Blazing World - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
92
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798 Ratings
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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 68
Gots: 117 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 06-30-2013

This beer is the stickiest of the icky. It's a luxuriously hoppy amber loaded up with intemperate quantities of Nelson, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, which are some of the fruitiest, dankest hops sweet, sweet money can buy. Despite its amber hue, Blazing World is pleasingly dry, sporting a lightly bready malt backbone that serves as platform for the huge & complex hop profile.
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Photo of SanFranJake
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We don't get Modern Times distro'd in Marin County so finding this on Maui is a treat.
Not sure how fresh it is (16oz can poured into a basic ass glass) but there isn't one thing that I can point to that would render this beer anything less than outstanding/awesome. So it could be a week, a month or three months old. If more than a month, I might B my L in my P if I tried this fresh.
Dank, hoppy nose, a sexy golden hue, good creamy lacing and by damned if this isn't my favorite of the four MT beers I've tried while here on Maui.

Photo of 01001111
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Viscous tangerine.

S: Dank, resinous hops that are orange-like in character. Mango, nectarine.

T: Peach, mandarin or tangerine, hoppy but not overly bitter.

M: The thickness of a double or triple IPA without being too astringent on the finish.

O: Super impressed with this one. Apparently a "hoppy-dank amber" lies somewhere between a double IPA and an imperial red in taste and mouthfeel (though without the higher ABV).

Photo of JamesStreet
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dank, resiny aroma! Taste follows with some piney hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light medium with prickly carbonation. Not much bitterness. Overall tasty brew.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: Almost a creamy looking tight head Hazy Amber looks like good carbonation to it

S: Very hoppy stone fruits lots of Carmel toffee

T: This is dank it's lusciously hoppy with nice citrus undertones and then just a wave of smooth Carmel malts but none of the sweetness you would expect from an Amber ale very bready but so hoppy

M: medium nothing to much in the mouthfeel it's pretty smooth but with a little bite

O: This beer is flat out fantastic it combines juicy hop flavors with deep Carmel bready malts it just hits everything perfectly it may be a tad unbalanced towards the hoppy side but it is delightful.

Photo of augustgarage
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a fresh tall-boy into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Carrot orange to amber gradient, good clarity, plugged by a thumb of champagne souffle. Superior retention, thick, eggy lacing.

Dank, fruity aromatic assault with guava, persimmon, orange peel, mint/thyme/marijuana filling the air. A sweet gently candied malt note comes across as well.

Intense tropical fruit is smothered by an equally intense herbaceous hop flavor burst - as if you were chewing on whole flowers mixed with Starburst. You can sort of pick out individual flavors now and then (passion-fruit from the Nelson; tangerine from the Simcoe, a wide array from the Mosaic), but the bitterness wakes you from any analytic reveries you may be nursing. The toasty Munich malt and dough-y Midnight wheat add a characterful balancing sweetness into the medium-dry finish where the hop flavors have their last stand before dissipating.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, slightly oily yet refreshing.

While I generally prefer ambers from the Pacific Northwest (nothing pairs so well with fresh caught salmon) - I will add this to my shortlist of SoCal beers (Hop Head Red; My Bloody Valentine, etc.) that make the style their own.

Photo of Raisingfable
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Slightly hazy cream soda-like appearance with abundant lacing, smelling of caramel sweet malt with a touch of honey and pine, tasting excellent balance between the pungent hop character and the elegant malt back, with good carbonation to compliment the lightly weighted mouthfeel.

Photo of MisterGone
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First new era can for me. All fears about metallic favors gone. As to this offering: amber is well described. So, too, hoppy. Tropicals in the nose, with some caramel backing. Taste gives way to standard bittering hop profile less so than some notes of citrus, pine, floral, tropical, etc. Pretty simple toasted grain sweetness balances the bitters.

Photo of larryarms847
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks like no other beer I've ever had, it looks 'earthy.' Honestly, if I hadn't known the beer style prior to pouring this pint I would have guessed it to be a brown ale.

Very fruity, notes of guava, fig, and dank nug.

Tastes of dark tropical fruit, orange peel, guava, and possibly passion-fruit. I'm honestly getting a red starburst taste on the backend, fucking delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and sweet with a dank hop bitterness that balances this brew perfectly.

Overall a spectacular red/amber ale. Every time I think I don't like reds/ambers, there is a brew like this to change my attitude.

Photo of richj1970
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can into tulip glass. Dated 3/6/2015.

A: Pours a golden honey brown with dense 2 finger white head that leaves some significant lacing.

S: Biscuit malts, caramel, brown sugar, and honey. Earthy and floral hops.

T: If there is a such thing as an amber IPA, this might be it. Plenty of dank hops combined with a fairly strong malt backbone. Reminds me a bit of Stone's Arogant Bastard.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Remarkably easy drinking despite the obvious hop assault.

O: My first beer from Modern Times, and if they are all this good, it won't be my last.

Photo of Mongrel
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is initially not as bright as I was expecting, both in flavor and appearance. It pours a slightly hazy amber with good off-white head and lacing that's almost whipped in its softness. I know it says amber on the can but for whatever reason I expected it to be a true red.

Similarly, I expected it to taste really bright and juicy right off the bat like a Hop Head Red or Lucky 13. But it's not an imperial red, however it does open up to become pretty juicy in its own way, with notes of pineapple, guava, strawberry, citrus and pine. All this is muddled with a pleasant caramel sweetness. There are some dank, swampy notes too. Pretty impressive actually for a 6.8% ABV beer. A highly crushable and unique beer.

Smell leaves a little something to be desired. There are faint whiffs of honey, pineapple and lemongrass, but it's all muddled together.

Mouthfeel is nice -- a little sticky and chewy, which you usually only find in higher ABV brews. Semi-dry finish that let's the hops shine. I dig it.

Photo of PDrinks
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Delicious... Starts like an amber, finishes like a lighter IPA.

Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, poured into a pink, no canning date

A- pours a golden orange color with some amber hue, small creamy white head retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lace behind

S- big bready & malty aroma up front with hints of caramel, dough & yeast. Tropical fruity hop aromas with some spicy notes as well

T- hops are more prominent on the flavor with a big boost of tropical hop flavors of passionfruit, pineapple, mango & citrus. Big malty backbone gives doughy/bready caramel flavors and balances the hops quite nicely. Slightly sweet finish, with more tropical fruit on the linger

M- medium body with low-but creamy carbonation leads to a velvety mouthfeel and a smooth finish, highly drinkable

O- a very well balanced amber that packs loads of flavor, while remaining remarkable drinkable

Photo of BergBeer
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A: Red-honey colored with a thin vanilla head. This is probably one of the clearest beers i have ever reviewed. Who ever is the clarifying person at Modern Times needs a raise! Great lacing on this one also the head really sticks to the glass!

S: Dank! Fills the immediate area as soon as you pop the can! Pine, sweet malt, pineapple, tangerine, wheat bread, and more pine. Smells great!

T: Malt hits the tongue first followed by an explosion of piney hops! That all flows back to a solid amber back bone. Sweet biscuit, honey, pine, floral notes, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, white grape, pine again, and whole wheat with honey on it. Really tasty.

M: Thin and lager like on the attack until the hop bomb detonates and then it becomes thick and resiny. Goes down light to medium bodied range and sticky.

O: Awesome Brew! First time drinking Modern Times and i must say i am impressed! The only real gripe I have is it is a bit thin on the mouthfeel at first but it definitely makes up for it in its hop profile! Best compared to a more balanced-amber version of Sculpin. They share a pretty similar hope profile and i must admit i might like this more. If you are a fan of Sculpin you have to check this one out. Definitely impressed and made MT's nitch in the SD beer scene pretty solid!

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Would go for nonic but the first words on here say hoppy and dank, so let's go with that glass. No obvious dating that I can see.

Deep orange bodied amber brown color, real nice faint carbonation of white rising through the middle of the glass. Head is foamy vanilla yellow with a top of easily four to three fingers tall. Perfectly aggressive with a nice controlled but large head. Solid looking amber, if a bit pale towards orange.

Great hop angle, mild earth and dank qualities, hints of grass and weed on the bouquet. Very noticeable weed like aroma and mixed fresh potted soil. Great hop angle, looking for the malt, but it's pretty buried and definitely hop driven brew on the nose here.

Palate comes with a nice toned surprise. Fruit juiced quality and mix of earth and tropical notes. Soft bodied caramel and a little bit of sweetness round out on the finish. Finishes very tropical strangely, letting the notes of weed and earth hinted on the note completely disappear. Great very small muted but noticeable caramel sugar softness and flavor.

Overall first sips had me quite intrigued, but the more I drank it, the better it improved. The visual character of this reminds me of Lunch, but the flavor profile of course different. I am such a sucker for a good amber, and this one is it.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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My good buddy Syndicate hooked this one up a couple weeks back.. Finally got around to it tonight while enjoying some brews and getting some backlog work done... Thanks Darrell!!

Pours a pretty muddy looking amber... light tan head.. good retention and lacing.

Nose has plenty of sticky piney hops, but a resolute malt profile brings dry toast, caramel and IMO, a pretty big hit of diacetyl...

Flavor begins with a good bitter bite and then moves immediately into pithy grapefruit/big pine... malts take over and provide a lingering toasted bread playground for the hops that go on and on.. With warmth a little buttery note is magnified by the residual sweetness... but also a tropical fruity hoppiness emerges as well..

Nice body and pretty drinkable... I personally don't care for the abundant darker caramel malty/toasty profile in this high percentage, but it is still well done... Thanks once again Darrel!!

3/3.5/3.75/4/3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man.

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost red. One inch of head, and a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells really, really nice- lots of resinous, dank pine and earthy flavors, almost marijuana like, even. Some grapefruit and orange zest too.

The taste is great, but doesn't quite touch the amazing fresh aroma on this one. The hop bill on this one- Simcoe, Mosaic, and Nelson, is a dream trifecta of hops, and just explodes with flavor. Tons of West Coast style pine and grapefruit type flavors, with a good malt bill as well, some caramel and toast back the huge hop flavor.

Medium bodied, hefty as expected for a hoppy, almost 7% ABV amber ale. Crisp, dry mouthfeel, very drinkable, goes down way easy.

First beer from this brewery- this was quite excellent. Sort of like a Nugget Nectar lite.

Photo of Seanamonica
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm new to the craft brew scene and have been an IPA junky in my short career. I'm an aroma guy first so the first thing I look for is a solid nose. Blazing World NAILED it! Taste is clean yet flavorful. Something I will make sure and keep stocked in my fridge for my daily consumption.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On Tap at Modern Times, San Diego, CA.

This is why Raul drives his sexy ass down to San Diego: bomb-ass-beers. And up on a silver platter today is Blazing World by Modern Times.

Like Borat's wife (Iila Fisher?) Raul is digging this red. The crazy part is, this bad sucker is hoppy like a garden gnome - none of that malty stuff.

Can Burning World kick it? Yes he can!

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Modern times
Blazing world
American amber ale
6.8% ABV
85 IBU

APPEARANCE: Poured a hazy, ugly, penny copper orange with a lazy sticky two finger off white head. Stuck around for a nice while before finally settling into a small halo.

AROMA: If dank was a fruit, then this would be fresh squeezed dank! Great tropical fruit overload, pineapple, mango, and citrus. The simcoe hops really hit the nose before making way for the malty goodness that crashes over.

TASTE: The aroma makes you think you are drinking an ipa, but the first sip is malt forward and reminds you that this is still an amber ale. Flavor is intense and in your face. Great fruitiness and floral notes that are interviewed with a small amount of pine. Finishes out with a nice sweet biscuity, honey backbone.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and Medium carbonation. Slightly more sticky and chewy then I would expect from 6.8% ABV. Nice semi dry snappy finish that quenches me thirst but also leave me longing for a other sip at the same time.

OVERALL: I'll go right out and say this is my favorite amber to date. So well balanced, but the hoppiness that isn't usually found in an amber is nice and present. Makes it drink like an American amber ipa combo and I love it! Great job Modern Times, I now put this above the fortunate islands on my top Modern Times beer list!

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can from j47paco (sweet extra!). Canned 3/5/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours deep golden amber with three fingers of pale head. A thick, frothy layer remains throughout and deposits huge cakes of lace. Seriously some of the best retention and lace that I've ever seen.

Aroma is dank with notes of pine, citrus, floral and some vague peppery and rye-ish spice.

The taste is dank and fruity. Soft but present garlic, orange zest, berry seeds, cantaloupe, pine, bready malt, a little caramel, mild wheat and a tiny tickle of alcohol. Flavor profile is right where it needs to be for the style. A good flavorful dose of hops with enough malt sweetness to balance.

Slick, medium body with a full, round carbonation. Finishes clean with a pleasing blend of midly bitter, fruity hops and softly sweet, bready maly.

Overall this is a well made hoppy amber.

Photo of pknyc
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: There was a three finger off-white head with an aggressive pour. The head quickly recedes to a film which leaves some nice lacing. The brew is a nice medium amber color. Modern Times probably has one of the best label designs in the business.

S: A very nice blend of hops with lemon and grapefruit citrus, herbal tones in which the Nelson, Simcoe, and Mosaic work together very nicely. There is some biscuit coming through.

T: Less flavorful than the nose. It is herbal and dry. While the taste is similar to the nose, the citrus notes are much more muted on the taste. The taste is less interesting than the nose.

M: Medium to light medium with complimentary carbonation.

O: Nicely balanced and I could definitely enjoy a couple of these.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I haven't written a review in a while, but this beer alone made me change that.

I was practicing with my band and happened to see a beer tasting sign outside of a warehouse across the street from us. After practice I went in to check the place out. Modern Times! Never heard of it, but I'll give it a try. I wanted something I could take home. I didn't want a growler so I asked them about their cans. I was interested in an IPA, but unfortunately they didn't can or bottle Phalanx at the time. The bartender told me that this was very much like an IPA, very dank and hoppy. Why not? I grabbed a 4 pack and headed home.

I got home and cracked open a can and the smell just jumped right out at me. Wow! Sweet tropical fruits, piney, citrusy, dankness. Definitely picking up on the Nelson Sauvin in this one. It really smells like an IPA. It pours a redish-golden color with a white foamy head. The smell really took off once I poured it.

Now time for the taste. A nice punchy bitterness that isn't too overpowering. Huge tropical fruit, some pine, weed/dank (so that's why they call it "Blazing World"), some herbal qualities, and citrus. Again, Nelson Sauvin really shines here. A little caramel from the malts too. The balance between hops and malt is perfect in this beer. I could drink this all day.

Now comes the mouthfeel. Somewhat thick and a bit lower in carbonation than I would expect. Not syrupy or oily, but very full bodied. I wish it were a bit crisper and lighter. Oh well, fantastic beer nonetheless.

Overall, I'm very very impressed. Reminds me a lot of Nugget Nectar but way more tropical fruit and dankness. So good. Watch out world, here comes Modern Times.

Edited 1/17/15

Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper with no carbonation, not quite crystal clear and topped with 4 fingers of off white sea foam head.


S: Citrus, pine, menthol, medicinal, tropical fruit-specifically overripe pineapple, banana and jackfruit.


T: Wow. A huge punch of tropical and pine notes. I get pineapple and flowers like orchids and champas, jackfruit in there as well. A light sweetness balanced with a dull bitter note.


M: Very little carbonation, balance of sweet and dry resinous qualities.


O: Found this in Chiang Mai, drank in Kunming Feb 10th, 2015. A great brew. I’m sure it’s a little old and would have been even better fresh, still its holding out well.

Photo of chefbigjon
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

so smooth and dank.Could drink this every day if it were available in AZ.

Photo of Tom_the_bomb
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Excellent, though amber may be a little misleading ... I think more of a hopped IPA rather than amber, but to each their own.

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Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.