Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 756
Hads: 2,480
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 231
Gots: 385 | FT: 7
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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: 756 | Hads: 2,480
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, dark, slightly hazed, copper-amber coloring with a frothy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas are super-resinous, with a blast of pine pitch and tropical fruit notes. Wow. Some caramel notes and pepper spice in the background, too. Smells great. Flavors are very balanced, with a solid does of pineapple and mango on the forward tongue, and just enough resin and bitter hops to balance it perfectly. Spicy notes here and there, with subtle caramel notes ribboning in the backbone, as well. Amazingly balanced IPA, and very drinkable. The body is smooth and robust, but it finishes very light, dry, and slightly astringent. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink. Hop-heavy, fruity aftertaste, with a building bitterness. This is a great beer. (807 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep orange body with a thick creamy light tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets and is supported by a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- This beer has a big green dark earthy hop smell.

T- The taste of resin hops are green and earthy with a pine needle hop finish. The finish has a very soft bitterness that increases only slightly as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat which enhances the hops.

D- This beer has a big solid hop flavor with some good depth and they are pretty dark compared to bright citrusy IPAs. The malt was buried underneath but the hops didn't have a big bitterness that needed some balance. (741 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a74gent for this 12 oz can.

A: The can opens with a small pop. Poured into my tumbler, 2/3rd of the can leads to an overflow. After cleaning up the mess, I poured the rest out. As the full head receded, continents of lace stayed behind. An amber hued ale lingers under the impressive head.

S: The nose is wicked strong with resiny pine hops. Fragrant lavender and herbs follow in short order. The astringency is unmistakeable, bitter and all.

T: Floral, herbal, piney, stinky. The IPA doesn't shy away from its leafy aspects. Citrus, pine and dandelion are strong, supported by plenty of flowers and grass. The bitterness is dank, leafy and green. There's no sense in mentioning pale malts, no need to discuss such a small factor. Come for the hops and stay for the hops. A great hop profile squeezed into this can.

M: Oily, resiny hops, floral and full, coat the tastebuds with every sip. The flowery bitterness sticks around for a long time.

D: I thumbed my nose at Ska until I cracked the tab on this can. A serious IPA that packs a strong punch. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Poured aggressivly a very nice slight hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, very slight malt notes, citrus and pines. The taste is a hop bomb, slight malty notes, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice and bitter/hoppy. Very drinkable, this one really surprised the shit out of me, highly recommend, thanks Billy Boy, lol (486 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/28/11
*From notes

-- boatshoes, you're the man for supplyin' this one --

A: A firm pour yields a big and dense three finger white head. Nice lacing and retention. The hue of the beer is a clean reddish-amber.

S: Resinous. Concentrated pine attacks the nose. No real fruit here.

T: Quite similar. Lots of pine oil - it pricks the tongue and really makes for a full palate assault.

M: This is a pretty full bodied IPA. It's got plenty of creamy carbonation and texture.

O: Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperandi has been a longtime want, so you can understand my excitement to see this extra peering out from my trade box. It may not beer the beer I wanted it to be (floral, tropical fruity hops), but it ain't half bad and would certainly fill my daily hop fix, given I was in it's distro window. (835 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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! (494 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

4.5/4/4/3.5/3.5 (914 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange/gold color; very small head that falls almost instantaneously; patchy lace. A little odd-looking. Nose is balanced between sweet caramel malt and piney, spicy, resiny hop notes.

The taste is a bit more hop forward than the nose, with strong bitterness, lots of pine, resin, and citrus notes, and a nice caramel malt backbone with restrained but present sweetness. Semi-dry finish with both lingering bitterness and a touch of sweetness.

Medium full-bodied with moderately low carbonation; very smooth, creamy, and satisfying mouthfeel. Another excellent IPA in a can! (586 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness level. Tastes of strong floral hops, sweet malt, strong dark citrus, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, a good body, blend, and appearance. (423 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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). (666 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit on the hoppy side, considerably bitter, not much else. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth. Overall not a bad beer, but I feel it could use a little more balance. (359 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (553 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a bright orange gold with a 2 finger and growing head of foam. Lots of bubbles doing their thing.

The smell is a delicate mix of grapefruit, pine, and malt. I was hoping for a bolder nose but this will work.

The taste is nicely bitter with the grapefruit up front and being supported by some pine and a bit of malt sweetness mid palate that fades near the finish. The finish itself returns to a big juicy hop bitterness that makes me crave for another sip.

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is also medium. The foam lasted forever and the lacing was impressive.

Drinkability? Tasty, easy drinking, and the abv doesn't get in your way....darn good. Oh, and I was thrilled to see this in cans. I'm glad I bought some. (742 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This, bar none, is the greatest beer ever placed into a can. Deeelicious.

Looks like your typical good beer. But seriously, I wouldn't even pour this out, drinking it straight out of the can is half the experience. So delicious, piney aromatic hops, but yet, somehow the massive hop quotient is not matched by a similar bitterness quality.

You could drink this beer all day. Maintains consistency throughout the serving size, maintains the deliciousness beer after beer. This beer might as well be called ruination too, because all hoppy beers falter after this bomb drops on your palate. (590 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very bright orange peeko amber color. Clear color, but has a lot of suspended particles just sort of hanging out. Lacking in head and foam or stickage for an IPA. Very sunny smelling IPA. Citrus meets some ambery cereal grains. Maybe just a sprinkle of powdered caramel on some fresh cut orange peels. Maybe some pine tar and tobacco as well. Needs a little more malt to achieve a closer balance of flavor. The palate is pretty bitter and lacking some malt to tone down some of the hops bitterness. like the oily texture though. This is a great session beer for a hop head. (573 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Petrol Station. Amazingly, this looks identical to the Saint Arnolds Spring Bock I finished directly before ordering this, clear copper with a thin head. Actually this IPA has more lacing, other than that it looks really similar. The aroma is NICE, so strong with various hops notes that I'd take this for a DIPA. My nose reports pine resin, all kinds of citrus fruit (mainly grapefruit but also orange and/or apricots), maybe some grassiness too. All of this comes through in the taste, along with a strong malt base, enough sweet caramel counterplay to again make a case for this being a DIPA. The bitterness in the aftertaste is lower than that point which I'd consider objectionable, just excellent flavor all the way through. This is easily my favorite from Ska, I'll make a point of picking up bottles or cans when I see them. (842 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer is a super dark orange that is slightly clear. The head is off white, pretty light looking. It rises about a finger is gone quickly leaving a very thin head. Lacing is pretty good.

The aroma is strong and complex. It starts off with a little citrus in the grapefruit variety then it finishes a very strong fresh hoppiness. Bitterness is there buts its more of dry hopped fresh in your hand hoppiness.

The taste is super hoppy, almost a little to bitter for my liking, plus it dominates from start to finish with little complexity. There is some definite pine.

The feel is a little watery, but has a very dry bitter finish. (690 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Cheers,

The cpj (292 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, mixed 12pack from Binny's in Schaumburg

appearance: sharp green can, served in a great dane imperial pint, bright amber-copper body, huge sticky off-white foam with strong retention

smell: pulpy grapefruit, bitter citrus rind, orange/tangerine, sweet malt

taste: Hops in a can - a wonderful thing. High bitterness levels, grapefruit and citrus rind, sticky hops, sweet caramel. Pretty strong IPA and probably the best i've seen in a can

mouthfeel: oily and sticky, medium body

drinkability: pretty good, bitterness levels a little high (550 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into DFH signature glass - best by 3/11/11

Pours a hazed copper orange with some darker hues. Smaller white head fades quickly into spotty film with rings and patches of lacing on the glass.

A thick dose of sweeter malt in the nose quickly followed by some pine hops.

Slightly sweet up front, touches of caramel and slightly roasted malt. Grapefruit hop bitterness with ruby red juiciness and blood orange. Doughy malt, slightly syrupy with honey. Bittersweet hoppiness towards the finish.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a little dry and slightly chewy. Pretty quick, smooth drinking but I would have liked to see more hop profile and less malted sweetness. (683 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a recent thread, multiple people professed their love for this IPA over Two Hearted. Crazy talk, I thought, but I had to find out for myself. Thanks to ry726, I get that chance. Best by 22 Sept

The pour is shiny copper in color with a dense off-white head with fantastic retention and lacing. Great clarity.
The nose really reminds me of Nugget Nectar (which can only be a good thing) Big pine hop character with some citrus. Bitter orange peel is quite prominent, and there's a delicate fruity and floral character as well. Mild caramel character is present as well. The palate opens big and bitter with a grapefruit and orange zest bitterness up front. Hop flavor is moderate, with some pine and more grapefruit. Malt character is light but noticeable, with some caramel. Drying and bitter on the finish with a great grapefruit character, this is great on the palate. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this feels really soft and smooth on the palate. Thoroughly drinkable, and for the price ($8/6-pack?), it's tough to beat. (1,044 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Best By 04/07/11.

My goal is not to tick every beer I can get my hands on, it's to tick every beer Beerwolf77 can get HIS hands on. Thanks Todd!

A - Slightly hazy dirty apricot orange in color, Modus is topped by a delightful cream head with good retention and massive sticky webbing in collars all down the pint.

S - Pine and spruce notes from the hops liven up the not overly hoppy nose. Caramel and pale malts provide a good backbone to balance the hops. The aroma is a bit mellow overall though.

T - Smooth caramel and pale malts provide, once again, a good balance to the hop profile that's much more forward in the flavor. Pine notes again but it's strong with a woodsy, citrus flavor.

M - A well-balanced bitter finish puts the kabash on this medium-bodied, lively carbonated IPA.

D - The aroma's faint quality is expanded upon in flavor and a nice hop bitterness gives the finish a lightly dry, refreshing quality that opens this beer up to be a fairly sessionable IPA if not for the slightly higher ABV. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fun sample from my friends George & Dale, this one shows a clear copper color with a goodly off-white head and decent dashes of lace. The aroma is piny hops and grainy malt, very pleasant. The taste brings beautiful piny hops and grassy highlights with a subtle caramel malt. The feel is a tad tangy with orange citrus in a solidly mid bodied brew. A delicious IPA in a can with solid carbonation and highly drinkable! (426 characters)

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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