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Blazing World - Modern Times Beer

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507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 35
Gots: 54 | FT: 7
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 UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.4%

zestar, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BeerTrader57
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

BeerTrader57, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Dawkins
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Dawkins, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

DoubleJ, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Train54
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Train54, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of mikeburd1128
4/5  rDev -2.4%

mikeburd1128, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of KindbrewCali
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

KindbrewCali, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of straightlambic
4/5  rDev -2.4%

straightlambic, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

dar482, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

WeisGuy, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ste5venla, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Beerbuddy21, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Modernrickk
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Modernrickk, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of JLoPMac
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JLoPMac, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Davepoolesque, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of IWannaEatFood
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

IWannaEatFood, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Kmlund, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of UnknownKoger
4/5  rDev -2.4%

UnknownKoger, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of MisSigsFan
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 don't can the ones they offer. 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.

Later on I cracked open a can and the smell just jumped right out at me. Wow! Sweet, piney, citrusy. It really smells like an IPA. I poured it into a pint glass and found it to look like an IPA as well, but maybe slightly more "amber." It poured with a white foamy head. The smell really took off once I poured it.

Now time for the taste. A nice punchy hoppiness with some pine, citrus, and tropical fruit. Maybe a little caramel too. The balance between hops and malt is quite good in this brew. I could drink this all day.

Now comes the mouthfeel. Very thick and filling. 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. So good. I'll need to return another time to try Modern Times' other offerings. If they're as good as Blazing World this brewery will be going places.

MisSigsFan, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of RichD
4/5  rDev -2.4%

RichD, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

honey-amber colored, with some white foam on top.
smell is absolutely divine. sweet, yet hoppy; almost like a candy-coated hop bud.... but not so bitter. taste is wonderfully filling and full. sweet with a small bitterness to it; I cant say where they get the 85 IBUs from, because i'm not getting it.... white soapiness drools down the sides. the brew is not oily, nor sticky. it's not bitter, and not overly sweet. a slight bit of caramel, maybe, but this is an almost perfect concoction. and at 6.8%, this is quite an accomplishment! this is nectar!! perfect mix of hops and malts! this is one for the books!

pkalix, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of dave10mm
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

dave10mm, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of rawfish
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

rawfish, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Varkias41, Dec 19, 2013
Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
91 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.