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Blazing World - Modern Times Beer

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 932
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 25.61%
Wants: 79
Gots: 159 | FT: 9
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Modern Times Beer
California, United States | website

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 Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, poured into a pink, no canning date

A- pours a golden orange color with some amber hue, small creamy white head retains long after the pour, leaving some sticky lace behind

S- big bready & malty aroma up front with hints of caramel, dough & yeast. Tropical fruity hop aromas with some spicy notes as well

T- hops are more prominent on the flavor with a big boost of tropical hop flavors of passionfruit, pineapple, mango & citrus. Big malty backbone gives doughy/bready caramel flavors and balances the hops quite nicely. Slightly sweet finish, with more tropical fruit on the linger

M- medium body with low-but creamy carbonation leads to a velvety mouthfeel and a smooth finish, highly drinkable

O- a very well balanced amber that packs loads of flavor, while remaining remarkable drinkable

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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 MacQ32
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very hazy copper color with a hint of amber. Super fine/dense tan head. A think but complete layer remains across the surface after 5 minutes. Fantastic lacing bleeds down into a thick outer ring. 4.75

S - Lots of grapefruit rind, a hint of pine but mostly resinous/rindy grapefruit 4.25

T - Bitterness and pine slowly transitions to citrusy grapefruit notes, finish is mostly dry is where this one is at the height of its bitterness. Quite resinous but a sweet grapefruit and caramel backbone balance this sucker off wonderfully. Aftertaste doesnt linger too long and is quite palatable 4.5

M - Pretty ideal, mediumish bodied, solid carbonation, ideal. 4.75

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received a four pack of this beer in trade with BA Black_Rider. Enjoyed out of a 16 oz can with no packaging or enjoy by date that I can seem to find. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, because even though this one isn't an IPA, I can tell just by popping the top that it is extremely hop forward.

Appearance (4.25) - Pretty standard American Amber appearance initially, with a tawny rust-colored reddish clay hue, some haziness that seems mostly to be from the chill, rather than any large contingent of particulate. Atop the body sits a massive three fingers of off-white foam, tight knit bubbles except for a few slightly larger outliers. The consistency is dense and creamy looking. Retention is excellent, and there are mottled swaths of lace left on the side of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell (4.5) - Wow. The cacophony of aromas in this glass is impressive, with a huge presence of citrus in the vein of orange zest and light grapefruit pith blending seamlessly alongside more herbal notes of pine and resin. Beneath it all is the malt base, with notes of wheat cracker and toasted whole grain peeking through the hop salad. The malt is just enough to prevent this one from becoming nothing but hop aromas, but also manages to stay out of the way, although that sounds a tad contradictory, I suppose. I'd hesitate to call this balanced, as the hops clearly are leading the parade, but the grains are certainly a featured player.

Taste ( 4.25) - While not as mind-blowing as the aroma, this is still a wonderful tasting beer. As with the aroma, the hops really steal the show here, with lots of citrus and herbal characteristics, including (but not limited to), grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and perhaps some sweet pineapple that I didn't pick up from the aroma. And again, the malt resolves to be included in this part as well. The Munich malt provides a nice underlying bready sweetness that interacts quite well with the more pungent and, for lack of a better word, dank hop profile.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Bright and lively on the palate, with medium body and a moderate-to-high level of carbonation. Oddly, sometimes ambers seem to be a bit heavy--not in the same way your traditional imperial stouts and big barleywines are--but lethargic on my palate, and this one defies that completely, with a juicy, bright feel.

Overall (4.25), this is easily my favorite "hoppy amber", out of the several I've had and it's certainly Modern Times' best beer. Some may quibble over the idea that it's an amber at all, since the hop profile is extremely aggressive, but I think there is just enough grain and bready sweetness to keep this one grounded in the style as much as any hoppy amber can be considered to be an amber ale. I really wish I could pick this one up on the regular in my neck of the woods.

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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 BreweryRun
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

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Photo of apdavids
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lacing. sweet on the nose and the palate. very creamy mouthfeel. i was expecting your typical amber/red ale but this was a pleasant surprise. not too sweet at all, but still a hint of sweetness. very subtle. good hoppy dank flavor.

excellent beer. highly recommend.

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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 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 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 alpinebryant
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a solid copper body with lacing and good clarity through a pint glass.

S: Aroma of heavy caramel, pine, resin and malt backbone. Aromas on Amber beers never thrill me. This is probably the weakest aspect of this beer.

T: First up is the tangy pine flavor, filled with caramelized sugars that are slightly barleywine-esque in aftertaste. I am reminded very closely of Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada , however more muted and palatable. Just a hint of tannic flavors at the end, but with a hop bite like this it is not surprising or particularly avoidable.

M: Mouthfeel is both light and medium bodied at the same time. The resin is thick, but the body of the beer itself seems light, not too many proteins mucking up the mouthfeel. There is a very Mild carbonation for a great mouthfeel.

O: Overall, a great beer, first I have had from Blazing World, recommended and hope to try others from them sometime.

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Photo of zhivago373
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a can into tulip glass. no date on can.

pours a deep copper color, amber, maybe a deep orange to it. soapy white head that thins but clings to the edge of the glass , leaving lacing.

smells of malty sweetness, maybe caramel, followed by dank piney hops. the hops are really well balanced in the aroma, it's not an IPA smell but it certainly brings an earthiness to the aroma. the malts aren't roasted; more sweet and bready, maybe even nutty?

at the front of the tongue, a nice hop bite that pangs of pine. moves back on the tongue with a caramel malt character, slightly chocolately even, and then finishes semi-dry, almost no astringency. mouthfeel is moderatel;y carbonated and full.

overall, this is quite balanced and great. it's dank and hoppy, but the malts are more substantial than in IPAs and balance out really well with the sweet flavors. i cant believe how smooth the finish is either, again, with a rather substantial hop profile, this beer is easy to drink. quite enjoyable!

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can from j47paco (sweet extra!). Canned 3/5/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours deep golden amber with three fingers of pale head. A thick, frothy layer remains throughout and deposits huge cakes of lace. Seriously some of the best retention and lace that I've ever seen.

Aroma is dank with notes of pine, citrus, floral and some vague peppery and rye-ish spice.

The taste is dank and fruity. Soft but present garlic, orange zest, berry seeds, cantaloupe, pine, bready malt, a little caramel, mild wheat and a tiny tickle of alcohol. Flavor profile is right where it needs to be for the style. A good flavorful dose of hops with enough malt sweetness to balance.

Slick, medium body with a full, round carbonation. Finishes clean with a pleasing blend of midly bitter, fruity hops and softly sweet, bready maly.

Overall this is a well made hoppy amber.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish amber, good amount of head retention and sticky lacing left behind. While the nose does feature significant dank hops as the can boasts, caramel from the malts comes through very strongly. Earthy and herbal hops present but without too much implied bitterness. The taste delivers exactly as the nose leads on. Plenty of piney hops and caramel malts with a very smooth bitterness. The lack of bite from the hops makes this endlessly drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated. OVerall, this beer is absolutely crushable.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Modern times
Blazing world
American amber ale
6.8% ABV
85 IBU

APPEARANCE: Poured a hazy, ugly, penny copper orange with a lazy sticky two finger off white head. Stuck around for a nice while before finally settling into a small halo.

AROMA: If dank was a fruit, then this would be fresh squeezed dank! Great tropical fruit overload, pineapple, mango, and citrus. The simcoe hops really hit the nose before making way for the malty goodness that crashes over.

TASTE: The aroma makes you think you are drinking an ipa, but the first sip is malt forward and reminds you that this is still an amber ale. Flavor is intense and in your face. Great fruitiness and floral notes that are interviewed with a small amount of pine. Finishes out with a nice sweet biscuity, honey backbone.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and Medium carbonation. Slightly more sticky and chewy then I would expect from 6.8% ABV. Nice semi dry snappy finish that quenches me thirst but also leave me longing for a other sip at the same time.

OVERALL: I'll go right out and say this is my favorite amber to date. So well balanced, but the hoppiness that isn't usually found in an amber is nice and present. Makes it drink like an American amber ipa combo and I love it! Great job Modern Times, I now put this above the fortunate islands on my top Modern Times beer list!

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks like no other beer I've ever had, it looks 'earthy.' Honestly, if I hadn't known the beer style prior to pouring this pint I would have guessed it to be a brown ale.

Very fruity, notes of guava, fig, and dank nug.

Tastes of dark tropical fruit, orange peel, guava, and possibly passion-fruit. I'm honestly getting a red starburst taste on the backend, fucking delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and sweet with a dank hop bitterness that balances this brew perfectly.

Overall a spectacular red/amber ale. Every time I think I don't like reds/ambers, there is a brew like this to change my attitude.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a fresh tall-boy into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Carrot orange to amber gradient, good clarity, plugged by a thumb of champagne souffle. Superior retention, thick, eggy lacing.

Dank, fruity aromatic assault with guava, persimmon, orange peel, mint/thyme/marijuana filling the air. A sweet gently candied malt note comes across as well.

Intense tropical fruit is smothered by an equally intense herbaceous hop flavor burst - as if you were chewing on whole flowers mixed with Starburst. You can sort of pick out individual flavors now and then (passion-fruit from the Nelson; tangerine from the Simcoe, a wide array from the Mosaic), but the bitterness wakes you from any analytic reveries you may be nursing. The toasty Munich malt and dough-y Midnight wheat add a characterful balancing sweetness into the medium-dry finish where the hop flavors have their last stand before dissipating.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, slightly oily yet refreshing.

While I generally prefer ambers from the Pacific Northwest (nothing pairs so well with fresh caught salmon) - I will add this to my shortlist of SoCal beers (Hop Head Red; My Bloody Valentine, etc.) that make the style their own.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of FocusDave
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Wine Club in Santa Clara got a new shipment of Modern Times! Poured from a can into a pub glass.

A - Crystal clear deep amber color with 2 fingers of off-white bubbly head.

S - Whoa! Dank! Lots and lots of stinky hops, just like the can says. I'm trying really hard to get any other aromas with no avail, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

T - Where did the hops go? Taste is distinctively malty and bready up front and gives way to some citus. A bit of hop bitterness at the end.

M - A little thin up front, but finish is clean thanks to how bitter it is. Easy to keep drinking.

O - Hop aroma is a punch in the face, but is followed by a drinkable beer with nice aggressive flavor. I could see myself drinking a few of these out on the golf course.

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Photo of aaroblero
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a very thick, creamy white head that leaves a nice lace around the glass. The head on mine dwindled down just a bit, but It could be my glass. Smells like fall. Tart grapefruit maybe some pepper. Smells like hop heaven. Awesome! Tastes almost like a bitter. Some cinnamon flavors, a bit of citrus in the background. Doesn't taste like it smells, but this is a fabulous tasting beer. Yum. Would like to have this on cask. Thick and creamy in the mouth. A bit sticky. Surprisingly not too heavy. I could see myself drinking these after a hard day of work trying to quench my thirst. This is a delight. So glad I picked this up!

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

A: Hazy brown color with amber orange at the edges, pencil thin off white head that leaves lacing

S: Sweet tropical fruit, resinous pine, herbal spice

T: Follows the nose nicely, fruity hops, sharp resinous pine bitterness, finishes with sweet amber malt flavors and aromatic lingering hops

M: Light carbonation and medium feel with a nice aromatic finish

O: Ambers can often be bland or unremarkable but this was a really good departure from the norm. Great hop aroma but not overly bitter. A balanced and very drinkable beer. I will seek out more of this!

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

This beer is initially not as bright as I was expecting, both in flavor and appearance. It pours a slightly hazy amber with good off-white head and lacing that's almost whipped in its softness. I know it says amber on the can but for whatever reason I expected it to be a true red.

Similarly, I expected it to taste really bright and juicy right off the bat like a Hop Head Red or Lucky 13. But it's not an imperial red, however it does open up to become pretty juicy in its own way, with notes of pineapple, guava, strawberry, citrus and pine. All this is muddled with a pleasant caramel sweetness. There are some dank, swampy notes too. Pretty impressive actually for a 6.8% ABV beer. A highly crushable and unique beer.

Smell leaves a little something to be desired. There are faint whiffs of honey, pineapple and lemongrass, but it's all muddled together.

Mouthfeel is nice -- a little sticky and chewy, which you usually only find in higher ABV brews. Semi-dry finish that let's the hops shine. I dig it.

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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 starshockey9
1.35/5  rDev -67.1%
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.

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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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Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
91 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.