Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

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 rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember when this was one of the first hoppy beers to be put in a can. Pours yellow, white head 1/3" deep. Looks solid. Aroma was of a pine forest and Chinook like hops perhaps?

Taste made me think Simcoe and c hops, good bitterness but not obtrusive. Relatively dry malt body with some English flair to it. This is a good beer for when you are doing outdoor stuff and don't want to be bothered with glassware or Chicago pours.

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

poured from a can dated best by 7-1-2016

bright amber in color with a great pillowy head
real hoppy smells, earthy but some sweetness too
great hop bitterness, resiny. nice balance for me.
medium mouthfeel chewy, clean finish.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice golden amber with a large foam head that lasts for 20-30 seconds. Smell is citrus in nature like a bitters smell. Taste is full of pine and hope flavors with a grapefruit dryness on finish. Very smooth drinking with a lot of body and character. This beer grows on your as you drink them, very full flavor and not too heavy, highly enjoyable summer beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel color, with 30% opacity. Head sticks and laces on the sides.

Sweet caramel and grapefruit on the nose, with fresh oranges.

Very balanced flavor with tons of pale malt, some caramel, pine, breadiness, and orange peel. The pine wins out at the end, still retaining balance and familiarity.

Feel is sticky, resiny, carbonated, and sharp.

Overall this is a great IPA, very tasty and will have again. I like Mandarina better though due to its abundant freshness and total fruity paradise.

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Photo of tlema1
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: reddish amber color, nice white head
S: malty and herbal
T: bitter, malty, resinous
F: really coats the tongue, dry finish
O: true to DIPA style, but more bitter than I like in a beer

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look is the highlight here with a good amber colour with a good white head poured from a 12 oz van

S - Toffee, pine, resins and grass. Smells definitely like a dipa

T - follow the smell but less on the caramel malt and more on the herbal notes and a bit of citrus

F - Above average carbonation, quite thick

O - A very bitter brew, not a fruity ipa, a but sweet, a bit dryer might have been appreciated. A bit medicinal

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Photo of woomThomas
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is ready to go in the bright red color. The foam is white with small bubbles. The foam disappears leisurely quickly and leave fine traces. Aromas of tropical fruit and hops. A little malt, citrus, spicy pine and orange peel and light caramel. Small smells of bread. The flavors go in hops and bitterness with bitterness a bit thin. Tropical fruits where lemon come first, followed by a little orange. Some malt, a little earthy and sweet tones. Lightly toasted and a little caramel. Good roundness with medium long finish that does not have too much hops or bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry surface, small roughness. The beer is not a real hop bomb with high bitterness. It has a good round balance that will not be too much.

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Photo of snilsen13
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz cans
West Coast style. Well balanced. The hops aren't memorable (SNPA-like) but it is really good drinking and still West Coast. Sneaky stuff just gets better when you crack your 2nd or 3rd can.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy amber colour. Smells like clean malts, cereal malts, and earthy hops. Quite bitter taste, earthy hops, subtle sweet malts, a hint of floral and citrus hops as well.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a little too one note for me. Was looking for some complexity here but couldn't see too far beyond the piney, resinous hop profile and the sticky, almost sweet malt backend. Fairly medium-full in body, this definitely ramps up the sweetness to balance the hops,

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Photo of 98green
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Classic west coast IPA style. The hops lean more piney than tropical, but the punch is there. Not much malt, so the hops stand out. Glad I finally had a chance to try it.

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Photo of slusk
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a long lasting off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Bright, spicy pine and citrus with orange peel and light caramel. Slight earthiness and ever-so-slight catty hop.

T: Piney, citrus hop forward. light musty, earthy, catty. Bready, light toast and caramel.

F: medium light body, Moderate carbonation. Dry finish, a little astringency.

O: Great beer. Nice big hop flavor and aroma with a well balanced bitterness. Malty underpinning balances the bitterness. Nice complex hop profile with a caramel sweetness that finishes fairly dry. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On can #5 of the six-pack, I think it's time for a review. This is a great-looking IPA, copper colored, slightly cloudy with a bone-colored head that sticks around. Taste and smell is a burst of hoppiness - though not sharply bitter. It is an exuberant, thoroughly enjoyable hit to the palate. This is a top notch IPA. Will grab it again, as it is thankfully always at my local Central Market in San Antonio!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark orange with a thin white head. Much carbonation.
Smells of carmelized malt and candied citrus hop with nice hop.
A very nice sweet malt that achieves nice balance with the piney hops. The candied, citrus smell is also in the taste.
The warm, people hey hop feeling is one of my favorite things. Feel is nice. As uprising ply good beer.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12 oz can in a Denver mix6 pak. Love the 80s ska shtick.

Poured a clear apricot color. Decent head.
Not much hoppy smell.
Kind of flat looking in the glass, and on the tongue.
Not much hoppiness...meaning not much happiness.
There is some sweet maltiness...maybe 'Maltus Operandi' ?
Not great, wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Yurraay
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

With a name like Modus Hoperandi, I was expecting much more hop flavor and aroma, but it just wasn't the case. It's different and interesting, but in a mediocre kind of way. It's good/okay, just not what I was expecting. Expectations matter!

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark burnt orange with a one finger white head that disappates quickly. Aroma is pine, resin, some grapefruit. Taste follows with pine, resin, citrus fruit rind, grapefruit, a little bitterness, and a nice bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and nicely carbonated. Overall, a decent ipa that I would say leans more toward hoppy ipa, but very clean and drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of pmwarner311
1/5  rDev -75.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I would have to say that this is one of the worst beers I have ever had. I am a hop head and this is a disgrace to an IPA. There are not a lot of times where I have had a beer and had to dump it out but this is one got dumped. How is this beer rated a 91?! Very odd flavor.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No date canned, only when it is best by - March 30, 2016. Honey colored. Poured into a mason jar. Smells good, taste is superb, a standard to which you can compare other hops-forward IPAs. It is by the book and exceeds at doing it as the title suggests. Certainly one to add to the growing list of favorites. Very resinous and some pine. Maybe not the best, but definitely an important player in the pack. I like the bitterness with a mouth wetting finish. Cheers

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy Amber with a great light beige head which left a ton of lacing. Smell was of earthy hops and pine, line walking through a forest where it had freshly rained. You can totally smell the leafy foliage and pine here. Taste was of caramel malts balancing some resinous pine with citrus character. Some orange and grapefruit but I'm still getting lots of pine and earthiness. Less bitter than I expected and more malt-balanced. After exploring IPAs from the East and West Coast I am seriously enjoying the IPA offerings from Colorado (Great Divide and Ska especially) and Michigan (Bell's and Founders) which seem to have considerable more malt backbones to balance the hop flavors. Great beer, this one.

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Photo of jw4free
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into pint glass. L: 2 finger head fades slow. Golden Amber. S: nice citrus hop. T: mildly piney. Sweet ester overtones. F: good crispness. O: good overall, not too hoppy. Just how I like an apa.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can that was less then 2 weeks fresh. Ten days old to be exact. I pop the can and give this one a vigorous pour achieving two fingers of frothy light tan head. Head has solid retention and leaves walls of lace. Body is a very deep mahogany amber tone. Nose is super fresh hoppiness with lots of big flowery and citrus based hops. Some grassy tones play on the nose as well. Enters the mouth a bit shallow at first but the hops quickly become prickly all over the tongue. There is a slight bit of malts on the palate that attempt to balance this beer but the hops really dominate. Bitterness is long and dry on the tongue and leads to a mouthfeel that is just that. This is a solid canned IPA that is nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange to bronzed brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Lacing was there and somewhat stringy.
The smell started off with a light piney to floral hoppiness running into a level caramel maltiness. More caramel malt than expected, but I'm okay with that.
The taste was more sweet than bitter, but bitter floral and piney hops do come together to bring a decent balance to this beer. Lingering malty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation feels insecure - jumpy, sometimes I feel it, sometimes I don't, different, weird, something of that nature.
Overall, I don't see the hubbub behind this one. Three cans of this and I'm sorry, but I don't see it as outstanding. Something going on in the carbonation, still, thank you Kayley for sending.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the can in a pint glass via a friend from work---Thanks Bryan!
This nice IPA pours a lightly murky deep amber color with a fantastic head of off white foam that settles to a THICK rocky layer with supreme lacing. Nose of piney hops, heavy citrus notes of pineapple and grapefruit, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors exceed the nose with fresh piney and citrus laden hops on the front and sides, with a nice pineapple and lemon note to the middle that is awash in sweet caramel malts. Back fades from sweetness into a moderately bitter pine note mixed with floral hop notes on the aftertaste. Bursting with a ton of hops, this is a solid representation of the American Style. Good mouth feel with nice carbonation and a moderately dry finish laden with hops.
Very solid for the style.


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Photo of krbrevard
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - gorgeous dark copper, about an inch of head poured into a wine glass from a can
S - glass smells of citrus (orange peel, mango, grapefruit) and flowery pine, can smells incredible after the pour with lingering floral notes. Getting it over an arms length away.
T - medium body.. small bitterness with the malt up front. Good balance with hop residual in the back. Not overpowered whatsoever - good malt presence with good balance.
M - bubbly and warm. Thins out a bit near the end.
O - this is solid. Hands down one of the best IPAs I've had...

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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