Modus Operandi’s Tropical Contact High IPA is one of the brewery’s first New England IPAs to be released into the market.
Released at the same time as Gadzooks!, Tropical Contact High IPA is a bit heavier on the booze but lighter on the haze. There’s also a touch more bitterness.
It comes at a time when New England IPAs are getting ever more popular in Australia. There have been a number of breweries attempting them. Throughout September Modus Operandi have given it a good crack, getting a few into the market fresh from the brewery.
Freshness is incredibly important with a volatile style such as the New England IPA. They’re highly aromatic with lots of late hop additions that can soon fade. Buy this early, keep in chilled and drink it soon.
Gadzooks! had a deep, opaque lemon curd colour and this has something similar but just a bit brighter. It looks like a classy and more traditional unfiltered IPA with a light lemon drop candy colour. It’s effervescent in the glass and sits under a tight white foam cap.
Tropical Fruit Salad
There’s bold pineapple and passionfruit on the nose and these flavours carry into the mid-palate. It evokes thoughts of piña coladas or bowls of fruit punch on a tropical beach.
It’s probably a more accessible introduction to the hazy New England IPA style in that it has elements people will be familiar with if they’ve already been exposed to IPAs. There’s a bold, aromatic hop character with typical fruit salad on the nose and the palate.
Despite the relatively high bitterness for the style, there’s a core of sweet malt that runs through this beer. Perhaps it’s made noticeable by the 6.8% ABV but it adds another dimension to the experience. It cuts out any risk of that powdery, organic matter finish that coats the tongue on many hazy beers.
With the massive tropical fruit aromas and flavours, and the lightly bittersweet finish, it would go deliciously with dessert. Vanilla ice-cream with slices of mandarin, pineapple or mango, and a drizzle of passionfruit, sandwiched between some large amaretti biscuits would be a perfect match.
From: Mona Vale, NSW
Beer style: New England IPA
Hops: Chinook, Motueka, Amarillo, Galaxy
Pair with: Vanilla ice-cream and fresh fruit sandwiched between amaretti biscuits
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