This is the first Modus Operandi to appear on Brews Buzz, but I’m no stranger to these fine beers from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Are they the best brewer in Australia at the moment? If they’re not, there isn’t many ahead of them. Named after the former tenant of the brewery who enjoyed illegal indoor horticultural pursuits, man o’ man this in an unbelievable beer.
Can. Pours a reddish/brown, with a frothy off-white head that quickly dissipates but laces well. Amazingly fresh hops that bear an uncanny likeness to the green buds of the former tenant (it is in the same family as hops), followed by tropical and stone fruit (mango, passionfruit, peach, apricot), earthy hops and a solid caramel malt backing. The bitterness is in the front and mid palate, without the cloying finish ubiquitous with many IPA’s. The earthy hop notes and sweetish caramel malts take over the flavour profile, with a hint of passionfruit keeping it clean. Minimal carbonation creates a rich mouthfeel and pushes it towards an English style, despite the American influences of tropical fruits. It is so beautifully crafted the 7.8% ABV is undetectable. Magnificent beer. MO’s best! One of Australia’s best!