Modus Hoperandi | Ska Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

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:
800
Ratings:
2,704
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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249
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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had originally sampled this IPA a couple years ago and have had it ranked on my #1 IPA shelf for quite some time. It is time to officially review it and see if it will stay on the top shelf. Aroma is very hoppy and floral...definitely a west coast IPA smell. Good balance between malt and hops but the hops hit first and the malt follows. The malt is smooth, slightly caramelly and bready/grainy...not too sweet although it has a sweet aroma to it. This is a very nice IPA and will remain on my top IPA shelf. Some reviewers mentioned a metallic taste from the can, I poured this into a glass and did not taste any metallic flavors.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper with orange highlights. Healthy 2 fingers of cream colored head that lasted. As is dissipated, there was an abundance of oils. Beautiful sticky frosty laces.

Grapefuit and tropical fruit, spicy pine and resin. Hop domination over a toasty caramel malt profile.

Loads of grapefruit and tropical fruits up front followed by a bashing of spicy piney resins. Slightly sweet caramel and toasty backing. Great tongue punching pine bitterness that leaves a great aftertaste.

Dry and Sticky. Medium body. Slow medium carbonation.

Very drinkable, tasty, and refreshing. Great bitterness and hop profile. Would love to have this as an option around my neck of the woods, but I can settle with it as a great standby when I visit friends and family in Colorado.

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Photo of samie85
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy orange/amber with a white head.

S-Dank, resiny pine with grapefruit, orange, pineapple and caramel malt

T-Pineapple, pine and grapefruit bitterness with sweet caramel malt backing. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, slick, and it has low carbonation.

D-Deliciously drinkable, the aroma starts things off full speed and the taste doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, dark, slightly hazed, copper-amber coloring with a frothy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas are super-resinous, with a blast of pine pitch and tropical fruit notes. Wow. Some caramel notes and pepper spice in the background, too. Smells great. Flavors are very balanced, with a solid does of pineapple and mango on the forward tongue, and just enough resin and bitter hops to balance it perfectly. Spicy notes here and there, with subtle caramel notes ribboning in the backbone, as well. Amazingly balanced IPA, and very drinkable. The body is smooth and robust, but it finishes very light, dry, and slightly astringent. Great lacing left along the glass as you drink. Hop-heavy, fruity aftertaste, with a building bitterness. This is a great beer.

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Photo of wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: amber gold with a thick head on top; nice and clear.

Smell: Sharp floral hops.

Taste: Light bodied, crisp amber malt, peanuts, robust hop flavor with a light flavor of hop leaves. Fantastic harmony of flavors.

I love that Modus Hoperandi comes in a can, it's inexpensive and it delivers a ton of flavor. This brew is a keeper.

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Photo of JLeege
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my "comfort" beers for some time now. I generally will drink it straight from the can, but this is in a pint for reviewing purposes.

Canned on 9/11/10

Appearance- Pours a clear light amber color with a two finger, just off-white head. Good retention and lace.

Smell- Mostly piney hops, with some faint citrus in the background.

Taste- Incredibly well balanced. A nice blend of pine and citrus hops, that is just a tad bit resinous. Some caramel malt. Finishes a bit prickly but not overbearingly bitter.

Mouthfeel- medium body and carbonation, very nice.

Overall- This is one of my go-to beers. In a convienent can, versatile for any situation, has a very nice flavor, and very affordable. This wont blow you away or destroy your taste buds, but it is very solid and overly drinkable!

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice light caramel color with a great off white head.

The aroma of piney and earthy hops greats the nose and tempting the drinker to take their first sip.

The caramel color leaves the drinker expecting a malt backbone to this beer but the beer is not as sweet as I would have thought.

The beer is medium bodied.

Overall it is a very refreshing beer with a nice bitter piney finish.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill haze dark bronze, with lumpy, stiff french vanilla-white meringue head that leaves chunky speckled sheets.
Stupendous floral, orange, caramel, skunk, lemon Italian ice, fresh hop nose.
Soft toffee up front with big lemon sorbet, spruce, and sugared grapefruit hops.
Pink grapefruit juice finish and pithy linger.
Lt-med, round, slight cling, creamy.

Malt sweetness evidences as straight sugar, which pulls off the trick of the malts being minimal yet balancing. And then comes lots of bright, juicy pale citrus - lemon and grapefruit. 70+ IBUs are nowhere to be found. So sessionable, even good for rookies.

Stands right up there with Racer 5 as the epitome of C hop goodness.

Repeated tastings find a big whack of resiny dank to finish off each sip. Cuts through palate fatigue against some fairly hoppy yet lesser IPAs. Rapidly become a stand-by.

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this great brew poured out of a can at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC

This IPA pours a deep orange color with a thick frothy off white head that leaves great lacing down the side of your glass as you sip away. A grapefruit and pine cone smell dominate the nose with faint hints of orange peel lingering in the background. This beer is definitely hoppy with lots of citrus, but it is well balanced by the caramel malts that come out after the initial hop explosion. Medium-bodied with an abv of 6.8%, this beer could be considered sessionable for Hopheads.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great brew to start a great night! Checking out Arcade Fire Live tonight!!!

A - A great golden orange color that's slightly murky. Head pours strong like a puffy off-white pillow. Great lacing is left behind, wonderful "tiers"

S - Vary citrus. Delicately hopped, with great aroma. Slight lime and grapefruit smoothed in orange

T - Medium bitterness, silky-smooth. Slight roughness at the back-end of the brew... Mild alcoholic taste too. Very good, almost beer out a can than glass... NAH

M - Smooth carbonation and silky smooth brew

D - Awesome! Slight "wet" taste Leaves you reminiscing about your last sip

A must try! This is one of my favorite brews to bring camping, hiking, and backpacking... Yes, I backpack with beer. Great job SKA on another wonderful brew! Will definitely distribute to friends and family.

Cheers to Saturday!

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Photo of argock
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear tapered glass goblet. Best by 8/6/10 stamped on can. Purchased as 6-pack at Skee-Vue Liquors (Breckenridge, CO) for $8.99.

A: Medium amber hue with prodigious 2-finger beige head with nice retention and several dense lines of lacing

S: Herbal and earthy aromas blend with citrus and floral notes to deliver a delicious hops component. A slight pale malty sweetness lingers in the background.

T: Hops are strong and very bitter with pine, herbal, and woody-earthy hops qualities finished with substantial citrus and floral contributions. Serious hoppiness. Pale malts play a one-dimensional supporting role throughout.

M: Nice coating quality to the feel with solid medium-or-slightly higher body with mid-range carbonation and good earthy, citrus hops aftertaste.

D: An IPA to be reckoned with -- exceptional range of different hops aromas and flavors on a substantial but uncomplicated malt base is a recipe for an exceptional brew.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a creamy thick off-white head. Lots of lace. Distinct Cascade hops aroma, grapefruit and pine. Over the top hoppiness of a DIPA with a medium mouthfeel. Long bitter finish. I loved it, but I favor West Coast DIPAs. Maybe too many IBUs and aggressive Cascade hop profile for the style.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can, best by 5/29/11, to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a very slightly hazy copper/amber color with a HUGE 3 finger fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

S - A nice aroma of orange, grapefruit, mango, and pine hop character. A bit of of sweetness prevelant. Very nice.

T - The beer hits with the resiny oily hop character with flavors found on the nose. The middle of the beer brings the bitterness with melds with a nice crisp malt character. The beer finishes with a fruity hop character to match the bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a little carbonation. Very smooth. Good.

D - Yes.

Overall, this is a very good American IPA. I would buy it again without hesitation and strongly recommend it.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: can

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Photo of charlotteBeerMan
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To start, Modus Hoperandi is probably one of my favorite beers served in a can. Poured this guy into a Pisgah Brewing pint glass and could smell the piney citrus/grapefruit right off the bat.

Those citrus pine notes continued once tasted....quite bitter on the finish which I like. This guy is a sipper!

All in all, a great value. 6pack of cans cost $9.99 in Charlotte, NC.

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Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased from Sam's in Durham. Best by date is 5/18/10.

A - A deep golden color with great clarity and a moderate, creamy head. It looks perfect. The head stays around quite a while and leaves some great lacing.

S - Loads of citrusy and floral hops with a touch of toasted malt.

T - A great combination of citrusy, piney hops and toasted malt. The bitterness lingers forever. The hops certainly dominate the experience but the malts refuse to give up.

M - A creamy consistency with a low to moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - I really like this beer. It's incredibly fresh and exceptionally flavorful.

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Photo of zoso493
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a very fresh 12 oz. can into a Ruination pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep auburn that lights up to a bright amber when held up to the light. It's not such a hazy IPA, but it's difficult to see throw on account of the darker color. Atop the beer is a thicker two-finger head that leaves loads of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can tell this can is super fresh because of the immensely intense hop aroma. The smell is just a huge presence of piny and citric hops. I think this is probably one of the pinier IPA's I've smelled, and I'm enjoying it greatly. There is a nice caramel malt background present as well, but the hops are without a doubt the main character in the scent.

Taste: Again, the hops come in full force in the taste. If you're not a hophead, I wouldn't recommend trying Modus Hoperandi - but if you are, this brew is a delight. I've gone back and forth between giving this a 4 or a 4.5 in the taste, but ultimately had to give it a 4.5 because of the wonderfully thick and chewy hop presence in the taste. The caramel malts are not all forgotten, though, and provide a nice undercurrent to (slightly) balance the hops. Make no mistake, though, this is a hopcentric IPA, just as God intended them to be.

Mouthfeel: Modus Hoperandi is somewhere in between an IPA and a DIPA for me in terms of mouthfeel. It's a bit on the thicker side and all those hops give it a big, chewy feel. The aftertaste is particularly extended, but in the case I'll savor it, because it's quite pleasant.

Drinkability: This is a very nice drinking beer, especially at almost 7% ABV, but I'm not sure if I could drink too many of these because of the strength of the flavor.

Overall, this is very impressive IPA and was a pleasant surprise to me. I'm glad I picked up a sixer because, for a hophead, this is a very enjoyable beer. This is one is very under the radar but is absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of jonesy613
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange with a thick creamy head that slowly fades to leave nice lacing throughout the glass.

Hoppy, dank, piney smells all hit the nose with no remorse. This one is definitely for hopheads.

The taste follows the smell on this one. Sharp piney bite with a bitter grapefruit quality as well. Thanks for the hops! There are malty qualities to this, but I cannot note anything specific... I'm just loving the sharp hop taste.

Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent. Finishes dry and crisp.

This is drinkable, but it has the potential to be a palate wrecker. Few things will be able to follow the hops in this, so schedule your drinking accordingly.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence; medium amber with a light to little head.
Smell; a large citrus/ piney nose, balanced with a malty background.
Taste; expecting some big bursting taste with that nose, but hit's with a medium punch, and finishes with lingering hop's, almost drying out your mouth.
Mouthfeel; a very balanced and tasty brew, reminds me of the better NorCal IPA's.
Drinkability; I would love to go into every detail about this beer, but really can't, I have nothing more to say but that it's just a solid beer that taste great. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of moz9
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz can into a DFH signature snifter.

Nice amber color, a little darker than a typical IPA, but very nice.

Smell is of citrus, hops with a piney finish. Not an overpowering nose, but very pleasant.

Taste is well balanced, with a nice finish. It doesn't have a lingering aftertaste, although you definitely taste the hops all the way through. The bitterness is just about perfect, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is light. The overall drinkability of this beer is great. In terms of a "session" IPA I would highly recommend this. The fact that it comes in a can certainly doesn't hurt.

Top Notch!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in an Imperial pint glass, Raleigh Times, Raleigh, NC

Poured a very nice deep rich amber, not clear, with an off white, thick but light head that had good retention and when it dissolved it left a small thin cap and some very nice lacing.

The aroma was very good, citrus hops perhaps, not much else was noticeable. Very well done.

The taste was really good, not over powering, citrus hop and I think that I got some peach as well. The malted barely can be found, but very much in the background, but provides some needed balance.

Medium body, nice bitter aftertaste, smooth, creamy and rich, but not overly so, and very good drinkability. Overall, this is probably the second best American IPA that I have had, right after Bell's Two Hearted.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Copper with a hazy look. Brownish head with excellent retention and lacing

Smell - Toffee, Caramel, Yeasts, Citrus Hops, and Malts. So malty and sweet that it almost smells like a Barleywine!

Taste - Toffee, Malts, Yeast, Citrus & Piney Hops with a rather (too) strong resiny aftertaste. Aside from the aftertaste, the flavor itself is quite good

Mouthfeel - Very light, smooth body with a molasses-like feel to it. It allows you to savor the flavor which this has to offer.

Overall - Very flavorful and easy to drink IPA and I would highly recommend this to any IPA fan.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for providing me with a few of these in trade. Excellent trader.

Pours with a beautiful and substantial creamy/beige head that shows insane retention. It last like a dollop of whipped cream on top of a drink. The head is able to rise well above the top of glass due to it's structure. The beer is a straight deep amber color with excellent clarity. Lacing sticks everywhere and provides perfect rings in the glass marking each sip. I have to be honest, this is the perfect looking beer. If I didn't give this a "5" for appearance I would never give one.

Aroma is bright, fresh and bold. Huge citrus notes and also a sense of pine. You can definitely note a touch of sweetness and sense the malt flavors to come.

Wow, This beer is great. Excellent balance keeping a nice sweetness in line with an aggressive hop profile. I get black tea, grapefruit peel, sweet iced tea (different than earlier noted) Some pine towards the finish. The finish is a great mix of some sweetness and then the hop bitterness.

Smooth mouth feel and slight carbonation. Body is medium.

Amazingly drinkable. I really enjoy this IPA. Alex sent me three and I am afraid to say that I saved the official review for this last one. I will have to get more.

Excellent IPA.

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can.

Clear, clean golden orange body. Tall, two fingers of light khaki brown head. Nose full of pine, grapefruit, and floral hops. Oily and pungent and nice. Caramel cookie malt backing.

Toasted malts briefly up front before sharp hop bitterness takes over. Piny, resinous, and citrusy. Fruit and caramel malt backbone sits underneath the huge hop flavor and bitterness. Citrus rind and herbal hop notes toward the finish. Oily, yet perfume-y. Some grassiness in the very bitter, dry finish. Delicious! Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. I could drink this by the case!

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Photo of jdklks
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is quite nice, though more like an amber than an ipa. Dark, unfiltered amber color with a soft white head that lingers and laces the glass thickly. bits of hops are actually floating around in the brew, only to settle at the bottom. crazy. Smell is fantastic. I can't not give it a 5. Rivals the best ipas and Dipas. Tons of hops, citrusy, piney. orange and mango, with a hint of a malt profile. outstanding.

The flavor is great up front, but trails off in the finish. Lots of citrusy, piney notes up front, with a great fruit sweetness. The middle is where the hops shine, though perhaps not as pronounced as they are in finish. The finish and aftertast are of grapefruit bitterness. Whats the problem? The balancing malts, don't do the hops justice, and just really dont blend well in the finish and aftertaste, leaving a dry bitterness that makes you want to take another drink to have to avoid the aftertaste. Okay, it's not that bad, but it does bring its score down a little.

Mouthfeel is great. Well carbonated and medium bodied. well done for an ipa. Drinkability is definitely up there. Refreshing as you want the style to be.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says Best By FEB14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and random bubbly splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves clots behind on the glass.

S- Earthy, herbal hop aroma that's pungent and dank. Plenty of cereal grain malt sweetness to accompany the hops making for an enticing combo.

T- Aggressively bitter hop flavor with notes of pine and grapefruit. The malt does a great job of providing just enough breadiness and sweetness to offset the intense bitterness and complement the citrus notes from the hops.

M- Sharp from the hops but the bite doesn't linger too long which is impressive considering how bitter it is in the front. Also quite oily and resiny with medium
carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A hop bomb done the right way. The contrasting balance keeps me coming back for more sips.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,704 ratings.
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