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 HabaJohn
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eagleyes
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass with very little head. Color is a red amber and the smell is not very prominent. Taste is citrus and light, feel is very smooth and drinkable. For a 6.8% this is very drinkable and good. I could drink several of these with ease.

Best by 4/8/15

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Photo of samtrillo
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark golden colour, with generous white head, and leaving lace. Some hop aromas. Substantial alpha, hop and carbonation burning was my experience. A good hop flavour, however, and good drinkability (next time on a fuller stomach). Fresh, with above average carbonation.

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Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of Syracuse12
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of natasharai
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a nice creamy frothy off white head that left full lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a orange/brown golden color and completely clear.

Smell: Strong grassy, piney hops, some sweet vanilla aroma, reminds me of fresh carrots

Taste: Strong piney hop presence, a little grapefruit, strong bitterness, some sweet vanilla caramel, ending with a bitter grass flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly syrupy, really dry, leaves a sticky/dry film in my mouth.

Overall: Good drinkability, really hoppy and bitter though. Some sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness and a very sticky sweet mouthfeel with dry hops.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine and floral hoppiness. Tastes of the same floral hops, citrus and ended in a peppery spiciness. Some lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of KBahn
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of aglose45
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pokesbeerdude for this as an extra!

A: Pours a clear dark golden brown, with a ruby hue. Nice fluffy head at first, that subsides a few minutes later and leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Some sticky lacing left on the glass.

S. Smells of white grapefruit, lemon rinds and pine. This is nice and hoppy. There is a nice malty presence in the back, maybe a bit too much for me.

T: Nice and bitter. The taste mirrors the nose. The fruit accents from the hops are nice and tart! The malty backbone is sweeter than the nose led on. Again, maybe a bit too much for me.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium stickiness left in the mouth from the hops. Gets a bit watery as I move through the beer. Average.

D: This is a good beer. While I had a dig at the level of malt presence, I still am enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Greels
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of phishsihq
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We've been saying it all along...Crafts Can Can!

Modus Hoperandi, from Ska Brewing Company and located in Durango Colorado, pours a golden amber, capped by one-inch of white foam that provides for a very sticky lace. Resiny pine aromas and grapefruit notes fill the nose, with some caramel malt hints as well. The hop aromas from the nose are also present in the flavor profile, and quickly become SUPERBLY balanced by sweet caramel malt flavors. Modus Hoperandi is very well balanced IPA that is also medium-light in body with a lower level carbonation. Fun to say, and even more fun to enjoy!


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Photo of hit728
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a biter, but a good one! Smell is awesome, taste gets better after a few sips. Wish we got it in GA!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly reddish orange color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles that was there for at least 45 seconds before it ended up as a small ring at the edge of the glass where it meets the beer. There isn't really any lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma is obviously dominated by the citrusy American hops, but there is a noticeable solid malty background here, so the hops aren't the only thing in this beer. The hops have a very mild chalkiness to it that suggests that this beer is pretty bitter, but not necessarily a hop-bomb.

Taste: The flavor follows what the aroma alluded to pretty well. A wholesome amount of hops in the beginning with a little bit of oils noticeable on the tongue. There is some sweet toasty malt notes that is noticeable in the middle of the flavor profile, but they stay reserved the whole time. The finish is ran by the bitterness of the hops and there is a little bit of chalk left on the back of the throat from the water, but overall it is pretty well balanced.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good AIPA. It has a pretty good balance, though the hops are ruling the beer, that is what you expect with this style. The water is reacting with the hops a bit, and I would like to to be a little less, but that is personal preference. As it is, this is a good example of the style, and if you are into IPA's, you especially should give this one a try.

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Photo of swierczt
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RuckusDu
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The slightly beige head grew slowly to about a finger. Body is super clear and maybe an orange/amber color. Slight lacing.

S - Just straight up hops. Piney, some grapefruit. Pepper.

T - Lots of bitter hops. Simple and green tasting. Very piney. It's harsh, but because of the simplicity, quite nice.

M - A light body and moderate carbonation.

O - Really just a simple well done beer. Not much to say, but at $1.50 or whatever, how can you complain?

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can while in North Carolina. This IPA poured a clear amber with a tall fluffy white head. The flavor starts with a mix of biscuity caramel and grassy citrus rind that quickly rolls into pineapple and grapefruit punch with a dry, bitter finish. It's smooth and a touch sweet at first, and the hops kick in to finish this ale out.

It's not quite as bitter as most IPAs, I guess you'd call it a balanced IPA. Still, it's a tasty, interesting, and great looking beer. Check it out.

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Photo of robotiks
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of devilben02
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the can with a very hazy orange color, and a modest but sticky eggshell-white head. This is certainly not the most fragrant IPA, but the aroma is pleasant, with a decidedly hop-forward combination of wildflowers and oranges being prominent over a subtle backbone of bread and caramel. Nicely bitter in the flavor but certainly more balanced, characteristics of grapefruit and flowers are big without (drastically) overpowering the underlying caramel sweetness. The texture is moderately resinous, with a glimmer of the citrusy bitterness lingering long after each sip. Overall, this is a flavorful yet highly drinkable IPA.

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Photo of jimbus
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Deep golden/burnt orange hue, nice two finger head and excellent lacing all over the glass

S: Smells like sticky, sweet, hoppy goodness. Not really getting much floral or pine, but a slight grapefruit aroma pokes through.

T: Lovin' this beer. Nice and bitter, with the malt hiding perfectly behind the bitter afraid very afraid.

M: Resin coats the mouth with a slight numbing of the tongue. Honestly, I would drink this over many DIPAs out there eight days a week. Great carbonation.

D: Keep em comin'

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Photo of EricCioe
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a perfect amber, the kind you find bugs in, with a nice two finger just off-white head that leaves some lace. On the nose the grapefruit sits right up front, gigantic, almost overpowering. There is one other note behind it that I can't place, some spice of some sort, along with some pine resin and just a hint of bready malts. In the mouth the grapefruit and a buzzsaw of bitterness come first, then some caramel malts and a huge spice presence sit on the middle of the tongue. The finish is long, but it's a combination of the spice on the middle of the tongue with the more normal bitterness at the back. The feel is medium, easy enough to drink several of these, but the finish is long enough to make it enough to drink one and feel like you've had a nice big beer. I'm a big fan and I love the cans that they come in. One of my favorite beers to bring places.

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Photo of vishneda
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly strong and sturdy IPA. The flavor is appropriately hop forward with a heavy hop aroma, with a very noticeable Columbus hop note (which I find drier and less aromatic than the more common Cascade). The malt in this beer is surprisingly subdued for a beer approaching 7% and it works well with the hop load. Very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Kuges
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CityofWind_brew
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've always had easy access to this one so I usually pass, but decided to give it a whirl... Very pleasant surprise!

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,727 ratings.
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