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 mcfisty
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the really appealing looking 12oz can.

Ap= Amber color with nice clarity, and and three finger off white head

Ar= Smells fantastic, Pine and grapefruit peel. Dominated by pine though. This is how American IPAs should smell imho.

F= Flavor follows the nose but with a very pleasant burnt sugar edge to round out the hops. Bitterness way out in front, I love it.

M/D= I would say that this is fairly medium bodied the bitterness does alot for the mouthfeel, but stays pretty easy to drink.

Phenomenal beer all around!!

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Greg for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a solid coppper amber color with very good head retention and impressive, lingering lacing. The nose is likewise impressive, and is fairly sweet and very perfumy, with almost a rose petal like bitternes coupled with a wheatberry aroma. Very, very nice. Flavors replicate the nose in this surprisingly sweet IPA. This has to be one of the sweeter IPA's I've ever tried, but the hoppy bitterness in the finish counters that sweetness very nicely. Also, the alcohol doesn't come through too much, which enhances this beer's drinkability. Ultimately, I'm really impressed by the spicey, hoppy bitterness on the finish, which keeps the sweetness in check with this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied I guess, but the beer finishes well with a fairly crisp and refreshing finish. Drinkability is quite good, despite the level of sweetness I get in this beer.

Interesting stuff, and quite unlike most IPA's I've had on the East and West Coast. Not going to make me trade this in for Sculpin any time soon, but this is a solid IPA.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark orange with a big old two finger white head and very thick lacing on the walls of the glass

S: hops, malts, hops, grapefruit, citrus, spicy hops.

T: hops are the main point of emphasis here but they do balance very well with the nice malty backbone

M: very oily and sticky. medium carbonation. dry and bitter

D: very smooth and easily drinkable. at 6.8% abv it's amazingly drinkable even tastes good straight from the can

Overall I'd say this is in my top 3 session IPA's. Easy to drink, no alcohol burn, goes down smooth and bitter at the same time. Very highly recommended to all hop fans. You can't beat the price either at $7.99/6pk

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. No abv listed, best before 9/27/10. Pours a very clear copper color. White rocky head holds together very well, and leaves some nice patches of sticky lace.

Great pine resin, citrusy hop aroma. Good malt background, some caramel and slightly toasty.

Very solid malt base, not simply pale, but some underlying caramel notes. A great blast of piney hops. A bit of sweetness remains, but helps with balance. Some citrusy notes continue towards the end. Long lingering resiny hop finish.

Medium body, good carbonation. Such an easy drinker. Great hop profile, while not being out of balance too much. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a recent thread, multiple people professed their love for this IPA over Two Hearted. Crazy talk, I thought, but I had to find out for myself. Thanks to ry726, I get that chance. Best by 22 Sept

The pour is shiny copper in color with a dense off-white head with fantastic retention and lacing. Great clarity.
The nose really reminds me of Nugget Nectar (which can only be a good thing) Big pine hop character with some citrus. Bitter orange peel is quite prominent, and there's a delicate fruity and floral character as well. Mild caramel character is present as well. The palate opens big and bitter with a grapefruit and orange zest bitterness up front. Hop flavor is moderate, with some pine and more grapefruit. Malt character is light but noticeable, with some caramel. Drying and bitter on the finish with a great grapefruit character, this is great on the palate. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this feels really soft and smooth on the palate. Thoroughly drinkable, and for the price ($8/6-pack?), it's tough to beat.

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Photo of Sallerj
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a classic American IPA. It has a strong, funky, citrusy aroma. It has a ton of resiny bitterness (but none of the oniony bitterness that I hate). It has enough malt to back it up, while not leaving any doubt that hops are the star of the show. It has a firm, lingering, bitter, finish. There's a little too much stickiness for the ABV. Overall, delicious.

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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 ChadQuest
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a cool beer, a very solid canned beer so it's great for camping trips, and pretty easy to find for most states also, unlike alot of the other quality canned beers like Gordons & Surly.

Poured into a massive snifter.

This stuff has a noticably visible malt backbone from its copper colored body, with a fluffy pillowy head.

Dank. You could get searched for possesion of pot from this stuff. It has such a sticky hoppy resin aroma and flavor. It's awesome. Pretty nice hop bite but the malt is keeping it from going all west-coast on you, Hops hit up front and Malt on the finish. Very creamy for a IPA. easy drinking camping beer to drink lots of.

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Photo of raoulduke37
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a Stone IPA glass. Immediately a very nice head was formed atop a dark copper-orange body. Steady stream of bubbles is quite prevalent. Intense hop aroma - freshly cut grass, some lemon zest, and a strong malt body. This one starts off pretty strong on the malt, with the hops kicking in here and there. Taste resembles malt-forward IPA's like Dark Horse or many other homebrews I've tried. A good solid American IPA, in my book.

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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 rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 12 oz can with a best by date of 7/10.

Appearance: Clear dark orange-amber. Fluffy off-white head with good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops and a whiff of caramel malt. The bright hoppy aroma way overshadows the malt.

Taste: Bitter orange and grapefruit with pine hops flavors. This beer is quite bitter with minimal sweetness from the malt, but it doesnt become overpowering or astringent.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess from the head and nice carbonation. Leaves a sticky, oily coating of bitter hoppy goodness.

Drinkability: A very solid hop-forward and bitter-refreshing IPA. This one is a taste bud destroyer though due to its high bitterness.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my favorite IPA's and since it is now available in cans, it will be a great pool beer for the summer. It pours a great amber color that is a bit darker than other IPA's, with a frothy white head. Strong aromas of citrus, banana and fresh pine. the palate was big, bold and kinda oily, with great pine flavors complimenting the citurs.

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Photo of moz9
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz can into a DFH signature snifter.

Nice amber color, a little darker than a typical IPA, but very nice.

Smell is of citrus, hops with a piney finish. Not an overpowering nose, but very pleasant.

Taste is well balanced, with a nice finish. It doesn't have a lingering aftertaste, although you definitely taste the hops all the way through. The bitterness is just about perfect, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is light. The overall drinkability of this beer is great. In terms of a "session" IPA I would highly recommend this. The fact that it comes in a can certainly doesn't hurt.

Top Notch!

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Photo of zoso493
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a very fresh 12 oz. can into a Ruination pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep auburn that lights up to a bright amber when held up to the light. It's not such a hazy IPA, but it's difficult to see throw on account of the darker color. Atop the beer is a thicker two-finger head that leaves loads of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can tell this can is super fresh because of the immensely intense hop aroma. The smell is just a huge presence of piny and citric hops. I think this is probably one of the pinier IPA's I've smelled, and I'm enjoying it greatly. There is a nice caramel malt background present as well, but the hops are without a doubt the main character in the scent.

Taste: Again, the hops come in full force in the taste. If you're not a hophead, I wouldn't recommend trying Modus Hoperandi - but if you are, this brew is a delight. I've gone back and forth between giving this a 4 or a 4.5 in the taste, but ultimately had to give it a 4.5 because of the wonderfully thick and chewy hop presence in the taste. The caramel malts are not all forgotten, though, and provide a nice undercurrent to (slightly) balance the hops. Make no mistake, though, this is a hopcentric IPA, just as God intended them to be.

Mouthfeel: Modus Hoperandi is somewhere in between an IPA and a DIPA for me in terms of mouthfeel. It's a bit on the thicker side and all those hops give it a big, chewy feel. The aftertaste is particularly extended, but in the case I'll savor it, because it's quite pleasant.

Drinkability: This is a very nice drinking beer, especially at almost 7% ABV, but I'm not sure if I could drink too many of these because of the strength of the flavor.

Overall, this is very impressive IPA and was a pleasant surprise to me. I'm glad I picked up a sixer because, for a hophead, this is a very enjoyable beer. This is one is very under the radar but is absolutely worth trying.

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

I am not a big ska fan at this point, but I'll try anything once, and i've had this beer recommended to me on several occasions.

A: light gold color, good sticky head retention. Inviting and pleasent. Pretty clear.

S: resinous, dank, and piney. Smells somewhat floral and herbal. A heavy hop aroma, I would guess that there is definately some chinook or columbus in this beer.

T: Sweet upfront, but finishes dry enough to keep drinking. Very piney and resinous like the smell. A little tangey. Not super bitter, but you can tell there is plenty of late addition hops. the malt is there, but somewhat subdued. the piney hops dominate this beer. Its a different beer that I would buy again. The aftertaste lasts forever, and is not unpleasent.

M: Nice body to the mouthfeel, leaves you wanting more and finishes smoothly. The taste lingers on your tongue for quite some time.

D: I couldn't sit here and chug these all night, but this beer definitely is drinkable enough for a few. The combination of piney hops is a little too much for me to really say this is a super drinkable beer. The alcohol content is sessionable enough that you can handle it though.

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

Pours clear gold with a medium head, short retention

Smells and tastes very much like bitter hoppy grapefruit. Slightly sweet malt, with a clean hoppy bite at the end. My only complaint is that while the resiny citrus taste is bold, it doesn't for me unfold with depth and complexity. Still, the hops- somewhere in the Simcoe-chinook vein- is in your face good

Body and mouthfeel is middle of the road, which seems appropriate for an American IPA

This is an exceptional IPA- very drinkable

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My nephew took me on a beer run and told me to pick out something and before i could say 'modus hoperandi' he had a six pack of this gem in his hand. I said 'i'll take that, too.' Poured aggressively in a Duvel tulip. A - 4 inch frothy head forms, then when that recedes some nice lacing drapes the curvature of the glass. S - A cross between Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale and Bell's Two Hearted. T - Same as smell with an intense oily hop bitterness. M - Just the right carbonation. D - A real crowd pleaser.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by date: 9/8/10

Pours into a pint glass transparent orange with a thick frothy head. Good lacing all the way down the glass. The scent isn't too terribly strong to me because of allergy season. The taste has a slight hop bite, with floral and grassy notes. It's not bad, it's just not great. Making this a decent session beer, but I've had better session quality AIPA's.

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Photo of abrand
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Best by date of 7.13.2010.

The Modus IPA pours an amber almost copper color with a very frothy off white head and lots of retention on the glass. Very good start with this pour. Aromas are sweet hops, citrus fruits, and some caramel. The quaff is much like the nose with a very well balanced combination of bitter hops and oranges. Other flavors that pop out include pines and malts. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied. Drinkability is great. A very sessionable brew with a decently high ABV that is well hidden. Great stuff from a new brewery to me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer that I was thrilled to enjoy last night. Never really saw how good this one was before, Served from a can and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/03/2010.

Great pour as the orange tinted amber came out of the can and splashed and poured a huge three inch head of white foam that stuck to the side with incredible lacing and a formidable amount of foam. Tons of carbonation was streaming up to the surface throughout the session. Aroma was grapefruit and pineapple heaven. Not piercing bitter, rather totally sweet and fruity and mellow. Wonderful balance of aroma and completely fresh. Really well done. Each sip followed suit as the hops were dripping with freshness and ripe citrus flavor. Touches of sweetness balancing it out nicely as even in the final sips I was pickin up hints of buttery and biscuit like notes before a rich and dry grapefruit finish sealed the deal.

Overall one the best sessionable IPA;s I have had in a long, long time. And probably the best I have ever had out of a can. Blown away by this one.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint

Pours a deep orange with a hazy body and a small, yellow infused cap. Spider web lacing inside the glass.

The aroma is of pithy grapefruit and pine needles. Not overly assertive, more playful than anything. Lightly toasted biscuits lay low and allow the hops to stand tall.

Citrus peel hits you first with caramel malt close behind. The caramel brings some sweetness to the plate while the grapefruit and orange peel bring a hearty dose of bitterness.

The body is medium with ruby red grapefruit bitterness in the finish. A good balance and very tasty.

There is enough balance in this to make it a pretty drinkable IPA while still delivering a strong bitter bite. This was a joy to drink.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear copper orange body capped by a little more than a finger of off-white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: Pungent green and piney hops over a caramel malt body. Big and bold, this is promising so far.

Flavor: A complex blast of leafy, herbal, piney, spicy, and lightly citrusy hops that are nicely bitter throughout. Underneath, there's a biscuity malt backbone keeping the hops grounded nicely. It's not exactly unbalanced, but certainly has the spotlight on the hops. Leafy bitterness and mild grains in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: As long as you're not put off by bitterness, this is an easy drinker.

Verdict: A full and flavorful IPA that's easy to session with brilliantly complex hops, Modus Hoperandi is fantastic little beer. This is something I'd like to have on hand from time to time. Here's hoping the rest of their beers are this solid.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can, best by 09/15/10, served into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours out a dark amber that glows with light because it has sterling clarity. Perfectly translucent (there must be hop extract involved in the brewing of this beer). The head was 2 fingers of tight, bumpy terrain. Gorgeous lacing. This is magazine cover quality.

Dank-ass hops permeate the nose at all times, even upon the immediate opening of the can. Deep pine, some musty pollen and a touch of marijuana make for a lovely dankness. There is some sweet caramel sweetness present but you're mostly thinking about how bitter this should taste. This is pretty much one-note, but what a lovely note it is.

The bitterness strikes first. Its been a long time since I've had an IPA with such flat-out bitterness and guess what? I LIKE IT. Lots of floral and vegetal flavors develop as the beer sits on your tongue. There is a mysterious lack of citrus until the very end, when the garden taste gives way to the subtle, fleeting flavors of tangerine and lemon. The finish is all pine and bitterness.

Refreshing bitterness! The mouthfeel is nearly medium-bodied. It is pretty light but the active carbonation thickens things up a wee bit. It feels like the best of both worlds when it comes to IPA mouthfeel preferences. I just typed that because some people like their double IPAs on the thick side. ... I just compared Modus Hoperandi to a double IPA, didn't I? Well, that's how much hop flavor is packed into this single IPA. Tons of flavor, yet very easily drinkable.

I'm pretty damn impressed with this offering from Ska Brewing. I like Modus Hoperandi more than other well-regarded canned IPAs like Caldera IPA or Surly Furious. I'd love to bring this dankfest along with me fishing sometime.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer is a super dark orange that is slightly clear. The head is off white, pretty light looking. It rises about a finger is gone quickly leaving a very thin head. Lacing is pretty good.

The aroma is strong and complex. It starts off with a little citrus in the grapefruit variety then it finishes a very strong fresh hoppiness. Bitterness is there buts its more of dry hopped fresh in your hand hoppiness.

The taste is super hoppy, almost a little to bitter for my liking, plus it dominates from start to finish with little complexity. There is some definite pine.

The feel is a little watery, but has a very dry bitter finish.

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Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cool looking can courtesy of abrand, thanks again!

Best by 7/13/10, so this should be pretty fresh.

Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a nice big white head.

Aromas are quite nice. Some hard candies, a hint of pine, and sweet citrus, kind of like oranges.

Taste is pretty hoppy and bitter. Starts out with some crispness, a mineral like hop bite, and some undertones of creamy malts. Finish has another blast of hops, pine, and a general aspirin like bitterness. Pretty dry too.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth, and full, but not heavy.

Drinkability is up there for me. This is my kind of IPA, lots of bitter hops flavors, but not too much so, and not overly high in ABV. I could easily drink a handful of these, very good stuff. Wish it was available to me locally, this would be a staple in my backpack over the summer.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,707 ratings.
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