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 samie85
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange/amber with a white head.

S-Dank, resiny pine with grapefruit, orange, pineapple and caramel malt

T-Pineapple, pine and grapefruit bitterness with sweet caramel malt backing. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slick, and it has low carbonation.

D-Deliciously drinkable, the aroma starts things off full speed and the taste doesn't disappoint.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a quite clear amber that is topped with a massive off-white head after the pour. After it settled it still had great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is definitely hoppy and herbal upfront with some light pine and citrus notes.

Taste is certainly strong with bittering hops with a bit of citrus in the finish. There is also a nice light malt backbone in the beer to balance it out however the hops definitely take center stage.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. Its pretty smooth and seems to coat the tongue fairly well leaving the bitterness to linger for a while.

Drinkability is pretty nice! A good example of the style that goes down pretty easy. Great session beer for me and I would enjoy having quite a few more in the future.

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear tapered glass goblet. Best by 8/6/10 stamped on can. Purchased as 6-pack at Skee-Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $8.99.

A: Medium amber hue with prodigious 2-finger beige head with nice retention and several dense lines of lacing

S: Herbal and earthy aromas blend with citrus and floral notes to deliver a delicious hops component. A slight pale malty sweetness lingers in the background.

T: Hops are strong and very bitter with pine, herbal, and woody-earthy hops qualities finished with substantial citrus and floral contributions. Serious hoppiness. Pale malts play a one-dimensional supporting role throughout.

M: Nice coating quality to the feel with solid medium-or-slightly higher body with mid-range carbonation and good earthy, citrus hops aftertaste.

D: An IPA to be reckoned with -- exceptional range of different hops aromas and flavors on a substantial but uncomplicated malt base is a recipe for an exceptional brew.

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Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz can into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a hazed orange color with a 3/4" sudsy white head that dropped to a broken skim failry quickly. Lots of clingy web lace left on my glass.

S= Hop forward in the nose, even for an IPA. Lots of pine and citrus hop character and some hoppy dankness all present. Slight alcohol and a hint of malt/caramel.

T= Slight malt base offered a bit of caramel here and ther but this was mostly a hop explosion. Resiny pine hop character was greater than the citrus component but bot were present. A leafy, earthy hop flavor in there too. Base bitterness was substantial but not scraping-my-teeth bitter. Not a lot in the way of fruity esters came through the hop onslaught. Some alcohol in the dry finish but nothing offensive.

MF= Medium bodied with a fairly soft carbonation that was right in the zone for this style.

D= A well made IPA that certainly delivers on the hop bitterness and provides the kind of hop flavor that the piney-hop lovers will appreciate.

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Photo of omahawk
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - it's a hazy, amber with a decent head.
S - Terrific hops aroma - citrus and pine.
T - Perfect balance of mild malt, hop bitterness, hop flavor / aroma. Most beers with this much flavor have alot of malt backbone as well, and for me seems a little "extreme". This beer has it just right, I could definitely crack open another.
D - Per the taste comments above, this is very drinkable for a heavily hopped beer.

Modus in cans is as good as it gets.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can with best by date 7/05/10. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is hazy amber with slightly off-white head that stands up two inches or so. Nose is leafy hoppy citrusy and some candied hop notes. Palate is sharp and aggressively bitter and defined. Finish is short and with lots of leafy notes.

Notes: An awesomely hoppy, bitter and highly sessionable, if slightly extreme, IPA. Can is a bonus for portability.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce green can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light amber color with a OK amount of head that left a little lacing.

Smell: Very nice fruity hop smell with more of a citrus but with a little berry as well.

Taste: This is quite bitter with some of the fruity flavors. It would be nice if there was maybe a little more of the fruity hop flavor.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Hazy copper orange, topped with a loose and soapy looking one inch head that washes away into bits of bubbly head clinging around the sides of the glass. Lacing good

S; Loads of hops, earthy hops dominate but citrus flavors are not far behind. A great balance struck between over-the-top hoppiness and sweet, biscuity malt.

t/MF: Thick, resiny hop oils, pine, pine nuts, light biscuity maltiness. This beer promises hops and does not disappoint. Finish is pine mixed with a bit of apricot. Feel is softly carbonated, light enough to not be sticky and without an oppressive dryness.

D: Interesting beer from Ska, never was really wild about any of their offerings until I came across their pale ale and figured that their IPA could only be better and it certainly did not disappoint.

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Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first offering from Ska Brewing

A: Slightly cloud amber color with an inch thick head that leaves pretty nice lacing. Head retention isnt great. Some rising carbonation

S: Light herbal hoppy note, with hints of pininess and citrus. Also present is a flowery hop note. Behind that there is some nice caramel flavors, definitely more on the balanced side

T: Probably slightly past its peak hoppiness but still very tasty. The hops are very floral and grassy with light bits of pine and citrus. Also present is quite a bit of caramel to balance out the hops

M: Slightly rough around the edges but there is a good amount of body and no heat

D: I think a could put down quite a few of these and it would be quite enjoyable and I look forward to trying more from this brewery

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll give SKA bonus points for this beer. Very clever.

My ale poured a big two fingered head of amber, fine foam that exhibited nice lacing throughout this drinking session. The color was a nice tea colored golden brown with moderate clarity.

The aroma is of piney resinous hops. I'm not sure what else is there as the hop aroma was so robust that it burned out my olfactory senses!

This beer is not for anyone that isn't in love with hops. There is a very intense resinous hop flavor with a nice sweet malt background, but not much else in the way of depth of flavor. But who cares! If you love hops, this ale with satisfy your craving for sure.

Drinkability is average unless you want to burn out your taste buds on bitter hops. Still, a respectable IPA. I'd enjoy another if I had one.

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

An amber copper pour with medium creamy white head and nice lacing. Steady carbonation. Looks good. Refreshing smell. Reminiscent of a classic West coast IPA with its raw, gritty hop character. Very fresh and inviting. The nose brings more citrus up front than anything aside from the green grassy goodness. Pine settles in behind it along with a touch of caramel. Taste has the pine coming through more quickly. Still raw, gritty, fresh hop flavors abound. I'd say it's on the bitter side for sure but well restrained all the same. Nice and crisp, lightly dry bitterness in the end that only suckers you in for more. Pretty mouth watering if I do say so myself. The ESB has always been solid in my book, this one does it more than justice. Don't overlook these guys.

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

On tap at Petrol Station. Amazingly, this looks identical to the Saint Arnolds Spring Bock I finished directly before ordering this, clear copper with a thin head. Actually this IPA has more lacing, other than that it looks really similar. The aroma is NICE, so strong with various hops notes that I'd take this for a DIPA. My nose reports pine resin, all kinds of citrus fruit (mainly grapefruit but also orange and/or apricots), maybe some grassiness too. All of this comes through in the taste, along with a strong malt base, enough sweet caramel counterplay to again make a case for this being a DIPA. The bitterness in the aftertaste is lower than that point which I'd consider objectionable, just excellent flavor all the way through. This is easily my favorite from Ska, I'll make a point of picking up bottles or cans when I see them.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly dark amber color with a finger+ of off-white head. The head dissipated to a little less than a finger after several minutes - so decent retention. Lots of sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Smells like a good IPA should, IMHO. A nice mix of pine and grapefruit hops meet the nose. A nice mix of floral and earthy.

T: Lots of bitter hops throughout each sip sit on top of a slightly sweet malt backbone. A fair amount of pine mixes with some bread and just a touch of lemon and orange. Lacks the complexity and balance of a great IPA, but a respectable flavor nonetheless.

M: Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D: A decent IPA. It probably wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't mind having it again. The flavor could use a little more sweetness to balance out the grainy malt and bitter hops.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Okay, this one pours up a medium shade of amber in color, which I wasn't expecting it to be this dark. This is a good sign for me and my tastes. A two-fingered head of fluffy, eggshell colored, foam sits on top. The retention is great and the lacing is thick and sticky.

Loads of crisp, fresh, hops dominate the nose. Bold pine scent hits me first but is quickly overpowered by yellow grapefruit and a ton of other citrus notes. Orange and lemon are also standouts, and I get hints of mango and even a touch of peach. There is a very light hint of caramel malt, but I had to look for it.

The caramel malts are a touch more obvious in the taste. They reach out to your tastebuds first, then get pummeled by the hops attacking. They do remain throughout the glass, but they are way down at the base of the flavors. Hops are the shining star of this brew. They follow the same characteristics that they had in the nose. Big pine and citrus notes weave in and out, saying 'look at me!'. A nice, medium level of bitterness.

This is medium, almost full, bodied. It's much thicker than expected, for the style. It goes down nicely though, with a light touch of creaminess.

All-in-all, this is a fairly good american IPA. Smooth enough to drink several, yet bitter enough to keep a hophead interested.
Well done, Ska. Pick it up, pick it up!

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this great brew poured out of a can at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC

This IPA pours a deep orange color with a thick frothy off white head that leaves great lacing down the side of your glass as you sip away. A grapefruit and pine cone smell dominate the nose with faint hints of orange peel lingering in the background. This beer is definitely hoppy with lots of citrus, but it is well balanced by the caramel malts that come out after the initial hop explosion. Medium-bodied with an abv of 6.8%, this beer could be considered sessionable for Hopheads.

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Photo of jdklks
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is quite nice, though more like an amber than an ipa. Dark, unfiltered amber color with a soft white head that lingers and laces the glass thickly. bits of hops are actually floating around in the brew, only to settle at the bottom. crazy. Smell is fantastic. I can't not give it a 5. Rivals the best ipas and Dipas. Tons of hops, citrusy, piney. orange and mango, with a hint of a malt profile. outstanding.

The flavor is great up front, but trails off in the finish. Lots of citrusy, piney notes up front, with a great fruit sweetness. The middle is where the hops shine, though perhaps not as pronounced as they are in finish. The finish and aftertast are of grapefruit bitterness. Whats the problem? The balancing malts, don't do the hops justice, and just really dont blend well in the finish and aftertaste, leaving a dry bitterness that makes you want to take another drink to have to avoid the aftertaste. Okay, it's not that bad, but it does bring its score down a little.

Mouthfeel is great. Well carbonated and medium bodied. well done for an ipa. Drinkability is definitely up there. Refreshing as you want the style to be.

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Photo of chaz410
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at flying saucer.
Smells of sweet orange citrus and piney hops. SOme nice caramel and pilsner malt underlying the hop profile.
Taste of sweet caramel slathered with spicey citus and mango style hops. Finishes with an earthy pine hop and slight alcohol ring.
Smooth mouthfeel with crsip finish.
Easy to drink IPA I like it better in can though

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5


Ska Brew. Co

Modus Hoperandi

L= 4.0 average white medium sustaining head

S= 4.0 decent nose of Grapefruit and light pine

T= 4.0 Light sweet malt backing with grapefruit and pine upfront.

F= 3.5 Good feel

D= 4.5 It comes in a can! Whats not to love about this beer. You can take it everywhere and it taste great. I cant imagine going camping without this one. Good beer

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with strong orange hues. Very large, frothy 2-finger head. One of the creamiest heads in recent memory. Excellent retention and very nice lacing.

Bright, floral hop nose. Very sharp. Wide variety of citrus with grapefruit, lemon, orange, and maybe even some mango on the back end.

Nice hop bite on entry and grows very nicely from there. Slightly sour up front, but tart grapefruit takes over quickly. Finishes very strong in the bitters, but just the slightest note of honey sweetness present.

Nice creamy body offsets the bitterness very well.

The creamy body makes this very easy to down.

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Photo of ebraun
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a deep copper with a pillow-y sticky head that left a goodly amount of lacing down the glass.

S: Hops and more hops. Pine up front fading to grapefruit.

T: Whoo wee. A lot going on here. The nose would lead you to believe it's going to be nothing but hops. The taste however is quite complex. After the hop bite fades it mellows to pineapple and a touch of caramel and vanilla. Really, really great.

M: Surprisingly smooth and creamy with a little peppery burn in the back of the mouth. Not a terribly dry finish.

D: Very drinkable, not really a session beer, but you could knock back a few, for sure.

Funny packaging with comic on the bottom of the sixer. I like the sort of attitude of this brewery, different and fun.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange amber color with a small white head that retains nicely and leaves some good bits of lacing.

Aroma starts with some piney hops upfront and soon gives rise to some fresh tropical fruits.

The pine comes out in the taste more predominantly than anything else. Lighter notes of grapefruit and pineapple show up in the back along with a touch of caramel. Some more caramel and a little orange show up in the finish.

Meidum body and medium carbonation. This turned out to be a great IPA, with an excellent hop profile that wasn't completely overdone. The slight malt background blended nicely with the hops and made this very enjoyable.

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

Again special thanks from LongBeachHopHead great extras every trade.

A- Cloudy orange and amber color with a one finger head and some great lacing.

S- Piney with a heavy citrus kick with a very small hint of honey.

T- Very good IPA, great hop taste balanced with hints of Citrus maybe grapefruit.

M- Sticky and light overall a well balanced IPA.

D- Extremely drinkable went down very smooth.

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

my first can review. thanks goes out to Doodler for this one.

A- pours an light orange/amber color with a finger of thick white head. nice head retention and heavy lacing

S- some pungent stuff. full of citrus and sticky pine. very inviting IPA.

T- not as much citrus flavors. centered more around pine and a load of bitterness. a tad bit of sweetness. everything melds very well into a great beer.

M- nice sticky feel while not being to heavy in body for an IPA. carbonation is at a very pleasant level, too.

D- a great beer that goes down super easy. one that feels at home filling a cooler ready to taken fishing, camping, etc.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear copper, with a nice creamy head, light retention, some lacing

very floral with hints of pineapple, orange, and pine

starts out floral. the malts then kick in and a bitter citrus and pine emerges. lots of white grapefruit, pine, and orange through the finish. bitter orange aftertaste.

light body and light carbonation

ABV is a little up there but this is delicious and i could drink this all night long. great hoppy bitterness through. one of the better IPAs ive had in a long time.

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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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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,708 ratings.
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