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Blazing World - Modern Times Beer

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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 899
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 26.1%
Wants: 73
Gots: 153 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with BeerBaron666. 16 ounce can into tulip glass; no canning date, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly hazy deep orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big mango, passion fruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of dank citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big mango, passion fruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange rind, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, floral, grass, caramel, biscuit, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/tropical hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome hoppy amber ale. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a few people stress over how many more breweries the USA can support, Modern Times is yet another new brewery in San Diego. I was given a taste of Blazing World a month back, which inspired me to purchase a four-pack of pint cans if and when I saw it in Orange County. With it in stock at Total Wine, the purchase occurred with little hesitation. Here comes a pint. On to the beer:

A ½ inch of head covers the beer of dark amber and autumn hues. Creamy lacing sticks around the glass as the beer drops. The aroma is clean, pleasantly hoppy with cantaloupe, pine, honeydew and a kiss of munich malt. This could be confused for an IPA if you don't pay attention to the detail of the malt.

The taste is hops with a good malt base. Pine and cantaloupe are quickly identified. There's toffee crisp, a kiss of tangerine, all while the beer shows little bitterness and has a cleanliness to it. Just the squeeze of the hops. Beer is medium bodied and smooth, which helps make this beer a joy to drink. Certainly different from Calico Amber Ale and Hophead Red,which are already two well-made ambers produced in San Diego.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Pours a dark bronze with a hint of amber. Soapy head leaves sheets of lace behind on the pint. Gotta love a beer that comes in a 16.9 pounder can and the quality is this high.

SMELL: Very nice aroma, and dank is a perfect word. Pungent West Coast American hops in your face. Resin, hemp seed, guava, mandarin.

TASTE: The taste is nice and bitter upfront with the perfect combination of herb, pine and tropical fruit, Mango, papaya, passionfruit, and clementine orange all come to mind in the flavor. Sugary malt character lays a perfect foundation to carry the hop notes along. Great balance, fresh tasting, and just a touch darker than a typical IPA. This is very freaking tasty.

FEEL: Full bodied, yet smooth and soft on the palate. Good amount of carbonation, this beer drinks effortlessly. Very clean finish leaving the drinker yearning for another sip of this hoppy sweet amber ale.

OVERALL: A great example of West Coast hop flavors, Modern Times Beer has created a very successful recipe here. Gaining some momentum from hop heads and beer collectors, this is a perfect canned hoppy amber ale. Delightful.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%


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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!!


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Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a two finger pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Floral, slightly spicy aroma with grassy hops, pale malt, subtle caramel and tropical fruit sweetness. Fresh cut grass and resinous oils along with grapefruit and orange peel countered by bread, biscuit, caramel and toffee. Nice balance of fruit, malt and delicate grassy hops.

Medium body with a crisp, spicy hop bite up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Grassy and slightly herbal with pine needle and dank earthy hop oils countered by ruby red grapefruit, mango and orange peel. Caramel malt backbone with toffee, caramel, bread and dark fruit. This is a pretty nice beer that's well balanced and surprisingly sessionable at 6.8%.

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Photo of rudzud
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper hue with a nice fat one finger head that fades to leave a nice creamy blanket. Solid

S - Aromas of caramel, pine resin, sweeter malts, rather balanced albeit light. Slight earthiness too

T - Taste is light caramel, some pine, faint citrus, light peppery hops with slight spice. Malts are slightly heavier with this, perhaps not super super fresh. Still, a solid amber.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, clean, crisp, slightly thin though and the alcohol is lightly noticeable.

O - Overall, a solid amber ale. Nice appearance and aroma though wish it was a bit hoppier. Still, not all that bad.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can. Great looking cans, as I think most would agree. The beer pours a clearer copper/amber color. I love the hops used in this brew but the nose leaves something to be desired. Not very intricate. A heavy dose of sweet citrus and bitter greens. Full malt scent on the nose which leads me to believe this may be a sweet/bitter mess. Upon trying Blazing World, I was thankful that this one wasn't a mess like I began to believe. Its a big, grapefruity, bitter brew with an earthy, herby hop element. The malt is sweet and relatively thick. Caramel and breads. Finishes bitter and sticky with resin. I can pick up the booze. I was not overly enamored with this beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dank you (ha!), Abraham.

Pouring a mildly hazy amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is bright, fresh and dank, with a blend of dank weed and citrus pith. While inspired by Nugget Nectar, with the bready, toffee-like note with a hint of caramel present, it does add a unique twist with an oatmeal character that's surprisingly noticeable.

Opening with a big, bright and dank pine resin hop blast with moderate grapefruit, candied orange and some weed, this is excellent. An oatmeal-like creaminess is present on the mid-palate, working well with the hops. Also present is a mild sweetness with notes of toffee and brown sugar. Drying on the finish, moderately bitter and plenty pine-y, this beer is medium-light in body, moderately carbonated and thoroughly enjoyable. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.58/5  rDev -37.1%
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,

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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy bright amber ruby color.

The aroma has a wonderful dankness and resin. Some bright ruby grapefruit and red orange. A candy sweetness.

The flavor follows with some dank pine in the front. And then onto a bready body along with a tinge of a bright sweetness that plays with the fruity flavors in there. Some grapefruit and almost a cherry fruit flavor. A decent bitterness and with tons drying on the finish. Some sticky pine, herbal, and resin on the finish.

The aroma has a wonderful combination of Mosaic and Simcoe, whereas the flavor has mostly Simcoe.

The packaging looks awesome. It’s a beautiful can with lots of information like the IBUs, malts, hops, etc.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says Canned On 05/06/15.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Solid hop aroma with a sturdy malt backbone. There's a woody, spicy aspect from the simcoe.

T- The hops play off the malt wonderfully with more of that woody characteristic coming from the simcoe. There's actually a light chocolate note I'm getting from the malt which is quite nice. Also some caramel and I could swear there's some rye malt in this.

M- Prickly feel with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A complex and nuanced hoppy amber that sits right up there with the best of 'em. Gives Nugget Nectar a run for its money.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

tall boy can poured into HF stem.

Appearance: Deep amber with an orangish brown hue. The pours 3 full fingers of dirty off white colored head from a gentile pour. lots of thick sticky lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: Dank, catty, and chalky hops. Lots of caramel malts and bready malts.

Taste: Dank, catty, and chalky hops just like the nose promised. Sweet caramel and bready malts just like the nose promised. Pine and grapefruit zest. This beer is moderately bitter and loaded with hop flavor. Also getting herbal, earthy, and grassy notes. Also getting a toasty malt presence after all that bitterness clear and the malts add some sweetness to the hoppy bitterness of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable. Creamy mouthfeel; its like you can feel the hop oils in the mouthfeel of this beer, to the point that it even dries out the beer in the finish. The little bit of dry quality that the beer displays actually make this finish clean because of the driness that I previously mentioned.

Overall: My first modern times beer. This is quite solid. Bonus points for great craft beer in cans!!!! Huge dank hop presence in this amber ale with a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.96/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to grze for hooking up the tulip and an array of cans...enjoyed from said modern times tulip.

a - brew pours a deep transparent amber with nice highlights and a frothy head that leaves chunky streaks of lace.

s - nose is of an amber beer hopped through the roof with tropical citrus. Crisp. Right for this time of year.

t/m/o - taste is of amber slapped with a variety of dank citric and tropical flavored hop. You can definitely get the amber underneath the hop and it's clean soft caramel toffee. Fairly heavy, but a mean amber. Happy to have a few of these...ideal for this cooling weather.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, dated 1/14/2015. Served in a snifter 2/5/2015.

A- Dark muddy amber body, two finger white head with great retention, great lacing, nice longevity.

S- Wow, I can definitely get some spicy passion fruit here mixed in with grapefruit and pine. This is a LOT hoppier than I expected. Incredible, I have to think there is Nelson in here, it has that characteristic passion fruit aroma. Tons of hops abound on top of a mild toffee malt aroma. Make no doubt about it, this is juicy and aromatic.

F- Nice dry toffee malt backbone, but the hops shine here. Passion fruit, grapefruit, citrus, pine. Very fruity, lots of different flavours and very juicy with a nice hefty passion fruit bitterness on the backend.

M- Medium bodied, bursting with flavour and the perfect amount of carbonation. This is a sticky, resinous beer that leaves a dry, bitter passion fruit finish lingering on the tongue. Wow!

O- I love this beer. Much better than I expected it to be, and I certainly think it's an amazing year-round for what it is, especially given the current rAvg of 4.1. I think it's higher than that- it's an Amber/Red but I definitely enjoy this a lot more than the likes of Nugget Nectar which is considered one of the best hoppy Amber/Red ales out there.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SomethingClever for this can.

In review was canned on 7/9/15.

A - Pours a medium to dark amber color (go figure, huh?), minimal head and light lacing.

S - Nice citrus aroma, berry, a little earthy, passion fruit, toasted malt base.

T - Lightly toasted malt base that's offset by juicy citrus, passion fruit, with a pleasant balanced lingering of citrus and toasted bready malt.

M - Full medium body, small amounts of carbonation pricklies on the tongue, finishes somewhat wet on the front of the palate with a dry finish on the back end.

O - Just when I thought Nugget Nectar was the only savior to Amber Ales ... enter Blazing World. This can is over two months old and it tastes great IMO, would really like to try a super fresh one and will revise my review.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from trade. Big thanks for my first Modern Times brew. Pours a dark orange, slightly hazy. White one finger head on top that lingers for a good while. Big time pine and resin on the aroma, grapefruit, sweet malts. Awesome hop presence here. Flavor is lots of bitter pine with a sweet finish and lingering citrus and pine on the palate. Nice and dank with excellent integration of both the bitter hops and sweet caramel malts. Resinous medium mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish and medium high carbonation. A very nice brew.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to aViewFromTheHOP for this one! 16 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a amber (duh) color. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. It's rather rough-looking, and retention isn't the best. However, some nice lacing sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: When I saw on the can that this had Mosaic, my heart sank a bit. Then I smelled it, and quickly got over it. This really has a nice aroma of fresh orange and grapefruit, with touches of berry - no sweet onion to be found anywhere. An additional pine-laden dankness adds another interesting dimension. The maltiness creates an excellent canvas for the hop profile, too. I wish most amber ales smelled this good... (4)

Taste: I get the Mosaic on the taste buds. What I don't get, happily, is a bunch of sweet onion. Instead, the beer opens up with some nice grapefruit flavors (even light grapefruit juice), before trailing off into notes of pine, herbs, white grape, and caramel. I even get chocolaty touches. This is fairly complex for a hoppy amber, while the balance between the hops and malts are bang-on. (4)

Mouthfeel: This has the right amount of dryness, and the right amount of malt sweetness to give it body. Carbonation creates a nice prickle, as well. Drinkability is excellent - I wish I had another can... (4)

Overall: I had hopes this would be close to Nugget Nectar in terms of quality. I wasn't let down - if anything, it reminds me a lot of NN, albeit with more new-school hops. Props to Modern Times for making a Mosaic-hopped brew I can easily get down with. And double props for making a great amber ale (a style I'm not always fond of)! (4)

3.97/5: Another reason to be jealous of the California beer scene

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Photo of Raziel313
1.15/5  rDev -72%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Can't believe the reviews on this. Such a terrible taste. Had this on tap at modern times with six friends who all said it was the worst of the entire flight.

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Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
91 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.