Modus Hoperandi
Ska Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #179
Ranked #3,144
4.12 | pDev: 10.19%
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
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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
Reviews: 835 | Ratings: 2,813 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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misteil from Ireland

3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
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

Saturday at 07:54 PM
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stevoj from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -9%
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
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9%
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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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty cherry amber color, faint haze. Large white head that retained well. Plenty of lace.
Citrus aroma, herbal hops.
Grapefruit taste, some orange. Late herbal hops. A little biscuit.
Medium-bodied, resiney.

Apr 20, 2019
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good old fashioned sticky IPA. Pours brownish amber, very clear, nice long head. No school like the old school as they say. Would have again, and I'm not always one for old school IPAs.

Apr 02, 2019
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I say this only because I operate under the assumption that the vast majority of the 2,784 reviewers of this beer will have drunken at least two other IPAs in their lifetimes: This beer is HORRIFICALLY overrated. If your IPA tastes like cleaning product, don't rate it highly. If the only things you can taste reminds you of chewing on hops, don't rate it highly. Completely mediocre beer. Pass.

Mar 21, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 3/15/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, caramel, cracker, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, caramel, cracker, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, melon, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, caramel, cracker, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairy crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Awesome Columbus, Centennial, Cascade profile. Very juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; with a nice balancing dark/bready malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness from crisp resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive classic tasting Midwest style example.

Feb 08, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.14/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

L- Very deep amber, pours with pillowy 1cm white head.
S- Lychee and mango. This suggests this will be mega-hopped.
T- OMTG - a weird blend as if it were mixed tropical fruit juice (passion-fruit and lychee) with some of the bitterest and OTT hopping I've ever had in a beer. After the first mouthful I am wondering whether I wish to, or physically can continue with this.
F- Palate-stripping
O- Completely unbalanced, the 'kiddy' can design should have warned me in advance.
Bought from M+S, Kensington High Street, W8. BBE: 31/7/19.

Nov 09, 2018
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DJ-Hophead from England

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml can, M and S, Bristol - Pours clear copper with a medium white foamy head. Lovely lacing which holds up well. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Medium citrus - grapefruit/orange peel, biscuity malty notes, hint of resin, some caramel. Taste - Medium sweet, citrus - orange, medium malty middle, hint of resin, medium bitter finish. Nice well balanced West Coat style IPA.

Oct 13, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and unmistakably an IPA, but muddled and sweet. There are some citrus and maybe pine notes but mixed with brown sugar and toffee. About two months old so not super fresh - hopefully this just didn't hold up well (at all)?

Aug 28, 2018
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass, thanks to Kyle.
A: pours a deep orange copper body, plus one finger frothy white foam head, carbonation, lacing that is stringy
S: ripe orange, grapefruit, citrus, biscuit, bready malt,
M: medium
T: Citrus, ripe orange, biscuit, malty, slight pine resin oily in the finish
O: grows on you, solid classic ipa brew

Apr 05, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a short glass shows a dark dirty coppery orange with a 1/8in cap of white tiny bubbles leaving a webbed lacing.

Aroma is pine resin, biscuity malt and slight citrus.

Flavors match leaving a bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is sticky and has a lingering residue.

Overall a solid old school ipa recipe.

Mar 17, 2018
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andrewjraab from Michigan

3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quaffable IPA that pours a dark copper. Citrus notes, resinous, malty on the nose. Malt forward on the palate, followed by citrus hop notes. Overall solid brew but doesn’t standout in this category

Jan 21, 2018
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IPAHvntr from California

3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

If you’re into malty beers, you would like it, but if you’re a hop hunter like me, this is a no go.
Two of these bad boys sat in my fridge for a while because it wasn’t the taste I was looking for.

Very malty for an ipa, very sweet and leaves your mouth with a over-sugared feeling. I’m into the crisp ipa finish, this is a little too heavy in the mouth feel for moi.


Jan 19, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant copper amber under a lacy 1" off-white to cream cap with fair retention.

S: Spicy hops dominate the nose starting with citrus, grass and pine followed by a hint of scrambled eggs.

T: Citrus starts the flavor seasoned with tropical fruit and melon leading to a refreshing bitter citrus pith finish that lingers.

F: lightly creamy with a medium light body and medium carbonation

O: a refreshing, bitter full flavored beer that calls out for a curry or smoked brisket

Jan 15, 2018
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Burrocreek from Arizona

4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A truly challenging beer. For the IPA lover, this beer represents the most extreme flavor profile one could hope for. Rich, biscuity malt. Bracing astringency. Big pine. Wildflowers. Mineral and rotten wood. And just a touch of 4x4 tire rubber burning on a rockstrewn ledge. A truly unique and epic beer that tastes like the best and most terrifying adventure one might take into the unknown. Which is why they put it in a can.

Nov 28, 2017
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a IPA glass.
Look- amber, creamy head with good retention and lacing.
Smell- piney, boozy.
Taste- piney, well balanced.
Feel- good body, average carbonation.
Overall- solid beer, easy drinking. Nice piney taste with good balance and finish. I thought it would taste boozy from the smell, but it didn’t.

Oct 31, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep gold, almost tending toward amber. An initial whiff of grapefruit in the nose is quickly supplanted by a firm resinous, almost pine-like aroma. The flavor does not deviate one bit from the initial aroma. Monster pine needle and orange peel. A firmly bitter beer that truly doesn't take hold till you're 3 to 4 sips in.

Oct 23, 2017
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DukeofAle from Iowa

4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love IPA's so I try as many as I can. My neighbors travel to Colorado frequently and have chosen to support my habit by returning with various hoppy beers we don't usually get here in Iowa. Most are good, but this one is exceptional. Poured from a 12oz can the brew is a dark, brassy gold, with plenty of piney hop character and aroma. Wish I could get some more!

Sep 11, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber with persistent lacing.
Smell is slightly sweet with some hoppy citrus.
Taste is very hop forward. Grapefruit followed by pine.
Hoppy but not oppressive.

Sep 10, 2017
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dee4maine from Maine

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic mid west style IPA in my opinion. Loads and loads of hops- citrus, pine and good balance of malts. My can was sadly couple month old but regardless of that fact, I really enjoyed it and hope to try it fresh sometime.

Aug 31, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Sky Bar in Denver International Airport

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a light layer and laces very nicely.

S: Citrus, pine, a little tropical fruit, slightly toasty malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, bright zesty lemon, grapefruit, a little tangerine, light tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, a little pine, just slightly toasty bready malt backbone, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Excellent balance of hops with malt backbone. Haven't had an old school style IPA like this in a while. I dig it.

Aug 19, 2017
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