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: 801 | Ratings: 2,708
Photo of resce
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry, bitter, and a slam to the mouth and nose. This is an excellent and very hoppy example of an American IPA. It is able to combine both an excellent aroma and initial taste and then back it up with a sufficient malt body.

Only negative marks or mostly for the drinkability. This is not a drink all night kind of beer and nor should it be. I would not recommend it for those weary of an IPA.

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Photo of AmitC
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. Best by date of 4/7/2013

Color is amber. Some haze and may be very fine suspensions. A good one finger thick off white head with excellent retention. Some very good lacing on the sides. Calm, translucent and with no bubbles.

Aroma is a lot of earthy and weed like hops. A little bit of pine flavor. Grapefruit notes. Strength is good.

Taste has some well balanced bitterness throughout. A nice slight bitter finish. A good amount of grapefruit and other citrus notes. Nice bread like malt.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced yet delicious.

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Photo of ebraun
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a deep copper with a pillow-y sticky head that left a goodly amount of lacing down the glass.

S: Hops and more hops. Pine up front fading to grapefruit.

T: Whoo wee. A lot going on here. The nose would lead you to believe it's going to be nothing but hops. The taste however is quite complex. After the hop bite fades it mellows to pineapple and a touch of caramel and vanilla. Really, really great.

M: Surprisingly smooth and creamy with a little peppery burn in the back of the mouth. Not a terribly dry finish.

D: Very drinkable, not really a session beer, but you could knock back a few, for sure.

Funny packaging with comic on the bottom of the sixer. I like the sort of attitude of this brewery, different and fun.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- 1+ finger white head that wont go away. Turns foamy and is leaving great lacing as it starts its descent. A clear orange copper colored beer sits in my glass.

S- Heavy on the pine with citrus and bitter smells really good

T- nice bitterness thats complimented nicely by similar notes as the nose.

M- light light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O- I really liked this IPA. bitter with just enough citrus tastes and balance.

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Photo of JohnnyK
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

P - Pours a dark shade of amber. There was about a 2 finger white with hint of orange colored head that lasted quite a while. There was a bit of lacing as well.

S - The smell a burst of citrus hops and grapefruit and pine.

T&M - Taste was very hop forward, could taste rind of citrus, pine, powerful hops. Malt brings just the right amount of sweetness. The mouthfeel was of oily hops and carbonation. The bitterness seems to linger forever.

D - Ska Brewing isn't something that I turn to very often, but this is one I always look forward to. Oily hop bitterness keeps me from enjoying more than two at a time, but it is still one of my favorite IPAs and definitely my favorite from a can.

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Photo of Inflames
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first can was at the Flagstaff brewing co. a few days later picked up a six pack in Albuquerque, then a week later another sixer at a different place in Albuquerque.
My first experience was, "wow this stuff is delicious" second time was, "I love this and I wish it were was available in California. The 3rd place I got this at, there was a noticable off flavor to the brew. I hope this is a rare instance.
Easily one of my new favorite brews, I will seek this out when I get back to an area this is sold.
A very average looking IPA, the selling point is the flavor and aroma, fresh citrus and pine engulf the senses with much pleasure. Some super hoppy brews aren't easy drinkers but this isn't one of those. I find myself moving on to the second without a second thought.
Proud of Ska for creating such a tasty IPA.

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Photo of Baraka
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

A: dark amber with a 2-fingered head that leaves significant lacing around the glass

S: wonderful pine and citrus hop aromas that engulf any other smells

T: awesome flavorful, bitter hops with very little balance to be had (a good thing in IPAs imo) Some oily hop goodness leftover on my tongue after each sip.

M: medium with a dry finish

D: fantastically hoppy, crisp & refreshing. Very highly recommended, I'm glad this is being distributed in MO!

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

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Falling Rock pub in Denver. From notes.

This is a real gorgeous beer. A real glowing amber red, almost ruby, with hints of orange hues all around the edges. Light off white head presented with a finger. Fast thin rising bubbles with huge sheets of lacing coating in rings while drinking.

Nose is wonderfuly balanced and subtle. Hints of hop citrus zest and light caramel. Very nice airy toast grain and powdered cinnamon. Not a blast but real nice.

Palate hits with a nice light caramel like malt richness. Incredibly chewy brown sugar, with a hop warmth freshness in the mid palate. After taste hits somewhere between herbal tea and citrus orange. Feel is just a good bite of malt density with wonderful chewy grains and bread like character.

Not a hop lovers dream brew, but a fantastic slightly hoppy amber that really delivers, I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the coolest labels and beer names I have seen, veeery nice. Pours a fairly cloudy amber color with a nice coating of fine-bubbled light beige head. Foam recedes slowly and leaves behind some nice lace patterns.

Bright citrus and tropical aroma with a fairly substantial malty base. Something in there has almost a nostril-clearing menthol effect for me. The nose is fresh and clean and very much smells like a west coast beer.

The hops focus as much on the flavor as the bitterness, which is the way I prefer it. The malts are sweet and grainy, and do a pretty decent job of balancing things out. The beer tastes bright and citrusy, maintaining a refreshing and drinkable quality while providing plenty of flavor. Good beer here, Ska puts out some pretty delicious stuff.

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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 hardy008
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange with 1 finger of white head. Has nice retention and leaves a nice lace. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, tangerines, pine and some caramel malt. smells like it should have a nice combination of sweetness and bitterness.

The taste is very much like the aroma with grapefruit, tangerines, citrus zest, pine, and light caramel malt. It does not taste as balanced as it smells. The taste is more bitter than the aroma suggested, but it is not overly bitter or harsh at all. It is very nice.

Medium bodied with below average carbonation. Has a grapefruit aftertaste. Overall very good. If I get another chance while out of state, I will be sure to pick this up again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 355ml can with a BB of Dec 2012. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. I like the label imagery - but what inspired it? Lip up fatty...

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A rich marmalade-orange hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Produces a decent head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thin surface layer. Aroma of intensely juicy hop notes: grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine and faint tropical fruit hints. This is underpinned by subtle caramel malt and dry yeast. Slightly sweet. A warming and rather solventy note of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of overwhelming aromatic hops and caramel malt with a stinging bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, pine, caramel, earthy yeast and a hint of brown sugar. Faintly sweet. A seriously dry bitterness upon swallowing; spicy and astringent. Mouthfeel is smooth, spicy and tingly, with good body. Could be just a smidge thicker (but I'm splitting hairs). Dries the palate, and leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and malt.

Superb - another quality American IPA. An avalanche of hops assault the senses, with the malt taking a back seat but providing good balance. My only minor complaint is that the aroma had a slightly estery/solventy quality - albeit very subtle. All said, a tasty and very drinkable IPA. Well worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear copper, with a nice creamy head, light retention, some lacing

very floral with hints of pineapple, orange, and pine

starts out floral. the malts then kick in and a bitter citrus and pine emerges. lots of white grapefruit, pine, and orange through the finish. bitter orange aftertaste.

light body and light carbonation

ABV is a little up there but this is delicious and i could drink this all night long. great hoppy bitterness through. one of the better IPAs ive had in a long time.

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Photo of nc41
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a very nice typical fruity( citrus) IPA. Looks good, pours nice, holds the head to the last drop, nice nose the taste follows. Definitely better than the average IPA out there. Not overwhelmingly anything but solid. Definitely a drinkable IPA, maybe dangerously so. Easily worthy of buying in volume, and this one could never disappoint.

Edit: On this one fresh really counts. The original review was in bottles the can version was better. Between Racer 5 and Modus they are my everyday go to IPA's.

Edit: The points keep climbing. The more IPA's I drink the more I appreciate this brew. Fresh this is 1st rate stuff equal to almost anything put there. A hair better than Racer 5 due to the citrus lick.

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Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.
A) Pours with a two finger head. Great head retention. Body is a hazy copper / amber color with active carbonation bubbles.
S) Sweet orange. Subtle peach. Caramel malt.
T) Caramel, nice and rich with a healthy dose of hop bite. Some bitterness in the finish, but not overpowering or obnoxious... call it "just right". The whole flavor profile is very well balanced and a pleasure to drink.
M) Fizzy up front. Medium body with some heft.
D) Yum. A delicious IPA, well crafted and true to form.

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Photo of BenZ
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice IPA. This 6 pack was about the only thing interesting for sale near my hotel. I'd only vaguely heard of it, and my expectations weren't super high.

The beer looked really nice and the aroma really filled my hotel room. The flavor was great - nice pine/citrus blend. A very easy drinker, I rarely have multiples of the same beer in a row, but that was easy for MH. Highly recommended!

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a can into a pint glass. Tan/Orange/Brown in color with a nice haze (though not opaque) and a great, frothy, ecru 2-finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus and pine cone on the nose in a pleasant, clean and dry way. Not sticky smelling.

T: Citrus rind up front with a bark-flavored middle, and a dry, piney swallow. Flavors of grapefruit, tin, oat nut toast, and a pine cone swallow. Earthy without being crunchy, clean, and crisp flavors.

M: Clear and crisp feeling, with some tanins in the mouth and a bone-dry afterfeel.

O: This is a great, tasty session IPA. Just enough flavor to be delicious, but not so much as to limit you to just one. In fact, I may crack open another can right now...

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer poured a clear, coppery gold with an incredible, fluffy off white head. Lacing was present throughout the sort life of this brew.

Smell: Wonderful hints of grapefruit and pine.

Taste: A nice bready maltiness with hints of grapefruit, mint citrus and pine. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy, medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Damn this is a great well balanced IPA. The bitterness from the hops is balanced extremely well with the malts. Very easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with orange highlights. It had a three-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam that left sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of a good deal of pine with citrus notes. It had a burnt toast malt aroma.

T - It had a very sharp burnt toast flavor with a sweet malt backbone. It had a piney, grassy flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a very delicious IPA. I loved the pine aroma and flavor.

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Photo of pschul4
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a mix6 from Binny's shared with ariech6

A- Pours a dark gold with a lot of head (2") because I'm a newb pourer :(

S- Tons of big piney hops in the scent. I am developing high hopes for this one, please don't let me down

T- A decent amount of hops with a surprisingly tasty malt background. I am really enjoying this although it's far off from what I expected

M- Super creamy and smooth which is uncommon for an IPA but I am really digging this one

O- Awesome! It still blows my mind that a canned beer can be this great, can't wait to buy more of this one

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Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell is loaded with classic American hops: Grapefruit juice, a grand yet gentle bitterness with smooth sweet notes and hints of resin, chalk, pine and juniper needles. Everything is crisp, clean and perhaps just a little bit too obvious.

The colour is amber with a tint of red (24 EBC). The liquid is clear and the two finger compact head is off-white, almost a bit orange. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The taste is fresh and hoppy with light notes of dough and candy. The crispy bitterness is medium to strong. Citric notes of grapefruit juice, orange and bitter orange peels and a touch of lime. Apricots, fruit candy and flowers, however mild, give an English-inspired flavour in the background. The body is medium to full. Some clean sour hints gives balance to the smooth growing sweetness. The aftertaste is fresh and bitter with some sweet fruity notes, with hints of bread and musk.

The carbonation is strong, the bubbles very small. The liquid is smooth.

A solid AIPA: Just give it a little more hop complexity and it will become perfect.

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fun sample from my friends George & Dale, this one shows a clear copper color with a goodly off-white head and decent dashes of lace. The aroma is piny hops and grainy malt, very pleasant. The taste brings beautiful piny hops and grassy highlights with a subtle caramel malt. The feel is a tad tangy with orange citrus in a solidly mid bodied brew. A delicious IPA in a can with solid carbonation and highly drinkable!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from kiltedtxn and aggieboudreux, Thanks Guys!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed copper color with a white head that left a sheet of lacing.

S - citrus and piney hops.

T - bitter bite upfront being somewhat balanced out with malt at halftime before getting dry and bitter on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - easy drinking and very tasty.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep copper appearance, but clear. 2 fingers, huge head! Nice sticky lacing all over the glass. This is how an IPA should always look!

S - Tons of piny, and citrusy hops.

T - Like the smell, tons of hops! Piny and citrusy! Very well balanced. Alcohol is pretty prevelant for a 6.5% brew, or I would have given it a 4.5

M - Full bodied and well carbonated!

O - About as good of an IPA out there. Very cool that it comes in cans. Wish I could get this in Georgia. Thanks to my bro who got this for me for Christmas, brought back while out west on vacation!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can at the FBC,

A: Pours a medium orange with a solid white head, good lace.

S: Nice aroma, some tropical fruit - I definitely get notes of pineapple and grapefruit.

T: This has a fair amount of malt to it, but the strong pine needle, mint and grapefruit shine through in the end. Fantastic overall IPA flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, doesn't have a flabby carbonation as a lot of canned beers I've found have. Crisp and resiny.

D: If my train in Flagstaff hadn't been delayed I never would have gotten to try this wonderful IPA. A great first impression from Ska.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,708 ratings.
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