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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: 796 | Ratings: 2,686
Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this can!

Finally bustin' into the box I recently received from Paul. This bit o' haul pours a clear sunset amber topped by about a finger of white micro-foam. The nose is a lovely see-saw ride piloted on the one side by some sharp grapefruit and on the other by some lusciously sweet caramel. The taste shows that, as you get closer to the aforementioned playground scene, the grapefruit (who's wearing a Pine jersey) is actually decently fatter than the caramel, but, at the same time, he's nice and laid-back (I've seen some asshole kids who look very similar to this one). They play pretty well together, even if it looks a bit awkward. Ahem. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that doesn't overdo it on the hops and yet doesn't fall victim to over-malting. Good times.

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

Thanks to lnashsig for hooking me up with this one! Received and consumed on the same day!

First off, the can is awesome! Poured into a DFH snifter.

A: Pours a clear ruby/amber color with a very chunky 2 finger head. It slowly dissipates to about 1/2 finger of small bubbles and this lasts for quite some time. Nice chunky lacing down the sides.

S: Extremely floral aroma. There is some nice citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind at the back end. There is a little bit of a toasted aroma, but extremely faint, mostly hops going on here.

T: Nice citrus flavor, with grapefruit predominantly. There is also a little bit of pine that leads way to some smooth caramel malt.

M/D: Leaves a dry sticky finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, very happy with this beer. Extremely drinkable, would have guessed it a little lower abv, which is always good. Glad I have some more of this in the fridge!

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to emmasdad for getting me this as an extra. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a dark copper color with a bubbly white head. Moderate lacing and head retention.

Aroma is very good and strong with hops. I could smell the hops as soon as I cracked the can. A lot of pine and citrus flavors in the nose.

Taste is very good as well, very citrusy with some grapefruit and pine flavors. The malt adds a little sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. This is a very delicious IPA that I could easily drink several of. I enjoyed this one very much.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into my Duvel tulip, copper/orange color with about two fingers of off white head that faded with minimal lacing.

Strong aroma of citrus, orange/grapefriut. Big on hops with moderate maltiness.

Very smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation which makes this beer very easy to drink.

For me a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gracious extra from xpimptastikx. Thanks Michael.

The beer is transparent and copper to orange in color. The aroma is the best aspect of the beer. Fresh, dank hop scents, nice notes of pine. Good flavor as well. Hop forward with a pleasant, lingering bitterness. Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A solid IPA. I would have this again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my. What the hell is this? I ordered this beer after seeing a can in the cooler that I didn't recognize. What good fortune!

The hop oils on this are so thick that if I immediately wonder if this is wet hopped. Thick resin tones. It's so thick and that I almost want to say that it's too much. But, too much? Who knows about all of that. I like this one though. One of the more unique and interesting beers I have had in a long time.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was as if I had a CANopy in my sleeper car on this trip! I was certainly enjoying the fruits of my short visit to CHI, so much so that I called the brewery and found out that they have only been CANning this beer since February 2009. It's label read: "Walk, Kite, Recycle, Hide, Seek, Plant, Recycle, Grow, Shower, HHH, Tube, Recycle."

I got a rocky one-and-a-half fingers of ecru head with great retention from my pour. The nose smelled like a pine forest. Now, we were talkin'! Heck, I'd trade for more of this in a heartbeat. Color was a deep BUPGOO amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a hops bite that put everything else that I had drank thus far on the trip to shame. Oily, resinous, truly piney, yow! The finish was bone-dry. There must have been malt at some point in the brewing process, but you could not prove it by me. Man, was this goood.

Beach/Shore: Hell, no! Take this camping! It screams mountainous pine forest. More, more, more.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Copper with an off-white head. Nice head with good retention and nice rings of lace down the glass. A little dark.

Smell - Musty pine hops with a hint of grapefruit citrus. Toasty malts. No sweetness. Kind of a weak hop aroma.

Taste - Sweet caramel malt is significantly stronger than the hops. The pine and citrus play second fiddle. The bitterness is intense and lingering.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness at least covers some of that malt. It's not sweet, but there's nowhere near enough malt to back it up. It's pretty drinkable though, especially with food.

Overall - Nothing special. Nothing bad, either. More hops, please.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bitterbill!

Pours orange amber with a creamy, turning rocky, off-white head that leaves plenty of ringed/ sheeted lacing.

The smell is minty/spicy, menthol-like with herbal/resinous, and citric notes. Beautifully hoppy!

The taste is minty with resin/pine with a splash of grapefruit. It is backed/balanced by a sweet caramel maltiness. Pine and a touch of alcohol in the finish, combines with a menthol-like character that leaves a refreshing dryness.

It has a smooth, slightly oily, medium body with mild carbonation.

Nice hop spicing with a caramel backround. Great to see a delicious IPA in a can! If it were available in my area, would certainly purchase!

Thanks again, Bill!

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a 1/4" head. Nose is of citrus hops. Taste is flowers, grapefruit-citrus, and piney hops with a moderate bitterness and mild malts in the finish. This beer light to medium bodied and well carbonated.

This was a nice find. I like a good beer coming in a can. I'll definitely drink this again.

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

Modus Hoperandi, Ska Brewing Company

Hazy, deep orange, nearly crimson, smallish white head.

Grapefruit, pine, and citrus pith in the nose, not too loud, but perky and delightful.

Taste: citrus zest blasts the palate, mixed well with caramel malt, sweetness up against bitter. Delicious. Mildish mouthfeel, cool and even, but with never-ending bitterness hanging in there, riding right along. Bright fruit, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bumps up against tasty malt.
Great balance. Nice.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Falling Rock pub in Denver. From notes.

This is a real gorgeous beer. A real glowing amber red, almost ruby, with hints of orange hues all around the edges. Light off white head presented with a finger. Fast thin rising bubbles with huge sheets of lacing coating in rings while drinking.

Nose is wonderfuly balanced and subtle. Hints of hop citrus zest and light caramel. Very nice airy toast grain and powdered cinnamon. Not a blast but real nice.

Palate hits with a nice light caramel like malt richness. Incredibly chewy brown sugar, with a hop warmth freshness in the mid palate. After taste hits somewhere between herbal tea and citrus orange. Feel is just a good bite of malt density with wonderful chewy grains and bread like character.

Not a hop lovers dream brew, but a fantastic slightly hoppy amber that really delivers, I really enjoyed this one.

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

Got a sixer of this from Binny's - served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly with tons of sticky lacing. Hazed brown-orange color that is a little bit muted (doesn't have that "glow").

S - Huge piney hops with notes of lemony citrus and fresh-cut grass. There's a tiny bit of caramel maltiness, but this is really hop-forward. Pretty potent stuff!

T - Taste is a little more malt-forward with some nice toffee and caramel notes to go with some nice citrus and tropical flavors. The aftertaste is surprisingly light, and there's is only mild hop bitterness at the top of the palate.

M - Refreshing, somewhere between thin and medium-bodied and moderate carbonation that provides a light tingle on the upper lip.

D - This is probably the best value IPA available in Chicago - it was something like $7 for a sixer. Goes down easy and tastes pretty good - and there is nothing to prevent having multiple brews (carbonation, aftertaste, etc.)

This is going to be my new go-to brew for parties and outdoorsy stuff - at least until I get more cans of Furious.

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

The Modus Hoperandi....is not only an awesome name...but a pretty good beer! Our local watering hole had this on tap...Yeah BABY! Teh appearance was a darker copper, clear with finger thick head which laced every step of teh way! The smell was pine and citrus....more pine though than citrus. The taste was apine cirtus balanced by malt. very good IPA. Themouthfeel was also good....and not tooo over the top with only 6.8% abv as compared to the Decadent that had 10%+. Abosolutely a must try!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, dark, slightly hazed, copper-amber coloring with a frothy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas are super-resinous, with a blast of pine pitch and tropical fruit notes. Wow. Some caramel notes and pepper spice in the background, too. Smells great. Flavors are very balanced, with a solid does of pineapple and mango on the forward tongue, and just enough resin and bitter hops to balance it perfectly. Spicy notes here and there, with subtle caramel notes ribboning in the backbone, as well. Amazingly balanced IPA, and very drinkable. The body is smooth and robust, but it finishes very light, dry, and slightly astringent. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink. Hop-heavy, fruity aftertaste, with a building bitterness. This is a great beer.

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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 drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is amber and clear with a big head and mod carb.

Super pine aroma. Nice.

Medium body, chewy hops, nice bitterness. Wow, I am impressed. This is probably the best IPA from a can I've ever had. Its definitely of the piny variety but simcoe is a good hop too. Well done ska.

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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 Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good chestnut pour produced a fluffy white head that chunked up in the middle and laced around the side.
Big aroma and hop taste. Pine and slippery resin, somewhat buttery. Malts are well balanced and keep this IPA from running away. Mellowed out as it warmed and lost some bite. Fairly drinkable, would like to see more citrus in this AIPA. Overall, very good.

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

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness level. Tastes of strong floral hops, sweet malt, strong dark citrus, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, a good body, blend, and appearance.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2" head that lasts. Some spotty lacing develops during the session.

Smell: grapefruit, hint of pine, and some soft fruity sweetness.

Taste: bready malt character, caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, soft pine, red apples, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp at the start, lightly crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste focuses on the bitterness and citrus.

Drinkability: easy to consume IPA. Nicely refreshing too. Definite sessionable IPA.

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

On-tap at the Paramount Cafe in Denver, on to the beer:

Looks copper orange in color with a semi-creamy texture of head on top. The nose is very aggresive with the hops, with a good combination of piney grapefruit and crystal malt, and its hoppy nature continues into the taste. Citrusy flavors of orange, grapefruit, and lemon mix well together. There's is a thin layer of caramel from the malt which provides just a little sweetness. In a city filled with a number of good hop options, Modus Hoperandi can hold its own.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is full of pine and grapefruit, with some nice sweet biscuit malt notes also thrown in. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of big, resinous pine notes and a medium amount of bitterness. There is also some orange citrus in there, but it hides behind the pine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA.

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

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Poured aggressivly a very nice slight hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, very slight malt notes, citrus and pines. The taste is a hop bomb, slight malty notes, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice and bitter/hoppy. Very drinkable, this one really surprised the shit out of me, highly recommend, thanks Billy Boy, lol

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big shout out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit on the hoppy side, considerably bitter, not much else. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth. Overall not a bad beer, but I feel it could use a little more balance.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,686 ratings.
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