Modus Operandi - Former Tenant Red IPA
I think this has got to be one of our favourite Red IPA in the country. Big, bold but beautifully balanced.
The Former Tenant is named for the former tenant of the site where Modus Operandi brewery now sits, a slightly unfortunate marijuana grower who was caught out when police were pursuing another criminal down the alley next door only for the police dog to pick up the weedy scent coming through the extractor.
With hops and marijuana being famously close in botanical terms, the reference is apt as the Mosaic and Galaxy hops in this beer stink out your glass like a dealer's den.
But the aggressive hopping regime doesn't forsake balance at all, with strong malts adding a touch of caramel sweetness.
7.8% - 375ml Can
Music Pairing: Dr Dre - Nuthin' But a G Thang