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 CityofWind_brew
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've always had easy access to this one so I usually pass, but decided to give it a whirl... Very pleasant surprise!

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Photo of sliprk314
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12OZ can; fresh; pours a murky orange-brown color, with a beautiful, frothy, light-yellowish head; decent amount of citrus in aroma; very sparky flavor, with lots of pop, and a lingering bitterness. I really like this beer, as it has tons of flavor, yet, near the end of it, I start to feel the bitterness is perhaps a little too much. Still, this is an IPA I would be happy to drink just about anytime. (EDIT 9/2016: Having had this 'aged' this past spring, I was impressed at the character it had - I increased Taste by 0.25)

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Photo of TooGood
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of toothirsty
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, stamped "Enjoy By 4 April 2014", given to me by Felix. Thanks man! Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/26/2014.

App- Clear amber body, fluffy thick white head with fantastic retention. Leaves sticky lacing. Outstanding, though the body could be lighter in color for the style.

Smell- Smells rich and green, like Jai Alai except not as complex. Biscuits, honey, resin, pine.

Flavour- Pine and resin flavours, combines with biscuits and pale malt. Tastes "green" in the homebrew vernacular. Not terribly bitter but there are some IBUs to be found.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, just perfect body, good carbonation, easily crushable. Aftertaste is a wet piney resin that isn't much in the first few sips but builds up quite a bit by the end of the can.

Overall- Nice easy to get IPA that should be in your regular shelf pale rotation if you have access. Reminds me very much of Jai Alai.

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Photo of JCastaBarry
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkO1971
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wvsabbath
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StaveHooks
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear amber color that resembles iced tea. A 1 finger white head melts into a frothy cap with a raised collar that holds on to the glass.

S - Sweet ruby red grapefruit, woody pine, toffee malt, mint.

T - Pine comes out first then a blast of mint leaf hits, the caramel malt brings in some cookie-like sweetness and rides out until the finish. Leafy mint and grapefruit rind take over toward the finish and coat the mouth with different kind of bitterness.

M - Medium body, crisp, adequate carbonation.

I picked this up randomly and I'm glad I did. Lots of leafy mint and citrus rind hops going on as well as a solid malt bill. This provides an afterburner type bitterness. Well done. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Kevhodges
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A - Copper color, 1 finger off white head, moderate carbonation, clear with a bit of particulate matter.

S - Immediately hit by a nice hop presence, citrus with mostly grapefruit notes. A bit of caramel malt in there also once you get past the hops.

T - Like the aroma, there is a lot of hops here. Lots of citrus, but some pine notes come through also. The malt definitely takes a back seat, would like a bit more to help balance all those IBUs.

M - Has a rather light body, just a touch too light for my liking. With all the hop bitterness, a little more body would help balance it.

O - For a beer and brewery I had not heard of before, I was very happy with the beer. Would recommend and enjoy again.

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Photo of fropones
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice burnt orange with a finger and a half of white foamy head with nice lacing and good retention. Smell of grapefruit and citrus, a little bit of pine. Very inviting. Taste is hoppy, obviously, with some citrus and a hint of malt in the back. Citrus zest. Light mouthfeel, creamy. Very drinkable. A good all around IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome IPA in a can, this one thanks to dvelcich.

A: It pours into the glass with a large 2+ finger fluffy head that fades semi slowly, even forcing me to stop pouring just before I finish the can. The beer is mostly clear with a reddish orange hue, more red than orange and just a little darker than most IPAs. The head even leaves a slight fluffy lacing on the glass.

N: I could smell it on the pour easily. Lots of nice hops, some spicy hops, a little citrus, some pine, floral and slightly grassy, and even some earthy musty fresh hop resin aromas. Just the slightest hint of malt behind that somewhere in the background.

T: Starts with more fruity hops, some spicy and little fresh musty hop resin and slightly resinous. A slight juicy flavor too, but a little watery and much lighter overall than expected. Pretty much no malt backbone here, just hops. It gets a little astringent with all the crazy spicy and floral hops. There's also some nice pine and citrus. Even the taste is semi dry though.

M: Very light, too light and a little watery, with lower carbonation, seems to have all been lost in the pour I guess.

F: Some spicy hops really linger with lots of resinous musty fresh hops lingering. A strong bitterness and pretty dry. Some more pine lingering as well, and just a hint of citrus and floral hops. It's a pretty good IPA, just needs more body, malts, and touch of sweetness to balance out the heavy bitterness and hops and it would be an A.

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Photo of bens0n
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear orange caramelly color with a nice amount of creamy looking off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

It has an herbal and hoppy aroma, not overpoweringly hoppy though, theres something kind of peppery in it I can't quite put my finger on.

Flavor wise it starts out really smooth and then the hops take control, its not extremely hoppy on the finish but it leaves that bitter hops bite. Its actually fairly thick and wet for an IPA, I dig it.

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

“Lip Up Fatty”

12 oz. can to pint glass – BB date is smeared but looks to be in 05/2012

A: Modus pours a dark orange amber hue with some light hazing and a good two fingers of light tan head on it. Carb seems low with some large formatted bubbles and a bit of sticky lace on the glass.

S: Smells of dank pine needles with some light undertones of citrus fruits. Some sweet bready pale malts but real herbal in aroma.

T: Taste follows suit with a big evergreen presence. Very hempy and herbal, almost wet-hop like. Fresh clipped leaf with some sweet candied orange. Moderate level of bitterness, not offensively sharp. Nice bready pale malt base. Super sticky with lingering hop resins. Has some nice floral orange-blossom notes. Tasty stuff.

M: The mouthfeel is medium in body with a lighter feel overall. Somewhat smooth and creamy. Carb on the lower side it seems. Bit of drying astringency you get from dry-hopping with a sticky resinous mouth coating.

D: Very drinkable and again almost fresh hop like but in a can. Real floral, pine, and hemp flavs with an established bready pale malt.

I will be seeking this one out again for sure.

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

Picked up a can of this at Whole Foods in Austin while on vacation here last month, notes from then.

Appearance is a nice cloudy burnt orange tone with a one finger head. Modus Hoperandi has a fairly mild hop smell, with pine, orange peel, grapefruit. Its` taste has an earthy quality, more hops coming out, a mild sweetness to it. MF is clean with some bitterness in the end. Overall, a very good IPA. After having read a couple notes on SKA over the years, it was nice to finally drink one of their beers.

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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 thatlongname
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Great copper pour. Medium head with great retention. Frothy.

Smell: Smells hoppy and fruity. Lots of hop. I guess this is expected with Hoperandi in the name. Real pleasant and balanced.

Taste: Not as much hops as i expected but that's good! It was a great balance. Starts sweet and ends with a good balance of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Good carbonation.

Overall: Great balanced beer that has me always ready to take the next sip. It's impressive.

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Photo of JimKal
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Light amber with a generous head that leaves significant lacing as it dissipates.

A nice citrus hop aroma.

For me the taste and mouthfeel just did not match up to the appearance of the beer. The citrus hops were there but not as pronounced as DFH or Sweetwater. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner. I think this IPA is not well balanced, it seemed very hop forward without anything to balance it out.

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Photo of yesferro
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this in a trade with Jenray, thanks! Always love to try new canned brews

Pours with a beautiful head into my Sam Adams 'perfect' glass. Very pretty beer, smells very promising, I like my ipa's to be grapefruity and sweet and that's what I get.
Hmmm, bitter, bitter bitter, wheew I was fooled! I still like this, but after that sweet smell I'm a bit a bit disappointed. It's bitter, then that's IT, not much too it, no lingering aftertaste other then just a slight bitterness.

I'm glad I tried this, I'll drink my 2nd can with a smile on my face, but I won't go out of my way to get this again. I would however love to have an airfreshner with the beautiful scent of this beer!

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Photo of Seabass1964
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of zak333
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,731 ratings.
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