Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Blazing World - Modern Times Beer

Not Rated.
Blazing WorldBlazing World

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

106 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 106
Hads: 848
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 74
Gots: 131 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 106 | Hads: 848
Photo of GarrettB
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

October 25th, 2013 - A hoppy amber! Count me in. Ambers often need a little pizazz, and an extra handful of hops might do the trick. The aroma is predominantly hoppy as I had hoped, with a heavy dank weed type scent, but at the same time sweet and redolent of pine trees and their needles. The palate is nice and rich, covering and coating the tongue as it goes, expressing a healthy flavor and poised balance. Deep, hoppy and engaging, the Hoppy Amber might be my favorite "non-dark" brew from this brewery to date. (516 characters)

Photo of ryanhooks81
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

sent as an extra in a trade. poured from can 8-22-15. rich amber. fluffy, off white head. good retention. light citrus nose. better as it warms up a little. pretty solid beer. (175 characters)

Photo of andrewned68
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Eureka Burger in Claremont CA. Clear copper amber color with 1 inch head. Smells like an ipa, looks like an amber. Lots of bubbles, good carbonation makes it look refreshing. Tastes dank and hoppy up front; huge hop flavor tingles the tongue then fades to a malty sweet finish. Leaves a thick lace on a clean pint glass. I like this beer. It's light enough at 6.8% and is still very refreshing due to the carbonation. Good summer beer for me, considering I usually like the stouts and porters more. Another good beer from this brewery. I'm already a fan of Modern Times because they can their beers. (624 characters)

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So.....this is an amber? The wallop of hops this thing packs makes me view at more as a red IPA. Malt is non existant, hops punch you right in the mouth. Body is heavier than expected. The hop trio is pretty balanced here, with none over bearing the others. If this is an amber...its the best one I've had. (306 characters)

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a red solo cup while camping. Orange/red look, real strong citrus and bold hop smell. Real sweet citrus and hop flavor. This beer is amazing loved every drop! (173 characters)

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. (158 characters)

Photo of MacPhergus
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A moderate twist on an Am IPA. Pours nice, good head that draws down smoothly, clear light-amber color. Not a lot of aroma but a rigorous swirl pulls out a dank mix of the usuals (trop and citrus fruit, pine). Taste is smooooooth, with more malt sweetness that an IPA but not too much; really nice balance with the hop trio. Malt body is prevalent, I'm coated with a dank sweetness. (383 characters)

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. (859 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hoppy amber? Let's give it a try.
This pours a vibrant caramel color with nice foaming.
The aroma is sticky, dank. Some pine notes, lots of green resin. Yup, it's hoppy. Drying, bitter, amber in color but not cloyingly sweet. I might just have another.

Hoppy and fresh on tap. The kick dulled out from the can, even when recently packaged. Felt like I was drinking two different beers. (388 characters)

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 (1,701 characters)

Photo of BeerCannuck
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber ale name is a bit deceptive although there is a bit of that malty sweetness with the danky hops. I have skiiped this at the store for a while because of the Amber classification but it is darn tasty and certainly expresses that hoppy west coast style. Great beer. (271 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very pleasing fruit basket aroma with hints of spiciness. Really, really nice.
Nice dense white head over darker body of amber of orange and brown. Nice lacing
There is a heftier malt presence which I suppose is why this is listed as a amber ale instead of IPA, because the rest really seems like an IPA. And the malt isn't that big, just bigger than most. A very nice and smooth bittering. Such a nice touch of sweetness with a bit of spiciness, which I assume is in the hopping. A bit of rawness left at the end at times and hop excess hints around, but overall this just work.
Standard feel and carbonation.
This is exceptional in aroma and better than most in taste. Glad I was able to get some. Now, let's see if I can homebrew something close. (760 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of bigsteve45
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Copper colored with slight amber hue
Smell: Very complex nose. Sweet and bready malt with fruity aromas and candied sugar
Taste: Offering reminds me somewhat of 90min IPA. high IBU yet not alot of bitterness because of sweet backbone. After drinking its hard to decide whether this is an IPA or an amber ale as described.
Feel: Lower carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel and a head that is as creamy as they come.
Overall: This was an amazingly complex beer. Modern Times is a brewery to keep an eye out for. A beer that I feel will be loved by all craft beer fans (563 characters)

Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An absolute staple in my beer fridge. I'm not really sure why this beer is considered an amber ale. Yeah, it's amber in color, but it has all of the characteristics of an IPA. Love the dankness with the combination of Nelson, Simcoe, and Mosaic. (245 characters)

Photo of SanFranJake
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Stezz420
4.96/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Extra received in a trade. Was very happy to be able to try this.

Pours a copper amber color. Decent head on this one.

Mango and pineapple. Fruit punch.

Same as smell, more on the pineapple side though.

Beer seemed a little light and lost carbonation very quick in the can.

Overall this beer was still absolutely amazing and I would love to drink some more some time very soon if possible. (394 characters)

Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So I received this beer via the NBS BIF thread, courtesy of @aoampm. What is so amazing about this beer is the smell. I'd say caramel and vanilla, pine with maybe a touch of honey. Very prominent smell and it is wonderful. One of the best smelling beers I have had in a long time. The beer was fresh (1/13/15) and exceptional. It is called an amber but it seems to be more of an IPA quality to me only because the hops are so abundant. However, there is plenty of vanilla and toffee sweetness in the taste. At just under 7% abv, it is not quite an imperial, I suppose. I love Nugget Nectar, a benchmark imperial Amber, but give me this over Nugget anytime Send more :) (679 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of sgameroz
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't care what they call it, it's an IPA. It's amazingly hoppy for an "amber". A great, readily available beer you can always rely on. My new go-to for any day of the week. (175 characters)

Photo of Raisingfable
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look-Color is a clearish tan, highly reminiscent of iced tea, pours a finger of white head that settles into a nice layer of foam that lasts awhile.
Smell-malty caramel at first, followed by a hoppy, piney whallop and booze in the finish.
Taste-Like the smell, malty notes of biscuit and faint caramel upfront, then comes earthy and piney hop notes. great contrast there. a touch of booze in the end but far from overpowering.
Feel-Medium bodied, carbonation is subtle, very juicy in the finish.
Overall- very nice beer, unique and well balanced. it isn't something i would run to buy again but its tasty and satisfying, definitely worth giving a shot. (653 characters)

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. (1,260 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
91 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.