Around the time of Modus Operandi’s rebrand, they renamed and relabelled Lola, their core Aussie pale ale. It’s now Layback.
It’s a slightly hazy gold beer with a foamy white top. The aroma packs a mango punch, something similar to the fruit salad aroma many drinkers will be familiar with if they’ve tried Stone & Wood Pacific Ale. However, in Layback this comes from the beer being blended with fresh mangoes.
A Fruity Aussie Pale Ale
The aroma promises balance, as it’s not over the top with hop aroma and the use of fruit contributes a lot of juicy aroma and flavour without contributing to the bitterness.
Layback tastes mildly bitter. More so than pale ales like 4 Pines but less than Shenanigans Winston. But there’s enough there with the fresh hop character and tropical and citrus bite to keep it interesting to the tastebuds.
A Symphony In Beer
It’s jazzy in the mouthfeel. Despite relatively low carbonation (the head fades quickly), it has an initial fizzing sensation on the tip of the tongue before dropping off abruptly. If music is about the notes you don’t play then perhaps this chilled out pale ale is about the components it leaves out.
The bitterness is soft, the citrus mellow and the mouthfeel light, making it incredibly sessionable. An accessible ABV of 4.5% is bang on for this style of beer.
But it retains massive flavour. You can taste the American influence on this Modus Operandi beer. It’s hop forward, well executed and incredibly drinkable.
Layback pale ale is one of those beers that’s incredibly accessible to new beer drinkers but still retains a lot of flavour to keep it interesting and refreshing for beer geeks.
Modus Operandi Layback pale ale is well worth seeking out on tap and could be paired with any decent pub fair. It’s perfect for a warm sunny afternoon.
From: Mona Vale, NSW
Beer style: Australian Pale Ale
Pair with: Salt & pepper squid
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