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Modern Times Beer
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mactrail on 06-30-2013

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Photo of SteveB24
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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 gatornation
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy copper brown color with a tan creamy head nice lacing as you sip this brew
S-citrus fruit hops with caramel and toffee
T-dank hops with pine and tangerine citrus notes with nice toffee and caramel to finish
M-creamy smooth with a dank resin hop medium carbonation
O-this brew is one you just keep on sipping and the pint is gone really great brew

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Photo of daisyapplegirl
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer has a very unassuming can design. I wasn't familiar with the brand and didn't expect too much (yes, I judged the book by its cover.) Took a sip and thought... hey, that's a lot better than I expected - didn't think I should rate it so high because anything is great coming from very low expectation. After a few sips, I put the beer down and THEN it hits me. The citrusy hop flavor lingers... for a long time. It just begs for another sip then another and made me really sad when the can is gone.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
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 SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: Almost a creamy looking tight head Hazy Amber looks like good carbonation to it

S: Very hoppy stone fruits lots of Carmel toffee

T: This is dank it's lusciously hoppy with nice citrus undertones and then just a wave of smooth Carmel malts but none of the sweetness you would expect from an Amber ale very bready but so hoppy

M: medium nothing to much in the mouthfeel it's pretty smooth but with a little bite

O: This beer is flat out fantastic it combines juicy hop flavors with deep Carmel bready malts it just hits everything perfectly it may be a tad unbalanced towards the hoppy side but it is delightful.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dank, resiny aroma! Taste follows with some piney hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light medium with prickly carbonation. Not much bitterness. Overall tasty brew.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a nice dark amber brown with a 2 finger foamy head.

S. Sweet bready malts and a little banana do the nose.

T. Backing up the nose flavors of sweet malt come out with a tropical hop presence to acomapany the palate. Slight bitterness.

M. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation the liners after the swallow. Finishes clean.

O. A nice amber with some IPA charteristics. Enjoyable beer. Would definitely drink again

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
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 breadwinner
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love a good hoppy red, and this one fits the bill to a tee, though it's not quite as deep red and rich as the best of the bunch (i.e., Marble Red, Bear Republic Red Rocket, etc.) One of MT's original brews and probably the one I've liked best, even after all the seasonals and one-offs they've put out. True to the can's description, this thing is dank, green, (especially so in the wonderful nose, which pairs those dank/herbal notes with a dash of pine and maybe a hint of some Nelson-y oriented fruit) and with a just present enough malt base that plays a minor role to the big hop wallop. Well done.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Stone in the airport. 16 oz can, no date. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly cloudy medium amber, head is slightly off white with very good retention.

S: Excellent fruity hop aroma. One of the best I've smelled in a while.

T: Amazing hop flavor with a great malt backbone. Finishes unbelievably clean.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thick, but it also feels surprisingly crisp.

O: Maybe this beer was so good because it was fresh, nevertheless, it is one of the best hoppy ambers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can obtained on trade from Dr. N. Arres in the SoCal, unknown brewing/canning date; poured into my The Bruery/Urge Gastropub "Rue the Day" full bottom snifter; drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - amber-brown coloration; high clarity (can both read and see through); initial eggshell white head heady resolves into a 1/4 finger lacing; mixed size carbonation with lacking; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - moderate passionfruit, gooseberry, white grape, peach, grapefruit and dank; mild bready/biscuity character; moderate alcohol; no diacetyl, no DMS

T: 16/20 - moderate hop bitterness up front that is followed by fruity and vinous charzter; in the middle of the palate, the flavor profile continues with citrus/grapefruit and dank; on the back end, there is a slight bready sweetness but finishes classic WC IPA dry; some warming alcohols linger

M: 4/5 - moderate body; slick, palate-filling hop oils; moderate carbonation

O: 8/10 - solid amber ale that I'd put up there with Troegs Nugget Nectar; moderate fruity and vinous aroma with some balancing malt and alcohol; however, I expected more with a hop profile of Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic and Simcoe but still hits hard; recommended

TOTAL - 41/50

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Photo of anon
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For my 300th beer rating I thought I'd give this one a shot.

Pours an orangeish-almost-copper colour. More so like a dark IPA than that of an amber ale..

Big hop aroma on the nose with lots of fruit shining through. Very nice. More fruity than piney. Same goes through in the taste. Not overly bitter. Great balance with the malts makes this real easy drinking. Light carbonation with a small head with little retention throughout. Feels like an IPA more than an amber to me.

Overall I'd definitely pick up another pack of this to enjoy on a nice cool day outside.

Stickiest of the icky.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -0.2%

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%
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 +4.9%
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 -8.8%


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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 -8.8%

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%
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 -1.9%
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 -9.5%
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 -4.9%
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 -3.6%
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 -2.7%
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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Blazing World from Modern Times Beer
91 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.