Ska Brew­ing Modus Man­dari­naipa

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Fruit Pale Ale & Ipa -

ABV: 6.8% | IBUS: 88 | SRM: N/A What the brewer says

“A twist on Modus Hoperandi, this citrus IPA is dry hopped with a gen­er­ous por­tion of Man­da­rina Bavaria hops and brewed with sweet orange peels.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Malt-for­ward, with caramel and toasted notes. Mod­er­ate grape­fruit, tan­ger­ine, lemon, and orange com­bine with the spicy hops aroma and with the malt, come through like orange mar­malade. Dig deeper, and you find zest-like aro­mas along with flo­ral notes. Not nec­es­sar­ily com­ing through as an IPA.” Fla­vor: “The orange comes through more on the tongue, with pithy and as­trin­gent qual­i­ties from the rind. Grape­fruit notes mix with lemon, fol­lowed by toasty and bis­cuit malt. The bit­ter­ness coun­ter­acts the malty back­bone well, lin­ger­ing long after the fla­vor is gone, with­out be­ing over­whelm­ing. Spicy hops tend to be over­whelmed by the bit­ter­ness of the orange.” Over­all: “This beer comes across as a malty PNW IPA. Lots of spe­cialty malts and a hefty dose of IBUS make it an in­ter­est­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the style, with plenty of orange to ac­cent. The pithi­ness might be hard to drink for some be­cause of all the lin­ger­ing bit­ter­ness it adds.”

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