Blazing World - Modern Times Beer

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92
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802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 69
Gots: 117 | FT: 10
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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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Ratings: 802 | Reviews: 109
Photo of starshockey9
1.35/5  rDev -67.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Been looking forward to finally trying some modern times after hearing good things about them. This one has really turned me off though. Pours way too light. Smell is old hops and to be honest, a litte bit like fart. Taste is pretty much like aroma with stale cardboard. Hopefully I just had a bad can cause this is horrid.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is dark copper, clear, white head, large bubbles and lacing. Nose is riddled with sweet malts, toasted grains, candied hops, faint citrus. Flavor is thin, very malty, lots of toasted caramel, bitter grassy hops, faint citrus. Medium body, lighter carb,

Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can purchased from Whole Foods Hillcrest for $9.99 a four pack. Amber color, good appearance, good head. Aroma was malts, touch of fruity hops and then something I wasn't sure of until I tasted it. Flavor was buttery like diacetyl, malts, notch hoppiness because I was so distracted by the butter. I'dije to try this again but I'm super sensitive to diacetyl and I hate it.

Photo of travolta
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Great sticky lacing. He'd retention is ok. Head is rocky and chunky. A misty reddish copper.

Nose: Pine, metallic and slight carmel.

Taste: Crisp carbonation throughout. Corn, resin, metallic.

Notes: I was not overly impressed. My wife just said "It tastes like it's trying to be two different beers at once. I wish I were just drinking one of them."

Photo of SierraFlight
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beachwood Seal Beach and served in a half pint as a warm-up for the bottle share. Slightly hazy orange to amber in color with a finger of khaki head that settles to a cap and leaves some patches of lace. Aroma is dank hops, grapefruit, pine, more tropical fruit, and a bit of an herbal note. The malt aroma features caramel and toasred bread. Taste is thoroughly dank and moderately bitter with the tropical fruit and caramel sweetness offering some balance early. Medium body, viscous texture, lower carbonation, and a long bitter finish.

Photo of blockdude
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't particularly smooth for an amber ale. The hops used don't seem to blend very well and I thought it was overly sweet.

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brewer calls this a "hoppy Amber" featuring Mosaic hops. On tap at California Kebab in Pacific Beach.

Attractive dark amber color in the imperial nonic. Long-lasting foam with a pleasant spritzy mouthfeel. Really fragrant floral hop aroma. Overall it's rich and bitter. Assertive hop flavors from the first sip. Reminds me of Deviant Dale. Some malty sweetness. Not quite a DIPA, it's more slimmed down, but it has the bones.

Dry aftertaste with that big nose of hops. More resiny as you sip. Quite a mouthful of flavor, if you like this much bitterness.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can with a Pizza Port brewbies taster glass
*Notes taken from 11/17/13 – Thanks to my bro for sharing

A: Soft crimsoned caramel hue with very fine clarity. Not particularly red here but definitely qualifies as an amber. Fine layer of off white creamy head with fair retention efforts that leave behind some sticky spotting and light strings of lace upon the glass.

S: Smells of toasted malts and bread with some spiced tropical fruits. Lightly floral with some notes of grapefruit and melon coming through. I get just a touch of toffee sweetness to the overall aroma as well. Nice and subtlely inticing. Not particularly pungent or dank.

T: Caramel malt biscuit and toasted bread with some spicy melon, grapefruit , and perfumey florals. There are some lesser notes of a more herbal quality with some resinous pine mixed in. Soft toffee like sweetness but very dry on the palate. Smooth moderate level of bitterness to the beer with no alcohol presence in the flavor. Nice and well balanced but nothing completely ground breaking. Definitely not the dank juice the label claims to be.

M: Moderate body and a touch thin with a surprising amount of drying that really lightens the mouth feel. Creamy on the front with a light crisp and decent amount of resinous linger.

D: This is a nicely balanced and very sessionable Amber. There is a good mix of malt and hop flavor with a smoothened overall bitterness. The hop flavors I found to be fairly on the subtle side making this nothing particularly stand out for me. Well crafted but just a bit lack luster. Didn’t live up to the dank hype.

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 brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light amber color (for an amber!) with a magnificently formed head that coats the glass and leaves streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: The label says it is dank and it is dank, with caramel and citrus pith tones

Taste: Caramel, with buttery diacetyl building underneath; the dank and pithy hops take over, in the middle, bringing an unusual combination of starfruit and melon to the mix; the buttery elements of the malt are a bit strong, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was excited to try the beers from this brewery and this one has sat in my fridge for a couple of months too long, perhaps, taking the hops in a different direction than the brewer intended, I will have to try a fresher example the next time I see this one

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

Photo of rand
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at O'Brien's, poured into a pint glass.

Interesting brew, it's nice to have a little hoppy kick to a style of beer that is often too sweet or bland. Here's how it breaks down.

A: Amber in color, appropriately so. Little carbonation or head, with just touches of lacing around the glass.

S: The bouquet is wet floral hops joined by a distinct note of toffee sweetness. Fresh cracker-y pastries work as a backdrop.

T: Caramelly sweet at the front of the palate, quickly pushed back by vinous, zesty hops. Earthy tea is noted mid-sip, along with roasty tones and pepper. Finishes fairly short and bitter-sweet.

M: Medium-bodied, oily slick. More carbonation than it appeared.

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 BreweryRun
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

A solid red IPA (That's really what the style is) but one that didn't quite meet the hype for me. Very hoppy with a focus on pine. I certainly smelled an tasted a little bit of that sticky dank hop character promised on the can but I would have liked more. To me the piney bitterness really took over. Overall a solid beer with a lot of flavor but not as good as I had hoped.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear dark golden color with a smallish off white head that persists for a little bit. Lots of citrus and pine in the aroma, grapefruit and resinous dankness backed up by a hint of bready caramel. The flavor is lots of juicy hops with some mineral and earthy edges. Citrus and pine flavor are a bit lighter than the aroma suggested. Light bready malt sweetness with a moderate stinging bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Light alcohol sensation, medium body with moderate carbonation. some rough edges here, but I certainly had no trouble finishing 16oz of this.

Photo of rawfish
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into the glass dark amber, good clarity with a very small white head. Retention is decent with lacing that is barely hanging in there.

Quite interesting the bready malts lack distinct sweetness or a husky raw quality but are forever in combat with a strange vinous fruit aroma that I can't tell if it's the malt, yeast or Nelson hops. Hops are piney with some sticky resin, notes of tropical fruit and red berries.

Solid, tight bready malt, refined with no grainy flavors, sweetness is held in check. Vinous fruit in the forefront before the Simcoe and mysterious Mosaic hops introduce a blast of pine, resin, berries, bubblegum and herbal notes of mint and bitter dandelion greens. Bitterness is manageable and balanced with a pleasant dryness.

Medium heft with with adequate carbonation. A balanced malt profile leads into some drying and a bit of sticky malt. Alcohol is also pinned down enough.

The Blazing World has a touch of bizzaro world, not a straight forward hoppy amber at all, the mosaic hops lead you on a taste trip to all corners of the the IPA range except to the tropical paradise. The vinous, ESB notes were a bit bothersome but easy to ignore. Balanced and clean, the complexity of this beer made me down it a bit faster than I normally would.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a dull ugly copper with a 2 finger off-white head that has some staying power. Decent legs on the lacing. Not 100% sure what to call it, but I wouldn't say amber.

S- Really picking up on the Nelson and Mosaic (which I like). Dank, onion-y, bright zesty fruits. touch of caramel.

T- Follows nose well. Clean tropical fruits that lead the way to a sweet malt backbone. Bitter without getting too crazy

M- Outstanding. Mid body, dry finish, and very drinkable. Chewy, yet clean finish.

O- Wasn't all that impressed when it hit the glass, but different story in it hit my lips. Just a really well done IPA that embraces the Nelson and Mosaic throughout. One of the better hoppy "ambers" I have had.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas but the hops come through much better in the taste in my opinion.

Photo of dave10mm
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apperance- the color is a nice deeep amber red with a fluffy solid head

Smell- this was where it was at.. the hops! dank for sure! piney citrus floral goodness!!!

Taste- lots of piney resinous grapefruit bitterness. very well done and balance, finished crisp clean wishing the citrus went all the way through but def a good balance!

Mouthfeel- this is th only thing that didnt make me say"ohhokay i see you modern times" the mouth feel was thin for me.. maybe thats why i didnt get a whole lot on the back end

Overall- this is a solid brew through and through. the light body makes it sessionable and the aroma kicks you in the face! the abv is just right and hidden well for this type of beer. Modern times does it again.

Photo of portia99
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a super clear medium amber color with a thick finger of fluffy pale tan head with excellent staying power. Nice webs of lacing left on the glass.

S - Resiny pine, thick grapefruit and fruity tropical notes of mango. Mild caramel maltiness, lightly buttery and bready at the base.

T - Buttery, toffee-ish and biscuit malt base...overall earthiness to the malt. Hops are medium level bitterness - not as potent as I expected given the aroma and the claimed 85 IBU on the can. Pine hop flavors and some grapefruit, although overall they are quite muted in the flavor.

M - Medium in body with a lively medium level carbonation. Earthy malt and bitter hops yield a well balanced beer. Hops are resiny and sticky and mostly driven with pine flavors...some grapefruit citrus joins the party too.

O - I expected a lot more intense hop experience here, given the claims on the can. I get mostly piney notes and a sticky resiny feel. Malt is more in the forefront and rather earthy overall. Well balanced beer...wish the hops stood out as much as the can claims they should.

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An interesting brew. More amber in color than taste, so it was hoppy but with a lighter malt profile than expected, in a good way.

Photo of N_Schleret
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly, good lacing.
S: Mostly pine but a light citrus smell.
T: Same as the smell, pine and citrus that is not overpowering.
M: Medium light body, moderate carbonation, and very dry.
O: Very easy to drink beer.

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

A - Very nice dark amber. Crystal clear with a very nice, off white head.

S - Very strong on the hops. Lots of pine in there. This makes me happy.

T - Lots of piney hops up front covering up some very sweet malts.

O - Very drinkable amber, that starts off as an IPA and drifts more towards the amber side of life.

Photo of hopsputin
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: dark caramel with some rich amber hues. 3 finger frothy, marshmellow head

s: right away i notice its much hoppier i'm used to from an amber. its tropical - pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. has a pretty nice malt backbone - sweet and toffee. this smells juicy; makes your mouth water.

t: this is interesting. much more malt forward than the nose indicates. caramel and rich toffee. backend has the bitterness: tealeaf and piner resin. its not an overpowering bitterness. the malt fades into the bitterness making for a nice sweet refreshing beer

m: medium, with some syrup qualities. carbonation is there, but not extremely noticeable

o: pretty good. its a little hoppier than i'm used to from am amber, but: 1)its from San Diego what did i expect 2) it does say hoppy amber on the can. this is a really good beer to drink while watching a game and not wanting to focus on the beer. in the can is great, its portable. i'd say its a nice session beer, but its at 6.8% so be careful. still, a little hoppier than i would have liked

Photo of UAhobbes
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a can to see how "hoppy" and "dank" it really was...

Poured a nice golden color with a little sticky head. The head quickly receded back into the beer.

Blazing World has a good smell to it. Not too overpowering but definitely gives its presence.

Taste and mouthfeel are solid. You taste hops mixed with a slight malt finish. I'm not a big malty guy yet it's not overpowering. Herbal hop flavors finish it off, leaving a nice little lingering taste of caramel and citrus.

Simply put, I dig it. I'll definitely grab this out of the fridge mid week to not overpower my palate with heavier IPA and IIPA's I usually look to drink.

If you're looking for a solid beer to grill to, sit around the pool, or watch a ball game, this will satisfy without putting you on your caboose.

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Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.