Booming Rollers
Modern Times Beer

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American IPA
Ranked #131
Ranked #2,414
4.15 | pDev: 7.71%
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
Booming RollersBooming Rollers
Notes: Booming Rollers is a showcase for the juicy awesomeness of Citra hops. These new wave American hops impart a remarkable aroma and flavor, which we've amplified with the dark stone fruit character of New Zealand-grown Motueka hops. Some Centennial is thrown in to balance the tropical fruit party, and the malt body is just assertive enough to support Booming Rollers' snappy bitterness. It's a party in your mouth and all the beautiful people are invited.
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Photo of spelingchampeon
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

canned 9-23-19
From a 19oz single can. Pours rather flat, with little lacing. Aroma is balanced with citra and malts..but rather bland. Taste was weak across the board. Very little bite, with a light.. but not watery MF. As it warmed, the malts came further out front, but wasn't enough to kick it into 3rd or 4th. Not bad, just a bit underwhelming.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had real success during New CANned Modern Twin Peak Evil Times Beer Sunday (Week 744) and What Beer Are You Drinking Now (WBAYDN) #2,410, but I finally ran out of gas before I CANpleted my mission. The CANQuest (tm) is finally getting a handle on things & this is a follow-up to an N2 CAN, which is kinda why I took a break - neither fit well with the goings-on at the time.

From the CAN: "Hoppy * Citra IPA"; "Employee Owned"; "6 SRM/Gold 50 IBU 1.009 Final Gravity "; "Citra • Motueka • Centennial [-] Hops Two Row • CaraMalt • White Wheat [-] Malts"; "Booming Rollers is a showcase for the juicy awesomeness of Citra hops. These new wave American hops impart a remarkable aroma and flavor, which we've amplified with the dark stone fruit character of New Zealand-grown Motueka hops. Some Centennial is thrown in to balance the tropical fruit party, and the malt body is just assertive enough to support Booming Rollers' snappy bitterness. It's a party in your mouth and all the beautiful people are invited."

Well, that just sounded like a good time so I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent and a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. This action resulted in just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity & The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon could not join me fast enough! Nose held the modern scent of grapefruit & orange citrus meets tropical fruit. I am less enchanted by the tropical hops than I was before they became so prevalent. I think that brewers are sensing this & blending tropical with the more "traditional" AIPA hops for a more palatable exbeerience. Mouthfeel was medium. The term "juicy" gets thrown around a lot, but this beer was juicy! It was totes fruit, from citrus to tropical & back again, twice over! Yum. I enjoy the occasional tropical fruit cup in my lunchpail/kettle/box, but only occasionally. Better, to me, is the citrus blend. I also really dig applesauce, but that is neither here nor there. This admixture of hops really worked for me. It was less tropical (& sweet - my real bugaboo) than citrusy with a pleasant blending of flavors. Finish was semi-dry to dry. I CAN't say that that I would fill a cooler with CANs of it, but a sixer would not be unwelcome at the beach. YMMV.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favourite Modern Times IPA. Pours a near clear golden bronze with a bit of chill haze and 2 fingers tight creamy off white head. Aroma is up front citrus, mango, fruity, but with a nice piney hoppiness.
Taste of citrus - ripe orange, pineapple, mango, but a distinct piney bitterness balancing caramel malt sweetness.
Medium full mouthfeel - nice carbonation - smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed orange with a medium sized white head. Decidedly this is IPA Orange.

Smells hoppy from a distance. Smells extremely of grapefruit. Scents of wood and medicine. Neutral on the sweetness question. It is a C-Hops IPA pretty much.

Starts out malty and a bit savory. Mildly sweet with tons of grapefruit. Bitterness in in the mellow zone. Pretty much that. This is a grapefruit beer.

Mouthfeel is in the IPA zone.

Overall a solid IPA but not an especially memorable one. Overall I like their stouts better.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly nice IPA with good flavors and hoppy depth. Pours a nice slightly darker golden color with lots of fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of fresh grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon and tangerine fruity hops. Also some malt, vanilla, bread and floral hops in the finish. Taste follows the nose. Very good balance between the sweeter malt backbone and bitter hoppiness. Smooth, mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4 pack of pints, purchase at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington, Canned on is 3/10/19. Served in a pint glass.

Incredibly sessionable heavier ABV IPA. Tastes like summer. The citrus in the aroma and taste is incredible, follows through with a mild bitterness. Easy drinking and surprisingly one of their less expensive offerings. Worth trying for sure.

My third beer from these guys and still no complaints!

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Photo of Parmesan
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L:. Pours a straw yellow with a foamy large head that takes some time to dissipate, with nice lacing around the glass.

S:. Fresh tropical fruit, a very nice orange, pineapple, grapefruit, some mango, fairly sweet, some toasted malt underneath, a light floral hop in the background.

T:. Sweet tropical fruit, including a beautiful orange, some grapefruit, lemon, mango, before it warms up a nice medium bitterness and some floral notes.

F:. Creamy smooth, and a medium body.

O:. It's fruity but still has enough bitterness to be a very nice IPA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated 3/20/19 poured into Odell Teku.

Hazy dark orange with a tall creamy cap of 3 fingers with lace that destroys the glass.

Really wonderful aromas of orange, tangerine, various melons, mango, clementine, slight biscuit malt.

Flavor is bright and fruity and delicious. Huge apricot and mango, with slight peach and clementine. Very acidic, citric bite. Dusty biscuit malt arrives here too, with lingering cracker notes and some grapefruit and pine towards the end.

Feel is crisp, smooth, not clean though; moderate prickly carbonation; very juicy and acidic, with some slight chalkiness. Chalk and acidic bite remains on the finish with slight resins.

Overall a very tasty and delicious citrus-focused IPA. Definitely one of the best Modern Times IPAs.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden if slightly on the darker side. Great head retention. It's clear with some chill haze. Some mango notes on the nose. It's slightly muted. There's a little mango up front, but it's might with a little orange jello and lime zest. It's solid.

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Photo of teromous
2.8/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON 02/27/2019 1317408"

Appearance: The beer has a good deal of haze through a medium-gold body. The head is slightly off-white with a frothy and creamy textured medium-large head. Good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is an aroma of pepper, a slight scent of cabbage and bay leaf. It has a very savory and herbal aroma.

Taste: Up front there is a touch of caramel and sweet tasting toffee. There is a tea flavor mixed with some alcohol. The dominant quality here is sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It has light carbonation, a medium-light body, and a slickness. Low bitterness.

Overall: The beer does have some redeeming qualities aroma and flavor-wise; it has an interesting herbal take on the American IPA. However, the beer is far too sweet and greatly lacks the bitterness to counteract it. It is still a drinkable beer but it isn't one I would reach for. If you have a sweet tooth and don't enjoy the bitterness of IPAs then this might be for you, otherwise I would recommend picking up something else.

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Photo of EMV
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed medium golden pour with thick fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Biscuity malts and citra hops. Citrus and fruit.

T.F: Just like it smells. Crackery grains and citra forward hops. Bright citrus... grapefruit and tangerine rind. Lighter pine and lemongrass. Modest bitterness. Floral chacter... smooth and sticky.

O: A solid Citra forward IPA. Not my favorite hop variety but a decent beer.

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Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Disappointing 02/26/19 on the base of the can.

Beautiful looking beer with light amber hue and 2-finger frothy head with good retention and lacing.

I think it shows its age with muted hoppiness in the nose. Citrus fruit with lemon-lime and orange along with pineapple and some more herbal lemongrass notes, but muted from what I expect.

Flavor also is behind with a bit of candied caramel up front and pineapple, grapefruit, lime, and soft berry and a bit more malt backbone. Bitterness is moderate.

Feel is average with light-medium body and a bit too light carbonation for the amount of maltiness there.

Disappointing mainly because they would send old beer.

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Photo of AleManDan
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is another example of why I trust Modern Times. Orange zest, pine trees, marmalade juiciness and caramel malts. Sweet and bitter and wet and dry and...what is this liquid magic?

This fine craft ale stands out thanks to its light malt body that includes some wheat and is just barely enough support for the showcase of juicy Citra hops which I assume includes significant dry hopping to achieve such flavor without any offensive bitterness or off putting flavors for a beer this big.

In addition to the many tropical fruit and citrus flavors that typify the style, this ale also includes some “dark,” somewhat funky/“dank” stone fruit hop flavors which present both in the aroma and on the tongue and which I absolutely love.

This flavor profile is linked to the New Zealand-grown Motueka hops according to the brewer’s tasting notes and I detected them easily.

There is a slightly piny characteristic that just barely comes through and balances the tropical madness and this piney bitterness is attributed to the Centennial hop addition.

A big, bodacious west coast IPA that hits all the right notes and doesn’t overwhelm with bitterness. It stands out, however, in the crowded ranks of IPAs thanks to the layers of complexity that come through due to the unique light body. In some ways this IPA shares characteristics of a New England IPA due to dry hopping and the use of wheat along with malts.

A+ I love living near San Diego

Purchased at Ralph’s in Murrieta CA 3 months old.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a clear darker yellow with a huge white foam head
S: sweet citrus and a mix id light pine and light grass. What I think lemongrass would smell like, haha.
T: much like the nose with the sweetness leading the whole way through and the citrus, pine and grass all in the background.
F: thicker, smooth but with a slight bitter finish.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated 3/11/2019, just over a month old

Hops: Citra, Motueka, Centennial

I had this beer a few years ago and it I think they reformulated it a bit, looks much lighter and clearer now. MT nails it. This isn't a NE juicebomb, it's a clean west coast IPA crusher.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - 3-finger yellowish head atop a translucent orange body.

S - grapefruit. fruitcake, cheese.

T - mild cheese, candied fruit, bread pudding. Malt is strong with this one. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - pleasant but not a stand-out.

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Photo of IronLover
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange in color with a light haze that slowly clarified as this warmed. Poured with a moderate, creamy white foam with excellent retention.  Medium high over-ripe citrus orange aromas and medium malt aromas with light floral and caramel notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a creamy, mouth filling smoothness through the middle. Citrus orange flavors with sweet fruity notes beneath. Medium hoo bitterness through the middle that peaks with an acidic bite. Malty and caramel flavors with subtle fruity notes on the back end. Finished with pleasant boozy warmth and citrus orange flavors. Despite that subdued bitterness, this was well balanced toward the hoppy side. Great malty character and feel. Incredibly drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.64/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Can to snifter. (Canned 02/24/19).

LOOK: clear yellow, wispy white head,
AROMA: vegetable, lemon, soap
TASTE: soapy and pasty, hints of citrus keep it drinkable, but this is disappointing.
FEEL: thick for IPA. Poor carbonation.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint-sized can - Canned on 04/19/18:

Pours cloudy (somewhat murky) golden with a thin white head that descends to a thin, wispy large island. Dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of huge, robust citrus - fresh squeezed grapefruit with orange and lemon. It blends with tropical fruit (especially mango).

The taste of bitter grapefruit hits the palate first. Citrus (bitter grapefruit, tart lemon, juicy sweet orange) combines with tropical fruit/mango (hint of pineapple?) to give it a strong fruity character. A kiss of biscuity malt gives it balance to add sweetness to the hop bitterness. Just the right amount of support the hops need to keep the complex fruit tastes forward. The alcohol is well-covered. It has a long, fruity finish.

It is juicy and smooth despite a bit of a bite. A bit of a light spritz on the palate. A pleasant fruity aftertaste lingers.

An exceptionally good, fruity hop-forward West Coast IPA! A "hop-head" delight!

(I will be looking out for a fresher one of these in the spring when it is re-released as this was about six months old - seemed very fresh to me though. I will return to make comments if I find any noticeable differences with a fresher can - or on-tap).

Highly recommended.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper filtered with almost no haze, a little champagne like carbonation and 2 fingers of off white head.

Smells of caramel, peaches, tea, and a floral essence.

Tastes of not much. This beer must be old. A little peach tea.

Medium body with little carbonation.

Got this in Sacramento at Total Wine, total failure to keep the hops refrigerated perhaps? Drinking in Redding soon after purchase, Sept 15th, 2018.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Lightly hazy golden-amber. Short white head. Light carbonation.

Papaya, mango, sugar doughnut, candy sugar, and fresh bread.

Papaya, tangerine, peach rings, and sugar doughnuts. Candy sugar and fresh baked bread.

Medium bodied, soft, juicy, smooth, and sticky with hardly any bitterness.

Soft, juicy, and smooth with the flavor of a confectionery doughnut.

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Photo of UWDAWG
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 16oz can poured into a IPA glass.

Look- Deep gold, average head retention, slightly hazy, a couple particles of visible sediment.
Smell- Citrus, mango.
Taste- Citrus, orange, mango, very well balanced.
Feel- medium to light body, average carbonation, very clean finish.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 5/2/18 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a minimal head. Initial impression is orange, grapefruit, tangerine, a touch of pine resin, and light caramel malts. Mouthfeel and carbonation are perfect. Finish is nicely bitter but citrus carries through as well. My first from this brewery. Very well done.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a tasting glass. Canned 21 February 2018.
A: Pours hazy yellow with very light head.
S: Dank and fruity with a touch of earthiness.
T: Bitter, dark fruity, and delightfully nouveau-hoppy. Malty finish tends towards herbal-aromatic and dries out bitterly just at the end. Perhaps beginning to fade, but still powerfully flavorful.
M: Robust and crisp.
O: Pleasant IPA, drinkable and appealing!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a clear orange color with a nice frothy head. Aroma and flavor is of the juicier ilk of the west coast IPA. Nothing new or unusually but it hits the spot if you’re looking for a relatively modern take on the West Coast IPA.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 766 ratings