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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Photo of tsing
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DenverBigRed
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was incredibly excited to get a can of this stuff in my recent trade with tripelhops – from what I’ve heard, it’s basically a can of hops. Yes please.

The date on the bottom of the can says “10/28/11,” which is before I got the beer – I’m guessing it’s a best-by date, then. Ah well, close enough.

A: This one pours a relativity dark apple-cider orange-red; an off-white, oily head raises to medium height with pretty good lacing afterwards. Retention is minimal; surprisingly thick-looking.

S: Damn juicy in the nose: big grapefruit hops and creamy, fruity malts. It’s just what I want in an IPA. Light piney tastes and a bit of grainy aromas on the end. Love it.

T: Good candy sweets and light, drinkable hop-bitters on the front of the tongue; herbal and a bit funky, even. As the palate extends, so does the hop bitterness; it’s strong and resiny. Grains are dark and a bit roasty, with solid orange rind on the end. Aftertaste, as expected, is powerfully dry with a hint of sweet cream. Good, balanced flavor.

M: Drinkable, just like the palate. Smooth and refreshing with, surprisingly, only a mild astringency.

O: Very drinkable – a great IPA for the can. Grip ‘n sip, son!

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Photo of hopsputin
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: a dark, rich amber color. so rich it almost has some purple and ruby red notes. pretty clear. 3 finger tan white head

s: smell is juicy citrus - grapefruit, mango, hint of passion fruit. nice rich pine syrup, big bready malty backbone as well. aroma finishes with clean hops. its a really well balance smelling beer

t: taste is much more pine-forward than the aroma. pine, sap, earthy bitterness, unsweetened tea all at the front. middle of the mouth hits you with some of that piney, grapefruit bitterness. the finish is some sweet caramel malt and a slightly syrup-like flavor

m: medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation to make you feel it in your stomach after a few sips

o: reminds me of a toned-down Torpedo. i'm not a huge Torpedo guy, and for some reason this isn't really catching me either. if you like pine-forward beers, this will really be down your alley. its clean, has a real nice pine & pine bitterness taste. it feels a little too rich for a 6.8%, but if you drink it a little colder that won't really matter so much. overall, i can tell its a really solid beer, however it just isn't speaking to me

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Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thomasjohne
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Less complex than some of the other 90s rated IPAs, but still good

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though I had this on tap, I am really looking forward to drinking it out of the cans I bought later today.

Pours a light golden color, huge hop aroma of grassy hops. Decent white head with minimal lacing. Flavor was overly bitter without much actual hop flavor so not totally balanced but a really good drinkable IPA anyway. At 6.8% abv it is at the upper end of an American IPA and with the hop bitterness is actually a lower alcohol double IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Cooker_stp
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barflybastard
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can that was less then 2 weeks fresh. Ten days old to be exact. I pop the can and give this one a vigorous pour achieving two fingers of frothy light tan head. Head has solid retention and leaves walls of lace. Body is a very deep mahogany amber tone. Nose is super fresh hoppiness with lots of big flowery and citrus based hops. Some grassy tones play on the nose as well. Enters the mouth a bit shallow at first but the hops quickly become prickly all over the tongue. There is a slight bit of malts on the palate that attempt to balance this beer but the hops really dominate. Bitterness is long and dry on the tongue and leads to a mouthfeel that is just that. This is a solid canned IPA that is nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Waggman
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Tons of citrics on the nose, only a 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.

In the mouth there are more of the citric qualities while an aquatic something or other comes through quite heavily. There's 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, but A. what's new? and B. who cares?

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.

The aftertaste to me was unusual, but I'll chalk it up to grapefruits and call this one pretty darn good. Solid canned craft beer.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a big ska fan at this point, but I'll try anything once, and i've had this beer recommended to me on several occasions.

A: light gold color, good sticky head retention. Inviting and pleasent. Pretty clear.

S: resinous, dank, and piney. Smells somewhat floral and herbal. A heavy hop aroma, I would guess that there is definately some chinook or columbus in this beer.

T: Sweet upfront, but finishes dry enough to keep drinking. Very piney and resinous like the smell. A little tangey. Not super bitter, but you can tell there is plenty of late addition hops. the malt is there, but somewhat subdued. the piney hops dominate this beer. Its a different beer that I would buy again. The aftertaste lasts forever, and is not unpleasent.

M: Nice body to the mouthfeel, leaves you wanting more and finishes smoothly. The taste lingers on your tongue for quite some time.

D: I couldn't sit here and chug these all night, but this beer definitely is drinkable enough for a few. The combination of piney hops is a little too much for me to really say this is a super drinkable beer. The alcohol content is sessionable enough that you can handle it though.

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Photo of guityler83
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange to maroonish red hugh color. sustaining finger tall kahki colored head with big chunky lacing. Slight haze.

S: Tropical fruit (blueberry, melon, kiwi) hop precense, a little catty also. I don't detect any alcohol, but a hint of toasty malt.

T: Very in your face dank piney bitterness right on the first sip. The toasty malt character comes through in the middle as you feel your pallet adjust. it finishes with a familiar refreshing pine taste.

M: Oily texture as it washes down with moderate carbonation and low to mid-low body

O: As far as IPAs go this was middle of the road. If you like yours more bitter than aromatic with the emphasis on dank hops, this is for you.

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Photo of rawfish
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, deep copper bordering on red with a tan three finger high head, settles rocky with good retention and rings of lacing all over the glass.

Wow, brilliant nose, exceptionally floral, hop oils paired with grapefruit, pineapple, slightly pine and somewhat tropical. Malt sits nicely in the back ground adding some sweetness and depth.

Hops bright and bashing bitterness all on the front but fades rather quickly with little to deliver on the back end. Initial front of grapefruit and citrus hops rather spicy as well. Malts are slightly sweetening adding balance, from there the taste is bittering but lacks any further depth. There's no drying quality but rather a little chalky residue on the finish.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Would like to see this dry a little better and be rid of the chalky bitterness.

Overall a very well put together IPA, well balanced and great presentation in the aroma. Was a little let down in the taste as it didn't deliver the whole way through but definitely one worth coming back to, especially for travel.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a dimpled beer mug.

Modus Hoperandi pours a clear, tawny copper hue with a decent patch of light khaki bubbles. Nice retention and lacing all around. Classic West Coast IPA aroma, with a fresh, foresty, piny hop burst that puts me in the mindset of Stone IPA or a Sierra Nevada Harvest release. Solid caramel backbone adds a nice balance of sweet maltiness.

On to the taste: I just can't put my finger on it, but something is lacking in this IPA. The hops are there, and do their job quite well, delivering a moderate bitterness with notes of pine resin and grapefruit peel. But the more I drink of this one, the more the malt balance seems a bit off / off-flavored to me, as the slightly stale biscuit and caramel notes feel watery and thin. Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit fuller and creamier, although I do appreciate the bitter alpha acids that coat the back of my palate. Although there are many better options out there, this is a very good IPA, and a drinkable one at that. Probably the best release from Ska Brewing that I've encountered.

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Photo of NJBrews609
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Best By 04/07/11.

My goal is not to tick every beer I can get my hands on, it's to tick every beer Beerwolf77 can get HIS hands on. Thanks Todd!

A - Slightly hazy dirty apricot orange in color, Modus is topped by a delightful cream head with good retention and massive sticky webbing in collars all down the pint.

S - Pine and spruce notes from the hops liven up the not overly hoppy nose. Caramel and pale malts provide a good backbone to balance the hops. The aroma is a bit mellow overall though.

T - Smooth caramel and pale malts provide, once again, a good balance to the hop profile that's much more forward in the flavor. Pine notes again but it's strong with a woodsy, citrus flavor.

M - A well-balanced bitter finish puts the kabash on this medium-bodied, lively carbonated IPA.

D - The aroma's faint quality is expanded upon in flavor and a nice hop bitterness gives the finish a lightly dry, refreshing quality that opens this beer up to be a fairly sessionable IPA if not for the slightly higher ABV.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Clear dark orange/amber color. Big creamy head with excellent retention and lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Mild hop aroma with citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Caramel malts. Not bad, but could be more intense.

4.0 T: Not too big on hops like I like my IPAs, but this is a winner none the less. It's an elegant mix of piney hops and a great malt bill. Caramel malts add a touch of roasted flavor that is not overwhelming, but rather meshes well with the rest of the brew.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation and creamy like I like these.

4.0 D: Solid brew. Thanks to scray24 for the chance to try this.

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Photo of Moestavern
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lerxst
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chugalug06 for this extra. My first beer from Ska. Can dated best by 8/7/11 into a pint glass.

A-Pours a semi hazy dark amber with a two finger off white head that has excellent retention and leaves ample amount of lace. Looks really good.

S-The nose is understated but pleasant. Citrus and pine predominantly with a semi sweet, bready malt back. A more prominent nose would really help out here, but what we do have is pleasant.

T-Follows the nose but with a slightly more piney, resinous presence here along with some nice citrus. The bready malt is there, but it lingers in the back for the most part and is a nice complement to the hops without trying to compete with them.

M-Medium body and carbonation, a bit slick and oily.

O-A nice IPA that I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of s3igell
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScrewBud
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - medium Amber, Little bit of head that dissipated quickly
S - earthy dank hops
T - nice balance, malt then hops
F - great coating, better when warm
O - very nice well rounded IPA

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjkinsey for the can.

Bright orange-copper color with a fine light tan head and good lacing.

Light citrus nose with a bit of grass and caramel.

Earth, tangerine and orange rind from the hops on toast and caramel. Nice flavor combination and well balanced.

Juicy and medium bodied. Good carbonation. A well made and very drinkable IPA. Recommended!

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,732 ratings.
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