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 alli4051
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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 GuzzLah
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Dikfour
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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%
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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Photo of ABOWMan
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of GabrielM
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of rwf08
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber with thick full head that goes away pretty fast. Pretty good lacing on the top but once the head is gone no more lacing.

S: Bitter grapefruit citrus. Strong rind aroma. Some vegital qualities. Sweet caramel malt followed by warming alcohol.

T: Bitter, grapefruit and some pine comes through. Sweet malt on the finish. Alcohol doesn't come through as much in the taste.

M: Close to medium but still thin. Dry finish and good carbonation.

D: My favorite go to IPA. Isn't the best out there but for the price, and since it comes in cans, this is my favorite. Not rated as high because I have had better but I can get this all the time and love it.

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Photo of slusk
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a long lasting off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Bright, spicy pine and citrus with orange peel and light caramel. Slight earthiness and ever-so-slight catty hop.

T: Piney, citrus hop forward. light musty, earthy, catty. Bready, light toast and caramel.

F: medium light body, Moderate carbonation. Dry finish, a little astringency.

O: Great beer. Nice big hop flavor and aroma with a well balanced bitterness. Malty underpinning balances the bitterness. Nice complex hop profile with a caramel sweetness that finishes fairly dry. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 ChuckHardslab
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass. A lovely clear dark copper color with a two finger off white head that hangs around for a few minutes before settling into a thin cap. There is visible carbonation and lots of sticky lacing down the glass. The mouthfeel is a little thin.

The smell is a nice malty sweetness with a wonderful piney and citrus hop scent that opens up a bit as it warms. There is also a slight grassy smell.

The taste pretty much follows the smell. It starts with malt up front, followed by lemon, grapefruit and pine notes from the hops, It finishes with a clean bitterness that doesn't last too long. It's very refreshing and goes down very easily.

This is one of my favorite IPA's with a distinct flavor and wonderful smell, highly recommended.

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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 ghebel
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours copper colored, slight haze with 2 finger, creamy off-white orange tinged head that that covers the glass with laces upon dissipation.

S - Sweet caramel malt with floral, citrus, piney hops. Nice balance. Smell is inviting. Slight alcohol in the background.

T - Profile follows aroma with just the right amount of bitterness. Dry hopped "vegetal" character is noticeable on the tongue, but not over the top. Adds a bit of complexity.

M - Carbonation bite followed by sweet malts and bitterness. The bitterness is lingering and leaves the tongue numb. Warm on the swallow. Finishes dry. Body is moderate. Hop flavors coat the mouth for a few minutes post swallow.

D - Could drink plenty. Does not leave a full sensation.

Overall - Balanced IPA with both malt and hop characters, but neither are too much. Gives the impression of both working together, neither competing to be up front.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter and mouth drying out of a green can. One of the darker IPAs out there, nice head on the pour, small retention and lacing. Malt backbone is barely present, and a huge hop bouquet takes over. Puckering for a single IPA, paired decent with some seared pork chops.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours a darker yellow almost red color. Super duper piney smell. Very unique smell beyond the normal IPA smell. Very hoppy taste on the front end. Get a ton of pine and a little fruit. There is something there that I don't get with other IPAs. Easy finish and a smooth taste all the way through. I really enjoy this one and I don't get to have it that often.

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

Poured very syrupy out of the can into my pint glass. About an inch of head that turns into a nice film with good lacing.

Strong, citrusy, piney hop aroma. Very inviting, with a trace of sweetness.

Taste has a big hop flavor on the front of the palate leading to a course down the tongue, where the malts try to seep up, but are beaten back again thanks to a rebirth of the hops. Citrus is the predominant hop flavor.

Carbonation is mild, with only a slight tinge of alcohol as it warms. Very drinkable and a great canned IPA, no doubt.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a deep ruby-orange with filmy white head.

aroma- smells of stone fruit and citrus hops! and some sweet malt- very effervescent!

taste- hits with orangey hoppiness up front, lemonade and stone fruit, soft grapefruit, some herbal and soft floral character, and malt, finishes bitter with more herbal notes/pine and biscuity malt

feel- medium bodied, fairly boozy for 6.8 abv, i don't know how much of this you could take down

a great IPA. reminds me of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed in some of its flavor profile. But alas some great flavor here on its own. Not a ton of bite from the hops but vibrant flavor.

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Photo of utah44
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a WWI German mug at the appropriate temperature exhibited a clear amber coloration with a one finger creamy white head that sticks around for a while with some great lacing left behind. The aromas are crisp, clean and delicious with hints of Western red cedar and mirlitons. Taste was citrus and pine, hops and malt. Mouthfeel was pretty standard for the style, crisp, dry and medium carbonation. Overall this is a great beer that i would love to enjoy on a frequent basis.

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Photo of firkinhophead
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From State Line Liquors in El Paso. Excited to try this, as we don't have it at home.

Poured into a white plastic hotel cup, so appearance and aroma somewhat affected.

Nice tight head of cream-colored latte-like foam. Holds nicely and sticks like mad. Color looks like an amber tone, perhaps a shade or two darker than average.

Aroma is piney, with some citrus zest.

Taste is sharp and pungent. Some green onion (Centennial hops?), pine resin, grapefruit pith, pollen. Barely any malt here, but enough to make it beery.

Body is solid enough, with a creamy mouthfeel that counters the bitterness. Bit of asprin in the aftertaste, lingers too long for my liking.

Well put together IPA when you want a big kick of hops., especiallly the piney variety. I'd like to have a bit more tropical notes.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My nephew took me on a beer run and told me to pick out something and before i could say 'modus hoperandi' he had a six pack of this gem in his hand. I said 'i'll take that, too.' Poured aggressively in a Duvel tulip. A - 4 inch frothy head forms, then when that recedes some nice lacing drapes the curvature of the glass. S - A cross between Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale and Bell's Two Hearted. T - Same as smell with an intense oily hop bitterness. M - Just the right carbonation. D - A real crowd pleaser.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the flying saucer.

A- Poured a nice and slightly dark color. Almost close to a dark brown. A little hard to see through. Showed nice signs of carbonation. Not too much lacing on the glass.

S- A nice a wheat-like smell. Overpowering smell of a grass like hops note. Citrusy. Floral. Pine. Grain.

T- Slight hop presence up front. A good meld of hops and malt. I did get a real wheat kind of flavor from this brew. Also pine, fruit, grain, sugary sweet.

M&D- A nice brew to drink. Not too much alcohol so its an easy drinker. Nice session-able brew.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on our last trip to Texas. I've been looking forward to this beer for a while...

Appearance: Pours a great dark golden-copper color with a solid two finger cream colored head that looks like it wants to stay around for a while.

Smell: Pine hops, pine hops, pine hops! You can smell the bitterness of this beer, and it makes you swoon.

Taste: Some hints of citrus, but mostly hop bitterness strikes the tongue right off the bat. Many reviews mentioned a bit of maltiness, but right now, I'm struggling to pick any of that up. Maybe a tad bit on the tail end, but all in all, this is hoppiness through and through.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, hop-coating goodness for my tongue. This beer is nothing if not sticky and yummy.

Drinkability: The 6.8% ABV puts this beer on the far end of sessionable, but it is great smelling and tasting nonetheless. If this were more attainable around our neck of the woods, I could see this becoming a staple in the household.

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

This is a fairly strong and sturdy IPA. The flavor is appropriately hop forward with a heavy hop aroma, with a very noticeable Columbus hop note (which I find drier and less aromatic than the more common Cascade). The malt in this beer is surprisingly subdued for a beer approaching 7% and it works well with the hop load. Very enjoyable IPA.

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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 tylerprince
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful dark amber, mostly clear with bubbles throughout. Nonpersistent one-finger head with a small amount of lacing.

S: Hop oils, citrus, pine. More potent than other IPAs, but not quite in the DIPA category. Not fruity or flowery.

T: Hop oils, citrus, clean finish with a little bit of alcohol. Quite reminiscent of Odell Myrcenary. The pine flavor linger at the end, but is fairly mild.

M: Very slightly overcarbonated, but extremely crisp. Alcoholic finish is warm and welcoming.

O: A great canned IPA. Similar to the popular Dale's PA, but with a tad more character and alcohol. Deviates from the floral side of IPAs into the piny category, but overall pulls it off.

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Photo of MrTopher
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thank you RatedZ (Jim) for this fine can beer, I’m getting on a can kick and I think because of this beer.
Poured into a Stone IPA glass, seemed fitting.

A – A rich orange/honey color that is a little hazy has a small white head that has good retention.

S – This has a great smell; citrus with a little pine, the malt is present but hops are the king of the castle here.

T – WOW, this is just good. Has a good crisp taste, the hops make this beer but it blends really well with the malt that adds just a hint of sweetness. You get grapefruit, citrus, pine resin and the sweetness from the malt. Very very impressive.

M – Creamy and medium bodied, must have been a fresh can because I thought it was right in there with other great IPAs.

O – Its hard for me to pick between this and Odell’s for my favorite single IPA from CO, this is REALLY good, and thankfully I have one more can I’m going to save to share with a friend.

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Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 2,705 ratings.
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