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Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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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Avg:
4.08
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Photo of IPAs4lyfe
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can, Pours a clear amber with a nice white head. Good retention, left some nice lacing.

The aroma is piney hops, grapefruit, some melon undertones.

The flavor is piney hop resin, followed by some caramel and sweet fruit notes from the malt, finish is HOPPY, bitter, and lingering.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, carbonation is a tad high but overall its fine.

Drinkability is great for the 7% alcohol. Went through my 6-pack pretty fast.

Overall its a solid beer. A nice change-up for an IPA in my opinion. Worth trying.

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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 Kkottonmouthkngz
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

chalk up another excellent ipa in a can. after having been drinking racer 5 pretty regularly for the past few months, i got an opportunity to branch off. thanks to oakedcanuck for this one.
A. just how youd hope. pours with an inch, inch and a half cloud white head. disappears after a short while. slightly cloudy amber, its an attractive looking beer.
S. dont laugh, (well go ahead and laugh) i accidentaly stuck my nose in the froth, and got a huge whiff of ripe, pleasant citrus. it kind of accentuated the smell. just a little bit of pine rounds it out.
T. its like a slightly tamed west coast ipa. each aspect is just slightly muted, not in a bad way.
M. its up there with the other greats in the sense that it just overtakes your mouth and makes it happy. love the hop presence but want just a little more.
D. i can kill several in a row, and will without being exhausted from the hops. its fresh tasting and yummy.
wish i had more regular access to it, and will enjoy it just the same whenever it comes back around.

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

From State Line Liquors in El Paso. Excited to try this, as we don't have it at home.

Poured into a white plastic hotel cup, so appearance and aroma somewhat affected.

Nice tight head of cream-colored latte-like foam. Holds nicely and sticks like mad. Color looks like an amber tone, perhaps a shade or two darker than average.

Aroma is piney, with some citrus zest.

Taste is sharp and pungent. Some green onion (Centennial hops?), pine resin, grapefruit pith, pollen. Barely any malt here, but enough to make it beery.

Body is solid enough, with a creamy mouthfeel that counters the bitterness. Bit of asprin in the aftertaste, lingers too long for my liking.

Well put together IPA when you want a big kick of hops., especiallly the piney variety. I'd like to have a bit more tropical notes.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Best by date of 5/22/11 (I think at least. The month was smudged). Thanks to Dubinsky for the hookup.

A: beautiful crystal clear amber color. Normal pour led to a pretty two-finger fluffy white head. Strong lacing remained throughout the drink.

S: Not an overpowering smell but the hops were definitely the most present with some slight citrus and slight pine. Definitely did not punch me in the face with hops like I would expect beer with "hoperandi" in the name.

T: Exceptional flavor. Primarily hop forward - much more so than the smell would have had me guess. Wonderfully balanced bitter with malty sweetness.

M: Lightly carbonated, Medium body. Spicy aftertaste doesn't linger too long.

O: Overall this is a perfectly balanced beer- one that I wish was readily available in my area. I would definitely tailgate with this one.

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

Got this one at the Flying Saucer Charlotte.
A: A darker gold than a typical American IPA , the can keeps the color quite well.

S: Wonderful fresh hop aroma , alot of citrus and a good choice of malt in this brew.

T: Really liked the smooth taste , the hops are not overwhelming and ejoyed the freshness of this Colorado beer.

M: A medium body and a nice after taste. The bitterness is well presented with alot going on.

O: I liked this beer , probably my second Americam IPA in a can and other craft beers should take note. Nothing wrong with a nice craft beer in a can.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

A: Clear amber with a really thick and fluffy off-white head.

S: Really hoppy, mostly of the grapefruit and pine variety.

T: Dang, this is one of the more hoppier regular IPAs that I've had in awhile. Basically get a smack of really strong and bitter pine and grapefruit hops that last well after the beer goes down. There is a balancing sweet malt profile, but it isn't too prolific. Also have some various other typical IPA herbs going on behind the scenes. Great taste if you like strong hops.

M: Oily, medium, slick...good for an IPA.

O: Like I said before, this is a very hop-forward regular IPA. It's done really well, but if you don't like strong, piney hops, you will not enjoy this beer. This is seriously more hoppy than a lot of DIPAs that I've had before.

Hard to grade this one. It isn't really balanced too well, but I love hops a lot, so I'm a fan of this beer.

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

Ok - so apart from this being an IPA in a can, and pouring a wonderful deep orange copper colour with a lovely looking head, I find myself thinking 'another American IPA'.

Lacing is fabulous, it has all the grapefruit and orange rind flavours, goes down well, but at the end of the day....

It's just another American IPA.

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

A: Pours a clear dark golden brown, with a ruby hue. Nice fluffy head at first, that subsides a few minutes later and leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Some sticky lacing left on the glass.

S. Smells of white grapefruit, lemon rinds and pine. This is nice and hoppy. There is a nice malty presence in the back, maybe a bit too much for me.

T: Nice and bitter. The taste mirrors the nose. The fruit accents from the hops are nice and tart! The malty backbone is sweeter than the nose led on. Again, maybe a bit too much for me.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, medium stickiness left in the mouth from the hops. Gets a bit watery as I move through the beer. Average.

D: This is a good beer. While I had a dig at the level of malt presence, I still am enjoying this beer.

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

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: orangish red with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus hops, sweet caramel malts,

taste: bitter, little dry finish, refreshing IPA

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, sticky, crisp

Drinkability: highly drinkable IPA. Leaving me wanting another.

Cheers,

The cpj

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Photo of julian
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very good clarity, dark copper in color with a decent 1-1.5 finger slightly almond colored head that fades quickly to a bubble layer on the surface. Very nice lacing all around the glass. Sticky icky!

S: Blast of pine and oily hop resin balanced with a caramel/toffee malt profile. Alcohol not apparent on the nose.

T&M: Hoppy, resinous and piney with a smooth creamy caramel backbone. This is a well balanced beer and actually leans more to the maltier side in the taste than the nose lets on. Pretty round and full body with a nice creaminess and clean sweet finish with a mild hoppy bite.

O: Overall, this is a piney IPA with a big body and malt base. Easily drinkable and quenching. Not my personal favorite style of IPA (I prefer citrusy IPAs) but I can definitely appreciate it. Great piney IPA. And it comes in a can!

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

This is a cool beer, a very solid canned beer so it's great for camping trips, and pretty easy to find for most states also, unlike alot of the other quality canned beers like Gordons & Surly.

Poured into a massive snifter.

This stuff has a noticably visible malt backbone from its copper colored body, with a fluffy pillowy head.

Dank. You could get searched for possesion of pot from this stuff. It has such a sticky hoppy resin aroma and flavor. It's awesome. Pretty nice hop bite but the malt is keeping it from going all west-coast on you, Hops hit up front and Malt on the finish. Very creamy for a IPA. easy drinking camping beer to drink lots of.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No reassuring psssst sounds as I opened the undated 12 oz can, but a decent head formed with a moderate pour.

Hazy, orange-amber with a smallish white head that does leave some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Citrus, mainly orange and grapefruit, with pine, and traces of caramel malts.

Taste: citrus hops dominate but mix in good balance (for an IPA) with the sweet malts. Slightly earthy. Grapefruit in the lingering, moderately bitter, aftertaste.

Feel: medium-light body; a bit under-carbonated.

O - good flavor balance. Rather hoppy American IPA leans towards a DIPA.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

324th review on BA
can to SN globe
12oz

Thanks to my wife for bringing this back from AZ for me.

App- Agressive pour due to being tipsy from Abacus produced a larger head than I wanted. A giant 3 finger cushiony head erupted into the glass. A vibrant dark orange/amber. Spotty clinging as well.

Smell- Smells great out of a can. Huge hoppy, spicy citrusy aroma. Very earthy and very pungeant.

Taste- It fell a bit hard from scoring so high on the nose. A bit flat and buttery. Well balanced but thin. I did notice as it warms it mellows and tempers the flat/buttery flavors and becomes a bit smoother.

Mouth- A lighter medium bodied beer paired with a medium carb level. Produced a nice spicy after taste.

Drink- Aroma and aftertaste are redeeming qualities. Taste was a bit flat but was still pretty good. I'd probably like to have this one again on draft.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly dark amber color with a finger+ of off-white head. The head dissipated to a little less than a finger after several minutes - so decent retention. Lots of sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S: Smells like a good IPA should, IMHO. A nice mix of pine and grapefruit hops meet the nose. A nice mix of floral and earthy.

T: Lots of bitter hops throughout each sip sit on top of a slightly sweet malt backbone. A fair amount of pine mixes with some bread and just a touch of lemon and orange. Lacks the complexity and balance of a great IPA, but a respectable flavor nonetheless.

M: Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D: A decent IPA. It probably wouldn't be my first choice, but I wouldn't mind having it again. The flavor could use a little more sweetness to balance out the grainy malt and bitter hops.

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Photo of sommersb
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 04-17-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Mostly clear amber beer with an offwhite head. The creamy head has very good retention as well as the lacing.

Aromas have floral and piney hops plus a little malty sweetness.

Flavors are firstly of piney hop bitterness, with tropical fruits like pineapple in support. Finally there's a little dose of caramel malt sweetness.

Body is in between medium and full. The finish is dry and quite hoppy, with some astringency as a detraction.

Overall a powerful IPA, very good but marred somewhat by astringency.

Thank you goes out to Craig for bringing me this

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost a ruby with decent lacing but not much head.

There is a lack of dry hopping on this one. Some slight pine and a little malt.

The taste is bitter, bitter, and, bitter. Not much balance here but that is to be desired from time to time in an IPA.

I am glad to be able to pick up some Ska Brewing on my road trip out east as I have been a major Ska fan for 10 years now. Pick it up!

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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 Maction
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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 DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ska modus tasted from Can.
Sharp hop and pine aroma.
Pine pine taste. Did I mention pine?
Mellow and balanced, worth drinking...
Nice hoppy brew for the hop heads out there. It doesn't get much hoppier than this but still has a nice balance and not overly bitter.
Ok intro to SKA.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll give SKA bonus points for this beer. Very clever.

My ale poured a big two fingered head of amber, fine foam that exhibited nice lacing throughout this drinking session. The color was a nice tea colored golden brown with moderate clarity.

The aroma is of piney resinous hops. I'm not sure what else is there as the hop aroma was so robust that it burned out my olfactory senses!

This beer is not for anyone that isn't in love with hops. There is a very intense resinous hop flavor with a nice sweet malt background, but not much else in the way of depth of flavor. But who cares! If you love hops, this ale with satisfy your craving for sure.

Drinkability is average unless you want to burn out your taste buds on bitter hops. Still, a respectable IPA. I'd enjoy another if I had one.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OZ. can
Served in a perfect pint glass
Best by 17 JAN 14

A - It is burnt orange with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of beige head.

S - I get some hints of citrus and pine.

T - The taste is a nice combination of citrus and pine. The flavors intermingle with the pine winning out on the finish.

M - It is medium and smooth.

O - It has more pine than I care for. I prefer more citrus and tropical fruit. It is good and bitter.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A nice bubble show creates a frothy two inches of foam atop the hazy amber liquid; spots of lacing hang around

Smell: Dank and resinous with pine dominant and slight citrus element

Taste: Piney, up front, with just a hint of grapefruit underneath; the caramel malts buttress the hops, in the middle, as the beer grows ever more bitter and resinous; slightly sweet and sticky, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of those beers that I would have rated higher a few years ago but it now feels like an IPA from the past; the hops whack you over the head but lack the fruity subtleties of some of the newer varieties I have grown to love

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly hazy, deep orange with a white head. Nice lace. No bubbles.

S - unusual aroma for the style. The malt note is stronger than the grapefruit/pine hops. Fresh can too. Overall, the aroma is nice, but it reminds me of a cross between a robust ESB and an English IPA more than an American IPA.

T - is similar to the aroma with respect to style. Again, it's more malty than hoppy. It's dry malty, not sweet malty and moderately hoppy. The combination works for me. The flavor was tasty, but quite different from beers normally classified as an American IPA.

O - it wasn't what I expected in terms of style, but it's a well made beer that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a 3 Floyds pint glass.

A- Big 3 finger off white head that dissipates slowly, nice lacing that coats the side of the glass. Clear burnt orange/copper color.
S- Really nice hoppy aroma, citrus, grapefruit, some peach, nice bready/nutty notes from the malt in the background.
T- Taste very similar to the aroma, really easy drinking, pretty tasty, sweet citrus and grapefruit upfront, big malt presence as well, bready notes.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, clean finish, bitter aftertaste.
O- Overall this is a solid IPA, not sure how fresh the can is, the hops have faded a bit with the malt characteristics coming out, would love to try this beer when its fresh. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 791 ratings.
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