|Beer||Modus Operandi “Sonic Prayer”|
|Type||Indian Pale Ale|
|Location||Mona Vale – New South Wales|
|RRP||$11.50 per 500ml can.|
That doesn’t sound right for what I am reviewing this evening. Booze Lovers… Perhaps a little too blasé. Alcohol enthusiasts! Yes; that’ll do perfectly. I have finally decided to step outside my usual comfort zone contained completely in the world of wine and start looking at the Australian Craft Beer scene. In the last 3 to 5 years, the craft beer scene has boomed, not just here in Australia, but it seems to be an international phenom, with the Generation Y, Z and now the millennials moving onto the world of craft-beer.
Typically, (and I am not a beer expert, so this is completely opinionated) beer has been a generic drink of many Australian’s. We all have our favourite main-stream brewers. Such as Cooper’s, Carlton United, West End and the like. However, these beers have become outdated to the “New-World” beer drinker. Gone are the dry, crisp and massed produced larger’s and pilsners. Instead, the younger generation of beer enthusiasts are leaning towards funky and alternative beers with New World Hops, and different varieties of Malt blended into the beers; and it is here, that as a wine lover, I can attach myself to the craft beer world. No longer are beers boring and generic, and require little thought process as to why you actually drink and enjoy them. Finally, there now exists a world upon which, like wine, beer can be something elaborate and complex too. The best way to explain this is to review the beer the exact same way I review my wines. So, let’s crack on!
Colour: Orange/ biscuit gold, traces of sediment. Pours with a clean white head.
Aroma: Passion-fruit pulp, pine needles with nuances of peach nectar and orange peel.
Palate: It is semi-sweet on the palate with decent body brought around by its alcohol content, which adds weight on the palate. There is a lot of tropical fruit going on up-front. Mango, papaya and passion-fruit dominate primarily, but there is traces of green melon and slight hints of honey with toffee too brought around by the different malts. To me, this beer displays a perfect balance of hops and malt to harmonise this beer in such a way that you get the best out of both worlds. It is clean and fresh and creamy. I could be naïve to say it has this “soap-like” quality behind it. Nevertheless, you could easily get carried away, as it does extremely well at hiding its alcohol content and goes down all too easily for the kind of beer it is.
Personal Thoughts: I started with a beer that I enjoy. However, I have consumed this beer a while ago, and it wasn’t until recently that I thought there is so much going on with this beer, that like wine I can do a proper beer review. Hence, I returned and evaluated the beer this time around. I really enjoy the stuff coming out of the Modus Operandi Brewing team, and I look forward to experiencing some new beers from them soon.
The SA Wine Beer Guy