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Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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Modus HoperandiModus Hoperandi
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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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Ratings: 2,750 |  Reviews: 814
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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Photo of yemenmocha
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright amber with nice contrasting white head.

Nose is stunning with big juicy grapefruit, hop resins, and fresh pine.

On the palate the medium to light body delivers a rather dry hoppy profile with some caramel and/or biscuit malt to round it out just a little. Very, very bitter and how delightful it is.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a New Belgium goblet. (Thanks for the beer Schneid!)

The beer pours a dark coper color with a size-able off-white head. Some lacing is left along the glass. The aroma is filled with grapefruit and pine. Very nice.

The taste contains some toffee and biscuit notes initially, which are quickly overtaken by very bitter tangerine, grapefruit, and pine flavors. The very strong, even slightly harsh, bitterness lingers on your tongue... like... forever...

The mouthfeel has a medium body and medium carbonation. You also get hop resiny slickness on your tongue.

This is a fairly drinkable IPA, but the slightly harsh edge to the bitterness would bother me eventually (After two pints?)

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Photo of oberon
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see Ska come with an IPA and a top notch one at that.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed amber/bronze with a super clingy 1/2 finger white that left rings of lace behind as it never fully settled.Wow resin,resin,and more resin in the nose!That along with grapefruit rind a some caramel,for me its perfect,hence the rating.Flavors dont hit quite as hard as the nose but the hops rule,big pine resin and citrus,the caramel base does hold strong though making for not quite balance but near balance.A great IPA with assertive hops...the way it should be.

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

Picked up a sixer of cans at Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, $10.

A: Dark copper with excellent clarity, rocky, dense, tan head about half an inch thick or so. Pretty standard looking IPA. A fair amount of carbonation bubbling up from the nucleation point in my goblet.

S: Big whiff of citrus and caramel sweetness, grapefruit is really strong, definite "herbal" qualities, essentially it smells like a flaming hop bomb, and in a totally good way. One of the most aromatic IPAs I've had in a while.

T: A lot lighter in the taste than the nose leads on, hop bitterness is not as strong as I had figured. What is there is citrus rind in character, with lot of hop resins, just not a lot of bitterness. Malt really balances out all the hop flavors, it is caramelly and sweet. One of the sweeter IPAs I've had. Nice balance though. Quite tasty.

M: Medium carbonation, slightly dry, with a touch of alcohol heat, medium thickness. Hits all the notes where they should land.

D: Awesome. This beer has replaced Ska ESB and Oskar Blue's Dale's Pale as my favorite beer from a can. This is the new camping beer for me. Very tasty, easy to drink, nice balance, with lots of flavors. I'm quite impressed all around with this beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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 SpruceFish
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i have had this beer on tap, in the bottle, and in the can my favorite being on tap but the other 2 are still pretty good

A- dark cloudy amber color what ad IPA should look like

S- lots of fresh hops and some pine the freshness really come out when drink it from the tap

T- great fresh hop taste some citrus and grapefruitty taste and some good pine floating around in there

M- good level of carbonation medium body

D- great smooth drinkability i could well i have sat down and drank a few of these

notes: ska is the biggest brewery in durango and till now i have not been to impressed with their beers yet this one really raises the bar in my opinion its not the greatest IPA but its a real solid beer the cans are great if you are going hiking or some thing and want a tasty beer in an interesting place

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very nice, an ipa in a can. bright golden orange in color, a bit of haze, and decent creamy head and lacing in a kolsch type cylindrical glass. requisite citrus and pine in the nose, but mostly resiny pine; also toffee, which i don't favor for an ipa. lightly sweet biscuity malts are quickly washed out by the big hop bitterness. medium-bodied with a long, drying, bitter finish. well-carbonated. was bright and fresh out of the can.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid, sandy red-amber body with a poofy, meringuey head the color of ivory with very good retention.

Smell: There is a lovely bouquet of hops up front: carrot, geranium, evergreen, and lemon, very spicy, rosy, pleasant and complex. The malts keep quiet for the most part, lending just a bit of rye bread and apple juice.

Taste: This is a nicely balanced yet bold IPA, with strong, nutty malts to counter the lively floral hops. Lots of woody resin, minty herbal notes, and lemon peel make for a very tasty beer. Robust.

Mouthfeel: Dry and light- to medium- bodied, good for the flavor.

Drinkability: This isn't an amazing beer, but it is very solid and tasty. Plus they get ska bonus points!

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

Orange color, looks pretty vibrant in the glass, with a tall creamy head of pockmarked bubbles that look like their in for the long haul. Great lacing.

Tons of citrics on the nose, only a hint of pine, and something a little odd that I can't yet put my finger on. Grain base is toasted, with a touch of pale malt sweetness.

In the mouth there are more of the citric qualities while an aquatic something or other comes through quite heavily. There's a little bit of pine, an herbal component to the hop oils, and even a bit of tobacco in there. Malts are overwhelmed by the hops, but A. what's new? and B. who cares?

Bitter, oily finish, with the same alpha acidic texture lingering deep into the aftertaste. Sweet and pretty thick most of the way through, despite the hops overwhelming the flavor.

The aftertaste to me was unusual, but I'll chalk it up to grapefruits and call this one pretty darn good. Solid canned craft beer.

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Photo of wobblepop
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice to see another micro recognizes the benefits to the user and the brewery of canning beer. This will be in my fridge again for sure.

Very fresh taste, with an overall impression that takes me back to the early days of a Dales Pale Ale.

I would love to try this on tap sometime, probably be one of my new favs.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a bright orange gold with a 2 finger and growing head of foam. Lots of bubbles doing their thing.

The smell is a delicate mix of grapefruit, pine, and malt. I was hoping for a bolder nose but this will work.

The taste is nicely bitter with the grapefruit up front and being supported by some pine and a bit of malt sweetness mid palate that fades near the finish. The finish itself returns to a big juicy hop bitterness that makes me crave for another sip.

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is also medium. The foam lasted forever and the lacing was impressive.

Drinkability? Tasty, easy drinking, and the abv doesn't get in your way....darn good. Oh, and I was thrilled to see this in cans. I'm glad I bought some.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very bright orange peeko amber color. Clear color, but has a lot of suspended particles just sort of hanging out. Lacking in head and foam or stickage for an IPA. Very sunny smelling IPA. Citrus meets some ambery cereal grains. Maybe just a sprinkle of powdered caramel on some fresh cut orange peels. Maybe some pine tar and tobacco as well. Needs a little more malt to achieve a closer balance of flavor. The palate is pretty bitter and lacking some malt to tone down some of the hops bitterness. like the oily texture though. This is a great session beer for a hop head.

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Photo of IPAs4lyfe
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, Pours a clear amber with a nice white head. Good retention, left some nice lacing.

The aroma is piney hops, grapefruit, some melon undertones.

The flavor is piney hop resin, followed by some caramel and sweet fruit notes from the malt, finish is HOPPY, bitter, and lingering.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, carbonation is a tad high but overall its fine.

Drinkability is great for the 7% alcohol. Went through my 6-pack pretty fast.

Overall its a solid beer. A nice change-up for an IPA in my opinion. Worth trying.

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

I have to admit that I was a bit reluctant to try an IPA in a can. However, I'm so glad I did!

The beer poured a beautiful dark amber color, and the head almost looked "nitro delivered!" I took my first sip and was pleasantly surprised-- excellent hop bitterness balanced well by malts, so really no zingy aftertaste. I love hops, and although it wasn't over-the-top like I usually enjoy, it was hoppy enough for a regular IPA.

I will definitely buy more of this beer-- very easy to drink!

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though I had this on tap, I am really looking forward to drinking it out of the cans I bought later today.

Pours a light golden color, huge hop aroma of grassy hops. Decent white head with minimal lacing. Flavor was overly bitter without much actual hop flavor so not totally balanced but a really good drinkable IPA anyway. At 6.8% abv it is at the upper end of an American IPA and with the hop bitterness is actually a lower alcohol double IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 3rd week of Feb. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laced the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and piney resinous hops.

The flavor is sweet caramelly fruits quickly followed by a big bitter bang. The hops are piney with charred resin and linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall, a big hop monster. A pleasant surprise from SKA. I do prefer my IPAs a little more balanced with more fruity tones, but this is very good.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green can with the same logo as the bottle pictured here. Clear golden orange, decent head, a little sticky lace. Smells fairly hoppy with a faint bit of fruits in the back. The flavor is not so hoppy except for a very bitter finish. Its like malts and then just bitterness. Its cool to see more beer in cans but this is just so-so.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,750 ratings
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