Modus Session IPA is released just in time for summer 2016 as the third beer in the Modus core can range.
At 4.1% ABV it’s designed as a summer session beer. This beer (which shares a remarkable number of similarities to Modus Operandi’s Wippa Snippa IPA) is released just in time for the warm weather.
Straight away you get big hop aromas with as bold a grapefruit character as you’ll get from a beer. There’s also honeydew melon and the tiniest whiff of lychee.
This tropical punch bowl aroma is all thanks to the US hops added late in the brewing of the beer. The hops in question are Simcoe, Citra and Chinook.
Citra is one of the most popular citrusy, tropical aroma hops around and it’s no surpsise that Modus, with their American influence, have included this hop. While Simcoe can also be found in the Northern Beaches brewery’s Modus Pale Ale, which for me is one of their best beers, particularly fresh at the cellar door.
The body is much lighter than a full strength IPA, and even many Aussie and US style pale ales. That said, there’s still some weight and a grist-like character which sits on the palate just before the lingering bitterness takes hold.
Overall, the flavour profile is balanced with the citrus and fresh melon on top of the light malt base. In the aftertaste there’s just enough bitterness to let you know this is primarily a hop-forward beer.
A similar beer to compare it to would be 4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale, also a low ABV canned beer which is heavy on the aroma hops and ideal for summer sessions.
The Modus Session IPA could easily be enjoyed with any pub grub as you while away a lazy weekend in a pub beer garden. Lightly salty or greasy dishes like chicken schnitzel or calamari and chips are going to be great washed down with this beer.
From: Mona Vale, NSW
Beer style: Session IPA
Pair with: Solid pub fair such as chicken schnitzel.
Modus Session IPA is now available as part of the brewery’s core range. It’s worth picking up for summer. If you’ve tried it, leave a comment below and share your thoughts on the beer.