Modus Hoperandi
Ska Brewing Co.

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Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
American IPA
Ranked #397
Ranked #6,138
4.1 | pDev: 10.24%
Jan 31, 2023
Mar 03, 2009
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Notes: An American-style India Pale Ale with a deep golden-orange color. Bitter and hoppy, with a surprisingly smooth finish.

Hops: Centennial, Columbus, Cascade
88 IBU
18 SRM
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Rated: 4.37 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Jan 31, 2023
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Slightly hazy copper/amber color with a substantial and lasting white head and some nice lacing. The aroma is citrus, caramel malt and pine resin.
The taste is caramel malt, grapefruit, tangerine, pine. The finish is dry with a lingering pine resin and some herbal notes.
The body is medium, moderate carbonation, very easy drinking.
Altogether, this is a very nice example of west coast style IPA, well balanced, tasty and enjoyable, makes you want more.
Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sep. 2011: 355 ml can, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is not mentioned on the can. Amber colour, large to moderate lasting white head. Lovely aroma of American hops, notes of citrus fruits, tropical fruits and spruce. Medium body. The flavour has moderate notes of grapefruit and spruce / pine, not extreme in any way. Very enjoyable.
Aug 29, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by DrBass from Maryland

Aug 16, 2022
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can, served in a tulip glass. Date stamp B4 5865. Best Before Date: 11/01/2022 12:03.

Appearance: Hazy dark amber color, with a thin off-white head, with lots of fine strands and islands of lacing.

Smell: Faint pine and grapefruit. Surprisingly not very aromatic.

Taste: Pine and grapefruit, with a sharply bitter finish. Some underlying bready malt with a little bit of toasty notes and some roasted malt bitterness as well for balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, light carbonation, a little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable - I could easily have had a 16oz of this and not even batted an eye at it as it went down quick. It's very much an old-school west-cost style AIPA with the pine and grapefruit notes, with more pine and bitterness than anything else. Went well with Chilaquiles for dinner, and likely would go well with a few other dishes as well. It's more than the sum of its parts as each component isn't that amazing (other than the dark color), but together it works well.
Aug 16, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by zotzot from Vermont

Feb 28, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by Slyde180 from Texas

Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Scrappy notes from 2015. 6 pack of 12 ounce cans. **Also just had this on tap as of 11/24/22.
Excellent! Pours almost transparent amber w a slightly soapy white head that has good retention. Smell is orange, pine, malts. Wet and crunchy with a sharp bitter hop bite. Slightly tropical or rather more citrusy and zesty. Light malts are there. Soft mouthfeel. Smooth and medium bodied. Bold, bitter pine resin and citrus zest all the way through the finish which lingers. This is an outstanding beer for sure.
Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 3.54 by KT3418 from Colorado

Aug 26, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Jul 04, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by simonrgilbert57 from California

Jul 01, 2021
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Rated by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One of my all time favorites; great west coast style IPA!
Jun 27, 2021
Rated: 3.91 by joran from Kansas

Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4 by Daniel_Mott from Sweden

Mar 30, 2021
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
look: big off white rocky head with very good retention, beer is a dark amber to copper colour in the glass, lightly hazy but pretty clear, slow moving carbonation within the beer.

smell: not too impressive an aroma but not unpleasant, biscuit and caramel, lot of orange and grapefruit, resin, pine, floral.

taste: nice enough but not remarkable, light biscuit and caramel, orange and orange pith, pink grapefruit, seriously bitter, nicely sweet, floral, lingering bitterness and sweet fruit flavours linger on the finish.

feel: medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, a tonne of lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, very drinkable.

overall: i suspect age may have gotten the better of this can, not bad none the less, would like to try fresh or fresher at least
Feb 27, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by summitsippin from Colorado

Feb 18, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Feb 11, 2021
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Rated by Paradox1000 from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Excellent west coast style IPA!
Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 3.7 by Chilmer from Iowa

Dec 21, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Draft at Fort Street Station. Clear amber with small creamy head. Malty, piney aroma. Taste is caramel, juniper, woody. Pretty classic IPA style, tasty, smooth.
May 09, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can sent to me from a friend.
BBD is 06/09/20. Served in a nonic pint glass.

Look- Clear dark amber color. Small off-white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap of foam, spotty lacing. Moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Citrus (grapefruit, orange and lemon), caramel malt, resinous pine and floral/spicy notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma. Citrus, big malt and pine, lingering aggresive hoppy bitter finish. Nicely balanced.

Feel- Medium bodied, dry side and fairly crisp. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- A typical west coast style Big C hop bomb. I don't get all the hype as beers like this are frequent up here in the PacNW.
Mar 03, 2020
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
BB 01.05.20. consumed 02.06.20.

A: A caramel-ruby coloring is highlighted by back-lighting, a fair dense nature, is quite lovely and bright. A khaki toned, frumpy head is one plus inches and strong on the hold accompanied by an equally impressive strong sheet lacing all the way down the glass wall. Carbonation detection is very faint, but overall a good old school caramel based ipa showing.

S: Slight touch of sweet caramel grains, toasty, along with wet citrus. Some pine but the awareness was very light to me, perhaps due to consumption vs bb date?

T: Sweet caramelized grains, toasty as with the nose meets brisk, citrusy hops. Piney-grapefruit, tart lemon shows some old school nature but is more flavor focused then bittering. Semi-bitter, and very well balanced with the sweet malt base. Leaves with a light grainy and flowery coating behind.

M: Slightly sticky hop resins, a very good fullness, has flashes of sugary grainy feel and malt presence. A low carbonation awareness with an overall very comfortable full feel.

O: The hops are well played here, slightly more focused based, with a good sweet caramel malt base for balance makes for a very smooth drinking experience. Balance is the key here, sweet and toasty caramel, hints of wet citrus and a slight balance of tart grapefruit hops mends well together. High rate of drinkability will make this go down effortlessly, seriously, you want more then one at hand. While the nose may have suffered past its prime, the flavor held up nicely and still made this a must have.
Feb 19, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a glass here in OKC. Lots and lots and lots of hops. Some dank herbal notes, but also some slight spices and copper. Fairly dry. Full mouthfeel.
Oct 13, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Oct 11, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by drh88 from Pennsylvania

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by Sayb from Arizona

Sep 13, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by clager from Michigan

Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by n2492004 from Michigan

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 4.81 by Acrtcr from Colorado

May 26, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by BradyRivers from Washington

May 23, 2019
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Hazy amber/red color, one finger white head, ok lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Hops, malts.

T: Hoppy, malty, bitter. Really nice!

F: Medium bodied, plenty of flavor.

O: A superb straightforward, no-bullshit IPA.
May 12, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Curt3 from New Jersey

May 08, 2019
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