Total Score: 6/10
Modus Operandi have brought out another limited release beer and after their luscious dark maiden of a brew: Caribbean Queen, I may have made an Instabuy on this one… well, not ‘may have’, ‘did’. So what is this new limited release? I hear you quip (or that could be the voices in my head). It’s a Session IPA – you know the one where they take a perfectly awesome style and reduce the alcohol content for reasons unapparent? Yeah, that one. Who knows I might like this Session IPA enough to warrant a second purchase (if it hasn’t already sold out), however experience has made me a wary chap about these things.
Poured from a 500ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Slight hazed golden amber body with a thin white head and heaps of carbonation action going on inside the glass – looks like a real burper (“belcher” in the US vernacular) this one! 7/10.
S: Pineapple, lychee and papaya hops on the nose and in a decent abundance. This has the aroma of a top notch APA – fruity but not heady like an IPA, still for 4.1% ABV it hits that Pale Ale spot well. Hints of a biscuit malt base in there as well. Pretty impressive aroma actually… I’m satisfied just to sniff this a bit before I tuck in – it’s rare to get tropical fruit notes like this outside an IPA or a DIPA. 8/10.
T: Flavours a let down from the off… it’s like someone took a tasty IPA and poured soda water into the glass with it. Yes those tropical fruit notes are there, along with an ever so slight biscuit base, but it’s all watered down and hardly worth drinking – what a waste of great hops – it’s like they’re trapped in a prison cell, a prison cell of taste, locked behind bars my tongue is reaching out to grasp. Free the tropical hop flavours Modus! Also a slight grainy taste is present (like the prison guards to those glorious hops). 5/10.
M: Mid to light bodied, weirdly there’s more body than the taste belies, with a fairly heavy carbonation – yep it’s a burper. 6/10.
D: This is by far the biggest let down I’ve had from Modus, they are a great craft brewer however this one is a miss. Too bad because I can taste how good the full-strength IPA would be. Personally I think a ‘Session’ any-style is a recipe for disaster – there’s a reason beers are the strength they are and it’s simple: It works at that strength. If it tasted better at a different strength brewers would have popularised it at that strength. Anyway better luck next time Modus. 6/10.
Food match: A light tropical salad, green papaya salad (without chilli) would work.