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Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

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Photo of Walken
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ska: Modus Hoperandi, IPA (Best by 11/26/10) (Tasted 07/20/10)
12 oz. can, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Sunkist amber beer with a big foamy off-white head that fills the glass, then takes its sweet time to die down, leaving loads of sticky lace and a nice three millimeter cap.
Odor: Orange oil, a bit of mango-ish tropical fruit, pine needles in back, suggestions of rich, low lovibond crystal malt. Big, oily nose, I dig it!
Consistency: Light bodied, a little bit of oil in the mix, some dry cracker-y graininess to the feel. Carbonation is mellow, low-ish for style, but assertive enough to contribute a slight crispness.
Taste: Herbal/citric bitterness steps up like a big dog from the get-go, accompanied by a cadre of grapefruit and orange hop flavor, slightly waxy/grassy, but not all that offensive, it adds some character. Bitterness continues to dominate as sweet, light caramel flavors and a cracker-y grain character phase in and out. Finish is long, bitter and hoppy with a light coating of oils.

This is a really solid IPA, great hop character from nose to tongue, just enough malt to get by, drinkable as hell. Cheers to Mike @ Bruisin' Ales for recommending that I pick this up, noting that it was freshly canned.

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Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber with a nice two fingers of head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. A lot of C-hops in the aroma with their citrus charactoristics. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness. A sweetness comes on that, at first, seems overly sweet and cloying, but mellows out as I get nearer the bottom of the glass. There is carbonation present but it almost feels flat. It would be fine in a stout, but I like a little more robust carbonation in my pale ales. A good IPA but not my favorite. Can availablility adds to the ways that this beer could be enjoyed.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to see Ska finally show up in Missouri. I was missing me so Modus Hoperandi.

Poured a 12oz can into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a varnished copper with a big 3 inch, frothy white head that leaves medium lacing as it recedes down my glass. A thin lip of lacing is constantly sitting atop my beer. The nose is hoppy. Resiny pine cones backed by light tangerine citrus. Subtle notes of sweetness from the malt backbone pair well with big hops. The flavor is exactly the same. Up front comes (not overly) piney hops with light citrus following. A malt backbone adds just a hint of sweetness at the tail of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light and crisply carbonated leaving a nice dryness on the palate. Modus really is a great IPA. Now that Ska is in MO, this is going to go into my regular Hop rotation.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been waiting to buy this one until I knew I was getting a fresh 6 pack, so 4 months later, I finally have it.

Pours an amber color as opposed to the more straw/golden color I was expecting. A heavy head forms and dissapates pretty quickly.

Smell is obvious hops and citrus, which for me is exactly what i'm looking for in an IPA. Little else comes through.

Taste is very hop forward, but the malt backbone breaks through here and there. Part of me feels like the balance is a little out of whack at times, but that's really nitpicking. Citrus taste lingers... not to the extent of say, sculpin ipa, but still very evident.

Mouthfeel straddles that line between smoothness and crispness. For what it is I find it pleasant, but for citrusy, hop-forward ipa's i tend to like them more explicitly on the crisp side, but still, there's nothing really wrong here.

Drinkability is great.... this is, for me, a good session beer. The hops, while aggressive, don't overpower you and make for a pleasant overall experience. Will probably add this to Stone IPA and Carolina IPA as one of my go to "available" IPA's.

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Photo of wnh
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber topped by a thick, creamy off-white head that lasts a long time. Little lacing.

Loads of juicy citrus hops on the nose--tangerine and grapefruit primarily--followed by a strongly herbal, lightly medicinal character.

Palate shows off the herbal hops, almost to the exclusion of anything else. Earthy and dry and quite woody, brightened a bit by a touch of fresh-squeezed citrus. There is a subtle sweet caramel malt backbone, though it's all but drowned out by the hops. Not the most flavorful IPA I've had, but an interesting hop profile.

Medium bodied, firm and dry. This beer has a strange resemblance to a dry white wine, with the earthy-woody character followed by bright citrus and the almost intensely dry mouthfeel. Not exactly heralded, but overrated in my opinion.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into DogFish Head signature glass (June 17, 2010). "Best By 12/05/2010" is printed on the lower rim.

Eyes: Pours an darkish orange-copper color with almost zero haze. A modest head of eggshell-orange foam forms and laces modestly after a vigorous pour.

Nose: A solid jolt of citrus and pine notes.

Tongue: Very hop forward in the "West Coast" style; bitter, zesty, citrus rind, pine, with just a hint of malt. A good combination of flavors, but not as perfectly balanced as I might have liked.

Mouth: Quite smooth for the bitterness, and the carbonation is set well so as not to sharpen the hoppyness too much.

Libation: Despite my less that stellar experience with another IPA from Ska, I've heard good things about Ska in general, and this beer in particular. Though this is very good, and much better than their Decadent DIPA, I'm not sure if this particular type of IPA suits my taste. I like the hop statement made, but I'm not sure there is enough malt to make this great.

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Photo of deereless
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Solid showing of thick head with great retention, caramel to light brown in color with a hint of orange, lots of sticky spots of lace in the interior of the glass, no visible carbonation in the beer - 4.50, S: Quite pungent and with strong grapefruit and dark fruit aromas, thick malts with a sturdy sweetness - like a rum soaked lemon cake, without knowing any better I might have guessed the nose as a double IPA or even a barley wine - 4.50, T: Tons of hop flavors and a solid dose of bittering, some caramel malts but they play second fiddle to the hops, grapefruit and orange with a tinge of pine - 4.00, M: The low carbonation creates a very smooth mouth feel, thick and with a medium body - 4.00, D: A solid IPA, heavy on the hops and very drinkable - 4.00

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden/copper color our of the can with two fingers of head and lacing that is quite nice from my perspective

S - Piney hop aroma that is very inviting. Some citrus and floral notes as well.

T - Pine and citrus yet again, they hops are delightful and the malty finish left behind is great too.

M - High in carbonation but very smooth, really dances on the palate.

D - This IPA is great, and to my surprise comes from a can... Keep an open mind and enjoy those craft brews, even if they come from a can!

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a74gent for this 12 oz can.

A: The can opens with a small pop. Poured into my tumbler, 2/3rd of the can leads to an overflow. After cleaning up the mess, I poured the rest out. As the full head receded, continents of lace stayed behind. An amber hued ale lingers under the impressive head.

S: The nose is wicked strong with resiny pine hops. Fragrant lavender and herbs follow in short order. The astringency is unmistakeable, bitter and all.

T: Floral, herbal, piney, stinky. The IPA doesn't shy away from its leafy aspects. Citrus, pine and dandelion are strong, supported by plenty of flowers and grass. The bitterness is dank, leafy and green. There's no sense in mentioning pale malts, no need to discuss such a small factor. Come for the hops and stay for the hops. A great hop profile squeezed into this can.

M: Oily, resiny hops, floral and full, coat the tastebuds with every sip. The flowery bitterness sticks around for a long time.

D: I thumbed my nose at Ska until I cracked the tab on this can. A serious IPA that packs a strong punch.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can. More breweries should can. Pours a nice golden amber with a small head and a lot of lace. Smell is of pine and some citrus, no malt to this beer. Oily mouthfeel due to the hops ... though in this case it's not a bad thing. Hops are the only thing you can taste when drinking this ... pine, followed by grass, chased by pear. Everything you want in an American IPA. Imminently drinkable.

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Photo of bort11
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a 20 oz pub glass. A little more than an inch of white head jumps up. Specks of lacing here and there as it tapers down. Color is a bright and clear copper.

Smell is a hops bonanza. Stabbing american hops are bitter. Lots of pine aromas instead of citrus. It is so piney I even get a little mint. Some pale malts try to keep a beat, but who cares. It's all about the hops. As expected, the hops are a blaring horn section in the taste. In the finish I get a cooling mint sensation at the top of my mouth. Solid medium body with a crisp carbonation makes it surprisingly refreshing. Some times hop-bombs can be exhausting from the bitterness. Not here. I'm ready to put on my creepers and pork pie hat and go hit the dance halls

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Sam Admas perfect pint

A-Very deep amber almost to an orange. Thick creamy head that laces like a spider web that nearly makes it so you cant see thru the glass. Very good looking beer!

S-Nose is very citrusy with slight undertones of piny hops, very subtle sweetness masked mostly by the mass amount of hops

T-Now this was a shocker from the nose I thought it would be a citrusy IPA...DEAD WRONG, this is a piny and delecious bastard. really all you can say the pine masks most all the other flavors save for the slight alcohol finish.

M&D-Very smooth and thick IPA still a medium body but very smooth and near creamy. Drinkability well I'll just say this its in a can which means I have found my new river beer!

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fun sample from my friends George & Dale, this one shows a clear copper color with a goodly off-white head and decent dashes of lace. The aroma is piny hops and grainy malt, very pleasant. The taste brings beautiful piny hops and grassy highlights with a subtle caramel malt. The feel is a tad tangy with orange citrus in a solidly mid bodied brew. A delicious IPA in a can with solid carbonation and highly drinkable!

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Photo of kshankar
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thick white foam. Great retention and lacing throughout.

Strong aroma of citrus and pine with a muted malt presence in the background.

Fantastic flavor profile. The citrusy and piney hops combined with the subdued malt creates a bitter and hoppy beer. But the hop bitterness isn't quite the blast you expect, even with the milder malt profile. Not too excessive, but I wouldn't say the balance between the malts and the hops are even on this one. Not that I care, since I prefer the hop profile in IPA's.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Pretty drinkable, though it would get tiring after a couple with the bitterness.

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Photo of salvo
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, bad hop-bomb in a can. This is a great canned beer to bring where bottles dare not tread. Ultimately, there isn't quite enough malt to balance the hops, but this is a pinnacle of its type: I just want more balance. Love, love, love the 2Tone Ska branding and will have to make a stop next time I'm in Colorado.

A: Flufy head as this golden-brown brew pours from the can. Even just looking at the beer pour, my nose starts to pick up the piny resin as the head laces the glass. Nicely carbonated as the small (.25 mm) bubbles float up.
S: Piny resin powerfully fills my nostrils as I inhale, enjoying the power of the pine and citrus.
T: Whoa! Did not expect the power of the resinous hops from the canned beer, even after being prepped by the smell. Big hops, but not very subtle either. Almost (but not quite) overwhelming. I wish there was a bigger malt profile to balance the hops.
M: Nice and chewy; medium body that supports the astringent hops.
D: I can imagine having too many of these, but the hops are so pronounced that one will usually be enough.

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Photo of alli4051
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a perfect pint.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy amber. Produces an above average sized, foamy head that perfectly fills the glass to the rim, very picturesque. Scent is very hoppy and aromatic. Taste follows suit with lots of resiny, grassy hops and a faint malt backbone. Perhaps my favorite aspect is the big hop punch without a sticky lingering bitterness. Drinkability is really good with this one too. Could have easily finished the whole sixer despite clocking in at just under 7%.

Edit: Picked this up again as part of a mix pack and had to tweak my review a little bit as it was more flavorful and aromatic than I remember, maybe I got a fresher can this time.

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Photo of blackearth
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Binny's Beverage Depot in Warrenville, IL. Pours a bright, clear amber body with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is very thick on the hops! Big malt backbone that supports the very long hop finish. This beer is a hop head's delight! Awesome IPA.

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Photo of Baraka
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

A: dark amber with a 2-fingered head that leaves significant lacing around the glass

S: wonderful pine and citrus hop aromas that engulf any other smells

T: awesome flavorful, bitter hops with very little balance to be had (a good thing in IPAs imo) Some oily hop goodness leftover on my tongue after each sip.

M: medium with a dry finish

D: fantastically hoppy, crisp & refreshing. Very highly recommended, I'm glad this is being distributed in MO!

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Had a best by date of 11/05/10 lasered onto bottom lip. It was a slightly hazy orange color with just a few stray carb bubbles. It however had a large pillowy head white helped along by a hard pour to stir up the aroma. It slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Good lacing and lots sticking.

The aroma is heavy on pine and grapefruit with sweet caramel malt backing it up. Can tell this one is going to be on the bitter side from the aroma. The taste follows the aroma with good bitter hop bite mellowed slightly by the sweet malt. Bitter with a pine after-taste. I'm working my way into the really bitter ones and this one is a good one for that. It's bitter but not overly bitter. Can see growing into this one. Mouthfeel was medium to creamy. Could use a bit more carbonation.

Overall, a really good bitter AIPA that is a good bitter hop trainer for me. Looked at this one several times but never grabbed it till now. Glad I waited as the timing is right. High recommend. Only my 2nd Ska brew but looking forward to more. Available here in TX. Rotation - good bitter hop trainer so see getting a 6xer every so often. [O,Y,BHT]

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome IPA in a can, this one thanks to dvelcich.

A: It pours into the glass with a large 2+ finger fluffy head that fades semi slowly, even forcing me to stop pouring just before I finish the can. The beer is mostly clear with a reddish orange hue, more red than orange and just a little darker than most IPAs. The head even leaves a slight fluffy lacing on the glass.

N: I could smell it on the pour easily. Lots of nice hops, some spicy hops, a little citrus, some pine, floral and slightly grassy, and even some earthy musty fresh hop resin aromas. Just the slightest hint of malt behind that somewhere in the background.

T: Starts with more fruity hops, some spicy and little fresh musty hop resin and slightly resinous. A slight juicy flavor too, but a little watery and much lighter overall than expected. Pretty much no malt backbone here, just hops. It gets a little astringent with all the crazy spicy and floral hops. There's also some nice pine and citrus. Even the taste is semi dry though.

M: Very light, too light and a little watery, with lower carbonation, seems to have all been lost in the pour I guess.

F: Some spicy hops really linger with lots of resinous musty fresh hops lingering. A strong bitterness and pretty dry. Some more pine lingering as well, and just a hint of citrus and floral hops. It's a pretty good IPA, just needs more body, malts, and touch of sweetness to balance out the heavy bitterness and hops and it would be an A.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and dark citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is a strong bitterness level. Tastes of strong floral hops, sweet malt, strong dark citrus, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, a good body, blend, and appearance.

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Photo of jobcrackerbah
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - orange-red with a small thin white head. Legs slowly recede down sides of glass

S - Has the basic pine citrus smell with a decent malt backbone. The smell isn't explosive but it does the job.

T - Harsh bittering hops with a slight malt backbone. The finish is all bitterness. The beer started as a 4.0 and became 3.5 with the lack of balance coated my tongue with more and more hops.

M - Moderate carbonation with a nice sticky medium mouthfeel.

D - Decent but I feel it needs more malt or less hops to balance the beer out. There is decent amount of residual sugar but it is covered up by the excessive bitterness.

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Photo of arizcards
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine last weekend for $7.49.

Beer poured an amber orange, great clarity, nice head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is wonderful, citrus hop flowers are wonderfully fresh. Taste has a decent malt back bone, citrus hops come forward in the middle and piney hop oil finishes. Initially the residual piney oil was overpowering but after several sips the citrus has made a nice comeback which results in a wonderful aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice complimentary carbonation. There is enough malt there to keep things smooth. Overall drinkability is quite good. This is a solid ipa that rates up there with the best out there. Definitely try this if you are a hop head!

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Photo of regspeir
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a trade with emmasdad, 12 oz. can into a standard pint
Poured a dark, burnt orange with a 2-finger head that quickly settled into a frothy coating. Lacing is abundant and lasting. Nose is citrus (orange/lemon/grapefruit), piney and floral. Taste is citrus up front, oily and pine, some expected bitter edges with a pretty nice sweetness to balance this all the way through. Mouthfeel is medium with some carbonation. Good taste and reasonable ABV make this very sessionable. This is a nicely balanced, tasty brew I will seek out again for sure.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can in to a pint glass. This is my first venture into canned craft beer.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong copper color with a nice 1 inch off-white head that is nice and dense and seems sticky. There is some great lacing and head retention as the head slowly recedes to a thick mat.

S - Delicious strong citrus aroma from the hops. Very grassy and earthy. Totally hop infused nose with some mild biscuit malt backbone. There is also some nice piney resin and sweetness from the hops. Delicious nose.

T - In terms of flavor there is a very bready malt component to this beer but it obviously is an IPA so the malts ride the backs seat to the nice earthy and citric tones of strong hop flavors. Very delicious. There is a nice sweet almost caramel like quality to the malt that melds well with the hop resin flavors. Good balanced IPA.

M & D - Great medium body for an IPA with nice CO2 content and good flavor balance. Great drinkability as well, with a good ABV.

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