Total Score: 7.4/10
Modus Operandi Pale Ale? I can’t Adam and beli(Eve)* I’ve not reviewed this yet! I really must say this has probably been my most overlooked beer these past few years due to my love of The Former Tenant. But you know what? I just plain never got around to it, and after reviewing 73 American Pale Ales, I think it’s about time to correct the error of the past and give this one a crack. This is a Pale with pedigree too: taking out the 2015 Champion Australian Pale Ale at the Craft Beer Awards – that’s a pretty decent feather to have in your hat. My prediction: This will be grand.
Poured from a 500ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Cloudy amber/apricot-tinged body with a cream-coloured sea foam head that slowly disintegrates leaving spots of lace inside the glass. I’ve seen better, but I do also admire a good bottle-conditioned brew so points added there. 8/10.
S: Fruity, earthy and piney hops mix with a touch of the tropical (paw paw) and a solid caramel base – classic APA territory that I’ve traversed many times in my Pale Ale explorations. The main thing here is how solid the aroma is for a 5.2% ABV brew – this is more heady than other APAs, top stuff Modus! 8/10.
T: Hops are a bit restrained, and can confirms what I feared most – a brew date of: 16/12/16… that’s a good 8 months old, less than ideal for a hop-driven beer. Hop flavours as above: fruity, earthy and piney with a hint of paw paw. Malt is caramel based. Touch of dry cracker in the finish, and a herbal bitterness as well… this would have been a real tasty beer fresh – what a shame. 6/10.
M: Mouthfeel is pretty decent though – Medium bodied with a thin but dense carbonation – they really nailed it here! 9/10.
D: This is definitely one I’ll have to try again in future fresh – there’s a great deal going on that the middling 5.2% ABV belies, I reckon that 6/10 for flavour would be more of an 8 or 9 fresh, however there is a bitterness lingering in the aftertaste (I think that’s a hop fade characteristic in my experience). Overall my take home message, my TL DR; if you will, is give this beer a shot – it is decent APA despite my negative score which was due to the age on my can. It would be interesting to do a blind taste test of this, Pirate Life, and Kaiju Krush to see which one will win over my heart for best Aussie Pale… Little Creatures? Oh yeah, them too. 9/10.
Food match: Malaysian cuisine if a fresh one tastes as good as I reckon it might.
*Cheeky IT Crowd reference for you there – but which episode does Moss say it in?