Aurora | Modern Times Beer

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Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 190
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to becher pint glass, the appearance was a ruddy burnt dark orange close to amber color with a thin finger's worth of messy white foamy head. Sly messy lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of pine to citrus to sweet rye over top of a nice embrace of caramel/toffee malts.
The flavor was authentic enough taking the prior mentioned aromas stealthily to glide into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was a nice blend of the dry grip to a sly smoothness of the malts. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, a bit darker in color for a rye beer, but since the aromas and flavor compensated nicely across the board, I can see it as one and would welcome this again.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark golden pour with a big white head. Somewhat light aroma with hints of rye, pine and bread. Taste is resiny and piney upfront with a moderate bitterness and nice rye spice flavor. Light to medium bodied. Finishes dry with a fairly long lingering herbal and piney bitterness.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice mahogany with a fluffy head that dissipates to a ring around the glass, some lacing. Aromas and flavors are a perfect balance of sweet and spicy rye malt hop flavors: tropical fruits, some dankness, some pine, and a marriage with orange. All of this makes for a drinkable beer which felt perfectly suited to pairing with a lot of different foods; tonight, we had a spicy, creamy chicken tortilla soup.

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Photo of GrumD
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love this one. Pours with a relatively dense head that soon drops to almost nothing. The smell hints at pine needles, burnt sugar, orange zest, with a decent hop hit but also mango and lychee at the back. The taste is great and unctuous; it is well balanced with bitter hops jousting well with resins and malts. It leaves a decent 'afterburn' and should be revisited.

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Photo of jooler
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look is dark red with a good half inch of head.
smell is really hoppy and piney.
taste is piney with a nice bitterness. lots of hops.
feel is crisp and smooth
overall, i don't really like red IPAs but this is by far my favorite. better than bells roundhouse.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish, burnt orange. Smells like cotton candy, and makes me think of pink sugary grit in my teeth. Lots of hop action going on with a trace of the complexity of rye. , refreshing. I don't think my description does this beer justice, but they hit this one out of the park.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 9/13/16. Consumed on 10/7/16. Poured into a Modern Times tulip glass.

L - Aurora pours a clear amber color with a sticky head of off-white foam that settles to a thick cap atop the beer. Streaks of lacing cling to the glass on the drink down. Nice retention.

S - The aroma pops with big notes of spicy rye malt, yeasty bread, resiny pine, and citrus fruit candy. Clean, fruity ale yeast and just a touch of heat follow up. An aggressive swirl brings out notes of sugar cookie.

T - A bitter punch of hops hits the palate first, giving way to a pungent, orange-y sweetness that's accented by spicy and sweet malt flavors. The finish is very dry, but leaves a lasting, lingering bitterness that recalls the citrus fruit character of the initial taste.

F - An aggressive pour helped to knock out some of the excess CO2, but the carbonation is still pronounced, though it's nicely balanced by a slightly viscous and chewy texture.

O - Aurora is on the sweeter side of the spectrum in the rye IPA category, but it's very flavorful and well executed. Bold in both flavor and aroma, and certainly worth a try for anyone who is a fan of rye malt in beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a pleasing malty caramel with a ruby glow and a creamy cap. Slightly bready, slightly peppery notes with a swirl of earthy hops from a melon field. I get a slight bitterness and a hint of honeydew along with a taste of cracked pepper and a piece of pumpernickel as I sip.
Oddly enough detected a bit of a backing soda note on the finish, the only down note on an otherwise enjoyable brew. Enjoyed six weeks after bottling. Er, canning.

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Photo of bark
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The colour is amber (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is warm white and compact, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is spicy and bitter. Dried fruits, butter, allspice, muesli and a touch of perfume. It is very sweet, too.

The taste is bitter and hoppy with spicy notes of allspice and nutmeg. Growing sweet notes of rye bread and caramel. Medium body. Some warming alcohol in the aftertaste as well as minerals, yeast, pine needles. Hints of soap and washing powder in the bitter finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the short-lived bubbles are smooth. The liquid is smooth, too.

Very distinct spicy (and a bit harsh) rye flavours.

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Photo of mynie
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark red, translucent and bubbly, with a nice white head.

Smells like a rye IPA. Sharp rye, bitter hops, some yeast.

Tastes... much rye-ier than the aroma, without the balance of the hops and especially without the yeast. The aroma was bready and sweetish, the flavor is just rye rye rye.

Drinkable, but unbalanced.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden amber in color with an off-white half finger head that breaks down almost instantly to reveal a mostly barren surface.

Smell - Moderate notes of hoppy, tropical fruit. Mild pineapple and a hint of orange and grapefruit. A hint of black pepper spice and bready sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hoppy, but restrained flavors that hit on pineapple, orange, pine and grapefruit. Mild spice bite. Malts lend a fairly generic sweetness underneath, giving the beer a fair amount of balance, though hops have the upper hand. The finish is lightly spiced with citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick and smooth before a somewhat dry finish.

Overall - Solid hopped up amber/rye brew. A bit of an oddball, but it works. So long as you aren't looking for a pure hop bomb, you might enjoy this.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Darker than apple juice but lighter than sun tea....reddish hue...
Smell: Muted...was hoping for something similar to Blazing World....
Taste: Bitter and a touch of spice...not the best rye example and a decent IPA overall
Feel: Good
Overall: Can description held a lot of promise, but this was not the best rye beer. OK, not bad. I would take Blazing World and Black House over this any day....perhaps they need to re-tool and adjust... then reissue.

Last Words: Get a single can or a pint before you commit to a case. Good....but not great,

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Photo of SaulFox
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light caramel amber color.
Ripe pineapple and peaches. Some sweetness coming through.
Tropical fruits followed by bitterness that fades.
Medium mouthfeel
Nice rye ipa but there are better out there.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $10.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: Oct. 2, 2015
Consumed: Oct. 2, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 15, 2015; Reviewed as an IPA

Poured an orangeish, copper pale clear color with three fingers of fluffy, white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the screen, looking remotely like a snow globe. Semi-layered, spiderweb foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled resin, earthy rye, Centennial, peppery spices, grass, herbal, vegetables (green beans, broccoli), tropical rind, orange peel, spoiled fruit and some toasted bread. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste wasn’t much better than the nose. Got earthy rye, soapy pine, herbal, Centennial, vegetables (onions, green beans, broccoli), spoiled fruit, mango rind, melon peel, honey and toasty grass. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Dank finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was a decent beer. Beer Advocate called this a Rye Beer, but I went with what the can called an IPA. (Overall - 3.75)

3.61 | 82 | B

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into snifter canned on 9/15

A: light caramel in color great clarity small head

S: light pineapple spicy earthiness light crackery rye smell

T: Spicy light fruitiness with some pineapple nice bitterness on the end with some light rye flavor

M: medium to lighter in body finishes fairly clean

O: Wasn't crazy about this after my first can but after another it really isn't bad light fruit with a decent bit of rye spiciness. The rye really pops as it gets warmer. I don't know whether I would grab it again though.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can into a Wine Glass..

This is another courtesy job from SomethingClever, he knows how much I love Red/Amber Ales. Well without further distractions let's get to business! For starters this brew pours amazing! Deep rich Amber body almost on the verge of being Ruby Red. The crown she had was slightly off white and it looked just like Christmas in a glass. The crown left lacing around my wine glass, like it was marking its territory. What can I say, this brew looks Amazing to me.

Going in for the aroma! This smells like candy! First hits of sweetness that follows with some rich hop presence. The hops are Citric with a slap of Resinous hops. The malts brings forth a Syrup Sweetness. Some spice is kicking it in the background adding a little warmth to the brew. Smells pretty good!

Flavor testing time! This brew's flavor is banging! This first smacks your tastebuds with that sweetness that the aroma provides. The the hop oils just jizz all over your palate, bring forth notes of Oranges, Grapefruit and some mild Pineapple acidity. Nice floral tones mid palate that reminds me of Peppermint and Grass. This brew's malt body is Firm and Spicy. This finishes dry with a decent clean bitterness that actually cuts the Malt Sweetness and keeps it at bay. Lingering Grapefruit and Deep Resinous hops in the aftertaste. The feel of this brew is pretty outstanding to me. Medium heft with passive-aggressive carbonation.

Overall: This brew is a Gem (IMO). I love a great Hoppy Red/Amber Ale and this one is singing to my soul. I wish I could receive this at my local Beer Store but that ain't happening anytime soon. The flavors are great if you love that Old School Hop flavor (Citrus and Resin). I am a fan of both and this has a dash of Tropical Pineapple so it's got that Trifecta of Hoppy Goodness. The malts are firm but it's balanced. I'd love to drink this brew again. This Brew is Recommended.

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Photo of maximum12
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

And over to Modern Times to pick up a couple of bottles of Devil’s Teeth & while I’m here? Rye? Don’t mind if I do. An estimate 12 ounces on tap.

The pour is clear amber – like, super clear, glass-clear, zero distortion - & the nose is all peppery rye. Aurora brings caramel, all colors & sizes of peppery rye, grasslands, & a moderate bitterness. The strength of this beer is that I could drink a brite tank full of this. Sluggable.

Straight outta the rye ipa handbook. Other than being more drinkable than the sweat of Demi Moore, this is just a good, solid effort.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can of unknown age into a Spieglau IPA glass. Caramel color with a red hue, pleasurable but faint floral nose. Loved the taste, quite dank with mild bitterness, hops are the star not the rye. Solid mouthfeel. I'd buy this regularly, caveat being I love hoppy reds. Well done MT, I'm a fan of what you do and this brew!

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice copper red with a white head that fought to cling to the glass. There was some nice lacing left as I drank it. The smell was grapefruit, spicy rye, malty sweetness with a hint of onion aroma. The taste was mostly spicy rye and hops with a tropical fruit and sweetness coming in at the end.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a clear amber color with a white head that did not last long, got a little bit of lacing, not much carbonation.
A: Grapefruit, some resin, some rye, mostly grapefruit and citrus aromas, smells pretty good.
T: Like the nose, grapefruit up front, hit of rye spiciness in the middle, finishes with a lingering aftertaste of citrus notes and rye, bitterness is moderate, it's balanced.
M: Less than medium, would not call it light bodied, dry finish, could use more carbonation.

O: This is a solid middle of the road red IPA, nothing really stands out, it doesn't disappoint, probably would not reach for this again but definitely would not say no if offered one.

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Photo of KMachHops
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz that was canned 09/02/15.
Look: Creamy head and color is as red a amber beers.
Smell: I got a burst of grapefruit.
Taste: Less grapefruit than the smell. A tad too sweet.
Feel: Right amount of carbonation with some bitters at the end.
Overall: Not my favorite MTs IPA.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This had a typical Modern Times IPA flavor, but big character. It;s fresh and big. The rye doesn't over power any other flavor. The star of the show is the hoppy flavors.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes taken from 12/17/2014

A: Modern Times Aurora pours a dark amber body with dem ruby tones and a soft hazed look to it. A finger width of khaki suds amasses in the glass with some meeker hang time noted. A few sticky ribbons of lace get left over from the drink.

S: The aroma comes off very clean and understated with rich toffee and some dry roasted grains. Touch of peppery rye spice, toasted bread, raisin, floral hops, melon fruit and some citrus undertones. Not particularly fragrant but with some nice components and in good harmony together.

T: Nice spiced rye notes coming through in the flavor. I get toasted raisin bread to follow with a mild toffee like sweetness to it. Moderate bitterness here and very smooth all around. Lightly tame but with some lovely floral accents, tangelo, melon, mandarin peel, and more earthy spice. Greatly balanced and easy drinking with the alcohol really well masked.

M: Moderate filling body with a great cream like texture to it. A moderate peppery bitterness rolls up into a nice drying crisp at the finish. Slightly resinous but mostly clean.

D: Great flavor with a wonderful balanced drinkability to it. Just really not a “wow me” type of brew. While its well crafted it is also a bit unassuming if you will. And I do love me a hoppy amber and also I think the addition of Rye works great here.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured in a tulip. Pours a reddish brown with an off white head that leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. This is a very good tasting red. Super balanced and very easy drinking. Will be a favorite when it comes out every year.

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Photo of Beerless_In_Suburbia
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea why anyone would score this beer below a 4 unless they are unfamiliar with rye beers. This is the best rye ale I've had (Great Divide's Hoss is the best rye lager I've had). As they do so often, Modern Times knocks it out of the park with their brilliant combination of hops, and whatever magic it is they possess with their yeast.
Bravo, Modern Times! In my humble opinion, you are the Beethoven of brewers of all things dank & hoppy.

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Aurora from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 190 ratings