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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Reviews: 801 | Ratings: 2,708
Photo of Suds
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 ounce can, this beer is a deep Amber with a white head, thick and stable. The aroma is a mix of fruit and hops..herbal and spicey. The flavor is balanced. Nice lingering bitterness.

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Photo of WVU
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this gem on tap at Great Northern in Denver last weekend.
Hop heads seek this out! Smooth complex IPA that leaves you looking for another.
At only 6.8%, you can easily polish off several.

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Photo of interzen
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

355ml (12 US fl.oz) can served into a tulip glass

Look: Much darker than I expected, for some reason - a rich, dark coppery amber with a couple of fingers worth of off-white head. Good lacing left behind and decent enough head retention despite being served a bit 'warm'.

Smell: Blimey - this is a bit of a hop-bomb and no mistake. It's all there: pineapple, passion-fruit, assorted other citrus and monstrous amounts of pine resin. There's a good balance though, and even given the sheer number of American IPAs this one definitely stands out as a sinus-clearer.

Taste: Much like it smells - hops-aplenty and that's not necessarily a bad thing. There are tentative hints of maltiness in there, but really it's the hops that do it for me and the balance between fruitiness and bitterness is pretty much bang on the money.

Feel: Smooth, dry and bitter - big head notwithstanding, this isn't a carbonation monster, although the slight fizziness gives the hoppiness an additional bit of bite.

Overall: Absolutely top notch - Ska Brewing are relatively new in the UK, but on the strength of this I'd like to see more of thier stuff especially as the market for highly-hopped beers is viable (look at the likes of Siren for proof). As American IPAs go this one is up there amongst my favourites and is a strong contender for the best, certainly the most refreshing, beer I've had this year. Want a hop fix? This will do you.

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Photo of bigsteve45
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Transparent amber with thick one finger creamy head.
Smell: The smell draws you in big time. Pine, Citrus, Malty/Hoppy goodness. Smells well Balanced.
Taste: Taste follows the nose. Super smooth. Sweet with the perfect amount of bitterness. Malty bready backbone really balanced the whole beer out.
Feel: Smooth, Slightly oily. Lower carbonation. Carbonation is at the perfect place.
Overall: Was REALLY impressed by this beer. It is so well balanced and I believe that its a highly underated beer. Should be a Beer Advocate top 250.

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Photo of Eagleyes
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass with very little head. Color is a red amber and the smell is not very prominent. Taste is citrus and light, feel is very smooth and drinkable. For a 6.8% this is very drinkable and good. I could drink several of these with ease.

Best by 4/8/15

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Photo of gungopea
3.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge head with significant lacing. Rich amber color. Rather silky feel; oils are present. Pine, ginger, and a faint hint at sweetness underneath it all. Good alcohol balance - an easy drink. Not super awesome, but a well balanced representation. Enough malt to round it out.

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Photo of SourPat91
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it on draft. It was decent, but after two there was no way I'd be able to finish a third. It was just too average, a very middle of the line type of IPA. Nothing that left me saying, "oh I can't wait to have that again".

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Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 355 mL can poured into an IPA glass (stamped "BEST BY 23 MAR 15").

Appearance: Almost clear, orange amber with a tall, thick, bubbly head of khaki foam. Dense, clumpy lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit rind, pine needles and floral hops.

Taste: Smoothly balanced caramel malt and light honey sweetness with plenty of hop character: pine resin, citrus and herbal bitterness.

Taste: Medium body with smooth, light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Hop forward but well integrated and somehow almost balanced - a solid, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

12oz can. Pours a dark brown with an inch of frothy white head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is piney and dank hops with some caramel. Floral and resinous. The taste is more pine and resinous hops. Floral, grassy hops as well as some more caramel malt flavor. Earthy. Finishes with more of the pine sap taste. Medium bodied with a slightly chewy mouthfeel. Overall, very piney, resinous IPA.

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Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, best before July 2, 2015, poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

The beer pours a very dark amber color, clear with orange hues with a big soapy, foamy head, about 2 fingers high with very nice retention yielding plenty of webbed lace. The aroma is bitter, plenty of piney hops, grapefruit rind, earthy and grassy flavors with a big malt backbone, sweet, rich and balancing. The flavors are nice, piney, sappy, sticky hops, a bit of citrus, heavy on the bitter and earthy rind, but some juiciness is there too, grassy, dirty, earthy, plenty of amber malts, not too heavy, less so than the nose suggested, more bitter than the 65 IBU indicates, which I like. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, medium body, ample carbonation, lively texture, easy finish that has a dry bite.

Verdict: A really nice staple IPA from Ska Brewing, definitely one that can be put away easily and is still rewarding. Simple but enjoyable, refreshing but substantial.

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Photo of Prefabu
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This one didn't do much for me. Maybe expectations were too high. I'm not new to IPAs, but this one is too bitter for my taste. Almost all of the flavors seem piled up at the bitter end, so for me they really didn't unfold as I swallowed and exhaled. I am somewhat sensitive to bitter and sour flavors, so that probably plays a role.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky dark amber. Forms a finger of off-white creamy head. Leaves whispy lacing.
S - The aroma reminds me HEAVILY of Lagunita's Lil Sumpin' ale. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, peach and piney citrusy hops.
T - Crisp and bitter. Not much sweetness in here. More of a savory IPA than a sweet one to be sure. Lots of grapefruit meat and rind and piney floral hops. Is very crisp and refreshing, but not a good beginners IPA due to it's quite high bitterness.
O - A quite good IPA, my "go to" session beer.
V - Very good, comes in a six pack of cans.

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Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite beer. This beer introduced me to IPA's and I have yet to find one that I enjoy as much as this one. Great copper color and for me, the perfect aroma and taste.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is wonderful. Pungent smells of pine, resins, and nuts. Lovely copper hue with good carbonation. Great brew for the autumn, winter time. Good companion for trips too. The head is a good show with a cinnamon color to it. Bitter or spice at the end which gives it a good twist. Get that dry sticky taste at the back of my throat. Lacing is delicious as is the brew.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can
Best Before: March-13-2015

Pours a clear orange-copper with 3+ fingers of active beige head that has an airy slow settle; stays pretty big. Great retention; even, scummy lacing. (4.25)

Spicy hops. Dusty hops, caramel, citrus, toasty malt, pine sap. (4)

Sappy hops and some malt. Potpourri, orange rind, pine, medicinal finish. (4)

Easy drinking with a light-medium body, a slightly bitter finish that hangs around and soft carbonation. (4)

Very solid IPA. Nothing too over-the-top, but a crisp resinous IPA that doesn't burn your taste buds too awful bad.
Pours beautiful with a sappy character backed by toasted malt in both aroma and flavor. Generally solid and well-made.
Would definitely have again; well worth a try if you see it and are curious. (4.25)

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

Man, such an underrated brew. I mean, it has a perfectly respectable score here, so I guess it's much ado about nothing, but, to my palate, this is an absolute go-to IPA, one with a legitimately unique character (not just another citrus, tropical, whatever IPA). This has some earth to it, some pungency, some character! Always has great head and tremendous lacing in the glass. Rather a dark, almost mahogony color. As I understand, this brew is Columbus heavy in the late hop/flameout/and dry hop phases, and I guess that makes perfect sense, since I'm huge Columbus fan. Overall, this is an excellent brew and one I'm so glad to have readily available.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Semi-cloudy amber, with a rich head of off-white carbonation. Beautiful, intricate lacing.

Aroma: Crisp and bright floral and citrus hops, including some grapefruit and orange notes). I get a touch of tropical fruit, too. Very nice.

Taste: Tangy with intense tropical and bittering hops, Malt presence provides some balance. Finishes dry with a tingly bitter note on tongue. Overall, a solid and enjoyable American IPA.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pint on tap at O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano-Brewery in Phoenix, AZ; unknown bottling/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.
Pours a lovely copper color with a foamy, two-finger head that quickly dissipated and left some spotty lacing.
Great aroma! Lots of citrus and floral notes hitting my nose.
The taste is really nice. Bitter pine and grapefruit pith up front with a hint of lemon and a bitter, yet refreshing finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.
Overall, really tasty and a very refreshing IPA that I just wanted to keep on drinking.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Caramel/amber color with mostly clear visibility. Pours a one finger, foamy white head.

Aroma- Very big aroma coming from this with resinous pine and citrus shining through. Very little malt aroma to speak of, maybe a little sweetness, but the hops dominate.

Taste- Once again the pine is most noticeable with the initial sip providing a big slap of bitterness. As it progresses fruitier citrus flavors come in while the pine continues to play a big role in the flavor. Some minimal caramel malt sweetness is present, but the hops are clearly the centerpiece.

Feel- A little resinous at first, but finish is very thin. Makes for an easy drinker, but a fuller finish would be ideal.

Overall- This is a really enjoyable ipa thats big on the pine and citrus flavors that linger with tons of resinous hop flavor and feel. Definitely reminiscent of some west coast ipas. Really lacking a body in the finish, which is only a minor complaint. Worth trying, but it doesn't do much to stand from the pack.

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Photo of Somebody_Else
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

This is a fun, strong hop-rush. Tons of pine and citrus rind up front with a long resiny finish. The malt tastes very repressed -- not much sweetness or roastiness. Would buy again!

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Photo of Omnium
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > Mason Pint

A - Hazy light amber with two fingers of dense frothy off white head, thick lacing.
S - Tons of pine, some light floral notes, very dank and resinous, some sweet orange juice in there, grapefruit, bread malt.
T - Massive bitterness, lots of pine and grapefruit, citrus bite, orange, malt doesnt really make an appearance as much as the onslaught of bitterness, but its good stuff.
M - Very mild feel outside of the bitterness, there's a little malty chewiness to it, but the alcohol doesnt make a large presence as well.
O - Good stuff, glad to have picked up a 6 of it.

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Photo of Dogstickfetch
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Smells fruity and piney.

Tastest citrusy, SUPER piney, bitter. A kick in the teeth of hops. With a resiny, sticky finish that lasts FOREVER like an awesome American IPA should. It reminds me of Stone Go To IPA with a little more body. Pardon my Stone reference, but I've been trying to find an IPA like Go To and this is the closest one yet. LOVE it.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a darker yellow almost red color. Super duper piney smell. Very unique smell beyond the normal IPA smell. Very hoppy taste on the front end. Get a ton of pine and a little fruit. There is something there that I don't get with other IPAs. Easy finish and a smooth taste all the way through. I really enjoy this one and I don't get to have it that often.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Look: Deep golden honey with a super aggressive white head

Smell: super dank smell. Getting pine, honey, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, and sweet malt on the finish.

Taste: Huge hop punch at the beginning. Getting pine, lime, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, more pine, kiwi, honey, and sweet malt with pine on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with mild carbonation. It's really smooth but sticky and resiny. Hop bitter bite rounds it out with a dry finish that lingers on the tongue. Alcohol is just barely there.

Overall: Solid IPA. Nothing revolutionary but a solid pick up if your in the mood.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,708 ratings.
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