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Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

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768 Reviews
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Reviews: 768
Hads: 2,561
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 240
Gots: 419 | 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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 03-03-2009

65 IBU
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Reviews: 768 | Hads: 2,561
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Greg for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a solid coppper amber color with very good head retention and impressive, lingering lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, and is fairly sweet and very perfumy, with almost a rose petal like bitternes coupled with a wheatberry aroma. Very, very nice. Flavors replicate the nose in this surprisingly sweet IPA. This has to be one of the sweeter IPA's I've ever tried, but the hoppy bitterness in the finish counters that sweetness very nicely. Also, the alcohol doesn't come through too much, which enhances this beer's drinkability. Ultimately, I'm really impressed by the spicey, hoppy bitterness on the finish, which keeps the sweetness in check with this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I guess, but the beer finishes well with a fairly crisp and refreshing finish. Drinkability is quite good, despite the level of sweetness I get in this beer.

Interesting stuff, and quite unlike most IPA's I've had on the East and West Coast. Not going to make me trade this in for Sculpin any time soon, but this is a solid IPA.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber color with lighter golden orange edges when held to anlight source and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing left behnd.

Dank earhy hop aroma with hintsnr pine needle and slight citrus fruit. There is also a decent caramel and biscui maln presence onthe jos which is slightly toasty but this beer's aroma is all about the fresh piney hops.

Slghtly chewy medium body with a very fresh and dry hop resence that lingers throughout over the malt backbone into a long dry finish. Very dry and piney with subtle citrus peel balanced by slightly toasty caramel malts. Pretty quaffable but really dry.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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).

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.55/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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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 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 Beerandraiderfan
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a nonic. Thank you yet again, Beerwolf!

(A)- Pours a caramel amber color that produced a decent off-white yellow/tan colored head that dissipated eventually. Plenty of lacing involved.

(S)- Dry piney citrus of lemon and pineapple with a subtle caramel sweetness.

(T)- A good combo of minimal sweet caramel-like malts with dry piney citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Smooth malts and dry piney hops. A present bitterness.

(D)- A good IPA, nothing extraordinary or unique, but definitely works for a hop fix. A no-nonsense beer easy to drink and enjoy when looking for the style its in.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brillianty clear deep copper color, with a solid half inch cream head that lingers. Leaves light lacing as it dissipates.

Aroma is a fruit salad of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and apricot, backed by pine and resiny dankness, with fresh cut grass, cat pee, and a bit of skunky cannabis. Yum! Caramel, bready malt is secondary.

Flavor is instantly bitter, with more subdued citrus character than in the aroma. Bready malt, slightly toasted, supports the hops throughout. The grapefruit and orange rind character break up the bitterness mid palate, but resin and pine usher it right back in, until the peppery finish. Floral hops and onion surface as it warms.

Body is moderate to heavy, with moderate carbonation and a bit if hop derived astringency, ending with slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, the flavor was far more bitter than the aroma alluded to. Expected a little more flavor hop complexity. But a great ipa, especially for those who favor bittering hops.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.