Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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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

Added by GilGarp on 03-03-2009

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Dark amber color with minimal white head

Smell: Pine and resin nose

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, and resin

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: This is a very good brew, excellent example of the style, but only something I would buy if readily available. Nothing about it is really above and beyond other readily available IPAs.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Copper amber, filtered with lots of fine bubbled carbonation, 3 fingers of light tan chunky frothy head. Nice chunky lacing.

S: Pine, orange, caramel, toffee, that’s about it.

T: Pine, orange, caramel, toffee, light dull bitterness on the end. Well balanced.

M: Medium syrupy body, little carbonation.

O: Well done. Not up to the caliber I was expecting by far, but hugely drinkable and well balanced. Bought in Asheville, NC at Earthfare, drank in Kunming, China Aug 30th 2014. Reminds me of Brooklyn Pre- Prohibition Lager.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz can with a best by date of 11/07/2014 poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep amber with 1 finger of head and fine lace

Smell: Citric zest and pine

Taste: Malty up front with earth and pine notes in the middle with a slightly resin finish; the hop bitterness remains subdued throughout

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with some syrup feel in the finish

Overall: A nice IPA with pine notes. There is a strong malt backbone which keeps the bitterness from getting too strong.

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Photo of mntlover
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a clear amber color with a nice big fluffy tan head that falls slow and laces well.
Aroma is big pine, some citrus rind and floral hints on a good malt base smells bready but with a caramel kick to it also. Taste is good lots of pine notes but grapefruit rind like bitterness that lashes the tongue. Finish is softer floral notes with some pine mingled in. Overall this is a better then good IPA and one that I would purchase again and keep on hand.

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Photo of TaylorIPA19
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Just okay... Guess I'm more of a West Coast Style IPA fan at this point... Dark amber color that smells and tastes of sweet caramel maltiness. Small khaki colored foam head with a few wispy streaks on the drink down. Low carbonation, kind of thick and resinous... Doesn't blow me away but doesn't blow either...

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Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Had this on tap at Green Man Taproom in Colorado Springs, and the next day in Denver at Falling Rock Taphouse. Delicious beer you can't find in NJ, DE or Southeastern PA.

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

Good appearance. Dark amber with ruby hints. Nice head and lacing.

Very appealing mild citrus and stronger pine aroma. Totally correct for the style. Not a super strong aroma but quite good.

Taste is typical American IPA and similar to SN Torpedo to my taste buds. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Not huge citrus tatses but a bit of orange is there. Nice piney flavour, resinous feel and solid malt core make this a good drinking IPA. IBUs are noticeable and welcome!

Overall, a very solid offering and rendition of this renown style of beer. Perhaps nothing outstanding or remarkable for those who've tried a few of this style but definitely enjoyable. This would have a wow factor for anyone not used to big, hoppy US beers.


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

A-pours a clear dark copper color with an -off white 1 finger head streaking lacing coates the glass
S-pine hops and citrus rind with sweet baked bread malts
T-pine hops right away and resinous citrus hop flavors its an oily hoppy brew its backed with a caramel/toffee sweet malt hit
M-medium carbonation dry and bitter with sweet malts
O-a sweet IPA with more pine than tropical notes with a bitter aftertaste

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Photo of arc3636
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Orange-amber in color and pours perfectly with 2 fingers of head and nice lacing. Citrus and pine hop aroma, but the taste is also balanced somewhat with malt. I really like this beer, reminds me of a bit milder version of Surly Abrasive (my favorite beer)

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Photo of Tyczka
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer and the can it comes in. No to harsh not to light, just right. The color is just right, the smell of hops is just right. It does at times have a after taste but that's probably me cause it's off and on. Overall I like it better than any English IPA

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer but not my favorite. A surprisingly dark yet appealing amber color for an IPA. Nose is hints of grapefruit and pine. Taste has similar characteristics but they are almost overpowered by a sweet, caramel maltiness. It's good. I like somewhat malty IPAs but this is more than I prefer. The dating on the can suggests it's pretty fresh, but I wonder if it's a bit past its prime and has lost some hop kick.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great amber hue with a fingernail of off white head covering the top of the beer. Nice Brussels lacing. Moderately strong aroma of piney hops. The taste is a burst of piney hops on the front of the palate. There is a presence of light malt but it is definitely a background note throughout the palate. The mouth is a bit sticky and fairly dry.

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

On tap at the hotel lobby bar in Denver (Grand Hyatt). Pours amber orange color with a small creamy off white head. Big grapefruit and pine on the nose, some grass, and surprisingly strong sweet malts going on here. Flavor follows with a massive punch of dry bitterness, pine, bitter grapefruit, some mango. Resinous and bitter, finishing dry, with medium body and medium plus carbonation. This beer was excellent and reminded me a lot of an amped up Jai Alai. Definitely worth a go.

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Photo of MedMatt
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very Nice amber colour, nice floral bouquet, slight citrus- orange flavour with sharp hoppy notes. leaves a clean wet finish. Very palatable, for one or several. Don't let the can fool you. Damn find representation of a good pour. It would be nice to find on tap at local pub for a fair decent pint!

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

Awesome flavour, aroma , hoppiness, taste, colour, essence, experience, aura, transcends most other IPA's kick most APA's asses.. this stuff is the beer they make up legends about.. My taste-buds are having a beergasm!!!
As Always,,,,
~Carry on Citizens!!!~

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Photo of Apellonious
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can from a six at CM poured into a tulip glass. Best by October 30, 2014.

A - Pours a amber orange with a one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - Wonderful citrus, sweet doughy malts, pine.

T - Grains, pale malts, fairly straightforward. Some dirt. Tropical fruit. Bitterness wraps it up.

M - Carbonation moderately low, which gets sharper at the finish. Somewhat thin/watery.

O - The smell is the highlight. Hops are there, but they are not the pungent variety. Goes down fast.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer.
Aroma is quite strong, lots of C-hops typical of an IPA, very much mango, pine, grapefruit, and much more I can't quite tease out.

Flavor: Again, lots of C-hops, a decent amount of bitterness forward, but not too much. The bitterness is strongest in the middle and back of the tongue, while there's lots of fruity flavors all around. I like the hop forwardness, but this beer doesn't forget the malts. You can taste the caramel/crystal malts that balance this beer really well. In the back you get to feel the crystal malt come to the fore. I like how this beer is not only a hop bomb, but also a well balanced malt level keeps this beer from being boring.

Also like the mouthfeel, which is thick and süffig.

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Photo of vishneda
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly strong and sturdy IPA. The flavor is appropriately hop forward with a heavy hop aroma, with a very noticeable Columbus hop note (which I find drier and less aromatic than the more common Cascade). The malt in this beer is surprisingly subdued for a beer approaching 7% and it works well with the hop load. Very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of utfiero
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color- clear amber straw. Full head.

Aroma- sharp grapefruit zest from the hops and background of dandelions.

Taste- Starts hoppy but not sharp, mellowed hoppiness followed by subtle sweetness finishing with pine needle dryness.

Poured from 355 ml can into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 6/24/2013.

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Photo of spoony
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can (best by July 28, 2014) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of odd dark-tan head. The retention is decent and the lacing is great at first. The beer is nearly clear and still. The color is rusty orange.

S-The aroma is earthy with a moderate hop stink of oily orange citrus and a touch of pepper. There is a fair amount of caramel sweetness here too. Overall, the impression is a bit vegetal and leafy, with light to moderate bitterness.

T-The taste is a bit more interesting than the smell with more citrus zest, juiciness and overall hop flavor. That being said, there is still quite a bit of malty sweetness with caramel being a strong flavor here. There is a mild medicinal flavor and a lightly bittering finish. Still somewhat dull and earthy.

M-Medium to heavy in body with a smooth, average amount of carbonation.

O-It has been a while since I have had Modus because my recollection of it was not positive. Tonight's review beer was better than I remember it, but still not great. I continue to think of the beer as a bit dull around the edges. I applaud the balance between hop and malt, but this beer just feels dull and overly earthy to me.

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

Poured slightly chilled in shaker pint glass

A: clear slightly dark copper color; good head and retention, good carbonation
S: very hoppy, aromatic, pleasant; classic IPA aroma, with no particular strain of hops dominant
T: bready, rich; very good malt and alcohol backbone; heavy in IBUs, but well matched by sweetness; very well balanced
M: smooth and silky

really great IPA, and one I plan to get again!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small slightly thicker patches and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine/resin and citrus/grapefruit pith hops over a very light caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: A very nice hop forward west coast IPA that is easy to drink. Enjoyable with well hidden alcohol. Been a long time since I had this one and it was nice to re-visit it (it was also quite fresh).

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Photo of humuloner22
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had seen this one around for a while, but for some reason just never thought much about it. I picked it up on a mixed six pack deal at a grocery store as a filler beer. Just to try something new. I was happy I did this was a pleasant surprise and if I ever caught it on sale I would buy it, I actually got a better deal mixing the six pack than had I purchased any of the beers as a package, but I digress...

Appearance: solid IPA, straw yellow, not a ton of head, but balanced.

Smell: Hops were there but faint. More citrus, but not a strong flavor profile.

Taste: Much more flavor than expected from the bouquet. Floral hops, some pine but not as much as others, citrus zest. Nice and crisp too. I attribute this to the can. Please for god sake other breweries start canning more beer, especially ales!

Overall: I enjoyed this beer and like I said if I caught it for $8 or $9 a six pack I would get it again for sure. I really lucked up with this one, because the store had a mixed sixpack deal for $9.99 and I got two of these, three breakfast stouts and a Three Philosophers. So I scored.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had originally sampled this IPA a couple years ago and have had it ranked on my #1 IPA shelf for quite some time. It is time to officially review it and see if it will stay on the top shelf. Aroma is very hoppy and floral...definitely a west coast IPA smell. Good balance between malt and hops but the hops hit first and the malt follows. The malt is smooth, slightly caramelly and bready/grainy...not too sweet although it has a sweet aroma to it. This is a very nice IPA and will remain on my top IPA shelf. Some reviewers mentioned a metallic taste from the can, I poured this into a glass and did not taste any metallic flavors.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thanks to jdhowe for bringing this out from Colorado. Freshness date is listed at the bottom side of the can as "May 05 14." Cracked this open about a week ago.

One of the darkest, reddish-amber IPAs since Surly Furious immediately graced my glass, with a gigantic head that rose all the way to the top, almost overflowing, when poured gently. Took a while for the frothy, off-white looking head to dissipate, but when it did, it didn't really leave behind too much stickiness. Definitely strives to be stellar, but I've started to notice that this appearance is pretty common to a lot of IPAs from Colorado.

Smells unbelievably refreshing, with intense grapefruit, pine, and blood orange immediately hitting my nostrils. Those were the main aromas throughout, but I definitely picked on some pear and apple notes as well. Light white pepper, sage, and light tropical notes that I'm finding difficult to define. I'm honestly blaming the malt profile there, which is relatively sweet and earthy, evoking caramel and toffee, as well as some nice biscuit notes throughout. Not too complex, but a wonderful pleasure is certain respects - nothing harsh or too intense, as an IPA aroma should be.

The flavor is pretty much the same here, and it's good enough for me that it ended up as such. Big grapefruit, pine, and orange, with a strong malt backbone delivering caramel and toffee to the fullest form. Sage, pepper, and light pineapple follows soon after to deliver some extra sweetness, but the finish is more pine and bitter toasted grains, which keeps things interesting and cleanse the palate appropriately for the next sip. It's definitely malt forward, and while the hop phenols do dominate, the malt thickness adds a creamy, bready characteristic that makes this highly drinkable, while still putting the hop oils at ease. Never feels thin or lacking in carbonating. Really refreshing, and definitely has top potential to be food-friendly.

What a delicious IPA - others I've had in the past from Colorado have been too malty, but this is particular found the right balance without merely stacking itself as a "dry-hopped pale ale." It's definitely similar to a good quality West Coast IPA, but it retains its own regional charm to great success. I would love to have a 6-pack around the house every once in a while, but too bad the distro laws concerning Colorado beer are so strange out here...

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.
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