Modus Mandarina

Colorado
United States
Modus Mandarina Ska Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

A unique twist on Modus Hoperandi, this citrus IPA is dry-hopped with a generous portion of Mandarina Bavaria hops and brewed with sweet orange peels. Steak, burgers and other grilled or smoked meats pair well, especially with a citrus marinade or sauce. Feeling exotic? Sip Modus Mandarina with Indian curries spiced with tamarind and coriander, or Thai and Mexican dishes with spicy and citrus components. When you're ready for dessert, anything with orange and caramel overtones like orange creme caramels or flan, or even an orange cheesecake will complement Modus Mandarina perfectly.

Profile

ABV: 
6.8%
IBUs: 
88
Served at: 
48.625° F
Hops: 
Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Mandarina Bavaria
Malts: 
Two-Row, Caramel 120, Wheat
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer pours a very pretty deep amber with a nice fluffy beige head that sticks around and produces a pleasant Belgian lacing on the sides of the glass. The first impression when raising this beer to your nose is of an orange grove -- a big orange juice and zest character, as well as an earthy forest floor-like mossy character with hints of freshly mown grass. Taking a sip, the orange from the aroma comes through very nicely in the flavor with the orange zest oils more prominent. A moderately toasty and bread crust malt backbone helps support the substantial bittering into a very dry finish.

Since the beer is quite dry and bitter, it would pair nicely with a Chinese chicken dish served with sweet-and-sour sauce or duck sauce – the oranges complementing the flavors, and the bittering helping to cut the sweetness of the food.