Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by GilGarp on 03-03-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,711
Reviews:
802
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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252
Gots:
507
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7
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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of TimmyJ21.

Appearance: Burnished copper. Head is small and drops to a tiny wispy collar after a few minutes. Touches of lacing. Very clear. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Oily, dank and citrusy. Nice backing of pine resin. Huge hits of orange and grapefruit. A touch of pith, and low-grade weed. Malts run a little sweet and give a nice backbone to the hop presence. Some caramel sweetness as well. A touch of roasted malt.

Taste: Same pithy bitterness as the nose with a slightly oily pine needle finish. A building bitterness on the swallow. Orange and grapefruit assert themselves and help to balance some of the more bitter aspects. Malts are a little dialed down from the nose and provide a mild backing sweetness. Touches of mint. Mild roasted character with a bready finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I like with the style, meaning it runs a little under medium. Carbonation is on point and lends itself to a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Touch of lingering dryness.

Overall: Definitely a solid IPA in a can. I wouldn't mind having access to this on a regular basis. Looks like Colorado scores another point in the "We make excellent beer" department.

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Photo of tclipse
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of benloho
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of djtomain
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kbutler1
2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can. Best by date of 12/01/11 - this being only 6/21/11 I wouldn’t want to hold onto it unitl December but meh what do I know. Poured into a tulip glass dark copper color with a 1 finger light tan head that settles down at a medium pace. Not overly fruity aroma but definite notes of grapefruit/orange. Some floral type notes as well. Medium mouthfeel. Grapefruit, metallic, and then a building bitterness that seems to get fairly bitter. Lingering bitterness. This IPA just didn’t fit well with me. IMO not very balanced and had some off flavors both in the nose and the taste. Minimal lace.

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Photo of msumike89
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tumbler.

Pours a hazy amber/wheat color with almost no head and just a bit of lacing. Nose is nice and hoppy, fruity, fresh and crisp.

Damn, very good. Very bitter and hoppy, almost to the point of an IIPA w/ a low abv. It's still got a light maltiness, a bit weak but for a West coast IPA I think it's perfect. Smooth and sweet at first with a bitterness in the back that lingers for a bit.

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Photo of stampfler07
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber golden with a significant head that is quite frothy

S- Strong pine and juniper hop aromas, what I think of when I think of an IPA aroma, definitely my favorite part of the beer

T- Strong hop flavor off the bat with minimal bitterness until towards the end, slightly warming, grassy notes on the finish, very green throughout, slight malt sweetness in the middle provides a good balance in the taste

M- Low carbonation, medium body, lingering warmth and feel on the aftertaste

O- Really liked this one, love the smell and I love that there is some good balance even though it's got a ton of hop flavor

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 TheBishopco
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brother_kenneth
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This extra can was kicked to me generously by Ryan011235. I penned out some notes over at his place after GLBC's public sales.

A- I am faced with a deep, clouded copper colored beer. A darker take on the style, which it seems is something Ive been seeing more of lately. It sports a parchment colored head that gets up to about a finger (the standard BA unit of measure) in height.

S- Quite malty on the initial whiffs. Caramel malts seem apparent. The aroma then moves through a floral and tea-like phase on its way to a piney and bitter grapefruit spike.

T- Herbal, floral and tea like hops kick things off. A caramel maltiness peaks its head out in the middle, just before some grapefruits make themselves known. The finish is caramely with a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness.

M- Sharp and stinging. Dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brbrocc
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Sazz9
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- Clean copper with mild carbonation leading to a foamy off white head. Lacing absolutely coats the inside of the glass. Film of head retains throughout. Delicious looking IPA

S- Big west cost style nose. Lots of citrus and fresh pine trees. Somewhat dank. Mainly just hops, but not an overly powerful nose for the style

T- Hop forward again. A little more pine that citrus detected here. It is as bitter as it claims as it attempts to pound the palate into submission with hop oils. The hop profile seems a little discombobulated, if not messy. A lack of malt gives this one a "hot" quality as it goes down, but then it redeems itself with a surprisingly smooth finish.

M- Fairly drinkable, mild carbonation, bitter as can be, but not too dry

O- Looks great, but just seems to lack anything truly inspiring in my opinion. Better than average, but doesn't really set itself apart from a very competitive pack

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Photo of krl2112
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of deadliest
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can with no freshness date poured into a pint glass.

A- copper colored body with a large off white head. the head reduces to a thin layer across the top of my glass and leaves a solid ring of sticky lace on the sides.

S- the nose is dominated by hops. loads of piny and grassy hops. some hints of a caramel malt tries to balance it out but fails.

T- the taste is basically nothing but hops. lots of floral and pine. some citrus notes as well. theres a very faint toffee/caramel malt trying to be noticed, but its hard to do so.

M- thinner than your average IPA with a high level of carbonation. crisp and refreshing.

D- very easy to finish and almost low enough ABV to drink all night. great beer for anything outside in the summer. i cant wait to bring this one camping!

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Photo of nrs207
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a 1 finger off-white head that leaves a really nice lacing after each sip. Color is a hazy golden orange. A little darker than most IPAs. Really nice looking.

S - This is really a citrus bomb. It smells really nice with a lot of pungent grapefruit thrown in. There is definitely a malt sweetness there too.

T - Backs up the smell, but not quite as good. There is a light bitterness, and citrus and grapefruit are the dominant flavors. It's pretty sweet to balance out the bitterness, but not overpowering. I'm one who thinks 90 Minute can be overly sweet, but this is a nice balance of sweetness without going overboard at all.

M - Fairly smooth and creamy. No alcohol presence. Well carbonated.

O - I'd definitely buy this again. The malt backbone could hold up over time. I have a feeling this isn't super fresh, but it's solid. Definitely recommend. I normally don't find IPAs to be flavorful enough, but this one was. I normally stick to DIPAs for this reason.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,711 ratings.
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