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

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Photo of guityler83
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange to maroonish red hugh color. sustaining finger tall kahki colored head with big chunky lacing. Slight haze.

S: Tropical fruit (blueberry, melon, kiwi) hop precense, a little catty also. I don't detect any alcohol, but a hint of toasty malt.

T: Very in your face dank piney bitterness right on the first sip. The toasty malt character comes through in the middle as you feel your pallet adjust. it finishes with a familiar refreshing pine taste.

M: Oily texture as it washes down with moderate carbonation and low to mid-low body

O: As far as IPAs go this was middle of the road. If you like yours more bitter than aromatic with the emphasis on dank hops, this is for you.

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Photo of rawfish
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, deep copper bordering on red with a tan three finger high head, settles rocky with good retention and rings of lacing all over the glass.

Wow, brilliant nose, exceptionally floral, hop oils paired with grapefruit, pineapple, slightly pine and somewhat tropical. Malt sits nicely in the back ground adding some sweetness and depth.

Hops bright and bashing bitterness all on the front but fades rather quickly with little to deliver on the back end. Initial front of grapefruit and citrus hops rather spicy as well. Malts are slightly sweetening adding balance, from there the taste is bittering but lacks any further depth. There's no drying quality but rather a little chalky residue on the finish.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Would like to see this dry a little better and be rid of the chalky bitterness.

Overall a very well put together IPA, well balanced and great presentation in the aroma. Was a little let down in the taste as it didn't deliver the whole way through but definitely one worth coming back to, especially for travel.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a dimpled beer mug.

Modus Hoperandi pours a clear, tawny copper hue with a decent patch of light khaki bubbles. Nice retention and lacing all around. Classic West Coast IPA aroma, with a fresh, foresty, piny hop burst that puts me in the mindset of Stone IPA or a Sierra Nevada Harvest release. Solid caramel backbone adds a nice balance of sweet maltiness.

On to the taste: I just can't put my finger on it, but something is lacking in this IPA. The hops are there, and do their job quite well, delivering a moderate bitterness with notes of pine resin and grapefruit peel. But the more I drink of this one, the more the malt balance seems a bit off / off-flavored to me, as the slightly stale biscuit and caramel notes feel watery and thin. Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit fuller and creamier, although I do appreciate the bitter alpha acids that coat the back of my palate. Although there are many better options out there, this is a very good IPA, and a drinkable one at that. Probably the best release from Ska Brewing that I've encountered.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was incredibly excited to get a can of this stuff in my recent trade with tripelhops – from what I’ve heard, it’s basically a can of hops. Yes please.

The date on the bottom of the can says “10/28/11,” which is before I got the beer – I’m guessing it’s a best-by date, then. Ah well, close enough.

A: This one pours a relativity dark apple-cider orange-red; an off-white, oily head raises to medium height with pretty good lacing afterwards. Retention is minimal; surprisingly thick-looking.

S: Damn juicy in the nose: big grapefruit hops and creamy, fruity malts. It’s just what I want in an IPA. Light piney tastes and a bit of grainy aromas on the end. Love it.

T: Good candy sweets and light, drinkable hop-bitters on the front of the tongue; herbal and a bit funky, even. As the palate extends, so does the hop bitterness; it’s strong and resiny. Grains are dark and a bit roasty, with solid orange rind on the end. Aftertaste, as expected, is powerfully dry with a hint of sweet cream. Good, balanced flavor.

M: Drinkable, just like the palate. Smooth and refreshing with, surprisingly, only a mild astringency.

O: Very drinkable – a great IPA for the can. Grip ‘n sip, son!

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Photo of hopsputin
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: a dark, rich amber color. so rich it almost has some purple and ruby red notes. pretty clear. 3 finger tan white head

s: smell is juicy citrus - grapefruit, mango, hint of passion fruit. nice rich pine syrup, big bready malty backbone as well. aroma finishes with clean hops. its a really well balance smelling beer

t: taste is much more pine-forward than the aroma. pine, sap, earthy bitterness, unsweetened tea all at the front. middle of the mouth hits you with some of that piney, grapefruit bitterness. the finish is some sweet caramel malt and a slightly syrup-like flavor

m: medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation to make you feel it in your stomach after a few sips

o: reminds me of a toned-down Torpedo. i'm not a huge Torpedo guy, and for some reason this isn't really catching me either. if you like pine-forward beers, this will really be down your alley. its clean, has a real nice pine & pine bitterness taste. it feels a little too rich for a 6.8%, but if you drink it a little colder that won't really matter so much. overall, i can tell its a really solid beer, however it just isn't speaking to me

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though I had this on tap, I am really looking forward to drinking it out of the cans I bought later today.

Pours a light golden color, huge hop aroma of grassy hops. Decent white head with minimal lacing. Flavor was overly bitter without much actual hop flavor so not totally balanced but a really good drinkable IPA anyway. At 6.8% abv it is at the upper end of an American IPA and with the hop bitterness is actually a lower alcohol double IPA in my opinion.

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

12 ounce can purchased at Brawleys in Charlotte, NC. Best by dating towards the bottom of the can.

Pours darker honey amber, under a medium tan head.

Resiny hop nose

Pleasantly balanced IPA, nice level of honey infused malts, some vanilla, and soft and smooth yummy hops. Tasty better then respectable IPA, perhaps a bit on the amber side of the IPA/Pale ale/amber scale of things.

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

Poured a thick finger head that stood on top for what felt like forever. The color is an amber almost brown, which is nice and surprising. The scent is subtle, almost too subtle as I get a bit of pine air freshener. The taste is smooth, bold but not overpowering; malt and hops together in a single package. The maltiness in this IPA is stronger than I'm accustomed and I like it! It cuts the bitter hoppiness down and makes this beer more flavorful and enjoyable than several I've recently had. There is a hint of sweetness and complexity that makes me want more.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

... got this as an extra a while back... shared with Steven..

Poured into my small La Trappe glass.. great 1" white head atop a hazy orange/copper brew... good leopard spot lace.

Nose is pretty piney with a fair amount of caramel sweetness.. smells pretty fresh..

Flavor has a nice bitter backbone that flows into some pale malt puddles and then a bright citrus hops open up with some minor pine... some yeasty fruitiness is pleasant and reminds me of peach skin... The body is verging on DIPA territory without the expected complexities... this is definitely a big-boned IPA... plenty of maltiness to carry all the hop flavors from front to back ...that means a pretty damn big body too.. the carbonation seems on the light side given the body, but it's not completely out of whack.. the caramel maltiness becomes a bit too much for me toward the end of the glass... pretty oily citrus finish.


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

12 fl oz. can, with best by date of October 08, 2013 printed on the bottom lip of the can. I haven't had this stuff in quite some time, but I remember liking it a lot last time I drank it. My third beer from Ska Brewing Co.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Gentle pour yields one finger of doughy fluffy off-white / tan colored head on top of a nice coppery dark orange colored body. Lots of sediment maneuvering around the glass, and some bubbles lazily floating to the top. Thin cavernous lacing streaking down the glass.

S - Smell is initially of bitter piney hops and citric grapefruit, but mellows out quickly. Not a very powerful aroma, but decent.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter grapefruit & pine hops, sugary tea leaf sweetness, malts, & some alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Feel is dry and bitter, with some intense hop resins coating the palate. Bit of heat on the finish, again.

Overall, this is probably the best beer I've tried from Ska Brewing Co. as of yet, and it stands as a pretty decent IPA. Not a groundbreaking beer by any means, but highly palatable and insanely drinkable, and reasonably priced. A winner for sure.

Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi ---4/5.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber color. Aroma of pine and hops. Taste has a lsome pine, citrus, hopss, and a little funk. A relatively nice feel but nothing special. Overall pretty good.

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

Poured from 12 oz can into a pint glass. Light amber with a 2 finger tan head. Not just a ton of aroma when poured into a glass, surprisingly.

This little dude is a hop head's best friend. Strong bitter hops with the slightest hint of grapefruit at the end. Not incredibly balanced (favors the bitter side), but not overpowering as some IPA's can be. The flavors linger on the tongue well after the brew is down the tube. All in all, an enjoyable IPA, not for the newcomer or the faint of heart. Plus it comes in a can, which it kinda bitchin.

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

Enjoyed @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a Pint Glass from a Can and had a B.O.D. of 09/11/11.

Appearance- A maple brown color and very clear. Two fingers of head appeared and were very bubbly. Lace was also left on the glass. Great head retention as well.

Smell- There was such a great amount of hop that it diluted any other scents. There was a little citrus I could grasp but this was all.

Taste- A great balanced beer! Mild hops when it came down to it and very refreshing. An IPA though? I need to double check and enjoy again to give a better description.

Mouth- Light-Medium Bodied with Interesting Medium Carbonation. No bubbles appeared after the pour except in the head and you could feel a refreshing taste all the way through. Nice!

Drinkability- I could drink 1 or 2 of these but then would need to switch to another beer. My first time having this IPA was with my cousin Mark and I had an enormous amount of beer that night so wasn't able to give my two cents on any attributes on this beer. Of course, having this sober was great as well! Would like to try in a Bottle or On-Tap sometime.

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

Pours amber in color, a bit of haze, one finger of off white head falls to a ring that leaves spots of lacing.

Scents of pine, biscuit, and citrus. It is sweet, and herbal.

I taste grapefruit, honey, bread, and cannabis. Nice mix of sweet and bitter.

Medium body, light carbonation, a bit sticky. Sweet up front with a long astringent finish.

Love the name, love the can, and the beer is good too. Uneventful, but solid. I would drink more of this.

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

Served out of a can poured into a pint glass. Pours a very clear golden orange. Thin head that turns to just a touch of lacing that lasts throughout. Nose is mainly scents of citrus. After what I'd heard about this brew before trying, I actually expected a much bigger pop with a little wider range. Taste is definitely focuses on the hop side of the spectrum, sharp and citrusy up front, which then gives way to a nice hit of bitterness that sticks around on the palate. Mouthfeel is nice, a little fuller than expected, but with a nice carbonation that keeps it from feeling heavy. Overall I enjoyed this and will probably pick up some more in the future. My one thought would be a bit heavier hand on the malt side to add a bit more balance.

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

Enjoying this beer courtesy of Palmej1. Thanks buddy! 12 oz. Can into my FFF glass.

A- The beer pours a clear dark copper color with an inch and a half of dense white foam. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring and some nice lacing.

S- Smells of floral hops. Sweet. I'm getting some bready malt and caramel as well.

T- Taste follows the nose. Bitter hops balanced by sweet malts and velvety caramel. Finishes smoothly with some lingering bitterness coming in late.

M- Feel is right for this one. Carbonation is spot-on and the oily, hoppy viscosity is quite pleasant.

D- Drinkability is great given the moderate ABV and pleasing taste of this beer.

I really enjoyed this one. It is definitely not my usual west coast hop bomb, but everything going on in this beer works, and works quite well. Glad I got to try this. Would be in my regular rotation if it were available here. Cheers!

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Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After seeing this showing up in cans around town, I've been pretty curious to give it a try.
Pours a very deep orange that's on the verge of being nearly red. I've only seen that color for the boldest of DIPA's. The head on this is huge, billowing, and it doesn't let up at all.
The smell is pure hops. Piney resin filled hops.
After seeing and smelling this brew, I expected an over the top DIPA, but the flavor profile is normal. It's got a great mix of fruity, piney, and even floral hops in it. Not too bitter or one dimensional either. There's a hint of malt in there that ties everything together.
Drinkability is really only limited by your affinity for high levels of hops. While it's nearly 7% ABV, it doesn't have too much heat or booziness to it. Still, that "wall of hops" can be a little potent if you're not ready for it.
This is far hoppier than most IPA's. It's a full-on assault with DIPA levels of hops, but without the booziness to cancel some of that out. Luckily, the hop varieties used offer their own flavor balancing to keep everything in control.

Ska's got something for the serious hopheads with this one. The fact that it's in cans is even cooler. I can honestly see this being one of those beers that comes out of nowhere and really surprises people.

EDIT: I'd say I probably underestimated how good this beer actually is. It's probably one of the top beers in the whole state and one I go back to constantly. I don't tinker with old review numbers, but this is better than I initially judged it to be.

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

First off I like how it came in a can, it brings me back to my beer can collection.
A: Nice maple color, and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
S: There is a nice citrus smell thats not over powering.
T: You can taste the hop from the tip of your tounge to the back of it.You can taste a lite citrus flavor, but its not strong.
M: Don't know how to answer this one, it's clean, smooth and didn't leave a bad taste or after taste.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Caramel/amber color with mostly clear visibility. Pours a one finger, foamy white head.

Aroma- Very big aroma coming from this with resinous pine and citrus shining through. Very little malt aroma to speak of, maybe a little sweetness, but the hops dominate.

Taste- Once again the pine is most noticeable with the initial sip providing a big slap of bitterness. As it progresses fruitier citrus flavors come in while the pine continues to play a big role in the flavor. Some minimal caramel malt sweetness is present, but the hops are clearly the centerpiece.

Feel- A little resinous at first, but finish is very thin. Makes for an easy drinker, but a fuller finish would be ideal.

Overall- This is a really enjoyable ipa thats big on the pine and citrus flavors that linger with tons of resinous hop flavor and feel. Definitely reminiscent of some west coast ipas. Really lacking a body in the finish, which is only a minor complaint. Worth trying, but it doesn't do much to stand from the pack.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice half inch head-lacing sticks around the rim nicely.

Smell is grapefruit, orange zest and muted malts.

Taste is dry bitter grapefruit rind-slight sweet malts but the hops dominate.

Good mouthfeel-goes down easy.

Not a bad beer by any means. I would have again but wouldn't neccessary seek out. A bit thin and one demensional.

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Photo of Florida9
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dull amber. Very nice, rocky light tan head with good lacing.

S: Light caramel malt. Piney hops and maybe a little citrus. Nose is somewhat muted.

T: Starts with a malt sweetness that moves to pine and a mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body and carbonation. Mild bitterness.

D: Easily drinkable and a very sessionable beer, though I felt this one was a little light for an IPA. While the beer had a nice aroma and flavor profile, it was as if some one had turned the down the volume on it.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from can into a Lambda Epsilon Omega Nu imperial pint. Poured a clear copper with a two finger off-white head that subsided to minimal slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, pine resin, and hops. The flavor was of hops, flower petals, malt, and citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with lots of carbonation. Overall this was a nice IPA from a can. It had a lot of nice flavors going on in this one that I was not expecting at all. The citrus and flower petal in this one were very refreshing. This one is a must try if you ever get the opportunity.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours out deep orange in color with a thick head that dissipates into some nice lacing. On the nose you get pine hops up front giving way to citrus (grapefruit) hops at the end. Either way, this beer drinks smooth and doesn't have a heavy hop bite on the finish of the sip. Even though this beer is close to 7% ABV, it is light enough in body and not overpowering in hops to make it a session worthy brew.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doopie flew this, along with a sweet beer T-shirt, back from his holiday in AZ, then dropped them on me when I was over the other night. And I had nothing for him. I felt terrible. I will make this up to you with some Heineken Oud Bruin one day. Thanks dude.

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a bubbly wisp and ring, clinging to the sides of the glass. A clear mahogany red in color with medium levels of carbonation. Splotchy wish and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A pretty nice nose with decent strength. Some pale malts, honeydew melon and some pine aromas. Some citrus notes in there as well; mostly grapefruit and lemon tones. Pretty good.

TASTE: Some pale malts up front with some of caramel sweetness through the middle. A bit of pine and honeydew melon combine well at the finish, moving into a piney, bitter hop finish with a note of caramel sweetness as balance. A mild yet very persistent aftertaste is quite bitter indeed, relatively piney, and lingers and lingers on the palate. Other reviewers have said that the beer is bitter without much of the patented citrus hop flavors that make a great IPA, but the bitterness is pleasant and not at all overwhelming.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A very nice feel for sure.

OVERALL: This is a pretty solid beer. It is indeed rather bitter in flavor, with a mild yet unrelenting bitter finish, but it’s certainly a pleasant bitterness. Very piney and lacks some of the citrus flavors I’d expected after experiencing the nose, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this. A good look and a great feel for an IPA, this is one I’d certainly drink again. Thanks again for bringing this one back Doopie. Recommended.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,704 ratings.
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