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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: 796 | Ratings: 2,686
Photo of jbphoto88
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly hazed beer with a soft white head only a half inch thick. The beer is pretty and laces nicely as you drink. The color of the brew reminds me of tarnished copper with a little bit of red splashed in.

Smell is fantastic. This is a hop bomb that is packed with grapefruit aromas and some subtle caramel malts. Slightly fruity and in the neighborhood of tropical juicy fruit gum.

Taste is clean and crisp with a nice emphasis on the hop. The nose hints at the citrus, piney green little cones and the flavor backs it up. An initial bitter bite fades to a zesty lemon and a pithy grapefruit. The tongue pinch fades to a sweet subtle malt that lasts well into the after taste.

Not bad mouthfeel. I love the pucker from the bitterness and the release to a creamy malt backbone. It has more then the average brew in feel but it unfortunately moves towards a dusty powder dry finish.

What can I say other then this is a solid brew. Tasty, with a great nose, nice feel and a good appearance. Easy to drink and satisfying.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a bright clean amber color with a big off-white head.

Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine along with caramel malts as well.

The taste and the aroma match up well. Big bites of grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a bitter malty bite.

Medium bodied, crisp yet slick, with a sharp carbonation.

This is a pretty tasty canned IPA from the folks at Ska. So drinkable with huge hops, yet nicely balanced.

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Photo of portia99
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can courtesy of nonstick. Thanks again, Chris! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear, pale orange/amber color. Short white creamy head dies a bit, but a layer persists througout the glass. Decent lacing as the beer disappears.

S - Very pungent hop aroma. Overwhelming pine, like a forest or one of the those tree shaped air fresheners. A good amount of spicyness too in this hop profile. Hard to tell, probably getting a little citrus, but the pine buries this with its intensity. No malt, all hops...this is the pineyest beer I've ever smelled...so pungent, vaguely reminiscient of a menthol eucalyptus cough drop...this will clear your sinuses.

T - Not as potent as I expected from the nose, but still tons of pine in the taste. Quite bitter and resiny...I imagine this is how pine extract would taste. Malt presence is trivial, just a touch there that shows as sugar sweetness (has about as much affect as a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar in a large Starbucks coffee). This is a sharply bitter beer swimming in pine. Very different, and quite good, in an unusual way.

M - Medium body. Tons of carbonation - very prickly. Leaves a tingly feeling on the tongue and in the mouth...don't know if this is the carbonation or the hops. Very lively and intense.

D - I'm liking this beer a lot, but it is seriously intense. Not sure how many of these I could have in a session. I imagine this beer is extremely fresh given the intensity of the experience here. Not an easy drinker, but well worth the effort put into it.

Really enjoyed this beer. Really unlike any other IPA I've had (at least in my recent memory). Quite hoppy and full of intense flavor. No freshness date noticed, but this has to be extremely fresh. Wouldn't want this one any other way - I'm afraid it will lose it's edge with a little bit of time on it. Seek this one out...I know I'm looking for more.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- can poured into a pint, two finger head with wonderful retention that falls to a nice layer of lace that clings and leaves rings around the glass, hazy orangey brown coloring, great can design, really neat ring around the top of the can with recycling words, very attractive brew.

s- nice and hoppy, grapefruit, lots of pine, bit flowery.

t- mmm, nice and bitter, more hoppy with a nice caramel malt upfront, pure grapefrut with some notes of rind and pith.

m- medium body.

d- really drinkable, i cracked this open for my birthday a couple weeks back and really loved it, i wish this was a local beer for me, i'd keep a couple on hand.

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Photo of koopa
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a nice BA thanks!

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper body with a 1 finger khaki crown that shows a some retention and lace.

Smell: Very well blended citrus hop, floral hop, caramel malt IPA with grassy notes.

Taste: Good amount of bitter hops and tangerine notes flowing over a light caramel malt body. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and well carbonated but paradoxically with a nice coating quality. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: A good flavor profile and excellent mouthfeel make this a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love to see another canned brew, especially an IPA! Pours into my glass a deep red orange like an autumn night harvest. Big creamy two fingers of eggshell head on that lingers on and leaves webbed lacing all over the glass. Aromas of biscuit malt with a touch of caramel that is bathed in a wall of herbaceous, resinous hops. Pine sap scents along with earthy accents. Hops are bold and a bit cheesy too.

First sip brings smooth biscuity malt with a touch of caramel that is quickly overtaken by herbal, earthy, pine resin hops. Bitterness kicks in full force and rides its way to the finish. A bit fruity and grassy as well. An interesting IPA that is blasting with a wild hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and super smooth. Goes down like water with creamy carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking IPA and being in a can is an extra plus. I know what IPA I will be grabbing for beach trips next summer. Thanks vasdef42.

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

Pour - Nice amber/orangey color with a big fluffy head. Clean pour with nice carbonation. You could drink this straight from the can but you'd be missing out on just how good it looks in a glass.

Aroma - BIG intense floral hop aroma. Plenty of that piney and citrusey goodness. Definitely some grapefruit along with a decent amount of sweetness. Ooh la la.

Taste - What can I say? It's awesome! Loads of bitter hop flavor that's balanced extremely well. You want grapefruit, you got it. You want to feel like someone rung out a pine tree in your glass, you got it. This is the real deal when it comes to a very well put together American IPA. Plenty of hops are packed in to this aluminum package, open a can and take advantage.

Overall - My favorite hoppy beer in a can. Extremely drinkable, full bodied with all of the IBUs needed to satisfy my hop fix.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark copper color with a big, foamy head. Very clear. Sheets of lacing

S- Wet citrus hops with aromas of grapefruit and lime. Some sweet, darker caramel

T- The flavor is nice and hoppy, with a fresh, bitter flavor covered in caramel that reminds me of biting into a very sweet lime.

M- Medium body with silky smooth carbonation

D- Very good IPA with alot of unique character without being odd, off, or cloying.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a nice slightly hazy copper color with a two finger of creamy, rocky offwhite head. Head slowly recedes leaving nice sticky ringlets of lacing the whole way down and stay the whole way down.

S: Nose is big on floral hops, a touch of grapefruit citrusy hops and nice blend of pine hops.

T: Taste is big floral hops up front, touch of roasted malts in the middle, finish is piney and citrusy leaving a nice bitter hop aftertaste to the beer.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, one of the most oily beers - literally feels like it coats your tongue, nice bite aftertaste.

D: This is a well balanced IPA, nice kick to it, and one to sit with for a good chunk of time.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a can... Poured in to a normal pint glass.

A-- somewhat aggressive pour, poured a yellowish orange color with a fluffy white head. left thick lacing on the glass and a 2 finger head. Not as cloudy as other IPA's that I have had of late. Good carbonation.

S-- Lots of hops, lemon, and grapefruit. Grapefruit being most dominant. Decently floral as well.

T-- Not overpowering hops but a good amount. Citrus also comes in and start getting a bit of malt with this.

M-- Good carbonation and more of the citrus in the finish. A good amount of acid in this. Not as much of the hops in the finish.

D-- Oh yea, it is quite drinkable. Not a hop bomb but a solid IPA. A sessionable IPA. Good beer from a very good brewery. I am not a hop head but this is one I would want to drink. I would lable this as something to work to the bigger IPA's out there

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Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above average IPA. Lacking special character in any department but well-rounded in it's character. Doesn't quite do it for a hophead. Sprucy and grassy with some bitter citrus to back it up. Mouthfeel was too dry, crispy and even a little foamy. If the mouthfeel was a little better I might find this one more appealing.

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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 Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange, big and thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles down to a very thick ring, lots of lace chunks stick, looks good. Smell is real nice, tons of C hop, grapefruit and pine, caramel, very juicy, floral, biscuit, clean and malty, real big hoppiness. Taste is nice, tending towards the malty end, biscuit and caramel, light grapefruit and pine, orange peel, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. A pretty damn nice IPA, thanks Russ!

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Photo of jhoban19
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. occasion: having lunch with my dad the day before my wedding. first time drinking anything from Ska Brewing.

A: brilliant copper color with a thick creamy foam, 2 fingers +. excellent retention on the head, becomes beautifully rocky as it settles. a thick lacing remains on the glass as I drink. I find myself staring at my glass as much as drinking from it.

S: oh the hoppy goodness. lots of pine with hints of grapefruit and a well balanced caramel malt. if this beer tastes half as good as it smells, I'm gonna be in for a real treat.

T: thank goodness, it tastes every bit as good as it smells. the piney hops really linger, but this brew also has a perfectly crafted malt backbone. just enough grapefruit and other citrus fruits.

M: full bodied, particularly early on as the foam is still at its thickest. settles into a nice medium bodied, refreshing brew. the well balanced hops and malt really fill the mouth and linger perfectly through the end of each sip and beyond.

D: incredibly drinkable beer for being so hoppy. I liked it so much I had 3 or 4 more after the rehearsal dinner later in the evening. the best part was encouraging two of my groomsmen (both are award-winning homebrewers) to also partake of Modus Hoperandi and seeing them enjoy it as much as I did. IPA is my favorite style, and this is now one of my favorites. Definitely gonna look out for this one at my local bottle shop and make sure to keep some in the beer fridge.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one as a bonus in a recent trade with rgtravers. thanks ryan!

12oz can. sampled oct 11/09.

pours deep reddish orange with just a touch of haze. a big fluffy cream coloured head forms, dropping very slowly and leaving tons of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. tons of big fresh green hops. grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pine. it's honestly like putting a handful of fresh hops under your nose. hiding under the hops is a hint of alcohol, white bread and cracker, and just a touch of caramel sweetness.

taste is good. right around medium bitterness level. as in the aroma, the first thing you get is a big blast of fresh juicy hops. pine, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. light caramel sweetness. whole wheat bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. after a few sips the bitterness seems to fade, leaving me wishing they'd bumped it up with just a few more IBUs. still, those tasty hops just keep me going back for more.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. with just a touch more bitterness this one would be damn near perfect. there's just a slight unbalance toward sweetness. even so, the abundance of bright fresh hops is great and i can't get enough. a delicious IPA.

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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 Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked a sixer of this up while in Dallas recently and I finally get a chance to crack one...

This is perhaps the clearest beer ever.... Its like amber water with a rich foamy head on top... Very very attractive...

Very pungent aromas of citrusy and piney hops ooze off of this... You can almost see the aromas if that makes sense...a full-on hop assault all the way..

Very hoppy citrusy piney flavors that are surprisingly balanced with a bold maltiness... Piney and citrusy and zingy, this is a dang nice little brew...

I really really enjoyed this brew a lot... Wish I could access this here but I will have to make due with the rmaining 5...

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops with caramel malt

T - Has a nicely balanced taste between the citrus hops and caramel flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit its a well made well balanced IPA not just a hop bomb worth trying sometime

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Photo of biggred1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper orange with a solid finger of cream colored foam that leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is pungent, sticky dank and tropical fruity hops with a splash of caramel malt. Fresh floral hops and toast slathered in melted caramel are the main flavors here. The mouthfeel is nice, medium bodied with creamy carbonation that adds to the drinkability. Highly drinkable and delicious, it's a shame this isn't available in Indy as I could see this being part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours a deep clear amber color with a thick and creamy white head that lasts. Aroma is caramel malt, earth, cannabis, and citrusy hops. Flavor is caramel malt balanced by citrusy/weedy/piney hops. A little pine as well. The sweet/bitter balance is at a perfect level. Palate is medium with average carbonation and some nice hop oils. Drinkability is high. Well-crafted.

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Photo of Kromes
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a thin white head. The head leaves some good lacing down the glass.

S: There is a big citrus, pine hop aroma with some sweet caramel malt aromas.

T: A nice pine, citrus, and noble hop flavor that coats the tongue. The malts are overpowered by the hop flavor, but it is not a problem since the hop flavor is very good. The finish starts bitter and then mellows out leaving a fresh, almost menthol, feel. It's definitely interesting.

M: Mouthfeel is a little bit on the syrupy side with some spiciness but could maybe use a little more carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer. Good hop flavor and easy drinking, a good combination for a session beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

... got this as an extra a while back... shared with Steven..

Poured into my small La Trappe glass.. great 1" white head atop a hazy orange/copper brew... good leopard spot lace.

Nose is pretty piney with a fair amount of caramel sweetness.. smells pretty fresh..

Flavor has a nice bitter backbone that flows into some pale malt puddles and then a bright citrus hops open up with some minor pine... some yeasty fruitiness is pleasant and reminds me of peach skin... The body is verging on DIPA territory without the expected complexities... this is definitely a big-boned IPA... plenty of maltiness to carry all the hop flavors from front to back ...that means a pretty damn big body too.. the carbonation seems on the light side given the body, but it's not completely out of whack.. the caramel maltiness becomes a bit too much for me toward the end of the glass... pretty oily citrus finish.


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Photo of tipnsip
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've always found Ska Brewing to be better at packaging than brewing. While the names & graphics have been great the beers have been drinkable just not noteworthy ... up till now.

Modus Hoperandi is a fantastic IPA that pours dark copper (almost amber) from a can. Its off-white head foams up & laces the glass. Pine, dirt & a hint of citrus aromas waft up from the glass. Flavor-wise it has a great bite to it. Bitter at first followed by a touch of sweetness & finishing with a lingering hop presence. I'd say this is a medium bodied IPA.

I've only been able to find it in 6-pack cans in Chicagoland and it seems like stores have a difficult time keeping it in stock. Bars are slowly catching on to it as well.

Kudos to Ska Brewing ... Modus Hoperandi is one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-I really don't think you can get any better than this beautiful alure of this gorgeous IPA. It pours a clear, deep golden color with a hint of amber.It boasts a large off white head that has excellent retention and strong, luscious lacing all the way down the glass. It's a looker for sure.

S-Huge aroma of scrumptious pine hops finds it's way to my nose first, then the slight sweetness of both pale and caramel malts come next and quite underneath, but not hidden. The nose also is very floral as well as piney. Very nice. I don't think the aroma could be improved any either. So far this is a winner. Very impressive

T-And the flavor has a HUGE hop character as well. Pine first, then slightly floral and a bit sweet caramel in the finish. Of coarse there is a big, bold bitterness that is very clean and refreshing that makes me want to drink more and more of this wonderful IPA.

M-This had a full, creamy body that coates the mouth well and a wee tad bit of dryness in the finish. Perfect!

D-I could slowly session this all night long and be very happy. Please, if you haden't had this IPA yet, you need to go and find it and buy it. This is what an IPA should be like. It's very rare that I give a perfect score on any given beer, but this one deserves it, for real. Very impressed indeed.

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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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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
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