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 bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant clarity for style, sort of a darker copper color, almost amberish. The foam is pretty typical, decently thick, offwhite, holds well with clingy lace. Clean and piney hop aroma, light citrus character, with decent amount of caramel malt coming through.

Citrus-like hoppiness comes through early in the first sip, but is quickly matched by the bready, caramel malt. I would prefer to taste a bit more of those flavoring/aroma hops but overall it's a nice taste profile. The finish rounds out nicely with some dryness and a hefty bitterness that's fairly long-lasting. Feels a bit syrupy, although not too thick in body. The carbonation has a fine sharpness.

Nice to find another good beer in a can. This is probably the best brew I have tried from this brewery. Keep it up, I will have to start buying more...

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Photo of natasharai
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a nice creamy frothy off white head that left full lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a orange/brown golden color and completely clear.

Smell: Strong grassy, piney hops, some sweet vanilla aroma, reminds me of fresh carrots

Taste: Strong piney hop presence, a little grapefruit, strong bitterness, some sweet vanilla caramel, ending with a bitter grass flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly syrupy, really dry, leaves a sticky/dry film in my mouth.

Overall: Good drinkability, really hoppy and bitter though. Some sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness and a very sticky sweet mouthfeel with dry hops.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Big off white head with nice lacing and moderate retention. Bright copper colored beer

S- Big grassy, pine aroma. Some sweet caramel and spicy aromas also come through.

T- Lots of pine flavor in this beer it almost taste like chewing on a new branch on a pine tree. Strong almost harsh bite to it, this is a mouth tingling beer. There is some sweetness in there as well but it does not make a big impression, mostly dry bitter pine hops.

This is a very strongly hopped IPA. Not much to talk about other then hops here. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of nc41
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a very nice typical fruity( citrus) IPA. Looks good, pours nice, holds the head to the last drop, nice nose the taste follows. Definitely better than the average IPA out there. Not overwhelmingly anything but solid. Definitely a drinkable IPA, maybe dangerously so. Easily worthy of buying in volume, and this one could never disappoint.

Edit: On this one fresh really counts. The original review was in bottles the can version was better. Between Racer 5 and Modus they are my everyday go to IPA's.

Edit: The points keep climbing. The more IPA's I drink the more I appreciate this brew. Fresh this is 1st rate stuff equal to almost anything put there. A hair better than Racer 5 due to the citrus lick.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for sending some my way, cheers Bill! Good looking can!

Pours amber with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & very good lacing

S: Floral & piney hops, plus leafy hops as this warms, plus slight biscuitty malt presence

T: Grapefruit, slight tangerine & pineyness up front. More grapefruit as this warms along an ever so slight pear fruittyness, plus leafy/minty hops too. finishes with slight caramel sweetness & a load of grapefruit, plus a bit of dryness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, starts to get juicy as it warms, lack of malt presence detracts from the balance IMO

This drinks pretty easy & the ABV is well hidden, the hop selection doesn't come together, plus a lack of malt presence detracts a bit to me. Hop heads will disagree. i think I'll their ESB as my favorite can from these guys, but would still happily keep this in the summer rotation if possible

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

Tropical sunset tangerine with a gorgeous glow when backlit with morning sunshine. A little yeasty haziness would have been nice, but it looks like the beer was filtered. Up top sits a good-sized chunk of pastel orange-ivory foam that is loaded with character. It's also sticky enough to plaster the glass with gobs of lace.

Cascade, Columbus and Centennial hops do what C-hops do best... provide a big blast of citrus fruitiness and pine. Pink grapefruit and orange peel dominate. Thankfully, there's a minimal amount of caramel maltiness. This could be a good one.

It tastes like Ska's modus operandi with Modus Hoperandi was to brew a scathingly hoppy, citrus zesty American India pale ale that pays only the scantest attention to the malt side of its personality. They have succeeded. Anyone with a persistent hop itch should find that MH is a more than worthy scratcher. All 70 IBUs are used to great effect.

A (strong) hint of caramel malt isn't enough to take the flavor spotlight away from the hops. Actually, there's enough malt sweetness to smooth the potentially buzz saw-like edges off the alpha acids. Calling the beer balanced is a stretch, but it isn't unbalanced either. White grapefruit pith and bitter orange tantalize the taste buds with each large gulp. A bomber would have been just the ticket.

The mouthfeel just earns the above score. It's at least medium for the style and manages to avoid fading away too quickly on the finish. Well-buried bubbles keep things impressively smooth and borderline silky.

Other than (the great) Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter and (the good) Ten Pin Porter!, I haven't been too impressed with Ska. Until now. Modus Hoperandi is a classic American IPA that does pretty much everything right. It's a sleeper. And a keeper. Drink it fresh!

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Photo of Teke0611
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this previously in the bottle, and must admit that I prefer it in the can. Perhaps it's like New Belgium and they fill the top with some yeast to rid extra air?

Anyhow. Amazing. Super drinkable, this is my new camping can. Used to be a combo of their ESB, Oskar Blues when I had extra cash, or FTire for the masses... I think this year, looking at cans of True Blonde, Modus, and Yella Pils.. Maybe sunshine for the masses.

Didn't pour into a glass (I know, I know). But, not the first one of these I've put down. :) Smells great. Terrific amount of hops present on the nose. Perhaps a little lighter on the mouth. The finish is quite dry.

Even considering the higher alcohol content, this is one that could be consumed one after another after another...

Nice job, SKA.

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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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