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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: 796 | Ratings: 2,689
Photo of MisSigsFan
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a can into my Spiegelau IPA glass. Golden amber with a white head. Loads of citrus in the nose, a bit of pine. Taste is very citrusy and piney. Balanced nicely with the malt backbone. A bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit thick. Someone mentioned the similarities with Torpedo and I can see that as well. Both have a thick, almost sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is good. Overall, a pretty good, easy drinking IPA. Nothing special. Not gonna go out of my way to get it again. San Diego is spoiled in the IPA department.

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Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice name, let's see if creativity is up to deliver its hop promise.
Amber color with a two finger beige head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice fruity aroma with notes of passion fruit, caramels, honey and peaches.
Bitter predominant flavor of pine resins, some grapefruit, toasted malts and a bit of mango. But, pine is the key word. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Nome bacana, vamos ver se a criatividade consegue entregar o que prometeu.
Medium bordering full body with mild carbonation.
A hoppy piney IPA, but still with a decent malty base to support it. Assertive and not much complex. If pine is your thing, you got to try this.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4 Sab.4 Sens.3,75 C.4

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Photo of santomark
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

This beer was damn good. Great body, little to no head, very sweet hop in the nose, not that citric acid smell that some fruits give off, but a very sweet smell. The taste was exactly like the smell, almost floral at times, jasmine, blooming orange or lemon tree, very very floral in the taste, biscuity, and that classic wet hop profile we all love. The body is light-medium, oily at times, very smooth, refreshing, and dry. If you love IPAs and want to transition into DIPAs, this is the beer for you. It's a great introduction into the heavier style. Note, if you're use to DIPAs you probably will not find of an "X" factor with this brew. But considering it's style, it's a solid brew. The only down side for the consumer is it's price tag. For this, I'd be much happier going for the 4pck pints of Modern Times.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Served cool from 355ml can into straight pint glass.

A) Light copper colour, head is thin, slightly off-white but persistent. Only slight carbonation visible.

S) More muted than other American IPAs I've had, but fruity hops are detectable. Alcohol also smellable.

T) Nicht so gut. Quite bitter. I bought a few well-known American IPAs to see what the hype is all about. They have all been fantastic but I have feared getting one like this. Bitter up front masking the fruity hops and malts behind.

M) Almost flat. Bitter astringency at the back of the mouth.

O) No better than the American IPA imitations you can buy in English pubs now, and the strong alcohol content is pointless. Go for SN Torpedo or the Founders IPAs instead.

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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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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,689 ratings.
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