Total Score: 7.9/10
Bloody Modus! Every time I think the coast is clear on their limited release brews they crack out another brilliant corker, it wouldn’t be so bad if they were adding to their core range but this stuff is produced in such limited batches and so sparsely distro’d that if you don’t get your hands on it this very instant, I mean like right NOW! Then poof it’s gone. What hope does a punter like me have? I have to buy it the very instant I see it, and this 8.5% ABV behemoth is $16 a 500ml can! Really Modus you are starting to take the piss with this constant release cycle of brilliant and very limited beers that I know I’ll love and have to buy right away you magnificent bastards. [PS: It’s a love/hate relationship with Modus, my tastebuds love them but my wallet hates them].
Poured from a 500ml can into a Duvel tulip.
A: NEIPA alert confirmed, this is a code NEIPA (New England IPA), which consists of an amber-y coloured murky AF body with a cappuccino foam white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some delicious scroll-work lace on the side of the glass. I do have a soft spot for the look of a NEIPA, I love cloudy beers. 8/10.
S: Aroma is like a “best of” album for Modus’s IIPAs with a hashy/resin green hop character mingling amongst pineapple, mango and papaya, with a dash of Sauvignon Blanc grape. It’s not only bordering on the sweet side of aromas, it’s invaded the sweetness like a German blitzkrieg. From here I cant see how it’s not going to be cloying in the flavour department. 8/10.
T: Yep, it’s sweet, it’s basically an alcoholic Golden Circle tropical fruit flavoured popper (juice box)… which if you’re familiar with the NEIPA style is pretty standard. Flavours are pineapple, mango, papaya, hint of green hops, with a slight peppery note towards the finish and a sugar syrup centre. Not as cloyingly sweet as expected – it’s around the same level of sweetness as a popper. Finish has a mild green hop bitterness. The balance is pretty decent. 8/10.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin for 8.5% ABV – medium bodied with a thin but dense carbonation. Definitely could use a bit of work here. 7/10.
D: You’ll enjoy this based purely on if you actually like tropical fruit juice, because that basically is what you’re getting with Modus Operandi Future Factory IIPA… in a 3.6 standard drink form factor. I didn’t mind it, personally I like tropical flavours and have always been keen on punch, but your mileage may vary. 8/10.
Food match: It’s a tired cliché of mine to say “green papaya salad” but it works here.