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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Photo of rudylaw
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last six pack at St. Charles Binny's

Pours a hazy, gold/amber color with a huge, fluffy head. Extremly well-carbonated.

Smells piney, grassy and loads of citrus.

There are tons of hops in this! Malt is present but settles for a supporting role. This is very, very drinkable and went perfect with pizza on the porch on a nice summer's afternoon.

This is highly recommended!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled February 2009; Sampled June 2009
A soft'ish pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that has some staying power to it. The beer is a dark copper, amber color that shows an almost clear, full copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a herbal and citrus note to it, though it doesn't jump out of the glass. Notes of Meyer lemon, a touch of lychee as well as some grapefruit zest notes seem to be drowned out at times by a dusty, cracker like malt note. The aroma is not bad, but it certainly isn't remotely brash like a decent IPA should be.

The beer is fairly dry, but does have some malt body to it that makes it cling to the palate just a bit. Herbal and menthol hop notes define the up front flavors and there is a biting bitterness here as well. The citrus hop notes take a distant backseat, but provide some just noticeable orange flavors. The malt character here is defined by the crystal malt which contributes a touch of toffee, some caramelized grain character and some biscuit like grain notes.

In many ways this seems a bit like a mildly hop focused Amber Ale, it does have a biting bitterness to it, but other than that the hop character is severely lacking.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for providing me with a few of these in trade. Excellent trader.

Pours with a beautiful and substantial creamy/beige head that shows insane retention. It last like a dollop of whipped cream on top of a drink. The head is able to rise well above the top of glass due to it's structure. The beer is a straight deep amber color with excellent clarity. Lacing sticks everywhere and provides perfect rings in the glass marking each sip. I have to be honest, this is the perfect looking beer. If I didn't give this a "5" for appearance I would never give one.

Aroma is bright, fresh and bold. Huge citrus notes and also a sense of pine. You can definitely note a touch of sweetness and sense the malt flavors to come.

Wow, This beer is great. Excellent balance keeping a nice sweetness in line with an aggressive hop profile. I get black tea, grapefruit peel, sweet iced tea (different than earlier noted) Some pine towards the finish. The finish is a great mix of some sweetness and then the hop bitterness.

Smooth mouth feel and slight carbonation. Body is medium.

Amazingly drinkable. I really enjoy this IPA. Alex sent me three and I am afraid to say that I saved the official review for this last one. I will have to get more.

Excellent IPA.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear dark orange/amber color. Big creamy head with excellent retention and lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Mild hop aroma with citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Caramel malts. Not bad, but could be more intense.

4.0 T: Not too big on hops like I like my IPAs, but this is a winner none the less. It's an elegant mix of piney hops and a great malt bill. Caramel malts add a touch of roasted flavor that is not overwhelming, but rather meshes well with the rest of the brew.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and creamy like I like these.

4.0 D: Solid brew. Thanks to scray24 for the chance to try this.

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Photo of RyanC84
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy amber with a nice one finger head that leaves moderate lacing. Plenty of floating particles in this one, doesn't really bother me but they do seem a bit excessive.

S: Not getting the fresh, piney hop smell others have noted. Very faint citrus hops, with a decent caramel backing. Nothing to out of the ordinary here.

T: Found the hops. Pine and grapefruit dominate with the malt struggling to come through on the end. While it's not an unbearable bitter flavor, it's not exactly pleasant either. Something just isn't quite right with this one.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D: A drinkable IPA, but there are better options out there. Something about this one that just seems a bit off.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Poured aggressivly a very nice slight hazy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus foamy off-white head, with tons of sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, very slight malt notes, citrus and pines. The taste is a hop bomb, slight malty notes, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, nice and bitter/hoppy. Very drinkable, this one really surprised the shit out of me, highly recommend, thanks Billy Boy, lol

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz can into a nonic. Big thanks to pokesbeerdude for sending me this one as an outstanding extra in a trade!

A- Slightly hazy amber/copper. Pours with 2+ fingers of creamy off white head, which fades slowly to a thin cap; excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Delightful pine/grapefruit hoppiness. Slight malty notes hide behind the onslaught of hops.

T- Grapefruit and pine resin hops, combining for a superbly bitter finish. Fairly solid, sweet caramel malt provides good balance. Alcohol is well blended.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel. Slightly slick and coating oiliness.

D- Rock solid. Looks, smells, and taste are all excellent....goes down easy. This is good stuff, and I certainly wish I had another in front of me.

Future outlook: What a great extra...damn shame I can't readily purchase/obtain this little gem.

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Photo of Maction
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into an oversized wine glass.

A: Pours an attractive dark amber, just slightly cloudy, with a creamy one-finger head.

S: It smells of citrus and pine hops, and maybe some floral honey, the nose is very promising.

T: Hops are not as immediate in the flavor as in the aroma. This starts off bitter, some citrus in the middle, floral notes as I move it around, with a dry alcohol finish.

M: It's slick but effervescent while in my mouth, but leaves me very dry after swallowing.

D: It's very tasty, but a little unbalanced, heavy on the hops side, even for an IPA. The dry and bitter finish doesn't leave me craving another after I finish the first.

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

poured from a can to pint glass

A - Has a nice, rich, reddish amber color with a nice full head and good lacing.

S - Nice, fresh hop smell. Pick up mostly on pine, with a little grapefruit in there as well.

T - Taste is very similar to the smell. Very fresh, hoppy kick, without much malt in there. Mainly piney flavors with a hint of bitter grapefruit.

M - Very nice medium body with a piney, resinous feel that sticks on the palate for a while after finishing the beer.

D - Very drinkable for a brew pushing 7%. Great summer beer with a refreshing hoppiness and not overdone on the malt side of things.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a dimpled beer mug.

Modus Hoperandi pours a clear, tawny copper hue with a decent patch of light khaki bubbles. Nice retention and lacing all around. Classic West Coast IPA aroma, with a fresh, foresty, piny hop burst that puts me in the mindset of Stone IPA or a Sierra Nevada Harvest release. Solid caramel backbone adds a nice balance of sweet maltiness.

On to the taste: I just can't put my finger on it, but something is lacking in this IPA. The hops are there, and do their job quite well, delivering a moderate bitterness with notes of pine resin and grapefruit peel. But the more I drink of this one, the more the malt balance seems a bit off / off-flavored to me, as the slightly stale biscuit and caramel notes feel watery and thin. Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit fuller and creamier, although I do appreciate the bitter alpha acids that coat the back of my palate. Although there are many better options out there, this is a very good IPA, and a drinkable one at that. Probably the best release from Ska Brewing that I've encountered.

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

This is a really nice IPA. Not a whole lot of crystal malts messing up the place. Grapefruit and piney hops come through on the nose and on the tongue.

This is an IPA done right. The smell is bold enough, the taste is of citrusy/piney american hops and the malt balance takes a back seat.

I've been disappointed with ska in the past, but this is one nicely done IPA. Nice crisp mouthfeel. A hop head's delight for sure!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Easy on the eyes, solid sticky cover of foam holds at about a half finger. Body is amber brunette with clarity and some fading toward the edge into a lighter yellow. My glass is left with a solid coat and tidemarks.

S) Sticky cones of west coast harvest, pine needles, grapefruit rind, over the top oily alpha acid bitterness. I'm a little worried as I'm not getting any malt to back up this monster.

T) The hops aren't as bitter as I expected, but very full of flavor. The base is a bit English, almost an Old Ale quality. I think this would be a Stock Ale, like Arrogant Bastard. There's a tea quality here as well with some orange pith as it warms.

M) Sticky oil coats the palate with each sip with a mild numbing effect. Body is fairly heavy and has a bit of chew. Carbonation is lively without being fizzy.

D) An easy way to get your week's allotment of hops in a glass. Hoperandi manages to load up the hop flavor without blistering your tongue for the effort. It's wicked good stuff, but the hop blend goes a bit too pine for my personal tastes.

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

Got a sixer of this from Binny's - served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that dissipates slowly with tons of sticky lacing. Hazed brown-orange color that is a little bit muted (doesn't have that "glow").

S - Huge piney hops with notes of lemony citrus and fresh-cut grass. There's a tiny bit of caramel maltiness, but this is really hop-forward. Pretty potent stuff!

T - Taste is a little more malt-forward with some nice toffee and caramel notes to go with some nice citrus and tropical flavors. The aftertaste is surprisingly light, and there's is only mild hop bitterness at the top of the palate.

M - Refreshing, somewhere between thin and medium-bodied and moderate carbonation that provides a light tingle on the upper lip.

D - This is probably the best value IPA available in Chicago - it was something like $7 for a sixer. Goes down easy and tastes pretty good - and there is nothing to prevent having multiple brews (carbonation, aftertaste, etc.)

This is going to be my new go-to brew for parties and outdoorsy stuff - at least until I get more cans of Furious.

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Photo of Goliath
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy copper color with a half inch of yellowed head sitting on top. Decent retention, and there's some nice bits of lacing as well.

The aroma is quite nice. A good bit of hops showing some citrus and pine. Just like I like.

The taste is fine. A decent hop presence with a bit of citrus and more pine. A slight malt following comes through, and then the beer finishes with a growing hop bitterness. Kind of like a reminder that there were hops in that beer. Not the best IPA ever, but certainly good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile is simple, but nice and acurate. The ABV is modertately high, but certainly easy to manage and it's well incorporated into the beer. All in all this is a pretty nice IPA to have on hand.

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

This beer gives the lie to the perception that cans are somehow inferior to bottles (though there is probably no substance to this). Having previously tried the ESB (okay) the Modus is a step up. Presents a considerable dense head in the glass which dissipates over time; the color is quite dark, almost chestnut. Aroma is good, fairly piney citrus. Palate shows strong bitter taste, quite dry, bit of maltiness (compares with Hop Devil), good mouthfeel. Top class.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently, we're now getting Ska beers in San Antonio. A buddy of mine recently picked up a six of this at the Rainbow Spirits liquor store on N. St. Mary's Street, right next to the SA Hombrew supply. Good to see some new stuff on the shelves.

Pours a nice bright copper color with a frothy white head and good lace. Good looking, but nothing I've never seen before. The nose, however, is quite a treat. Fresh and bursting with hops. Mostly pine scented (very fresh pine) but some juicy citrus in there as well to keep us honest. Taste is also quite notable. Very fresh with lots of tart hoppy bitterness. Strong pine, again, and a clean, but potent, finish that is strangely reminiscent of some grass I smoked back in college. Yeah, the good kind. All hopped up, indeed. The mouthfeel dances like a tweaker at prom, but mellows out just in time for the last song.

What a fine beer we have here. Bold and hoppy, this is a hophead's delight. A strong, west coast style IPA brewed in the shadow of the Rockies in souther Colorado. Who'd a thunk it? I will happily (hoppily?) return to this offering in the future, and look forward to whatever else the crew at Ska brewing company have out there.

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Photo of Mdog
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber, big head.

Smell: Piney, citrus, nice smell.

Taste: Nicely balanced citrusy IPA. Good pink grapefruit flavor, not overly bitter.

Drinkability: I like the 12oz cans, if it was distributed around here it could be a go-to beer.

First review of a Ska beer, and it's a good one. Saw it in Chicago and figured I'd try their canned IPA. Nice balanced IPA, maybe leans a little to the bitter side. We'll see if their DIPA makes the grade later.

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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 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 Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good chestnut pour produced a fluffy white head that chunked up in the middle and laced around the side.
Big aroma and hop taste. Pine and slippery resin, somewhat buttery. Malts are well balanced and keep this IPA from running away. Mellowed out as it warmed and lost some bite. Fairly drinkable, would like to see more citrus in this AIPA. Overall, very good.

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Photo of rowew
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has three thugs on what looks to be a Durango street. Bottled date is notched on the side.

Appearance: Orangish brown, cloudy - nice thick head with good retention.

Smell: Nice combination of hops and just a bit of sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Very nice hops flavor - piney and a nice level of bitterness, but plenty of malt to keep it balanced.

Overall impression: This one is almost in to the realm of DIPA. Hugely drinkable - despite the high ABV I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of Domingo
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After seeing this showing up in cans around town, I've been pretty curious to give it a try.
Pours a very deep orange that's on the verge of being nearly red. I've only seen that color for the boldest of DIPA's. The head on this is huge, billowing, and it doesn't let up at all.
The smell is pure hops. Piney resin filled hops.
After seeing and smelling this brew, I expected an over the top DIPA, but the flavor profile is normal. It's got a great mix of fruity, piney, and even floral hops in it. Not too bitter or one dimensional either. There's a hint of malt in there that ties everything together.
Drinkability is really only limited by your affinity for high levels of hops. While it's nearly 7% ABV, it doesn't have too much heat or booziness to it. Still, that "wall of hops" can be a little potent if you're not ready for it.
This is far hoppier than most IPA's. It's a full-on assault with DIPA levels of hops, but without the booziness to cancel some of that out. Luckily, the hop varieties used offer their own flavor balancing to keep everything in control.

Ska's got something for the serious hopheads with this one. The fact that it's in cans is even cooler. I can honestly see this being one of those beers that comes out of nowhere and really surprises people.

EDIT: I'd say I probably underestimated how good this beer actually is. It's probably one of the top beers in the whole state and one I go back to constantly. I don't tinker with old review numbers, but this is better than I initially judged it to be.

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Photo of keithricker
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been getting this by the can ever since it arrived in town.

Pours a beautiful copper, with lacing that clings nicely to the glass. Nice aroma of citrus hop; mostly of the typical grapefruit variety.

This is really a nice surprise. Has a mild west coast vibe to the flavor with pink grapefruit, pineapple and some resin. Starts out with a nice bitter hoppy sting, which quickly subsides in to a very clean, bright and citrusy/sweet aftertaste. Hops are present but not overpowering. Mildly sweet malt is also there but doesn't try to steel the show. What a great session IPA. These are like potato chips, and I just want to eat the whole bag at once.

This one deserves a lot more attention than it gets, and I am predicting that it will be talked about quite a bit as more people get a chance to try it. I'm giving this one extra points for coming in a can, but I'm also docking it points for being so good I can't stop drinking them. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bueatuiful light copper with a nice white head that leaves just a bit of lacing.
Smell is wonderful, lots of sweet rich caramel, nice grassy hops with a bit of citrus zest.
Taste is absolutely great! Smooth and rich with lots of lush malts and hops. Sweet and creamy, with a lingering dry hop finish well balanced by the residual swetness.
One of the best and most easily drinkable beers I've ever had. I could slam these all day long.

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

I love the name.

Good IPA with a seriously aggressive hop presence, this beer is a fine example of the style. Reddish amber with a dense 3/4 inch head that leaves anemic, spotty lacing. The smell is not offensive, but it certainly could be stonger. Grapefruit peels and crushed pine needles are there, but they don't explode out of the glass as I like. The flavor is quite delicious, with a pronounced hop emphasis, even for an IPA. The malt lends a lean sweetness to the brew, carmel and hard candy in character. Very pleasant.

I wouldn't mind drinking these steadily. They taste great, and feel great.

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