Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can of this stuff while in AZ.

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice orange to red. Almost copper. Nice two finger head with a good amount of lacing as the head goes away.

Pine and citrus on the nose. Typical West Coast IPA smells.

Flavors or should I say one flavor: bitterness. Not much going on here.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation fairly dry finish.

I expected more of this one. The bitterness is one dimensional. If you are in the mood for something bitter this is the beer to get. If you are looking for a IPA full of flavor there are a lot of better offerings

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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 allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in the can at Shuga's in Colorado Springs for something like $3. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours with normal head for a canned IPA- one finger over an orange/amber head.

This IPA is pretty straight down the road, with moderate bitterness, a strong dose of hoppiness supported by minimal malt flavors, and a slight astringency.

Conclusion: I like IPAs that deliver strong, bold, clear hop flavor but allow the malts to shine as well, and do all this with lower than average bitterness. This IPA doesn't fit that description, but as one of the hundreds of identical American IPAs that abound, it is a fine choice.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange color, looks pretty vibrant in the glass, with a tall creamy head of pockmarked bubbles that look like their in for the long haul. Great lacing.

hint of pine, and something a little odd that I can't yet put my finger on. Grain base is toasted, with a touch of pale malt sweetness. taste a little bit of pine, an herbal component to the hop oils, and even a bit of tobacco in there. Malts are overwhelmed by the hops .Bitter, oily finish, with the same alpha acidic texture lingering deep into the aftertaste. Sweet and pretty thick most of the way through, despite the hops overwhelming the flavor.

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

Got this from a can last time I was in Denver. Interesting name and logo.

Appearance - copper with a foamy head.

Smell - pepper, grapefruit, and pine.

Taste - spicy pepper with lingering grapefruit notes. The pine really comes through on this one. Good balance.

Mouthfeel - medium

Drinkability - hard to go wrong with micros in a can. This is a tasty example of the APA style. I'd recommend it to friends.

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Photo of zimm421
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can marked best by 13 NOV 13. Poured into a tulip. Only a small amount of head appeared, but wasn't an overly aggressive pour. Retention is good with some decent lacing. Color is dark amber, and the head is off-white.

Nose is fairly sweet, but there is good tropical fruit and citrus coming through. Taste is simply very bitter, with a bit of tropical fruit and pine. Not much else seems to be going on here; starts out bitter, some of the sweetness coming through in the middle, but then finishes extremely bitter as well. The aftertaste sticks around for quite a while as well.

The feel has good carbonation, but finishes pretty sticky. Just not clean enough for me here. Overall, this is a straight hop bomb, with tons of bitterness coming through. Almost a bit too much for me, as the bitterness covers up most of the flavor. Not bad, but expected a bit more from this.

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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 JoeAmerican77
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a beautiful red hued, root beer color with a tallow one and a half fingers of head, gorgeous sponge lacing.

Fills the nose with a boat of hops and citrus.

Taste is thistle and bitter hops with a minimum balance of sweet pine and malts.

Mouthfeel nice and light for a heavy flavor, beautiful cold and refreshing carbonation, my favorite IPA in the last few months.

I would have maybe two or three of these, interesting and delicious enough :)

Good price for a good IPA sixer for 8.50

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Photo of KDawg
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass from can. Pours a dark orange color with a small head

Very resiny aromas along with hops, christmas spices and citrus aromas

medium bodied with a nice feel. There is a very resiny finish with some spices as well. The flavors are slightly disjointed a bit

a very solid hoppy beer. On the fresher side, but doesn't do anything that is amazing.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can best by Nov. 17, reviewed July 19.

Copper/amber, very clear, small head leaves decent lacing.

Smells like pine resin, grapefruit and sweet malt.

Flavor is heavy on pine hops, with some caramel malt beneath. Grapefruit is there too. I'm not a fan of the syrupy pine-sap hop profile that I sometimes get out of this, but the citrus saves it a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium. Not too light-bodied but a bit watery on the end.

Drinkable, but not really my kind of IPA. I'd go for more citrus and less pine.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours out a hazy caramel amber with a finger or so of off-white head that leaves pretty good lacing.

Initial aroma is a nice punch of pine, although after repeated swirls/sniffs, it becomes a bit obscured by sweet caramel. The pine holds up better in the flavors, sticking around from start to finish. It doesn't linger too long, though, and could be a notch stronger. Thickish body with plenty of bready malt and a touch of citrus rind. Pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of drewy813
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper. Decent head that dissipates over time leaving small layer. Lacing is light, but present.

Smells great. Sweet, little hints of fruitiness, some light spicing, fresh hops.

Taste is slightly better than average. First sip brings out the fullness of the is IPA, hop flavor is good, slight taste that reminds me of the color present, but not too bad. Flavor lingers at the back of the throat for too long.

Carbonation is spot on. But feels somewhat 'greasy'.

Drinkability is low... I crave one every now and then, but I couldn't drink it back to back.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this when I was out visiting some friends in Kansas City. Poured from the can into a pint glass.

Pours a dark orange color with a one finger head that dissipates into a nice plane of tiny bubbles and a collar of foam around the edges of the glass.

The beer is a bit too cold right now but a sniff of it reveals a sweet citrus and piney hop quality to it. Some of the sweetness obviously attributed to the malts as well and would be best described as a honey like bread quality or maybe graham crackerish. Not bad on the nose but a little more aroma would be nice.

The taste begins with a malty sweetness for maybe half a second then transitions into a bitter, resiny taste. The bitter hop flavor is the one that lingers in your mouth and has a bit of a drying character to it. After a bit more warming the beer becomes sweeter and the hops become a little less apparent. Not necessarily a balanced IPA, the flavor leans more towards the bittering aspect of the style. Not bad though.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with an appropriate carbonation. The bitter flavors leave a some-what pleasant drying affect on your tongue after swallowing.

Overall, this isn't a bad IPA. Just not my favorite. If you like bittering hops and an alright nose in your IPAs, you'd like it. Definitely cool that it comes in a can though, I really wish more beers would.

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Photo of Star80
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours out a dark copper color quite dark for an India Pale Ale. Date on the can is at the bottom best before April 2011. Smell is not unlike their Euphoria, perhaps a little more subdued in that the hops don't taste quite as "wild". Some lacing on my glass. Smells like resinous pine with some pungent grapefruit and sweet malt. Actually smells kinda atypical for an IPA. But that doesn't mean it isn't nice, just not that groundbreaking. Anyway, the taste greets you with a very citric grapefruit bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. As it warms you can taste some of the alcohol but it isn't overwhelming. I am sensing that this is dry hopped, and despite the freshness date I am detecting that "extra layer" afforded by the dry hopping, which is always the first to go, is dying a little giving way to a certain malt flavor I am altogether too familiar with. Anyway, mouthfeel is smooth not overly rich and these are somewhat drinkable. Overall this is a good IPA just a tad bit underwhelming.

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Photo of Pencible
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear copper with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like resin and bready malt and light caramel, with some citrus and copper.
T: It tasted like bitter resin and pine, with a little sweet honey and caramel and bread. It had a strong and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an alright IPA, but nothing special. The scent was ok, the taste was good, and the body was good. The finish was a bit harsh, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. About on par with 60 Minute. Meh.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO on 8/12/10.

A - Slightly hazy reddish amber with copper hues and a tight, creamy white head that deposited some frosty, icy lace all around the glass. Head retained well and flared up with each swirl of the glass. Carbonation bubbles reminded me of a fishtank filter.

S - Citrus hops paired with grainy malt notes. Pretty straight-forward IPA nose, actually. Over time, a hint of spicy pepper and mild alcohol notes emerged.

T - Flavor incorporates floral and citrus hops with just a hint of metallic tin, but not too off-putting overall. Malt is sweet with hints of caramel and bread. Finishes with dry herbal tones in the backend, resulting in a lingering hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with a slight syrupy, though untilately kind of watery, texture. Dry and hoppy. Finishes with dry, lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Above average IPA in the grand scheme of things. Hop profile is a bit all over the map, but ultimately this is pretty tasty.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can best by May 21, 2013. Poured into a pint glass and drank at 45F.

A - Bright rusty orange body with a solid cover of white froth, very little lacing but the cover lasted all the way down the glass.

S - Extremely hoppy, piney. Peppery notes, some pear, apricot and citrus present also. Smells like a lot of complexity squeezed in here.

T - Yikes! Hop-bomb to bitterness, killed it in a bad way for me. Can't speak to any complexity going on at all, just a bitter medicinal quality. It settles down after the first taste, but then nothing more to speak of than bitter hoppiness.

M - Very dry.

O - A beer with aspirations of being great but suffers from overexuberance. More exciting than a macro brew, but less drinkable. I'd like to put it down below a 3.0 where i rate the macros in that regard, but I appreciate the effort.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/28/11
*From notes

-- boatshoes, you're the man for supplyin' this one --

A: A firm pour yields a big and dense three finger white head. Nice lacing and retention. The hue of the beer is a clean reddish-amber.

S: Resinous. Concentrated pine attacks the nose. No real fruit here.

T: Quite similar. Lots of pine oil - it pricks the tongue and really makes for a full palate assault.

M: This is a pretty full bodied IPA. It's got plenty of creamy carbonation and texture.

O: Ska Brewing's Modus Hoperandi has been a longtime want, so you can understand my excitement to see this extra peering out from my trade box. It may not beer the beer I wanted it to be (floral, tropical fruity hops), but it ain't half bad and would certainly fill my daily hop fix, given I was in it's distro window.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear orange-brown with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy clumps of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, malt/biscuit, and flowers. Taste is of citrus zest, sweet malt, flowers, with a bit of a soapy taste too. Mild hop bitterness on the palate quickly fades. This beer has good carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the soapy taste is weird. I think I would like to try this one again from a can to see how it compares. My first beer from Ska.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip. Best by date unreadable.

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber with mostly red highlights with a nice fluffy two finger cream color head. The head slowly recedes leaving some amazing lacing. Its been a while since i have seen retention like this.

S - Extremely floral aroma with some strong citrus, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. There is a little hint of the malts present, but its well hidden. of a toasted aroma, but extremely faint, mostly hops going on here.

T - Nice citrus and grapefruit flavors, but the pine flavor is dominant here. Slightly grassy, and a slight malt profile present. Its not as well balanced as some other IPAs of this caliber, but its a wonderful tasting beer nonetheless.

M - Oily and medium bodied with nice carbonation. Bitter finish is a tad drier than others of this style .

O - I really enjoyed this beer and understand the hype, but its not my favorite of this category of top notch bees. Its extremely drinkable, and perhaps if this was readily available, i would enjoy more often, but im not sure i would trade for it again.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. 31026B2BA is printed on the side of the can, but it's not clear to me whether this is related to the beer or the can (it's not a stamp or anything, it's printed like the can label). Bought in Arizona, flown to WA.

Pours slightly cloudy with a biggish coarse pale head, some carbonation. Orange/copper in color. Smell is good, but muted. Pine and slight floral, a little citrus.

Taste has a slight metallic hint, which I never like. Slow piney finish. Somewhat bready or toasty. Again, slight citrus and floral notes.

Mouthfeel also hints at metal.

Overall, if it wasn't for that metallic hint, I think this would be a pretty solid beer. Even as it is, if I was going to be sitting in one place for a while and it was this beer or no beer, I'd have another. But there are many, many beers I would choose over this as is.

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Photo of QualityOverQty
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

MH has good look, decent smell and, at best, decent taste. It has bitterness but not quite enough flavor to back it up. I'm not disappointed with it but for the price I don't think it measures up. The best way to put it is that is doesn't taste bad but rather bland or lacking.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced and left some nice lacing on the glass. an amber orange color was great clarity and some signs of carbonation coming from the middle of the glass.

Smell: Light citrus and grapefruit aroma. All followed by sweet and bready malts.

Taste: The citrus above is right up front. Bitterness is a little high with the sweet and bready malts pretty mellow. Bitterness lingers around a little bit, but not too long.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, chewy, easy to drink even though you get bitterness on the tail end of the sip that sticks around for a while.

Overall: Another good IPA from the lovely state of Colorado. Just wish the brewery was not so far away from Denver. Will be enjoying more of these while in Denver.

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Photo of drewba
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orange/red, nearly amber in color. This pours with an off colored two finger head that quickly recedes down to a bubbly film. Lacing is splotchy and inconsistent.

T - Light citrus, pine and grass. The hops aren't jumping out of the smell, but they're there. There is a little garlic and onions action going on in the end.

T - Dry grass, pine and lemon rind. An impressive malt profile creeps in towards the middle of the flavor offering up caramel, light nut, bread. The finish is more grass and grapefruit which ends fairly bitter.

M - body is low and the carbonation pops; nothing to write home about.

O - This is kind of unusual for an ipa; which there is definitely a hop profile, more of it comes out more in bitterness, than taste.

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

Pours a dark burnt orange with a one finger white head that disappates quickly. Aroma is pine, resin, some grapefruit. Taste follows with pine, resin, citrus fruit rind, grapefruit, a little bitterness, and a nice bready malt backbone. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and nicely carbonated. Overall, a decent ipa that I would say leans more toward hoppy ipa, but very clean and drinkable nonetheless.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,702 ratings.
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