Modus Operandi – Witches With Blood American Amber Ale [5.5%] 4.9/5 (6)

Modus Operandi Brewing Co. (NSW/Australia) – Witches With Blood Double Dry Hopped American Style Amber Ale [5.5%] 


‘AN AMERICAN STYLE AMBER ALE WITH A SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE TWIST. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND MALTS COMBINED WITH BOLD U.S. HOPS CREATE A PINEY RESINOUS FLAVOUR WITH A ROUNDED MALT PROFILE TO TIE IT ALL TOGETHER’.


– Hops: Citra‘, Columbus‘, CTZ‘, and Kohatu‘.

– Malts: Amber, Dark Crystal and Chocolate Malts.

[ ABV: 5.5% IBU: Enough OG: Unknown ]

– Available: Brewery Only Special Release, Tap/Draft, 31.98oz/946ml Canimal.



The Brew

 This beer has some serious swagger. Pouring a deep crimson-amber colour with a red hue, roughly 2 centimetres of head with lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass.  We’re talking about intense tropical fruits, guava, mango, pine needles, lime and pineapple in the aroma. On the palate you are greeted with caramel, roasted barley, hibiscus and butterscotch followed by copious amounts of resin, pine needles, grapefruit and weed. The mouth-feel is spot on, gently carbonated with a smooth and creamy texture. Malt is ever present despite the onslaught of hops, with caramel, biscuits, sourdough and roasted barley constantly lingering in the background. At first the finish starts sweet, fruity and tropical, but quickly gives way to pine needles, grapefruit, resin and melon. This is the sort of beer you could session on all day long, and we can only hope that the lads at MO brew it again. An interesting and incredibly flavoursome amber ale, with enough pine and resin to keep even the Former Tenant fans happy. No surprises here, Modus makes great beer and this is no exception.

Props to Dennis at MO for slinging some tinnies our way! Cheers to great beer. 

– Overall: [ 95.25/100 ]  Style: [ 95.75/100 ] 


Taste: [ 95.5/100 ] Aroma: [ 94.75/100

Would We Buy It Again?: [ Yes.

Affordable?: [ Yes. Hops aint cheap. 946ml Canimal $19.00 Dollars AUD. ]

Feedback/Tips: [ Feedback? Yes, great beer. Tips? Slap it into some 500ml tinnies already. ] 

Day Or Night?: [ Both. ]

Modus Witches With Blood: 1 Word Review: [ Dank. ] 

Our Favourite Part Of Modus Witches With Blood: [ What’s not to love? Bonus points go to the mouth-feel and the sweet finish. ]


Our Story

‘Always dreaming but finally formalising the concept in 2012, it all started in a motor home traveling around the U S of A, blaring Creedence and delving deeper into the craft revolution. We discovered every nook and cranny of the USA craft beer world for six months, brewing, talking, cleaning, talking, cleaning, brewing, and yes, drinking a lot of beer (tough I know).

We returned home to our beloved Northern Beaches with heads full of beer lovin and some very talented American brewers in our bags.  Hailing from Oskar Blues Brewery these guys have serious street cred, know good beer and brew even better. They have taught us and our Aussie brewers the real art of craft beer, using first class materials and practices. We have also taught them how to surf, the culinary delight that is a meat pie and how sunscreen is not negotiable in Australia. Its a win win situation. 

We are larrikins at heart, but when it comes to our Modus Operandi (Latin for Method of Operation) which put simply is, beer first, no shortcuts, this is where we get real. Fresh live yeast flown in from the USA, the finest specialty malts and hops from all over the world, brewed and packaged in our brewery and permanently kept cold so we don’t have to put preservatives in, means we deliver fresh real craft beer to you. These methods of operation cost more, but we think its worth it. You be the judge.’



– Modus Operandi, 14 Harkeith St, Mona Vale NSW 2103, Australia – 

– Visit Modus Operandi Brewing: http://www.mobrewing.com.au/#beerfirst


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