Review: Modus Hoperandi, Ska Brewing

Modus Hoperandi
Ska Brewing Co. — Durango, CO

  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  65 IBU
  • ABV:  6.8%  
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description:  "It's old-man bitter. A mix of citrus and pine that will remind you of the time you went on a vision quest with your native American cousin and woke up in a pine-grove of full of grapefruit trees." — Ska Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I've sampled a few of Ska's beers and have enjoyed them all. I picked this up while on a trip to Arizona (Ska doesn't distribute in Oregon). Modus Hoperandi is part of my IPA Diversity series.

The tasting:  Golden orange in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of citrus, pine, and caramel malt sweetness—very nice! Flavor mirrors the aroma. It starts with bitter grapefruit and light pine. In the middle, the caramel malt backbone comes through providing a light sweetness, but not as much as the nose would have you expect. Hop bitterness pervades. Modus Hoperandi is light to medium bodied, softly carbonated (seems a touch under carbonated), and finishes dry with light alcohol and lingering grapefruit hop bitterness.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!  Another solid brew from Ska! I love the flavors of citrus and pine in IPAs, and this beer had them in spades. While I can't buy Modus Hoperandi in Oregon, it's on my short list when I travel.

Have you tasted Modus Hoperandi or any other Ska brews?

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  1. Ska was the brewery that got me really drinking beer and enjoying it! Specifically the Mexican Lager. It has been 2 years since we moved away from the area, (we are now in northern idaho), and I still miss that brew! I am not a big IPA fan but I found this one to be quite drinkable. Cheers!

    1. Thanks for the tip Geno! I will soon be making a visit to Ska distribution territory and will look for their Mexican Lager.

    2. Glad you liked Modus. Mexican Logger is a seasonal summer release, but it is in the tanks as we speak! A sure sign of summer's approach. Look for it in all of our markets soon...

  2. I had this at the Canned Beer festival last year, it was one of my favorites. I hope to see it there again.

    I like what you're doing with the IPAs, the vast range available is one of the reasons it's my favorite style. That, and the hops.

  3. Thanks Mike! The diversity of the style is amazing. Just when I think I've had enough IPAs, I find a different twist on the style that keeps me coming back for more.

  4. I'll look forward to trying the Logger! Hope I'll be in your distribution area when it's released.


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