Center of Attention MEGA
Modestman Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #920
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #8,484
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 4.32%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
13
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Modestman Brewing
 
New Hampshire, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
Center of Attention MEGACenter of Attention MEGA
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've been excited for this one since I've seen it show up around a few places I typically shop for beer in the southern NH general area, and also since I've seen some BAs I trust quite a bit laud it on WBAYDN? and NBS/NBW threads... plus, Modestman has just generally been killing it recently so all of that together means I am 100% ready to be extremely-impressed by this 8.5% Citra/Mosaic bomb. I loved CoA when I had it about a month or so ago, and since then I've had a couple more of these guys' beers and have been thoroughly blown-away. Let's get right in; pumped!

The pour here is undoubtedly gorgeous; a straw-colored, extremely hazy beer with golden highlights that tumbles into my new Stoneface teku with aplomb, quickly building up a decent-sized head of rocky eggshell-white foam that lingers for quite a bit at three-or-so fingers before settling at a sticky single-finger of suds, leaving behind some consistent tiers of chunky, foamy lace in its wake. Excellent legs here with a hint of surface coverage to boot. Overall... yeah, duh, it looks awesome.

The nose is, well, CoA dialed-up to 11. Incredible dank profile with a lot of resin, tangerine, ripe mango flesh, passion fruit, and some hints of raspberry and blueberry around the edges. This feels a little softer and more rounded than the regular CoA (which, by the way, is 7% ABV), which I like in contrast to its slightly-bigger size. There is no cattiness or onion-like note here that sometimes comes with the territory of this hop combo, and it instead really feels like a bold, strongly-alcoholic cup of tropical fruit juice, complete with guava and pineapple notes coming out as it warms.

The flavor profile is extremely lush and delicious, with a big upfront hit of passion fruit, mango, and tangelo. Not much bitterness at all, but I expected that. What is there, though, is a surprisingly dense maltiness that really picks up toward the end of the mid-palate, right before the transition to the finish brings out a big pineapple flavor. There's this deft "honey graham cracker" note that quickly fades, but while it's just a flash, it makes the beer that much more complex and interesting.

Feel is, of course, extremely soft and detailed with nice density to it. Doesn't drink heavy whatsoever, though, and though this is 8.5% ABV, it barely feels like it's any stronger than "regular strength" CoA. Some nice detailed carbonation does head up the mid, but nothing about it feels intrusive whatsoever. Quite the opposite; everything here is exactly as it should be. Another big time winner from these trustworthy purveyors of amazing NEIPAs. I am very glad I got a four-pack. Now they just need to can-date (I know it's very fresh, but still annoying and they're not above being called out for the lack of such information).

Mar 04, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can.

A - Opaque pale golden yellow color with thin, dense, soapy white lacing.

S - Big citrus and pineapple on the nose.

T - Big onion / garlic presence with citrus, pineapple, pine rind, peppery spice, spicy grapefruit. Big lingering spicy citrus, onion, and garlic. This is pretty awesome.

M - Big medium body, dry on the back of the tongue, and coats the mouth with onion spicy citrus.

O - This is a fantastic D-IPA. If you like onion and garlic forward big IPA's, this is your beer.

Feb 19, 2021
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great smelling beer! Fresh from the brewery, tastes of pineapple, guava, oranges... a fruit smoothee and/or puree. An interesting aftertaste - not bad... but interesting. Highly recommend trying.

Nov 01, 2020
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can, dated 09/24/20. Served in a spiegelau-style IPA glass.

Pours opaque, murky, milky and mimosa-like with a finger of soft fluffy head. Retention is quite good, leaving a foamy cap and a solid curtain of heavy lacing.

Aroma is all peachy yeast and the soft, juicy tropical sticky fruits like pineapple and mango.

Taste is juicy and doughy, pineapple, mango and dope. But finishes with that tacky, sour, composty aftertaste.

Feel is fluffy, doughy, juicy, medium-hefty bodied with bright, prickly carbonation.

Overall, a very-nearly excellent NEDIPA - with the exception of that damn sour aftertaste - strongly reminiscent of all those Trillium DIPA’s which taste less like the product of fermenting barley than of composting melons. Also priced very much like Trillium at $5.50 a can which can you say ‘ballsy?’ Still, nobody held a gun to my head and made me buy it, so there’s that.

Oct 05, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass canned on 7/31/2020. Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with a solid finger sticky white head that clings to the glass leaving thick streaks of lace, yielding excellent retention. 4.75

Smell is guava, mandarin orange, Marijuana, apple, pineapple, passionfruit, ripe melon, apricot, and some white grapefruit. Really nice and bold. 4.5

Taste follows guava, cumquat, mandarin orange, pineapple, passionfruit, honeydew, apricot, dank marijuana, and some grapefruit bitterness that lingers sip after glorious sip. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, soft gentle carbonation, not dry but sticky, and at 8.5% extremely approachable as it tantalizes your entire palate. 4.75

Overall this is a special beer, this place deserves the hype and yes they are a little brash and cocky, but if you have the goods to back it up you can talk smack. If you want to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk and with the two beers from them I have had they have certainly done that. 4.75

Aug 09, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the source with a canned on date of yesterday!
Hazy lemon yellow with a huge head that persists. Dank Dank Dank on the nose. Resin pine and hints of onion. Flavor follows through the aroma faint sweet bread to counter. Maybe a touch of citrus mint and earth in there. This is a beautiful beer, or maybe my palette is sick of gritty juice bombs.

Aug 02, 2020
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Odelay restaurant which is owned by the owner of Modestman Brewing in Keene, NH. Luckily even though the brewery itself is closed during the Covid-19 outbreak you can purchase cans Odelay. Purchased on 4/16/20. Opened and reviewed same day.

A thick NEDIPA style liquid, opaque appearance, gold color with a white haze. Soft foamy cap recedes to minimal cover. No lace.

Creamy citrus hop aroma! Golden malted grains and honey soaked white bread. Hops are crazy citric, honeydew melon and papaya, with an array of tropical fruity effects that goes beyond that.

The hops are thick with heavy fruity flavors: Melons, papaya, oranges...and a blend of tropicals. Complex hops are deep with grainy and dry earthiness, peppery and sweet tones. Wowza.
The golden, yet rich malted charecter is beyond just there for balance! Grains like wheat and spelt bring earthy and tangy effects while the malt becomes creamy and sweet with a smooth feel and rounded taste. Tangy, earthy, sweet, fruity, creamy... it's all in here. Complexity obviously high.

The mouthfeel, what can I say? The New England styles have it all...crisp, dry earthy, smooth and round...light that becomes practically full. Pretty impressive when done correctly. At 8.5% abv it's also a bit boozy hot, but the complexity hides this pretty well.

Mega is basically the flagship "Center of Attention" NEIPA bigger, badder bolder brother.

Apr 16, 2020
Center of Attention MEGA from Modestman Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 13 ratings