good

A- dark cloudy amber color what ad IPA should look like

S- lots of fresh hops and some pine the freshness really come out when drink it from the tap

T- great fresh hop taste some citrus and grapefruitty taste and some good pine floating around in there

M- good level of carbonation medium body

D- great smooth drinkability i could well i have sat down and drank a few of these

notes: ska is the biggest brewery in durango and till now i have not been to impressed with their beers yet this one really raises the bar in my opinion its not the greatest IPA but its a real solid beer the cans are great if you are going hiking or some thing and want a tasty beer in an interesting place

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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A good lookin copper/amber color with a nice tan head that rests up top. Thick lacing clings to the glass.

S: Hops. Hops. Hops. Did I put enough emphasis on the hops? There's some malts (caramel?) and citrus scents lingering, but the hops bring the party.

T: From the scent I expected a total explosion of hops and ridiculous amount IBUs, but I couldn't be more wrong. Crisp with a hop attack that's easy on the palate and brings out the best of the floral hops/piney aroma.

M: Medium body with a clean/fresh aftertaste.

D: Great summertime canned beer. Not too light, not too heavy. A fully drinkable brew that hop heads can enjoy an entire 6-pack of.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Flying Saucer Charlotte.
A: A darker gold than a typical American IPA , the can keeps the color quite well.

S: Wonderful fresh hop aroma , alot of citrus and a good choice of malt in this brew.

T: Really liked the smooth taste , the hops are not overwhelming and ejoyed the freshness of this Colorado beer.

M: A medium body and a nice after taste. The bitterness is well presented with alot going on.

O: I liked this beer , probably my second Americam IPA in a can and other craft beers should take note. Nothing wrong with a nice craft beer in a can.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this so i figured St Pats day was a good day.

A orangeish amber with a finger of bubbly thick head. Nice lacing around the glass.

S Hops are the keynote speaker of this brew. Sweet malty and hoppy. What more could you ask for.

T hop bomb up in heeeyaaa

M nice and thick. just the way i like my ipa's. allot are thin and dissapate quick. not this one.

O - This i believe has a chance to become the new fave ipa of mine. it hits on all cylinders IMO. IPA's from a can? Yes please.

oh and did i mention the artwork on the can is awesome as well.

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass with very little head. Color is a red amber and the smell is not very prominent. Taste is citrus and light, feel is very smooth and drinkable. For a 6.8% this is very drinkable and good. I could drink several of these with ease.

Best by 4/8/15

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4.44/5  rDev +8%

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,360 ratings.