Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Modus Hoperandi IPA

Tom Bergman in charge of Binny's beer department was a huge advocate of this. I never got a chance to buy a six pack of this before I left to go back to school, but I did however get an opportunity to taste it at Limestone Brewery with Jen. Served from a can!

Appearance: Clear straw color with a slight head atop the appealing liquid. Carbonation is highly visible with maybe a minus one on a 10 scale for some haze.
Aroma: Smell is piney and quite floral. A herbaceous undertone carries some fruity character as well. I also can pick out apricots and also raisins and grapes.
Taste: Grassy but fruitfully balanced. The fruit profile is of pineapple and oranges - a close relative to Arctic Panzer Wolf By Three Floyd's, but still quite a distance away. Finishes somewhat dry with a resin taste to it, from the boat loads of alpha acids. Starts sweet and biscuity and then finishes with a nice tropical citrus splash. Fore flavors accentuate the hops. Tart and zest from lemons and oranges. This beer is a pinnacle of tropical and citrus fruit characters. Some earthiness is expelled through the aftertaste, particularly in combination in both grassy and citrus zest.
Mouthfeel: Refreshingly smooth and neither aggressively carbonated of cloying. Medium to lighter body and very drinkable and refreshing. Dryness perhaps from an accompaniment of alcohol and hop resins.
Overall Impression: For hop-heads, no doubt. This is a very complex beer with an orange juice bittersweet/ tart finish. 65 IBU's is an understatement.

Jen: 86/100 (Wouldn't buy to drink, but perfect to sample)
Tim: 90/100 (Worth 1 pint, a six pack may be too much)

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