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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 dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit pith hops over a very light caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A very nice hop forward west coast IPA that is easy to drink. Enjoyable with well hidden alcohol. Been a long time since I had this one and it was nice to re-visit it (it was also quite fresh).

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Photo of humuloner22
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had seen this one around for a while, but for some reason just never thought much about it. I picked it up on a mixed six pack deal at a grocery store as a filler beer. Just to try something new. I was happy I did this was a pleasant surprise and if I ever caught it on sale I would buy it, I actually got a better deal mixing the six pack than had I purchased any of the beers as a package, but I digress...

Appearance: solid IPA, straw yellow, not a ton of head, but balanced.

Smell: Hops were there but faint. More citrus, but not a strong flavor profile.

Taste: Much more flavor than expected from the bouquet. Floral hops, some pine but not as much as others, citrus zest. Nice and crisp too. I attribute this to the can. Please for god sake other breweries start canning more beer, especially ales!

Overall: I enjoyed this beer and like I said if I caught it for $8 or $9 a six pack I would get it again for sure. I really lucked up with this one, because the store had a mixed sixpack deal for $9.99 and I got two of these, three breakfast stouts and a Three Philosophers. So I scored.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had originally sampled this IPA a couple years ago and have had it ranked on my #1 IPA shelf for quite some time. It is time to officially review it and see if it will stay on the top shelf. Aroma is very hoppy and floral...definitely a west coast IPA smell. Good balance between malt and hops but the hops hit first and the malt follows. The malt is smooth, slightly caramelly and bready/grainy...not too sweet although it has a sweet aroma to it. This is a very nice IPA and will remain on my top IPA shelf. Some reviewers mentioned a metallic taste from the can, I poured this into a glass and did not taste any metallic flavors.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to jdhowe for bringing this out from Colorado. Freshness date is listed at the bottom side of the can as "May 05 14." Cracked this open about a week ago.

One of the darkest, reddish-amber IPAs since Surly Furious immediately graced my glass, with a gigantic head that rose all the way to the top, almost overflowing, when poured gently. Took a while for the frothy, off-white looking head to dissipate, but when it did, it didn't really leave behind too much stickiness. Definitely strives to be stellar, but I've started to notice that this appearance is pretty common to a lot of IPAs from Colorado.

Smells unbelievably refreshing, with intense grapefruit, pine, and blood orange immediately hitting my nostrils. Those were the main aromas throughout, but I definitely picked on some pear and apple notes as well. Light white pepper, sage, and light tropical notes that I'm finding difficult to define. I'm honestly blaming the malt profile there, which is relatively sweet and earthy, evoking caramel and toffee, as well as some nice biscuit notes throughout. Not too complex, but a wonderful pleasure is certain respects - nothing harsh or too intense, as an IPA aroma should be.

The flavor is pretty much the same here, and it's good enough for me that it ended up as such. Big grapefruit, pine, and orange, with a strong malt backbone delivering caramel and toffee to the fullest form. Sage, pepper, and light pineapple follows soon after to deliver some extra sweetness, but the finish is more pine and bitter toasted grains, which keeps things interesting and cleanse the palate appropriately for the next sip. It's definitely malt forward, and while the hop phenols do dominate, the malt thickness adds a creamy, bready characteristic that makes this highly drinkable, while still putting the hop oils at ease. Never feels thin or lacking in carbonating. Really refreshing, and definitely has top potential to be food-friendly.

What a delicious IPA - others I've had in the past from Colorado have been too malty, but this is particular found the right balance without merely stacking itself as a "dry-hopped pale ale." It's definitely similar to a good quality West Coast IPA, but it retains its own regional charm to great success. I would love to have a 6-pack around the house every once in a while, but too bad the distro laws concerning Colorado beer are so strange out here...

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Photo of StArnoldFan
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Iv bought this beer twice (2 separate occasions), and both times it was well before the "best by" date on the bottom of the can. Both times it's smelled and tasted old and malty. This one is not for me and I won't be trying a 3rd go with it.

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Photo of sommersb
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-17-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Mostly clear amber beer with an offwhite head. The creamy head has very good retention as well as the lacing.

Aromas have floral and piney hops plus a little malty sweetness.

Flavors are firstly of piney hop bitterness, with tropical fruits like pineapple in support. Finally there's a little dose of caramel malt sweetness.

Body is in between medium and full. The finish is dry and quite hoppy, with some astringency as a detraction.

Overall a powerful IPA, very good but marred somewhat by astringency.

Thank you goes out to Craig for bringing me this

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Photo of HopHog87
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving- Can into a Syrofoam cup (definitely not preferable but it was all I had at time)

Apperance- First off, this things was super carbonated. Not saying that's a bad thing necessarily, but it's definitely got a lot of carbonation in solution. The head was very prominent and stuck around most of the drink from small cup. I finally got a glimpse of beer before I hit the bottom and it was a beautiful gold-copper

Nose- Different from a lot of IPA's I've had but not in a bad way. First off, it's hops. I mean it is an IPA. But beyond the hops, which are primarily light citrus (think tangerine and lemon), there were some aromas I've previously not experienced in an IPA. The primary one was light apple.

Taste- Light orange and possibly some ripe grape. There is a also undeniable malty sweetness which is really balanced well with the bitter finish. Finishes also with tangerine and more alcohol bite than I expected for a 6.8%.

Mouthfeel- Foamy head and Medium-thin mouthfeel.

Overall- I really enjoy my IPA's more than any other style. I'm always looking for a good one. This one fits the bill. It's got a great and unique aroma that sets it apart from all the other IPA's Ive tried thus far and it is robust but not so strong ABV wise to keep you coming back for another. Superb.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. 31026B2BA is printed on the side of the can, but it's not clear to me whether this is related to the beer or the can (it's not a stamp or anything, it's printed like the can label). Bought in Arizona, flown to WA.

Pours slightly cloudy with a biggish coarse pale head, some carbonation. Orange/copper in color. Smell is good, but muted. Pine and slight floral, a little citrus.

Taste has a slight metallic hint, which I never like. Slow piney finish. Somewhat bready or toasty. Again, slight citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel also hints at metal.

Overall, if it wasn't for that metallic hint, I think this would be a pretty solid beer. Even as it is, if I was going to be sitting in one place for a while and it was this beer or no beer, I'd have another. But there are many, many beers I would choose over this as is.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.02/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a dark amber with a fairly thick head. Smells strongly of citrus hops with loads of caramel malts. A bit of toast in the nose as well. Tastes very malty. Too malty for an IPA for my tastes. Lots of caramel and toasted malts. Solid citrus and bitterness from the hops, but the malts run this beer. Also, I get a ton of fruitiness from the yeast, which reminds me of gummy candies. Mouthfeel is smooth in the carbonation, but it's a bit sticky and thick for what I look for in an IPA. Overall, this isn't my favorite IPA. Too sweet and malty.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can best by 4 Aug 14 at 45 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of pine
Head huge (10.5 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 1-2mm layer,
Lacing good, very full rings with varying size bubbles
Body orange-amber, clear
Flavor piney, slightly bitter, ending chalky; no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, carbonation lively

Overall, a decent IPA. Not out of the ordinary. Meh.

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Photo of Premo88
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tulip
(April 14, 2014 best by date)

L: dark copper ... burnt orange with loads of amber in it; almost 1/2-inch head of white to off-white foam that does stick at the top, not a ton of lacing; crystal clear, as clear as any IPA I've poured

S: pine and citrus ... a bit of grain; gets into a candied orange at times but not full-on caramel; with that said, it's super sweet

T: follows the nose more or less with lots of bitter pine up front but a real citrus/candy citrus sweetness on the back end

F: good all around, nothing remarkable good or bad

O: I worked through a six-pack of this one, and it started off very piney/citrusy with loads of sweetness and evolved closer and closer into a caramel bomb ... even this last one, however, still holds on to quite a bit of good citrus taste with some pine still in there.

I'd only buy this beer again if I can find it fresh ("fresh" here being at least six weeks from its best-by date). I prefer grapefruit/hard citrus IPAs with the piney notes following, and this beer had a lot of that when it was fresher. Definitely a solid brew.

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Photo of BTodd
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into pint glass.

A-Two fingers of foam, nice lace, dissipating slowly. Great amber color.

S-Initial pine hop aroma, with caramel malt.

T-Sweet maltiness in the front with lingering pine and grapefruit hop flavor.

M-Low-mid carbonation with lighter body than some others in this category. A little, but very drinkable.

O-A long-time favorite of mine that is beginning to be replaced with even more aggressive, hop driven IPAs. A six will still make it to my fridge on a regular basis, but less now than before considering the competition and Modus' recent price raise (from 8.99 to 9.99) in Chicagoland.

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

This is a beautiful, almost perfect looking IPA. Pours a deep gold-orange with a finger a half of tight, sudsy white head. Good lace retention too.

In terms of smell, you get a big whiff of pine as soon as you crack the can. This dominates for the duration, with just a faint whiff of sweet orange in the background.

Taste is a little one-note at first, with big cool hop, piney bitterness dominating. Like the smell, there are hints of orange and caramel as the beer warms and mellows.

Mouthfeel is really great -- seemingly creamy and dry at the same time, with a long lemony finish.

A big piney IPA that doesn't deviate too far from the formula, but it's solid and well-done.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a vibrant orange golden (lightly hazy) with 1 1/2 finger of khaki-colored bubbly head. Tons of sticky lacing is left when the head recedes.

S: Big aromas of grapefruit, stone fruit, guava, and a little bit of pine dominate. Some sweet malt character. Some slight hint of alcohol.

T/M: Smooth lightly wheaty malt sweetness gives way to big citrus hop character and juiciness. Accompanying this is a mild hop bitterness that swells through the finish and lingers alongside malt character. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate, fine, foaming carbonation that doesn't strongly affect the flavor of the beer.

O: Really a nice IPA -- big and juicy flavor without an overwhelming bitterness. Mouthfeel is really nice and complements the beer well.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber beer with a white head.

Nose: Pine, grass, orange, grapefruit, resin and caramel malt.
Taste: A lot of hops. Smooth caramel malt, citrus, pine, honey and herbs.
Body: Medium body and soft carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Bitter at the end.

A really great IPA!

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Photo of InI
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured from can into pint glass

A: Burnt orange to light brown with about two finger head that quickly thins out to a nice ring with some moderate lacing. very litte opacity

S: hoppy, piney, citrus, slight hints of maple and gingerbread ( i have a strange nose feel free to disagree)

T: definitely bitter and full of hops, yet a bit mellower flavor than other IPA's .

M: highly drinkable medium-bodied session beer

O: great brew in ever category. drink this. life is short; listen to ska!!!

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazey dark gold that has a nice white head that lingers and leaves a heavey lace
S-pine, grapefruit and a slight smoke aroma
T-Deep pine resin taste with a citrus grapefruit background that stays with you til the end
M-Medium body and medium carbonation
O-it has a very hoppy bitterness with a citrus backgound that stays with and fades slowly to a dry crisp finish

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Modus Hoperandi – IPA (6.8%) - Ska Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Beer pours a crystal clear medium to deep amber with an OK one finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a lot of sticky lacing around the glass. Head is almost completely gone. But there are still enough bubbles left on top to make it a decent looking beer.

Smell: Piney/citrus hops characteristics strong with a nice, almost smokey malt backbone that really compliment one another. Twinges of caramel commingle with assertive hops very well. Slight hints of chocolate and phenols/alcoholic heat. Smells a little of decay in a pleasant way.

Taste: Surprisingly chocolate like on the foretaste with some creamy caramel sweetness well suited to balance the pronounced hops character. Bitterness comes on slowly after the swallow, with the hops true flavors rearing near the end with hints of mold, earth, and dry clay. Cannabis like skunkiness from hops flowers into bright and bitter piney character well after the swallow. Seems more like a well balanced pale ale to me, with the American hops character being the only thing that would define it as “India” (The irony isn't lost on me)

Mouth: A little light bodied for my tastes. A little hot. Combatively hoppy on the end, but not overwhelming of the residual sweetness. Carb is pretty soft at this point, but the beer has been agitated quite a bit.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 2/5/14.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, stamped "Enjoy By 4 April 2014", given to me by Felix. Thanks man! Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/26/2014.

App- Clear amber body, fluffy thick white head with fantastic retention. Leaves sticky lacing. Outstanding, though the body could be lighter in color for the style.

Smell- Smells rich and green, like Jai Alai except not as complex. Biscuits, honey, resin, pine.

Flavour- Pine and resin flavours, combines with biscuits and pale malt. Tastes "green" in the homebrew vernacular. Not terribly bitter but there are some IBUs to be found.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, just perfect body, good carbonation, easily crushable. Aftertaste is a wet piney resin that isn't much in the first few sips but builds up quite a bit by the end of the can.

Overall- Nice easy to get IPA that should be in your regular shelf pale rotation if you have access. Reminds me very much of Jai Alai.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- A darker hue to this IPA than most. Half finger head with decent retention. Not to lacing after 2 minutes of pour. Standard probably on that.

S- Worst grade for this beer. 3.5 Some faint pine, wet cheese board ?? lol, I am getting some oak which is weird.

T- Very smooth. This is one of my top five IPAs. I am not sure what kind of hops this beer uses, but this is a wonderfully crafted beer!

M- Just about perfect for an IPA. Just enough carbonation follows down the throat. Wonderful on the palate. Really enjoy this beer.

O- On my profile page, I write that I don't like IPA's with the exception of Jai Alai. Well, this one is one that I really like too. Well done SKA!

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber / copper color that is cloudy. Two finger frothy head that is sticky.

S: Strong floral and citrus and slight pine aromas.

T: Slight orange citrus sweetness on the front followed by sharp bitterness. Spicy, piney resinous hops cloak your tongue, and a bit of malt, biscuit, and caramel flavors seep in, but that bitterness clings to your taste buds.

M: A full bodied beer that dries the tongue due to the oily hop resin. Relief does come from the caramel malts which slightly diminishes the bitterness. Gentle carbonation and warm finish on the throat.

O: A staple of hop bomb canned beers. Even with it's huge hop bitterness, the flavor and mouthfeel isn't astringent or harsh. The caramel flavors stick around on the tongue and blend with the resin, but the drying effect is a bit much.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - caramel copper colored ale topped with a frothy ivory head
S - piny citric nose with grapefruit and caramel
T - sweet, caramel and bready malt is followed by pungent, bitter grapefruit and pine
M - resinous and medium bodied, pine lingers with a rather balanced finish
O - always a very solid go-to IPA, nice to come back to this one every once in awhile

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

I like it. Heavy but not muddy. Recently moved from new England to Colorado. Lots of ipa, but this has become one oF my go to brands. Need more characters to post. Need more characters to post. Need 250 characters to post. Onigosh is this enough, need one more,

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says Best By FEB14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Earthy, herbal hop aroma that's pungent and dank. Plenty of cereal grain malt sweetness to accompany the hops making for an enticing combo.

T- Aggressively bitter hop flavor with notes of pine and grapefruit. The malt does a great job of providing just enough breadiness and sweetness to offset the intense bitterness and complement the citrus notes from the hops.

M- Sharp from the hops but the bite doesn't linger too long which is impressive considering how bitter it is in the front. Also quite oily and resiny with medium
carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A hop bomb done the right way. The contrasting balance keeps me coming back for more sips.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill haze dark bronze, with lumpy, stiff french vanilla-white meringue head that leaves chunky speckled sheets.
Stupendous floral, orange, caramel, skunk, lemon Italian ice, fresh hop nose.
Soft toffee up front with big lemon sorbet, spruce, and sugared grapefruit hops.
Pink grapefruit juice finish and pithy linger.
Lt-med, round, slight cling, creamy.

Malt sweetness evidences as straight sugar, which pulls off the trick of the malts being minimal yet balancing. And then comes lots of bright, juicy pale citrus - lemon and grapefruit. 70+ IBUs are nowhere to be found. So sessionable, even good for rookies.

Stands right up there with Racer 5 as the epitome of C hop goodness.

Repeated tastings find a big whack of resiny dank to finish off each sip. Cuts through palate fatigue against some fairly hoppy yet lesser IPAs. Rapidly become a stand-by.

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