Modus Mandarina
Ska Brewing Co.

Modus MandarinaModus Mandarina
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Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,725
Ranked #13,839
3.94 | pDev: 9.64%
May 03, 2022
Jul 13, 2014
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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3.94 by animal69 from Louisiana on May 03, 2022
3.74 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 05, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Decent beer but a bit too fruity (mandarin orange). Doesn't go well with the 'west coast' style

Jun 27, 2021
3.85 by HighwayChile from Kansas on Jun 24, 2021
4.39 by summitsippin from Colorado on Mar 02, 2021
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3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by LukeGude from Iowa

Cam poured into pint glass at Durango condo. Too bitter IMO.

Nov 04, 2020
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3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by GarrettB from Colorado

June 19th, 2016 - A taste of citrus here for the summer, in convenient can form, and with enough hops to move product in stores. The Modus Mandarina offers light notes of citrus and tangerine with some light hop character, and a refreshing, light body. The lightest essence of tangerine is also evident. I find this a very refreshing beer, aided by the light body and the kiss of tangerine in the flavor, and just a hint of hops to whet the appetite for a harder IPA but not spoiling my midday clear-headedness.

Oct 29, 2020
4 by jtnord from Colorado on Sep 12, 2020
4.25 by ryanf2192 from District of Columbia on Jun 08, 2020
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I will be the first to admit, I was pretty excited when Ska Brewing arrived here in Lancaster, PA. I scooped up a whole buncha CANs for The CANQuest (tm) & do not regret my decision. I say that only because I see that some reviewers have not enjoyed this beer. Fair dinkum!

From the CAN: "Crush - Recycle - Reticulata - Smarten - Halftime - Recycle - Bevy - Forest - Zest - Kyle - Recycle"; "Hand-Crafted"; "India Pale Ale Dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops and brewed with orange peels."; "Lip Up Fatty".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. Not only did this produce two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention, it made my kitchen smell like I had used an orange-scented air freshener! It smelled nice, but it really was not in keeping with the style since the hops were not truly the star while the fruit adjunct definitely was. Color was an orangish-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste remained very orange-y & while it was fine, it was not aligned with the style. Also, it was very authentic-tasting. It did not have the taint of artificial flavoring that some have mentioned. It was a pleasant enough beer & it was a bit of an SIW on Ska's part to call it an India Pale Ale. As a "Fruit & Field Beer" it would do much better. Finish was semi-dry, citrusy, tangy & quite refreshing. YMMV.

May 25, 2020
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2.32/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Initial impression from a 12 fl oz pull-tab can (BB 07/10/20) served into a nonic pint:

6.8% ABV. "Citrus IPA." "Ale brewed with orange peels." From their website (accessed 05/23/20): "dry-hopped with a generous portion of Mandarina Bavaria hops and brewed with sweet orange peels." ... "IBU's: [sic] 65
SRM: 18"

Candied orange peel, caramel, pale malt/2-row, Triple Sec/orange almost approaches a Delsym-like sickening syrupy sweetness but luckily avoids it. I can't say I dig its (artificial) orange-leaning flavour profile and its hop profile doesn't do it for me (it's a poor use of Mandarina Bavaria), but it's at least drinkable despite its flaws.

Sticky and pulpy to its detriment. Unrefreshing but well carbonated.

Not a great IPA, nor a great orange flavored ale. The best I can say about it is avoids the Delsym and orange soda pitfalls it could elsewise have been privy to.


05/29/20 can:

Boozy orange/tangerine fruit and sticky syrupy sweetness. It's not terrible, but it's definitely a pass.


May 24, 2020
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2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2
by ZenAgnostic from Texas

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

Feb 02, 2020
3.92 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 30, 2019
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3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

Sep 13, 2019
4.5 by JacksonPM from Indiana on Sep 07, 2019
3.85 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Aug 21, 2019
3.8 by Nunya from Ohio on Jul 07, 2019
4.6 by Acrtcr from Colorado on May 26, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

May 18, 2019
3.9 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 26, 2019
3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Mar 04, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Very citrusy flavor that became almost soapy by the end of a pint. It was ok but I did t want another one.

Mar 03, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

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.

Dec 15, 2018
3.25 by VaporDome from New York on Aug 24, 2018
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3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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.

Aug 07, 2018
3.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Jul 29, 2018
4.03 by corywalston from North Dakota on Jul 15, 2018
3.96 by colbra from Minnesota on Jun 16, 2018
3.92 by scott2269 from Ohio on Jun 12, 2018
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3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Try-em-all from Missouri

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

Jun 03, 2018
3.93 by WDJersey from Colorado on May 18, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

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.

May 16, 2018
3.89 by Afeo from Colorado on May 02, 2018
3.81 by einman from Minnesota on Apr 01, 2018
4.29 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2018
3.98 by Lelampp from Ohio on Mar 05, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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!

Mar 02, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jwc215 from Arizona

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!

Feb 02, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by andrewjraab from Michigan

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.

Jan 21, 2018
4 by AnotherDisease from California on Jan 04, 2018
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