Since Sydney Craft Beer Week I’ve steered clear of Modus Operandi. At their event I tried nearly all of their beers over the course of a quick stop at the brewery and 9 holes of golf (plus nine beers) across the road. Not so much that I didn’t like them, but more about sharing the love. The advice of the bottleshop attendant at the Prince of Wales in Newcastle broke that run, recommending I fill my growler up with Ryeale Rumble, a collaboration with Bridge Road Brewers.
He’s a smart man. Minimal head and a deep red liquid when held to the light, there’s aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit. The taste is all about the hops, with pine, bitter and resin flavours sticking to the mouth. However, roasted malts also come through, which give the beer some added balance. It’s thick and oily in the mouth, a by-product of all the hops thrown in the mix during its production.
This is a classy drop. There’s just this great balance to the drink, which is surprising, given how hop forward and thick it unabashedly is. It’s unfortunate (from what I read) that this is no longer in production, but given I had a whole growler of the stuff, I can’t be too disappointed!