Modus Hoperandi - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 766
Hads: 2,534
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 233
Gots: 409 | 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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Photo of raoulduke37
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a Stone IPA glass. Immediately a very nice head was formed atop a dark copper-orange body. Steady stream of bubbles is quite prevalent. Intense hop aroma - freshly cut grass, some lemon zest, and a strong malt body. This one starts off pretty strong on the malt, with the hops kicking in here and there. Taste resembles malt-forward IPA's like Dark Horse or many other homebrews I've tried. A good solid American IPA, in my book.

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Photo of StLThrash
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, golden copper / amber with a one finger head that dissipated to a 1/2 finger throughout. Minimal lacing.

S - Awesome bouquet of smells with this one. Definitely get a nice blend of citrus, pine, and grapefruit.

T & M - This is definitely a beer for hopheads. Very sharp hop flavor that starts out bitter and finishes smooth. Flavors are balanced with nice carbonation.

D - Just under 7% ABV, so this makes a nice session beer.

Nice hoppy, citrusy effort from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of MammothBrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy deep amber/caramel color with an eggshell white head that measures one finger. Sticky lacing and excellent retention!

S: Hoppy, piney, citrusy goodness! Some malt and floral notes in there as well.

T: Hoppy, piney, and grapefruit. Yum.

M: Thinner body with medium carbonation. Pine and grapefruit resin that clings to tongue.

O: I wasn't expecting much from this but turned out to be a pleasant surprise!

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

12 oz. can into Duvel tulip. Marked "Best By 11/2011." Shipped back from trip to Santa Fe.

A: Slightly cloudy, amber; 1/2" beige head that drops quickly and leaves thin, consistent lacing.

S: Sweet caramel; some vanilla & pine.

T: Citrus, then caramel malt, followed by quick emergence of piney bitterness that lingers.

M: Medium body and light carbonation; rich; slightly bitter finish, though neither wet nor dry.

O: A very solid IPA, with full scale hops -- one I wish was distributed in WI.

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

Modus pours a nice orange-red color. Initially almost looked flat, but quickly gained small white bubbles that rise throughout the 30 minutes I drank this brew.

Smell is a little subtle. Carmel and slight grapefruit are present up front. I did not get a smell until I got my nose in the glass.

Taste is very refreshing. I enjoyed this cold and after 20 minutes at room temp. I think it really opened up over time with more pronounced flavored. Orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, and kiwi. Also hints of caramel. Balanced well, but also no explosion that I have come to expect with IPAs.

Nice brew and if I had it as a local brew I would have it in the fridge all the time.

Thanks to azdback for the extra!

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 7/1/09
Ska Brewing Co.
Modus Hoperandi
American IPA
6.8% Abv.
12oz. can into American Ale (not mine) Pint glass


Appearance= regular pour into glass yields a fat 1 finger head. Deep menacing looking beer. Not black, not brown deep, but a deep orange redish beer. Nice lacing.

Smell= Hops! Yay! Grass, a little citrus. Lovin it!

Taste= Awesome! Excellent hoppy IPA. Almost perfect IPA.

Mouthfeel= Nice slick, thin mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.

Drinkability= High. Quite the hoppy quaffer, yet not over the top. Super enjoyable beer in a can, @ a decent price, it's hard to beat this IPA. Holla!

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my favorite IPA's and since it is now available in cans, it will be a great pool beer for the summer. It pours a great amber color that is a bit darker than other IPA's, with a frothy white head. Strong aromas of citrus, banana and fresh pine. the palate was big, bold and kinda oily, with great pine flavors complimenting the citurs.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper/orange color with one finger of frothy cream colored foam. Decent retention as the head slowly dropped to half of its original thickness leaving a nice solid ring of lacing around the glass - the bubbles are rising steadily from the bottom. Smells of a mixture of sweet fruits and resinous pine all balanced out by a subtle caramel hint that's just barely showing through. I'm getting a sweet flavor bump up front overwhelmed by an earthy pine bitterness that takes over the palate at the end (in a very good way) - not a whole lot of malt in the taste. The mouthfeel is very refreshing upfront with a perfect amount of carbonation for this beer then leaves the back of my mouth sticky and wanting another drink - not sure if its the bitterness of the hops or the alcohol that cause a slight burn. I love this beer and drink it quite often just never got around to reviewing. Ska has excellent offerings and I recommend getting a hold of there beers.


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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Modus Hoperandi – IPA (6.8%) - Ska Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Beer pours a crystal clear medium to deep amber with an OK one finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a lot of sticky lacing around the glass. Head is almost completely gone. But there are still enough bubbles left on top to make it a decent looking beer.

Smell: Piney/citrus hops characteristics strong with a nice, almost smokey malt backbone that really compliment one another. Twinges of caramel commingle with assertive hops very well. Slight hints of chocolate and phenols/alcoholic heat. Smells a little of decay in a pleasant way.

Taste: Surprisingly chocolate like on the foretaste with some creamy caramel sweetness well suited to balance the pronounced hops character. Bitterness comes on slowly after the swallow, with the hops true flavors rearing near the end with hints of mold, earth, and dry clay. Cannabis like skunkiness from hops flowers into bright and bitter piney character well after the swallow. Seems more like a well balanced pale ale to me, with the American hops character being the only thing that would define it as “India” (The irony isn't lost on me)

Mouth: A little light bodied for my tastes. A little hot. Combatively hoppy on the end, but not overwhelming of the residual sweetness. Carb is pretty soft at this point, but the beer has been agitated quite a bit.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 2/5/14.

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Photo of imagese
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy dark gold with a one finger head that faded fast and had decent lacing

S- incredible pine aroma followed by a nice citrus hop and sweet malt push

T- very piney splash with a great balanced sweet back end. Very crisp

M- medium body with moderate carbonation. The pine resin coats the tongue

D- solid IPA. Always love it when I can get it!

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Photo of aglose45
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pokesbeerdude for this as an extra!

A: Pours a clear dark golden brown, with a ruby hue. Nice fluffy head at first, that subsides a few minutes later and leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Some sticky lacing left on the glass.

S. Smells of white grapefruit, lemon rinds and pine. This is nice and hoppy. There is a nice malty presence in the back, maybe a bit too much for me.

T: Nice and bitter. The taste mirrors the nose. The fruit accents from the hops are nice and tart! The malty backbone is sweeter than the nose led on. Again, maybe a bit too much for me.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium stickiness left in the mouth from the hops. Gets a bit watery as I move through the beer. Average.

D: This is a good beer. While I had a dig at the level of malt presence, I still am enjoying this beer.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5


Ska Brew. Co

Modus Hoperandi

L= 4.0 average white medium sustaining head

S= 4.0 decent nose of Grapefruit and light pine

T= 4.0 Light sweet malt backing with grapefruit and pine upfront.

F= 3.5 Good feel

D= 4.5 It comes in a can! Whats not to love about this beer. You can take it everywhere and it taste great. I cant imagine going camping without this one. Good beer

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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #14
12oz can into pint glass.
Best-By Date smudged, though likely fresh considering I'm in CO.

A - Pours slightly hazy copper-amber in color. Thin off-white head that disappears quickly. Clings to the glass nicely.

S - Aroma is dominated by pine and grapefruit hops. Slight sweetness evident from the malt.

T - Grapefruit and pine resin, balances fairly nicely with the biscuit/caramel malts.

M - Crisp finish with medium carbonation.

O - Pretty solid IPA. Will likely be one of my go-to beers while in Colorado for the summer.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange-Amber color. 1 finger of white fluffy head.

Aroma is of concentrated pine, resin, and hop florelness.

Taste starts with a little citrus and bitter red cherry juice. This is very brief and transitions into a harsh pine slap. Big resinous beer. The finale is bitterness. This bitterness finishes into the aftertaste. This bitterness lingers and coats the palate.

Overall, this is not my type of beer. I love IPA's, but I prefer the more citrusy IPA's. This is both harsh and one noted: pine and bitterness. I would pair this with sweet chile glazed fried coconut crusted shrimp. It gets a 81.5/100.

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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 AylwinForbes
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer gives the lie to the perception that cans are somehow inferior to bottles (though there is probably no substance to this). Having previously tried the ESB (okay) the Modus is a step up. Presents a considerable dense head in the glass which dissipates over time; the color is quite dark, almost chestnut. Aroma is good, fairly piney citrus. Palate shows strong bitter taste, quite dry, bit of maltiness (compares with Hop Devil), good mouthfeel. Top class.

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Photo of Koufax21
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. It pours a nice deep copper color with an 1" of rich, thick off white head. Nice lacing on this one. The smell is really good. Big citrus and pine. Caramel malt is light on the nose. Taste... Wow. This is one of my favorite year round, any day, anytime beers. Massive hop flavor. Citrus, pine, and well balance with a solid malt profile. Great carbonation and a medium bodied IPA at 6%. So drinkable it's scary. I can't believe it's taken me this long to review this gem.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper amber with about a finger off white head that settled to cap and left decent lacing.

The dominant smell is pine, then citrus. Also some grassy but mostly pine.

The taste is heavy on the pine as well, and very bitter. One dimensional in that the bitter pine taste overwhelms anything else trying to come through.

Light to medium body with good carbination

Overall I enjoyed this one as a change but can't get by the dominant pine taste to have regular.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a duvel tulip. Pours an amber orange with a light tan/off white 2 finger head that shrinks to a pinkey and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is strong pine. There's something sweet there too. Taste is very bitter. Pine resin, grapefruit, and sweet caramel. Thin mouthfeel but the bitterness hangs on the back of the mouth. Not too bad and pretty sessionable.

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Photo of KingRascal
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep red amber/bronze with a thick and foamy off-white head

Aroma: Smooth floral hop scent, very citrusy

Taste: Bold and robust hop flavor, very floral, with a smooth and pleasant aftertaste

Feel: Thick and frothy with an imprint left on the tongue

Overall: A very tasty and rich IPA that goes down smooth

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber / copper color that is cloudy. Two finger frothy head that is sticky.

S: Strong floral and citrus and slight pine aromas.

T: Slight orange citrus sweetness on the front followed by sharp bitterness. Spicy, piney resinous hops cloak your tongue, and a bit of malt, biscuit, and caramel flavors seep in, but that bitterness clings to your taste buds.

M: A full bodied beer that dries the tongue due to the oily hop resin. Relief does come from the caramel malts which slightly diminishes the bitterness. Gentle carbonation and warm finish on the throat.

O: A staple of hop bomb canned beers. Even with it's huge hop bitterness, the flavor and mouthfeel isn't astringent or harsh. The caramel flavors stick around on the tongue and blend with the resin, but the drying effect is a bit much.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a beer snifter glass. A beautiful orange copper color with a creamy off-white head.
Aroma is of wonderful hops with pine, grapefruit, orange zest, tropical fruits, and caramel sweetness.
Taste is just as the smell... huge bitter hops with pine grapefruit and tropical flavors... a light sweet caramel taste from the malt is present as well... very well balanced in my opinion.
I was happy to have discovered this... it is one of my favorite IPA's now. Definitely one i will get often.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, this is the beer that is always in my fridge.

The color is a darker amber shade. Nice 1.5 finger head that sticks around for a bit.

The nose is nice. I think that it has a nic mix of floral notes as well as some sweeter citric layers. (Grapefruit)

Very citric and bitter but an amazing flavor profile!!! Nice crisp finish.

This is the beer I've looked for. For an IPA it's exactly what I enjoy. Also it comes in cans so it's easy to take with you wherever.

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Photo of CMB2012
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with a best by date of 08/20-something (last number is smudged, as are most on these cans - really hope Ska finds a better system for the application of dates on their cans, still I appreciate the effort). Poured into a pint.

A- Pours with a nice clean amber center, has an almost gold hue around the edges. Without much effort I get a robust, 2 finger, off white head. The cap seems to want to stay around, depressing in small pockets which produce a nice cloud/pillow effect. Eventually it gives in and recedes, leaving some lacing.

S- Fresh hops, as if I just rubbed a couple between my fingers. There is some sweet caramel malt in the background with toffee notes, preventing the beer from being too one sided. The smell is more British than West Coast, and without a hop encyclopedia on hand I am guessing there are some Fuggles in here. Very pleasant, not overwhelming.

T- Caramel and toffee covered hops, pine more so than citrus. Some nut flavors too- pine nuts and almond slivers. There is a little alcohol in the end, but mostly unnoticeable and not unwelcome. The hops are strong, but the malt is there as well. There is some bitterness, but it's tasteful, not astringent. Hop forward? Yes. Hoppy alcohol water? No.

M- Sticky resin, slightly chewy, and an overall smooth experience. The carbonation is right on for my likes. Not too intense, which the amount of head would suggest. Lots of tiny bubbles that make for a creamy mouth and swallow, very little roughness.

This is one of my favorite IPAs, and definitely in my top 50 overall. From my experience it's consistent and consistently delicious. It's not a hop bomb West Coast IPA, it's a well balanced India Pale Ale that I can drink all night.

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

By far my favorite beer. This beer introduced me to IPA's and I have yet to find one that I enjoy as much as this one. Great copper color and for me, the perfect aroma and taste.

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