The old favourite, Zoo Feeder, is back as MO’s second limited release of 2017. But it is just that, limited.
It’s a beer with an illustrious, albeit short, history, winning Champion IPA at the Craft Beer Awards in 2014 and 2015. It’s clear to see why it was a favourite with Sydney’s beer drinkers.
Big And Brash
It’s a brash American IPA packed with resinous hops. It’s sappy, piney and oily, and leaves a silky smooth coating across your tongue.
The liquid is golden amber, darker than you might expect but you can attribute that to a malt bill which achieves a robust 7.2% ABV.
There’s a creamy, dirty-white head that leaves sudsy lacing around the circumference of the glass. With just a hint of haze in the liquid, it’s a beautiful beer to look at.
It also holds carbonation perfectly. Even with the last few drops, a flick of the wrist will generate a beautiful head and you can still see some bubbling activity within the liquid.
Sap, Pine, Resin
Bold pine flavours are the order of the day for Zoo Feeder.
It tastes green and fresh, with a resinous hop oil sensation that coats the palate. As the beer warms a little some subtle citrus character carries through with a touch of sweetened grapefruit and candied orange peel, followed by the tiniest whiff of tinned peach right at the end.
There’s a forceful, biting bitterness to the beer but it cuts out as a silky-sweet taste takes over the finish. While some drinkers might expect a lingering bitterness, this twist provides some balance to the beer.
Zoo Feeder is a hop-forward beer, of that there can be no argument. But the malt bill is an underrated component here.
While the colour might be a touch darker and the finish a bit sweeter than anticipated, the malt provides the perfect background allowing the hops to shine.
This is the type of beer you could imagine drinking from a shaker pint glass in an American bar. But in Sydney, it’s best poured from the can into a some nice glassware.
It’s an aggressive beer so food pairings need to be considered well. A spicy meat feast pizza will hold its own against Zoo Feeder and provide immense enjoyment.
From: Mona Vale, NSW
Beer style: American IPA
Pair with: Spicy meat feast pizza
Have you tried the re-release of Modus Operandi Zoo Feeder? Or was it a favourite in its original incarnation? Leave a comment below and share your experience.