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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Photo of ckeegan04
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color with a two finger light brown head. Excellent retention and lacing. Lots of little carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Big grapefruit citrus aroma. Hints of a little orange as well. Faint biscuity sweetness underneath.

T - Citrusy hops up front that carry through the entire beer. Lots of grapefruit and even a touch of some tropical fruits. The malt backbone is present but very muted and gives a light biscuity taste. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is at a good level, could be a touch higher. Very easy drinking.

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

Poured this American IPA from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Poured a dark orange amber color, slightly hazy, produced a nice thick off white head. Excellent retention and lacing left on the glass. Aroma of this AIPA consists of wonderful pine and citrus- some malted grain aroma as well. Medium in body this IPA features a base of malted grain, super pine flavor, herbal notes and citrus orange. Somewhat bitter this is the perfect IPA session beer- It doesnt make your face pucker but it has an awesome amount of hop flavor. Excellent Beer! I will be seeking this one out again. Prost!

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

A short review here, my first.

I love this beer and have it often. Pours a lovely color.

Aroma is delightful. In a pint glass, aroma is strong of hops. Nose stinging even.

Strong hops right on the tongue, and lingers. Cuts through other issues, including gum, food, ginger, whatever.

This evening, perhaps contrary to convention, had a couple right out if the can! Still tough to beat.

Have had these before in similar style on an extended camping trip, cooled in the creek. Delightful.

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

A - Pours copper colored, slight haze with 2 finger, creamy off-white orange tinged head that that covers the glass with laces upon dissipation.

S - Sweet caramel malt with floral, citrus, piney hops. Nice balance. Smell is inviting. Slight alcohol in the background.

T - Profile follows aroma with just the right amount of bitterness. Dry hopped "vegetal" character is noticeable on the tongue, but not over the top. Adds a bit of complexity.

M - Carbonation bite followed by sweet malts and bitterness. The bitterness is lingering and leaves the tongue numb. Warm on the swallow. Finishes dry. Body is moderate. Hop flavors coat the mouth for a few minutes post swallow.

D - Could drink plenty. Does not leave a full sensation.

Overall - Balanced IPA with both malt and hop characters, but neither are too much. Gives the impression of both working together, neither competing to be up front.

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

The beer is nearly clear copper toned amber, a large fluffy off-white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smelling of sweetened pressed grape-fruit juice, sunny pine needles. Nice!

Upfront toffee sweetness, then grape-fruit: fresh juice, peel and crushed seeds.

Medium carbonation, medium sized bubbles, a smooth texture and big body, a nice lingering dryness.

A canonical welldone AIPA!

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

Awesome flavour, aroma , hoppiness, taste, colour, essence, experience, aura, transcends most other IPA's kick most APA's asses.. this stuff is the beer they make up legends about.. My taste-buds are having a beergasm!!!
As Always,,,,
~Carry on Citizens!!!~

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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 BarrytheBear
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've sat down with this beer a handful of times with the intention of reviewing it, but for a myriad of reasons I just end up drinking her without analysis.

Pretty orange pour with a snow white head nearly an inch and half tall

Smells like a post rainstorm forest drenching....a little leafy and an abundance of pine

Heavy bitterness from front to back, unrelenting. I also pull fresh lime from this beer along with the pine from the nose. Biting bitter finish remains well after the sip.

Medium bodied with nice appropriate carbonation. Modus leaves a nice lacing on my tulip and is quite enjoyable to drink. This beer has been, and continues to remain along with Furious, a favorite go-to example of the style.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a darker yellow almost red color. Super duper piney smell. Very unique smell beyond the normal IPA smell. Very hoppy taste on the front end. Get a ton of pine and a little fruit. There is something there that I don't get with other IPAs. Easy finish and a smooth taste all the way through. I really enjoy this one and I don't get to have it that often.

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

A - Another excellent beer out of a can! Pours dark copper, nice thick off white head that leaves to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Skunky, piney, malt follows. I like it.

T - Nice solid malt core bittered to equilibrium by the hops.

M - Medium body, good balance and coating, carb.

D - I really like this one.

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Photo of santomark
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

This beer was damn good. Great body, little to no head, very sweet hop in the nose, not that citric acid smell that some fruits give off, but a very sweet smell. The taste was exactly like the smell, almost floral at times, jasmine, blooming orange or lemon tree, very very floral in the taste, biscuity, and that classic wet hop profile we all love. The body is light-medium, oily at times, very smooth, refreshing, and dry. If you love IPAs and want to transition into DIPAs, this is the beer for you. It's a great introduction into the heavier style. Note, if you're use to DIPAs you probably will not find of an "X" factor with this brew. But considering it's style, it's a solid brew. The only down side for the consumer is it's price tag. For this, I'd be much happier going for the 4pck pints of Modern Times.

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Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Had this on tap at Green Man Taproom in Colorado Springs, and the next day in Denver at Falling Rock Taphouse. Delicious beer you can't find in NJ, DE or Southeastern PA.

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is amber and clear with a big head and mod carb.

Super pine aroma. Nice.

Medium body, chewy hops, nice bitterness. Wow, I am impressed. This is probably the best IPA from a can I've ever had. Its definitely of the piny variety but simcoe is a good hop too. Well done ska.

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

Presentation: 12 oz can into a nonic. Big thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this one as an outstanding extra in a trade!

A- Slightly hazy amber/copper. Pours with 2+ fingers of creamy off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap; excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Delightful pine/grapefruit hoppiness. Slight malty notes hide behind the onslaught of hops.

T- Grapefruit and pine resin hops, combining for a superbly bitter finish. Fairly solid, sweet caramel malt provides good balance. Alcohol is well blended.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel. Slightly slick and coating oiliness.

D- Rock solid. Looks, smells, and taste are all excellent....goes down easy. This is good stuff, and I certainly wish I had another in front of me.

Future outlook: What a great extra...damn shame I can't readily purchase/obtain this little gem.

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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 jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bonsreeb85 for this one!

Coppery in color with a 1.5 finger head of fluff. Leave lots of sticky lace.

Amazing piney and citrus hops fill the nose. Reminds me of Furious!

Big biting pine hops. Citrus takes a back seat to the pine in the hops. Solid moderately sweet malt backbone. Again, this reminds me of Furious a lot. There is a bit of a rye taste present too. I'm guessing they may have similar hop profiles?

Medium bodied and smooth on the feel. Finishes pretty moist.

Nice drinkability. This is an IPA that is near the top of the food chain. It is an all around great beer. This is a hopheads delight. I still think this beer resembles Furious in many ways. It even comes from a can! Great beer.

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

Ska: Modus Hoperandi, IPA (Best by 11/26/10) (Tasted 07/20/10)
12 oz. can, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Sunkist amber beer with a big foamy off-white head that fills the glass, then takes its sweet time to die down, leaving loads of sticky lace and a nice three millimeter cap.
Odor: Orange oil, a bit of mango-ish tropical fruit, pine needles in back, suggestions of rich, low lovibond crystal malt. Big, oily nose, I dig it!
Consistency: Light bodied, a little bit of oil in the mix, some dry cracker-y graininess to the feel. Carbonation is mellow, low-ish for style, but assertive enough to contribute a slight crispness.
Taste: Herbal/citric bitterness steps up like a big dog from the get-go, accompanied by a cadre of grapefruit and orange hop flavor, slightly waxy/grassy, but not all that offensive, it adds some character. Bitterness continues to dominate as sweet, light caramel flavors and a cracker-y grain character phase in and out. Finish is long, bitter and hoppy with a light coating of oils.

This is a really solid IPA, great hop character from nose to tongue, just enough malt to get by, drinkable as hell. Cheers to Mike @ Bruisin' Ales for recommending that I pick this up, noting that it was freshly canned.

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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 cjgator3
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pretty dark color for an IPA which tells me there will be a lot of malt/sweetness. The taste and aroma both feature a good amount of sweetness to balance out the fresh hoppy bitterness really nicely. This is a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark copper color with a big, foamy head. Very clear. Sheets of lacing

S- Wet citrus hops with aromas of grapefruit and lime. Some sweet, darker caramel

T- The flavor is nice and hoppy, with a fresh, bitter flavor covered in caramel that reminds me of biting into a very sweet lime.

M- Medium body with silky smooth carbonation

D- Very good IPA with alot of unique character without being odd, off, or cloying.

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Photo of NefariousR
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. aluminum can into a tulip pint glass.

A - Deep orange amber with a frothy, off-white head that stuck around for ages. Slightly hazy.

S - Very floral hops, sweet citrus fruit, and pine. Malt is noticeable, not in the fore or background, but just sort of "there."

T - Follows through from the smell. One of the most genuinely "citrusy" IPAs I've had. Grapefruit rounded out with bitter hops and a brief sweet malt influence. Slightly bready aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied with a decent bit of stickiness. Flavors remain in the mouth for a quite a while after swallowing. Slight warming alcohol in the stomach.

D - A great IPA that was a bit of a surprise. This is the first beer I've had from Ska, and the (somewhat gimmicky) name didn't have me expecting much, but this is a fantastically drinkable IPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Prostman81
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been eyeing this one in the liquor store for quite awhile now, but have (foolishly) passed it up for other choices. A buddy picked up a sixer on a whim, and I'm very glad he did.

Its got a great color that is a little darker than your run of the mill west coast IPA, but not as dark as some east coast varietes.

Smell and taste-wise, this, to me, is exactly what an IPA should be like. The nose is like a bowl of candied fruit, and this comes through all the way in the taste. The body of the beer is perfectly matched, so that the hop flavor has some nice carmel notes to balance it out. The beer has a very smooth bitterness throughout, and lends itself to being completely drinkable, without being either too sweet or too dry.

I think this is a sleeper IPA. It really reminds me of my homebrewed IPAs, which is probably why I like it so much, and for it's price, it can't be beat in quality. Don't hesitate to pick this one up if you see it and you can't make up your mind.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately not in a position to decant. Aroma is dominated by pine tree/grapefruit, intensely fresh smelling. Taste is dominated by a beautiful burst of in your face hop bitterness. Tongue biting. Definitely out of balance with virtually no malt presence. Exactly as expected, an out of balance ipa, delivering in no uncertain terms. Bitter as can be, yet very easy to drink. Great ipa.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,702 ratings.
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