Modus Mandarina
Ska Brewing Co.

Modus MandarinaModus Mandarina
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American IPA
Ranked #1,408
Ranked #9,261
3.96 | pDev: 9.6%
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Modus MandarinaModus Mandarina
Notes: We collaborated with Kyle on a special batch of "Kyle's Manipulated Modus"- Modus Hoperandi brewed with orange peel and dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops.
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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. BBD 06/02/2020 printed on bottom of can. So this still has 4 months left. Picked up at grocery store as part of a $10 sixer mixer.

Appearance - I'll give it points for uniqueness. Pours clear medium to deep orange body. Medium sized (1 finger) light orange head with decent retention and loose soapy suds leaving patchy lacing with decent stick. . 4.25

Smell - interesting, unique and overall pleasant. Orange rind but not the kind you often smell in certain IPAs. Almost has a fake orange-soda like quality to it. Underneath is a musky hop that can't really be characterized because the orange is so overpowering in comparison. Though on the whole, the beer's aroma isn't particularly strong. 4.25

Taste - A let down. Unexpectedly bitter but without a full complex hoppiness you'd get from a normal IPA. The smell gave indications that it would be sweet but that's definitely not the case. A unpleasantly metallic. 2.25

Mouthfeel - Harsh. A little too thin bodied. Dry and astringent throughout that dies down into a faint to moderate lingering in the finish. 2.25

Overall - Neat looking gimmick that doesn't live up to standards or expectations. Chemical harshness, lacks balance or body. One of those beers that somehow manages to be worse than the sum of its parts. 2

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before December 12th 2019.

Pours a clearish reddish gold, aboot an inch of foam. Lacing is spotty.

I smell orange zest and light pine. Very slightly dank.

Orange is up front, don't know if it is strong enough to include the word zest. Hoppy, low bitterness, cracker malt, smooth flavours, nothing to wear your palate out.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation.

This is good.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unknown vintage; drank 11/1/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE eggshell head; a frothy curtain of tree-rung lace.

Orange soda notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel. Dry blood orange flavor; slight bitterness on the finish.

A drinkable one trick pony; average.

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Photo of stephens101
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber. Aroma is subtle with caramel, orange zest Tastes slightly tangy with grain, pine and caramel following. There's a hint of juice in the finish. Medium in body.

Simpler drinking than I expected, but still a tasty brew.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modus Mandarina pours a hazy copper color, with a good long lasting, large and lacing head, with chunks in the middle. Earthy Aroma. The flavor is also pretty earthy, wet, a little dank, with a subtle hint of orange (not too sweet). Good body and feel. Overall, not bad, a little too earthy, but the orange peel really helps to balance that out.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a can glass.

The beer is a very deep burnt orange color with a thick light khaki head, decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is of sweet candied fruit, cedar, spicy hops.

Taste is woody, tangy, subtle mandarin citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

Overall, the ABV takes some of the lighter flavors away.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While the impressions of fruit seem to grow more and more each day in the craft beer craze, the cheat code nowadays is to actually use the fruit that the hops are trying to emulate. This is a ploy that Ska brewers know and employ quite well. Their Modus Mandarina takes the "Modus" character that's given their hoppy flagship so much acclaim and layers it with orange peel and Bavarian Mandarina hops for a tandem in taste that's hard t deny.

Light copper and an amber orange mixture frames the color of the moderately hazy ale. Crowned with a creamy cotton froth, the aromas of perfumy citronella accompanies a sweet toast breadiness as the nose is awash with citrus fruit. But on the tongue, and early savory sweetness takes hold with mild caramel, honey, graham cracker and a tepid jelly-like sweetness.

It doesn't take long for the sweetness to dissolve on the middle of the tongue and the guilt-free flavor of citrus speaks resoundingly to the tastebuds. Grilled peach, mandarin orange and a hint of mango carry a savory, tangy and toasty flavor into a bitterness on the late palate that's part herbal chive, orange peel, peppercorn and freshly shaven spruce.

Medium bodied, the beer's creamy beginnings eventually land quite dry. A radiant perfume is both bitter and tannic on the finish with the pectins of fruit spices playing a role in the absence of much malt influence. The oranges take the Modus Hoperandi subtleties and turn it into somewhat of a one-trick pony. But man, what a trick it is!

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can:

Pours hazed orange-tinted amber with a lasting creamy head. Some foamy lacing sticks.

The aroma of fresh mandarin orange blends with black pepper and bread.

The taste is of mandarin orange with an earthy backing, Spicy bittersweet finish.

A solid IPA with a sweet mandarin orange character. Nice!

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thick layer of puffy white suds. Citrus notes on the nose and those follow suit on the palate. Fruity and citrus hope notes, resinous, piney. Dry and bitter on the back end. Overall- solid and quaffable brew.

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Photo of DW78715816
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep hazy Amber orange, a lot floating around.
S: malt and citrus.
T: a great balance of malt with hop citrus and of course a nice hint of tangerine. It's there but not overpowering.
F: it has that malty smoothness with the hoppy bight/bitterness I like.
O: great beer I'll buy again.

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Photo of D1noB
2.89/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Slight sweat finish that is followed by a complete rind overload with a grain hidden but only if you are looking for it.

Taste Rating in Words: It is eating a 2 oz steak with 16 ounces of onions on it, all you taste is the onion.

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Photo of pat61
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six pack of this beer from a cooler, biked 20 minutes home and put it in the fridge. The best by date is 4 months from now.
L: brilliant copper amber with some large fluffy globs about the size of a pencil eraser floating around

S: orange, floral, resin, light grains and bread crumb

T: starts mildly sweet, grainy, orange peel and orange hops leading to a drying, mildly bitter finish that balances the initial sweetness

F: creamy medium body and medium carbonation

O: The interplay between the mandarina hops and the added sweet orange peel make this an interesting beer and refreshing beer

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep amber with a decent head. The aroma is quite bright, with candied grapefruit, mango, orange peel, pineapple, guava, with caramel and cotton candy notes. The flavor starts with a mild fruit sweetness, with mango, clementine, mandarin, guava, pineapple, and a slight caramel richness with a solid bitter finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full with plenty of carbonation. Overall this is a very tasty beer - and it gets better as I sip. The fruit character is strong, but never overwhelms the base, and the balance is solid throughout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnished orange color with an impressive head that sticks nicely and leaves many clumps of lace

Smell: Mandarin orange tones burst forward; juicy and floral

Taste: Sweeter malt tones combine with the Mandarin orange, up front, with the orange peel bitterness building, through the middle; the finish has both good bitterness and some malty sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist on the base beer; after half the can, the orange tone is just a bit too much for my palate

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Photo of gatornation
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with a small white head. Smell is tangerine and grapefruit with loads of malt. Taste had bitter grapefruit rind hops with tangerine fruit juice sweet malts in the finish. Mouth feel was bitter and hoppy with pine resin. Not a beer i would ever buy again, SKA just does not make very good brew IMO, unless you like bitter kettle hops with a biting finish.

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Photo of Mdog
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear amber, some particles, big head.

Smell: Orange peel.

Taste: Citrusy oranges, some nice sweetness for balance, the orange flavor dominates throughout.

Overall: I like Modus Hoperandi so gave this alternate version a chance. It also is good stuff, a nicely balanced (but hoppy) IPA with a nice charge of orange flavor throughout.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid two finger off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A pretty juicy and fairly sweet hop forward aroma with a scent of orange and citrus hops. Upfront scent of orange peel and blood orange. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, mango, tangerine, and lemon with pineapple. Earthy hop hints of pine resin and grass. Malt hints of caramel, cracker, and grains with yeast. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and fairly sweet hop forward taste with notes of orange and citrus hops. Big taste of orange peel and blood orange. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, mango, lemon, and tangerine along with some pineapple. Earthy hop notes of grass and slight pine. Malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with yeast. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good fruit infused IPA. Good orange flavor with the hop notes.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

4/23/17 (Chicago) - 12 oz can pour into tulip glass. Copper orange pour, generous puffy white head, mild carbonation. Solid hop, malt and sweet citrus aroma. Tart citrus taste, hops firm and pleasant, pine also noted. Balanced mouth feel, very firm going down. I enjoyed this offering and look forward to more Ska beers down the road.

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Photo of williamphelps
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange, amber color persistent thin head and very fine shimmering lacing. Aroma of fresh/candied mandarines, pine needles, tart/overripe lemons, lemon pie, grapefruit, pie crust, white bread. Palate of tart mandarins, bitter pine needles, sourdough bread, yeast, yogurt, lemon tart, bitter pine resin finish with some sweet orange peel. Pros- beautiful (shimmering lace), refreshing, flavorful, high flavor intensity, some complexity, an IPA and not a fruit beer- just enough fruit character balanced by tons of hop character with malt and yeast present as well. Cons pretty rich with bitter-sweet flavor this I'm unsure if I could drink one every night, sticky candies finish. 90/100.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Courtesy of Jonesy1981 in a trade

Pours a super clear amber with a frothy shakey head. Nose is great! Pine, resin, and certainly Mandarin orange from the hop profile! The orange profile is a combination of the canned sweet Mandarins and real tangerines. Taste is strong on the resin and pine front with an aggressive hop bite. Orange is very subtle, but you I keep picking it up now and then. Malt bill is on the lighter side with some sweetness behind it. Nicely balanced and very hard to put down. Overall, well done and refreshing to have a nice WC IPA!

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 1/19/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light caramel, lightly toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruit juice/peels, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light caramel, lightly toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruit juice/peels, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance. Slight lingering hop/fruit astringency near the end of the glass, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/resin/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.8%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited IPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruit juice/peels, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; despite the lingering bitter/drying resins. Amazingly vibrant C hop and fruit juice/peel flavors; with a nice malt backbone that is not overly sweet. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.99/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Taste: bitter citrus hops with mandarin orange zest. Citrus hop nose. Amber color, mostly clear, head of delicate lace. Medium body.Slight oils from the orange peels and the sharp Bavaria hops make for a slight pucker in the finish. 88 IBUs

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Hazy dark gold, with fairly low visible carbonation and a thin, half-finger of white head with low retention.

S: Citrus fruit, both pulpy and pith. Lightly toasted biscuit malts with a mild caramel character. Some resinous hops as well. Not a big aroma, but the juicy oranges sure dominate.

T: Follows the nose - juicy and pithy orange, with a smidge of tart citric acid character. Substantial biscuit malt body. Then lesser notes of resinous and spicy hops. No particular caramel or toffee flavors in the malts, which I find pleasant. Bitter and sweet flavors (from the oranges) mix in the finish, though the bitter ultimately outlasts.

M: The body is just on the heavy side of average. Carbonation a little low, and the alcohol seems a touch prominent - but I think this is accentuated a bit because of the sweet fruit flavors.

O: A decent fruited IPA, but not particularly good. I don’t think this is an improvement over the base beer at all; the orange flavors aren’t great for me. Not that they’re particularly artificial, but they don’t play as nicely with the other flavors as I expected.

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Photo of puck1225
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. A clear dark orange, thin head with decent lacing. Citrus smell. Decent citrus tastes with pine and a nice hoppiness. Decent beer.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We're all used to citrus aromas and flavors in IPAs, that come from the hops. Well, the guys at Ska have put the citrus right in the beer, in the form of orange peel, and it's a fine combination. This beer is light orange in color, orange in the aroma, and orange in the flavor. But it's not orange juice. This is still a Ska IPA, a close cousin of Modus Hoperandi, so there's a plenty bitter finish to this beer. In fact, in terms of IBUs, the brewery says this is 88 IBU, compared to 68 for Hoperandi. The bitterness is in balance with the citrus flavor, and both are balanced by just a bit of sweetness (as you'd expect from an orange). I wouldn't make this my regular IPA, but it's something I would definitely look forward to for a regular change of pace from more traditional brews. Nicely done.

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Modus Mandarina from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 373 ratings