Ska Modus Mandarina

This was the second beer I had at the gastropub in California. I saw the beer in cans at the beer store, but passed up on them. Since this was the second-most interesting thing on the draft list, I decided to give it a shot.


ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Orange you glad we listened? Now available in cans, year-round. A unique twist on Modus Hoperandi, this citrus IPA is dry-hopped with a generous portion of Mandarina Bavaria hops and brewed with sweet orange peels. Steak, burgers and other grilled or smoked meats. Especially with a citrus marinade or sauce. Indian curries spiced with tamarind and coriander, Thai and Mexican dishes with spicy and citrus components. Desserts with orange and caramel overtones like orange creme caramels or flan, or even an orange cheesecake.”

Random: I ordered a California turkey sandwich while enjoying this beer. They served it to me and then told me that they ran out of avocado, which was the whole reason I ordered that sandwich.

This brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left significant lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, dark orange with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with citrus, not surprisingly, Mandarin oranges. There was also a grassy element to the nose, which gave it more depth. The taste was more balanced than the nose. It had the same mandarin orange note with some malt sweetness too. Grass came through at the end of the sip. It had a light, drinkable body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with orange peel and caramel sweetness. I enjoyed this beer a lot, my only complaint was that I’ve never tried Modus Hoperandi to compare this too.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0