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Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-03-2009

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Reviews: 796 | Ratings: 2,686
Reviews by joeworrall:
Photo of joeworrall
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tonight I am comparing several different IPA's that are all poured from a can. In addition to this one, I am tasting Santa Fe Brewing's Happy Camper IPA, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA and Marble Brewery IPA.

Poured from a 12 oz can into a large tulip glass, this is a dark amber or orange brew with just a slightly cloudy appearance. The aroma has hints of malt, but the orange and pine hops scent dominate. The flavor is nicely balanced, with a just slightly bitter aftertaste.

This is a top 20 IPA, one that I will be drinking again.

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

Good appearance. Dark amber with ruby hints. Nice head and lacing.

Very appealing mild citrus and stronger pine aroma. Totally correct for the style. Not a super strong aroma but quite good.

Taste is typical American IPA and similar to SN Torpedo to my taste buds. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Not huge citrus tatses but a bit of orange is there. Nice piney flavour, resinous feel and solid malt core make this a good drinking IPA. IBUs are noticeable and welcome!

Overall, a very solid offering and rendition of this renown style of beer. Perhaps nothing outstanding or remarkable for those who've tried a few of this style but definitely enjoyable. This would have a wow factor for anyone not used to big, hoppy US beers.


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Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see Ska come with an IPA and a top notch one at that.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed amber/bronze with a super clingy 1/2 finger white that left rings of lace behind as it never fully settled.Wow resin,resin,and more resin in the nose!That along with grapefruit rind a some caramel,for me its perfect,hence the rating.Flavors dont hit quite as hard as the nose but the hops rule,big pine resin and citrus,the caramel base does hold strong though making for not quite balance but near balance.A great IPA with assertive hops...the way it should be.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy amber in color. Inch and a half of creamy white head has some sticking power. Settles to a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Thick heavy lacing.

Smell: Earthy and Forest-y. Lots of pine.

Taste: Extremely well balanced. Big dank citrusy hops is paired brilliantly with a toasted, almost chocolatey malt.

Feel: Medium body with a nice semi dry finish. Kinda oily.

Overall: Not out of this world complex but hits all the tent posts for a good American IPA and has some nice, interesting, unexpected qualities. I love constantly trying bad beer after bad beer because eventually something like this comes around and knocks your pants off when you weren't necessarily expecting it.

Try this beer already

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Photo of krbrevard
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - gorgeous dark copper, about an inch of head poured into a wine glass from a can
S - glass smells of citrus (orange peel, mango, grapefruit) and flowery pine, can smells incredible after the pour with lingering floral notes. Getting it over an arms length away.
T - medium body.. small bitterness with the malt up front. Good balance with hop residual in the back. Not overpowered whatsoever - good malt presence with good balance.
M - bubbly and warm. Thins out a bit near the end.
O - this is solid. Hands down one of the best IPAs I've had...

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy Amber with a great light beige head which left a ton of lacing. Smell was of earthy hops and pine, line walking through a forest where it had freshly rained. You can totally smell the leafy foliage and pine here. Taste was of caramel malts balancing some resinous pine with citrus character. Some orange and grapefruit but I'm still getting lots of pine and earthiness. Less bitter than I expected and more malt-balanced. After exploring IPAs from the East and West Coast I am seriously enjoying the IPA offerings from Colorado (Great Divide and Ska especially) and Michigan (Bell's and Founders) which seem to have considerable more malt backbones to balance the hop flavors. Great beer, this one.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

12oz can. Pours a dark brown with an inch of frothy white head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is piney and dank hops with some caramel. Floral and resinous. The taste is more pine and resinous hops. Floral, grassy hops as well as some more caramel malt flavor. Earthy. Finishes with more of the pine sap taste. Medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Overall, very piney, resinous IPA.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml can bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a nice golden coppery orange colour. Creamy head with orange tinges poured quite thick then faded quickly to light ring around the edge. Light carbonation... light lacing lines...

Aroma - Spicy juicy fruits (apricots, limes, oranges), piney / grassy hops, nice caramel and biscuity malt sweetness, perfumed, some light almond nuttiness, toasted bread...

Taste - Quite sharp spicy, piney / floral hop bitterness, toasty / biscuity maltiness, nice caramel malty sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges and grapefruit), light medicinal hints, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint metallic hints...

M&D - Quite smooth with just a little sharpness coming through... Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - A superbly quaffable IPA - this could easily become my goto IPA... highly recommended...

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date canned, only when it is best by - March 30, 2016. Honey colored. Poured into a mason jar. Smells good, taste is superb, a standard to which you can compare other hops-forward IPAs. It is by the book and exceeds at doing it as the title suggests. Certainly one to add to the growing list of favorites. Very resinous and some pine. Maybe not the best, but definitely an important player in the pack. I like the bitterness with a mouth wetting finish. Cheers

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On can #5 of the six-pack, I think it's time for a review. This is a great-looking IPA, copper colored, slightly cloudy with a bone-colored head that sticks around. Taste and smell is a burst of hoppiness - though not sharply bitter. It is an exuberant, thoroughly enjoyable hit to the palate. This is a top notch IPA. Will grab it again, as it is thankfully always at my local Central Market in San Antonio!

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A nice bubble show creates a frothy two inches of foam atop the hazy amber liquid; spots of lacing hang around

Smell: Dank and resinous with pine dominant and slight citrus element

Taste: Piney, up front, with just a hint of grapefruit underneath; the caramel malts buttress the hops, in the middle, as the beer grows ever more bitter and resinous; slightly sweet and sticky, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of those beers that I would have rated higher a few years ago but it now feels like an IPA from the past; the hops whack you over the head but lack the fruity subtleties of some of the newer varieties I have grown to love

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

L- Amber body with a two finger off white head. Great head retention and a lot of sticky lacing as take several sips.
S- All I get is hops, hops and more hops! Just a fantastic invasion of piney, fruity and citrus aroma as I take each sip.
T- now this is what I love, relatively low hop bitterness but a massive amount of hop flavors. Primarily sticky pine, grapefruit and peppery bitterness (in a wonderfully subtle way.) It's malt base only comes through slightly in the end to balance out the hop bitterness.
F-Medium-light body, slightly sticky lingering bitterness.
O- The IPA that got me into the style. I first had it fresh of the canning line before they topped the can on a brewery tour in Durango. In my top 5, maybe 3 CO IPA's!

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

The beer is ready to go in the bright red color. The foam is white with small bubbles. The foam disappears leisurely quickly and leave fine traces. Aromas of tropical fruit and hops. A little malt, citrus, spicy pine and orange peel and light caramel. Small smells of bread. The flavors go in hops and bitterness with bitterness a bit thin. Tropical fruits where lemon come first, followed by a little orange. Some malt, a little earthy and sweet tones. Lightly toasted and a little caramel. Good roundness with medium long finish that does not have too much hops or bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry surface, small roughness. The beer is not a real hop bomb with high bitterness. It has a good round balance that will not be too much.

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Photo of Bmm281
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of FLASH
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of hopivore
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of withliterature
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured a rich coppery red color with a thin white head that cleared to a fine lace.

The scent was pine-y, and reminded me of a milder Green Flash IPA. Nice scent for sure, exactly what I would want out of a good IPA.

Unfortunately, the taste did not live up to the name. "Modus Hoperandi" had me pumped up for a really intense IPA, and this wasn't quite what I expected. Not weak by any means, but not the punch I was looking for. Keep in mind that I must be pretty inured to strong hops by now, because my fellow taster found it fairly strong. However, a great beer for its price: it was cheaper than the vast majority of good IPAs on the menu at the pub I was patronizing.

The mouthfeel was nice. Not sticky, not watery, but just right. As far as drinkability, they could have served this in a pint glass instead of a 10oz. I would have enjoyed a full glass.

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Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of woodchipper
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steelerguy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper color, 1 finger off white head, moderate carbonation, clear with a bit of particulate matter.

S - Immediately hit by a nice hop presence, citrus with mostly grapefruit notes. A bit of caramel malt in there also once you get past the hops.

T - Like the aroma, there is a lot of hops here. Lots of citrus, but some pine notes come through also. The malt definitely takes a back seat, would like a bit more to help balance all those IBUs.

M - Has a rather light body, just a touch too light for my liking. With all the hop bitterness, a little more body would help balance it.

O - For a beer and brewery I had not heard of before, I was very happy with the beer. Would recommend and enjoy again.

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Photo of blackearth
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Binny's Beverage Depot in Warrenville, IL. Pours a bright, clear amber body with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is very thick on the hops! Big malt backbone that supports the very long hop finish. This beer is a hop head's delight! Awesome IPA.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love to see another canned brew, especially an IPA! Pours into my glass a deep red orange like an autumn night harvest. Big creamy two fingers of eggshell head on that lingers on and leaves webbed lacing all over the glass. Aromas of biscuit malt with a touch of caramel that is bathed in a wall of herbaceous, resinous hops. Pine sap scents along with earthy accents. Hops are bold and a bit cheesy too.

First sip brings smooth biscuity malt with a touch of caramel that is quickly overtaken by herbal, earthy, pine resin hops. Bitterness kicks in full force and rides its way to the finish. A bit fruity and grassy as well. An interesting IPA that is blasting with a wild hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth. Goes down like water with creamy carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking IPA and being in a can is an extra plus. I know what IPA I will be grabbing for beach trips next summer. Thanks vasdef42.

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Photo of AshlandNacho
4/5  rDev -2%

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