Modus Mandarina | Ska Brewing Co.

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3.95/5
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358 Ratings
Modus MandarinaModus Mandarina
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 07-13-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,650
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
358
pDev:
9.37%
Bros Score:
4.28
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
80
Trade:
0
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Photo of corywalston
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of colbra
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of scott2269
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Try-em-all
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark cloudy orange look with foam and good lacing on top little too happy for me and not enough mandarin orange taste for my liking

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Photo of WDJersey
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Afeo
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lelampp
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +3.3%
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 -6.6%
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 AnotherDisease
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CJNAPS
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of XmaracastexasX
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sparx1100
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DW78715816
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Curt3
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of orange flavors and aromas come through in this beer just like you would expect them to...no false advertising on this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Modus Mandarina from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 358 ratings