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Blazing World - Modern Times Beer

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

474 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 31
Gots: 46 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mactrail on 06-30-2013)
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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. cans poured into various glasswares.
Drank straight out of the can on two occasions.

Nelson Sauvign, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops.
Row 2, Munich, and Chocolate malts.

First, it must be said that this is very much like Nugget Nectar where the brewery claims this beer to be an amber ale, but my body (cue R.Kelly.. "My body... My BOD-EEEE is telling me Yeee Ehh ESS!) is telling me this is straight-up IPA.

To put it succinctly, the Nelson Sauvign, tropical fruit, nectary hops dominate, the Mosaic flavors and hop bitterness shines in the smooth (very smooth) finish, all while Simcoe dances all throughout. High drinkability.

Alpine Nelson is one of my favorite beers of all time because of it's hoppy fruity-ness and sweet, silky finish. High drinkability. Unfortunately it's distribution into the northern regions is all too rare. I finally found a worthy substitute. Thank you, Modern TImes.

Update on 17-Dec-13.
Poured from can.

This one's different than previous experience. Less hop presence and more of a buttery body that's kinda off-putting. I believe I just have an old can. Wish MT would date their cans in the near future.

Rollzroyce21, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev -2%

MinorThreat, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Damian74Shensky, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Popp24
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Popp24, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Nugganooch, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of portia99
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

portia99, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of BergBeer
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

BergBeer, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

M1A2, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

scott2269, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored with visible carbonation,half finger of bone head,spotty lacing.

Piney & malty aroma, candied orange peel.

Flavors are close to the nose,dank musty hops with a solid dose of malt makes for an even balance, some lingering sticky bitterness on the palate, relatively dry finish.

Mouthfeel is the light side of medium, solid carbonation, oily & sticky finish.

Mosaic and simcoe seem the most prominent to me, especially mid palate and in the finish. Not really discerning the Nelson hops here, but nevertheless a pleasant tasting and easy drinking Amber. Definitely worth a try.

Hendry, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

johnnnniee, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

marine1975, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

iL0VEbeer, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

nrs207, Nov 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

chippo33, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

bcerv-ca, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is very hop-forward. Not necessarily bitter hops, but strong-scented fruity hops with lovely malt aromas. The aromas is more hop forward than malty, and I love that from an Amber Ale. Taste is...WOW...amazing. I havent been this blown away from an Amber Ale since I had Nugget Nectar for the first time. It's hilarious that Fat Tire even sits in the same category as this beer. Tons of Nelson hops in the flavor. I pick up a bit of Simcoe, but I'm still not all that familiar with Mosaic hops. The malt profile is subdued compared to the hops, which I love. Drinkability is VERY high. Mouthfeel could be a bit more carbonated. Overall, I really look forward to what these guys bring in the future. This is one of the best American Amber Ales I have ever had...hands down.

DovaliHops, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of velcrowe
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I'm just really digging this from the can. The aroma is not nearly as good as from tap at the brewery, but the taste is a little better, imo. Out of the can, the dankness of the hops is a little muted in a much more drinkable way. It was pretty in your face on tap, so seems counter-intuitive to like the can better, but there's more synergy there (and the batches coulda been quite a bit different, too). So drinkable. One of my favorite new hoppy reds at this point. An everyday hoppy red.

velcrowe, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

EB1, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

TomTown, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

heresy22, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

danwho, Oct 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

heavenlyStash, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev -2%

Unchi, Oct 21, 2013
Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
91 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.