Oneida - Modern Times Beer

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mactrail on 07-20-2013

2014 Release:
Oneida is a vigorously hoppy, aromatic pale ale saturated with Hallertau Blanc, Cascade & 05256 hops, a new experimental variety. A stripped down malt bill keeps the focus on the fruity, complex, pungent hop aroma & flavor.

HOP VARIETALS: Hallertau Blanc, Cascade & experimental Hop 05256
MALT VARIETALS: Two Row & Carapils

2013 Release:
Oneida is Nelson-centric. The dark fruity dankness of Nelson hops from New Zealand give it an uber-pungent aroma, with the grapefruity citrus of Cascade providing a touch of balance. While more aggressively bitter than Fortunate Islands, Oneida still has a light body and moderate ABV. 50 IBU
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Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A hazy, creamy orange and very light copper in color. Creamy near-white head which leaves lots of sticky lines of creamy stick down the glass. Very pretty, and it immediately reminded me of Alpine Nelson, which is always a very, very good thing.

Expressive Nelson hop component in the aroma: grapefruit flesh, floral components, and a bit of a sweet, freshly-baked bread character. Very nice.

Moderately bitter with expressive Nelson hop flavors. Discernible. Crisp and very drinkable flavors.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Like Alpine Nelson Jr. I liked this one a lot. I would certainly love to see this one in cans!

Photo of SomethingClever
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can poured into snifter canned on 5/19

A: unbelievable clarity its so light you'd think it was a macro light in the glass very light watery straw looking, lively bubbles small tight head dissipates to a film around the edges

S: smells piney with a lot of that crackery malt smells a little peppery

T: some light almost grape like taste and then some of that earthy pine and then that crackery malt and then not much taste at all.

M: a tad watery finishes clean though not a lot of lingering aftertastes

O: Its ok but if I'm going to drink a session beer id rather it be citrus forward to make up for the watery taste. The hops aren't aggressive enough and neither is the taste I would not drink this again.

Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, hazy brew topped with a very fluffy snow-white head. Good retention and wide, thin fields of lacing. Lots of center-glass carbonation.

Big hop aroma immediately upon uncapping. Bright, indistinguishably fruity hops; light dank sweetness, tobacco, and earth; honey; straw; light caramel and bready malts.

Light but full-flavored, sweet, and incredibly dank on the mid- and back-end. Vague tropical fruits, honey, biscuit and bread, tobacco.

Surprisingly medium bodied, not quite chewy, but still drinkable. No sting, not particularly lively, but not flat either.

Easily the most full-bodied and flavorful "session"-level APA or IPA I've had. I'm not 100% on board with the hop profile, but it gives it a huge, interesting kick, and is well-worth seeking out, especially for fans of Mosaic and Citra hops (of which this beer is reminiscent).

Photo of BergBeer
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Look: Transparent straw gold with moderate activity and a minimal head.

Smell: Wow! The brew smells so fresh! Getting fresh piney hops, orange zest, slight mango, huge citrusy hops, a slight fresh malt, and more piney hops. I can't over estimate how fresh this beer smells. It's like being right over a fresh batch of homebrew on bottling day. Smells fantastic and should be a new febreeze

Taste: Once again blown away with the freshness. Getting a wave of fresh citrus/piney cascade hops, a hint of nelson like white wine notes that is fantastic, the comes a healthy malt backbone to hold everything together but before it finishes there is a resurgent wave of cascade to give it that last hop punch. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and extremely drinkable with no hint of booze. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Wow! I always expect great things from modern times but this one takes the cake. So fresh and so drinkable this could easily become my new go to when they finally make it a normal line up. This brew is so good I would happily bring this to a beer nerd party to make sure my friends have had it or crush a pack of these by the pool. Only complaint is they made so little! Easily cruises to the top of my all time favorite list and am dying for more! Bravo Modern Times

Photo of MisSigsFan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with white head that leaves globs of lacing around the glass. Smell is very floral with light citrus and tropical fruit. Taste is loaded with lemonpeel, herbal notes, and slight tropical fruits. Surprising amount of malt on the backend. Almost tastes like it could be a hoppy pilsner. Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. What I'd expect from a "sessionable pale ale". Good carbonation. Decent bitterness. Overall, a good pale ale, but not the best from Modern Times. I'll take Fortunate Islands over it any day.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty-two ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a quater-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and yields semi-rings and splotches of lace.

N: Tropical fruits (passion and mango), citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) with faint malt.

T: Citrusy and a bit of pine and faintly vinous. Grassy and a touch of herbal notes.

M: Semi-moderate body and carbonation. Dry, softly herbal, citrusy finish.

O: Well balanced with a light malt. Easy drinking. Refreshing. Would have again.

Photo of Modernrickk
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber sized bottle purchased at 2m Liquor in HP

At first glance this looks like a lager. Yellowish with a weak looking head- more like froth. The head reduces real fast to a small ring around the glass. Real easy to see they this beer- look like the "champagne of beers"

Hoppy aroma here- tropical fruits like mango and a bit of stiff pineapple. A little bit of hard bread smell as well. Good stuff. Fun to sniff around a bit

Taste is of run of the mill Pale ale. Very lite earthiness balanced out by oily hops. The hops I thought were Nelson shines thru in the aftertaste, this made me take many small sips instead of quaffing this one down- the hops that come in at the end is the best part of this brew - hallertau hops

Mouthfeel is rather refreshing even with the lower levels of carbonation- not too crisp.

Moderntimes lineup is shaping up real nice with the addition of this pale ale - looks like these guys know what they're doin. Can't wait to see what's next from them.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 08/15/13 – Pizza Port Brewbies taster glass

Nitro-filled growler - Big thanks to my bro for picking this one up and sharing!

A: Very light caramel color body with super fine clarity and lots of tiny streaming bubbles. Thick cap of soapy white suds holds quite nicely leaving behind a little lattice work of lacing on the glass.

S: A spiky punch of grapefruit zest, white wine grape, and sappy pine boughs. No malt character coming through. Nelson’s are firm and really dominate the nose. Quite nice.

T: Tastes like a Nelson Jr. with a real nice hoppy punch full of white wine grapes, grapefruit flesh, and evergreens. Tastes just super clean and fresh with some high bitterness levels. Not much malt character present minus a light dash of breadiness and some sugary nuances. Alcohol is pretty much nonexistent. Consider this more of a session brew. Very tasty stuff.

M: Very smooth feel and light in body with a tight crisp dry snap on the finish. Some restricting bitterness and linger effect but not incredibly resinous. Rather clean and pure overall.

D: Real crushable stuff. Reminds me of a lighter Nelson in the ABV sense. Chalked full of grapefruit, pine, and some sauvignon character. Really well crafted balance.

My first intro to Modern Times and I am a fan. Worth checking this one out. Will have again in a can perhaps.

Photo of KMachHops
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Canned on 5/19/2015 and pour into a tulip glass. Soapy white head and crystal clear gold in color. Looks like a lager?
Smell: Piney and citrus.
Taste: No piney or citrus flavors. taste like a lager.
Feel: Heavy carbonation and slight bitterness.
Overall: Beside some hoppy bite at the end, it taste and looks like a lager. I am quite disappointed. Hoppy lager it is.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/20/15

Look - Pours an extremely light golden straw, almost like Budweiser, but with a much more substantial head. Head sticks around for a bit with decent distribution of very small to small bubbles.

Smell - Very piney, resinous, with lemon peel and orange marmalade. Slight cattiness, reminds me of the lemon flavored See's Candy sticks. Very nice.

Taste - Lots of sticky pine flavors with bursting citrus rind. I had to re-examine the can to see if there was actually any citrus rind in it, I'm getting the numbing sensation one gets when biting into a citrus peel. Subtly bitter.

Feel - Medium bodied, but lighter taste. Tingle mostly on sides of tongue.

Overall - Another great, yet understated beer from an excellent brewery. I normally don't like the piney citrus IPA's (or pale ales), but this one is a winner.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm normally not the biggest fan of session ales, specifically when marketed as such. But, this one is an outlier for me. While still more thin than I prefer, the overall flavor profile is highly enjoyable. Seeing as how I got this out of a pint can, I am even more appreciative of its value for outdoor activities.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a thin white head. Some light spotty lace.

S- Piny and dank on the nose with some grapefruit pith, pine sap, and mint.

T: Similar to the smell. A good pony hop bite with some grainy malt in the back. Some floral notes and a good drawl of resin on the finish with just a touch of bready malt holding it in check. Not out of this world, but a good pale.

Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and fragrant Pale Ale. Light amber in the tall nonic. A ice, but brief, white head. Plenty spritzy on the tongue, however. A flowery dose of hops greets the inquisitive nose. Light bodied and on the watery side, but pleasingly so.

More resins in the taste. Brewer says this is made with Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops. Some malty body, but it's a light unroasted flavor. Bitter and resiny in the back of the throat. Tart, tangy, aromatic, with a touch of pine pitch. A tasty and sightly different Pale Ale. On tap at California Kebab in Pacific Beach.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of beermeplz
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing too complex but light and refreshing, with moderate citrus/tropical flavors and some lingering bitterness. Perfect for a summer day.

Photo of mobrado
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just keeps on begging for another sip. Delicious.

Photo of rawfish
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really odd color to this one, pours a little metallic shaded straw, slight chill haze. Held up to the light you can see that it is golden and clear. Small half finger cap of foam with nice lacing.

Nice floral and fruity aroma, white grapes, citrus zest, pungent wild flower and hints at pine. Malt is pretty much removed a bit of stale bread and sweet grains.

Pine and floral hops much like the nose with a pungent Nelson like herbal quality. Malts provide some sweetness and balance. Mild bitterness, finishes clean.

Smooth carbonation but a medium-light body and lower alcohol make this quite quaffable. Doesn't dry that well but still awfully easy.

Quite and expressive and flavorful pale ale. Interesting hop bill without leaning too much on the Nelson (Hallertau Blanc on the label). Would get this again but on-tap, this beer seems very delicately pieced together I don't think I could stand much more age.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 month since canning
The beer pours a clear straw yellow topped by memory-foam-like white head that fades with creamy lacing. The nose is dank with hops - grassy, some light citrus, and a hint of savory (garlicy/chives) hops as well- but it's still a bit grainy and bready. The taste has a soft grain presence, grassy and savory hops, a bit of white tea that lingers on the palate, and minimal alcohol or yeast.This is a very light bodied, sessionable APA with a striking balance between hop potency and drinkability. If you've had hoppy MT joints in the past, you know what to expect, but if not, this highly drinkable and potently hoppy APA doesn't disappoint.

Photo of jooler
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a light piss color but the smell is awesome. It is like a more tame grunion from BP. The taste is comparable to ponto but of a more hoppy and citrusy flavor. I would prefer this over ponto, but ponto is more cheaper

Photo of neurobot01
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh can into a teku at fridge temp.

Look: super clear pale straw, sudsy head, good carb.

Smell: strong herbal/spice note—something like parsley, maybe. Also some tangy lemon/lime. Intriguing.

Taste: the spice note comes through as something dank and funky in the taste. Some mild crackery malt. Not much else.

Feel: light and generally unoffensive.

Overall: this is a pretty simple beer, bordering on hop-water. The aroma and flavor are interesting (presumably courtesy of the experimental hop). On a side note, I'd love to see how this hop played in a saison—I think the spice character would complement the pepper/funk and produce magic.

Oneida from Modern Times Beer
89 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.