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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of parris
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour from can into small glass

Grassy and citrus aroma

Amber/copper color, very good clarity, Thin head, not much carbonation apparent.

Sweet malt up front, a bit metallic, quickly followed up with grapefruity, hoppy bitterness. The hops really linger.

Medium body, good carbonation, I enjoy the level of carbonation more drunk from the can than glass.

Overall a solid IPA, I'm pretty impressed with how long the hop bitter lingers for.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear dark orange mahogany/copper color. A foamy cream colored head dissipates to chunky, bubbly film. Lots of sticky lacing. The beer smells piny, woody, and slightly citric. The beer tastes like a good IPA should: bright bitter hops, and a clean fresh pine wood accent. The finish is that of pinon wood. Tasty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall, highly impressed. I've seen this beer on the shelf for years, and just couldn't pull the trigger. It's got some interesting flavors in it that are delicious.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of buck1futter
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear copper, with an orange hue. Nice big thick frothy head that sticks around for most of the glass, lacing last throughout.

S- Very Very sweet, with a lot of pine. Bready character also makes it's way through. All comes together to make a very floral aroma, very nice.

T- Mild bitterness at start, beginning from the tip of the tongue down the sides, with the carbonation tipping off the top. The malts and hops balance each other really good, the malt meets in the middle then lets the hops finish the beer slightly dry. After taste is like a nice baked bread. Piney hops and bready malts.

M- Slightly water downed, but easy to drink with mild carbonation, not the best mouth feel you want on a beer but pretty decent, and that makes it an excellent summer beer.

O- A very solid IPA, easily on my top ten ipa's and making its way to the top 5. It is very balanced for an ipa still hoppy of course and pairs with food very well, bbq, sandwiches, etc. My go to beer that I can take to the river or lake. Superb.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of KingRascal
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep red amber/bronze with a thick and foamy off-white head

Aroma: Smooth floral hop scent, very citrusy

Taste: Bold and robust hop flavor, very floral, with a smooth and pleasant aftertaste

Feel: Thick and frothy with an imprint left on the tongue

Overall: A very tasty and rich IPA that goes down smooth

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ferrari29
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a thick creme colored head, about one finger in size; nice layer of lacing forms around the edge of the glass; translucent dark orange/amber colored body; not very carbonated; head holds well

S - Citrus and roasted malt; pine trees and bitter hop; caramel; rosy and floral

T - Roasted malt and deep citrus hop taste right down the middle of your tongue; caramel; pine

M - High hop bitter aftertaste; tangy around the sides of your tongue; rich buttery malted taste; slightly creamy

D - Very good IPA; easy to drink and pleasure from start to finish; really deep bitter aftertaste

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz can to an oversized wine glass (HF stemware). Best-by date of August 30, 2012 printed in blue ink on the bottom collar of the can (right on the side, right next to the very bottom: “10:07 BEST BY 08/30/12”)

Appearance (4.0): About one finger of very fine foam with a light khaki color, fading to a haze on top of the body, leaving fine sheets of lacing. The body is a very nice reddish-amber color, slightly hazy and rich-looking.

Smell (4.0): The hop profile jumps out first with a very resinous, extremely floral character—slightly piney, a little dank, and sweet-smelling with orange and sweet citrus tones in back. There’s caramel maltiness here that fuses well with that sweet floral-citrus character, which really is ideal, to me, for an IPA like this.

Taste (4.5): On the palate, the hops come out as much more piney, and moderately dank: all the bitterness is locked up in pine needles and what turns into a strong citrus pith character. Classic American, and very well done. There’s that sweet citrus character underneath the bitterness again, melding with a moderate (but definitely noticeable) caramel tone that anchors everything. Very, very nice, and very well done. No alcohol and no yeast noticeable here, just really clean, full-flavored, and drinkable.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Right on the money here, too. Just on the full- side of medium-bodied, tingly carbonation that’s never coarse but also never dissapointing, foaming nicely on the way down. And the body is dry but oily, like a good dry-hopped IPA ought to be. Damn solid.

Overall (4.0): Can I give it 4.25? I’ll go low here to err on the side of caution. This is a really, really solid IPA, and I’m very glad to have tried it. To think that a lot of folks in this country can pick this up for $10/ sixer is ridiculous, though I suppose a lot of folks feel the same about Flower Power, which I am blessed with! This is a well-crafted, smooth, full-flavored and bold IPA that fits the style to the American T. Way to go, Ska.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated best buy 9/26/12.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar. A bit on the low side when it comes to carbonation. A bit of head, but a respectable amount of retention. Nice aromatics: earthy hops, followed by sweet malts.

This is a nice, balanced IPA with a great price tag.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,767 ratings