Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi
2,744 Ratings
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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Ratings: 2,744 |  Reviews: 812
Photo of benloho
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ckeegan04
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color with a two finger light brown head. Excellent retention and lacing. Lots of little carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Big grapefruit citrus aroma. Hints of a little orange as well. Faint biscuity sweetness underneath.

T - Citrusy hops up front that carry through the entire beer. Lots of grapefruit and even a touch of some tropical fruits. The malt backbone is present but very muted and gives a light biscuity taste. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is at a good level, could be a touch higher. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of mick303
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Edinburgh BrewDog. From notes.
oily appearance of a dark caramel colour

Smell is full of resin-y hops, some bready malt.
Taste is smooth and complex, satisfying rich body, and a touch of molasses sweetness and full dry hops, quite solid all-round ipa. Rich citrus with grapefruit and resin, hops and a piney aftertaste with walnut and a bit of herbal dryness. Very tasty and rich.

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Photo of PG2G
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a pale amber with a large head, The aroma is classic, with caramel and toasted malts, pine, bitter orange peel, and dried mango. The flavor starts slightly sweet, with burnt sugar caramel malts leading, then becomes fruity, with citrus peel, dried mango, mandarin orange, and finishes with a nice and bitter dry pine. The mouthfeel is fairly full, with bright carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer - a classic wets coast IPA that hits all the right notes.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Best by date on the bottom of the can, drink by April 2012.

A- Pours a dark orange color with a nice finger and a half head, fluffy and white.

S- Loads of bitter hops, citric and piney, hints of caramel malt in the back.

T- Hops, hops, and more hops. From the first sip the flavor is powerfully bitter, with hops that are clean, dry and leafy, backed up by citrus and pine. Caramel malt tries to lend some balance to it, but can't really stand up against the hop onslaught. Hints of booze. Finishes dry and bitter.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, has a slick, oily feel.

O- A pretty damn tasty IPA, the clean, crazy bitter hop flavor is great, a great choice for a six pack.

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Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ALC82
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wer34truh
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pmcadamis
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - I tried this one in a nice little green can at Kelleher's in Peoria. It's a nice medium orange, slightly hazy, with a two finger white head that throws some good lookin' lace on the pint glass.

S - The can is three or more shades or green, and nothing could describe the nose with more accuracy. This is lively, green, fresh, and hoppy as all hell. A little pine and a good deal of zesty lime-like citrus.

T - Citrus hops, fresh green pine, and some good solid caramel malt. This one is doing everything right so far!

M - Medium bodied, fresh, firm, and well built. A lot of carbonation makes this an excellent beer to enjoy with food, and the hoppy fresh flavors really stick with you after swallowing.

D - A supremely quaffable IPA that comes in a can! This is a perfect session brew, and now you can take it fishing, camping, or to sporting events (can you have a beer at Junior's little league came? You sure can if you put a can of this excellent brew in a nice innocent can cozy).

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color with a thick off white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of a big citrus and pine flavor. A little maltiness can also be found.

Tastes of the big citrus and pine hops upfront with a good malty backbone to support it. The malt is a nice sweet caramel malt. This is not unbalanced.

The mouthfeel has a medium body with a creamy and smooth finish.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep copper appearance, but clear. 2 fingers, huge head! Nice sticky lacing all over the glass. This is how an IPA should always look!

S - Tons of piny, and citrusy hops.

T - Like the smell, tons of hops! Piny and citrusy! Very well balanced. Alcohol is pretty prevelant for a 6.5% brew, or I would have given it a 4.5

M - Full bodied and well carbonated!

O - About as good of an IPA out there. Very cool that it comes in cans. Wish I could get this in Georgia. Thanks to my bro who got this for me for Christmas, brought back while out west on vacation!

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Photo of Cooker_stp
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Westyn
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was semi-cloudy and bright cooper. One finger of manilla envelop colored head formed. When opened it sound flat, not much carbonation evident, but a vigorous pour created adequate head which remained throughout. Some lacing remained. The can art reflects the Ska culture.

Smell was piney and earthy. An organic rotting hay aroma.

Taste was grapefruit pith. Caramel sweetness was eclipsed by the hops which left a long lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and had moderate carbonation.

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Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of NJB145
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MidwestBA
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear amber color that resembles iced tea. A 1 finger white head melts into a frothy cap with a raised collar that holds on to the glass.

S - Sweet ruby red grapefruit, woody pine, toffee malt, mint.

T - Pine comes out first then a blast of mint leaf hits, the caramel malt brings in some cookie-like sweetness and rides out until the finish. Leafy mint and grapefruit rind take over toward the finish and coat the mouth with different kind of bitterness.

M - Medium body, crisp, adequate carbonation.

I picked this up randomly and I'm glad I did. Lots of leafy mint and citrus rind hops going on as well as a solid malt bill. This provides an afterburner type bitterness. Well done. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, best before July 2, 2015, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

The beer pours a very dark amber color, clear with orange hues with a big soapy, foamy head, about 2 fingers high with very nice retention yielding plenty of webbed lace. The aroma is bitter, plenty of piney hops, grapefruit rind, earthy and grassy flavors with a big malt backbone, sweet, rich and balancing. The flavors are nice, piney, sappy, sticky hops, a bit of citrus, heavy on the bitter and earthy rind, but some juiciness is there too, grassy, dirty, earthy, plenty of amber malts, not too heavy, less so than the nose suggested, more bitter than the 65 IBU indicates, which I like. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, medium body, ample carbonation, lively texture, easy finish that has a dry bite.

Verdict: A really nice staple IPA from Ska Brewing, definitely one that can be put away easily and is still rewarding. Simple but enjoyable, refreshing but substantial.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,744 ratings
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