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: 801 | Ratings: 2,708
Photo of MattBeer
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a beautiful beer that tastes almost medicinally bitter. There's so little going on flavor wise, other than bitterness. I was disappointed...perhaps because I'd spent the afternoon drinking Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA?

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Hazy and dark gold, with relatively low visible carbonation. Forms a finger's worth of off-white head that has great retention. A pretty standard East Coast IPA appearance, but nice.

S: Resin, tangerine, and grapefruit pith. The toasted biscuit malts are substantial, though no caramel or toffee sweetness in the mix (at least on the nose). Lesser notes of flowery and herbal hops. Nice, albeit old-school perhaps.

T: Juicy grapefruit, citrus pith, some melon and resin. Bready malts, with just a touch of caramel. A hefty grapefruit bitterness in the hang – it stops short of being over the top, but toes the line a bit.

M: Medium body with good carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence seems about average.

O: A tasty IPA for sure. Rather reminiscent of Jai Alai, with the juicy grapefruit and the hefty malt bill. I could do without the caramel in the malts, but as I said it is minimal. Pretty well done – I wouldn’t hesitate to grab a sixer of these if I was looking for an old-school hopped (both in variety and without the crazy dry-hopping schedule) East Coast IPA. I don’t imagine I’ll be getting any more though; I think this is a limited-time distribution here, and it certainly isn’t worth trading for. I would prefer Jai Alai…let alone Sunshine City…for canned local options. But if I was somewhere and it was on tap, I wouldn’t hesitate to order one. Scores include a bit of a bump for nostalgic reasons.

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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 crimsonfloyd
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber with an inch of thick head. Smells of lime and faintly of raspberry. Taste is of pine, lemon and to a lesser degree seeds. Fairly hop-heavy, but slight malts do add a streak of smoothness. Overall, a pretty classic West Coast IPA taste.

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This beer is just pure hop resin in a glass. Coming in at 88 ibu's, this brew just coats your mouth with the best bitterness you can imagine. The nose is piney, citrusy. The taste is to seriously die for. Just resinous as can be. The after taste of hop flavor is killer. A really solid malt backbone as well. This beer is perfect. I will definitely be buying this regularly. Has the taste of a double IPA, but is really just a single IPA. So great. Well done Ska.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a really nice umber color that is clear with an ivory head that settles slowly leaving a very fine lacing down the glass.

The nose is peppery sweet pine and has notes of bread, pine and rainy day in the forest and some nutmeg and camphor.

The taste is a classic American IPA and has a very nicely balanced hoppiness to malt. There are strong notes of pine, fructose, nutmeg, and hops all well blended.

The moustfeel is just right and delivers the complexity across the palate.

Overall an exceptional IPA and well worth packing on a camping trip or with some BBQ.

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Photo of akolb
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 1/3/2016. Remind me not to buy Ska beers near their expiration date. Pours dark amber-red, much darker than your average IPA. Nose is a blast of pine, grapefruit, earth, and sweet caramel. Solid malt background in the taste with enough depth to stand up to the hops. Orange peel, pine, citrus, and more earth. Thick and rich bodied. This is a wonderful IPA that to be encompasses what "dank" means when applied to beers. Layers of earth, pine, and malt. Delicious.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a relatively dark, amber-honey colour with an average head and some impressive lacing.

The nose is as resinous as expected, but well balanced by biscuity malt. A rich layer of simcoe mango, pineapple and grape comes to the forefront as the beer warms.

The hop-malt balance comes through nicely on the tongue, but those promised fruity notes don't really pack as much of a punch as they did in the can. Still, the mouthfeel is very pleasant - exceptionally smooth with full coating and a dry finish. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember when this was one of the first hoppy beers to be put in a can. Pours yellow, white head 1/3" deep. Looks solid. Aroma was of a pine forest and Chinook like hops perhaps?

Taste made me think Simcoe and c hops, good bitterness but not obtrusive. Relatively dry malt body with some English flair to it. This is a good beer for when you are doing outdoor stuff and don't want to be bothered with glassware or Chicago pours.

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

poured from a can dated best by 7-1-2016

bright amber in color with a great pillowy head
real hoppy smells, earthy but some sweetness too
great hop bitterness, resiny. nice balance for me.
medium mouthfeel chewy, clean finish.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a nice golden amber with a large foam head that lasts for 20-30 seconds. Smells consist of citrus and pine with a very nice hops blend. Taste is very nice, bite of hops, splash of citrus, and a nice dry finish give this beer a great appeal. I really like this IPA, one of my favorites for sure. Very nice Ska.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel color, with 30% opacity. Head sticks and laces on the sides.

Sweet caramel and grapefruit on the nose, with fresh oranges.

Very balanced flavor with tons of pale malt, some caramel, pine, breadiness, and orange peel. The pine wins out at the end, still retaining balance and familiarity.

Feel is sticky, resiny, carbonated, and sharp.

Overall this is a great IPA, very tasty and will have again. I like Mandarina better though due to its abundant freshness and total fruity paradise.

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: reddish amber color, nice white head
S: malty and herbal
T: bitter, malty, resinous
F: really coats the tongue, dry finish
O: true to DIPA style, but more bitter than I like in a beer

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look is the highlight here with a good amber colour with a good white head poured from a 12 oz van

S - Toffee, pine, resins and grass. Smells definitely like a dipa

T - follow the smell but less on the caramel malt and more on the herbal notes and a bit of citrus

F - Above average carbonation, quite thick

O - A very bitter brew, not a fruity ipa, a but sweet, a bit dryer might have been appreciated. A bit medicinal

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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 snilsen13
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz cans
West Coast style. Well balanced. The hops aren't memorable (SNPA-like) but it is really good drinking and still West Coast. Sneaky stuff just gets better when you crack your 2nd or 3rd can.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy amber colour. Smells like clean malts, cereal malts, and earthy hops. Quite bitter taste, earthy hops, subtle sweet malts, a hint of floral and citrus hops as well.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a little too one note for me. Was looking for some complexity here but couldn't see too far beyond the piney, resinous hop profile and the sticky, almost sweet malt backend. Fairly medium-full in body, this definitely ramps up the sweetness to balance the hops,

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Photo of 98green
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Classic west coast IPA style. The hops lean more piney than tropical, but the punch is there. Not much malt, so the hops stand out. Glad I finally had a chance to try it.

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Photo of slusk
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a long lasting off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Bright, spicy pine and citrus with orange peel and light caramel. Slight earthiness and ever-so-slight catty hop.

T: Piney, citrus hop forward. light musty, earthy, catty. Bready, light toast and caramel.

F: medium light body, Moderate carbonation. Dry finish, a little astringency.

O: Great beer. Nice big hop flavor and aroma with a well balanced bitterness. Malty underpinning balances the bitterness. Nice complex hop profile with a caramel sweetness that finishes fairly dry. Alcohol is well hidden.

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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 Gobearswalter34
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark orange with a thin white head. Much carbonation.
Smells of carmelized malt and candied citrus hop with nice hop.
A very nice sweet malt that achieves nice balance with the piney hops. The candied, citrus smell is also in the taste.
The warm, people hey hop feeling is one of my favorite things. Feel is nice. As uprising ply good beer.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12 oz can in a Denver mix6 pak. Love the 80s ska shtick.

Poured a clear apricot color. Decent head.
Not much hoppy smell.
Kind of flat looking in the glass, and on the tongue.
Not much hoppiness...meaning not much happiness.
There is some sweet maltiness...maybe 'Maltus Operandi' ?
Not great, wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Yurraay
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

With a name like Modus Hoperandi, I was expecting much more hop flavor and aroma, but it just wasn't the case. It's different and interesting, but in a mediocre kind of way. It's good/okay, just not what I was expecting. Expectations matter!

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark burnt orange with a one finger white head that disappates quickly. Aroma is pine, resin, some grapefruit. Taste follows with pine, resin, citrus fruit rind, grapefruit, a little bitterness, and a nice bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and nicely carbonated. Overall, a decent ipa that I would say leans more toward hoppy ipa, but very clean and drinkable nonetheless.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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