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 wmtxbb
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Beerbirdnerd
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beer64nut
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of alli4051
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a perfect pint.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy amber. Produces an above average sized, foamy head that perfectly fills the glass to the rim, very picturesque. Scent is very hoppy and aromatic. Taste follows suit with lots of resiny, grassy hops and a faint malt backbone. Perhaps my favorite aspect is the big hop punch without a sticky lingering bitterness. Drinkability is really good with this one too. Could have easily finished the whole sixer despite clocking in at just under 7%.

Edit: Picked this up again as part of a mix pack and had to tweak my review a little bit as it was more flavorful and aromatic than I remember, maybe I got a fresher can this time.

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Photo of jmint
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of GuzzLah
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a slightly hazy, deep orange with a white head. Nice lace. No bubbles.

S - unusual aroma for the style. The malt note is stronger than the grapefruit/pine hops. Fresh can too. Overall, the aroma is nice, but it reminds me of a cross between a robust ESB and an English IPA more than an American IPA.

T - is similar to the aroma with respect to style. Again, it's more malty than hoppy. It's dry malty, not sweet malty and moderately hoppy. The combination works for me. The flavor was tasty, but quite different from beers normally classified as an American IPA.

O - it wasn't what I expected in terms of style, but it's a well made beer that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of magic_swaggin
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dikfour
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy amber in color. Inch and a half of creamy white head has some sticking power. Settles to a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Thick heavy lacing.

Smell: Earthy and Forest-y. Lots of pine.

Taste: Extremely well balanced. Big dank citrusy hops is paired brilliantly with a toasted, almost chocolatey malt.

Feel: Medium body with a nice semi dry finish. Kinda oily.

Overall: Not out of this world complex but hits all the tent posts for a good American IPA and has some nice, interesting, unexpected qualities. I love constantly trying bad beer after bad beer because eventually something like this comes around and knocks your pants off when you weren't necessarily expecting it.

Try this beer already

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber-orange color with just a tint of haze. Two finger head with decent retention and some nice lacing. Grapefruit peel and fresh pineapple juice on the nose. Some malty sweetness as well. Medium bodied on the palate with just enough carbonation. Sweetness from the malt is kept in check by the bitterness from the hops. A really nicely balanced delicious beer from Ska.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.76/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice light amber color with a beige head that lingers nicely. Smell is great: lots of floral hops with some citrus and bread. Taste is excellent: it's complex and hoppy with a nice floral yet bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good; it's nicely carbonated and quite drinkable. All in all, an excellent IPA. Flavorful hops, aggressive but not overpowering.

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Photo of wchasse222
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ABOWMan
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll give SKA bonus points for this beer. Very clever.

My ale poured a big two fingered head of amber, fine foam that exhibited nice lacing throughout this drinking session. The color was a nice tea colored golden brown with moderate clarity.

The aroma is of piney resinous hops. I'm not sure what else is there as the hop aroma was so robust that it burned out my olfactory senses!

This beer is not for anyone that isn't in love with hops. There is a very intense resinous hop flavor with a nice sweet malt background, but not much else in the way of depth of flavor. But who cares! If you love hops, this ale with satisfy your craving for sure.

Drinkability is average unless you want to burn out your taste buds on bitter hops. Still, a respectable IPA. I'd enjoy another if I had one.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of bilbobrewer
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12 oz can in a Denver mix6 pak. Love the 80s ska shtick.

Poured a clear apricot color. Decent head.
Not much hoppy smell.
Kind of flat looking in the glass, and on the tongue.
Not much hoppiness...meaning not much happiness.
There is some sweet maltiness...maybe 'Maltus Operandi' ?
Not great, wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of baseballrock
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GabrielM
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the can because that's how I drink Modus!

A - the can looks good.

S - a fresh blast of citrus hops explodes from the can when I crack it open.

T - awesome! Bitter hop bite that is perfectly eased with some sweet malt action on the way down.

M - tart, sweet, refreshing all at once. Creamy even. Freaking delicious!

O - Modus is not only an outstanding IPA, but one you can take anywhere. Love this brew and always have my fridge stocked with it.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 2,762 ratings